** Amy Blumenfeld celebrates the Holidays with us **

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In Amy Blumenfeld’s debut novel, THE CAST (SparkPress), a group of lifelong friends gather for a reunion weekend that celebrates the triumph over a dark history— one that suddenly resurfaces and tests their bonds. Brimming with tenderness, humor, and heart, THE CAST captures the depth and magic of decades-long friendship as these characters take stock of their lives, discover dormant passions, and endure unexpected and heartbreaking loss.

Twenty-five years earlier, during their first year of high school, this group produced a Saturday Night Live–style video to cheer up an ailing friend. The show’s running time was only 90 minutes, but it had a lasting impact.

On the silver anniversary of Becca Night Live, they reunite over a summer weekend to celebrate but nothing goes as planned. THE CAST explores the power of forgiveness, the importance of authenticity, and the immeasurable value of deep, enduring friendships to buoy us when life plays out differently than expected.

Expect to be pulled into THE CAST immediately. The novel is not only a page-turner, but it’ll have you thinking about some serious issues after you’ve finished the book.

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Amy shared some Holiday cheer with us.

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1.     What is your favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving. 

2.       What do you love about the Holidays? I like the weather, the coziness, the food, and most of all, being together with the people I love.

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3.       What is your fondest Holiday memory?  Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. We have family friends who live in an apartment along the parade route. Their place is on the 6th floor of the building so the view from their window is eye level with the gigantic balloons floating by.

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They have a party every year with people packed into their apartment on Thanksgiving morning. I have a great shot of my daughter with her nose pressed against their living room window staring at the balloons. Last year we didn’t go to their apartment but instead went to my husband’s office building near Macy’s. Although we were shivering standing outside on a terrace, we were right over the performers on 34th Street and it was really fun.

4.       What are your wishes for 2019?  Good health, happiness, and peace.

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Amy Blumenfeld’s articles and essays have appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, George, and Moment, as well as on the cover of People. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was the recipient of the James A. Wechsler Award for National Reporting. She has been interviewed on the CBS Evening News, FOX News, MSNBC, and NY1, and has contributed to two non-fiction books. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel. For more: http://www.amyblumenfeld.com 

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THE CAST is the gold winner of the 2018 IPPY Award (Independent Publisher Book Awards) in Popular Fiction.

We have one copy of THE CAST to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite balloon in the Macy’s Day parade. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only, please.

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