Tuesday, October 27, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: All Bags Go to Cleveland by C.S. Hale

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM Virtual Book Tour for All Bags Go To Cleveland by C.S. Hale. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a box of Fat Witch brownies. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: All Bags Go to Cleveland
Author: C.S. Hale
Publication Date: August 21st 2020
Print Length: 338 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Comedy
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Angela Grimalke appears more blonde bombshell than the gremlin she is. But there is no denying her supernatural truth after her clumsiness gets her fired from her modeling career. Forced to work for her family’s upscale airline, she spends her days slinging luggage and wishing her parents would get off her back about finding a nice gremlin guy to settle down with. 

Relationships were the last thing on her mind, not that her family would accept that. 

For Dave Ford his frequent business travel made it next to impossible for him to find a woman who could tolerate his chaotic schedule. Which is why he appreciates Angela. Neither of them are looking for love, but Dave feeds Angela's addiction for chocolate while she provides him with the chaos to keep him on his toes.

However, as Angela’s parents bombard her with a parade of "eligible" gremlin men at their weekly family dinners, she finds herself torn between who she longs to be and her family’s expectations. Will she give in and live the life of magic they want for her? Or risk it all by to confessing to Dave that she isn’t human?

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EXCERPT:
“You owe me.”

Angela glanced up from her computer screen. Dave Ford stood in front of her. The blood drained from her face. “Do I?” She raised her “helpful” smile.

“Yes.” Dave handed over his passport and put the Louis Vuitton garment bag on the scale. “Last time, you sent my bag to Cleveland.”

“The system isn’t perfect,” Angela said, punching Dave’s information into the computer. “Things do happen sometimes.” 

“You control the system. I think you owe me a glass of wine for having to find a tailor at six a.m. I had a nine o’clock business meeting and just my jeans and sweatshirt.”

“Hmm. By that reckoning, I think I’d owe the tailor for having to get you a functional suit so quickly at that early hour.”

“I tipped him £100. Least you can do is buy me a glass of wine in return.”

Angela lifted her gaze. Dave—all six feet of him with his fabulous hair— had a hopeful expression on his face.

“I’m not in the habit of buying strange men alcohol.”

Dave stuck his hand out. “Hi. Dave Ford. Business traveler.” Angela laughed. “All I’m asking for is a glass of Malbec. Or maybe pinot noir. Small price to pay in comparison to my having to fight off jet lag via acupuncture.”

“Acupuncture?”

Dave shrugged. “It was early for the tailor. His aim wasn’t quite what it could have been.”

Angela dipped into Dave’s mind. The tailor had stabbed him a couple of times. And Dave was playing with her. He wanted to see what she’d do.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Catherine “C.S.” Hale has been writing fantasy since she could hold a pencil. When not holed up in a comfortable corner writing all her books out by longhand, she can be found somewhere by the sea, enjoying tea and pastries.



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GUEST POST:
- Where do ideas come from?

I find that stories come from wonderings. Cleveland was born at a writer’s conference where I was seated next to agent Andrea Brown’s husband. We had been talking travel, and he asked, “Why is it that when your luggage is misdirected, it always goes to Cleveland? Why do all bags go to Cleveland?” I remember exactly where I was - driving in a roundabout - three days later when the answer hit me like a clap of thunder - gremlins. But in this case it was a blond bombshell of a gremlin who no one would suspect, and she hated her powers.

My first novel (that is still in a drawer much to the dismay of my niece) came to me when I wondered, back before J.K. Rowling had finished Harry Potter, “What if Severus Snape wasn’t a bad guy? What if he was the only person who could save you?” I have a fairytale (still in the drawer much to the dismay of several people) where I wondered what would happen if the beauty turned out to be the beast. With my Bánalfar series, Astrid’s voice invaded my thoughts as I was working on my fairytale, and I wondered what it would be like to crash down on an alien planet and have to survive. How do you sleep with someone you just met in order to make your marriage valid? Millions of women have had to do it, and creating a marriage, a life, with someone you just met was fun to explore.

I have another character who has been whispering to me ever since I wondered, “What if your thoughts could become real?” I have a vivid imagination and have to be careful because there are times I still have to sleep with the light on. Right now she’s just an idea, not a fully formed story, though I did gasp out loud several months ago when I thought her possible Cinderella retelling had her in fact not be Cinderella - which was the way the story was heading - but the fairy godmother. Stories need a germ, an idea that sparks your imagination and gets them going, but they also need a beginning, middle, and end - a hero’s journey that takes a character and turns them from what they had been into something new.
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GIVEAWAY:
Win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card or a box of Fat Witch brownies! To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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168 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Very pretty cover. I like that artist's style.

