Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Interview with Maryann Reid, Author of This Life + Giveaway! (Open internationally)

I'd like to welcome Maryann Reid to the blog today to celebrate the publication of her newest novel, This Life. Stick around until the end for a fabulous giveaway—print copies and Amazon gift cards, y'all!—that you don't want to miss!

Welcome to Books à la Mode, Maryann! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief introduction with us?

Award-winning author and TV/radio social commentator Maryann Reid has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience. She is an expert wordsmith and has a plethora of connections with women all over the world from her travels to Europe and The Caribbean, and is a popular guest lecturer at colleges, where she has taught her writing and business skills to groups who want to lead their ideal life on their own terms.

Maryann has been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek,, and NBC Nightly News for her innovative approach to life and solving its complex issues, including creating the uber-landmark event Marry Your Baby Daddy Day. This event originated from her third book, Marry Your Baby Daddy (St. Martins Press, 2005) that was optioned by Hollywood actress Holly Robinson-Peete and Dolores Robinson.

Since her debut book Sex and the Single Sister, Maryann has been invited to speak to some of the most innovative groups all over the country and has received over 20 million media impressions worldwide via major news outlets like ABC News 20/20, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.

Maryann received her BA in Journalism from Fordham and developed her writing and love for news at Random House and CNN. She later received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and steadily working on new products for women.

Readers, here's a bit about this new book!

Reality just got a bit too real for this queen of an empire.

Blake is living a life that most women could only dream about. She's beautiful, brilliant, fierce, and doesn't know how to quit. She's built an empire, made millions, and fought her demons. When she's invited to host "The Takeover", a new reality show, she's quick to take on the challenge. The show is an instant success...and Blake's life becomes an instant mess.

Blake's new celebrity status comes with a catch: notoriety. That notoriety uncovers secrets that Blake would have rather kept buried. The worst is her ex-husband Lang, a jealous, obsessed man intent on destroying everything Blake has built.

Blake's success and money become her weaknesses, leaving her with very few people to trust. This only gets worse living in the public eye. Lang uses Blake's celebrity and feelings of isolation against her as he enlists the help of people from Blake's past to ruin her. Unfortunately for Lang, Blake didn't get where she is by backing down from a fight.

When Brett, Blake's ex-flame appears, she finds herself hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Their complicated history soon has her life spinning out of control.

As Blake struggles with the chaos, and the feeling that she can't trust anyone, she starts to wonder if the life she has is even worth the fight.

When Lang's schemes escalate, Blake finds herself on the edge of losing everything...

Sizzling with celebrity fantasy, This Life goes inside an action-packed world of wealth and power, secrets and deceptions, revenge and betrayal-where staying on top could mean paying the ultimate price.
Buy the book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books-A-Million | Createspace

Describe the This Life in six words (or less!).

Good people behaving badly.

What was the inspiration for the book?

I’ve always been curious about women who reinvent themselves and are not occupied with being good girls. I created a character who was neither very good, nor very bad.

As a huge fan of first lines, I’d love to hear the first line of This Life. Could you give us a brief commentary on it?
Faint whispers came out of the hall closet as Blake stepped out of the bathroom.
The bathroom is one of our most vulnerable places. We expect to be left alone there.

I wanted to start with Blake acting innocently and show how quickly she can shift.

Which character from This Life was most difficult to write?

Robin Love. Because of the circumstances in her life, she chose badly. She reminded me of women who have so much potential or may have been cheered on when very young, and never quite blossomed into the woman everyone thought they would become. Robin was waiting for her life to happen, and she got a little impatient.

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Some randomness...

Most romantic thing a guy has ever done for you? 12 long red stem roses arrived in a long white box at work. He took a good hint!

How do you get over heartbreak?  I don’t think I ever do. There’s always a tiny hole there. I just learn to live with the hole.

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Give us your best personal advice—something you wish you'd known when you were younger and would offer to your own kids.

When you’re alone, you attract the most attention. When you’re in a crowd, no one cares.

What is the message in This Life that you want readers to grasp?

I want them to know that sometimes we have to be a little bad to get what we want in this world. Fortune favors the bold, so the saying goes.

Where can you be found on the web?

Before we conclude this interview, is there anything you'd like to ask our readers?

Blake has a painful secret that she reveals in the book. If you told someone your biggest secret, would they scream, cry, or laugh? 

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to get to know you better today, Maryann! Thank you again for dropping by, and best of luck with future endeavors!


Books à la Mode is having a huge giveaway in celebration of Maryann's visit today! We are giving away
 two print copies of This Life and three $10 Amazon gift cards
—that's five winners total! Woohoo! To enter, all you have to do is answer Maryann's question:
If you told someone your biggest secret, would they scream, cry, or laugh?

Also, what country do you live in? This will just determine which prize(s) you are eligible for.
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. Maryann and I really want to hear your thoughts! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Maryann!
Giveaway ends July 23rd at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—yay!! However, the print copies are open to US residents only. Anyone outside of the US may only enter to win for the electronic Amazon gift card (as long as you are able to redeem it at Amazon US).
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!