Monday, March 24, 2014

Tempting Fate

Not a Book Review, but a shout out for a book that might be great for the upcoming Spring Break Pool/Beach time!  Author Q & A bonus below!


Tempting Fate 
(St. Martin's Press) 
March 25th

About the Book
From the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, and Another Piece of My Heart comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships....

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can't relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years...And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her-until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive-something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything-and find out what really matters most.

A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.

About the Author
JANE GREEN is the author of fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. She has been featured in People, Newsweek, USA Today, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Q&A with Jane Green
author of Tempting Fate

Tempting Fate centers around a happily married woman who falls prey to temptation when a handsome younger man shows interest in her. How did you choose this as a topic for the novel?
A number of women I know had left what appeared to be happy marriages, everyone later discovering they were having affairs. As a woman in her mid-forties, I was fascinated with what happens to the middle-aged woman, and how vulnerable she is. I had always assumed that having an affair meant there had to be problems in your marriage, but after receiving a few flirtatious emails from someone I once met at a book festival, I started to think about how seductive it is to be noticed at a time in your life when you’re feeling invisible and that we all have a need to still feel beautiful, valued, worthy. I realized that affairs can happen because of how addictive attention can be, with little to do with how happy your marriage is. It’s so easy to think flirtation is completely innocent, but what happens if you have chemistry with someone? What happens if they pursue you? What happens if, for the first time in years, they make you feel alive?

What is the biggest message you want readers to take away from Tempting Fate?
Anyone indulging in a flirtation when they're already taken should read it as a warning signal. The grass is never greener, he's not your soulmate, and you should stop now before you make a terrible mistake...

Is there any Jane Green in Temping Fate’s Gabby?
There is a little of me in all of my novels. I created Gabby because I really wanted to connect with my English roots. Like me, she's a transplant, and I think my own homesickness comes across. Unlike me, she makes decisions that turn out to be disastrous for her marriage. Also unlike me, I have no desire whatsoever for any more children...

Once you hit the New York Times bestseller list as an author, is there more pressure on you to continue to write books that hit the list?
The pressure grows and grows...will you make the list, will you be higher than last time, is your career on the upswing or is this the moment it all comes crashing down and everyone realizes you're actually a load of rubbish. I had tremendous, and instant, success with my early books, and later had a period when things were quieter. It was a humbling, and valuable lesson. Now I tend to focus less on how well the book does, and more on creating the best possible book I can create. If I know I've done that, then I'm happy.

Do you have any special rituals or traditions when you begin writing a new novel?
A new notebook dedicated to the book! Large, thin enough to slip into my computer case, the very first page always contains notes on the story, before moving on to characters. All my thoughts and notes go into the book, always in longhand, before being typed up on the computer. And it's usually pink.

Have you started writing your next book yet? What can you tell us?
I'm on the third, and hopefully final, edit of Saving Grace. Grace Chapman is married to a bestselling author, with a perfect life, apart from the disorganization. A new assistant seems to be the answer to their dreams, until Grace finds her life being stolen from under her feet.