Welcome to the blog tour for BREAKUP BOOT CAMP, a stand-alone adult contemporary romantic comedy, by Beth Merlin. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.
About the Book
Title: BREAKUP BOOT CAMP
Author: Beth Merlin
Publisher: Firefly Hill Press
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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“Merlin gives off Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin vibes only with an execution of plots that is all her own….Beth Merlin is totally going to grow in popularity. I’m calling it.” – Book and Broadway
After weeks of training to whip Joanna Kitt into shape for her big day, her picture-perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two, and Joanna is left out on her perfectly toned rear end. To put the past and her heartache behind her, she sets off for two weeks at the renowned Retreat House Breakup Boot Camp in Topsail Island off the coast of North Carolina.
Despite her sadness, Joanna throws herself into the experience hoping surfing, yoga, spa treatments, meditation, and talk therapy will be enough to help her get over the one man she’s ever loved. But she soon learns the Boot Camp is only the first step to healing her broken heart. Joanna will have to come to terms with the career she abandoned, the losses in her life she never fully accepted, and the role she played in the ending of her relationship. .
When she meets Todd Aldrich, the handsome and mysterious hotel chef, she has the chance to take her renewed heart out for a test drive and see if she is ready for new beginnings and new love.
Will 12 steps be enough to get her life back on track? Or will her getaway to get over him prove healing the heart takes a whole lot more?
I wanted to believe him. I wanted nothing more than to erase this whole thing from our relationship and go back to the way we were. Maybe he was right, what was a few months’ fling weighed against years of love and mutual respect? On Law and Order, people were found not guilty by reason of insanity all the time, weren’t they? Maybe Sam went temporarily insane? The pressures of work and the wedding causing him to do something so completely contrary to his true nature, he was just coming out of the fog.
“Look,” he said, taking both my hands into his, “I didn’t want to tell you her name or who she was because I thought it’d somehow make the affair more real. But it is real, and it did happen, and if we’re going to move past it, I need to own that. No secrets.” Sam swallowed hard and said, “Her name’s Lena.”
My stomach dropped. In a city of millions, it seemed so unlikely his lover was the same girl I’d met earlier that day at the audition, but Sam had also mentioned she was an aspiring actress. “Lena Moore?”
His head shot up. “How did you know that?”
“I…I… met her.”
“Met her? When? How?” he panted.
My conversation with Lena played back like a song on repeat, her prattling on about her boyfriend, who was supportive and would be disappointed if she couldn’t get up the nerve to finish out the audition.
“At an audition today.” I pushed back from the table and narrowed my eyes. “Sam, are things even over with her?”
“I’m going to end it,” he whispered.
I stood up from the booth. “You’re going to end it?”
“Sit down. You’re making a scene.”
“I loved you more than anything in this world. I trusted you more than anyone in this world.”
He reached over the table and tugged at the bottom of my shirt. “Jo, come on.”
I shook my head as fat tears rolled down my cheeks. “I don’t even know who you are.”
“It’s just me, kid. Your Sam.”
“You’re not my Sam. Not anymore, and not ever again.”
About the Author
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.
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