Book Promotion: Getting Rooted by Jamie Baywood

Today’s book promotion comes from Jamie Baywood and her book called Getting Rooted. If you like memoirs, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Getting Rooted
Author: Jamie Baywood
Genre:
Travel Memoir/Comedy

Publisher: Createspace
Format: eBook/paperback

Summary:
Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

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People’s Review:

“I read this book in one night over four hours. I couldn’t put it down. It was so, so entertaining. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions – comedy highlights include brain poisoning from complications over a hair perm, eating stale sunflower seeds and the multitude of accent-related mistakes. Jamie is a lovely, endearing protagonist and I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with her. A must read for anyone moving to New Zealand. Or anyone moving anyway for that matter.” (5 out of 5 stars) Thomas Sainsbury (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Getting Rooted in New Zealand is a diary of a California girl’s introduction to a completely different life experience in a new country and never has the phrase `stranger in a strange land’ been more relevant than in reading her intriguing and often insightful diary entries! Her observations about both culture and language are a wonderful mix of observation about one person’s reaction to the differences that make up the wonderful human race and the minutiae of daily living. I’ll be looking forward to seeing if Jamie produces another book about her experiences of coming to live in the UK.” (4 out of 5 stars) Linda Parkinson-Hardman (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“I’ve got this book and finished read it all so quickly, because I couldn’t stop reading it. it’s just so hilarious!! I can’t wait to read her next book. I highly recommend to read this book for everybody. I absolutely loved it!!” (5 out of 5 stars) S Halls (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“This book is perfect for travel-reading! It’s light, in small sections (as a diary), totally hilarious and also quite amazing. So many crazy experiences Jamie Baywood had in one year, some wonderful and some truly horrific, all taken together adds up to fruitful reading indeed. This book is like a rough diamond – I look forward to reading future novels as Jamie becomes more and more polished through life’s experiences” (5 out of 5 stars) Anna H(Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Giggle Worthy… It is difficult to write so openly about your life as you have and I found myself keenly reading to see what happened next. All your adventures with those crazy people sounded so dreadful, but provided such amusement in the way you have represented them. You make no real judgment on any person and I can tell that while you respect them as humans, you don’t put up with bad behaviour, so that’s an inspiration in itself” (4 out of 5 stars.) O. Dale (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“As a New Zealander, I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, and a lot of the things about NZ are definitely true…. I live overseas, so I can understand that no one outside of New Zealand really gets our slang and sometimes our accent, so that part really spoke to me! However, at the same time it doesn’t paint a true picture of New Zealand, given that the author worked in terrible jobs, had visa restrictions, didn’t have a lot of money, and stayed in run-down housing. Auckland, while being the largest city, isn’t necessarily representative of NZ. Overall, I’d recommend this book” (4 out of 5 stars.) Mark (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Honest Humour… A great read! Honestly and effortlessly humorous. I giggled lots and really felt for Jamie at her times of struggle. Thank You for sharing so openly your experiences, obstacles and breakthroughs” (5 out of 5 stars.) Sparkles (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Really enjoyed this book, I have to say. It was funny, quirky, even weird in places, but always entertaining. Having lived in New Zealand myself, I can definitely relate to some of Jamie’s experiences as a foreigner. Love NZ and love this book – highly recommended!” (5 out of 5 stars.) Polak (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Fantastic, hilarious & Inspiring, I absolutely loved it. It is funny & absolutely honest. Very inspiring as it really draws reader’s attention to read more and more. I can’t wait now for her 2nd novel to come out. A movie should be made on “Getting Rooted in New Zealand”. Definitely will be a super hit “(5 out of 5 stars.) A-dreamer (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Must Read Book – Hilarious! A real page turner – like reading a very funny / interesting friend’s secret diary.Also a fascinating insight into life in New Zealand as seen through the eyes of a traveller. Jamie Baywood is the thinking man’s Bridget Jones—with an edge. Would make a hilarious movie – but until that comes out the book is a must” (5 out of 5 stars.) J. Hamilton (Amazon Customer Reviews)

“Getting Rooted in New Zealand is wonderful chain of events unfolding in the most unusual way leading to the most perfect new beginning… Loved it” (5 out of 5 stars.) Ruchi Vasisht (Amazon Customer Reviews)

 

“Just finished your book Jamie, superb read!!!! Had me laughing on every page!!! Looking forward to the next one!” Natalie

“Just finished reading the book. I loved all the hilarious characters in the office. Now I know where all the money goes that we pay Auckland Council. Ahhh !!! So many funny stories and lots of laughs, and most importantly it has warmth and humanity as you write from a Buddhist perspective. Look forward to reading book number two !” Greggo x

I am new to NZ from the states and I am loving the book – I’m also a mum, so it’s the perfect light read after a long day with my toddler. Many good laughs and feeling the sisterhood as the real NZ (versus my fantasy NZ) manifests itself…! Almost finished. Thank you for writing this…it’s so unassuming and funny and real. I will look for your second book. (Marika Pickett)

“Considering this is not a book I would have picked up on my own, I enjoyed it very much!
The authors tale of a move to New Zealand it was at times funny, insightful and heart-warming. Jamie has a lovely turn of phrase in her writing that keeps you engaged with her story from start to finish. I giggled wildly on occcasion especially during some very wry commentary on the culture shock and nuances of language that can flummox you when moving within a completely different community. And the mime, well. I’m laughing now just because writing this review has taken me back…
As a sneak peek into someone else’s world, it works terrifically well – it makes me want to keep a diary, although mine would be somewhat less interesting. I started this novel as a brain break from the rather dark mystery thrillers I was reading and I was up well into the night last night so I could finish it. It may be nonfiction but it could easily be read as such…and wow what a terrific film it would make! If only time travel were possible I would suggest to the author that she do it all again with a camera man in tow..
Jamie lives with us in the UK now….and yes, we use the term “rubbish” not “garbage” as well…at least she may well have been prepared for that.
Terrific stuff. I can’t wait for more….I’m kind of hoping she is writing a book about moving to the UK. Would live to see us Brits through her eyes.
Happy Reading Folks!” (5 out of 5 stars) Liz Wilkson (Amazon Customer Review)

 

The Author:

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

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Q & A:

a.) What was the best thing about writing this book?
I love making people laugh more than anything else. I feel very grateful when readers understand my sense of humor.


b.) Where did you get your idea for this story?

It was always my dream to live abroad when I was growing up in California. I had bad dating experiences in California and read in a New Zealand tour book that the country’s population at 100,000 fewer men than women. I wanted to have some me time and an adventure. New Zealand seemed like a good place to do so. Although I intended to have a solo adventure I ended up meeting my husband in New Zealand.

 

I consider myself an accidental author. I didn’t go to New Zealand with the intentions of writing a book about my experiences there. I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. The stories made people laugh so I decided to organize the stories into a book and publish in the hopes to make others laugh too.


c.) What would you tell aspiring writers out there?

Be yourself.


d.) What is your favorite book?

May I Ask You Something? by Cyan Corwine.


e.) Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Coffee.

I want to thank Jamie Baywood for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Getting Rooted!

 

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