Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guest Post by Jennifer Gooch Hummer and Giveaway

I'm currently surrounded by more boxes than I can count, and I'm at that awkward phase while moving when you have no idea where any of the stuff that you need is because it's all packed up- somewhere! Hubby and I pick up the keys to our new home on Thursday and I can't wait until two weeks from now when all of our stuff will join us there! In the meantime I just haven't had as much time for reading as I would like. Luckily Jennifer Gooch Hummer, author of Girl Unmoored, offered to stop by and guest post and give away a copy of her book to one lucky US reader. Today she shares with us what Girl Unmoored means to her:

I started writing Girl Unmoored when I was ten years old. I know because I still have the original notebook on which I sketched her face and wrote: A Girl Named Apron. I don’t know where the name, Apron, came from but my mother maintains that her name started out as “April.” It didn’t. But I don’t make a big deal about it; I have the notebook.

I never finished the book. Probably because there was no plot. All Apron did was pack up to go live with her grandmother, with no particular reason as to why. That’s the problem with not having a plot; the characters don’t do much.

It wasn’t until after I met my friend Mike that Apron showed up again.  My Mike isn’t the same as the Mike in the book, but he too, was a dead ringer for Jesus. My Mike was an actor, although the closest he got to playing Jesus Christ was Rocky Horror, who also had long blond hair that he whipped around a lot. These hair-whipping days were in the early 80’s. Just when AIDS showed up. I didn’t know Mike then, and I barely knew about AIDS.

Girl Unmoored is the story of a girl lost in a sea of grief after losing her mother. When she meets Mike, she’s met her mooring. Although Mike and his cantankerous boyfriend, Chad, don’t know what to do with her at first-Apron just seems to keep showing up, usually with a fat lip-they eventually offer her a summer job in their flower store. And then it’s smooth sailing for Apron--until she uncovers Chad’s secret. He’s sick and there’s nothing anyone can do to save him. It’s also 1985, when no one really knows how AIDS is transmitted, or who might be at risk.

Suddenly Apron is forced to leave behind the safe harbor of childhood and navigate the stormy seas of a young adult. She knows what her real job is now, and it has nothing to do with flowers. Mike needs her to show him how to let Chad go.

There’s a whole lot of other stuff that happens, with a whole lot of other people—there’s Grandma Bramhall, too busy shopping for the perfect bikini to help Apron; and M, the deluded future stepmother; and Rennie and Mr. Perry, both of whom are about to be exposed for their betrayals—but mostly Girl Unmoored is about friendship. Deep, loyal friendship. The kind that supersedes family.  The kind that keeps you anchored when everything else is falling apart. The kind that can save you.

Watching Mike and Chad endure in a world that despises them, Apron begins to understand that sometimes you don’t have to do anything for some people to hate you. Mean is just the way they came out.

This is what Apron learns.

This is what saves her.

I wish my friend Mike was here to read the book. He would have liked it, I think. Especially the part about how well he sang.

Thank-you so much to Jennifer for stopping by! Now, for the giveaway! I have one copy of Girl Unmoored to give away to one lucky US reader. In the interest of keeping it simple, in order to enter to win you only need to post a comment and include your e-mail address. I will choose a winner using after March 21st, 2012 at midnight and will notify the winner by e-mail. Good luck to everyone and my thanks to BookSparks PR for co-ordinating this guest post and the giveaway!


  1. I adored this book before I knew there was a real Mike; now it's holding my heart even closer. Great guest post, Jennifer, and a wonderful, wonderful book!

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  4. This sounds like a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  5. This looks great! Please enter me!

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  6. Can't wait to read!!

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  8. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to traveler!