Friday, July 12, 2013

Transport Me to Another World Please!

Okay peeps, it's Friday, its the summer, time to relax.

Relax?! What the hell is that? We're moms, wives, girlfriends - relax?! What is that word you speak of Krystal?

Yeah, yeah, I know far fetched concept of just taking time to do something restful and enjoyable while your significant other handles all the insanity that is your household and do something for you.

You deserve it! You drive the little heathens angels around to camp, pool, play dates, therapy sessions, doctors appointments, Target, etc. and you need some time for you!

And I have the best recommendation for it - READ!!

Yes, actually take your Kindle, Nook, iPad, tablet whatever you have formatted to read Kindle books and download The Swimmer's Assistant by Amber Myers. It's awesome!!!.

Click on the image of the book to order on Amazon

Why is it awesome you say? Well here...

Jane, a teacher moves to Los Angeles after losing her job in Texas when her mother (who she moves in with by the way) somehow manages to get her hooked up as the Assistant to gold medalist swimmer Brian Parker.

Well, the story just gets better as Jane navigates the world of being a personal assistant in L.A., Starbucks language, a needy boss, grouchy coaches & publicists, meddling mothers and sisters, and even worse - the oh so perfect and gorgeous girlfriend of her boss; oh and don't get me started on his dog that seems to be out to kill her!

Did I mention that while she stumbles through this new world her views on said boss start to change and maybe his toward her do as well?

This book kept me reading and reading and reading and, well you get the point!

It was easy to read and thoroughly fun and enjoyable. The story line was entertaining and relevant to the world in which we live in today making it easy to follow. The characters were likable and you as the reader can relate to them because they remind you of yourself or someone in your life (Jane reminds me of me and my utter lack of cooking skills).

The book takes you out of our current moment in life and transports you to L.A., to the life of a woman that we would all want to be but don't admit to ourselves. I couldn't put my kindle down because I just wanted to continue reading and seeing what happened to Jane next.

It is the perfect book to sit down in the corner with and break away for a moment and just well, relax and smile.

I had the pleasure of emailing back and forth with Amber Myers about her book and she agreed to answer a few questions for me and I thought I'd share her answers with you!

1) How long have you been writing?I've been writing since I was a little girl. I think I was about 8 or 9 and I suddenly was very inspired to write. I grabbed a tiny notebook and wrote and wrote. When I was younger I mainly wrote about big families. I'm an only child and always wanted to be part of a large family.
2) Was the process to write and get your book published a hard one?Yes, it was hard for me to finish my book The Swimmer's Assistant. Sometimes I wonder if I have ADD because I'd write some paragraphs and then wander the house. And sometimes I'd get the dreaded writer's block and have to sit and think for a few days. Sometimes ideas would just hit me when I was out shopping and I had to hurry and write it on my palm so I wouldn't forget. Getting published was easy enough only because I used the Amazon self publishing program. However, it's still my dream to have my book in paper form so I can actually hold it.
3) Did any of the characters represent people in your life? Yes, a lot of the characters represent people I know or come across. For instance, the main character Jane has a lot of the same personality traits as I do. Brian is a mix of Michael Phelps with the temper of Tiger Woods. I remember watching Tiger throw a fit on the golf course and I thought, "Hmm, what if a swimmer acted like that too?" 
4) What was your inspiration for writing the book?My inspiration for writing the book started when I watched Michael Phelps win all those medals in 2008. I was thinking what his life must be like. Then, as I stated before, I saw Tiger Woods throwing a tantrum on the golf course and I sort of made a character from that. I wanted to pick a profession that isn't really written about much. Basketball, baseball, football, etc, those are the ones people tend to know about. Swimming doesn't seem to get as much attention unless it's during the Olympics and that bothered me. Also, my son loves to swim so he also gave me inspiration.
5) Do you have a favorite character that you enjoyed writing the most?I enjoyed writing Jane. I'm not exactly like her but we share a lot of the same traits. For instance, we both don't understand how to order from Starbucks.
6) Is there a sequel? If not - where do you think your characters would be now? If there is - any hints?Yes, I am working on a sequel. I'm still looking for a proper plot though. I have some ideas that I'll use, but no real plot yet. (She gave me more details here but well, it hints at the ending of this book and well, you'll just have to read it to find out - after you read it then you can email me and I'll let you know what she said- yeah, I'm sneaky like that)
7) What do you want readers to take away from your book when they are done reading it?I basically hope that I can make my readers laugh and to escape from the real world a little bit. If I've accomplished that, I feel I've done my job. I don't expect to write the next great american novel. I simply want to make people smile and feel good about what they're reading. 
8) Do you have any advice for anyone looking to write their own novel?My advice for people who want to write their own novels is to keep at it. Don't get discouraged. It's tough work! If it wasn't, everyone would do it. Everyone gets stuck at some point. Just don't give up. I've nearly given  up so many times and I won't allow myself to. Sometimes you'll stare at a blank screen for hours but other days the words will just flow. 
You have no excuse not to read it because honestly its all kinds of awesome and it's only $0.99 so come on - hand the leashes reigns over to your hubby/wifey/boyfriend/girlfriend/dog/cat get a glass of wine and sit down and read - you'll be glad you did!

Oh, and when you're done, go check out Amber's blog - she is all kinds of wonderful and fairy dust wrapped into an Air Force Wife-Mom of Two-Just Adorable Red Head!! (Yeah, she has red hair and her name is Amber! How cool is that?!) That's her blog button - isn't it cute? >>>>

I can't wait for the sequel and I can totally picture this as an indie movie - hmmm...hey Amber, one more question! If this was a movie, who would you cast as your set of characters?


  1. Thank you for doing this! Hmmm, if it were cast into a movie I think I'd like Jennifer Lawrence as Jane, because she seems to rock. And she tripped at the Oscar's ;)

    For Brian, John Krasinski, just because I like John Krasinski. He's tall though, he'd pass as a swimmer!

    Oh and thanks for cutting out parts where I would have spoiled the first book. I didn't even think of that. Oops!

  2. This sounds awesome!!
    Adding it to the summer reading list (which has bled into "Fall reading list")!!


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