Thursday, June 20, 2019

Book Blast and Giveaway: Lacewood by Jessica James

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Lacewood by Jessica James. This book blast 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 book blast tour for more excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Lacewood
Author: Jessica James
Publisher: Patriot Press
Publication Date: June 18th 2019
Genre: Women's Fiction
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A love story that spans centuries…

Two people trying to escape their pasts find a connection through an old house—and fulfill a destiny through the secrets it shares. Part love story, part ghost story, Lacewood is a timeless Southern novel about love and loss, roots and belonging, and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning.

Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss.

The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping the “city girl” restore the place that holds so many memories. As the mystic web of destiny is woven, a love story that might have been lost forever is exposed, and a destiny that has been waiting in the shadows for centuries is fulfilled.

Rich in emotion and poignant in its telling, Lacewood is an unforgettable story about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted.

A haunting story from award-winning author Jessica James that connects the past with the present—and the present with eternity.

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BOOK TRAILER:
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EXCERPT:
Turning in a circle, Katie studied the room again. Faded wallpaper curled and peeled above the dusty wainscoting, but the walls themselves appeared sturdy. On the far side of the entryway, and dominating the wall, stood a mammoth fireplace with an ornately carved hearth. Her attention was immediately drawn to a painting of a woman in nineteenth century dress that hung prominently over the mantel.

“Who is she?”

The sheriff turned to the dusty, sun-bleached portrait in the heavy carved guilt frame. “One of the previous owners, they say.” He shrugged. “The family history kind of got lost with the house. Everyone around here calls her the Widow of Lacewood.”

Katie stood spellbound. The woman was clothed completely in black, but the magnificence of the gown gave the impression of sophistication and class. Her chin was slightly elevated as if to project strength, yet there was more than a hint of sorrow and pain in her eyes.

“She looks so sad.” Katie spoke without removing her gaze. “And so young. How could she be a widow?”

The sheriff had already started to walk away, but he turned back and glanced at the painting. “Not sure, but they say she never remarried.”

Katie’s heart suddenly struggled to beat. The anguish in the woman’s eyes kept her riveted. She could see the pain. Feel a heart ripped apart. Something was missing that could never be replaced. Katie had felt such loss before. In a way that’s why she was here.

“You coming?”

Katie heard the sheriff calling from the next room, and turned to follow. With one quick glance back, she noticed particles of dust now swirled and danced in a shaft of light, almost like a living thing. Her breath caught in her throat as the dust seemed to materialize into the form of a woman, her eyes dull with the same tortured despair and disbelief as the one in the portrait.

Katie jerked her head around for a closer look and blinked. The woman was gone.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica James believes in honor, duty, and true love—and that’s what she writes about in her award-winning novels that span the ages from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

She is a two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and has won more than a dozen other literary awards, including a Readers' Favorite International Book Award and a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Her novels have been used in schools and are available in hundreds of libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

James is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

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GIVEAWAY:
Jessica James will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the book blast. Be sure to leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
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38 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me and allowing me to share a little bit about my new novel Lacewood!

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  2. I'm looking forward to checking this one out!

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  3. Love the cover sounds like a great read.

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  4. Book looks so good. I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  5. I think I would like this book. Thank you for this chance to win.

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  6. sounds like a fun one

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  7. Thank you.
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  8. What's your favourite summer fruit?

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    1. I'd have to say strawberries. I LIVE on strawberries in June, followed by blueberries. How about you?

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  9. Great sounding book that I can't wait to read.

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  10. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. This cover looks beautiful! I really want to read it!

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  12. Ghosts do exist. I saw one when I was four but no one would believe me.

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    1. I believe you! Hope you get an opportunity to read the book!

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  13. The story looks very interesting.

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  14. This book sounds great! I've already added it to my TBR. Love the cover! ❤

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  15. Thank you for sharing this book looks like something I totally want to sink my eyes into! :)

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  16. Great trailer & excerpt, it sounds like my kind of read.Thanks for sharing it.

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  17. Love the cover! What inspired you to write this book?

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    1. It all started because I started noticing sycamore trees, believe it or not (once called Lacewood trees). Also because of my love for old houses, history, mystery, and of course love stories. It's really two love stories in one -- from this century and one from the 1860s.

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  18. This sounds like a good blending of historical and contemporary romance.

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  19. What made you pick the name of the characters

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    1. Good question. Sometimes the characters' names change during the writing because they "grow" into a different name. Katie's name changed at least once. I've been wanting to have a Will for quite a while and this character seemed to fit the name. For the 1860s characters, Jonathon is named after John Singleton Mosby, a Confederate cavalry commander, and Annie was just always Annie.

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  20. I'd have to say strawberries. I LIVE on strawberries in June, followed by blueberries. How about you?

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