Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Rum Punch Regrets by Anne Kemp: Review/Q&A


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Author Bio:  Anne Kemp is the author behind the Abby George Series, which includes her debut novella, All Fruits Ripe, and first novel, Rum Punch Regrets, which is available in print and as an eBookShe is also the columnist behind “Anne In Progress,” which appears monthly in the Frederick News-Post, a newspaper in the DC-Metro area. As a blogger, she was nominated for a 2012 Bloggers Choice Award for Best Humor Blog, and is known for penning “The Ultimate Late Bloomer.”

Follow her on Twitter, @MissAnneKemp, or join her fans on Facebook for fun contests and giveaways. You can always find her at her website: www.annekemp.com.

*A portion of Anne's proceeds are donated to Lupus LA.
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Book Description.....

In just a few short weeks, thirty something Abby George has endured the death of her mother, was dumped by her fiancé, and got laid off from her job.

Stunned and seeking a shoulder to cry on, she turns to her perfect older sister, Leigh. But instead of comfort, Abby receives a surprise: Leigh needs her in the Caribbean to help with some mysterious personal business.

While assisting in the sale and repair of a bed-and-breakfast, Abby uncovers a few huge family secrets as she juggles an unexpected roommate, quirky locals, and nasty centipedes.

Abby's world is further complicated when two potential suitors enter her life. Can Abby get beyond her own psycho drama long enough to open her heart to someone new? Or will she neurotically make her romantic life worse?

Packing nothing but her suitcases and a sense of humor, Abby George travels down an unfamiliar road, but it's all she can do to hang on for the ride...

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My review:

I absolutely adored this novel.  It made me wish I could run off and hang out in the Caribbean, just for a bit!  I loved watching Abby stumble through the mystery adventure that her sister sent her on.  I loved watching her make friends (some quite fun), find her passion, balance love interests, uncover deep hidden family secrets and ultimately find herself.  When the novel ended, I found myself wanting more.  So that is a sign of a great 4.5 star novel.  I am excited to know that this is part of a series and the Abby George story will continue.  I am a new fan of Kemp and I cannot wait to see where this story will take Abby and her crazy cast of friends and family!!!

To view my review of All Fruits Ripe click HERE
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Q&A


Q.  What inspires your writing? 
My imagination. It's always been crazy active and I find myself making up little stories about people all day long. Most of the time, those stories bleed into characters for whatever I'm working on. My friends and family inspire me as well - you can usually find little bits of all of them showing up in my writing.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?
That I now have an excuse to make up those little stories all day long. :) That, and I used the excuse "it's for research" when I was buying the Twilight DVD.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?
Fighting distractions when I sit down to write. I love it when I hit my stride and get lost in the day. I'll look up and five or six hours have flown by. It's like finding your zen spot in writing and riding it home.

Q.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
I have always said I'd love to end up running a bed-n-breakfast. Maybe one day...

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
Starting on Monday

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?
I'd have to go back to childhood and say anything from the Nancy Drew series. I read them all and loved every moment!

Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the easiest to write?
The flirty, romantic parts! I love those - I'm a romantic at heart so writing those scenes made me really happy. 

Q.  Which part of your book(s) was the hardest to write?
There's a scene where Abby talks about the death of her father - I believe that's in the novella, ALL FRUITS RIPE. I based it loosely on my own father's death when I was 15, so walking down that road once more made for a tough afternoon.

Q. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind your book cover(s)?
While the island of St. Kitts lends itself to thoughts of sandy beaches, clear, blue water, and frosty, yummy cocktails adorned with fruit, I have to point the design finger at 

Kelly Hanna, who is the master designing the covers (and also did my website at www.annekemp.com)  and my agent Cynthia Manson. These two women truly have an eye for detail and were the best resources for the cover!

Q.  Which character from any book are you most like?
Well, I'd have to say Abby from RUM PUNCH REGRETS. She is totally my alter-ego. Except she has waaaay more fun!!

Q.  What is your favorite season?
Spring - everything is fresh and new again. When you walk outside, the world just smells and feels cleaner.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book(s).
I got to walk the red, well orange carpet at the Lupus LA Orange Ball in May the night before the book came out. My dress was adorable, kind of had a 1940's vibe, and my shoes were new, strappy black heels. I hit the plush carpet and came oh-so-close to landing on my butt in front of literally hundred of cameras! My heel got caught in the carpet and I did a little jump to catch myself. If I had fallen it would be so me. I am that girl!

Q.  Are you working on something new?
I'm wrapping up the next installment in the ABBY GEORGE SERIES which will be a novella, and then starting on the fourth, which will be another novel. It's a six book series in all.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
Thank you so, so much for stopping by - If we were all together in a room, I'd find a way to hug each one of you individually!

Q. Can you tell me a little about the inspiration behind your book cover(s)?
While the island of St. Kitts lends itself to thoughts of sandy beaches, clear, blue water, and frosty, yummy cocktails adorned with fruit, I have to point the design finger at  Kelly Hanna, who is the master designing the covers (and also did my website at www.annekemp.com)  and my agent Cynthia Manson. These two women truly have an eye for detail and were the best resources for the cover!

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