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That One Summer by Maddie James - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Part of the Summer’s End Box Set  - 14 Author Box Set
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: August 4, 2020

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He’s the one who got away. She’s the one who couldn’t commit.


Twenty years ago, Lia Langston left Last Chance Beach, leaving behind friends, a really good job offer, and the young man she’d fallen in love with that summer. The breakup hurt them both—but she was expected back home in Chicago where a job was waiting. From there, she meandered through life—marriage, a child, divorce, career—yet, there was one constant. She never missed the annual week at Last Chance Beach with her college girlfriends.

Same week, same beach house, same beach town. The routine was safe and predictable. By the time beach week rolled around every year, she was more than ready.

Except for this year.

When Zach Allen—the young man she left behind—steps back into her life, she must face the twenty-year-old consequences of her leaving. Will Last Chance Beach allow her a second chance at love?

LAST CHANCE BEACH is the island paradise where Dreams go to live again, and Wishes may come true. It's Summer's End on the island, and the cottages, condos, hotels, and bungalows are filled to capacity.

There's plenty of time left to find summer fun and summer love, new romances and second chances, hot alpha males and heartwarming heroes, love at first sight and romantic delight, enemies to lovers and opposites attract.

Throw a log on the beach bonfire tonight and celebrate LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer's End, a special romance collection of 14 all-new short stories from bestselling and award-winning authors. These summer stories—created especially for this collection—will thrill the hopeful romantic in you. Some are sweet: some are sizzling! Some are humorous; some are serious. All the stories will make you sigh!

LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer's End will make you want to book a vacation to the island of legend and love, the place where soul mates find each other and love at first sight happens all the time!

Joan Reeves, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
When they met, it was hate at first sight. Now they're stuck in the same overbooked beach cottage and horrified to discover they have the hots for each other!

Liz Flaherty, USA Today Bestselling Author
Their lives are planned out...until they're not! Are they in love or just stuck in a habit?

Nancy Fraser, Top 100 Bestselling Author
At a high school reunion; old flames meet again. Can they re-ignite what they once had and take a last chance on love?

Caroline Clemmons, Top 100 Bestselling Author
She faces a hard decision; he encourages her to choose with her heart. Will the solution drive them apart or into one another's arms?

Maddie James, Top 100 Bestselling Author
It's the typical annual week on the beach with the girls—until her summer fling from twenty years back shows up. He's the one who got away. She's the one who couldn't commit.

Jan Scarbrough, National Bestselling Author
The kids are grown; her husband has an important career, and she wonders if she still loves him, and if he loves her. Can she turn back the clock to save her marriage?

Kathleen Lawless, National Bestselling Author
Of all the beaches on the coast, who shows up on her beach? Him! A former competitive surfer runs into her former love, and revisits all the reasons things didn't work out for them before.

Bonnie Edwards, National Bestselling Author
She wants divorce—he doesn't. What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas!

Marcia King-Gamble, National Bestselling Author
She's hiding from the paparazzi after a scandal. He's the guy next door, an amateur photographer. Will he accept tabloid money for pictures of her? Or will he choose love over jumpstarting his career?

Kathryn Hills, Award Winning Author
Kat must convince her Gran to move to the mainland, but Gran—and hunky neighbor Ben—want Kat to takeover the B&B and antique shop. What will it take for Kat to stay? Some of Gran’s special island magic?

Connie Vines, Award Winning Author
She returns to Last Chance Beach to begin a new life. He's a single dad on vacation with his pre-teen daughter. He's worried his daughter may become too attached to her, but maybe he's the one whose heart is at risk.

Laura Hunsaker, Award Winning Author
Can dreams of the future erase her nightmares of the past? She's looking for a fresh start, but he’s rented the same beach cottage. One bed, two people? Whatever will they do?

Nora LeDuc
He's handsome and in town for only 2 weeks. She wants someone interested in a fling. He wants someone interested in a ring.

