I am pleased to welcome Marin Thomas to the blog today, after having had the privilege of reviewing her books for the general market/mainstream category of RT Book Reviews.
One woman’s journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.
Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art.
But Shirley Pratt–master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn’s terror of a live-in monster-in-law–has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn’s trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.
Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some coarse language as well as scenes of an intimate nature in this book.
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Marin Thomas writes Women’s Fiction for Berkley and western romances for Harlequin and Tule Publishing. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin. Her first women’s fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness, released March 2016 and her second novel, The Future She Left Behind, released September 2017. Marin is also a member of the Tall Poppy Writers.
Marin grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marin and her husband currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her free time junk hunting and researching her next ghost tour.
Music plays an important role in my writing process and song lyrics have inspired many of my stories through the years. Making a playlist for THE FUTURE SHE LEFT BEHIND was almost too easy. Each of the songs represents a theme or character in the book. Just to highlight a few of the songs…
I loved Etta James “My Mother-in-law”. It fits Kateyln’s relationship with her mother-in-law Shirley perfectly. And you’ll recognize lots of songs on this list that refer to Katelyn and Shirley’s road trip home to Little Springs, Texas, and the symbolism of small-town life in rural America.
I don’t want to give the scene away, so you’ll have to read the book to find out why Cab Calloway’s “Reffer Man” and K C and the Sunshine Band “I get Lifted” is on this list, but I’ll give you a hint… it has to do with the Little Springs Ladies’ Society birthday parties.
And of course I had to include songs about “Hair” since long hair is Katelyn’s secret weapon against her mother-in-law. “My Hair had a Party Last Night” by Trout Fishing in America refers to a scene with the mother-in-law Shirley.
The train songs symbolize the important role trains played in Katelyn developing her artistic talent and choosing to leave her hometown and first love behind after she graduated from high school. And you’ll see lots of relationship songs that refer to Katelyn and Jackson, the town bad boy.
And finally Gary Allen’s “Life Ain’t Always beautiful” sums up each character’s journey.
I hope you enjoy listening to the playlist for THE FUTURE SHE LEFT BEHIND!
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Marin Thomas is offering a copy of The Future She Left Behind to one of my readers (US only)! This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Which songs from the playlist do you love most? Which songs make you want to read this book?