Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Clean Reads Countdown Blitz--Day 5: The Secret Life of Daydreams by Lucinda Whitney

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Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a master's degree from the University of Minho in Braga in Portuguese/English teaching. She's a cancer survivor, and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Salt Lake Temple Square Visitors Center mission in Utah.

She lives in northern Utah. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles in winter, or tending her herb garden in the summer. She also works part-time as a substitute teacher.

Visit her website at www.lucindawhitney.com 

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Sometimes the dream you never planned for is the one you can’t live without.

Six years after a painful divorce, Josh Conrad is happy traveling the world as a photographer. When he arrives in Portugal, he plans to complete the assignment as quickly as possible. What he doesn’t plan for is Sofia, the girl he baptized eleven years earlier on an LDS mission, and soon he’s making excuses to prolong his trip.

Sofia Monteiro leads a structured life in Braga, Portugal, teaching high school by day and caring for her mother by night. After she reconnects with Josh through mutual friends, the memory of a failed relationship and her new graduate program are enough reasons to stay away from him.

As they collaborate on a project, Josh is wary of repeating his old mistakes and Sofia hesitates to spend time with an American who’s only passing through.

Can two people with wounded hearts bring themselves to trust their dreams to each other? 
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Top Twelve Favorite Things:
(not in order)
- Vitamin Water Zero, lemonade flavor
- sharpened pencils
- very dark chocolate
- Pride & Prejudice, the 2005 movie version
- books, books, and more books
- Limón potato chips
- lavender bushes
- silver earrings
- new shampoo
- pretty scarves
- fingerless knit gloves
- lemon balm tea
(couldn't stick to just 10)
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A few Q&A's with the Author!

1.      Which did you find more difficult: writing the book or marketing it? Why?
I worked on this book for three years and had to rewrite it from scratch after I learned how to write better and how to tell a good story. That was hard. I'm a slow writer. As for the marketing, since it just came out in January, it's still an ongoing (very slow) process.
2.      What is the best advice you received growing up?
I can't remember any one piece of advice in particular over another, just a strong sense of honesty and work ethic. Books were important to my mother, and I grew up loving books as well.

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