Hannah Rowan
She won the big lottery, but doesn't want anyone to know. He's a fixer-upper specialist, but things aren't always what they seem.

Author Interview
1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Be patient. Be true to yourself. Write more.

2. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
For some crazy reason, I hold a fondness for Winterfell, in the Game of Thrones world. I admit I’ve not read the books, but I’ve watched the television seasons a couple of times through. While Winterfell is a harsh environment in many ways, it feels safe in others. Plus, there are cool nooks and crannies above and wandering tombs below. Seems like the exploring would be endless, even with snow covering the ground. I’ll just pretend there are no White Walkers….

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
No. I didn’t think about being an author at all. My sister was the bookworm and dabbled in writing as a kid. I was more into music and thought I would end up being a music teacher. A few life twists changed that plan, and it wasn’t until I was in my twenties when the fiction-writing bug hit me.

4. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Creative. Patient. Thoughtful.

5. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Dogs. Always dogs. I had a couple of childhood dogs that I love. I have a lovely fur-girl today. I cannot imagine my life without a dog!

6. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I once met ice skater, Scott Hamilton, and sat at the same dinner table with him at an education event in Washington, D.C. He was shorter than I imagined!

7. What is the first book that made you cry?Gone With the Wind. Actually, it was the movie that made me cry. I was in the 5th grade and reading the book at the time but I hadn’t reached the end of the book yet. When Rhett walked out of Scarlett’s life, I balled my eyes out—right there in the local theater in front of my 5th grade teacher!

8.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?It honestly varies. I’ve had books I’ve worked on for years, off and on. And others that take a few months. I once wrote 24,000 words in a weekend to meet a deadline to finish a book, so that one was written pretty quick. I’m all over the place!
9. How do you select the names of your characters?Honestly, sometimes character names just pop into my head. First names, anyway. If I’m searching for a last name, I will sometimes Google. For example, I was recently looking for a last name for a character living in South Dakota. I Googled “popular surnames in South Dakota” and up came an entire list. I scanned the list and a couple of names jumped out at me. I made a decision quickly. I’ve found I have a tendency to choose short, punchy names. Not exactly sure why. Maybe it’s less typing. 😊
10. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
The Wizard of Oz
Sleeping With the Enemy
Hope Floats
Dirty Dancing
Nights in Rodanthe

11. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
Okay. Here goes!
1.       I live between a soybean field and a corn field.
2.       I have two children, eight grandchildren, and a canine fur-girl.
3.       I write non-fiction under another name—they last project was to write the 30-year history of a non-profit organization. Whew!
4.       I’ve moved 18 times in my life. I plan to stay put now.
5.       I’m on a quest to visit all 50 states – I need 11 more.
6.       I’ve visited/worked on 16 American Indian reservations across the country.
7.       I’ve flown so many times I cannot count how many airports I’ve flown through.
8.       My favorite beach is in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
9.       I retired after 40 years of working in Education. I was a Home Economics teacher for 16 of those years.
10.   My significant other is my high school boyfriend—we reconnected after 42 years apart!

About the Author

Maddie James writes to silence the people in her head—if only they wouldn’t all talk at once!

Whether writing traditional contemporary romance or building paranormal worlds, Maddie pens stories that frequently cross a variety of romantic sub-genres.

Affaire de Coeur says, “James shows a special talent for traditional romance,” and RT Book Reviews claims, “James deftly combines romance and suspense, so hop on for an exhilarating ride.” The author of over fifty titles of fiction—from short stories to novels—Maddie is an award-winning and Top 100 National Bestselling Author. Learn more at

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  1. Thank you for this great look into what makes Maddie tick! Oh, and for featuring the book and the box set too!

  2. So appreciative of this spotlight and interview! Thank you for hosting!

  3. Love Maddie's books and this set! Super-fun way to spend a summer as a writer AND a reader...enjoying Last Chance Beach! Great post, thanks for hosting.


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