Monday, March 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Interview with Grace Burrowes, Samantha Chase and Andrea Laurence + #Giveaway

What can you tell us about the small town setting of your upcoming romance?

Samantha Chase (author of RETURN TO YOU): The south shore of Long Island had always been my heroine Selena’s home. Born and raised minutes from the beach, she always dreamed that it would be where she’d find love, raise a family and live happily ever after. The small coastal town really hadn’t been part of James Montgomery’s plan for his own life, after meeting Selena, it’s suddenly a very appealing part of his future.

Grace Burrowes (author of KISS ME HELLO): Damson Valley lies in rural Maryland, about an hour away from both Washington, DC, and Baltimore. The Appalachian Mountains give the town a protected, bucolic feel, despite the proximity of big city lights. My hero attorney MacKenzie Knightley loved growing up with his brothers on a farm right outside Damson Valley, and was all too happy to go into practice with both James and Trent. The Knightley farm is now owned by foster mom Sidonie Lindstrom, who has moved away from Baltimore to give her foster son a better start in life. Sid has no patience for small town life, though before too long, the scenery does catch her interest…

Andrea Laurence (author of FEEDING THE FIRE): If you’re willing to turn your car off the highway and venture from the beaten path, you might be lucky enough to run across a town like Rosewood, Alabama. Steeped in southern charm and the traditional values of God, Family and Football (although not always in that order), Rosewood is like a time capsule preserving everything modern cities have lost. Here, you’ll find homemade pies, perfectly brewed sweet tea, and beauty parlors filled with lively gossip. It’s the kind of town where everybody knows everybody – and everybody knows your business whether you like it or not! Thanks for stopping by. Sit a spell and tell us what you know.

What’s the hardest thing about finding love in a small town? The easiest?

Grace Burrowes: For MacKenzie Knightley, never having really left the small town where he grew up, the difficulty of small town life is that he’s more easily trapped in the view of himself he developed as a younger man. He’s one of those MacKenzie brothers, good old Mac, Mac the guy who does the horse shoeing on weekends for the therapeutic riding program. He’s worn those roles for years and every person he meets—almost—views him in those predictable ways. Then he meets Sidonie Lindstrom and getting his tall, dark and handsome on is abruptly a real possibility…

The easy part of small town romance is that the territory is familiar and beloved. By sharing the town and the surrounding area with Sid, Mac also shares a part of himself. For a guy who’s become nearly silent in social situations, that’s a huge plus.

Is there a big party or a community get together for your small town?

Samantha Chase: The high school reunion is one of the big events for the town. It takes up an entire weekend with all of the alumni coming together to celebrate. The first event on Friday night kicks off the weekend – this year it’s bowling at the local bowling alley. Everyone comes with their spouses for an informal night of hanging out, enjoying snacks and reliving the good times they had at this local hangout. Saturday is the actual reunion and it’s held at one of the larger hotels with a ball room to fit everyone. Sunday is a family/community day where everyone meets at the high school baseball field for a day of softball and picnics. So many people stayed close to home upon graduation that the reunion weekend really is a community event.

Where is the best ‘date spot’ in your small town?

Andrea Laurence: There’s only one place to take a date in Rosewood once you graduate from high school and the Pizza Palace loses its charm. Whittaker’s Restaurant is the kind of restaurant where the lighting is low, the tablecloths and napkins are fabric, and the wine list is extensive. It’s the place you save for the big date – Valentine’s Day, anniversary dinners and romantic proposals.

Meet Grace Burrowes, author of KISS ME HELLO

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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Series: Sweet Kisses #3
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 416 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 3, 2015)

MacKenzie Knightley is the best criminal trial attorney in Damson County, but he has no defense against petite, peppery Sidonie Lindstrom, a foster mom who’s moved into the farmhouse where Mack and his brothers grew up.

Sid is grieving the loss of her brother, worried she’s about to lose her foster son, and in no mood for romantic nonsense when Mack drives up the lane. And yet, he’s good with her horses, good with her foster son, and just the sort of solid, trustworthy, guy she might fall for—until she learns that he’s not at all what he appears to be.


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Meet Samantha Chase, author of RETURN TO YOU

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Series: The Montgomery Brothers #4
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 3, 2015)

She will never forget their past...
He can't stop thinking about their future...

James Montgomery has achieved everything he'd hoped for in life...except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she's never coming back. But it's becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can't help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.


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Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.

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Series: Rosewood #2
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 251 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (March 16, 2015)

Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.


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