Room to Breathe is a story of two southern women at very different stages in their lives who are experiencing the same sense of “starting over.” Daphne Witt is weeks from turning forty, in a career that she never expected, and ready to start dating after a divorce. Her daughter Ellery is essentially untested in the world. Young, beautiful, accustomed to everything going her way, Ellery finds herself with a less than dazzling job, a distracted fiancé and, for the first time ever, doubts about who she is and where she’s going. When the novel begins, we find Daphne dealing with an awakened libido she thought long dead, and Ellery struggling to accept working for her mother and living with a fiancé who has little time for her. Both women redirect their dissatisfaction toward secret desires – Daphne for a much younger contractor, and Ellery for a secret email pal who thinks she’s her mother. Like the vines of a vineyard, things get tangled quickly by decisions that not only threaten the fragile mother-daughter relationship, but each woman’s future.
One thing I really like about Daphne is her self-awareness. She’s been content to stand in the wings while everyone else in her life commandeered the spotlight, but now she’s ready to take her turn on the stage. She’s bumbled into a dream she never knew existed as a children’s author, and she’s really good at what she does and becomes an overnight success. But her family, even her ex-husband, can’t seem to let go of the woman she once was. They want the old Daphne, the one who put everyone else before herself. I intentionally gave Daphne a secret crush on a younger man and had her pay attention to her sexuality. Women of a certain age are often set aside, as if their “ sexiness” has a shelf life. I wanted Daphne awakened to the fact that as a woman entering her forties, she still needed intimacy and affection. I wanted her to struggle with the guilt, be tempted, and have a little fun with someone…young enough to date her daughter.
Ali: Introduce yourself, please.Pam: Hello Have Coffee Need Books followers – I am Pam Webber, author of the bestselling debut Southern novel, The Wiregrass, a Historical Novels Review Editors’ Choice, and Read of the Month at Southern Literary Review. My second novel, Moon Water, just released August 20th. I have also published extensively in nursing and am an award-winning educator and family nurse practitioner. I was pleased to present on a panel at Virginia Festival of the Book after my debut release. My husband, Jeff, and I live in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Ali: Describe your writing style in three words. Pam: Immersive, contextual storytelling
Ali: Would you rather eat only tacos for the rest of your life or eat anything you want but it will always smell like tacos? Bren: Tacos! Cross: What? Zellman: Don’t make me hate tacos. This question is making me hate tacos. Jordan: shrugs I don’t care.
Ali: Would you rather have dicks for fingers or a finger for a dick?
Who wants some Lizzy? I knew you better than you know yourself because I anticipated that All The Things Lovers would jump to make a home for these autographed books! What is included in this bundle you ask; let me settle your curiosity. This giveaway is for the History Interrupted novels: East, and West. But that isn’t all! No, I also bought The Omega Beginnings Miniseries to accompany the History Interrupted novels and really make wags tail.
BUT FIRST ON THE LIZZY FORD SHOW: ALI ASKS THE HARD QUESTIONS
Valent is an archer for Clan McLeod, who’s grown up as an orphan, raised by an old man in a cottage in the forest. He’s a little stuffy if you asked me so I sent a proxy to translate questions for me. I am a little forward with blue hair, tattoos, sexual revolution–yeah I’m still going through that–I knew none of that would work with Valent who is from Medieval times. The only thing he and I have in common is that we both grew up in a place where it’s okay to pop a squat wherever you need to to relieve yourself; I’m real backwoods. I grew up rural–cray cray rural. Squeal like a pig! Continue Reading
Vin Jackson is a man of few words, of course it doesn’t take a lot of words to get a good job done well and this job only had 14 Valentine Questions to whet your whistle. This is that sexy, slightly inaccessible guy who is a rock when you need him but rough around the edges. He’s hard to read and doesn’t give away much so don’t think this questionnaire is going to give you much insight so sorry babes, you’re going to have to read Undercovers to get a pulse on him. FBI Agents don’t go down easy, I did my best. Continue Reading
Five authors have written one hero into five different romantic tales. For this next week you get an exclusive introduction to these male leads by seeing their five unique replies to one Valentine Questionnaire. Meet a cowboy, an FBI agent, A Highland Laird, a real estate developer and a vampire all by the name of Valentino.
I’ve read these replies. Some of these guy wouldn’t know romance if they had to spell the word with Alphabet Soup. Please heroines of these Valentino stories, kick these boys in their toys!
At 38.5 weeks gestation, my twins were estimated to weigh upward of 8 pounds each and baby boy wouldn’t keep his head down. So I had a c-section.
I have some ambivalence about missing out on labor, as if that painful birthing is the essence of motherhood. That’s hogwash, of course, as all adoptive mothers will say. But its one of the many idealizations we internalize about parenting, and which we can use to abuse ourselves about whether we are doing it right.
Motherhood (and fatherhood) is a messy, creative, profound, painful, joyous boundary exploding chaos, and the birthing is only one moment, crystalizing the beautiful blood bath that brings new life. Continue Reading
Do I need to introduce Logan Kade? I mean it’s Logan-FREAKING-Kade! He’s the funnier and in my opinion, the yummier brother! RAOW! Mr. Kade, which part of your body is missing my tongue the most? #KadeBabe
On our fancier dates nights, my husband and I love to go out to the restaurants in San Francisco that have those great prix fixe menus.Three courses for $35, and for an extra $20, the wine pairing.I like it because I would normally never order an appetizer, entree, dessert, and three half-glasses of wine.And when he orders three different things, then we get to taste a lot from the menu. *Wanders off in a salivating reverie while recalling a particularly delicious salmon filet.*
And, I’m back! So, I thought it would be fun to give you my food and wine pairing for the Blood Vine series! Continue Reading