Fast Five with Beth Kendrick


My good friend Beth Kendrick is celebrating the release of her latest novel, New Uses For Old Boyfriends, a second chances, small town, mother-daughter bonding story with a beach house and a hot marine too!  I love Beth’s voice and writing style and am so looking forward to reading this one.

Here’s a bit more about New Uses For Old Boyfriends –

After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life.  But when her happily ever after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up.  She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years.  Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial.  It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.  The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique.  But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams.  She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants.  A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.

NEW USES cover nov 2014


Sounds really good, doesn’t it?  I hit Beth up for a fun Fast Five earlier today and she responded –

Dark choc or milk chocolate?  
Dark. I’m having some right now, actually. You have to eat chocolate on your book release day. It’s federal mandate.

Beach or mountains?

Heels or boots?
Heels. I love the way tall boots look, but my calves get claustrophobic.

Coffee or tea?

Morning or night person?
Night. I do my best writing between 8 p.m. and midnight. Or at least, I did before I had kids. Now I go to bed much earlier and try to convince my brain to get creative in the morning. (See above: tea).

For those of you who enjoy ‘books-to-movies’, Beth’s novel, Nearlyweds, a story about three newlyweds whose marriages are accidentally annulled due to a clerical error, is now a Hallmark movie starring Naomi Judd and Danielle Panabaker.  If you didn’t catch it on tv in January, there are two more airings scheduled this month so be sure to check the link for more details!  Meanwhile, I’ve got a fun Hallmark movie and book prize package for one of you!  For a chance to win, leave a comment and tell me if you’ve read Beth’s books and which one you’ve enjoyed the most.

Contest ends Friday, the 6th and winner will be announced on Saturday, the 7th.  Good luck!



  1. I think I own everything Beth has written. Going back several years, I loved Fashionably Late. More recent books, The Week Before the Wedding and The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service are favorites. Cure for the Common Breakup is in the ever-growing TBR pile. Looking forward to New Uses…Boyfriends.


  3. I’ve read them all and love them all. Cure for common breakup was great but so were all the rest. Can’t wait to read this new one!

  4. I haven´t read any of Beth´s books as of yet but I have a couple of them on by book shelf. And I´ll be sure to catch the movie on Hallmark after reading the book.
    Have wanted to read her books for a while now. Better get started.

  5. OMG ! I was so sure that I had read at least one of Beth ‘ s books. But no ! They are all still on my To Be Read list. They all look awesome. This would be a good place to start. Hint ! Hint !

  6. I haven’t read anything of Beth’s yet. I have to say that is the best book title I have seen in a long time. I love it.

  7. I have not read her books yet, but I am looking forward to catching up!
    Congrats on the new release, Beth and Thanks, Jane!

  8. I haven’t read any of Beth’s books…yet! Both of these you mention in your blog sound great though! Thanks for sharing, Jane!

  9. I haven’t read any if her books yet but have heard great things about them. Who doesn’t love the Hallmark channel??!

  10. I love Beth Kendrick. I have read several of her books. Really enjoyed them, especially Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service and Cure for the Common Breakup.

  11. I have read them all..very hard to put down. Looking forward to the next one!
    Thanks Beth for so many hours of enjoyment!!

  12. I honestly have never read or heard of this author but after reading this clip from her book IM GOING TO GET IT!!!

  13. I hate to say I haven’t read any of Beth’s but I did gp to the goodreads and checked and looked at her list. I am putting some on my list to buy for my kindle.

  14. I do enjoy books to movies and I missed this one in January, will look for it and watch it. I really enjoy Hallmark movies.

  15. I haven’t read her books, but I will definitely read them now. Love Jane and anything she suggests is good for me. I especially liked the intro to Beth’s new book. I will be reading it ASAP!

  16. Hate to say I haven’t read any of Beth’s books but will put them on my list to check out. I don’t have the hallmark channel.

  17. It seems I’ve read a couple of her novels and a couple of stories in anthologies. I’ve read Exes and Ohs which was good, but I loved The Week Before the Wedding.

  18. I didn’t see the movie. Unfortunately, I don’t have the Hallmark Channel. So, I would love to read the book.

  19. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I will look out for it now! I also hav nevr read any of her books but this one looks good. I will be adding it to my TBR!

  20. I haven’t read Beth’s stories before. I just put in a request at the library for a few of them to check out and set my dvr to record Nearlyweds. It sounds quite funny!

  21. Hi Beth,

    I liked your introduction interview. I haven’t read any of your books. I will look for Lila’s story.

  22. Beth is a new Author for me but I’m glad I found her here.This book sounds like my kind of read. I’ll also be checking out the movie. Thanks for the post.
    Carol L

  23. Yes, Beth is an outstanding author and I have read four of her books. The Week Before the Wedding is my favorite. Good luck with this new book Beth, it sounds like one I will want to read.

  24. Love her books, and it always seems that my favorite is the one I’ve last read – so at this time its Cure for the Common Breakup. I am starting her new one this weekend, so that might change!

  25. So happy to get in on this! I have Cure for the Common Breakup right next to me so that is my fave at the moment. Love her fun covers. Fingers crossed for luck on this one.

  26. #46 Kim Fenner, you’re the winner for the Nearlyweds prize package! Please email me with your mailing address and we’ll get prize to you soon!

  27. I received the prize today and it was so much more than I was expecting! 3 awesome looking books, a movie that is sure to be a tear jerker, skinny girl popcorn, red vine licorice, a candle, 3 ink pens, a notepad, a Starbucks card, and quite a few bookmarks. Thank you so much!

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