Tour and Giveaway – His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock

Today we’re on tour with Prism Book Tours to find out more about

His Hometown Girl 

by Karen Rock

Published March 1st 2014 by Harlequin

He’d always managed to best her.

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he’s not playing fair.

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that’s always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?

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Karen was so kind as to interview Jodi for All That’s Written. I’d like to thank her for that and invite you to read it, find out more about the main character before you rush off to get the book.


So, Jodi, after reading His Hometown Girl, the reader understands more about you and how you became a junior executive at an industrial agribusiness. What can you tell the folks who haven’t read the book yet about your situation?I grew up on a dairy farm in Cedar Bay, Vermont and know a lot about farm life. I never minded the hard work as long as I was outside, in the country, working with animals. Farming communities are very close, and I loved picking berries at neighbors’ fields, going on hay rides, potluck suppers and holiday village get-togethers. But it wasn’t until I was in my senior year in high school that I learned that there was a darker, dangerous side to farming when my father lost his arm in an accident. Since I should have been helping him instead of spending time with a friend, I wasn’t there when his arm was pinned. He lost his arm because no one was there to call 911 for three hours after he was trapped, and I blame myself for it. Now, I work for a business that buys farms from families at a fair price so that they can pursue other dreams, safely, without being tied to their past. It gives them more opportunities and a different future than they’d grown up imagining. However, now that I’ve returned to Cedar Bay, my thinking has changed about that as you’ll see in the book.Your son Tyler is adorable! Yet he has his challenges too. What is it like raising a child with autism? What advice would you give mothers of children with special needs?

Thank you! I love Tyler and would do anything for him. Tyler’s father doesn’t agree that he has autism and, after our divorce, spends no time with Tyler. I feel extra protective of him, especially since Tyler stopped talking after his father walked out. I work with him on therapy activities every day which sometimes works well and, at other times, ends with both of us in tears. Sometimes I wonder- why Tyler? I spend way too much time on the internet looking up different ways to help him and trying this diet or that. Yet, no matter what, Tyler is always such a unique kid and his own person. He just melts my heart. He has an elephant named ‘Ollie’ that he dresses in wacky outfits every day and he has a deep belly laugh that’s cute coming from a four-year-old. It’s infectious. I just wish I could hear him speak again. It’s hard, sometimes, to feel like I’m doing a good job as a mother and I feel like if I could pay for the day care that would help him regain his speech, than I would have done what’s best for him. Yet my time at Cedar Bay challenges that notion.

As for advice, I think what I’ve learned is not to be so hard on myself as a parent and not hold my child to impossible expectations. Every child will make gains and learn at his or her own pace and all we can do is work with them, encourage them, love them, and most of all, accept and celebrate them for the joy they bring us. I spent too much time stressing that he wasn’t ‘normal’ when I should have realized that there is no definition of ‘normal’ and that Tyler is perfect just the way he is. Any gains he makes are worth celebrating, not stressing over.

You used to have such a strong connection with Cedar Bay and an old childhood rival and later secret boyfriend, Daniel Gleason. Do you think you could ever care for either of them again?

When I left Cedar Bay, I tried putting it, and Daniel, out of my mind forever. In their own way, both had crushed me. However, when my boss offered me a promotion if I returned there to purchase farm land, I had no choice but to accept. I needed that extra money to pay for the special needs day care that would help Tyler speak again. Yet my loyalties were divided when I arrived and remembered how much I used to love living in Cedar Bay. I felt torn that it would become a massive industrial farm if I succeeded in purchasing all of the land for my employer. Of course Daniel Gleason wasn’t going to make that easy. In fact, he planned to stop me every way he could, even using his old charm. Only, I wasn’t falling for that again. Or at least I tried not to…

Were you surprised about how much opposition Daniel gave you in trying to buy out his neighbor’s farms? He seems to love farming, but his actions seem even more personal than that.

I wasn’t surprised. In fact, as soon as my boss mentioned Cedar Bay, I knew Daniel would give me a fight. I remembered how, before we became a teenage couple, Daniel was always my biggest competitor. My earliest memories include him trying to beat me at spelling bees or growing the largest pumpkin for 4H club. We were always rivals until the summer of my father’s accident. Then everything changed, which is why it might be more personal than just a battle over Cedar Bay. Everything I tried, everywhere I went to convince farmers to try another life and sell their land ended with some scheme of Daniel’s trumping mine. He made it very hard for me win.

What happened to your relationship with Daniel when you were teenagers? Why did it end?

