Guest post by Hayson Manning + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , Hayson Manning , The Latin Lover Posted on April 24, 2013 @ 7:00 am 22 comments

What we all wouldn’t give to work on a tropical island, or even just to fly there for a few days to unwind and soak up the sun… *sighs* But if you can’t do that right now, do the next best thing: grab a copy of Wife in Name Only, the freshly released debut novel of contemporary romance author Hayson Manning and a glass of chilled margarita and escape to this faraway paradise. But before you do that, join us as Hayson stops by to talk a bit about her novel and its connection to dream jobs… and of course you could even win a copy of Wife in Name Only! 😉 

Dream Jobs

Tonga vista

When I was writing Wife in Name Only, I thought Zoe’s job of running a boutique honeymoon resort on a small island in Tonga was a dream job! Living on a Pacific Island? Heaven. Surrounded by people in love? Tick. Having the Pacific Ocean and the sparkly waves as a playground? Book me a ticket!

I did a quick poll at Chez Manning. Serial shoe dropper, aka hubs’, dream job would be a beer taster. Well, no real shock there. If he can’t taste beer all day then he’d like to be a mail carrier, on a bicycle, preferably in the country where he’ll be surrounded by fields with happy cows chewing their cud. People will rejoice when they see him and he’ll be loved. I think, just quietly, that he’d been partaking a tad too much of his first dream job’s malty hops, coupled with a shocker day at work.

savusavu palmsSloth One’s dream job is to join the British version of Top Gear, hang out with Jeremy, Hammond and James, test cars, meet celebrities and try to get a car to float, fly, or blowup. I can see the appeal. It’s his dream job, so I’m letting it ride. Reality and finding a job will hit him eventually.

Sloth Two would like to be a welder. He couldn’t say why but I expect it has something to do with melting metal and flame.

I love my job. Writing is my dream job and I adore that I can do this.

I thought a lot about Zoe and Rory and how their jobs influenced their lives. Rory became obsessed about being the best and didn’t see his marriage crumbling. Zoe found herself and her dream job in Tonga and couldn’t go back to an empty void in L.A. Working for a lot of us is a necessity. It can make us grumpy, happy, filled with joy or want to commit a felony; okay so maybe that’s just the jobs I’ve worked at.

I wonder if are you’re working in your dream job and if not what would your dream job be?

haysonmanningHayson Manning’s debut release, Wife in Name Only with Entangled Publishing, is available now. She lives in Southern California with her lovely sloth children, infuriating but much loved shoe-dropping husband, a tubby opinionated cat (as if a cat doesn’t ever have an opinion). There will often be a foster dog parked on the couch waiting for their forever home. She loves to read, cries while watching Antiques Roadshow and is cannot speak she’s sobbing so much by the end of Undercover Boss. She is also an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise.

You can find Hayson at her website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.

Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more…

When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

Read an excerpt

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Entangled Publishing has generously offered a PDF copy of Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning to a lucky commenter! 

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us:

 Are you’re working in your dream job and if not what would your dream job be?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on 4 May 2013 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • miki April 24, 2013 at 7:16 am

    No job as of yet… my dream job… perhaps something to do with books, reading or writing and a touch of social…. i don’t want to win loads of money but to have enough and happiness

    • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Miki, Best of luck on the job front. I’d love to work in a book store. All that reading time. Heaven.

  • laurie g April 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

    i am currently looking for work but my dream job would be working in a vet clinic helping animals

    • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Laurie,
      I foster dogs. We’ve just said goodbye to our 35th foster dog. I adore animals and can totally relate to working in a vet clinic.

  • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for having me on your blog, Stella. I’m thrilled to be here today.

  • rubyswan April 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    My Dream Job would be an interpreter(French,Spanish or Portuguese)..:D!amazing Languages! I’d truly love 2 learn ,feel & share other cultures,plus way of life..thanQ

    • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      I too love other cultures and travel whenever money and time permits. Sadly I don’t speak anything except English but it is on my bucket list.

  • Sam Tucker April 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    My dream job would be Hayson Manning’s beta reader…so I could read all the books first. Now, if I could do it from a tropical island paradise–even better! No need to enter me in the giveaway, I’ve already devoured Wife in Name Only and loved every word!

    • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Oh, Sam you just made me cry. Flat out cry! Thank your for your lovely words. Margaritas on me in Fiji!


  • Jess1 April 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I think my dream job would have been to be an occupational therapist, who helps people to regain or develop different living skills.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com


    • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      That’s lovely, Jess. Goes to show that you’re good peeps. I hope you get to live your dream.

      Hayson x

  • Robin Bielman April 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Stella and Hayson! Loved this post, Hayson! Our dreams wouldn’t be quite as much fun without shoes droppers and sloths. 😉 It took me a while to figure out my dream job, but I think I’m living it now.

    Congrats on your release! I loved Wife in Name Only!!

    • Hayson April 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Robin! Thanks so much for book love. Awesome that you’re living your dream.


  • Kim Pinch April 25, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I have my dream job being a stay at home mom. After this my dream is to move to England and run a pub. Congrats on the new release, it sounds like a great read.

    • Hayson April 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Kim. Oh, I’m with you on the English pub. I lived in London for two years and loved it, especially the culture that the pub is the gathering for the neighborhood. I met some awesome people in the lovely suburb of Ealing Broadway.


  • erinf1 April 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    thanks for the great post! I’m not working my dream job but I do enjoy it. Ummm… my “dream” job would be to own and operate a used bookstore where I could bring foster pups in to lounge around 🙂 Or having to house sit on a tropical island wouldn’t be bad either!

    • Hayson April 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Erin. Let’s go to the tropical island! Anywhere in the Pacific. Stepping off the plane and just having the world fall away. Heaven. Taking a bookstore of books is a must, or a never ending supply of Kindle books.

      Fiji looks good.

  • Joanne B April 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

    My dream job would be working in and owning a little, funky book store/bar. Kind of the best of both worlds. Wife in Name Only sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Congrats.

    • Hayson April 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Hey Joanne,
      Wouldn’t a bookstore be awesome. All those hours just hiding out and reading. I’d love to be doing it on a tropical island sipping a margarita. Yum.

      Thank you for your lovely words.

  • Victoria Zumbrum April 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I am not working at my dream job. My dream job would be to be a writer or own a bookstore.

    • Hayson April 26, 2013 at 1:30 am

      I’m lucky to be working my dream job, Victoria. I hope you will be soon.

  • Maureen April 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

    My dream job would be as a photo journalist.

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