Monday, September 21, 2020

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway - Canoodling Up North: Book One by Shawn M. Verdoni

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Canoodling Up North by Shawn M. Verdoni. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a Kindle copy of the book. Be sure to check out the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Canoodling Up North: Book One
Author: Shawn M. Verdoni
Publisher: The Unapologetic Voice House
Publication Date: September 1st 2020
Print Length: 328 pages
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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At first glance, Damon MacGregor is living his best life as a bachelor and veterinarian in rural Wisconsin. That is until a wounded crane and an enchanted stranger bring his house-of-cards life crashing down. Not exactly where she expected to be at this time in her life, Catrina “Cat” Carneri has left her dreams in Montana to move back to her hometown where she is nursing a broken heart and working for an ungrateful boss.

A chance encounter at a wildlife rescue changes everything. Cat’s calm and organized demeanor impresses Damon. However, it is how her hair reminds him of autumn and is complimented by her curvaceous figure that beckons him to pull Cat into his arms, claiming her as his own. Damon’s compassion and gregarious personality intrigues Cat. Yet it is his cobalt blue eyes that first capture her heart; so infinite in their depth, she knows the moment he touches her, he takes a hold of her soul.

Soon after forging their passionate bond, a secret from Cat’s past has her facing a difficult decision. If she tells Damon the truth, he may leave or give her the chance to rebuild his trust. If she keeps the secret and Damon finds out, he will leave her forever.

Canoodling Up North is a love story about building fulfilling relationships; fostered in traditional values, confronted by modern complex challenges, while being nurtured by Wisconsin’s natural, cultural, and spiritual beauty.

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EXCERPT:
Damon MacGregor was the kind of man people noticed. Towering at 6-feet 6-inches with a shock of red shaggy hair that melded into a closely trimmed beard and mustache, it was easy to see that he would stand out in a crowd. It also helped that his preference of clothing made him look like a lumberjack most of the time; jeans, brown work boots, and a plaid cotton shirt during spring and summer switched to flannel in the fall and winter. Damon took up space when he entered a room because of his broad shoulders and muscular thighs that showed through his jeans. He didn’t deliberately wear tight jeans; it was just that he always found it difficult to find jeans long and wide enough to fit his build, and he wasn’t about to spend an obscene amount of money on clothes that he could easily buy at a big box store.

As much as his appearance screamed, “Notice me!!!” he had other features that were just as intoxicating. Against his creamy white skin and shocking red hair, his ice-blue eyes were striking. A person could look at them and feel like they were looking out into an immense ocean, the color so crystal clear that you could see to the bottom. Just above his beard line lay another surprise. When Damon smiled or laughed, twin dimples appeared in his apple cheeks.

With her eyes still closed, Cat tried to clear her head. However, being a firstborn child, that was hard to do. Always trying to pay attention to the details, always trying to be the best, always trying to be perfect took a toll on her in more ways than one. At least she granted herself this moment to not do anything or be there for anyone else. This was her time and her time alone. She deserved it. She deserved to not do anything at all. Though she was no longer a kid, in Marshall’s eyes she would always be one, and therefore the one and only rule for Loon Lake, “kids rule,” was guaranteed to Cat if she came to the cabin to visit.

After her sun-kissed meditation, Cat squinted her eyes open and looked at the sky. If she had to guess, it was getting close to dinnertime. She felt something prickly on her leg and looked down. A pale-blue dragonfly with black wings had landed on her thigh. For such a beautiful creature, she was surprised at how coarse their legs felt on her skin. Cat smiled, noticing how the dragonfly’s coloring matched her swimsuit. She wondered if the suit attracted it to her. Since no one was around, Cat talked to the dragonfly as if it could understand her. “Hello, Mr. Dragonfly! I want to thank you for eating up the mosquitoes up here.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shawn M. Verdoni is the author of Canoodling Up North: Book One, Canoodling Out West: Book Two, and is working on her third book. She attended UW Whitewater for her degree in secondary education and is currently attending MSOE to complete her Master’s in Business Administration. Her best days are spent with her husband, two children and two dogs just hanging out. She loves living in Wisconsin, especially in fall when you can find her in a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard collecting tart baking apples for her famous crumble crust apple pie.

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GIVEAWAY:
Shawn M. Verdoni will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner and five (5) Kindle copies of Canoodling Up North via Rafflecopter after the blitz. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the blitz each day. Good luck!
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48 comments:

  1. Happy Monday and thank you for hosting my book! I look forward to connecting today with you and your followers.
    Shawn

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  2. I like the excerpt. Sounds like a great romance story.

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    1. I really fell in love with these two characters. It was hard to stop writing about them, I felt I was saying good-bye to my two best friends.

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  3. Good morning and thank you for the book description and giveaway. 

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    1. I am happy you like the cover. In paperback, it has a soft, almost sherpa-like feel. Perfect for a night to snuggle in a cozy blanket by a fire and settle in for a great romance read.

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the excerpt.

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    1. You are very welcome, Kim. Thanks for reading it!

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  6. I really enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading more.

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    1. Hi there, Sherry! I have to ask, is it a pair of wolves on your photo? If so, you will want to also read, "Canoodling Out West" which is the second book in the series -- there are wolves in that book and some traveling to Montana.

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  7. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you, Ann. It was a very exciting moment when I opened the email with the final artwork attached. It was so special. Glad you like it as well.

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  8. What was the writing process for this book?

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    1. Great question, Deborah. My writing process was to identify specific milestones I wanted to happen in each chapter. Then I would carve out 2 hours or more each night and more on the weekends for 15 months to complete books one and two in the series. After the 6th chapter, I put together a focus group of diverse women to read the chapters as I wrote them and provide me feedback. It was a wonderful experience. That was probably my favorite part of this whole experience for me.

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  9. What I like best about today's post is the giveaway. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Yes, it is a pretty great giveaway. I hope you will give the story a chance though. It is getting great reviews locally.

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  10. Happy Monday to you all, and enjoyed what I have read so far, very interesting!
    @tisonlyme143

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Have a great rest of your evening!

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  11. Hi Dale,

    Great sunset (or is it a sunrise?) on your photo. Thank you for your feedback!

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  12. I like the Excerpt, and hope to read the book.

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  13. I very much enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. i love that the hero is a veterinarian.

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  15. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds interesting.

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  16. The excerpt. since you are a new author to me it shows me what type of a writer you are.. plan to try and buy this for the holidays...

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  17. Nice cover. I liked the blurb and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Love the cover and i do want to read it too.

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  19. I love the synopsis! I want to read more!! This story sounds like a great one for me.

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