Monday, February 8, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Back to the Beginning (Mer Harbor Series #1) by Christina Ann Gist

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Back to the Beginning by Christina Ann Gist. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Back to the Beginning
Series: Mer Harbor Series #1
Author: Christina Ann Gist
Publication Date: June 14th 2020
Print Length: 277 pages
Genre: Romance
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Mer Harbor is a small, coastal town in Southern California. Everyone knows everyone, and nothing is a secret among Mer Harbor residents. Some hope to escape someday, while others find the charm of the town enticing, and never leave.
 
Everley Romero and Heath Mitchell had always planned to take on the world together. To leave Mer Harbor and pursue their dreams. It all seems to crumble when a tragic loss sends them in different directions.
 
Almost ten years later, Everley finds herself on the receiving end of a bitter divorce, leaving her no choice to return to the home - and past - she'd hoped to leave behind for good. Heath is building a good life for himself in Mer Harbor. When he crosses paths with Everley, he learns that they'll both have to face a past full of heartbreak and loss that they've both tried to bury.

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EXCERPT:
“Hey sweetheart.” Heath sat down on the grass by the headstone that marked where his little girl was buried. “I brought you a daisy.” He pulled the little white flower from his coat pocket and laid it next to the stone.

She couldn't answer, and the grave was nothing more than a memorial, but visiting and talking as if she were listening made him feel better. “I know your birthday's not for another two weeks,” he continued, “but I've had a rough few days.” He choked up, “It's been nearly eight years, yet I still feel as if we lost you just yesterday. Your mother's come back into town, and that's probably part of the reason it hurts so much more right now.”

“Sorry,” someone whispered softly. Heath looked up and saw Everley walking towards him, stopping a short distance away. “I didn't know you were here... I can come back later. ”

“Nonsense,” he said quietly, “there's plenty of room here.”

Everley hesitated, then started shaking. “I haven't been here since the funeral. It was always too painful-” whatever else she was going to say was lost in mumbles as she started crying.

Heath stood and crossed the distance she'd left between them. He expected her to pull away when he wrapped his arms around her, but she stayed, burying her face in his chest as he tried to calm her. She continued talking, but it was hard to understand her muffled words. It sounded like apologies, but he couldn't quite make out for what. “Shhhh,” he soothed, “it's all right... I've got you.” He felt her arms wrap around his waist, and he squeezed her tighter, letting her know he wasn't going anywhere.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Telling stories before she could even write, Christina grew up knowing she wanted to be an author. She “published” her first stories with construction paper and handwritten pages for her family and friends. Now, with the magic of technology, she’s able to share her characters and stories with the world.

When she’s not writing, you can find her dabbling in her other favorite hobbies such as photography, stargazing, and of course: looking for her next adventure.

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GIVEAWAY:
Christina Ann Gist will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different blog participating in the book blast each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

75 comments:

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    1. Deborah,

      The whole process took me about a year to write. It wound up shelved for a bit before I found an editor, and roughly six months after we went through the editing process, it was ready to go!

      Thank you for your question!

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  2. Thank you for hosting! This story has been a years long project for me, and it’s amazing to see it out there in the world! I am at work today, but will be dropping in to chat and answer any questions you may have!

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    1. This is me. Sorry, my blogger info wasn’t quite fixed up yet. I think it’s all in working order now!

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  3. I love the cover! Sounds like a good read. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you! I went through Gillian’s book covers (judge your book by its cover). They do amazing work every time!

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

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  6. Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

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  7. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  8. This sounds like a really good read.

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    1. Thank you :) One of my favorite genres to write in!

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  10. Have you ever won a blog giveaway?

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

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  12. thanks sounds like an interesting book

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  13. How do you come up with your ideas?

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    1. It’s a mix of real life experiences and just things I see in the day to day in the world around me. In this particular story, I took the fears I was dealing with at the time and blended it into a story of facing loss and starting over.

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  14. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks!

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  15. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Judy Blume! I have so many memories of reading her books growing up, and then reading her as an adult. She’s one of my biggest inspirations.

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

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  18. I would love to read your book and I just love your cover.

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  19. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book.

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  20. The book sounds great and I enjoyed the excerpt.

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  21. The book sounds very interesting and I do like the cover too.

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  22. It sounds like a wonderful book. You are truly talented.

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  23. Have you ever had sleep paralysis?

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