Wednesday, November 27, 2013

VBT: Zoey and the Moment of Zen

Getting to Know Zoey Everwood

Hello everyone! Zoey here. You know those annoying email threads that pop up in your inbox—the ones where you have to answer a bunch of random questions? Well, Cat just sent me one and she wants me to share the answers with all of you. I tried to explain to her that I'm busy running a coffee shop but she insists that I do it. She also wants me to avoid giving you any spoilers about the time I spent at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort. (You'll have to read the book to find out—her words, not mine!) Here goes:

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5 am! The shop opens at six so I have to get up pretty early.
2. What did you have for breakfast? A homemade double chocolate cupcake with almond buttercream. And coffee, of course!

3. What is your favorite cuisine? I could eat Italian food each and every day.

4. What foods do you dislike? Such a cliché, I know… but I can't stand broccoli.

5. Favorite place to eat? Is it bad if I say… Everwood's Coffee Shop in Messina, Connecticut?

6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I'd like to visit a lot of places—but I love my little town and I can't imagine living elsewhere.
7. Where would you visit if you had the chance? I'd love to tour Europe and visit Italy and the UK. 

8. Cup half empty or half full? Depends on the day... today it is definitely half full!
9. Favorite time of day? Since I see it so often, I'll say dawn.

10. Where were you born? Hartford, Connecticut.
11. Pets? Yes! I have an adorable cat named Mocha.

12. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? I do have some exciting news, but I can't share—I've been sworn to secrecy!
13. What is your best childhood memory? Going to the beach with my parents. It's my most vivid memory of them—they died when I was really young.

14. Are you a cat or dog person? Definitely cats!

15. From whom did you get your last email? My best friend, Dar. In fact, the last ten emails I've received have been from her. She's planning a dinner party and keeps changing her mind about what kind of cake she wants me to make.

16. At which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Williams-Sonoma.
17. What are you listening to right now? I'm in the office but I can hear my friend (and amazing Everwood's Coffee Shop barista) Owen joking around with some customers.

18. What is your favorite color? I have two—red and espresso brown. (And, yes, those are the colors of the shop logo!)
19. What time did you finish this quiz? It's past six now and the shop is bustling with customers. I need to get out there and help Owen.

20. Coffee Drinker? Of course. Do you even have to ask? :)

When coffee shop owner Zoey Everwood takes her obsession with ex-boyfriend Braden too far, everyone—except Zoey—is convinced a bit of fun in the sun at the Moment of Zen Wellness Resort will help her get over him once and for all.

But Zoey's relaxing vacation turns out to be anything but peaceful when she meets Shane Lawson, a resort guest who bears a striking resemblance to Braden. And things get even more complicated when the resort's owner starts spilling secrets about Zoey’s aunt Nessa, the woman who raised her. Add a snarky Wellness Coordinator and Nate Holmes—Shane's grumpy friend—to the mix, and you've got the recipe for a perfect tropical storm.

When Zoey comes back home with a new husband instead of tacky souvenirs, she must convince everyone she hasn't completely lost her mind. As Zoey and Shane struggle to keep the magic alive outside the resort, Zoey discovers that she isn't the only one having trouble letting go of the past. And when Nate drops a bombshell that changes everything, Zoey must decide if the old saying is true—what happens at the Moment of Zen stays at the Moment of Zen.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: The time has come for an intervention. Oh yes....I know, I know. They can be overbearing
and a pain in the butt....But something's gotta be done! It's been a year since Zoey's break up with her ex, and she can't let go! She's gone a bit- No wait strike that- MORE than a little bit obsessive because of it. Hmm. 

Well first off, I want to be at the place on the cover! Umm, gorgeous setting! Intervene in my life anytime! Oh wait, I'm asking for it, aren't I? Okay, anyway, back to the story.

Zoey. Ahh. Sometimes I'm not sure what to think of her. Oh, she's way over the top, but dang it she makes for one heck of a fun read! 

Full of fun, mishaps and of course that all important path to self discovery (And attempting to forget about her ex and stop with the obsessive behavior) Zoey and the Moment of Zen is the perfect afternoon read. On the beach, on the porch swing, anywhere. I'm looking forward to much more from this fantastic author! 

Author Bio:
Cat Lavoie lives in Montreal, Canada with her tempestuous cat, Abbie. Her debut novel, Breaking the Rules, was published in August 2012 by Marching Ink. If Cat isn't reading or writing, she's most likely watching too much TV or daydreaming about her next trip to London.

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  1. Thanks for being a part of Zoey's tour!

  2. Thank you so much for having me, Nikki!! And thanks for the awesome review! :)