Monday, July 11, 2022

NBTM Virtual Tour and Giveaway: Summer of Georgie by Kerry Crisley

Welcome to my stop on the NBTM virtual tour for Summer of Georgie by Kerry Crisley. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and a fun guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Summer of Georgie
Author: Kerry Crisley
Publisher: Lazy Sunday Books
Publication Date: December 2nd 2021
Print Length: 265 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
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Deep into her 40s with a lackluster career, Georgie wonders how she became so...underwhelming. If she’s not battling her micromanaging boss and egotistical CEO, she’s trying to quiet her inner voice, the one whispering that she hasn’t lived up to the cool, funny and creative person she used to be.

When she's fired for finally pushing back on her CEO’s questionable business practices, Georgie – with the support of her husband and book club friends– uses her free summer to rekindle latent talents and redefine success. But just as she figures out what’s next, an unexpected hurdle threatens to turn her summer of opportunity into a zero-sum disaster.

Summer of Georgie is a fresh and likably snarky take on the “middle age do-over,” with an authentic portrayal of friendship, marriage, motherhood, and that inner critic inside us all.

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EXCERPT:
“Hey mom, if we won the lottery, could we go to Godzilla Fest?” Max asks, starting one of our favorite mealtime conversations.

“Yes,” I say definitively. “We’d fly first class, and stay in the largest, nicest room in the whole hotel, and you would get any figure you wanted, no matter how much it cost.”

“And then,” Shannon picks up the thread. “We’d go to Paris and ride to the top of the–“ she pauses to consult my phone. “Eiffel Tower!”

I turn back to the stove as Dan joins the kids at the breakfast bar to make plans for our imaginary future. Right, I think. Chicago and Paris. With my 22 hours of vacation.

At the thought of work, a small knot forms in my gut. My sizable gut, the criticism comes before I can stop it. It’d been coming a lot since discovering early on that my job move was a profoundly bad one. How much have you gained this year, Georgie? Ten pounds? Twelve? Is it worth it? The weight? The pay cut? Lena? The complete and utter misery?

“Oh, shut up,” I mutter quietly to my inner commentator, shifting the pan on the stovetop so Dan can’t hear me. At least it’s Friday. And yes. As a matter of fact, it is worth it.

I give my head a small shake and turn around, smiling. “And then, we would find a beautiful house on a lake and spend the rest of the summer in it. Nothing but swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding all day.” I pause. “Except if it rains. Then we’d have movie marathons or read on the porch. Because there would definitely be a screened porch.”

Shannon gets up from her stool and puts her empty bowl in the sink. “Would we invite Nana and Bop Bop?”

I place my hands on her small shoulders and plant a kiss on the top of her head. “Well, duh,” I say. “Of course we invite Nana and Bop Bop!”

“Better stock up on gin,” Dan offers, goading me.

“Helpful,” I say, swatting him on the shoulder.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kerry Crisley is a communications professional, with a focus on the nonprofit sector. Fiction, however, is her first love; she wrote and directed an original play performed by her second grade classmates, and has been writing ever since. 
 
She lives in Wakefield, Massachusetts with her husband, their children, and their (very spoiled) rescue dog. 
 
When not at work, Kerry can usually be found reading, hiking, or getting into a wide variety of shenanigans with her book club. Kerry is a current member of the Women's Fiction Writing Association, and also muses about pop culture and wellness on Medium. Summer of Georgie is her first novel.

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GUEST POST:
Lottery fantasies…and forgiving my great-grandmother
By Kerry Crisley


True story: At the age of 13, my great grandfather Albert snuck out of the Canadian orphanage where his father deposited him as a boy and ended up in the United States working as a mechanic. He married my great mother, Jessie, and they had one daughter, my grandmother Mildred. Albert worked at one company during his long career, Berkshire Hathaway.

Long before I was born, Albert had the opportunity to buy stock in this company. He floated the idea of investing $10,000 (this was probably 70 years ago or more). Ever frugal, Jessie nixed the idea as too risky.

Berkshire Hathaway. Risky.

I bring this up because not only did my great grandmother forever rob me of my chance to be a trust fund baby, she also inspired my penchant for lottery fantasies, a habit I indulge frequently enough that it found its way into my first novel, Summer of Georgie (see excerpt). In the scene, my main character and her family play the “what if we won the lottery” game and describe their ideal summers as members of the nouveau riche.

Thinking of this scene begs the question that is the topic of the guest post: if money were no object what is one thing I’d like to experience?

For me, it would be an extended tour of New Zealand. Why New Zealand? To start, if money is no object, I could upgrade my flight to one of those fancy beds so I could endure the 18 hour journey in comfort. And I could indulge in some of the country’s most luxurious resorts like the Treetops Lodge, the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, and the Bay of Many Coves.

Upon arrival, it would be weeks and weeks of gobsmackingly beautiful scenery and endless opportunities for adventure: A multi-day hike in one of the world’s most famous trails, Milford Track. Jet boat rides on the Shotover River. And all the Lord of the Rings film locations I could cram in. I might even summon the courage to go bungee jumping in Queenstown.

I love the outdoors, and New Zealand has been calling to me for years. Given a windfall like a Powerball jackpot, I’d be able to see every green and blue inch of it while I’m healthy and fit enough to do it.

