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Monday, July 18, 2022

Summer of Georgie by Kerry Crisley - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Kerry Crisley and her new book, “Summer of Georgie,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Kerry and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Summer of Georgie

by Kerry Crisley


GENRE:  ChickLit



Deep into her 40s with a lackluster career, Georgie wonders how she became so...underwhelming. If she’s not battling her micromanaging boss and egotistical CEO, she’s trying to quiet her inner voice, the one whispering that she hasn’t lived up to the cool, funny and creative person she used to be.

When she's fired for finally pushing back on her CEO’s questionable business practices, Georgie – with the support of her husband and book club friends– uses her free summer to rekindle latent talents and redefine success. But just as she figures out what’s next, an unexpected hurdle threatens to turn her summer of opportunity into a zero-sum disaster.

Summer of Georgie is a fresh and likably snarky take on the “middle age do-over,” with an authentic portrayal of friendship, marriage, motherhood, and that inner critic inside us all.



“Jesus Christ, these places are all the same,” she says, shaking her head. “Why are we here again?”

“Because it’s 25.7 miles from my house, and no one cares that I’m a sweaty mess,” I say.

Jules continues her rant. “Nothing but sports on TV, crap wine behind the bar, a bunch of jerseys illegibly signed in Sharpie, and some version of testosterone rock on the speakers. Too damn loud, too.”

I laugh. “You might be painting our statewide dining establishments with a bit of a broad brush there, Jules.”

“I’m not, but who cares?” says Jules. “Tell us about the ride.”

“It wasn’t as bad as–hang on,” Tess whips around to face me. “Did you say 25 point seven? Bitch!” I grin at her.

As Tess fills our friends in on the literal ups and downs of our day, Gilda begins to push in.

Is it that broad of a brush, really? Even if you took down the cheesy jerseys and brought in some decent wine, there would still be the same sports on TV, and the same generic rock playing too loudly to have a conversation. They’re all catering to the same people. Dudes.

My mind is rushing.

What would one designed for women look like?

Images flood in. Too many to process. I look around at my friends, and slap the table.

“Oh my God, you guys. I need to open a bar.”



Judge My Book by Its Cover!

Don’t judge a book by its cover, they say.

As a lifelong reader and first-time author, I’m here to beg you to – please – judge my book by its cover!

Since publishing my first novel, Summer of Georgie, and spending the last few months spreading the word, the most consistent reaction I’ve received is something along the lines of:

OMG! I love this cover!

Me too, reader. Me too. And thanks to the amazing cover artist I hired from Reedsy.com  – Ashley Siebels – the process was far easier than I had anticipated. The book itself had taken two years to write, and another year to edit, rewrite and polish. When I was finally ready to share it with the world, I froze. How could I convey what this book meant to me in a single image?

I wanted the cover to have a summertime feel, but the typical symbols of summer, like beaches or hammocks, weren’t really part of the story. The story is the journey of personal growth that my main character undertakes, but I didn’t want to try to portray her on the cover. Rather, I wanted the women who read the book to see themselves as Georgie. I wanted to hint at her business venture, but not give the real angle behind it away.

So where did that leave me?

Fortunately, I was in Ashley’s capable hands. She calmly took the many cover examples I sent, with frenetic notes of “I like this but not that, and maybe instead of butterflies there are post-its??” and delivered the cover of my dreams. The colors, the script, the nods to the three things that Georgie’s summer centers on – her bike, a particular bar, and people – all came together to evoke the essence of my novel.

So yes, please do judge my book by its cover!



Kerry Crisley is a communications professional, with a focus on the nonprofit sector. Fiction, however, is her first love; she wrote and directed an original play performed by her second grade classmates, and has been writing ever since. She lives in Wakefield, Massachusetts with her husband, their children, and their (very spoiled) rescue dog. When not at work, Kerry can usually be found reading, hiking, or getting into a wide variety of shenanigans with her book club. Anything to avoid housework.

Kerry is a current member of the Women's Fiction Writing Association, and also muses about life as a writer, autism mom, dance mom, and rescue dog mom on lazysundaybooks.com. Summer of Georgie is her first novel.









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  1. Kerry ~ Good morning!! Welcome to FAB!! It is so great to have you here!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your book. Summer of Georgie sounds like a story that I can really relate to.

    1. Thank you, Bea! And thanks so much for following the tour - I truly appreciate it. 🎉

  3. I’m an avid reader always looking y new authors to try. Thanks for appreciating your fans! Hope you are enjoying your summer!

  4. Sorry above comment is mine.

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    1. Thank you Rita - and thanks for following the tour!

  6. It is nice that you gave a pet a furr-ever home. What's the name of your rescue dog?

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Thank you, Nancy! Her name is Luna and she is an absolute joy. We've had her for almost five years and we think she's nine. She's such a fun dog - loves to go hiking and kayaking. 🥰

  7. I enjoyed the guest post, your cover is very nice! Great excerpt and Summer of Georgie sounds like a fantastic book for me to read and enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous day!

  8. Thanks for the great guest post and excerpt. The book sounds wonderful. Love the fun cover!