Thursday, September 23, 2021

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: The Girl in the '67 Beetle by Linda Lenhoff

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for The Girl in the '67 Beetle by Linda Lenhoff. This blurb blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a print copy of the book. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Girl in the '67 Beetle
Author: Linda Lenhoff
Publisher: Laurel Canyon Books
Publication Date: September 26th 2021
Print Length: 276 pages
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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The art director of Kids Press, Amy Shepherd has been assigned to reinvent the story of Goldilocks, and she finds her own life reflecting a similar tale. Will she fall for a man who’s a little too old (but exciting), a man who’s a little too young (but awfully exciting looking), or a man who’s just right, at least as far as her friends are concerned? Or will she bring Goldilocks’ story—and her own—up to date with a little help from high-technology and the Goldilocks Planet theory? Amy will have to decide how her own tale will end, all the while driving her beloved powder blue convertible through the streets of Santa Monica, where she has become known as the Girl in the ’67 Beetle, the only thing in her life that, so far at least, feels just right.

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EXCERPT:
I think it’s a sign of our times that when we feel low or confused, unsure or unloved, we look for someplace warm and comforting, with soft colors and soothing music, and find ourselves time and again at Pottery Barn. At least, my pal Susan and I do.

“Shopping has gotten a bad name,” Susan says. Susan is my bestie from college, though we don’t use the term bestie because it’s a little too cute, and Susan is a serious person. She has a serious face with a serious haircut—auburn tinted straight hair, excellent posture, and one of those fit bodies where everything’s proportioned right. I think it’s because she’s tall. But she doesn’t lord it over me or anything.

“It’s true,” I say. “I feel guilty shopping now. Even window shopping makes me look over my shoulder to make sure no one’s watching. When did this happen?”

“It’s all those TV shows where women in too much eye makeup are constantly shopping for shoes.

“I’ve never willingly gone into one of those pricey shoe stores,” I say.

“Boutiques,” Susan corrects me.

“That’s a polite word for them,” I say. “What’s wrong with DSW? What’s wrong with grabbing your own size and putting shoes on yourself?” I ask.

“You just don’t get what it means to be a modern woman,” Susan says, raising her nose in the air. “A modern woman who spends money on shoes that hurt.”

“I’d rather have a nice quilt,” I say, looking at a nice quilt. It’s five-hundred dollars, so I won’t be buying it, either. But at least if I did, it wouldn’t pinch my toes.

I am scanning the aisles of Trader Joe’s, looking for something celebratory but inexpensive for dinner. It is my anniversary, and I realize I’m acting a little like a New Agey Hallmark card for a thirty-four-year-old celebrating the first anniversary of her divorce (and you just know the card would be too pink, with a girl holding a martini glass with too much martini in it).

Trader Joe’s is the grocery store where I came as a college student to buy very cheap wine (I still buy it) and big blocks of cheese (I’ve cut down on the cheese—dairy, you know). The store looks brand new, having undergone renovation this past year. A lot like me, but more fluorescent and way more noticeable. You can now find some form of chocolate at the end of almost every aisle. Something that makes me think they know I shop here, or there are a lot more women like me than I ever thought.

A crowd has gathered around the low-carb section, which thankfully isn’t too large an area. Lots of women studying the fine print.

An older man is watching the low-carb folks, too. He looks at me, and we share a smile. He then accidentally turns and knocks over an entire rack of chocolate bars (the ones with the white wrappers and hazelnuts inside, a very good choice), and the whole group of low carb-ettes turns to see, with looks of longing on their determined faces. The older man looks slightly bemused.

“You’re a tempter, is that it?” I ask, helping him pick up the bars. I put one in my basket. I don’t care if it fell on the floor. It’s wrapped.

“Who could resist?” he says, with a mischievous smile on his face. “Thanks for the help. I should buy you a chocolate bar,” he says.

“Please, I’m over thirty,” I joke. “You should buy me two.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Photo by Haley Nelson
Linda Lenhoff has worked in publishing as a writer and editor for several years, having edited nearly everything from makeup techniques (apply blush up and over the “apples” of your cheeks) at Seventeen Magazine to migraine studies (cut back on that chocolate) at research institutes. She has earned an MFA in Creative.

Writing, and her next novel, *Your Actual Life May Vary, will be published in 2022. Linda lives in California’s Bay Area with her husband and daughter. Contact Linda at (925) 784-9393 or at lenhoff@informativity.com.

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GIVEAWAY:
Linda Lenhoff will be awarding a print copy of The Girl in the '67 Beetle or a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter.
(Open worldwide.)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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101 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.

