Friday, May 3, 2019

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Joy After Noon (Sugar Sands Book 1) by Debra Coleman Jeter

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz tour for Joy After Noon by Debra Coleman Jeter. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Joy After Noon
Series: Sugar Sands Book 1
Author: Debra Coleman Jeter
Publication Date: February 26th 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Joy marries a widowed bank executive caught in an ethical dilemma and misreads his obvious frustration while struggling to integrate into her new family. Inspired in part by Love, Come Softly, this novel explores the challenges of second marriages and dealing with step-children during the crucial years of puberty and teenage angst. A college professor coming up shortly for the huge tenure decision, Joy finds herself falling apart as her career and her home issues deteriorate and collide.

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EXCERPT:
Though it was Saturday, Ray had gone in to work anyway, saying he had a lot of catching up to do. Joy resisted the urge to flee to her own office, where stacks of papers and unread journals piled high, not to mention the project with Natalie that needed to be finalized. How much easier to tackle the tasks she knew than the unfamiliar. She plopped into a chair. Her thoughts drifted to the sequence of events that had brought her here.

Their whirlwind courtship was so romantic, so fairytale-like, Joy had not questioned her feelings. Swept into Ray’s arms, literally and figuratively, she dared imagine a lifetime with him and his daughters. She’d tried to warn him that she was an incompetent cook. Perhaps he hadn’t taken her light-hearted confession seriously. When he suggested they elope, she was ecstatic. Of course she met the girls, but never really interacted with them. Facing hard facts now, she knew she had been afraid of turning Ray against her—by her lack of finesse with kids and zero domestic skills. She’d been glad—so glad—to be romanced and cherished. Had she made a huge, irreversible mistake by not being more candid?

Ray was gorgeous, with his long, rangy body, his face tanned and creased from years of Sugar Sands sun. His eyebrows and eyelashes were inky black, a startling contrast to the bright caramel hair on his head and faint stubble on his chin. Joy couldn’t help feeling—both then and now—that he was out of her league. Dating him, much less marrying him, had seemed too much to hope for. Yet, here she was, in these beautiful, sun-filled rooms that were about to be jarred from their history of perfection.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debra Coleman Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby. Her first novel, The Ticket, was a finalist for a Selah Award, as well as for Jerry Jenkins’ Operation First Novel. Her story, “Recovery,” was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman; and her nonfiction book “Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson”: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the USA Book News Awards. She is a co-writer of the screenplay for Jess + Moss, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at nearly forty film festivals around the world, and captured several domestic and international awards.

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GIVEAWAY:
Debra Coleman Jeter will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

58 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

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    1. Thanks for following the tour. Do you go by James or Robert or something else?

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  2. Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. Welcome, everyone! I look forward to seeing your comments and questions.

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  3. Great! How did your experience as a female professor influence the character of Joy?

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    1. I used some of my classroom experiences to imagine what she might be going through, especially when you're distracted by stuff that's going on at home with your family.

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  4. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019?

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    1. I've been a fan of CS Lewis for a long time. I just finished a book called Becoming Mrs. Lewis (a novel about his wife). I'm hooked on audio books (by the way, my first novel, The Ticket, is available now on audio through Amazon Audible). My daughter gave me some nonfiction audio books for my birthday about Lewis and I look forward to listening to those.

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    2. I'll have to check out Becoming Mrs. Lewis! It sounds great!

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  5. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing!

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  6. A big thank-you to all who commented or visited today!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. My publisher, my designer, and I deliberated a long time on that cover. I'm thrilled you like it!

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  8. Sounds like a book I want to read right away!

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    1. I look forward to your thoughts, comments, or review when you finish!

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    1. Thanks, Katrina, for being part of my blurb blitz--that's a tongue twister, isn't it? I hope you read the novel.

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    1. Thanks, Dale. Glad you visited and liked what you read so far ...

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  11. Sounds good can't wait to read this book.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. Let me know what you think when you finish. I think it's a pretty quick read.

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  12. I really enjoyed this and it sounds awesome!

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    1. Thanks so much, Angela! Hope you read more and tell me what you think when you finish.

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  13. Who is your favorite author currently still writing?

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    1. You ask great questions. I really enjoy Fredrik Backman,who wrote A Man Called Ove among others.

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    1. Thanks, Victoria. I'd love to hear what you think if you read the novel!

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  15. nice book cover and the book looks interesting.

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    1. thanks, Deb (I'm a Deb too, though I more often go by Debbie or Debra).

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  16. What do you want readers to take away from your book?

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    1. I think the main message in this novel has to do with communication in a relationship--how vital it is and how damaging the absence of communication is, and how easy it is to misread signals when we make assumptions about what another person is thinking of feeling.

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  17. This sounds like a good story.

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  18. Michelle CatalloMay 5, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Sounds like a moving read; lots of heart can be read in the excerpt alone.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle, and good luck with the drawing/giveaway.

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  19. Who are some of your favorite authors right now?

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    1. I just read The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth and started The Mother's Promise. I've been reading Chris Bohjalian, Louise Erdrich, Lisa See, and Joanne Harris recently. I also enjoy Anita Shreve, Joanna Trollope (and her uncle Anthony), Maeve Binchy and Margaret Atwood. My all-time favorites include Madelaine L-Engle, CS Lewis, and Richard Russo. Some of these have passed away so I can't expect new books from them!

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    2. Phillipa Gregory & Liane Moriarty are two of my favorites right now!

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    1. I hope you do! If you do, I really appreciate honest reviews. I'd love to know what you think.

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  21. This book sounds like a really interesting read. Pretty cover.

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  22. Thanks, Debbie P. Glad you like the cover and hope you read the book. If you do, let me know what you think. I'm eager for your feedback!

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  23. Tell e the most lost you've ever felt.

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  24. Are your characters more dominant or submissive?

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  25. What did you write during the most troubled time during your life?

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  26. What did you write during the best time of your life?

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  27. Where is your favorite place in the world?

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  28. What was your biggest error writing?

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  29. What inspired you to write this book? How long did it take to complete?

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  30. How have you progressed in your career this year?

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