We started dating after my father lost his arm. Since our farm wasn’t operating, I was helping meet the medical bills by working on Daniel’s family’s farm. At first, I wished I could work anywhere else since Daniel’s parents had loaned my dad the machine that destroyed his arm. Even worse, Daniel and I never got along…. Until that summer. The more time we spent together, however, the less we competed. Soon, we grew close and shared an unforgettable kiss in a berry patch. He suggested we keep our relationship quiet given that my family was in upheaval as was his. His parents were arguing over money. The cost of replacing the machine that harmed my father would strain them to the breaking point and his mother was threatening to walk out. We didn’t think it was a good idea for either family to know about us. I thought he didn’t share in our family’s feud until I overheard him admit that he did resent my family. When I confronted him, he didn’t deny it, and it made me question if he really cared for me or was dating me out of pity. Crushed, I left for college in the fall and never looked back without a goodbye or another word to Daniel… until I returned, ten years later to buy our hometown’s land.

What, besides disbelief, did you feel when you realized you loved Eli and your hometown?

Wow! So many emotions. I’d spent so many years resenting my past, trying to make things right for Tyler, and never feeling like I had the time for love, that it took me by surprise. I tried fighting my feelings so that I could focus and get my job done. I had to put Tyler first, but, little by little, I learned that there wasn’t only one path for me and Tyler to follow. There was another option and that road led back to, of all places, Cedar Bay and Daniel. I had to stop holding on to past hurts and expectations for perfection and learn to accept and love Tyler, Daniel and myself- flaws and all.

When you told Daniel you loved him, you said it twice. Where you worried he hadn’t heard you the first time?

I couldn’t believe I’d said it! I had to say it again to convince myself. I did love Daniel. Despite everything that’d come between us in the past and during my current time in Cedar Bay, he was the only one I’d ever be able to say that to… besides Tyler! And I plan to tell him that, every day, for the rest of our lives.

*Thanks so much for inviting me to do this fun interview! It was terrific  – Karen

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Rock has adored romance since receiving Harlequin Presents books from her grandmother each summer. She formed her Young Adult writing partnership, J.K. Rock- pseudonym for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series, with her sister-in-law and Blaze author, Joanne Rock in 2011. When Karen heard of a call for submissions to Heartwarming, Harlequinís latest line, she was inspired by the possibilities of writing unforgettable, deeply romantic, tender love stories that mothers would feel comfortable sharing with their daughters. When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother’s family recipes, hiking the high peaks, and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of fetch though they know a lot about love.

For more information about Karen’s upcoming books, check out her website, Facebook page, or follow her on twitter. Sheíd love to hear from you!

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The Grand Prize is:

A hand-stitched, authentic Amish quilt (uses their overlapping heart-stitching- pattern), with matching dust ruffle for a king-sized bed, signed copies of Wish Me Tomorrow & Camp Boyfriend, and some surprise swag (US Only)
1 – Paperback/ebook copies of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (format is winner’s choice, paperback for US Only) and $20 Amazon gift card
2 – ebooks of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (INT)
Runs from March 3 – 23

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway – Here and Now by Lexi Ryan

A new series from New York Times Bestselling Author Lexi Ryan, Here and Now is a sexy New Adult Contemporary Romance series that fans are sure to love.

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Torn between the man she’s always wanted and the man she can’t remember…and yet can’t let go.

LOST IN ME

(Book #1)

Releasing April 7, 2014

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The last thing I remember is having drinks at Brady’s and trying to avoid eye-contact with my life-long crush—the gorgeous, unattainable Maximilian Hallowell. They tell me that was a year ago, but I have no memories of anything since then. What I do have is this ring on my finger that Max says he gave me, and this much-thinner body I’ve dreamed of most of my life. Aside from a case of retrograde amnesia, everything seems almost…perfect.

But the deeper I immerse myself into this new world of mine—planning a wedding to a man I don’t remember dating, attempting to run a business I don’t remember starting—the clearer it becomes that nothing is as it seems. Do I have the life I’ve always wanted or is it a facade propped up by secrets I don’t even know I have?

I need answers before I marry Max, and the only person who seems to have them is the angry, tatted, sexy-as-sin rocker Nate Crane. And Nate wants me for himself.

FALL TO YOU (Here and Now, #2)

Expected release June 2014

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ALL FOR THIS (Here and Now, #3)

Expected release August 2014

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About the Author

Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

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Darkly Delicious YA Authors Enormous Kindle Fire #Giveaway!

