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Thursday, October 18, 2012

GIVEAWAY!! "Forgotten" by Catherine McKenzie~Unforgettable!


Emma Tupper is a dedicated lawyer with a bright future. But when she takes a month-long leave of absence to go on an African vacation, she ends up facing unexpected consequences. After she falls ill and spends six months trapped in a remote village thanks to a devastating earthquake, Emma returns home to discover that her friends, boyfriend, and colleagues thought she was dead—and that her life has moved on without her.

As she struggles to re-create her old life, throwing herself into solving a big case for a client and trying to reclaim her beloved apartment from the handsome photographer who assumed her lease, everyone around her thinks she should take the opportunity to change. But is she willing to sacrifice her job, her relationships, and everything else she worked so hard to build?

In Forgotten, Catherine McKenzie tweaks a classic tale of discovering who we really are when everything that brings meaning to our lives is lost.

Publisher:  William Morris/Harper Collins Publishing
Pages:  437
Genre:  General Fiction/Adult
Author:  Catherine McKenzie
Learn More About the Book:  http://www.catherinemckenzie.com
Purchase here:   Barnes & Noble  and  Amazon
Other book by Ms McKenzie:  "Spin"  reviewed here!  Seach, please!

Video Trailer!!!!  Meet Catherine McKenzie...

The Dame Interviews Catherine McKenzie!!

Hello, Catherine.  Welcome to A Bookish Libraria!

I’m so delighted you’ve agreed to allow us to get to know you and your book better.  I have several questions!  So exciting to have you here...

1) First of all, please tell us a special something about what makes you “tick.”  When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?


There’s a long list of things I’m doing when I’m not writing – I work as a lawyer – but one thing that makes me tick is running. And TV.


2) You chose a specific place and time to write about, what made you choose it?


The inspiration for Forgotten was a story I heard about a woman who’d been stuck in Africa for a period of time so that is what inspired me to set part of the book in Africa.


3) Bronte or Austen?  Hemingway or Hawthorne?  Why?


Austen, definitely. Austen makes me smile and nod. I find Bronte (all of them) really bleak. Hemingway. He’s a master at dialogue.


4) In your opinion, what makes a book a great one?


When you can’t put it down. When you’re sorry it ends. When you can’t wait to read it again.


5) Which author(s) most influenced your love of books? 


L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder – I read and read and read them as a child.


6) Read any good books in the past 6 months?


Yes, several! Loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Defending Jacob by William Landy, When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
("Defending Jacob" reviewed here earlier this year.  Search on sidebar!!)


7) Choose 4 guests from any era for dinner.  Who would they be and what would you choose for a topic of conversation?


Austen, L.M. Montgomery, Bob Dylan, John Lennon. I’d just let the conversation flow.


8) There’s a song that goes along with your book, what is it?


Leaving on a Jet Plane.


9) If you could cast your book for a movie, who would you choose for your 2 main characters?


I can never answer this question! Seriously, I don’t have a visual image of the characters and prefer to leave it to people’s imagination.


10) Worst habit you have while writing books?


Not outlining enough.


11) How much research did you do before and during writing?


Quite a bit on Africa to develop the country where it was set.


12) Psychologists tell us the thing we think we’d most like to grow up to be when we’re ten years old is our avocation.  What did you want to be?


An astronaut.
Thank you, Catherine.  Pleasure to have you on my blog.  You're the best!


It's always pure pleasure to read a book by Catherine McKenzie.  Easy and refreshing dialog, interesting plot, and over all intriguing problems to work through.  Her books are current and relevant.  I just love the way she writes.  She's witty and wise at the same time.  If you haven't read one of her books, grab this one asap.

Without reiterating the summary, I'll say that this story is brighter and more interesting than it sounds. McKenzie makes the ordinary sing.  She takes a situation that is sometimes comedic and turns it on its head to make your heart wrench.  She takes a human tragedy and turns it into an opportunity for renewal for her characters.  I love her panache!

"Forgotten" is the novel I bet many an author today wishes they'd thought of.  It's so fresh and engaging.  It reads like a charm.  I loved every minute of it.

This is one of those rare contemporary books I can recommend without reservation.  Needless to say, I'm a fan of Catherine McKenzie and will be waiting in line for her next book.  Please read this one, I know you're going to thank me if you do!

5 stars               Deborah/TheBookishDame


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This book sounds great.

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