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Cover Art for The Wedding DateBetween the Covers: The Wedding Date had me hooked from the first page. I love that Drew and Alexa meet in a stuck elevator during a power outage. Has this happened to you? Why did you choose for them to meet in such an intimate setting?

 

Jasmine Guillory: It's never happened to me, but a few people close to me have had this happen (though without the cute stranger in the opposite corner). As someone with a wild imagination who lives in earthquake country, I'm always thinking about what ifs for natural disasters and emergencies. Luckily, for Alexa and Drew, they only had to deal with a power outage!

 

BTC: Drew and Alexa are strong and engaging characters. Their chemistry is electric (and spicy!), but they are also smart and funny. Where did you draw on the inspiration for this couple? Was it important to you that they also be career-minded?

 

Jasmine Guillory

JG: It was very important to me that they be career minded. One of the reasons I wrote this book was because I wanted to write about people who felt familiar to me: People like me and my friends, who care about love and relationships, but are also devoted to our careers and have worked hard for them. Alexa and Drew (and their friends) have bits and pieces of me and many of my friends.

 

BTC: How did your legal education and background influence your writing?

 

JG: I only started writing fiction about seven years ago, but because I was a history major in college and then was a lawyer, I'm very used to writing things like research essays and memos, as well as opinions and briefs. In some ways I had to unlearn and relearn how to write, because writing as a lawyer is so different than writing fiction (fiction doesn't usually have footnotes!), but my legal writing background definitely taught me the importance of finding exactly the most precise word and in writing for the correct audience.

 

BTC: Did you always want to be a writer? As a debut novelist, can you tell us the process of getting your first book published? Do you have any advice for struggling writers?

 

JG: I've always been a huge reader, but I didn't start writing until later in my life. I realized I didn't have a creative outlet in my life and that my life was poorer for it. I decided — after talking to some friends who were writers — that I’d try writing to see if I liked it. I loved it! I had so much fun writing that I kept going. My biggest pieces of advice for struggling writers: 1) experiment with different ways of writing to see what works best for you (with an outline, without one, in order or out of order, different times of day); 2) keep writing, even through the rejections. They happen to all writers, and they're terrible every time, but keep going; and finally 3) read a lot, in your genre and in lots of different genres, to learn from other writers, and to get inspiration for what kinds of books you want to write, what kinds of stories you want to tell and what kind of writer you want to be.

 

BTC: I know you have a towering stack of books (and lipsticks!) waiting to be read. What’s on top of that pile? Any favorite lipstick to share with our readers?

 

JG: I can't wait to read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, which comes out just a week after my book, and I'm about to dive into Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai. A favorite recent lipstick is the Fenty Stunna in Undeclared, a fantastic red that looks good on everyone!

 

BTC: I love the cover of The Wedding Date. Did you have any influence in the cover design? Have you ever bought a book solely based on the cover?

 

JG: I got to talk to my editor in the early stages about the kinds of covers I loved, general ideas I had for the cover and things I felt strongly about. The cover designer did an AMAZING job, I was so impressed! I've definitely bought books just because of the cover, and have often ended up liking them a lot!

 

BTC: I was so excited to hear that your second novel, The Proposal, is coming in September. It sounds fabulous! Please share more about that book with our readers.

 

JG: At the beginning of The Proposal, Nik’s boyfriend proposes to her over the jumbotron at Dodger Stadium. She says no, and he storms off. Carlos, Drew's best friend from The Wedding Date, is sitting behind Nik and rescues her from the ensuing madness. It was fun to give Carlos his own love story, and I hope readers will love Nik!


 
 

This month's BCPL's Reading Challenge is read a book that takes place in the state or country where you were born. Here are some of our suggestions. Select any title to learn more or to request a copy. You can participate in BCPL's Reading Challenge on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #Bwellread to earn prizes at the end of each month!

 

 BCPL Reading Challenge 2017 In Partnership with WBALTV

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Holidays Gone to the Dogs

posted by: December 4, 2017 - 3:22pm

Two things that are guaranteed heart warmers are dogs and the holidays. Together they make a winning combination in these titles perfect for seasonal reading. If you like Hallmark movies, then these books are for you!
 

Cover Art for Pupcakes Pupcakes by Annie England Noblin may just have the best book cover ever! Recently divorced Brydie gets a rent-free house, but it comes with a big-boned pug named Teddy Roosevelt and a weekly visit to Pauline, Teddy’s owner who is now in a nursing home.

 

Renee Richardson has a list of Christmas wishes in Sue Pethick’s The Dog Who Came for Christmas. She wants friends for her troubled young son Kieran, more clients at her salon and fewer bad dates. Little does she know that Kieran has already made a new buddy  a four-legged pal named Max.

 

Noelle by Greg Kincaid is the fourth installment of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas and finds matriarch Mary Ann McCray determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail's first woman Santa Claus.

 

If you love dogs, you’ll love Laurien Berenson’s mysteries. Wagging Through the Snow is the newest installment in Cover Art for Wagging Through the Snow the Melanie Travis series and lives up to expectations. Melanie is looking for a quiet time at Christmas, but when her brother buys a Christmas tree farm and a dead body turns up under a tree, her life is anything but calm.  


 
 

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