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Monday, August 16, 2021

Espoused by Jean Marie Davis - Book Tour + Giveaway






Join Us for This Tour from August 16 to September 3!
 
Book Details:
 
Book Title:  Espoused by Jean Marie Davis
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+
GenreContemporary Fiction, Literary, Humor
Publisher:  Wren Park Publishing, 264 pages
Release date: July 2021
Content Rating:  PG for the subject matter of adult relationships/marriage/divorce, but there is no bad language or explicit sex scenes.
 
Book Description:

Espouse: (v.) to take in marriage; to make a marriage permanent by court decree; the court-approved process by which couples may stay together beyond the legal 15-year term.

In the contemporary world, fifteen years is considered the legal life cycle of a marriage. If a couple wants to stay together (married), they must hire a lawyer and petition the court to become Espoused.

After 14 years of marriage, Sara and Thomas Healy are still in love. Their decision to go to court to be espoused permanently is a source of great embarrassment for their children. Avery is ready for the benefits of uncoupling, and Sam really doesn’t need the social stigma of parents who decide to stay together, on top of everything else. Lame! Their espouse attorney, Gwen Stevens, has other problems. The judge for the Healy case is her nemesis, Carly Abraham, also known as “the Wicked Witch of the Bench.” Judge Abraham was previously married to Gwen’s husband Dennis, from whom she uncoupled after the allotted 15 years. She hates espouse lawyers on principle, and seems to have an extra dose of dislike for Gwen personally.

While the Healys struggle through the espouse experience—trial separation, uncouple counseling, and ongoing financial burdens—Gwen has to deal with the judge and her own struggles at home. In this fight for love, who has the answers?


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Author Interview

Espoused – by Jean Marie Davis

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my book is Espoused. The inspiration and idea came from my sister, Beth Ann, who had been through a very contentious divorce. We were sitting on the beach (reading and talking) after her divorce had been finalized when she commented on how well her kids, ex-husband, and herself were doing now that everything was over. Beth Ann made the comment, “I think it was the break-up that caused all the friction. We were supposed to stay together, and it was difficult to undo it. Now that I think about it, I believe people should have to uncouple after a certain number of years. Let those who want to stay together fight it out in court!” An idea was born – what if you legally had to uncouple after 15 years? What would that look like in society? That was the beginning of the book.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can’t write in complete silence. I also can’t write with music. I get too distracted and usually start humming along with the music. I play a movie or tv series in the background while I write. Maybe it was all those years working in an office and being used to the sound of people’s chatter in the background? My go to’s are: Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson, Ocean’s Eight with Sandra Bullock, Friends, Big Bang Theory.

What are you working on now?
During the pandemic I became very interested in cozy mysteries (Emily Brightwell, Ashley Weaver, Maria DiRico, Emily Brightwell, M.C. Beaton). I not only enjoy the mystery, but love getting to know the amateur detective and all his/her cohorts. I’ve begun outlining my own cozy mystery series and am currently working on the first book.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
I didn’t know where to start when I decided to write a book. I had an idea, but that was it. I started by reading books about writing books – Wired For Story by Lisa Cron, Fast Fiction by Denise Jaden, Writing your novel from Start to Finish by Joseph Bates. Everyone’s style will be different, but it gave me some direction to start to put the idea to paper.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Follow your heart, don’t let anyone say you can’t do something, be kind.

What are you reading now?
I just finished the crime mystery series of Cormoran Strike books (5 novels) written by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). I’m currently reading Northern Spy by Flynn Berry and One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.

What’s next for you as a writer?
I just released Espoused so I’m going to promote that for a few months and then begin my new cozy mystery – The Irish Exit Mysteries.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, My Race Be Won by Vincent Matthews, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (for a laugh).

 


Meet the Author:

Jean Marie Davis was born and raised in Huntington, New York. After graduating from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, she moved back to Long Island where she worked in the Marketing Research industry for over 30 years. She currently lives in Centerport, New York close to her daughter and son.


Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook  ~ Goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Aug 16 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 17 – Twilight Reader – book review
Aug 18 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 - Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 20 – Lalitha's World of Serenity – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 - Kam's Place – book review
Aug 25 – Based on a True Story – book review
Aug 25 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 26 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 27 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 30 - Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 31 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 31 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Sep 1 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 1 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Sep 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Sep 3 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway!  

ESOUSED Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

6 comments:

  1. Thank you Jasmine @jazzybookreviews for spotlighting my book and allowing me to have an author interview! Espoused is an easy read that will, hopefully, give people a few laughs as they read it. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this author interview and book details, this sounds like an excellent read

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  3. Great author interview. Loved the story behind the book.
    Jennifer Rote

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  4. Thank you for sharing! I'm adding this to my tbr!

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