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Release day: Long Gone Girl

15 September 2014

Today is the official release of Long Gone Girl by Amy Rose Bennett (ebook, Steam eReads). Here’s the blurb:

Long Gone GirlThe girl Ginny Williams used to be is long gone…

After returning home from the Korean War a widow, former MASH surgical nurse, Ginny Williams, heads to the Jersey Shore for a weekend of much needed R&R. But her plans to do nothing more than relax on the beach go seriously awry when the boy who broke her heart on Prom night nine years ago—the now hotter-than-hot ‘fly-boy’ Jett Kelly—shows up on her patch of sand. To make matters worse, Captain Kelly seems to be on a mission to win her trust, and maybe even her heart again. But the last thing Ginny wants is a man—especially one like Jett—in her life. She’s a career nurse now, and that’s that. If only Jett wasn’t so damned charming and attractive…

US air force pilot, Captain Jefferson ‘Jett’ Kelly Junior is blown away to have stumbled across the beautiful yet shy and bookish girl he used to have a huge crush on in high school—especially now that Ginny is all grown up and sexy as hell. Problem is, she’s also not backward in coming forward when letting him know she hasn’t forgiven him for the Prom-kiss-gone-wrong incident. Even though Jett knows he’ll have his work cut out for him to get a second chance with her, he’s definitely going to give it his best shot…

Despite Ginny’s determination to keep her head—she’s certainly not the naïve girl she used to be—when Jett starts to unashamedly woo her, she soon realizes that maybe her heart didn’t get the memo…

Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

Long Gone Girl was such fun to write. It’s a light, flirty read—with a dash of bedroom spice—featuring a second chance romance. I write historical romance, so I guess a 1950s/vintage novella just fits into the realm of historical! Earlier this year, I’d noticed that there seemed to be an emerging interest in romance stories set in this era, and as I’ve been a long-time fan of movies from the period, I thought I’d experiment and write something a little more ‘modern’ and light-hearted (compared to my two previous releases that were rather racy Regencies, one of which is very ‘Regency noir’). I love research and had a great time looking into the glamorous fashions and the popular culture of 1953—the movies (such as From Here to Eternity and Roman Holiday), the novels (my heroine, Ginny, reads Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel while she’s sitting on the beach; it was published in 1951) and the music. The action in Long Gone Girl takes place just after the end of the Korean War, in the US—Point Pleasant on the Jersey Shore—and as it focuses on the love story between a MASH nurse and an air force pilot, I also needed to do a little research into nursing and military aviation … I will admit it also helped that my husband is a military pilot!

You can find out more about this book at Amy’s website or buy it Steam e Reads or at Amazon, Kobo and All Romance eBooks.

All ARRA members who leave a comment will go into the draw to win a Kindle copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 6 October. (The winner was Yvonne.)

  1. Jeanie M permalink
    28 September 2014 6:39 pm

    MASH, nursing, 1950s and great love = I’m there. Congratulations Amy Rose!

  2. 17 September 2014 12:57 am

    Congratulations on the book Amy Rose. Not often do you see a historical romance centered on the 1950’s and I love how you termed it as “vintage”. This period resonates with me as mum was a nurse in Australia whilst my father served in the Australian Navy and was a Korean War Veteran. Looking forward to reading Long Gone Girl.

    • amyrosebennett permalink
      17 September 2014 5:12 pm

      Hi, Yvonne. Thanks for the congrats and for your lovely comments. I’ve seen other stories set in the 40’s and 50’s classified as ‘vintage’ and I think it’s a term that fits nicely – better than historical or contemporary anyway! Thanks also for sharing about your family. My grandmother was a WWII nurse, and as I mentioned in the post, my husband is a military pilot, so I’m thinking there might be a few readers who can relate to the roles of my story’s hero and heroine. Whilst LONG GONE GIRL is essentially a light-hearted second chance romance, I think Jett and Ginny’s shared experience of war helps them to reconnect during their weekend away. And thanks so much for saying you’d like to read it! 🙂

  3. 15 September 2014 6:37 pm

    Sounds great, Amy Rose.

    • amyrosebennett permalink
      15 September 2014 9:04 pm

      Thanks, Isabella 🙂

  4. amyrosebennett permalink
    15 September 2014 10:53 am

    Hi Anonymous. Thanks for dropping by and commenting that you’d like to read my book 🙂 .

  5. amyrosebennett permalink
    15 September 2014 10:50 am

    Thanks so much to ARRA for having me on your blog again. It’s wonderful to be able to share release day news with romance readers 🙂 .

  6. 15 September 2014 8:59 am

    I can’t wait to read this one, being a nurse it grabbed my attention 🙂

    • amyrosebennett permalink
      15 September 2014 11:02 am

      Hi Robyn. Lovely to hear that you like the sound of my book! I’m not a nurse but have worked alongside quite a few as a speech pathologist (my other job), so fingers crossed I’ve got the details right. It was interesting researching nursing history from the 1950’s, as well as researching all things to do with military aviators 🙂 .

  7. Anonymous permalink
    15 September 2014 8:57 am

    I can’t wait to read this one, being a nurse it grabbed my attention 🙂

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