Thursday, July 5, 2012

Next week's new release from me....

On the 11th of July,
my new book Love On The Vine is out!

I'm going to make my launch day the 12th though - because sometimes books aren't where they're supposed to be on launch day - and I'm not on for angsy panicking, so check back on the 12th for a fab launch with lots of giveaways!

I've previewed the cover before - but haven't revealed much about it, so here's the skinny.
The book is published by Wild Rose, and is part of a series by other authors (and now me!)  which is called the Flower Basket series, which is set in a town in southern California called Almendra. I loved writing this story, tying it in to the town, and including some the owners of The Flower Basket (which is a flower shop) as secondary characters. In fact, they play quite a helpful part of the book, but no spoilers - you'll have to read to the end to find out how!

The hero of this story is French (ooh!) and called Etienne Durand. I loved writing the story of a man uprooted from his home in Provence and replanted into Californian soil.

I think I'm going to do something different to promote Love On the Vine - I was thinking of a launch day extravaganza on the twitter hashtag #loveonthevine, where I ask (easy) questions about Love On The Vine, and do some giveaways of some of my other kindle books as prizes. I'll let each winner choose from Bound to Love, The Morning After, Catch Me A Catch Marrying Cade or Challenging Andie. What do you think? On for it?

Here's the blurb, so you can get a feel for the story, and I'm going all out and including an excerpt too!

Bella St Clair must keep her business, Celebrate! afloat to prove she can succeed without her controlling family. But she needs a big contract, and soon.
New owner of the St Clair Durand Vineyard, Vintner Etienne Durand hangs his dreams for success on hiring an event planner to organize a launch party. Upon entering Celebrate’s office, he’s stunned to discover its owner is none other than the enticing nymph recently spotted skinny dipping in his lake—as well, the daughter of the vineyard’s previous owner, a man set on destroying Etienne’s business.
Can he trust Bella when she denies she’s anything like her father—in spite of evidence to the contrary? In surrendering to the attraction for the handsome Frenchman, can Bella overcome her fear of being controlled and take another chance on love?

And the excerpt....

Her eyes sparkled and shone, and her cheeks were pink. Her body moved in perfect harmony with the relentless beat.
Ice chilled his top lip as Etienne took a long swallow of his drink and smiled back. With any luck, she wouldn’t see how much her dancing affected him.
With a flip of her hand, she pointed at her feet, mouthing watch. A mock frown creased her brow.
Of course, he’d watch her, he couldn’t drag his gaze away as her feet repeated the steps. The pattern didn’t look too hard. And he’d always had a good sense of rhythm.
The music faded. Bella returned quickly to the table and picked up her glass. “Okay, so those are the basics.” She drank deeply. “Are you ready to try it?”
“I’d prefer to just watch you.” He trailed a finger down her cheek, feeling the sharp tug of attraction as her eyes darkened to jade. “You look beautiful.”
“So do you.” She tilted up her chin.
Etienne stood and snaked a hand around her waist to hold her close.
At the action, her lips parted and her eyelashes fluttered closed.
She looked like a woman who wanted to be kissed. Instead, he moved his lips to her ear, speaking words intended for her alone. “Would you like me to kiss you?” He felt her shiver. “If you do, you have to tell me, remember?”
Her long, dark eyelashes fluttered and her eyes opened, staring straight into his.
The arousal in their depths stunned Etienne to his core.
“I want you to kiss me,” she murmured.

Check back on the 12th for more info, and to help me launch!