Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sit-down Saturday with Amie Denman


Today we’re celebrating the release of Under the Boardwalk.

So, Amie Denman, where did you get the idea for this novel?
Hello! Thanks for asking me about the first book in Starlight Point Stories. This series is close to my heart because the idea came from a happy chapter of my life. During my college years, I worked at a summer resort and amusement park just like the one in Under the Boardwalk. I also fell in love there with the man I'm still married to 23 years later!

In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
Amusement park owner Jack Hamilton and sweet baker Augusta Murphy take a walk on the beach and forget they're on opposite sides of a fight.

How long did it take you to write?
Good question...I wrote and re-wrote this book until I finally got it right. After thinking about the idea for years and revising it for years...I think I may have 4 years invested in it. And I don't regret a single moment!

What is your favorite scene?
My favorite scene is when Jack takes Augusta out on his boat The Starlight. She finally discovers what's going on in his heart and mind.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I love both Augusta and Jack. But if I could only be one of them in real life, I'd be Augusta. I love cake, and she makes gorgeous wedding cakes!

If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?
Julia Roberts would play Augusta and Colin Firth would play Jack. Swoon!

What music would match the mood of this novel?
I hear "Under the Boardwalk" when I think of this book! "From the park you hear happy sounds from the carousel..." I also hear "Verdi Cries" by 10,000 Maniacs. It evokes a summer resort by the sea.

This is your 7th book. Exactly what does that mean to you?
I'm really proud of the books I've written in the past, but this is a whole new beginning for me. The next two Starlight Point Stories books will release in August and November of this year, and I am thrilled! It's so lovely to write for Harlequin, and my editor Dana has pushed me to be the best writer I can be.

What do you plan to work on next?
I'm working on the rest of the Starlight Point Stories series (there may be a 4th!), but I also have another series I'm just beginning. It involves my favorite obsession: firefighters.

What are you reading for pleasure right now?
I just finished Elizabeth Heiter's Seized and I loved it! I also love to read and re-read anything by Kristan Higgins.

Thanks for joining us, Amie!
Thank you! I hope readers will visit me at www.amiedenman.com







Would you like a chance to win Under the Boardwalk or the three other January releases from Harlequin?

Our January Harlequin Heartwarming releases are the first to be available in print format through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and we have a special giveaway for you.

Each of us—the four authors with January releases—is giving away five books. Yes, this means twenty books to be given away in total. And your odds of winning are one in 500!

It’s simple to enter. All you have to do is click on the book titles below, follow us on Amazon, and you will know right away if you’re a winner. There’s no waiting! If you win, the book will be on its way to you direct from Amazon.

Under the Boardwalk by Amie Denman;
A Boy to Remember by Cynthia Thomason;
The Missing Twin by Pamela Tracy;
When Love Matters Most by Kate James

The giveaway is open until 11:59 PM PST on January 27th.


Since ALL Harlequin series titles are now available in both print and ebook format, Harlequin also has a giveaway right now. Find out more here.





15 comments:

  1. Congratulations for your first Heartwarming book, Amie. What a terrific way to start 2016!

    I enjoyed the interview, and I look forward to reading UNDER THE BOARDWALK.

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  2. Thanks, Kate! It's great being in company with you, Pamela, and Cynthia!

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  3. It sounds like so much fun to read about a book with an amusement park featured in it. When I think about it I can see the carousel and taste the cotton candy. The cover is so enticing too. It must have been interesting working at one. Congratulations on your first Heartwarming book. I look forward to reading it. ( :

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  4. Congratulation, Amie! I loved reading the behind the scenes of the book. I look forward to reading it. The cover is fantastic!

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  5. Amie, I wish I was finished with Rita reads so I could read this month's Heartwarming books. Your book is one I know I'm going to like. Actually, all of this month's books.

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  6. Congratulations, Amie. I love the Ferris Wheel - love that weirdness in your stomach on the way down that makes you feel a lot like love does. I wish you lots of new fans, big sales, and great stuff for the fourth book you think might be out there. Wonderful weekend, Everybody!

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  7. I love the sounds of a beach resort. And the water. Under the Boardwalk sounds like my kind of book! Congrats on your first Heartwarming book.

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  8. Thanks, everyone! This cold weather is making me long for the beach and the sound of roller coasters! I also love cotton candy and elephant ears. I'm so grateful to Harlequin for capturing the feel of my book with that beautiful cover!

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  9. Amie, I loved your book. I just finished it the other night and all I can say is that your four years of hard work was worth it for me, the reader. I, too, worked at a place like Starlight Point during the summers in high school. I was that voice on the loud speaker announcing events and trying to console crying lost children and finding their parents. I thought Augusta was so real, a girlfriend I'd like to meet and I am astounded at the number of cookies she made all the time. Your cover blew me away it's so gorgeous! Isn't our Heartwarming design team just the absolute best? I'm truly looking forward to your other stories. Oh, I can SO see Colin Firth as Jack. I agree.. I'm swooning! Best of luck with your whole series.

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    1. You are too kind, Catherine! I worked in First Aid at an amusement park, so I am an expert at Band-Aid application. I'm sure you reunited many happy children with their parents!

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  10. Congratulations on your book Amie! Your setting has brought back memories of being a teenager and visiting a nearby amusement park with my friends. We had a lot of fun there. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

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  11. Congratulations on the series, Amie. It all sounds wonderful!

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  12. Congratulations, Amie! I love the cover of your book. Can't wait to read it :)

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  13. Congratulations on the new book, Amie! I'm looking forward to reading it - and I love that you and your husband met under the boardwalk!! What a great story! And thank you so much for your nice words about SEIZED - I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it! :)

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