Beach reads! (and a giveaway)

Summer officially rolled in this week. Although if you live in my neck of the woods (north Florida) it’s been summer weather for the past 3 months. Summer means kids home from school, vacation, suncreen, cookouts, The Fourth of July and lots of lazy time spent trying to stay in the shade. It also means beach reads!

We hear this expression a lot but what exactly is a “beach read?” I know what I think a beach read is, but I had to look it up and see what everyone else thought too. I think this definition from the Urban Dictionary sums it up best.

“The beach book is easily digestible, designed to be guzzled down from a cramped airline seat or reclining poolside chair. Comforting, happy endings are assured; every couple who ought to end up walking into the sunset together does (although the best of the genre have you doubting that destiny in the middle chapters.) They’re not the novels you proudly display on your shelves so that guests may marvel at your intellectual prowess, but frankly, it’s too hot out for Tolstoy.” – Kim Rollins
 
I confess to writing beach reads and I’m proud of it.  I can’t write dark. I can’t write sad. I have to write happily-ever-after and I strive to put a smile on my readers faces. So that said, I’m proud and happy to be givng away one of my own beach reads, Bunco Babes Gone Wild (if the title doesn’t scream beach read, then I don’t know what does!) I’ll also be giving away this terrific bag with my own personal motto “Reading will get you everywhere.” You can use it as book bag, for your groceries, or better yet, take it to the beach!
 
Bunco Babes Gone Wild
 
Georgia Meyer needs some time to think—and what better place to get her head on straight than Whispering Bay, Florida, in the company of her sister Frida and her sister’s Bunco friends, better known as the Bunco Babes? Georgia’s boyfriend—and boss—Spencer Moody made a slight miscalculation in the romance department and gave her a calculator instead of an engagement ring. So she needs some sisterly advice, in between rolling dice and drinking frozen margaritas, as to her next move.

While considering subtracting Spencer, Georgia meets the very handsome Dave Hernandez. Unfortunately when a Bunco night gets a little out of hand, Georgia reveals more of herself to Dave than she intended. Now, as she helps the Babes prepare for a Bunco Black Tie fundraiser, she needs to search her heart—and keep her shirt on—long enough to decide if a love affair with Dave might be a dream come true or just a flash in the pan.

Leave a comment telling me what you have planned to read this summer and you’ll have a chance to win a free autographed copy of Bunco Babes Gone Wild and one of my book bags. Comments will be open till Monday two am. EST. Winner will be notified by email. Good luck and stay cool!

About Maria Geraci

Maria Geraci writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. Her latest release, THE BOYFRIEND OF THE MONTH CLUB is available now from Berkley, Penguin, USA. "Romance readers will revel in the Austen-perfect happy ending and the warm friendship among members of the club." —Publishers Weekly
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20 Responses to Beach reads! (and a giveaway)

  1. Misty Evans says:

    I love beach reads any time of year, Maria. Bunco Banes Gone Wild sounds hilarious! I’m a sucker for stories set in Florida, too, so looks like I just added another book to my summer TBR pile. Most of the rest of it is paranormal, except for Marilyn’s On Any Given Sunday.

  2. Leigh Duncan says:

    Hi Maria! Bunco Babes Gone Wild is the perfect beach read…unless you’re reading Boyfriend of the Month Club, like I am now. I’m only a few pages in and lovin’ every page!

  3. LOL, Maria! I loved Rollins’s line: “…but frankly, it’s too hot out for Tolstoy.” 😛

    I’m a fan of beach reads, which are too often dismissed because they seem “simple” but, truthfully, all writers know how difficult it is to write a book that reads so smoothly that everyone agrees it’s easy to understand. I’ve loved all three of your books so far and can’t wait to read your next one!!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Start Spreadin’ the News…

  4. Brenda Hyde says:

    I’m reading a lot on my kindle this summer– shorts and novellas are great for fast reads. I’m trying to hit some backlists of authors I love too!
    Brenda Hyde`s last blog was …Author Interview: Robin DeJarnett

  5. Judy Keim says:

    Maria, I love the concept and very fun idea for your Bunco Babes book! Can’t wait to get it! I’m ready for a good beach/poolside read and this sounds perfect!! A real treat and consolation prize while others are at RWA in New York!

  6. Na says:

    I can never resist a “beach read” and I read them all year round. What’s not to like about family, friendship, relationships and the discovery of self that often define these reads? For me, it’s about connecting and with these books and I do so on an emotional level. It’s not all tears though, there’s a lot of fun too. I can add Bunco Babes Gone Wild to my want-to-read list, it sounds fun and that my girlfriends would also enjoy.

    Among many, I’m planning to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (seems everyone has read these)!

  7. Edie Ramer says:

    Bunco Babes sounds like the perfect beach read!

    This feels like one of my craziest and busiest summers ever. I have a lot of family stuff going on for the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to it all, but it’s hard (impossible!) to get everything done.

  8. Chelsea B. says:

    I have a lot of Pride and Prejudice inspired novels in my future, me thinks 🙂 Maybe not exactly a beach read, but I’ve been in a Pride and Prejudice mood lately, and who am I to argue with moods? 😉

  9. Susan Nichols says:

    Love to play Bunco, and would love to read about the Bunco Babes! Sounds like a fantastic summer read! Count me in!

  10. Vicki Price says:

    Read this one a couple months ago, right after Bunco Babes Tell All and not long before Boyfriend of the Month Club. Loved it! I am really hoping you’re going to give us more adventures of the Bunco Babes soon!

    • Maria Geraci says:

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed my Bunco Babes series. I’m currently working on a novel due to come out next year titled “The Ugly Girlfriend” but after that, there might just be another Bunco Babes book in the works!

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