Friday, September 4, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes by Nora LeDuc

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes by Nora LeDuc. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes
Author: Nora LeDuc
Box Set: Last Chance Beach: Summer's End
Publisher: Vita Via Publishing
Publication Date: August 4th 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
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LAST CHANCE BEACH is the island paradise where dreams go to live again and wishes may come true. It’s Summer’s End on the island, and the cottages, condos, hotels, and bungalows are filled to capacity.

There’s still plenty of time to find summer fun and summer love, new romances and second chances; hot alpha males and heartwarming heroes, beach bunnies, dudes, and romance popping up when you least expect it.

Throw a log on the beach bonfire tonight and celebrate LAST CHANCE BEACH: Summer’s End, a special collection of 14 short stories from bestselling authors—all new, never published before—that will thrill the hopeful romantic in you. Some stories are sweet; some are sizzling hot. All will touch your heart and make you want to book a vacation to LAST CHANCE BEACH!

STORIES INCLUDE:
Hot August Night by Joan Reeves, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Can a chef and a hot dog loving cop resist desire when they’re forced to share the same overbooked beach cottage?

Something New by Liz Flaherty, USA Today Bestselling Author
Their lives are all planned out--until they're not.

I Do…Again by Nancy Fraser, Amazon Top 100 Author
Can they re-ignite what they once had and take a last chance on love?

The Man in Gull Cottage by Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Top 100 Author
Will the solution to her dilemma drive them apart or into one another's arms?

That One Summer by Maddie James, Amazon Top 100 Author
He's the one who got away. She's the one who couldn't commit.

Romancing the Spouse by Jan Scarbrough, Amazon Bestselling Author
Can she turn back the clock to save her marriage?

Blue Sky Summer by Kathleen Lawless, Amazon Bestselling Author
Of all the beaches on the coast, who does she see again? Him!

Hangover Husband by Bonnie Edwards, Amazon Bestselling Author
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there.

One Last Shot by Marcia King-Gamble, National Bestselling Author
She can run, but can she hide? Will love still find her?

Secondhand Hearts by Kathryn Hills, Award Winning Author
Life takes you down many winding paths. Will theirs lead to love on Last Chance Beach?

Paradise Perfume by Connie Vines, Award Winning Author
Fragrance and love cannot be hidden.

Dreams of the Past by Laura Hunsaker, Award Winning Author
Can dreams of the future erase her nightmares of the past?

Beach Kisses & Sunset Wishes by Nora LeDuc
She wants someone interested in a fling. He wants someone interested in a ring.

Frankie McKinley’s last three relationships went up in flames. Her best bud insists she needs to relax, have a fling. But Frankie’s not into casual hookups. She vows to resist the lure of romantic Last Chance Beach and take a break from men. She’ll concentrate on her dream, opening a gift shop. Or so she’d promised herself until the morning her gaze locks with the handsome Sean Thomas-Michael’s sea-blue eyes.

Can't Buy Me Love by Hannah Rowan
Things aren't always what they seem.

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EXCERPT FROM BEACH KISSES & SUNSET WISHES:
His brows shot up with interest. His lips parted slightly. Blue eyes that matched the sea drew Frankie to him and caused a sensation of dizziness to dance in her head. She was aware she was staring, but she couldn’t stop.

The squawk of a bird broke through the scrape of forks against dishes and the murmur of voices. The noises faded away. Even the thud of her heart seemed to pause when he nodded to her.

“Attention, everyone.” A server standing nearby with a carafe of coffee interrupted Frankie’s moment. “MacDyver has been sighted.”

“Quick the food.” Tikki covered their meals with napkins.

Silverware clinked as diners dropped their utensils and popped up their overhead covers–– their futile attempt at protection. As Frankie shoved her chair back to open their umbrella, she peeked at the man.

He picked up his toast and held it for a second. The seagull struck. With one swoop MacDyver grabbed the bread from his fingertips. A hush settled over the throng, and the bird soared heavenward with a snide cackle out the side of his beak and disappeared.

All gazes fell on the stranger MacDyver had robbed as he rose to his six-foot-plus height.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nora grew up in rural New England where she currently lives with her family. She enjoys visiting and spending time with her friends, the Winettes, in Florida, where she continues to write. Her current book, Beach Kisses, Sunset Wishes is her seventeenth. In October, Christmas at the Easy Breezy will be released. Nora also contributes to the Romance Gems’ Blog every month.

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GUEST POST:
- What was one of your best vacations?

