Excerpt: THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB by Brenda Janowitz (plus giveaway!)

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Hello, you lovely people! Today, Brenda Janowitz is being featured at Traveling With T because her newest, THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, released today! Who is Brenda Janowitz, you ask? Well you might remember her from RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE. Or the Author Spotlight: Brenda Janowitz  that happened last summer at Traveling With T.

Today, though, I have an excerpt and a GIVEAWAY! Scroll down to the bottom to check that Rafflecopter link (after you read the kick-butt excerpt!)

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Brenda Janowitz: Hybrid Author (plus giveaway!)

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Today, the adorable Brenda Janowitz is back at Traveling With T! Not only is she adorable (look at that face and hair!) but she is also GENEROUS! Thanks to Brenda, 1 lucky winner will win her 2 previous books, Scot on the Rocks and Jack With a Twist! *Note: Both books are Kindle books.

Thank you, Brenda, for stopping by again!

Brenda Janowitz: Hybrid Author

They call me a hybrid.  But, like any obsessive fan of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES would assume, I’m not actually half vampire/ half werewolf.  Although hybrids are super hot.  I wouldn’t mind sidling up to a hybrid, thank you very much.  Especially Klaus.  Wait, are you guys not watching THE VAMPIRE DIARIES?  Why on earth not?!

But I digress.

What they mean when they say I’m a hybrid is that I’m a hybrid author.

Back in 2007, Red Dress Ink (remember them?!) published my first novel, SCOT ON THE ROCKS.  The following year, they published my second novel, a follow-up to the first, JACK WITH A TWIST.  It was so thrilling—all of it.  First, to be represented by a New York City agent, and then to get a two book deal by a major New York City publishing house?  It was all just a dream.

Then, a funny thing happened.  Red Dress Ink closed its doors.  Most of the titles moved over to Harlequin’s women’s fiction imprint, MIRA, but mine did not.  Mine sort of… died.

Both books went out of print.  At the time, I was working on a lot of stuff—making babies, trying to write my third novel in the spaces between, and getting adjusted to this new life of mine out in the suburbs.  Which included lots of babies and trying to find time to write.  My agent told me that when books go out of print, it activates the reversion clause in your contract.  I’ll spare you the legal mumbo jumbo, but suffice it to say—I was able to get the rights back to my first two novels.

“What will I do with them?”  I asked my agent.  “Why do I need them?”

While I was moving out to the burbs and making babies, the publishing world had changed.  Author friends of mine were self-publishing their back lists, and my agent (and said author friends) thought I should, too.

So, my books had one life—a fancy NYC publishing house life, and then another—the gritty do-it-yourself indie life.  Sort of like a vampire.  The books may have died, but they’re back!  And they are totally going to suck your blood.

Okay, I’m kidding.  My books do not want to suck your blood.  (Although I’m sure your blood tastes delicious, I mean no offense.)  My books want to make you embarrass yourself in the subway from laughing (I’ve gotten that email from numerous readers and it makes me smile each time someone tells me that!).  They want to make you forget your problems for an afternoon (two different people read my second novel while getting chemo and told me that it helped them to keep a smile on their faces through an awful situation).  They just beg to be read on a plane, or a bus, or a beach (you could also read them on a subway, on a train, or by a lake.  I don’t discriminate.).

So, I’m a hybrid author.  I’ve re-published my first two novels myself on Amazon Kindle, and my third novel (RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE) was released by St. Martin’s on July 2nd.

In honor of my hybrid status, I’ll be giving away copies of my first two novels.  Just leave a comment below to enter to win.  And if you want to tell me your favorite VAMPIRE DIARIES character, well, that would be very cool, too.

* Want to read more about Brenda? Here is more: Interview With Brenda Janowitz, Author Spotlight: Brenda Janowitz, Recipe for a Happy Life review

**Giveaway ends August 19th at 11:59pmEST. Winner will be notified Aug 20th.

Author Spotlight: Brenda Janowitz

Brenda Janowitz official headshotBrenda Janowitz stopped by Monday for an interview about her newest book, Recipe for a Happy Life. Today she reveals her #literarycrush, #literaryconfessions, and which Hollywood actress she’d like to play the role of Brenda if her life was made into a movie!


Author Spotlight: Brenda Janowitz

Who are some of your favorite authors?

-I love books by Elinor Lipman, Emily Giffin, Julie Buxbaum, Jennifer Weiner, and Allison Winn Scotch, so those were the authors who served as my inspiration as I wrote.  I hope that readers will find the warmth, truth and laughter that are the hallmarks of these authors in my book as well.


What book (or books!) will you always make room for on your shelf?

-The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird.  The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman.


If your life was made into a movie- what Hollywood actress do you wish to portray you in the movie?

-What a fun question!  I absolutely love Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Garner.


Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

-I must confess, I didn’t love Fifty Shades of Grey like everyone else did!  I remember the week I heard about the book—two different friends were raving about it.  I immediately downloaded it, but I have to say: I don’t get it?  What was so desirable about that relationship?!  Clearly I missed something.


Do you have a #literarycrush? 

-I always really loved Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind (I read the book after I saw the movie, so did I even have a chance after falling for Clark Gable?!).  See, I really do love the bad boys.  All of which makes the Fifty Shades of Grey thing even more perplexing.


If you could pick a best friend from a book- who would you pick? And why?

-I absolutely LOVE Bridget Jones!  Can I be friends with her?!  She is hilarious, a ton of fun, and at the end of the day, really cares about her friends and family.  Isn’t that what life’s all about?  Friends and family.


Brenda- tell us what your idea of a perfect day is.

-There are so many ways to answer this one!  I think as a mom I should say something like: with my husband and children, blah, blah, blah.  But let’s face it—I’m a mom, I work… the perfect day is one spent at a spa!  Preferably with a glass of proseco!

*Special thanks to Brenda Janowitz for this author spotlight!

For more information about Brenda, please check out her website. Be sure and check out my interview with Brenda for a chance to win a copy of Recipe for a Happy Life!