Monday, September 18, 2017

Summer on Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy Interview & Excerpt

Divorced mom, Mia Gibbs' family is her life, but her world is turned upside down when she falls for her one-time teenage crush Nick McGuire, a workaholic lawyer who isn't a family man. Fans of Susan Wiggs' The Lakeshore Chronicles will love this heartwarming friends to lovers story releasing this summer from Grand Central - Forever.

About Summer on Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #2):

Title: Summer on Firefly Lake
Author: Jen Gilroy
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
Series: Firefly Lake
ISBN: 9781455569601

Sometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire has turned everything upside down.

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus, and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city…until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted…and the woman he can’t live without.

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Available at: Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

Praise for Summer on Firefly Lake:

“Has charm to spare...The delightful supporting cast...and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake.” – Publishers Weekly

“Gilroy’s second Firefly Lake novel encapsulates the quaint, busybody small-town feel and the slippery slope of friends becoming lovers quite well…Engaging...(a) fast paced page turner.” – RT Book Reviews


“I want this.” Mia lifted her face to his as a cloud scudded across the moon. “I want you.”
Even if it could only be for tonight, she was Mia, not a mom, not a sister, and not a wife who’d been tossed aside for someone younger and curvier. For this one moment, she didn’t have any responsibilities except what she wanted and needed.
I want you, too.” Nick took her hand and led her toward the car. “A part of me has wanted you since I was fifteen and you hung out at the town beach in that green bikini with the white flowers.”
Her heart lurched. He’d noticed her enough to remember the bikini she’d hidden from her mom. The one she’d bought because she’d heard Nick say he liked green. “You were always with the guys by the life guard station.”Everything about him was a lot sexy and a little bit dangerous.
“I wanted to see you.” His smile was forced, like the admission cost him more than he wanted her to know.
Mia curved her cold hand into his warm one. She’d guessed she’d hurt him the one time they’d gone out, but until tonight she hadn’t understood how much. She couldn’t regret the past, and she couldn’t predict the future, but she could do something about the present. “I want to be with you. Even though we’re not teenagers anymore and I don’t have that green bikini.
Nick’s gaze skimmed her body from head to toe and lingered at her breasts. Then he gave her a grin that was pure bad boy. “I was always a lot more interested in what was underneath that bikini anyway.”
He opened the passenger door for her to slide in.
She looked at him from under her lashes and flirted like she’d wanted to do all those years ago but had been too shy. “You were, were you?”
“Oh yeah.” He shut the car door and, in the sudden silence, panic rolled over her again. Except, there was excitement too…
Copyright © Summer on Firefly Lake 2017 by Jen Gilroy

Other Books in the Firefly Lake Series:

Title: The Cottage at Firefly Lake
Author:Jen Gilroy
Publisher:Forever – Grand Central Publishing
Series:Firefly Lake #1
Date Released:January 31, 2017
Genre:Contemporary Romance /Women’s Fiction

Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven … but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. Yet now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin…True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

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Book 1 is available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Kobo  |  iTunes

Praise for The Cottage at Firefly Lake:

“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” – Publishers Weekly

“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” – RT Book Reviews

About Jen Gilroy:

Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers' hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.


Thanks for inviting me to chat with you at Deal Sharing Aunt. I’m happy to be here to talk about books and writing with your readers.
1.      What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
The best part of a vacation for me is visiting places associated with favorite books.I lived in England for many years and particular highlights were visiting Jane Austen’s home at Chawton,as well as exploring the Georgian heritage in Bath that Austen depicted so beautifully in her novels. I also travelled to the English Lake District to follow in the steps of Wordsworth and other Romantic poets and see the places that inspired Beatrix Potter’s tales.
In the US, I’ve made pilgrimages to sites associated with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House stories and, at home in Canada, have visited the Prince Edward Island setting for L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and other books.
2.      What is the first book that made you cry?
As a tween, I remember sobbing over my grandmother’s copies of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women andthe second part, Good Wives. Beth March’s illness and death were heartbreaking because I cared about the March family almost as if they were my family.
It was my first fictional experience of death and had a profound impact on me. I’ve reread these books many times since, but it was only as an adult that I recognized how readers become emotionally invested in fictional characters, and one of the marks of a skilled author, like Alcott, is creating characters who seem real. 
3.      Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! When the words are flowing, writing is my happy place.When I’m deep in a story, I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.
However, when I get stuck, am on a tight deadline, or “life happens,” writing can also be exhausting.Once I get through the rough patch, though, I once again have the wonderful feeling of euphoria and energy that only writing brings.
4.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My new release, Summer on Firefly Lake is the second book in the Firefly Lake series, small-town contemporaries from Grand Central, Forever. Although each book stands alone, the books are connected through some recurring characters and the Vermont setting.
As an author, I enjoy writing connected books because I’m able to truly get to know the setting and characters and, across a series, build what I hope is a compelling world for my readers.
As a reader, I enjoy reading books with connections between them for the same reasons. The setting becomes a place I’d like to live, and the characters are as familiar as old friends.
5.      How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Because I’m stubborn andusually complete things I start (my husband would say sometimes to my detriment!), I only have one half-finished book, a young adult historical I began when I was still trying to find my writing voice.
However, I have four booksthat will forever stay under the bed. Although they’ll never be published, those books are integral to how I learned to tell stories, create sympathetic characters and write believable dialogue.
And, proving no writing is ever wasted, I drew inspiration from a scene in one of those unpublished books and now, entirely rewritten, it appears in my third Firefly Lake book, Back Home at Firefly Lake, which releases in early December.
6.      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
For me, everything comes back to writing so if I didn’t write fiction, I’d want to do some other kind of writing like the speechwriting and copywriting for businesses and charities I did before I became a full-time author.
Journalist is one of my career paths not taken, and that’s why I made the heroine of my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake, a foreign correspondent.
I also enjoy teaching and, if I truly couldn’t write, I’d likely make my way to the teaching world in some capacity. Working in a museum, archive or library also appeals. Anything to do with books!
7.      What is your favorite childhood book?
It’s actually a trilogy, the Emily books by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery. Although less well known than the Anne of Green Gables series, Emily is a young girl who wants to be a published author, and the books trace her writing journey from childhood to early adulthood.
As a child and young adult, I didn’t know any writers. Reading Emily of New Moon, Emily Climbs and Emily’s Quest, helped nurture my dream of achieving publication—one that never died despite many years and career detours along the way.

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