Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Girly Book Blog Hop: Sensational Secondary Characters

Thanks so much to Libby Mercer for organizing this fantastic blog hop. I'm so excited to be writing about the sensational secondary characters in my debut novel, Finding Lucas.

My novel centers on Jamie Ross, a 32 year old television producer at one of the sleaziest talk shows in daytime television. On her fifth anniversary with her boyfriend, Derek, a former bad boy turned maniacal metrosexual, she knows that he's not the man for her. Everyone knows! But Jamie-- insecure, reserved and terrified of change-- can't see a way out of her dysfunctional and depressing relationship. But when her new boss, Andrew, comes up with a segment on reuniting lost loves, she remembers Lucas--her "friend with benefits" from ten years earlier. She goes on a hilarious and desperate hunt to find him while at the same time, discovers that she is worth so much more than the life she's been living.

And Jamie wouldn't be the funny, quirky and intriguing character she is without the cast of supporting characters by her side. Jamie's family is unique, unpredictable and full of love and laughter. Her mother, Leah, the colonic herbalist and crystal healer, has no problem asking about Jamie's bowel habits when her boyfriend is over for dinner; her stepmother, Leah's girlfriend, Katie, masseuse extraordinaire, reveals the most intimate details of her sex life with a big smile and Jamie's eighteen year old sister, Rachel--bouncy, beautiful and the total opposite of Jamie-- never fail to embarrass her. The banter and antics of my secondary characters are often what my readers comment on the most.

Everyone who reads my book has a very strong reaction to Derek. A total bastard, he puts Jamie and her family down every chance he gets, cares only about owning the latest of every trend and has a mother no girlfriend ever wants to meet. I based Derek's not so nice qualities on some of the men my friends and I have known. And to be completely honest, some of his more OCD habits mirror my own.

It is Jamie's small group of close friends who are her constant support. Hanna, the gorgeous lingerie store owner, is tough and protective; Lucy, her zany co-worker, encourages Jamie to listen to the universe and find Lucas and her chirpy roommate Amy, who sometimes gets way too close for comfort, has a most shocking occupation.

Finding Lucas wouldn't be the same without antagonist Eva, Jamie's colleague and nemesis. She follows Jamie's every move to find anything that will incriminate her and makes it her mission to make Jamie's life sheer hell. And, of course, there is sweet, gentle Andrew: Jamie's boss, new friend and someone who gets her for exactly who she is.

Through the entire novel, readers get tidbits of who Lucas is and why Jamie so desperately wants to find him. He was her best friend, first real sexual experience and in Jamie's mind, totally the one who got away. But is he really?

Truly an ensemble cast of characters, their relationships and interactions are what makes Finding Lucas  "such a fun novel to read," as many of my wonderful readers have said. I had such a good time creating all of them, and Finding Lucas would not be the same story without them.

Congratulations to Lucie Simone on winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and entered to win!

In celebration of this fabulous blog hop, I'm giving away a $10 E-gift card for Amazon.com and one copy of Finding Lucas (currently available as an ebook on Amazon). If you'd like to win, please leave a comment with your email address. Entry to win closes on October 1st at midnight, EST. The winner will be chosen at random on October 2nd and announced here on October 3rd. You must be 18 years of age to enter. Thanks so much for stopping by! The other amazing blogs participating in the Girly Book Blog Hop are listed below. Have fun!






Can you ever really go back to the past?

On her fifth anniversary with boyfriend Derek, Jamie Ross finds herself in a Montreal hotel room wondering how the carefree guy she met in a Chicago bar has turned into “the quintessential metrosexual.” Weighed down by Derek’s disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as an associate producer of a daytime talk show, Jamie reaches a breaking point. And when her new boss plans to reunite lost loves on the show, she remembers Lucas— the boy she’d loved and lost ten years earlier. What follows is a quest that is at times hilarious and at others disastrous as Jamie’s life transforms from run of the mill to absolutely crazy. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for?


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68 comments:

  1. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

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  2. What a great post, Samantha! Finding Lucas definitely has an interesting, colorful, and unique supporting cast, which is a credit to your great imagination! :)

    No need to enter me in the giveaway as I am participating in the hop and I already have Finding Lucas on my Kindle! Good luck to all of the other entrants!

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    1. Thank you, Tracie! I'm off to read your post, which is sure to be fantastic.

