Thursday, 18 July 2019

Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn + #Giveaway

Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by Swoon Reads on the 16th July 2019.

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Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around - she just has to return all of the items she stole. When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she'd never do - fall for an out-of-towner. But Will's special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty's luck is finally turning around. After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty's relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good - or say goodbye to Will forever.

Literary Flits >> Guest post

Literary Flits focuses on global fiction and WorldReads so I thought it would be great if Jennifer could pen a guest post about why she chose Maui for Just My Luck's location. I imagine Hawaii is very different to Vancouver!

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Hawaii a number of times through the years and it’s one of my favorite places in the world to vacation. The last time I was in Maui, in 2017, I realized that I could translate my love for the island into a book. So, the setting for JUST MY LUCK came first — settings almost always come first for me.

Once I had the setting down, I needed a story. I thought about the early 2000’s movie Blue Crush, starring Kate Bosworth, in which Kate is a surfer who works as a housekeeper in a fabulous hotel, where she meets and falls for a good-looking professional football player. I liked the idea of having my main character work in a hotel, so I created the fictional Grand Palms Maui and I based it on the stunning Grand Wailea. While I was on vacation, I spent some time walking around the Grand Wailea’s extensive, beautifully manicured grounds and I took a million pictures. 

I liked the juxtaposition of a girl who lived in this island paradise and worked in a luxury hotel that she’d never be afford to stay in with a boy who was wealthy enough to live there for the entire summer. 

Now that I had the setting and my main character, Marty, I needed to give her a problem. I remembered a very special episode of the Brady Bunch when the Brady’s visit Hawaii and Bobby Brady discovers a cursed tiki that ends up causing all kinds of bad-luck issues for his family. I simply gave that idea a twist and had Marty’s luck tank after she stole some items from some unappreciative hotel guests. Marty’s karma is now pretty awful and she’s desperate to do the right thing and return the items to their rightful owners. Only that doesn’t prove to be too easy for her.

JUST MY LUCK was really fun to write and I think that’s in part because I pulled from my own memories of the time I’ve spent there and gave them to Marty and Will, like watching the sea turtles make their way to the shore at sunset in Napili Bay or wandering down Front Street in Lahaina. Now, when I look through the finished book, I remember all the great times I’ve had there, which is pretty cool. 

Meet the Author 

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she'd have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

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And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is a Print copy of Just My Luck
Open to the USA and Canada until the 28th July.

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