30 Oct 2014

Love's Last Call by Beth Matthews

Love’s Last Call by Beth Matthews
(Ladies of Jezebel’s #1)
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Lucy York is an aspiring mechanical engineer working as a shot girl serving watered-down drinks to drunken frat boys at Jezebel’s Bar & Lounge. The job isn’t so bad—it pays her bills, and she’s managed to make a surrogate family for herself at the bar. But now, at 24, she’s ready to spread her wings and fly north to attend UC Berkeley and, maybe, distance herself a little from the all-consuming social scene at Jezebel’s.
Then her boss hires a new bouncer, Norm, a literature dork who seems like everything a bouncer shouldn’t be: tall, gangly, sweet (and, you know, named Norman). But as she gets to know him, ol’ Norm turns out to be everything Lucy never knew she wanted and the best friend she’s ever had. He’s not a bad bouncer either.
One obstacle to their happily ever after: the owner has a strict no-dating rule for employees. If anyone at Jezebel’s finds out she’s dating a bouncer, Lucy will lose her job, her surrogate family, and the money she needs to go to Berkeley.
But, if she loses Norm, is she losing her best chance at happiness?

Author Interview
Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
They do occasionally. I wrote my second fantasy novel, HEIR TO THE UNDERWORLD, partly because of a dream I'd had about a hunky Greek Prince. I actually can't remember the details of my last dream, but I do know it involved Benedict Cumberbatch! lol

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I first started dabbling in (very bad) short stories as a kid, and I wrote my first (very bad) novel the summer after sixth grade. My first novel, a fantasy romance, was published in 2010 by a small press.
What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres? 
I really value stories about women for women written by women. Also, it's always fun to see how the couple get to their HEA. I read outside the romance genre (I love SF/F and historical mysteries) but the one non-negotiable for my reading is that stuff has to have a happy ending. No matter what.

Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
LOVE'S LAST CALL tells the story of a dorky new bouncer named Norm who meets the girl of his dreams, a hottie named Lucy. Lucy, for her part, is a waitress by night and an engineering student by day. The two of them are great together--just one problem, according to the rules of their job they are forbidden to date.

What inspired you to write it? 
My boyfriend was a bouncer in the LA bar scene for several years and he would always come home with these interesting war stories. It's a crazy, fun, chaotic world that I thought would be great for a romance novel.

Who designs your covers? 
Fiona Jayde. I've worked with her for four covers now and she is always very patient and professional as I ask for yet one more revision. (I'm kind of a perfectionist…)

If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
Well, Norm is supposed to be ridiculously tall but with a lean, swimmer's body so I always pictured him as Joel David Moore with an Olympian's body. The heroine looks a bit like a younger Reese Witherspoon: cute, tiny, and blonde.

What's your favourite 'chick lit' book that made it to the big screen?
Probably PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Colin Firth. The BBC got that adaptation absolutely perfect to my mind. Other than that, my favorites never seem to make it to the big screen, alas. I would absolutely die of happiness, though, if any of Georgette Heyer's books were ever made into a film. Get on that BBC!

What were the last two books you read?
I actually did a binge read this week and sped through the first two books in Sarina Bowen's Ivy Years series. They're really fun and different New Adult books. Highly recommend them.

Name one female author you think deserves to be better known.
Kathleen Gilles Seidel. Her early romances are incredibly well-written and so emotional. Her novel Til the Stars Fall is the only book that ever made me cry with happiness.

Where do you write?

Right now with my laptop on my legs while propped on the chaise part of my couch. We just got the couch last weekend and I am dying of happiness it is so comfy.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I can fold my tongue in half. It's a rare recessive trait not too many people have.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?

Photo of Angela Lansbury by Alan Light
Scarlett Johansen would be awesome. I love her. Ooh! Or Rachel McAdams. Or Kristen Bell! (This is a fun game). I just tried that Celebrity look-alike generator and it said Evan Rachel Wood or Brittany Snow. I'll take it…She doesn't look anything like me but can Angela Lansbury play the old me? I absolutely adore her.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
My hometown's slogan was "The balcony of Southern California." o_O

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I'm planning to release more books, trying to alternate between Contemporary Romances and fantasy novels under my E.D. Walker pen name. Basically just keep plugging away and telling the stories I want to tell.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
It's the thing all writers want probably but I'd really love to be able to quit my day job someday and just write all day.

Name one of your all time favourite songs.
I really love "Songbird" by Fleetwood Mac. The singing on that just breaks my heart in the most wonderful way.

What do you listen to whilst writing?
I can't listen to anything with words when I write so it's usually a bunch of movie scores. When I'm doing anything mindless like keying notes in, though, I put on musicals to distract myself. I have over one and a half days worth of musicals on my iPod.

Who (or what) did you want to be when you were a kid?
A paleontologist, oddly enough. I loved dinosaurs as a kid.

Beth Matthews is a California girl, born and raised. She’s a total geek, a movie buff, and a mediocre swing dancer. She lives in sunny SoCal with her boyfriend and two of the neediest housecats on the planet.

Tour-wide giveaway (US only)
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Love’s Last Call by Beth Matthews
A Midsummer Night’s Fling by Beth Matthews
Fire Inside: A Chaos Novel by Kristen Ashley
Inn at Last Chance by Hope Ramsay
Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis
Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
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