Blog Tour Kickoff & Author Interview (plus a Giveaway!): The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

July 3, 2017 Author Interview, Brandy Bruce, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance 73

Welcome to the blog tour for The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce!

about the book

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for this unique gang of seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with a host of changes for everyone.

When Sara’s longtime crush and closest friend, Luke, begins seriously dating another girl in the group, she’s forced into a situation of dealing with hurt and jealousy, while outwardly trying to support her friends.

Throw an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina into the mix, as well as an old flame, and Sara’s life gets even more complicated.

As time unfolds, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change can do to close friends.

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Bling! Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
PAGES: 236

Brandy Bruce is a mother, a wife, a book editor, an author, and someone who seriously loves dessert. Originally from Texas, she now makes her home in Colorado with her husband and three children. She’s the author of Looks Like Love, The Romano Family Collection, and The Last Summer.

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Hi Brandy! Welcome to the blog and to the tour for The Last Summer! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

Brandy: Apples. Because they can be dipped in peanut butter.

Carrie: My favorite snack ever! (Well… other than homemade Chex mix but apples with pb are much healthier lol)

winter or summer

Brandy: Winter. Because Christmas.

Carrie: Oh I’m so glad this was your answer. I was a little worried considering the title of your latest book 😉

dogs or cats

Brandy: Cats. I like their independence.

Carrie: But… but …. doggy cuddles and unconditional love and tail wags.

coffee or tea

Brandy: Coffee mostly. I love it. But tea if there are scones!

Carrie: I’d even drink tea if scones were involved. And I hate tea!

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Brandy: Can I share yours? Because it’s awesome! 🙂 If I could choose any power, I think maybe teleporting would be very cool and come in handy.

Carrie: Only if I can share your teleporting superpower 😉 Except yes of course I’ll share… because reading IS awesome.

Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Brandy: I’ve loved books for forever, so there are lots of stories, even picture books that are special to me, but I truly loved The Babysitter’s Club SO much when I was young. I think Stacey was my favorite character.

Carrie: Stacey was my fave from that series too! (And it sounds like you already DO have a reading superpower lol)

Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? Any snacks/beverages that are a must when you sit down to write?

Brandy: When I can block out time to write (usually I’m just sneaking in an hour here or there after the kids go to bed or during nap time) I usually start with a cup of coffee, then another, then I switch to diet soda, then that goes on forever. And I like candy (covers face with hands at that confession). I can eat a million Starbursts or Junior Mints. Being healthy seems to go out the window when I’m deep into a story. And I love writing food into scenes, so I’m hungry a lot during my writing process!

Carrie: LOL! Ok… so now I want to know what your favorite Starburst flavor is.  Mine are the strawberry ones, but I’m equally happy with the new-ish FaveReds bag (which has strawberry and other yummy flavors).

In The Last Summer, Sara and her group of friends have their own ideas about what a ‘perfect summer’ should be like. What is YOUR idea of the perfect summer?

Brandy: I love easy summer mornings where we’re not rushing to get ready and get out of the house. I really enjoy just watching my kids use their imaginations and have adventures in the backyard. We like s’mores in the evenings. I like when everyone is in pajamas early and we have movies and popcorn at home. Living in Colorado, we try to go up and stay in the mountains for at least one weekend during the summer, which is fun and beautiful and great for memory-making. Some summers are busier than others, but I like a free and easy schedule if we can swing it.

Carrie: S’mores!! This interview is making me hungry! LOL

If your heroine Sara Witherspoon could go anywhere for the summer, where would she go and why?

Brandy: Knowing Sara like I do, she’d pick a trip to Europe. She loves architecture and art and history—she appreciates beauty in all forms. I can see her captivated by castles in Scotland, enthralled by gorgeous cathedrals, and smitten with winding rivers by shops and cottages. 

Carrie: Oooo can I tag along with her if she goes? That sounds all kinds of delightful.

What do you most want readers to take away from The Last Summer?

Brandy: There are themes of grace and acceptance woven into the story, of course I hope those themes resonate with readers and that they feel encouraged—I also hope readers relate to the characters in one way or another.

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, Brandy! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Brandy:Thank YOU so much! And I’m currently working a sequel to The Last Summer. I don’t feel quite ready to let these people go yet.

Carrie: That makes me happy! I’m not ready to say goodbye to them either 🙂


As part of the The Last Summer blog tour, Brandy Bruce is giving away this great SUMMER PRIZE PACK to one winner! (US addresses only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Tour Schedule

July 3 – Reading Is My SuperPower (kickoff)
July 4 – A Baker’s Perspective
July 5 – Christian Bookaholic
July 6 – Melony Teague (spotlight & excerpt)
July 7 – Reading Is My SuperPower (review)
July 8 – Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
July 9 – Fiction Aficionado
July 10 – Northern Belle

Carrie

73 Responses to “Blog Tour Kickoff & Author Interview (plus a Giveaway!): The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce”

  1. Jeanna Massman

    Sara is an interesting character. I can’t wait to read her story.

