Monday, May 9, 2016

Beach Town Goody Bag Giveaway

With the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing across the U.S. you never know if it’s going to be hot or cold, dry or wet, sunny or snowing. But don’t despair, you can always find the perfect location when you lose yourself in a good book.

With that in mind I’m thrilled to be able to host a Beach Town Goody Bag giveaway today featuring the lovable and talented New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews. The giveaway is in celebration of the author’s mass market paperback edition of SPRING FEVER that hit stores March 1st and the trade paperback edition of BEACH TOWN which hit stores May 3rd. The goody bag comes complete with two books and chock full of other swag.

Here’s a list of what will be in the fabulous goody bag:
•                Copy of BEACH TOWN in trade paperback
•                Copy of SPRING FEVER in mass market paperback
•                Two different Mary Kay Andrews (MKA) bookmarks
•                A recipe card featuring two recipes from MKA’s kitchen
•                BEACH TOWN sunglasses
•                BEACH TOWN lip balm with SPF 15

Here’s a brief synopsis of BEACH TOWN:

Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame.
Now Greer has been given one more chance-a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. There’s one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino—which will be perfect for the film’s climax—when the bad guys blow it up in an all-out assault on the townspeople.
Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoilt patch of the Florida gulf coast. She takes a room at the only motel in town, and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who’s seen huge damage done to the town by a huge paper company. The bay has only recently been re-born, a fishing industry has sprung up, and Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.

Here’s a brief synopsis of SPRING FEVER:

Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. 
But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance. Maybe everything happens for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back. But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town. On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone. Even if there are people determined to keep Annajane from getting what she wants, happiness might be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason in this sleepy lake town might be in her future.

To make the summer even more fun, the author has a new book, THE WEEKENDERS, coming out May 17th. Be sure to check back here May 26th as I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this tantalizing new release, as well as a wonderful giveaway.

Here’s a brief synopsis of THE WEEKENDERS:

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends—and it’s something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found.
She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.



A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, which is Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Tom, she has two adult children and two grandchildren. After a three-year hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta. She also owns two restored beach cottages on Tybee Island, GA, both of which are named for fictional locations in her novels.

For more on Mary Kay and her books, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


Thanks to the lovely Meg at Tandem Literary, I have one Beach Town Goody Bag to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 18.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you enjoy escaping to different locations through the wonderful pages of a book? If you were packing a goody bag right now, what one book would you include from your collection and what book would you include from your wish list?


  1. How interesting. I have several of Kathy Trocheck's books and didn't realise she was writing under another name. Thank you.

  2. We've had cool spring to hot summer and tons of rain, so it has been a mix.
    Fun giveaway for someone. It is time to hit the beach!

  3. Somehow I'd missed that Mary Kay Andrews had been a reporter! She made the switch to fiction so easily (I hear that it's tough!)

  4. I loved this author. Her reads are so much fun. I can't go to the beach, but I can read her books and pretend. haha


  5. We're having crazy weather in South Africa too. A mix of seasons. That is one good looking bag of swag:)

  6. Thanks for a great giveaway! A book is an escape, a comfort, a companion, and so many other things! Mary Kay Andrews writes wonderfully entertaining women's fiction. Her books are perfect getaways--and add a handful of assorted titles from the TBR pile--and you have a perfect mind-cation : )

  7. This sounds like a fun giveaway, Mason - and just right for the upcoming beach season. Thanks for sharing.

  8. The winner will be all set to hit the beach and get in some good reading.

    I may have grown up in rainy Oregon but I'd really like to see the rain stop now.

  9. This sounds really good! Great blog today, It's hard to say what ones I would bring? I have so many favorite Authors. Mary Kay Andrews would be one, Lori Wilde and some Harlequin super romances,

  10. Wonderful giveaway and great books. I would being novels by several of my favorite authors, Mary Doria Russell, Jacqueline Winspear, Mary Kay Andrews. Love this beach theme. Thanks.

  11. Cool giveaway. New author for me.

  12. Cool giveaway, considering I'll be going to the beach next month this would be great, LOL. The books sound interesting, thanks for the chance to win.

  13. Her covers make me want to find my beachball, my blanket and one of her books and head to the coast.

  14. that's a lotta books in a bag

  15. Wonderful giveaway! Someone is going to be very happy :)

  16. These sound like "light" fun reads that would be great for summer that I DON'T have to review! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been phasing out book reviews on both blogs, so it would be nice to read something that has NOTHING to do with cats or dogs! catchatwithcarenandcody

  17. That's a terrific giveaway! One lucky person is going to enjoy reading all those books!

  18. Does that mean the person who wins has a good excuse to go to the beach for a week? :-)

  19. I'm a HUGE fan of hers! This would be fabulous to win! :)

  20. That is so fascinating that she covered the real-life murder trials from the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil! Wow!

  21. That is so fascinating that she covered the real-life murder trials from the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil! Wow!

  22. Looks like a fun new book, I always enjoy her stories every year! I would put the new Louise Penny in my goody bag this summer!

  23. I will admit I have never read any of her work but it does sound like a great beach read.

  24. I just love todays post and I would love to read your books.

  25. This would be a new author for me. Thank you for the chance to win!


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