One of my best vacations was my first RWA Conference. All the agents and editors from NYC, the publishing center of the world, would be there. During the day, we’d attend workshops by well-known authors, and we could pitch our books in person, not by mail. This was the early days of the internet. Attendees were advised to dress in business-like attire because you never knew if there was an editor or agent lurking nearby. On the other hand, you were reminded not to push your book on them unless you were at a formal meeting. In the evenings, publishers threw parties. The unpublished held them in their rooms, or you could go out and soak up the city. I couldn’t wait.
The RWA affair would take place at the Marriott on the edge of Times Square. To keep the cost down, I signed up for a roommate through RWA. Later I heard your compatibility with your match was as reliable as throwing darts at a board, but I didn’t care.

I belonged to the New England Chapter (NEC). Three other women were from New Hampshire. And we were all going! Nancy, who was a social butterfly, had plans to head down early and attend every play on Broadway she could grab a ticket for. The other woman, Penny, agreed to ride with me on Amtrak. She’d been a newspaper editor in her former job.

The train trip was uneventful, but the hotel was different. I wasn’t used to a lobby on an upper floor or a bank of glass elevators that only stopped on certain floors and went faster than a speeding bullet. Workshops were scattered up and down the building. Oh, and there was another large gathering going on. Mary Kay Cosmetics! They were easy to spot. Their consultants wore pink uniforms.

My roommate was from Saratoga, New York. She was also a sci-fi writer and relayed the highlights of those conventions. She was pitching to Harlequin and even was on a call basis with an editor. I was sure she was on her way to becoming a big star.

My pitch was the next day. My roomie had me practice in front of her. She offered me pointers and encouragement. I was ready. When the time arrived, I headed to the waiting area. I checked in and sat nervously awaiting the fate of the manuscript I’d poured my heart into. Finally, my group was allowed to enter the ballroom. The volunteer directed me to the editor I’d chosen when I registered. Yup, I should tell you it was marvelous and she was in awe over every sentence out of my mouth. Instead, she told me I’d signed up for the wrong person. She didn’t take historical romances. I thanked her and prepared to leave, but she offered to listen to my memorized story summary. She did, and I left.

I was disappointed, but I still felt I’d landed in a unique book world. I met a few of the online Prodigy Romance group. Other NEC members would pop up and chat. A few of us went to an Emeril restaurant, and I was starstruck when I entered the Ladies’ Room to find Nora Roberts. Between lectures, I sat in the crowded lobby where strangers mixed. Catherine Coulter and Heather Graham passed through. I was in heaven. All of this culminated in a dinner followed by the Golden Heart the Rita Awards for the unpublished and published. Everyone dressed in glittery gowns. I was mesmerized.

I sat with the NEC group in the ballroom, and we ate dinner. Once the dishes were cleared, the ceremony began. The stage curtains parted to reveal a huge Rita Statue. Impressive. We had an MC and big-name presenters. When an author won, they accepted their statue usually with their editor. Some cried. They gave speeches, thanking their family and publishers. Another winner thanked Richard Simmons for helping her fit in her dress. For me, this gathering was grander than the Oscars.

After the affair ended, I went up to the rotating lounge with my New Hampshire friends. We sat on top of the building and the world. We ordered champagne. And with New York’s lights burning brightly outside the windows, we clinked our glasses together and toasted for a future of many published books.

And here I am. My first short story and seventeenth publication Beach Kisses and Sunset Wishes has just been released. Thanks to all the other fabulous 13 authors in Last Chance Beach for sharing the spotlight with me.
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GIVEAWAY:
Nora LeDuc will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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27 comments:

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    1. You are very welcome Aunty Suzany. The cove is a fun place full of romance.

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  2. Thanks for hosting me and Last Chance Beach. I like the font matching my book cover. Cool!

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  3. I love the cover!! This mysterious book sounds like a Must Read for me!

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    1. Is it not a gorgeous cover, Amy!!! Hope you get a chance to read the all. Good entertainment for Labor Day Weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah, I love it too. Hope you have a chance to see all the great covers from Last Chance Beach.

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  5. Thanks for the wonderful tour, I can't wait to get my hands on all these great stories.

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    1. Thanks for following. Have a great weekend full of great reads.

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  6. I love the cover and the book sounds good.

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    1. thanks, Sherry and you get the whole box set and have your pick

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  7. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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    1. She did a great job. It was author Nancy Fraser who did the cover.

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  8. sounds like a fun one

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  9. Daniel, thanks. Hope you have a fun weekend.

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  10. Beautiful cover! Sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. When I read a book review, I always enjoy learning about the author's biographical information. People are so interesting!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. thanks sounds like a wonderful book

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  13. I love the beautiful, romantic cover!

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  14. Sounds good....looking forward to writing

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  15. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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