Monday, February 10, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Hometown Girl Forever (Hometown #3) by Kirsten Fullmer

Title: Hometown Girl Forever
Series: Hometown #3
Author: Kirsten Fullmer

Publisher: Augustine Press
Publication Date: August 11th 2016

Print Length: 299 pages
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Lizzy is making changes. Her recent move to Smithville and her job at the spa, as well as her boho-chic alpaca farm, are perfect. However, her overbearing socialite mother will not stop interfering with her plans. The woman may have run her life back in Boston, but Lizzie is determined that those days are in the past!

Elliot, a successful big-city architect, is visiting Smithville to check on his latest Spa design. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous gypsy-style spa manager and her demanding mother. Elliot is instantly drawn to Lizzie, but doesn’t understand her mixed signals. Unused to small town life, he is completely out of his element and in for one surprise after another.

Lizzy can’t help but be attracted by Elliot’s charms, but he’s exactly the type of man her mother would choose for her. Once Again, Smithville folk interfere with plans at every turn, forcing Lizzy and Elliot to face their personal dilemmas, and each other, head on.

The spa door opened and Elliot tromped in, scuffing his feet on the mat. “Hey there! Looks like today was a success...” He froze in midsentence, his smile fading to concern. “What’s wrong?”

Dashing away her tears, Lizzie jumped up and attempted to hide her sadness. “Nothing, I’m fine. I...” She smoothed her lab coat and offered a limp grin to accompany the false happy tone of her voice. “I think today went well.”

Elliot strode to her side and took her hand, his face filled with concern. He led her gently to sit down on the sofa. “What happened?” he asked as he perched on the edge of the ottoman facing her.

She pulled her hand away and shook her head in an attempt to convince him she was fine, but her mother’s harsh words rang in the back of her mind. Tears gathered at the corners of her eyes and she dabbed at them with her knuckle.

“Did someone have an issue with the spa?”

She shook her head. “No, no, of course not. It was a wonderful day.”

Elliot’s brow puckered. “Then why are you so upset? Something happened.”

Lizzie shrugged. “It’s nothing really. Nothing I don’t deal with every day.”

He waited, his elbows resting on his knees, not wanting to press her to speak.

Finally she sniffed and squared her shoulders. “I’m sorry, here I am all blubbery when the spa was a hit.”

He searched her face, waiting for her to explain.

Fluttering her hands in front of her face, attempting to dry the tears, she continued. “Oh, it’s just—just my mom. She isn’t on board with me being here...” Understatement of the century, she thought grimly.

Perplexed, Elliot sat up straight. “What do you mean? Why would your mother care if you’re here?”

Lizzie snorted. “Oh, she cares all right.” Anger flashed across her face. “I’m not back home letting her run my life and that irks her no end. She has to get her digs in, make me feel like absolute garbage...” She paused, realizing she was emotionally vomiting.

“I take it she’s, what do they call it nowadays, a helicopter mom?”

She stared at him, a question in her eyes. “She hovers...”

“Oh!” she said, getting his joke. “Yes, but more than that, she is determined that I live the life she wanted.”

“What do you mean?”

Her hands twisted in her lap. “Oh, you know, I went to the schools she couldn’t get into, wore the expensive clothes that she couldn’t afford before having me ruined her body, took the jobs she couldn’t have because she had to stay home with me. I had to buy the condo in the neighborhood she wanted to live in...”

Elliot grimaced.

“I always knew I had to toe the line or things would get ugly, but...”

He waited for her to continue, but the lump in her throat was choking her. “But?” he offered.

She sniffed and shrugged one shoulder. “Today was the straw that broke the camel’s back, I guess. She’s never going to be proud of me. Never.”

Unsure what to say, he stammered, “I’m sorry. You’ve done a great job with the spa.”

Suddenly embarrassed and overwhelmed that she’d fallen to pieces in front of Elliot, Lizzie struggled to collect herself. “Anyway, I’m okay now, really.” She stood, desperate to end the whole emotional scene.

Elliot stood too, putting them face to face. Or her face to his chest, as it were. A moment slipped by without either moving, both held by an invisible magnetic force. Slowly Lizzie’s head tilted back, and Elliot’s chin lowered. Their eyes met, his sizzling with concern and warmth, hers still teary and bright. His fingers skimmed softly up her arm, raising goose bumps that raced up Lizzie’s chest and neck and across her scalp. The backs of his fingers continued on up to brush her cheek, wiping away a shimmering tear trail. Then, ever so slowly, both of his palms framed her cheeks, tilting her face to his.

Lizzie’s hands came up to cover his, her eyes drifting closed as she rose up on tiptoe. A soft sigh escaped her lips as she fell into what she knew would be an epic kiss.

The spa door flew open and Tara clattered in, her arms full of boxes. “Hey guys, I was...” When she saw Lizzie and Elliot she jerked to a halt, nearly dropping the packages in shock.

Elliot and Lizzie jumped, each trying to jolt back but tripping over the sofa and ottoman. Finally Elliot managed to stumble away, momentarily resembling a kid staggering on stilts as he found his balance. Lizzie flopped limply onto the sofa and her eyes rolled toward the ceiling.

Tara cleared her throat. “Well crap. Sorry... I...”

Lizzie shook her head, lamenting the great impression she must be making on her new boss.

Kirsten is a dreamer with an eye for art and design. She worked in the engineering field, taught college, and consulted free lance. Due to health problems, she retired in 2012 to travel with her husband. They live and work full time in a 40' travel trailer with their little dog Bingo. Besides writing romance novels, she enjoys selling art on Etsy and spoiling their three grandchildren.

As a writer, Kirsten's goal is to create strong female characters who face challenging, painful, and sometimes comical situations. She believes that the best way to deal with struggle, is through friendship and women helping women. She knows good stories are based on interesting and relatable characters.

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  1. What a beautiful book cover! Sounds like a wonderful read!

  2. The synopsis and excerpt has caught my attention. I want to find out if Lizzie and Elliot can survive Moms interference. Thanks for the chance!

  3. An alpaca farm? Now that's different!

  4. I would love to read your book and I just love your cover.

  5. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for having a giveaway!

  6. I like the cover. It's very eye catching.

  7. I like the cover. It has great colors and graphics.

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  8. Congrats on the release. I like the boots on the cover.

  9. "...her job at the spa, as well as her boho-chic alpaca farm, are perfect."

    LOL, what is a boho-chic alpaca farm?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. This sounds like a very intersting read