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  2. Hi! Thanks for hosting my third rom-com, The Girl in the '67 Beetle! This book is meant to be pure fun and lots of laughs. Have a fun weekend at the beach, or just pretend you're there! Did anyone else have a classic car in their family? Mine was a '68 Camaro. Enjoy!

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  3. Sounds like a really great book. Congratulations on it's release.

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  4. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  5. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  6. Cute book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  7. Sounds like a very fun read!

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  8. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  9. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  10. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  11. You had me at Trader Joes. What a fun read

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  12. Sounds like a real page turner.
    heather hgtempaddy

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  13. This is a fun read!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  14. Congrats on the book!

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  15. What made you write romantic comedy books ?

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  16. What a fun and cute cover. Good work.

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  17. What did you do for your community this year?

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  18. Congrats on the book!

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  19. What an attractive book cover. It is really colorful and very cute!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. Very cute and fun book. Thank you

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  21. I want to read this book!

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  22. What's your favourite urban legend?

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  23. looks like an interesting book - lots of work. thanks

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  24. The cover is great. I love the pink.

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  25. Where do you get your ideas from for your books?

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  26. Just saying Hello.

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  27. Have you ever been so stuck that you stopped writing a book?

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  28. I'm sure I read some of your articles in Seventeen Magazine!

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  29. How did you come up with this book?

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  30. You've led an interesting life prior to publishing your first book.

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  31. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  32. What's your favorite thing to do when relaxing?

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  33. When do you do your best writing?

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  34. Linda Lenhoff has learned a lot of interesting things over the years in her job as a writer and editor. She would never run out of conversation topics at a party!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  35. David HollingsworthOctober 1, 2021 at 5:18 PM

    How did you get into writing?

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  36. I love the blue '67 VW on the cover. It is such a cute car! This sounds like a cute book, too!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. Have you ever had a Glitch in the Matrix moment?

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  38. David HollingsworthOctober 2, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    What's the best book you think you've ever written?

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  39. Do you have a set schedule for writing?

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  40. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2021 at 6:59 PM

    What is your favorite color?

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  41. I remember being driven around in a beetle in the 70's. They looked cute, but the heater left a lot to be desired. In the excerpt, Amy is a strong female celebrating a 1 year anniversary from a divorce. Plus she's shoe shopping with a girlfriend.

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  42. Do you keep a notebook to jot down story ideas?

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  43. I think this would be a fun read for my bookclub!

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  44. I think it is interesting that you earned an MFA in Creative
    Writing, and that your next novel, *Your Actual Life May Vary", will be published in 2022!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  45. David HollingsworthOctober 4, 2021 at 7:43 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  46. Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

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  47. Do you write when you're on vacation?

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  48. David HollingsworthOctober 6, 2021 at 1:39 AM

    How do you come up with the covers for your books?

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  49. I wonder ... do drivers of '67 VW Beetles have more fun?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. what kind of writing schedule do you have?

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  51. The cat on the cover looks like it wants to go for a ride in the '67 VW!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  52. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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  53. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2021 at 10:37 PM

    Have you ever received negative reviews on your books?

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  54. Are the leaves turning where you live?

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  55. I am just wondering: Have you ever driven a '67 VW Bug?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  56. David HollingsworthOctober 8, 2021 at 11:21 PM

    What's your favorite book?

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  57. Riding in this '67 VW convertible with the top down, you could really feel the breeze in your hair!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  58. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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  59. Cute cover, my friend had a VW Bug and we would have fun driving around with the top off.

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  60. David HollingsworthOctober 10, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    How are you doing emotionally?

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  61. A question for the author: How many miles to the gallon does a '67 VW Beetle get?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  62. What are your plans for Halloween?

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  63. I so admire your ability as a writer.

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  64. David HollingsworthOctober 11, 2021 at 8:15 PM

    Telling by this book, it seems that you're a fun writer.

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  65. The title of this book makes me wonder: What was the price of gasoline in 1967?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  66. David HollingsworthOctober 13, 2021 at 3:19 AM

    Are you into Halloween?

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  67. Hmmm... how many gallons of gas does it take to fill up a '67 VW Beetle?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  68. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  69. I have a question: How many miles can you drive in a '67 VW Beetle on a full tank of gasoline?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  70. sounds like a fun one

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  71. I like the cover. Thanks for sharing!

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  72. David HollingsworthOctober 14, 2021 at 7:47 PM

    Sounds like an excellent read!

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  73. How many books do you read in a year?

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  74. I wonder how many people can squeeze into a '67 Beetle?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  75. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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  76. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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  77. My daughter would enjoy this book

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