Saturday, July 17, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Backup Offer (Stewart Realty #9) by Liz Crowe

Title: Backup Offer
Series: Stewart Realty #9
Author: Liz Crowe
Publisher: Buoni Amici Press
Publication Date: July 13th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

An ex-boyfriend, his massive dog, her house, and no hotel room in sight. What could go wrong?

After Blair ended things with Brandis, she was determined to get away–and stay away from him for good. She put family, friends, and the life she knew in Michigan in her rear view mirror and started over. As owner and head chef of her own place in Louisville, she stays plenty busy, especially since “Blair’s Kitchen” is the darling of the restaurant scene. She’s managed to avoid Michigan for almost a decade, but when her best friend needs her help, she drops everything and heads home.

Brandis has spent the last ten years coming to terms with addiction, personal tragedy, and the loss of the woman he loved. He’s now the third generation to run his family’s construction business, and he’s managed to reconstruct tattered relationships with his family. He’s even adopted a dog, thanks to some donated renovation time spent at an animal shelter. He’s got everything he needs—except a for one thing.

When the contractor she paid to build her restaurant’s expansion vanishes, leaving her with a giant mess, Blair only hesitates a moment before calling Brandis for help. But when he rushes to her side to evaluate the crisis, there isn’t an available room in a twenty mile radius. So they settle in to a routine—her, her one-time boyfriend, and his giant, slobbering dog in her small house. It doesn’t take long for the temptation of close proximity to give way, and while Blair tries to keep it all physical, Brandis has other ideas.

The end of the Stewart Realty saga brings the second generation full-circle in ways many never expected, but no one regrets.

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Brandis kept his distance despite every nerve in his body’s effort to propel him forward. Tiny wandered over and sat next to Blair, putting her huge noggin on Blair’s lap with a sigh.

“I’ll take care of her while you go to your meeting. Does she need to eat?”

“What?” He was mesmerized by the sight of her hand on the dog’s head. “Oh, uh, it’s okay. She can go with me.”

“I think she wants to stay with me, don’t you girl?”

Tiny looked over at him with a clear “of course I want to stay here, dude,” expression. He eased toward the doorway, needing space to think. “I’m going to shower.”

“Fair warning, the shower head hasn’t been working so great,” she said.

“What’s wrong with it?” He forced his feet to move, silently thrilled to have a purpose other than the one yammering at him to grab her and kiss her until they were both dizzy.

“I think I need a new one.”

“I’ll fix it,” he said, grabbing his duffle bag.

“Don’t be late to your meeting.” She got up and stretched, revealing a tantalizing line of exposed flesh between her jeans waistband and sweatshirt hem. “I’ll make us something for dinner.”

He stopped, gazing at her, surprised she sounded so calm, so normal in the face of this odd circumstance. Maybe she was over him, he thought as she hummed and poked around in the fridge. He stared at the pleasant way her well-worn jeans hugged her butt, cursed under his breath and headed for the bathroom.

After fiddling with the shower head and the lines from the old-fashioned faucets, he decided he’d have to buy her a whole new set up. He managed a quick rinse off, dried and redressed in jeans and a travel-wrinkled button-down shirt, once he’d tidied up after himself. He carried his bag and shoes down the hall to the kitchen, using slow, careful steps as if it might help quiet the clamor in his brain.

He stopped in the doorway, frozen in place yet again by the sight of her. She was facing the sink, the deep black cascade of her hair halfway down her back. A tear slid down the cheek he could see in profile. Her hands curled into fists, pressing onto the edge of the sink. Everything about her screamed misery. With a jolt, he realized she wasn’t miserable because of him. He could fix her problem this time—he had the skills, the contacts, the wherewithal to do all of it.

He walked to the back door to put his shoes outside. Before he could talk himself out of it, he crossed the room to her, stood behind her, his hands raised in the air, unsure of himself for a split second. This was the moment. It was time. It was up to him to breech the chasm she’d dug between them. He had to do it. It was now or never.

He placed his trembling palms on her shoulders. Tiny raised her head from the rug near where they stood, but put it back down as if reassured. His ears were ringing. His heart beat so hard it was a drumbeat against his ribcage. With a sigh, he slid his hands down her arms.

She stiffened at first, leaning against him in a way that forced a low, choked noise from his throat. He closed his eyes when she took his hands and guided them around her. They stood like this a few minutes, their breathing in sync, the clock on the wall nearby the only sound other than the whooshing noise replacing the ringing in his ears.
Liz Crowe is a Kentucky native and graduate of the University of Louisville living in Central Illinois. She's spent her time as a three-continent expat trailing spouse, mom of three, real estate agent, brewery owner and bar manager, and is currently a social media consultant and humane society development director, in addition to being an award-winning author.

With stories set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch, inside fictional television stations and successful real estate offices, and even in exotic locales like Istanbul, Turkey, her books are compelling and told with a fresh voice. The Liz Crowe backlist has something for any reader seeking complex storylines with humor and complete casts of characters that will delight, at times frustrate, and always linger in the imagination long after the book is finished.

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  2. Looks like an interesting book.
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  4. The characters from the excerpt I read sound like they would fit into any town. They feel real and the reader would be drawn into the book quickly.

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  7. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  11. thank you for a chance to win :)

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  13. David HollingsworthJuly 17, 2021 at 6:03 PM

    What inspired you to write this book?

  14. I live in Ky. it is nice to see a book about our state,this looks like a definate read for me.

  15. Thank you for the excerpt. book looks interesting and on my TBR list!

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

  17. How long was the writing process?

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  19. What inspires your book plots?

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