I’m very happy to have Beth back here with her latest.
Breakup Boot Camp by Beth Merlin released October the 8th in the Adult, Comedy, Romance genre.
After weeks of training to whip Joanna Kitt into shape for her big day, her picture-perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two, and Joanna is left out on her perfectly toned rear end. To put the past and her heartache behind her, she sets off for two weeks at the renowned Retreat House Breakup Boot Camp in Topsail Island off the coast of North Carolina.
Despite her sadness, Joanna throws herself into the experience hoping surfing, yoga, spa treatments, meditation, and talk therapy will be enough to help her get over the one man she’s ever loved. But she soon learns the Boot Camp is only the first step to healing her broken heart. Joanna will have to come to terms with the career she abandoned, the losses in her life she never fully accepted, and the role she played in the ending of her relationship. .
When she meets Todd Aldrich, the handsome and mysterious hotel chef, she has the chance to take her renewed heart out for a test drive and see if she is ready for new beginnings and new love.
Will 12 steps be enough to get her life back on track? Or will her getaway to get over him prove healing the heart takes a whole lot more
AUTHOR BIO:Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.
by Beth Merlin
It didn’t fully occur to me until I had to choose a location for my fictional Breakup Boot Camp that I was once again using a “camp” as a backdrop for a story. Though summer sleep away camp and a two-week boot camp are different, I suppose the basic concept of escaping to another place and immersing yourself into all new experiences and with all new people is one that resonates with me.
Since I set One S’more Summer in the Poconos, I decided Breakup Boot Camp needed to be set in a totally different location, so I chose Topsail Island off the coast of North Carolina. My family vacations every summer in Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, and I’d heard a lot of about the amazing surfing and yoga retreats in Topsail. I thought it would make the perfect backdrop for my story and provide for some colorful characters and activities.
I love that Joanna, the main character in this book, learns how to surf, goes oyster harvesting, does paddleboard yoga, and hunts for Blackbeard’s reasure—all things that are distinctly Topsail. Like my other books, it was fun to explore and research a new place along with my characters and really try to make Joanna’s experiences as authentic as possible.
While I don’t necessarily plan on setting any other books at a camp, I can’t totally rule it out. Camps allow you to step out of your everyday life and reinvent yourself, which is a really important trope in all fiction and one I am clearly very drawn to.
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