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    1. Melissa at The Illustrated Author is amazing!

      CS Hale

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  3. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for this chance.

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  4. I've done my little one-click and I have the book waiting on my device to read. I can't wait to see what happens.

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it.

      CS Hale

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    1. This was the story that took the longest. I worked on Cleveland for three years before I queried it to agents, Penguin sat on it for a year before passing, and then it sat in a drawer until with COVID I needed something fun to work on. It spent 5 months with my editors and then my book formatter before being released in August My other books take about a year to write. It's the first draft longhand process that slows me down compared to some writers, but I love the physical connection to the story I get using pen and paper instead of a keyboard first.

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  6. This sounds like a great book.

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt and learning about where you get your ideas, sounds like a fun read that I would enjoy, thanks for sharing it!

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    1. Thank you! Melissa at The Illustrated Author did a great job.

      CS Hale

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  9. What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

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    1. I write all different kinds of fantasy in many sub-genres, but what I like about romantic comedy is the sweetness of the characters. I really enjoy Hester Browne and Sophie Kinsella (neither of which are paranormal) and hope that Angela and Dave could exist as neighbors in one of their worlds. Their neighbors would never know that Angela isn't human.

      CS Hale

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  10. Really awesome to stumble upon this one.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. I wanted something fluffy to work on during quarantine.

      CS Hale

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  11. Always looking out for my next "Read"

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

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

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  15. This book sounds like it would be fun to read. I enjoyed the excerpt.

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  16. If Angela was a real person, what would you two do on a day you hung out together?

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    1. If Angela was a real person, I would love to go to high tea with her. Her cousin Julia says that no one is as fun to take to high tea as Angela is. We could end the day with pomegranate martinis and dancing at a club.

      CS Hale

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  17. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. the cover makes me want to pack my bags, buy this book and go on a vacation.. Best of luck....

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  19. Thank you for sharing this book with us!

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  20. What was your favorite part about writing this story?

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  21. Awesome cover!

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  22. Love the cover. Makes me want to travel and read your book

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  23. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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  24. Nice!! A comedy & paranormal together?! Count me in!!

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  25. Sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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  26. I like the cover of your book. I think that it is clever and unique.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. Such a cute cover love to read it too

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  28. What was your best success as a writer?

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  29. What was your best Christmas memory?

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  30. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  31. I like the cover love to read it too.

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  32. Do you have a specific writing spot?

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  33. What are some tips for writer's block?

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  34. What are your writing resolutions?

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  35. What will you be doing to help your writing career in the new year?

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  36. What's your tips for dealing with road blocks?

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  37. I like the title and cover. Sounds like a scary read! Thx for the chance to win!

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  38. How old were you when you started writing?

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  39. What do you do when you're feeling sad?

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  40. How long did it take you to write this book?

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  41. What's your favourite ghost story?

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  42. How old were you when you wanted to become an author?

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  43. What do you do when you feel lost?

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  44. Was it difficult deciding what artwork to put on the cover?

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  45. How has quarantine affected your writing?

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  46. What was yr favourite book as a kid?

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  47. How do you stay awake when you want to sleep?

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  48. Have you ever written a six word story?

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  49. Do you have a favourite snack that fuels your writing?

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  50. What was your most exciting writing moment?

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  51. What was the hardest thing you encountered while writing this story?

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  52. What question would you ask an author if you had to think up a question to ask them every single day for the rest of your life?

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  53. Love the cover and I would like to read it too.

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  54. What's your main character doing today?

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  55. sounds like a fun one

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  56. I love the cover artist's work! :)

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  57. sounds like a fun one

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  58. I like the retro feel of the cover.

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  59. Do you ever get writer's block?

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  60. This sounds like a cute story about romance which i love.

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  61. Sounds like a good read! Thank you for sharing!

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  62. This isn't my usual Genre but it sounds like something i would like anyways!

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  63. as a writer, what is your biggest thrill?

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  64. I liked the blurb and excerpt, sounds great!

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  65. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  66. I like the cover and the book sounds super good!

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  67. Love the cover and love to read it too

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