Monday, May 11, 2015

What's on Page 45?

       Do you ever flip to a random page in a book and read it, just to see if the book will pull you in? I do. I love wandering around book stores and checking out the bounty of incredible books at my fingertips. Don't get me wrong–I love my Kindle–but there's something about holding a book in your hands and devouring the words the way you used to as a kid. The feel of the crisp paper as you turn each page, the smell of the fresh print and the lure of the brand new adventure hoping to tempt you into finding a welcoming chair (and perhaps a mocha) and losing yourself for the afternoon.

But I digress! We’re clearly not in a book store, so we’ll have to do our page flipping virtually. I’m going to give you a sneak peek into French Twist, my debut novel, which tells the tale of the whirlwind romance I shared with my husband *gasp* nearly fourteen years ago. I met him while he was in the US on assignment from his Paris-based software company and my life hasn’t been the same since. On page 45, you will find the conversation I had with my sister after our first official date:

       “The man is the most amazing kisser ever. Never in my life have I experienced anything like it.”  I became breathless just from the memory of last night.

       “Oooh! When are you going to see him again?” She was pretty breathless herself.

       I still can’t catch my breath after he unleashes his signature kisses on me–just the right combination of tender and steamy. This swoon-worthy feeling HAD to be included in our epic love story. It’s the stuff dreams are made of! And there’s plenty more where that came from. Feast your eyes on this!

       Sydney Bennett had spent her life in pursuit of perfection. She planned, weighed her options and made careful choices based on calculated outcomes. Through all of her efforts, she had come pretty close to perfection, if she didn’t say so herself. She had fled the cold winters in New York for sunny California, found a job that she loved and lived in the same town as her sister, and best friend, Kate. The one area of perfection that had always eluded her was her love life. No matter how hard she tried, she always ended up with a broken heart. After a particularly traumatic breakup, Sydney vowed that she was done with love.

     Just as Sydney threw herself into her new plan to forget about men, a handsome Frenchman tossed all of her intentions out the window as he swept her off of her feet. Louis Durand had lived a life filled with excitement and adventure. He was impetuous, intelligent and incredibly charming. So naturally, he scared Sydney half to death. From the moment they met, Louis and Sydney’s romance progressed at warp speed. Sydney did her best not to run, but her deep rooted relationship anxiety threatened to provide an easy exit. When Louis mentioned marriage before Sydney even knew his favorite color, she was more than tempted to reach for her running shoes. Will she be able to put her fears aside to follow her heart? The one thing that Sydney will learn is that sometimes perfection comes with a twist...

Was that enough to reel you in? I sure hope so! If you want to hear more about Sydney and Louis' story, run on over to Amazon and buy this awesome book!

But that's not all! Check out the links below for a whole bunch of other book teasers!

But that's still not all! You could win a truly delectable prize from all your blog hopping. Check this out!


A one-pound package of caramels from Whitney's Goodies! The winner will be lucky enough to choose their flavor from those listed below.

This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.
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To enter, answer the following question in the comments section below: "In 4 or 5 words, why do you think French Twist would be a good read?"

Please be sure to include your full name as well as your e-mail addressEntries devoid of this information will not be eligible to win the grand prize. How sad would that be? And remember, there are 36 blogs to visit, each one giving you another chance to win! Woohoo!

 A winner will be chosen via on Tuesday, May 19th.

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