Welcome to the Pot of Gold Giveaway
organised by Darkly Delicious YA and Book Nerd Tours and today hosted by me!
 
Three winners will receiveAMAZON GIFT CARDS!

But in addition….

One Very Lucky Leprechaun 

will receive a

KINDLE FIRE HD

pre-loaded 


with great YA & NA books!  

And who wouldn’t want the chance to win such great prizes!

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“LUCK MAITH” to you all!

Book Blast and #Giveaway – The Fallen by Lee French and Erik Kort

 
 
No one keeps secrets from her…
 
 
The Fallen
by Lee French and Erik Kort
Publication Date: January 26, 2014

Series: The Greatest Sin #1

Genre: Fantasy

For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer.


Spirits 
claim 
use 
save 
damn her. 


With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand, has more than enough secrets to keep. Secrets of her own, secrets of her clan, secrets of the world, secrets she even keeps from herself.


There are always people who want secrets. 
Some will do anything to get what they want. 

The Fallen is the foundation of the story of The Greatest Sin, of a world adrift from its God that desperately wants Her back. Chavali’s comfortable, predictable life will be ripped apart and burnt to ashes as she’s forced into the middle of that struggle. Change, she hates it passionately. It hates her right back.

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About Lee French and Erik Kort
 
Lee French lives in Worcester, MA with two kids, two mice, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don’t get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.
 
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Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.
 
 
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Book Blitz and Giveaway – The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

On tour with Prism Book Tours

A coming-of-age novel about two sisters on a journey to forgive their troubled mother, with a sheen of almost-magical realism that overlays a story about the love of a family, and especially between sisters…

The Moon Sisters
by Therese Walsh
336 pages
Coming March 4th, 2014
Mature Coming of Age
Family Drama

Therese Walsh’s poignant and mesmerizing novel is a moving tale of family, love, and the power of stories. After their mother’s probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz are figuring out how to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia, who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights, is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother’s unfinished novel to say her final goodbyes and lay their mother’s spirit to rest.

Though they see things very differently, Jazz is forced by her sense of duty to help Olivia reach her goal. Bitter and frustrated by the attention heaped on her sunny sister whose world is so unique, Jazz is even more upset when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches to a worldly train-hopper. Though Hobbs warns Olivia that he’s a thief who shouldn’t be trusted, he agrees to help with their journey. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, and they will finally be forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.

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Here are some reactions after advanced reading copies have been sent out

“Both heartbreaking and hopeful, the Moon sisters’ journey is no quixotic quest, and readers will find themselves completely immersed in their transformative search. This magical, moving tale is not to be missed.”
Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

“Luminous…a book packed with invention and rich characterizations.” –Publishers Weekly

Should you want to Pre-Order, you can do that now through:
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Appearances & News from Therese Walsh

Up-coming Tour at TLC Tours

Would they believe that life is still worth living despite its lack of promises?

Therese Walsh’s debut novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, was published in 2009 by Shaye Areheart books (Random House). Her second novel, The Moon Sisters, will be published by Crown (Penguin Random House) in March 2014.

Therese is the co-founder of Writer Unboxed, a blog for writers about the craft and business of fiction. Before turning to novels, she was a researcher and writer for Prevention magazine, and then a freelance writer. She’s had hundreds of articles on nutrition and fitness published in consumer magazines and online.

She has a master’s degree in psychology.

Aside from writing, Therese’s favorite things include music, art, crab legs, Whose Line is it Anyway?, dark chocolate, photography, unique movies and novels, people watching, strong Irish tea, and spending time with her husband, two kids and their bouncy Jack Russell.

You can find Therese on:

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Pre-Order The Moon Sisters, Receive My Debut for FREE!

by THERESE WALSH on FEBRUARY 15, 2014

An announcement from Crown (Random House):

We’re sending a copy of Therese Walsh’s debut novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, to the first 150 people who preorder their copy of Therese Walsh’s new novel, The Moon Sisters, and send us their proof of purchase before March 4th. To receive your copy of The Last Will of Moira Leahy, be one of the first 150 preorder customers to send your address and proof of purchase to CrownReadingGroups(at)randomhouse.com. Offer is limited to residents of the United States, age 18 or over. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Crown is not responsible for lost or misrouted submissions, interrupted or unavailable network or server connections, or other computer or technical failures.

I hope that you take advantage of this generous offer. Because the only thing better than one new book, is two new books.

 

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