Laura Spinella’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over

Have you ever wondered what happened to that bad boy you were madly in love with?  Even after you had moved on with your life and even gotten married to the nicest guy EVEH? That’s okay, you don’t have to answer.  But we have a feeling it happens more often than you’d think.  And it makes a damn great premise for a book.

We’re excited to have Laura Spinella sharing her Do’s and Do-Overs on the site today-her list is one of our all-time faves!  And we also think you’ll flip for her debut novel, Beautiful Disaster.

Mia Wells’s eco-friendly career goals are about to become a reality-but her life-altering moment is interrupted when an unexpected call ushers in her tremulous past. A man who’s never left Mia’s memory: Flynn, the enigmatic, passionate man whose disappearance broke her heart, has mysteriously resurfaced.

Now back in her life and in the hospital, Flynn is gravely injured. Mia keeps a bedside vigil-terrified that he will die, awestruck at the prospect of his survival. In a story filled with sweetness and suspense, Mia’s what-ifs are endless. And Flynn’s return ignites an achingly powerful tale about the most enduring love, one that is greater than honor, or friendship, or the passing of time.

Sound good?  Then leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of FIVE copies.  We’ll randomly choose the winners on Wednesday July 13th after 6pm PST.


5 DO’S

1. Do something naked! And I don’t mean in the usual places or even skinny dipping.  When you step out of the shower, don’t reach for your robe, keep going. Make your bed, dry your hair, eat your breakfast, if you dare, in the all together! It’s an odd combination of empowerment and humility. Yeah, you’ll pass by a mirror or two and see the flaws, but you’ll also feel a burst of boldness-or maybe that’s just the breeze!

2. Do allow your children to be disappointed. Parenting has swung too sharply toward making Susie’s world bright and shiny at all times. While nobody wants to see their child hurt or upset, that’s life. Let your kid be on a team where everyone doesn’t get a trophy, and if they earn a D on an English paper, tell them to make a better effort next time. If you let them fall down once in a while, they’ll work harder and appreciate their achievements all the more.

3. Do turn your favorite TV shows and movies into comfort food. (I think I’ve lost ten pounds with this method)  Let everyone in the house point and howl, but don’t let it stop you from indulging in episodes of Bewitched or watching Apollo 13 for the hundredth time.  It’s soothing to know that, in some circles, catastrophe can be solved with the twitch of a nose. It can also make problems seems comparatively small. Whatever it is, take solace in the fact that you’re not stuck in outer space on a crippled space ship, leaking oxygen, with walls no thicker than sheet of tin foil.

4. Root for a team! (Unless you’re Mike Lupica, it’s the ultimate writer’s escape) I’m a three-fisted fan: Red Sox, New England Patriots and, of course, my Georgia Bulldogs. You’d be amazed how popular you are at parties, (no one expects that flaky writer chick to know squat about the AL Standings) and it’s fun to be part of that rush of enthusiasm-like it really will make a personal difference should the Pats win another Super Bowl!  On the other hand, you get to experience the euphoria of being part of a team, even if it’s from the cheering section.

5. Do consider your karma, because what goes around comes around. It’s also something I more or less suck at. As a writer, I see myself as ridiculously self-absorbed. I spend most of my waking hours with people who don’t exist. I convince myself there’s terrific reward in that, namely a book on the shelf.  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth, and I constantly have to remind myself of the bigger picture. So do take care of your karma; it benefits most from what you do outside that solitary circle of writing or whatever it is that commands your time.


Hmm, I’m not sure I’d share my true do-over-it may adversely affect my karma. I suppose my overall do-over would be to take chances I previously passed on and tempt the unknown.  In other words, if I were to walk down a steamy street in Athens, Georgia, and a stranger tapped me on the shoulder, asking if he could buy me a beer… Well, in hindsight I probably should have said, “Yes.” (-;

Thank you so much for having me!!  This was very cool and great fun!!

Thank YOU, Laura! xoxo, L&L

To read more about Laura, head on over to her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

57 Responses to “Laura Spinella’s 5 Do’s and a Do-Over”

  1. Angie

    hmmm…Do something naked. My 8 year old son has that down to an art. We can’t get him to put clothes on once he gets out of the shower! I worry his future is in streaking at pro sporting events. “Look honey, there he is. Do you have bail money out or should I run to the ATM?” lol!

