Welcome to the blog tour for ONE S’MORE SUMMER, the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, The Campfire, by Beth Merlin. See below for information the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.
About the Book
Title: ONE S’MORE SUMMER
Series: The Campfire Series #1
Author: Beth Merlin
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.
For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.
Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.
When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?.
“Actually, I’m no longer working for Diane von Furstenberg. I was let go—fired, actually, if I’m going to be accurate,” I said.
She put her hand over her mouth in disbelief.
“Ali, I’m fine. It’s really for the best, and things hadn’t been clicking there for me for a while now.” “But you loved that job.”
“It was just a job. I’m a designer. I can still do that, just not under their label.”
“I just can’t believe they let you go. You’re so talented,” Alicia said.
I grimaced, thinking how lucky I was to have always had someone in my life who believed in me so completely. A knot of violent guilt tightened in my gut.
“I’m fine. I’ll figure something out.”
“Of course you will, and of course you can stay with me as long as you need to while you figure it out,” she said, putting her hand over mine.
“You’re getting married in less than four months. While I appreciate the offer, I can’t stay with you. Besides, I have a plan.”
“Great, let’s hear it,” she said, leaning over the table.
“Well, here’s the part I don’t know how to tell you,” I said, trying to recall the speech I’d practiced so many times in my head.
She pushed her hair behind her ears. “Just tell me.”
“I ran into Joshua at Bloomingdales and he told me you moved your wedding up to August.”
“It just made sense with the timing of my promotion. After dating him for almost my whole life, we figured what’s the point in waiting?”
“It makes sense, complete sense,” I said, swallowing. “I just don’t know if I’ll be here for it.”
“Not be here for the wedding?” She sank down into her seat and was quiet for a few seconds. She took a sip of her ice water. “Where will you be?”
“I’m not sure. Traveling, maybe?”
I was telling her yet another lie, but in the grand scheme of betrayals, I figured this small fib was part of my greater effort to do the right thing. “I just need to get out of here and get some distance and some new ideas. I need to feel inspired again. I think I need this summer to reinvent myself a bit.”
“Then you should go,” she replied firmly.
“Do you hate me?”
“Of course not, Gigi. You’re like a sister to me. I love you enough to see you need this right now. The wedding’s a formality. Joshua and I have been as good as married for years. Who would know that better than you?”
“Right, who would know that better than me,” I repeated the words back to her.
“Where will you go?”
“I don’t know. Wherever the wind takes me?” I said jokingly.
“Just make sure it blows you back, eventually. I’ll miss my best friend too much.”
“Thank you for understanding, Ali.”
“You don’t have to thank me. I see in your eyes that you need this,” she said.
“More than anything.”
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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