Today’s featured book sounds like a lot of fun and I have the author letting us in on where it all started and there’s a giveaway as well.
Edwin Green’s ex-girlfriend is famous. We’re talking cover-of-every-tabloid-in-the-grocery-store-line famous. She dumped Edwin one year ago on what he refers to as Black Saturday, and in hopes of winning her back, he’s spent the last twelve months trying to become famous himself. It hasn’t gone well.
But when a history class assignment pairs Edwin with Parker Haddaway, the mysterious new girl at school, she introduces him to Garland Lenox, a nursing-home-bound World War II veteran who will change Edwin’s life forever.
The three escape to France, in search of the old man’s long-lost love, and as word of their adventure spreads, they become media darlings. But when things fall apart, they also become the focus of French authorities. In a race against time, who will find love, and who will only find more heartache?
How Two Like Me and You Came to Be
It’s a risk letting an author whose biography mentions his “… embarrassingly large collection of Star Wars action figures,” chose his own topic for a guest post. But I will fight the urge to write several hundred words about the vintage, mint-on-card, Lando Calrissian I’ve been eyeing on eBay for the past several hours, and instead, I’ll tell you a little about my book, Two Like Me and You, and how it came to be.
Half of the story came from one American Idol. It was season two or three, so we’re talking fifteen years ago, and there was a contestant who always wore a flower in her hair for her boyfriend back home. But then one episode the flower was gone, and when Seacrest asked her about it, she said they’d broken up. This made me really sad for the guy back home, because getting dumped always sucks, but most of us then don’t have to see our ex every time we turn on the television.
I sat down to write my famous ex-girlfriend story and finished a few chapters, but they were truly awful, so I hid them deep in my hard drive to hopefully never again be seen by human eyes. Then a few humor essays I’d written caught the eye of an editor at Zondervan/HarperCollins, and that led to a two-book deal that kept me busy traveling and writing non-fiction for several years.
Our first son was born in 2013, and since my wife is a pediatrician, and a large stack of my royalty checks wouldn’t cover a month’s worth of groceries, there wasn’t much discussion about who’d be staying at home with the baby. So with my wings clipped, and home with an infant who spent several hours a day napping, I sat down to write my novel again. Only now I also had the idea of a couple of teens taking a WWII veteran back to France in search of his long-lost love. Where this idea came from is a little fuzzy. Everything from the first six months of parenthood is a bit fuzzy. But I’m guessing it’s from late-night binge-watching Band of Brothers because it took our son a long time to figure out nights were for sleeping.
It took close to three years to finish Two Like Me and You, then came the publishing journey which was long and frustrating and full of close calls and near misses. In February I decided to indie publish the book because the story has been in my head for fifteen years, and at this point, I really just want to share it with others. Of course, I do hope to sell a few copies too, because that Lando toy is just sitting there waiting for me to bid on it.
This is an international giveaway so if you like the look of this one which I’m sure you will then click the link below to be in with a chance of winning…
Chad Alan Gibbs lives in Alabama with his wife, two sons, two dogs, and an embarrassingly large collection of Star Wars action figures. Two Like Me and You is his first novel.