Eight Days a Week
by Amber L. Johnson
A "manny" should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.
Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Romance / Contemporary
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-329-4
~~SUMMARY~~Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does. Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup. A working mother, a shirtless “manny” who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. Because a manny should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~
Praise for Eight Days a Week
"Laugh-out-loud story about a guy who goes to look at a room to rent and discovers it comes with a job - that of live-in nanny to two damaged kids. So Andrew Lyons accidentally becomes the "manny". Written in his POV, this book chronicles his hilarious escapades as he looks after and grows to love Bree and Brady, and his employer, Gwen. His pranks and spot-on observations about kids' TV shows had me giggling, but there were a few serious moments worthy of a sniffle as well. The star of the show may be Don, though - you'll just have to read this book to find out about him! Highly recommended."
- Andrea Goodreads Review
1. Tells us a bit about yourself?
We’ve hung out enough that I’m pretty sure you know every single thing about me AND the skeletons in my closet, Lori, but for the general public…
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. I’m the mom of a seriously cute little boy that is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. At the age of 6. I have an unhealthy relationship with both Netflix and Hulu (but they don’t know about each other so I think I’m safe.) I have a Master’s Degree in Sarcasm and a Bachelor's degree in Cynicism. I’ve been steadily writing WAY too much over the last 5 years. And I am obsessed with kick-ass music – preferably live so I can embarrass myself in the middle of high school kids who think I’m too old for public displays of white girl dancing (but I listened to Paramore and Fall Out Boy before they were born, so joke’s on them.)
2. You have written quite a few novels some self-published and some published . What are the ups and downs of both?
You and I talk about the ins and outs on a daily basis. How hard it is or how exciting certain aspects are. It’s thrilling and intimidating all at once, ya know?
The upside to both so far is that I have had creative control of almost every aspect from start to finish. From content to covers, I get to choose everything from day one. The upside to self-publishing is being able to publish anything as fast as I want it. The downside is that everything is out of pocket. It’s been quite an amazing experience to have such a huge team behind each of my books through TWCS. Overall, the absolute hardest part about publishing, no matter what, is marketing. I have no idea what I’m doing.
3. Eight Days A Week is a hilarious novel. How does an author get humour through on paper? Seriously whats your secret?
My first reaction to this question is: Girl. We talk on the phone enough for you to know this answer ☺
I think physical comedy is a little more challenging to write. But if you have good timing, dialogue can be EVERYTHING that makes something funny. I’ve been told I should do stand-up before, but that's not going to happen. I like to wing it and I have comments or comebacks for everything. Some people call it annoying. I call it being limitlessly witty. So I write how I talk. How I have conversations with people.
3. Who was the hardest character to write in EDaW and why?
I think Gwen was. She’s a little Type A and closed off in comparison to how Dee and the kids are. We don’t hear from her a lot and that makes her decisions that much more confusing because we don’t know what she’s thinking or how she’s come about her decisions. Her heart is in the right place but she’s overwhelmed a lot.
4. Did you base Gwen's children off your own?
No! Funny enough I was an au pair for a few summers. The children were Australian and these gorgeous little blonde kids who had the best accents and they traveled around with their mom who was a motivational speaker. They are who I crafted them after, but Bree’s maturity came from some of my own experience.
5. Your cover is absolutely beautiful, talk us through its creation.
Oh my gosh, thank you! I am so in love with it. There is a scene in the book where Dee and Gwen go chasing fireflies on a ‘date.’ The symbolism of them coming together to capture them and let them go, to set them free, was a big deal to me. Gwen and the kids had been in a glass jar (so to speak) that they needed to be set free. And they are. By Andrew.
Of all the images I wanted to represent the book, that was it. There's a picture that is used all over the internet of this beautiful mason jar lit with orange from the inside. It's very ethereal and I begged for something like it. We looked at a bunch of vectors but nothing felt right. Then, one day, my cover artist said she'd gone to take a picture herself and when she showed it to me I almost cried.
6. What was your favorite thing about writing this novel?
Ha! Getting out all of my thoughts about kid’s shows. Or maybe it’s sabotaging all of Gwen’s dates. It’s about 50/50 on that one.
7. If you had to explain your novel in one word, what would you say?
Humorotica. Is that a word?