  2. Heather

    This sounds like a book that is hard to put down!! I am adding it to my summer read list!! : )

  3. Megan

    I would love to win a copy of this book…I have been wanting to read it! :) #4 is great…for me it’s South Carolina football and baseball (Go SEC!), and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  4. Shannon Mulligan-Mayernik

    I would love to win a copy of this debut novel from Laura…I love #4 also but I’d have to say I am a Yankees/Giant’s gal from NJ :)

  5. Margaret

    This sounds really interesting! I always wondered myself what happened to the bad boy I was knew. Great idea for a story1 I would love to read this one!


  6. nova c.

    love the title and the cover: both are beautiful! i totally agree with #2, #4 and #5! thanks for sharing, and have a great rest of your summer…

  7. faith

    love her Do’s and Dont’s!! So open and real and the book sounds wonderful

    kyfaithw at aol dot com

  8. Nina

    Any advice that supports my comforting TV habit of watching one episode (at least…) of The Golden Girls every night works for me! ;D

  9. Lisa

    Looks like a great read!! And I love the list! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Colleen Turner

    Wow, the book sounds great and I love her Do’s list! I agree with being a good person or expect Karma to come back and kick your butt…it is what gets me through when I am trying to be nice and people keep cutting me off in traffic or being rude at the store :). Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  11. Addie

    Sounds like a great read! PS I am not sure I would share my do over either!!!

  12. Alison Fees

    I love all the great advice I get from all the wonderful authors interviewed on here. This makes my day when I read these. Thank you so much for continuing these posts. I don’t know what I would do without them :) <3

  13. Melissa A

    I love this list! I agree with numbers 2 and 3 the most.
    I’m always trying to explain to my kids that life isn’t fair and they still have it pretty easy.
    “Full House” will always be my comfort tv show. And “Where the Heart is” is my comfort movie.

  14. Belinda Hilley

    I love all of your do’s and do-over the best of any I’ve read on this website so far! Your book sounds like a must read to me! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Maybe I’ll read it in the buff :)

  15. Lauri

    Sounds like a great book. Love the 5 Do’s. Go Patriots!!!

  16. maureen

    I completely agree with rooting for teams- I love my Virginia Tech Hokies and Baltimore Ravens. Rooting for these teams has made for great conversation on more than one occasion.

  17. Laura Spinella

    What an incredible welcome from Liz & Lisa!! Thank you SO much for having me & BEAUTIFUL DISASTER visit! I love your Do’s & Do-Over, and had a great time contemplating my own!! And thank you to everyone who’s commented! I’m having so much fun reading them!!

  18. Nancy H

    Sound good? Sounds great! It’s going on my to-read list right now.

  19. Melissa

    It IS a GREAT read!! I’ve read it and was very fortunate to meet Laura when she was on tour with her book. I believe I was actually the first person who walked up to her and didn’t say, “Oh, I can’t read your book,” but “I loved your book” and asked her relevant questions about it. I think it actually threw her a bit because she was expecting to tell about her book and hope people went home and read it. Whereas, I had actually read it and LOVED it. Also, I found out that Flynn was loosely based on the guy she dated in college. Yup, I put it out there.

    PS: When she talked about the guy from college, I think she blushed.

  20. Linda Kish

    This sounds like a terrific story. I’d love a chance to read it.

    As my adult son and his wife live with me, #1 is pretty much out except in my own room. Number 3 is a common one however.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  21. Tiffany D.

    I can’t wait to read this book, it has been on my wish list forever! I really love these do’s. I must admit that I struggle with #2. My husband is always telling me to stop spoiling the kids, but I can’t help it. I had a rather crappy childhood and I just want better for them. #1 really made me giggle, because it is so true. Now that both of my kids are in school all day and the hubby is at work, I can’t deny that I do love walking around the house naked after taking a shower. It’s very relaxing.

  22. Kim W.

    Love the first 3 Do’s!! Maybe I should let my kids see me watching TV in the nude — that would surely be disappointing to them ;-) Soooooo kidding of course!! Ew.

    Sounds like a great book — would love to win a copy!

