Sunday, March 24, 2019

Book Tour, Author Interview & Giveaway: Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton with JustRead Publicity Tours! We continue the Glory Road celebration on social media starting March 26.


GloryRoad-LaurenKDentonTitle: Glory Road  
Author: Lauren K. Denton  
Publisher: Thomas Nelson  
Genre: Women's Fiction/Southern Fiction  
Release Date: March 19, 2019

Written in Lauren Denton's signature Southern style, Glory Road tells the story of three generations of women navigating the uncertain pathways of their hearts during a summer that promises to bring change--whether they're ready for it or not.

At thirty-eight, garden shop owner Jessie McBride thinks her chances for romance are years behind her and, after her failed marriage, she's fine with that. She lives contentedly with her fiery mother and her quiet, headstrong daughter. But the unexpected arrival of two men on Glory Road make her question if she's really happy with the status quo. Handsome, wealthy Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter's wedding, and Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. And Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school days who's known her better than anyone and whom she hasn't seen in years, moves back to the red dirt road. Jessie finds her heart being pulled in directions she never expected.  

Meanwhile, Jessie's fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and trying to navigate a new world of identity and emotions--particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who's moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie's mother, Gus, increasingly finds herself forgetful and faces a potentially frightening future. As all three women navigate the uncertain paths of their hearts and futures, one summer promises to bring change--whether they're ready for it or not.


Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

I have been married to my husband Matt for thirteen years, and we have two daughters—Kate (9) and Sela (6). I live in Birmingham now, but I grew up in Mobile, AL, and I miss having such quick and easy access to the water! As such, I make as many trips south as I can, especially during the warm months.

What do you do besides writing? 
When I’m not writing, I’m picking up stray hair ribbons and Legos from underfoot, exercising as much as I can (to counteract all the hours I spend sitting on my rear end writing books!), reading (always reading), and trying to come up with a reason to put off yet another trip to the grocery store. These days, I’m also preparing for a kitchen renovation, which means I’m spending way too much time reading reviews on appliances and wondering if I’ve made the right decision about countertops.
Do you have images you can share that come close to how you picture your characters? Do you like to find visual inspiration for your characters before or during your writing process? 

I usually don’t have an idea of what my characters look like when I first start the book, but gradually, an image comes to mind. Sometimes it’s someone I’ve seen in a movie or TV show, sometimes it’s a mash-up of people I know. I usually start flipping around online to see if I can find someone who comes close to the image in my head. As I was writing Glory Road, I compiled many of the images on a Pinterest board:

What are some songs that you listened to or inspired you while writing your book? 
I don’t actually listen to music as I write, although music plays a big part in Glory Road. One of my favorite things about writing books is including things I love in my stories in the hopes that readers will enjoy those same things. In this book, I loved including some of my favorite music from over the years. Gus loves old country music, especially Johnny Cash; Nick shares new musicians with Evan (including one of my very favorites, Josh Ritter); and Jessie and Ben listen to CDs from his high school music collection, which just so happens to include many of my favorites from high school (think Dave Matthews Band, U2, and Counting Crows.)
What message would you like readers to ultimately take away from the book? 
I’d love for this book to help a reader who might be facing an uncertain future, just as Gus faces uncertainty in her future, yet she’s still determined to wring as much out of her life as possible. I hope readers can see Jessie making peace with her history and moving into the next phase of her life with hope and peace, and feel some of that same hope and peace infusing their own life.

What can we look forward to coming from you in the future? 

I am working on my next book, which will come out next summer. It’s another story of women finding their way through seasons of their lives—this time taking place at an active living community for seniors—and because I love setting stories in places familiar to me and my readers, I set this one in far south Alabama, right on the coast.


lauren k denton

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, The Hideaway, is USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, Hurricane Season, released in April, 2018, and was listed on BookPage's 2018 list of Most Anticipated Fiction.  

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Glory Road giveaway


(2) winners will each win a print copy of Glory Road. 

Be sure to check out each stop on the Blog and Takeover tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. Giveaway begins at midnight March 23, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 30, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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