Books & Brews: Love in a Carry-On Bag / Abita’s Pecan Harvest

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Two of my favorite things in the world are craft beer and books. On the last Thursday of every month I pair a novel I love with a pint to sip while reading it, under the theory that there is a perfect beer to compliment every book.

It seems like there were a number of gray, rainy days in Richmond, Virginia this month, which made it a perfect month for curling up inside, under a blanket, with a good book.  Which is exactly what I did. This month I read Sadeqa Johnson’s Love in a Carry-On Bag. The novel tells the story of Erica and Warren, who are about a year into their long-distance relationship. She lives in New York, and is climbing the ladder in the marketing department at a huge publishing company. He lives Washington D.C. and works a lucrative job as an IT contractor by day and plays jazz trumpet by night. The story chronicles the intense ups and downs of their long-distance relationship, while also weaving in their childhood experiences (neither of which were easy).

Heres what I loved about the book: Continue reading

I Can Totally Win This

There’s lot of good news flying around the internet recently (and by the internet, I mean my little corner of the internet, specifically Twitter).  On Tuesday three writer friends released books (three!).  Tomorrow will bring yet another new release, and that’s just this week, another friend launched the first in her new serial last week.  Virtual champagne toasts have been flying around like crazy.  In moments like this it all feels like one big amazing party that I am so incredibly thrilled to have an invitation to.

But let’s be honest, a lot of work goes into that party. Continue reading