Until such a Powerball jackpot is won, however, my daydreams (and methodical saving for retirement) will have to do. And since I may not have written Summer of Georgie if I was too busy hanging around with Paris Hilton or starring in some version of The Real Housewives, I guess I have my great grandmother to thank.
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GIVEAWAY:
Kerry Crisley will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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182 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good read with ups and downs she has to tackle.

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  2. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! I LOVE the cover - the artist Ashley Siebels did a fantastic job.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Summer of Georgie

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  4. Love the excerpt! Sounds like a great book.

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  5. I just love this type of read. Thank you

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  6. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Summer of Georgie sounds like a brilliant book to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic week!

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    1. Thanks Stormy! It was so much fun to write, so I hope it's as much fun to read. 😁

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  7. Adorable Cover! Loved the excerpt! Added to my TBR!

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  8. Super hot here, time to grab my book and get some iced tea.

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

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  10. The book sounds like a wonderful read. Love the fun cover.

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  11. Summer of Georgie sounds really good! Looking forward to hopefully winning it!

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    1. Thank you Cheri! If you do get a copy I hope you enjoy it!

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  12. Summer of Georgie by author Kerry Crisley sounds like a fun and uplifting summer time read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. David HollingsworthJuly 11, 2022 at 11:14 PM

    Sounds like a nice book!

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  14. Do you like to people watch?

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    1. Sometimes! If I'm at an outdoor restaurant at a tourist destination, for example.

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  15. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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

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  17. Thank you!

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  18. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  19. I think all of us in our 40's can relate to Georgie and how she feels. We could all use a do over especially these days indeed.

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  20. Thank you

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  21. I enjoyed your guest post.

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  22. sometimes we just to stop-reevaluate our selves and start something new !

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  23. How did you decide on Georgie as your main character's name?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. When did you realize you wanted writing to be your career?

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  25. David HollingsworthJuly 13, 2022 at 8:46 PM

    Happy Wednesday!

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  26. Thank you

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  27. is there a certain time of day you write

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  28. David HollingsworthJuly 15, 2022 at 1:52 AM

    Happy Friday!

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  29. Happy Friday!

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  30. What is your favorite book to re-read?

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  31. David HollingsworthJuly 17, 2022 at 1:37 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  32. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  33. What time did you get up this morning?

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  34. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  35. Summer of Georgie sounds like a book that would be a hoot to read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  36. David HollingsworthJuly 19, 2022 at 9:47 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  37. Do you write more or read more?

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  38. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  39. David HollingsworthJuly 20, 2022 at 9:32 PM

    This book sounds really good!

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  40. hope you are enjoying the summer

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  41. David HollingsworthJuly 21, 2022 at 8:40 PM

    I hope you're beating the summer heat.

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  42. What author do you most admire?

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  43. David HollingsworthJuly 22, 2022 at 7:53 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  44. was it hard to design the cover

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  45. How do you decide on a title?

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  46. This really would be a great lazy Sunday read!

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  47. I hope you have a great night

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  48. David HollingsworthJuly 24, 2022 at 8:10 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  49. Have you read Err by Stephen King?

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  50. Summer of Georgie sounds like it would be a fun and entertaining read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  51. How long does it take to write a book?

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  52. What is your favorite type of candy?

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  53. David HollingsworthJuly 25, 2022 at 9:50 PM

    How are you doing during this brutal heat?

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  54. Are you working on another book?

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  55. What caused you to start writing?

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  56. how old were you when you starting writing

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  57. David HollingsworthJuly 26, 2022 at 9:34 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  58. Happy to find a new to me author, I need more summer reads.

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  59. do you have any other book started

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  60. This book sounds like the perfect fun and entertaining summer read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  61. David HollingsworthJuly 27, 2022 at 9:47 PM

    Have a good night.

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  62. What is your favourite breakfast treat?

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  63. Do you make writing notes on your phone when you're out and about?

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  64. did you always want to be a writer

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  65. I am glad Georgie was able to get away from her micromanaging boss and egotistical CEO.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  66. David HollingsworthJuly 28, 2022 at 8:33 PM

    Happy Thursday!

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  67. David HollingsworthJuly 29, 2022 at 6:04 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  68. Do you dream about a book you're writing?

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  69. is there an author that inspires you

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  70. The characters in this book sounds like they would be interesting to get to know!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  71. What's your next book going to be about?

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  72. David HollingsworthJuly 30, 2022 at 5:23 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  73. Thank you for writing a book about middle agers and their accompanying joys and heartaches.

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  74. sounds like an amazing book, thanks

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  75. David HollingsworthJuly 31, 2022 at 3:51 PM

    How are you doing these days?

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  76. Hope you are safe from weather problems.

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  77. This looks like a great read. The plot is intriguing.

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  78. I would so love to read this one this summer sounds super good.
    heather

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  79. Are you a morning or a night person?

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  80. This book sounds like it would be fun and a real hoot to read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  81. looks like a fun one

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  82. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

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  83. I would love to read this one while on vacation.
    heather

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  84. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  85. David HollingsworthAugust 1, 2022 at 9:17 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  86. I love the book details and the cover is great!

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  87. My sister would ❤️ this book.Thanks

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  88. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  89. I am looking forward to reading this book!

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  90. Great cover, great excerpt! Good luck on your launch!!

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  91. I love the artwork on the cover. It's very cute and eye catching.

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  92. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover.

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  93. I love the cover and the you can do it mindset included into the novel, in which Georgie can accomplish goals in life.

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  94. David HollingsworthAugust 2, 2022 at 8:45 PM

    Happy TuesdayQ

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