JUST READ: FINDING LUCAS by Samantha Stroh Bailey

Finding_LucasEditors Note: I don’t do book reviews but I do like to chat with authors whose books I’ve just read and ask them what they are eating, writing and loving. So I’m happy to introduce Samantha Stroh Bailey who wrote the fun, sassy and lively FINDING LUCAS. It was such fast ride from the very first page! 

Thanks for taking the time Samantha!


I live in Toronto, and we don’t lack for incredible restaurants. But there is one very special place that I always return to and it’s called Southern Accent, in the heart of The Annex, one of Toronto’s coolest,  and most eclectic neighborhoods. The food is Cajun Creole Soul and the best drink I’ve ever had in my life is a jalapeno-infused Caesar that will burn your mouth and tickle your tongue until your taste buds explode with pleasure. Hush puppies, crab cakes and the most mouth-watering lamb are just a few of the delicious foods on their funky menu. The moment you step inside you’re transported to New Orleans. Mardi Gras masks and beads line the walls, and the dim lighting and background Zydeco music will have you whipping off your top in no time.

WRITE (Reading ..)

I just finished Sophie’s Turn by the fabulous Nicky Wells. As an author, I am so lucky to meet and get to know incredible writers, and I fell in love with Nicky’s funny, fast paced, addictive voice. She’s a soul sister, for sure. I can’t wait to read Sophie’s Run, out now, and Sophie’s Encore, being released in September. I’m writing my second novel, Everything But, contemporary women’s fiction, about a woman who risks her marriage and closest friendship to have the baby she never thought she wanted. It is a story that I hope will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to have a child.


I’ve been writing for thirty years and in 2011, I opened my freelance writing/editing company, Perfect Pen Communications . I finally got to live my dreams of writing/editing fulltime, becoming a journalist and in 2012, I published Finding Lucas. I couldn’t believe that what I have wanted my entire life was happening. I never expected my debut novel to be read by people all over the world, and I certainly never thought I’d be getting tweets and emails from strangers telling me they loved my book. It is mind-boggling and the best feeling ever. I also never knew how warm, kind and supportive the author and blogger community is and I’m so grateful. I have always been scared of social media, but once I published Finding Lucas, I had to put myself out there in a big way and the rewards have been tremendous. So, what I’m loving right now is my life and the rare opportunity to live my every dream.

Thanks so much, Cindy, for inviting me to your blog. I’m so excited to read HEARTBREAK CAKE!


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  1. Francine LaSala says:

    When I come to Toronto, we’re going to that restaurant! Great post, ladies!

  2. Samantha, your second novel sounds amazing! And good for you going after your dreams. What a great post!

  3. I know what a Caesar is now and I totally want one – the spicier, the better 🙂

  4. Oh, the hubs makes the best Caesars and he would love that spicy jalapeno one! (He has to make them mild for me, but he likes them HOT.)

    Great post! So glad your dreams are all coming true! Going to have to think up some new ones! 🙂

  5. I loved Finding Lucas and am so eager to read your next one, Sam. It sounds great!

  6. Libby Mercer says:

    Mmm. Samantha, that’s awesome that you love Cajun-Creole. Ever had crawfish etouffee? That’s my absolute fave. I am SO excited about your upcoming release!!

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