Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Release & Author Interview | Going for Two

In honor of Going for Two’s release, I’m sharing some fun facts about the book and Queen of the League series.

I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and it comes out in full force during the fall and winter, which happens to collide with football season. It was only natural I’d give that sweet tooth to Harper in Going for Two. But because it’s all too easy for me to make a pan of brownies and plow my way through it until I’m sick, in recent years I’ve tried to satiate my sugary appetite with single serving mug cakes. I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with recipes, and one of my greatest triumphs makes a cameo in Going for Two. I’m including the recipe in this image—though I forgot to mention that it helps to spray a little non-stick spray into your coffee mug before you pour all of the ingredients into it. It’s pretty scrumptious!

I hope you will check out the other facts—view a complete listing of locations and dates on my website,—and the series.

Thank you, Kayla, for featuring Going for Two—and me—today. Enjoy!

About the Book

Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

Find the Book


And from January 20-29 you can get First & Goal, book one in the Queen of the League series, for only 99 cents.
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About the Author

Laura Chapman is the author of Going for Two, First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and the holiday collection All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink. She loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura makes her home in Nebraska, where she is penning her next novel.

Author Interview

P&B: Describe your style. I have a pretty casual, laid-back style. I basically live in t-shirts, cardigans, leggings, and jeans when I’m at home. I have to dress up a bit for work, and I typically go with whatever looks classic and pretty, but feels comfortable. So that means sweaters, light blazers, and ballet flats. I wear a lot of black and gray—which is great, since I work at a museum—but I like some pops of color, usually blues or pinks with bluish undertones. I’m pretty pale, and those colors seem to suit me. I have a pretty solid scarf collection, my current favorite is a red, plaid blanket-style scarf. And I keep my jewelry pretty simple too. I wear a couple of pieces every day: an antique gold key necklace with “BELIEVE” imprinted in it from The Giving Keys and the classic Lokai bracelet my sister gave me for Christmas. I have a tendency to worry too much and stress out, and both of those pieces of jewelry remind me to have more confidence in myself and strive to be more balanced in how I approach life.
P&B: What's your favorite book or series? Growing up, I was a huge fan of the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. I loved learning more about what the world was like in our past through the eyes of two such independent and bright girls, who turned into young women. Like most of my contemporaries, I grew up with Harry Potter, and am a big fan of those books. I love several of Nora Roberts’s series, particularly the MacGregors and the Sign of Seven trilogy. I love historical romances from the three Js: Julie Garwood, Judith McNaight, and Julia Quinn. Most recently, I was pretty obsessed with the Hunger Games trilogy. All of these are well-written stories filled with adventure, excitement, and love. I’m actually in the process of re-reading my thirty favorite books and series. I turn the big three-oh in June, and this is my nerdy little way of celebrating. So far, I love the experience. I’m reconnecting with some of my favorite characters and stories, and it’s all a reminder of why I love books.
P&B: What's your favorite movie? This is another one that’s tough to pick just one. I actually have a top five—in no particular order—The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Return of the Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, and Sense and Sensibility. If we expand to top ten, I add in The Little Mermaid—which is sometimes a top five in lieu of Beauty and the Beast, depending on the day—Love Actually, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Willow, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Some of my friends tease me about that last one, but I unapologetically love it. You’ll notice a constant with all of those movies is that they each have a great love story in it. About seven years ago I met George Lucas, and I made sure to tell him he was involved in three of my all-time favorite movies.
P&B: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book? Just do it. Your story matters, and no one can tell it except for you. I’d also suggest really writing a story you love—or love telling—that first time. You can worry about editing, marketing, and all of the other business sides of the process after you write that book. But savor the process of creating a world and seeing it come to life on screen/paper. Writing isn’t always fun. It’s work. So make sure you savor the good parts when you have a chance. I’d also suggest that you remember that this is your writing journey and no one else’s. Don’t compare your journey to any others, which is way easier said than done. It’s easy to get jealous, annoyed, frustrated, or devastated if you focus too much on what other people have done or are doing. I have to remind myself of this often, but I’m a much happier author now that I’m focusing more on what I can control rather than what I can’t. And I’m trying to enjoy my experience, because it’s mine. To quote Miley Cyrus, “Ain't about how fast I get there/ Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side/ It's the climb.” Yes. I did just quote Miley. Ha!
P&B: Favorite nail polish color? I can’t seem to ever give you one answer! Again, I have a list. This winter, I’m really feeling “Grease Lightning” by Sally Hansen. In the spring and summer, I love “Peachy Breeze” by Sally Hansen and “Nice Stems” by Sinful Colors. When I need something more neutral—sometimes my day job calls for it—I typically go with “Sand Storm” by Sally Hansen or “Private Viewing” by Wet and Wild. Those are my biggest repeats, but I have a fairly extensive collection. I’m guilty of checking out the nail polish selection almost every time I go to a drug store, and about half the time come out with a new color to try.
P&B: Favorite treat? Oh, so many. It’s actually a bit of a problem. When it comes to junk food, I’m a sucker for barbecue Pringles or Lay’s dill pickle-flavored chips. I also love cherry sours, orange slices, cinnamon gummy bears, Whatchamacallits, Dots, and Milk Duds. When I’m practicing better self-control, I love munching on pear slices with almond butter and sliced sweet peppers dipped in guacamole. I always keep single-serving popcorn packs on hand in case I get hungry after dinner. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t kick my pop addiction. I love Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke best.
P&B: If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go? Even though I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend one week in England in my early twenties, I’d love to go back. And this time I’d like to explore more of the country—including trips to Bath and Liverpool, in addition to a return to London. I’d also like to explore other parts of the UK, visiting Scotland and Ireland. I’d probably need a month to do it right. When I was in college, I mapped out a couple of plans for backpacking Europe—plans for six weeks, eight weeks, twelve weeks, and sixteen weeks—but I was never good enough at saving money, and I started an internship a few days after graduation and a full-time job a week after my internship wrapped. I don’t regret my internship or first job, but sometimes I wonder what could have been if I’d gone the backpacking route.
P&B: Best love advice you've ever received. It wasn’t advice actually given to me specifically, but one of my favorite thoughts on love comes from Sex and the City. In the movie, Carrie Bradshaw says in a voiceover, “Some love stories aren't epic novels, some are short stories. But, that doesn't make them any less filled with love.” I think that’s a beautiful thought and something that’s good to remember. Not every love story ends with happily ever after. But even having a happy for now can be something to treasure.

P&B: What's next for you?
I’m working on the next book in the Queen of the League series: Three & Out. This one will take Harper to new places and experiences, and I’m looking forward to telling this story. I’m also finishing up a standalone book, which I started during National Novel Writing Month this past November. I still need to massage this story a bit more, but I’m hoping to have it ready for publication sometime in 2016 or 2017. And aside from that, I’m really focusing on adding that balance I mentioned earlier. I’m making sure to build in time for having fun and being with the people I love. I have a lot of blessings in my life, and I want to make sure I’m appreciating them to the fullest.

Thanks so much for having me as a guest. These questions were fun to answer.


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