  23. Melisa

    wow…if Laura ever dated a guy like Flynn in college, I would have noticed (being her room mate and all….), and she would still be grinning!!!. I think Flynn emerged in college as a passer-by that conjured interesting potential (her imagination IS amazing!). I also I think the naked stuff was started in college ;). The Georgia Bulldog love definitely started then. The Gilmore Girls weren’t around then, but we did whistle the Andy Griffith Show theme song as we ended each day. The karma—well, Laura has nothing to worry about! And her do-over….I’ll never tell either!
    Beautiful Disaster is a captivating, enthralling, sexy read. If you haven’t read it, get it!

  24. Jenn B

    Sounds like a great book! I agree with supporting a team mine are Philadelphia Phillies/Flyers/Eagles!!!

  25. Shannon J

    I would like to say this is absolutely one of my favorite books!!! I just fell in love with this book!!! And the sweetest author to boot!! I highly encourage every one to read it!! Well I encourage every one I meet up with to read it!! :) But seriously it is a great book!!

  26. Nina

    Love her do’s and do-over! I always find something I can totally relate to. Would love to win a copy of the book!!

  27. Liz

    Thank YOU Laura, we had so much fun having you on! xoxo, L&L

  28. Lisa S.

    Once again I found a new author to indulge in. I do too look forward to reading the author’s do’s & do-overs lists! I agree with Laura on #1. #2 also I have tried hard to make my children humble, gracious & giving because not only will karma kick them in their butts but so would mamabear! I have always loved football & my family of all girls was no exception to yelling with Dad at a few bad ref calls in our time! I have had a past boyfriend come back in my life after my divorce & it was really something out of a book so hey ya never know, maybe I’ll write a book too! I would love to read your book Laura & please enter me to win a copy!

  29. Jen Daiker

    First can I just say I AM IN LOVE WITH THE COVER. It’s breathtaking. Then adding the twist of a life-time. Talk about something I’m going to devour in one sitting and keep talking about for days!


    Third – This has to be one of my favorite renditions. Seriously – naked? I love it! Who hasn’t attempted it at least once? It’s nice for a moment to imagine yourself completely free from the world! And Karma… brilliant. Do believe in Karma.

    You girls are all fabulous! It was an honor to meet the lovely Laura Spinella.

  30. Kathy

    Sounds like an interesting novel! I’ll have to give it a try!

  31. Wanda Z

    I love this site because I always find new authors with great books. This sounds like another good one! ….. and I like DO #4. Go Saints!!!!! We don’t have to wear bags on our heads any more!

  32. Lori

    I love these lists. They never disappoint. This sounds like a great book!

  33. Laura Spinella

    I am AMAZED by all the generous comments! Many thanks again to Lisa & Liz!! Between Chick Lit Is Not Dead and their fabulous audience, you guys sure do know how to make a debut novelist feel welcome!!

    And, oh, to Melisa… I’ll give you a call at bedtime, whistling the theme to The Andy Griffith Show! I didn’t realize until yesterday that comfort TV started long before the invention of DVDs!

  34. Lauren

    Sounds like a juicy read – definitely going on the must read list!

  35. Mary

    Laura sounds like a ‘real’ person. No phoney baloney. I like that. I’d love to see how she writes.

  36. Elise

    This sounds like an interesting read…I’ll have to add it to my list!

  37. Chelsea B.

    This sounds like a great book– I can’t wait to read it!

  38. Krysten H

    Love this–I turn my favorite shows into comfort food, too. I think that’s why when they were talking about canceling my soaps I was freaking out ;)

  39. Shana S

    Oh, what I would give for a do-over (or ten) with certain decisions I’ve made. This book looks fantastic–what a great giveaway!

  40. Meg Munson

    I love this list!!!! My reading list is getting VERY long and I love all the books you keep recommending:-)

  41. Suzebomb

    Naked, huh? May have to try that sometime soon. I also like #2 – prepare our kids for the real world where there will be disappointments.

    Thanks for the giveaway – this sounds like a great story.

  42. Laura Spinella

    Gosh, I wish you guys had “like” buttons for all the wonderful comments! This was certainly and completely my pleasure! Chick Lit Is NOT Dead, and it sure does rock!!

  43. Clair Ellis

    I can’t wait to read this book! The story sounds so interesting and easy to relate to. I think every woman has the one guy they feel like “got away” even though you’re perfectly satisfied with who you’re with. If I don’t win, it’ll be on my Nook soon!

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