Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lemongrass Hope Blog Tour! (+$15 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Lemongrass Hope
Author: Amy Impellizzeri
Series: N/A
Pages: 263
Date Published: 2014
Publisher: Wyatt-Mac Kenzie
Format: Paperback
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Set in the past, and present, LEMONGRASS HOPE is a captivating and unpredictable love story, with a dose of magical realism and time travel. LEMONGRASS HOPE weaves together ordinary lives and events to tell an extraordinary tale of connection, loss, renewal, and of course, hope. As Kate Sutton's decade-long marriage to Rob erodes and unravels, Kate fears that the secrets she guards from the world, including Rob's emergency room proposal, and a whirlwind love affair from her past, have always doomed her fate. When Kate unwittingly receives a glimpse at what her life could have been had she made different choices all those years ago, it is indeed all she could have ever wanted. A confirmation of her greatest hope ... and her greatest fears. Read the book hailed by New York Times Best-selling authors and reviewers, including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Oprah's very first book club selection author.
~Try the Lemongrass Hope Recipe!~
LEMONGRASS HOPE IN A GLASS (Created by Author, Amy Impellizzeri, for Book Clubs and other Lemongrass Hope fans!):

(vodka, 5 stalks of lemongrass, 1 lime, 1 cup of sugar)

Infuse a 750 ml bottle of vodka with 3 stalks of lemongrass, coarsely chopped, for at least 24 hours.

Prepare “lemongrass” flavored simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, zest from one lime, and 1 stalk of lemongrass, coarsely chopped, until sugar dissolves.

On Book Club night, fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add two parts of infused vodka, one part simple syrup, plus juice from the zested lime.

Shake and serve! (Garnish with a lemongrass stalk.)
~Try an Excerpt!~
Kate felt him before she saw him.

The rush of October air from the hastily opened door in the coffee shop blew a crumpled napkin containing her son Michael’s baby tooth out of his hand and made Kate shiver at the same time. With her back still to the door, Kate bent down to scoop up the shrouded tooth, eager to quiet Michael’s renewed tears and replace the napkin in his clumsy hands. But in doing so, she dropped her oversized handbag on the floor where it flayed open, all of its contents exposed grotesquely.

“Michael. It’s ok.” Kate stroked his hair and pulled Michael to her chest, his tears and bloody slobber streaking her sweater like some horror movie version of a water color design. Michael’s tooth remained balled up in her hand.

His first lost tooth.

The tears, the moment, the crouching hug. It all felt familiar somehow, and Kate’s shoulders shook again with a sense of déjà vu.

Next to her, Kate’s younger son, David, started playing with an elaborate display stand of coffee mugs for sale. When she turned to stop David, she found herself facing the man whose entrance had blown the napkin out of Michael’s hand and had set this confusion in motion.

Kate stared at him, waiting for him to notice her. See that it was her. And then -

“Kate.” He looked sad - defeated, she thought - as he said her name.

Or is that my imagination projecting on him?

After all, she felt disappointment that this messiness was how they happened upon each other now, after all this time.

“I wish -” He surveyed the scene in front of him.

Wish what, Ian? Because I wish too. I wish so many things.
~Meet Amy!~
Amy Impellizzeri is a reformed corporate litigator, former start-up executive, and best-selling author. In 2009, she left her 13-year litigation career to write and advocate for working women, later joining the executive team of the award-winning website, Hybrid Her (named by ForbesWoman as a “Top Website for Women” in 2010 and 2011). Through her work at Hybrid Her, and as Vice President, Community & Content, for its later re-brand, ShopFunder, Amy worked closely with hundreds of creative and inspiring entrepreneurs and fundraisers, writing and marketing their stories to new audiences. 

In October 2014, Amy transitioned to full-time writer, with the publication of her first novel, Lemongrass Hope (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2014), which debuted as an Amazon best-seller (Romance/Fantasy and Romance/Time Travel). Oprah's very first Book Club Selection author and New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author, Jacquelyn Mitchard, has called Lemongrass Hope a "fine and fresh thing - a truly new story." Lemongrass Hope was featured by Library Journal and Foreword Reviews Magazine, and has been a favorite with Book Clubs and numerous Book Bloggers (including as the #1 favorite reviewed selection in 2014 by The Literary Connoisseur). Lemongrass Hope was recently selected as an INDIEFAB 2014 Book of the Year Finalist (Romance) by Foreword Reviews Magazine.

Amy's first non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted (ABA Publishing 2015), is due out Summer 2015. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, ABA Law Practice Today, The Glass Hammer, Divine Caroline, Skirt! Magazine, among more.
Amy Impellizzeri will be awarding a signed copy of the book (US Only) and a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Thank you for featuring Lemongrass Hope!

  2. If you were a super hero, what would your name be? What costume would you wear?

  3. I'm having trouble with the name .. but my superpower would be invisibility.

  4. How do you come up with your characters?

    1. I love that question. But it's hard to answer. The characters evolved as I wrote the story - the idea came first, characters came later. I lived with them for about 3 years while I developed them.

  5. Beautiful cover....can't wait to read it.

  6. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Thank you for the recipe. I love the title & cover.

  8. Lovely cover! Sounds like a great book! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Thank you all. I absolutely love the cover too - I'm so glad you do as well. It's a real photo of a South African marula tree taken by a wonderful photographer, Lindsey Raughton, and if you read the book, you'll find out why the marula tree is so mystical!

  10. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  11. Thanks for the drink recipe and the interesting excerpt!

  12. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe!