Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Getting It Right the Second Time Around by Jennifer Frank ♥ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (New Adult Romance)



Alison is a 28 year old living in Boston who is more-or-less happy in her somewhat boring life. She is challenged by the terms of her eccentric aunt’s will to fix a big mistake she made as a college senior - turning down law school for love. While having everything from her job to her apartment disrupted, she has to decide if she’s willing to re-do things the right way around this time, or if she’s courageous enough to find her own path. Having been burned by love before, she is hesitant in allowing another guy - even one as hot as Ryan - shape her future.



Getting It Right the Second Time Around was written originally for a novel contest (which I didn’t win) shortly after I had my fourth child. I somehow managed to get the entire first draft written in the span of three or four months…but spent the next 5 years editing it and rewriting it.

I lived in Boston from age 18 until 28, so I can identify with Alison’s love of the city and being young in Boston – which is probably the best city for people in their 20s. You can walk pretty much everywhere. Alison’s apartment is based on one I almost rented on Marlborough Street. This is my favorite street in all of Boston. It goes from the edge of Beacon Hill (near the Cheers Bar) through the Back Bay. It is terribly quaint and also wonderfully expensive. Needless to say, both Alison’s apartment and the one I almost rented were teeny-tiny.


My daydream was the happily ever after to my once upon a time. As a twenty-two-year-old college senior, I’d seen my future clear and bright ahead of me. Dating a smart, gorgeous guy I thought was meant just for me, I was rejoicing that I’d been accepted to law school. I could clearly visualize our happy home filled with beautiful children wearing perfectly coordinated clothes while I saved women and children victimized by poverty, circumstances, and, all too often, those they loved and counted on.

At age twenty-eight, I was single, working at a fulfilling (read: low-paying) job, without a hope of the future I once planned. In the previous six years, I had made peace with what was. It wasn’t what I planned and hoped for, but my life was pretty good. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have expended a lot of effort to change much about my life. Unfortunately, life was changing for me one way or the other, thanks to Aunt Elinor.

Aunt Elinor could be described in a number of ways, depending on your
perspective. I’d heard everything from persnickety to opinionated to obstreperous. The last one sent me running to my dictionary. Obstreperous /əbˈstrepərəs/ noisy and stubbornly defiant. That was as reasonable a portrayal as any other.

While my grandmother, Margaret, did the dutiful thing for a young woman of her generation—got married, had five kids, stayed home to raise them, and then stayed home to care for her husband in retirement—Elinor shunned her parents’ expectations and vowed “to live my own life without some know-it-all man telling me what to serve for dinner and how he wants his underwear ironed.”

        





Physician by day, writer by night. Jennifer’s love of writing grew out of the many meaningful moments shared with patients – some joyful, often emotional, always special. Her initial essays, appearing in medical journals and literary magazines, explore the ups and downs of a medical life. As an avid reader, Jennifer adores a great story, eventually deciding to create her own. The characters are her favorite part of any story she writes. When not stamping out disease, coaxing patients to eat their veggies, or composing the next scene, she enjoys spending time with her four children and stay-at-home husband.


     

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67 comments :

  1. Enjoyed reading the "Fun Facts", thanks for the the chance to win :)

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  2. Thank you for hosting. Living in Boston in my twenties strongly influenced many of my life choices including who I married and what I decided to be when I grew up. How has where you live influenced you, readers?

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  3. This sounds like a really sweet romance. I loved the excerpt.

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  4. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  5. Great to see where you found your inspiration from.

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  6. I like the excerpt ! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  7. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Boston is a beautiful place and great setting for this story!

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  9. I really like the synopsis for the book and enjoyed the excerpt. I am looking forward to reading more about this book. Thank you.

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  10. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you!

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  11. Getting it right sounds like a good read ♡ Thank you

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  12. Well, I'm sure we can all agree that what the world has is too many lovers and not enough lawyers...

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  13. Enjoyed the excerpt and fun facts, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

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  14. Alison sounds like an interesting character with some tough decisions ahead of her.

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  15. I look forward to reading this. My winter TBR list is winding down, so I'm glad I found this new book to read. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  16. I find it impressive that you find the time to write while being a physician!

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  17. Loved the fun facts!! Thanks for sharing them :)

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  18. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  19. I liked the excerpt and the fun facts.

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  20. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway.

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  21. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway.

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  22. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  23. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  24. Thank you for sharing the fun facts! I can't wait to read more.

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  25. Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway.

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  26. Really enjoyed reading the Fun facts, thank you!

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  27. It's amazing that you were able to write a book with 4 kids. But I guess that's one of the reasons it took another 5 years to edit it.

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  28. I like it so much more when you have a gift card attached to a giveaway. It makes it much more exciting to enter. I like the hope of winning.

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  29. How much did the story change in the process of editing and rewriting?

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  30. Great Excerpt! Her aunt sounds just like my grandma! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Great excerpt! If you could write about any location, where would it be and would you visit for research?

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  32. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Thanks.

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  33. Thank you Jennifer - Looking forward to reading your book.

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  34. Thanks for the chance
    MY question is what do you do to relax and recharge

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  35. Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

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  36. Sounds fun, thanks for a chance to win!

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  37. Thank you again for the excerpt and so many opportunities to win.

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  38. Looks good, thank you.

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  39. thank you so much for the giveaway!!!

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  40. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such a fun, exciting, and intriguing read. Totally looking forward to reading this book!

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  41. Thank you fo the excerpt and the giveaway ;)

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  42. I enjoyed reading the fun facts and the excerpt. i like it when I get to know a little about an author before reading their books.

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  43. I enjoy reading contemporary romance, and this sounds great.

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