Friday, February 7, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: What Was I Thinking (Rivers Bend Trilogy #3) by Donna Simonetta

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for What Was I Thinking by Donna Simonetta. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
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Title: What Was I Thinking
Series: Rivers Bend Trilogy #3
Author: Donna Simonetta
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: January 27th 2020
Print Length: 253 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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A wild Vegas fling isn't the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, and Lily and Jason have been like oil and water since they met. Blaming their steamy hook-up on too many shots at the bar, they head home.

Back in the real world, Jason wonders if he's ready to give up his crown as the Playboy King of Rivers Bend to be with just one woman. And Lily has enough on her plate right now without adding Jason Braden to the mix, even if their attraction is crazy-strong.

But life is good at throwing curveballs, and a lot can happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day. Maybe even enough to lead these two polar opposites home to each other in Rivers Bend.

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EXCERPT:
She jumped at a loud knock on the back door, and she dropped the white blouse she’d been holding. Who could possibly be here? She wasn’t expecting anyone, and there was a gate with a code someone would have to get through to come up to the house.

She chuckled as she picked her way through the laundry on the floor. Maybe she’d been wishing so hard for Indian food her thoughts summoned a deliveryman to miraculously appear at her kitchen door with a container of biryani.

In the brightly lit kitchen, she peered out the windows to see who was there, but only saw her own reflection, in the flannel pjs with the pink flamingos on them her friend Roni had given her as a farewell present when she left Baltimore. She hadn’t bothered to style her hair after her shower, she’d just shoved it back with a stretchy headband, and she wore fuzzy, pink socks on her feet. At best, her look could be described as eccentric, and she hoped it was Heather, Bethanne or Magda at the door––it would be too mortifying to be caught by a stranger in this ensemble.

She flipped the switch to turn on the porchlight, and her stomach plummeted to her pink socks at the sight of the person it illuminated.

Jason freakin’ Braden.

At her back door, with a pizza in his hands and a wicked grin on his handsome face.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Donna Simonetta writes the kind of books she loves to read––contemporary romances to help you escape the real world for a little while. Writing is Donna’s third career. She toiled in the business world, and when she decided being an Account Executive wasn’t for her went back to school to get her MLS degree. Next, she worked in a school library for many years. But, Donna dreamed of being an author since she was a little girl, and began to squeeze writing into her day. After the publication of her second book, she decided to leave the library and become a full-time author.

Donna lives in Maryland with her husband, who is her real-life romance hero. They enjoy traveling to visit far-flung family and friends, and spending time on the beach with an umbrella drink and a good book.

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GUEST POST:
- Who and/or what was your inspiration behind What Was I Thinking?

Writing What Was I Thinking was a very organic process for me. While it can be read as a standalone book, it is also the third novel in my Rivers Bend Trilogy, after A Sweeter Spot and Love is Lovelier. As I wrote each of those books, the world and characters of What Was I Thinking were all being created.

The main character, Jason Braden, has been there from the start. And right away, he was a handsome, charming rogue. Lily Davis made her first appearance in Love is Lovelier, although her sister and niece have both been in all the books, so I think she was mentioned as early as A Sweeter Spot. Her character was really developed in this story, though. The inspiration behind some of her background is very personal to me. Lily and I share a hometown––we both grew up in Westport, CT. Although, her parents’ home on Compo Beach is more of an aspirational address for me. I used to drive along the beach, when I lived in Westport, and wish I lived in one of the houses overlooking Long Island Sound. Also, Lily moved to Rivers Bend from Baltimore, MD, which is the city I currently call home.

From my very first thoughts about the Rivers Bend trilogy, I knew I wanted each of the three single Braden siblings to get their own story, and that Jason’s story would be the last one. As I wrote the first two, I thought about what kind of woman would be the one to make Jason want to commit to one person. I didn’t want her to be someone expected––not a super-model visiting the Bend or someone like that; I wanted her to be an ordinary woman with an extraordinary heart. Thus, Lily was born.

One of my sisters is a special education teacher, and she was an invaluable resource to me, since I knew Jason’s dyslexia would obviously play a role in this story. Lily and Roni are both special education teachers as a nod to my sister, and of course to add interest to the story.

I usually can pinpoint an exact inspiration for my story ideas, but in the case of What Was I Thinking it is a tough question, because this story has really been building since the beginning of A Sweeter Spot, when we first meet the handsome, charming, youngest Braden brother, flirting with Magda to irritate his older brother, but I tried to share a little background with you today, into how the characters formed in my mind. I feel a little sad to be leaving Rivers Bend behind, and hope you all find as much enjoyment there as I have.
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GIVEAWAY:
Donna Simonetta will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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63 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for letting me visit today! I love the chance to talk about What Was I Thinking––it was a fun story for me to write, and I hope you all enjoy reading it too!

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  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

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  3. Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success.

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  4. I love the cover, thanks for the chance.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting, Julie! I love the colors on the cover!

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  5. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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    1. Thank you, Wendy! If you decide to read What Was I Thinking, I hope you enjoy it!

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  6. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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    1. I love everything about it! Thanks for visiting, Carol!

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  7. Staying in Vegas is always the best course.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale! If you decide to read What Was I Thinking, I hope you like it!

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  9. This sounds like a great read.

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    1. Thank you so much, Terri! If you read it, I hope you enjoy What Was I Thinking.

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

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I agree--I love the blue colors and the cover design.

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  11. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I'd love to read What Was I Thinking.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Sandy! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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  12. What did you like most about working in the library?

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    1. I enjoyed being surrounded by books, and the people who loved them! And I also really enjoyed doing book repair. My going away present when I stopped working in the library was actually a book repair kit, so I can still repair books for my friends and family! Yes...I'm a dork. Lol.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it!

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  14. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

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  15. do you feel like you identify with any of the characters

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    1. Hmm...not especially. Lily and I do share a hometown, but are very different people in a lot of other ways. I guess all my characters have a little bit of me in them.

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  16. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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    1. Thank you so much, Deborah! I hope you decide to read it!

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! I think it is lovely, and really captures the spirit of the story!

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  19. I love the title and the excerpt is very catchy. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bernice! If you decide to read What Was I Thinking, I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you so much! If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it!

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  21. The colors in the cover art are great. I very much enjoyed the excerpt and would love to continue with the book. Best wishes to the author on the book and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Debra! If you decide to read the rest of What Was I Thinking, I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan! If you decide to read What Was I Thinking, I hope you enjoy it!

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  23. looks like a fun one

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  24. Thanks for showcasing the book.

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  25. I can't wait to read this book. It's all the elements I love in a story.

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad, Audrey! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! If you decide to read What Was I Thinking, I hope you enjoy it!

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