Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blog Tour: ISLAND IN THE SEA by Anita Hughes (Interview + Giveaway)


Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Published by St. Martin's Griffin (Imprint of SMP)
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Juliet Lyman is a senior executive at Yesterday Records. Music is her passion and she's very good at her job. That's why her famously philanthropic boss Gideon sends her to Majorca, Spain to work with a very tortured, but talented client. Lionel Harding is one of the best song writers of the 20th century, the multi-Grammy award-winning lyricist of the third most recorded song in history. But now he's 42 and six months overdue on the his latest paid assignment. Juliet is not leaving Majorca without either new lyrics or a very large check.

To Juliet, business comes first. Emotions are secondary, and love isn't even on the menu. But to Lionel, love is everything, and he blames Gideon for his broken heart. He's determined to show Juliet that nothing is more important than love, but Juliet is just as determined to get Lionel to create the music that made him famous. If she can sign up local talent, even better. Her new friend Gabriella has a voice like an angel, but she's not interested in fame. Her grandmother, Lydia, wants the world for Gabriella, and she wants Juliet's help to give it to her.

As her professional and personal lives start to mix for the first time, Juliet is forced to reevaluate her priorities. Gideon hasn't been totally honest, and love may be the only thing that gives them all what they need.

Island in the Sea is Anita Hughes' captivating sixth novel, filled with exotic descriptions of food, fashion, and romance.

Want to know more about ISLAND IN THE SEA? Check out my interview with Anita Hughes below!


1. Hello, Miss Anita! Welcome back to Carmel & Kyla. It's an honor to have you here again. I heard that you have a new book coming out— entitled Island in the Sea. Could you tell us more about it?

• Thank you so much for having me! Island in the Sea is about a young female record executive who is sent to Majorca to make a famous but tortured songwriter, Lionel Harding, fulfill his contract. It is full of gorgeous descriptions of the scenery and foods of Majorca. And of course there is plenty of romance!

2. Juliet Lyman, the main character, seems like a strong-willed kind of woman. Can you tell us more about Juliet?
• Juliet has worked very hard to get where she is - a senior executive at a major record label. She hasn't ever been in love and doesn't really believe in love. Of course, it is Lionel who sets about changing her mind. I really enjoyed writing Juliet because music is so important to her. Music has had a lot of meaning in my life and I think many readers can relate to that.

3. What inspired you to write Island in the Sea?
• I was inspired by that wonderful song, The Girl From Ipanema. It is the number two best-selling pop song of all time. When you listen to it, you imagine white sand beaches. Then I started thinking what it would be like for a bestselling songwriter to have been unlucky in love. Lastly, I picked the location - I have always loved Spain and especially the island of Majorca.

4. How long did it take you write this novel?
• Most of my books take me three months to write. I miss the characters when I'm finished!

5. Lastly, recommend Island in the Sea to the readers.

• I think lovers of travel and music and romance will find a lot to appreciate in Island in the Sea. I really tried to conjure up the feeling of being in Majorca. I hope your readers will enjoy it!


Anita Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia and had a charmed childhood that included petting koala bears, riding the waves on Bondi Beach, and putting an occasional shrimp on the barbie. Her writing career began at the age of eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named "One of Australia's Next Best Writers." (She still has the newspaper clipping.)

She received a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing from Bard College, and attended UC Berkeley's Masters in Creative Writing program.

Her debut novel MONARCH BEACH was released in June 2012, followed by MARKET STREET in March 2013 and LAKE COMO in August 2013. 

FRENCH COAST was released in April 2015... and ROME IN LOVE will be released in August 2015

She lives in Dana Point, CA with her family, where she interrupts her writing to watch the glorious sunsets.




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• Do NOT cheat. We do not tolerate cheating and everyone knows that cheaters never prosper!
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  1. Hi girls! Just wanted to say hello. Reading this makes me want to go back to reviewing books :( But anyway, great job on the post! x

    1. Hi Gail!!! I hope you get the inspiration to go back to reviewing books soon. :( Thanks for dropping by! xo


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