  2. Emilee

    I heard about Brandy’s book on IG. Joy Palmer highly recommend it! I would love to win a copy! I enjoy “Bookstagraming” with books I win! My IG name is @lotsofbookstoread
    Best wishes with the book release!

    • Brandy

      Hi Emilee! I loved Joy’s review so much! Thanks for joining the party over here! 💕

  3. Winnie Thomas

    I’m not sure I know how to leave meaningful comments. 😀 Thanks, Carrie, for the fun interview with a new-to-me author. Brandy, your book sounds so intriguing. I must put it on my TBR list. And, I LOVE castles in Scotland!

    • Carrie

      You’ll love the book, Winnie! (And that was a very meaningful comment LOL)

  4. Jamie Smith

    Can’t wait to check out this book! It sounds so great and I loved the inside look through the additional questions. Thanks for the chance and sharing.

  5. Kay Garrett

    Thanks for the interview. I loved reading about THE LAST SUMMER and the author. I especially loved what the author wants us to take from reading the book – grace and acceptance – which we all could use more of. Awesome summer prize pack! Thanks for the chance. <3

  6. Arletta

    I’m with Sara – a trip to Europe sounds like a perfect way to spend a summer.

  7. Brandy Lauderdale

    I am so excited to read this book!

  8. danielle hammelef

    I also would love to visit and possibly stay the night in a real castle. someday, I hope to visit Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales and tour as many castles as I can. I’d live in a house with turrets if I could. Smores bring back so many fun and delicious memories on the beach with my kids. I immediately put this book on my TBR. Love the cover–it makes me smile and want to feel the breezes on my face.

  9. Sara

    Too cute! I’ve heard so many good things about this book

  10. Kiera Tate

    I agree with the lazy summer days watching the kids use their imagination. I definitely enjoy routine but also enjoy not rushing out of the house 🙂

  11. michel

    Really looking forward to reading this book

  12. MH

    Thanks for the great interview. I would love to vacation in Europe someday, too. I’ve never been on that continent.

    • Brandy

      I’m hoping when my kids are bigger we can do a Europe trip! For now, we are very much in a Disneyland-vacation-is-everything time of life! 😂😂

  13. Evangeline

    This is a new-to-author and I would love to read her book. Thanks for the chance to do so.

  14. Janice Moore

    I like several things here – the idea of a relaxed summer, s’mores, the castles in Scotland (or anywhere!) The like the ideas and story of this book, too!

    • Brandy

      Hi Janice! My favorite s’mores are made with peanut butter cups! Those are a hit at my house this summer!

  15. Raechel Lenore

    Great interview! Yes to both cats and Winter! <3
    And I spy twizzlers in the price package – um, yes please! I love twizzlers. ^.^
    Thanks for a fun giveaway and interview!

    • Carrie

      Right?? Twizzlers are one of my faves too!

  16. Chanel M.

    S’mores are a definite summer staple, I agree. My ideal summer is to relax and try to knock things off my Summer Bucket List. I also would want to go on a trip to Europe – the culture, the food and architecture is something I would love to experience.

    The Last Summer sounds like a really good read too (I’m sensing a love triangle/square?). Anyways, I can’t wait to read it. Definitely on the TBR list.

    • Carrie

      There is a bit of a love polygon, yes! Lol but it’s really compelling!

  17. Dianna

    I always ran around with a group of friends in college, and everyone paired off then got married. This story would make me think of those times.

  18. darla

    This book seems perfect for me. about a twenty something, group of friends..I also like books set in the south although I do not live there.

    • Brandy

      I hope you’ll read it, Darla! And let me know what you think! I love Southern fiction too. I live in Colorado now, but I love to feel like I’m back in the South when I’m reading!

  19. Stacy

    I’d be a travel partner with Sara as we share the same travel interests, especially Scottish castles.

  20. Vivian Furbay

    Would love to win a copy of The Last Summer. Hope you are having a great summer.

  21. Kelly D

    I always enjoy a good romance book.This looks great.

  22. amanda whitley

    i agree about the perfect summer being one with relaxing mornings and just having fun in our own backyard. its the little things that make it great.

  23. Meredith Miller

    Great interview! I love her “perfect summer”!

  24. Donna B

    Reading this interview made me hungry too! I would love to read this book! Very interesting interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Grace Elizabeth

    I like the cover of this book!! 🙂 Hence, I should definitely try it out! 😉
    The giveaway looks awesome!!

  26. Audrey Stewart

    I loved the review, and I always enjoy interviews with the authors. You ask other questions than, “What do you do, when you get writer’s block”?

    • Carrie

      lol thank you, Audrey! I hate coming up with questions so I really appreciate your appreciation ☺️