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  3. The secondary characters in your book are really great! I especially liked Jamie's family.

    (No need to enter me to win either since I already bought/read/loved the book!) :)

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  4. Hi! The book sounds great!!! Lots of quirky characters, which I love!!

    haefner919 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Thanks, Stephanie! I'm off to enter to win Soap Dreams!

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  6. The book sounds amazing. Thanks for a chance to win!
    ahuston24@gmail.com

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  7. Finding Lucas sounds fantastic, definitely will get this book even if I don't win.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Your book sounds wonderful. I love books that are fun. Thanks for being part of the hop.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's been so much fun. Thanks for stopping by and entering to win!

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  9. Awesome giveaway and can't wait to read your book :)

    bmurphy_lucky@yahoo.com

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  10. Oh I love books with ensemble casts! I can't wait to read Finding Lucas. Totally just Laughed Out Loud when I read about how Jamie's mom asks about her bowel habits in front of her boyfriend!

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    1. Libby, you're awesome. Thank you so much for organizing this hop.

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  11. Your book looks really great! Sounds like something I'd like reading :)
    Lacey
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. WOW FINDING LUCUS SOUNDS LIKE THE MAKINGS 4 AN AWESOME MOVIE!! CONGRATS ON UR BK. Ms.Bailey!!! thanQ 4 the lovely Gift sharing of UR CRAFT &giveaway..:D
    redz041@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you!!! I so want to see it as a movie. Maybe one day... :)

      Thank you for entering!

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  13. Eva was my favorite person to hate in your book! Loved it. No need to enter me in the giveaway since I already bought, read and LOVED Saving Lucas :)

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  14. This sounds really fun...thanks for the giveaway!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. very interesting, Thanks.DebP
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  16. Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  17. Ooh, Eva sounds like she really adds some conflict to this book! Sounds like a great read
    rachel at rachelkall dot com

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  18. Hi Samantha! I've been wanting to read your book for a while now! It sounds adorable!! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. I'd love a copy of Finding Lucas! Sounds so hilarious! Lalucie AT sbcglobal DOT NET

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  20. I HAVE YOUR NOVEL and I'm reading it NEXT and can't wait! Thanks for all your support! So much fun being on tour together, chickie! xo cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy! This hop has been so much fun. And ditto on all of the support. Love my writer friends!!!

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  21. I loved Finding Lucas!! Jamie is a great character but the amazing supporting cast you created take her to a whole new level of awesome. Hope you're having fun with the blog hop!! xx

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  22. Hey there! I'm looking forward to reading Finding Lucas.
    Thanks for a fun blog post.
    Hugs!
    Jenmcgee34@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Jen!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and entering to win!

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  23. This hop is awesome! :) Another great add to my TBR list :) Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Thanks for being on the hop! I love discovering new books to read! Lots more being added this time.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'm so honoured to be on this hop. Such a great group of writers. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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  25. I can't wait to read finding lucas! It sounds wonderful! Already on my tbr list:)
    allysonbrann06@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Allyson. The paperback release date gets closer and closer. :)

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  26. I always get drawn in by secondary characters.
    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway!
    mzsnow87(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Your characters all sound great! Joined your blog list & look forward to following your books adventures.
    I'm on the hop, so no need to add me to the prize draw.
    Many thanks -
    Jayne Hannah - www.JayneHannah.com

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  29. I love blog hops, I find so many great new to me authors and new books to add to my list!

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I hope I'm not too late to enter. This book looks like it's my kinda book.Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Not too late at all! Thanks for visiting and entering to win!

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  32. Hey girl! I recently finished your book and, as many readers have said, really enjoyed the fun banter among your secondaries. Crystal healing and colonic therapy discussions over dinner...Mr. Priss Derek...so much laughter and fun! Great Blog Hop post.
    XO Savannah

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    1. Thank you, Savannah! I LOVE the cover of When Girlfriends Step Up!

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  33. Thank you for the amazing Giveaway!!!
    tobihelton at gmail dot com
    <3 Tobi
    http://forgetthehouseworkimreading.blogspot.com

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  34. I love a books secondary characters and Finding Lucas definitely sounds like it is full of good ones! Thanks for participating in the hop!

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. I love it and can't wait to read it!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks so much for entering and stopping by, Cassandra!

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