I am delighted to welcome Wendy Wax!
Thanks, Stacy for this chance to share news of my new Ten Beach Road novel, Sunshine Beach, with your readers. It’s been a fun ride so far and now it’s less than a week to go before the June 21st on sale date.
I’ve had a chance to be in touch with readers and booksellers as plans progressed for my southeast book tour. There are multiple events set for Georgia, South Carolina and Florida and details are on my site at authorwendywax.com along with other updates and an excerpt from Sunshine Beach. Also there—and I’ve really loved sharing this—is the, I think, really terrific Sunshine Beach Book Club Kit. It includes the “Wax Family Never Fail (cross my heart!) Egg Soufflé Recipe” that Maddie makes for the gang gathered at Bella Flora. It also includes my memories of “The Beach I Grew Up On,” discussion questions and pics of the mid-century hotel that inspired Sunshine Beach.
Anyway, while writing the new Ten Beach Road story I craved my family’s egg soufflé every time Maddie served it. Assuming it makes you, too, a bit hungry while reading Sunshine Beach, here’s the recipe. I hope you’ll enjoy the soufflé and reconnecting with Maddie, Nicole, Avery, Kyra and the rest of the Do Over family when they return to Ten Beach Road next week.
Wax Family “Never Fail” Egg Soufflé
10 slices white bread, crust removed (cut in cubes to fit in blender)
1/2 pound Velveeta cheese (any flavor or type)
3 tablespoons sharp cheddar
1 cup milk
1/4 pound butter
½ teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter and cheese in microwave (cut up in cubes for easier melting). Beat eggs and milk in blender. Add bread to mixture and blend. I usually add the melted cheese and butter to the blender then, plus the baking powder, and blend smooth. Spray casserole dish with butter flavored non-stick spray. Pour mixture into casserole. Bake uncovered for 1 hour. (Unless it needs to be fancy, I use the disposable aluminum foil casseroles!)
Note: You can make ahead, wrap well and freeze. Just make sure it’s at room temperature again (and give it a last stir) before you put it in the oven.
You can also mix ahead and refrigerate overnight for baking the next day.
About the book:
Ten Beach Road Novel, Book 4
Readers first met Maddie, Avery and Nicole in Wendy Wax’s Ten Beach Road, heralded as “one of six books that belong in your beach bag” by USA Today. Victims of a Ponzi scheme, the three were deeded Bella Flora, a crumbling historic home on Florida’s Pass-a-Grille Beach, in lieu of their vanished life savings. At the time, all the reluctant DIYers dared hope was that renovating and selling it would make them solvent. Little did they know they would end up starring in their own reality show, Do Over, strapping on their tool belts again in Wax’s Ocean Beach and The House on Mermaid Point and, now, fighting for their show and their integrity, in the long-awaited SUNSHINE BEACH, a Berkley Trade Paperback Original on sale June 21st.
There have been big life changes, including losses, for the characters Wax has created, but they’ve remained togetherfriends, family, extended family, barely tolerated colleagues and all. They’re still taking life one renovation at a time, but in SUNSHINE BEACH there’s a big difference. They’ve broken with the network, which insisted on endless compromise, and are risking everything to secure their next project and the future of Do Over.
This time, they find their next renovation pretty much right where they started, barely a mile from Bella Flora. It’s Maddie’s daughter Kyra who stumbles across the Sunshine Hotel, a once glorious mid-century beachfront property left to languish at the mercy of the elements. The opportunity to renovate it is too good to pass up and, they figure, what could go wrong? Well, it turns out, pretty much everything.
Maddie’s romance with rock legend “Will the Wild” Hightower gets complicated. Nikki’s reluctance to commit to the man who loves her may be the biggest mistake of her life. Kyra’s son Dustin’s famous actor father keeps popping up and, between him, Hightower and the Do Over cast, paparazzi abound, adding their own layer of chaos. Even the hotel seems to be against them when their remodeling uncovers a 60-year-old unsolved murder that brings construction to a halt, threatens the future of the show and reopens wounds that never fully healed.
As always, Wendy brings her distinctive blend of insight, humor and sense of place to the world and people she has created in this story of friendship, family, self-discovery and strength in the face of adversity.
SUNSHINE BEACH by Wendy Wax. Berkley (June 21, 2016). ISBN 978-0425274484. 432p.
About the Author
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says bestselling author Wendy Wax “writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations.” Her contemporary women’s fiction has been compared to that of Jennifer Weiner* and Karen Joy Fowler** and her books, including her Ten Beach Road novels, Ten Beach Road, Ocean Beach, and The House on Mermaid Point, A Week at the Lake, While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and others, have been featured in national media such as USA Today, Ladies’ Home Journal, CNN Online and Woman’s World.
When Ten Beach Road was published in 2011, Wendy had no intention of moving her protagonists beyond the beachfront mansion they renovated in St. Pete Beach, Florida, where the author was born and raised. However, Wax found her own enthusiasm for her disparate characters matched by that of readers and reviewers, so when a new Ten Beach Road story began to take shape, she couldn’t resist putting aside her work-in-progress to spend more time with her intrepid DIYers.
The author of thirteen novels, Wendy currently splits her time between Atlanta, where she has lived for almost twenty years, and New York City. When not writing, she visits with readers at bookstores and book events, reads, enjoys her and her husband’s newly empty nest and catches up with her sons on the serendipitous occasions when everyone ends up in the same place at the same time.
*St. Petersburg Times **Deseret News
Connect with Wendy: www.authorwendywax.com @ facebook.com/AuthorWendyWax
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