Monday, November 2, 2020

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Storm Warning by Thom Collins

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Storm Warning by Thom Collins. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Storm Warning
Author: Thom Collins
Publication Date: October 12th 2020
Print Length: 186 pages
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
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Jamie Johnson is going to sea for the first time in his life. Atlantic Star is one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, and a two-week trip to Iceland offers Jamie the perfect escape. His life has been on hold since the death of his husband and a working holiday onboard a state-of-the-art ship is an opportunity to explore the world he’s been hiding from. A chance to think about his future and decide what he wants to do with the rest of his life.

When Dexter Fordyce steps onboard, all he wants is a good time. The cruise is his first holiday in years, and workaholic Dexter is ready to relax and enjoy himself. If he can manage a little fun with someone like Jamie, even better. Jamie is flattered by the attention. Dexter is handsome, charming and great fun and proves impossible to resist.

Jamie’s hopes of romance died with his husband. The prospect of a shipboard passion is attractive, but Jamie’s heart has been broken for too long and he can’t take the risk of falling in love. With stormy weather ahead, the two men are set for a voyage they will never forget.

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EXCERPT:
Jamie gazed at Dexter again. From his expression, bemused embarrassment, he appeared to share Jamie’s feelings on the matter. Their eyes locked, lingering for a long moment. Jamie looked away before any of the others noticed the exchange.

Maybe Dexter wasn’t as young as he first thought. There were lines around his eyes, suggesting maturity, which put his age in his thirties rather than twenties. Was there just a hint of grey at the temples of his otherwise jet-black hair? Jamie couldn’t be sure in the soft light of the restaurant. There were seductive shades of hazel and amber in his eyes, very like his mother. He didn’t know what his father looked like, but Rachel was right about Dexter inheriting some of Davina’s striking looks.

Whatever his background, Dexter didn’t share Davina’s accent. There was no trace of America in his voice. The soft, southern delivery suggested an upbringing exclusive to England, most likely a posh area of London.

It was impossible for Jamie to keep his eyes off him. Dexter was the most attractive man he’d met in years.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Thom Collins is the author of Closer by Morning, North Point, and the Anthem Trilogy. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.

He is currently working on a new series.

Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age, but in 2013 he realized cruising is the best way to see the world.

Check out his website for news updates and a free ebook of The Night.

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GUEST POST:
- What is your most romantic memory?

Wow. What a difficult question. I found this almost impossible to answer because romance is an everyday thing. I don’t want to sound smug about it, I’ve been with my husband for 25 years and we’ve always made time for the romantic stuff. We don’t just make an effort once a year on Valentine’s Day but try to make time for each other all year round. He buys me flowers every week and always open a bottle of champagne each Saturday night. We loved nothing more than going out for meals for two. Like everything else this year, that hasn’t been possible due to lockdown and Covid-19 restrictions, so instead I’ve made the effort to cook a nice meal every Friday night. We light candles, put on music and eat in the dining room instead of at the kitchen table. We listen to each-others problems and concerns. He makes me laugh as much now as when we first met. We also love to travel, something else that hasn’t been possible much in 2020, but we’ve had a couple of short trips away close to home, just to enjoy a change of scene.

Narrowing 25 years to a single memory is tough. If I had to pick one event, it would be the first cruise we went on together. It was 7 years ago, and I wanted to do something memorable for my 40th birthday. Liam suggested a cruise and we found one that covered the date of my birthday – Halloween. It was a 14 night round trip from Southampton, England, to the Canary Islands, which are in the Atlantic Ocean off the north coast of Africa. 

I don’t think I have ever experienced excitement like the moment I walked onto the cruise ship for the first time. It was so much bigger and grander and more glamourous than I imagined. We were handed a glass of champagne as we stepped onboard and spent the next two hours wandering around in awe as we took in the gorgeous bars and all the original artwork that on display around the ship. The sense of romance was heightened further when we started out to sea. There is nothing that can compare to being on the open ocean, and I soon realised that as big as I thought the ship was, the ocean was so much bigger. It’s an incredible experience to look out and have no land in sight in any direction.

The entire 14 night trip was filled with romantic memories; first rate dining, champagne, cocktails, sunsets on the balcony, wonderful and exotic locations, incredible entertainment. It was the most perfect holiday for a couple we’ve ever experienced. Since then we have taken at least one cruise each year, until 2020 of course, and the experience has inspired my writing with my 2017 novel Anthem of the Sea and now my brand new romance Storm Warning.
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GIVEAWAY:
Thom Collins will be awarding a $20 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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46 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

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  2. This book sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for this chance. Love the cover!

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  3. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  4. I LOVED your guest post. I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day, because people tend to think that's the one day to show someone you love them. My husband has learned to NOT give me flowers, candy or cards on that day.

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  5. This sounds like a very good book.

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  6. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  7. This sounds like an interesting adventurous read.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  8. This book definitely sounds like one for me! I enjoyed the excerpt and I think you and are husband are the best romantics! Thanks for sharing with me!

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  9. Handsome book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  10. Wonderful book, had fun learning about it.

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  11. I love the cover. The colors are amazing.

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  12. Love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read for me.Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I am looking forward to reading your story.

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

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  14. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  15. The excerpt is beautifully written. Thank you for sharing with us. Can not wait to read!

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  16. I love the title colors on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  18. When did you first decide you wanted to be an author and write books? and how easy was it to get started?

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  19. I would love to be on that yacht in the background of this cover

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  20. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. sounds amazing!

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  22. "Jamie Johnson is going to sea for the first time in his life."

    I can relate. How exciting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Happy Friday! My question for Mr. Collins, do you have any specific reading or writing plans for the weekend?

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  24. What was the hardest part of writing this story?

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  25. I would love to take a luxury cruise to Iceland.

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

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  27. What's your favorite meal to prepare?

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  28. I think that the cover of your book is colorful and interesting.

    Nancy
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  29. The cover is interesting.

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  30. "Contemporary Gay Romance"...I'm not familiar with this genre.

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  31. When I read a book review, I always enjoy reading the "about the order" section.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. I enjoyed reading the review and the romantic memory was very sweet.
    lindacfast@hotmail.com

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