Welcome to the blog tour for The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce!
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
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.
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:
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)
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 😉
Brandy: Cats. I like their independence.
Carrie: But… but …. doggy cuddles and unconditional love and tail wags.
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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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
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