Sunday, October 6, 2013

Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood Excerpt and Giveaway!

Getting Rooted in New Zealand
Jamie Baywood

Page Count: 224
Release Date: April 21st, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace (self-published)
Genre: Biography, Contemporary, Humor, Travel, New Zealand

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men.

In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs.

It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.


Just like "biscuits," the word 'rooting' has a completely different meaning in New Zealand than it does in California. In California, one would say they need to get rooted when they settle in somewhere, as in, to put down roots, to ground themselves. After living oblivious to the New Zealand definition for five months and while brushing my teeth with Liam the other night, I told him, "I’m really excited to live in this house because I really need to get rooted. I traveled all around Samoa for a month before I came here, and the first place I lived in New Zealand didn’t work out, so I had to move. I’m excited to stay in one place long enough to get rooted."

Liam's eyes almost popped out of his head, and he just about choked on his toothbrush. He spat out his toothpaste, staring at me out of the corner of his eye. Finally he spoke, "Jamie, are you hitting on me? Do you know what rooting means here?"

About the Author



Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first novel about her experiences living in New Zealand. Jamie is married and currently living in the United Kingdom, working on her second novel.






Giveaway!


Books à la Mode is giving away a print copy of Getting Rooted in New Zealand—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway You have the OPTIONAL opportunity to gain four extra entries in the prize drawing by answering Jamie's question in the comments below:
Jamie Baywood has been living abroad for over three years in New Zealand, Scotland, and now England. Next year she plans to move internationally again. Where do you think she should move next? Where is your favorite place in the world and why?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. I really want to hear your ideas, and this is a question Jamie actually needs help answering! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Jamie!
Giveaway ends October 20th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—woohoo! That means anyone in the world can enter to win.
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!