Thursday, January 13, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Semper Fitz (Minne-sorta Falling in Love #1) by Aurora Russell

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Semper Fitz by Aurora Russell. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a swoon worthy 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 visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Semper Fitz
Series: Minne-sorta Falling in Love #1
Author: Aurora Russell
Publication Date: January 11th 2022
Print Length: 200 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
He’s always strong, always faithful…but will he be always hers?

Pregnant, alone and temporarily staying at her family’s cabin in northern Minnesota, Clara Olafson is determined to overcome the hurt of her recent past and build a good life for herself and her child. The last thing she expects to find on her morning walk through the state forest nearby is an unconscious and injured former Marine.

Colin ‘Fitz’ Fitzhugh might have initially joined the Corps to prove that he was more than just a wealthy playboy, but he grew to love the brotherhood and purpose he found there—until his last mission in Afghanistan cost the life of one of his men and left him badly scarred in body and mind. Hoping to shed some of his pain and guilt alone in the wilderness, instead he finds a feisty, pregnant angel.

Sparks fly as sassy Clara nurses the gruff and mysterious Fitz back to health, but the happiness and peace they both begin to find in the little cabin is shattered when Clara faces a health emergency. When Fitz reluctantly chooses to return to the wealth and privilege of his family in order to save her and the baby, he plunges them all into a glittering society that Clara doesn’t know if she likes. But Fitz might just prove to her that, whether he’s being a billionaire philanthropist or a sudden stand-in dad, he’s always hers.

Even though the sandwich must still be practically molten, and she could hear how crisply burned it was from the sound of his chewing, he choked down one large piece with every sign of enjoyment. A few crumbs formed a black, dusty mustache on his upper lip.

“Delicious,” he pronounced, and put the remainder of the half he’d managed to pry off the pan into his mouth. Something thawed then melted in the region of her heart when he swallowed that, too, and reached for the rest. It stuck there stubbornly, glued to the pan, in spite of Fitz’s valiant efforts.

Their eyes met, and his were determined and kind as he tried to work the piece free to no avail.

“I, ah, think I need a spatula,” he finally admitted.

Like a wave rising up and breaking on the shore, amusement filled her from her toes to her chest, finally spilling out as a peal of laughter, continuing into a wheezing laugh. Fitz laughed as well, the sound rusty as though he were out of practice.

“They’re horrible,” she gasped between laughs. “Admit it. They’re like charcoal.”

“I will never say that,” he answered diplomatically, setting her laughter off harder.

“Okay, you don’t have to say it,” she panted out. “But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Now, I’m going to put the remains of these truly sad sandwiches out of their misery and set this pan to soak. We’ll eat something else.”

When she went to scrape the charred remains off the pan into the trash can, the hard, callused surface of Fitz’s hand over hers stopped her.
Aurora Russell is originally from the frozen tundra of the upper-Midwest (ok, not frozen all the time!) but now loves living in New England with her real-life hero/husband, two wonderfully silly sons, and one of the most extraordinary cats she has ever had the pleasure to meet. But she still goes back to the Midwest to visit, just never in January. She doesn't remember a time that she didn't love to read, and has been writing stories since she learned how to hold a pencil. She has always liked the romantic scenes best in every book, story, and movie, so one day she decided to try her hand at writing her own romantic fiction, which changed her life in all the best ways.

- What is it about men in uniform that makes people swoon?

I am thrilled to write about the subject of swoon-worthy men in uniform, which is near and dear to my heart since my latest release, Semper Fitz, features a wounded retired Marine as the hero. I have always adored a good love story with any type of military, police, or firefighter hero, and judging by the number of books, movies, and television shows out there, I am not alone! But why is a man in uniform so irresistible? Other than the not-inconsiderable allure of getting to be the one to take that uniform off, that is?

A long time ago (I won’t tell you how many years, because then I would have to admit that I keep hearing the popular music from my high school dances playing at my local grocery store)…so, er, several years ago, I had the great good fortune to visit and stay at the U.S. Naval Academy. Everyone was unfailingly polite, kind, and punctual. The officers-in-training looked crisply handsome at all times. I know that pride in their uniforms is a required part of their training, but something that really struck my young heart was one tall, blond charmer.

When I asked him why he had wanted to become an officer in the Navy, he answered in his soft Southern drawl, the hint of a smile playing on his lips, “Why, to protect sweet young things like you, of course.” He was flirting, and goodness, I will never forget how beautiful his incongruously long blond eyelashes were in the Spring sunlight that day, but then…he did exactly what he said he would. Not too long after I visited, he graduated and I saw on the news that his ship was being sent to a particularly dangerous zone. Selflessly, and with great honor, he went to serve and protect his country…sweet young things like me, and everyone else.

I think that may be the heart of it. Uniforms are an outward manifestation of discipline and willingness to care for and protect others, and the men who wear them have chosen to do so at great personal risk to themselves. When I see a man in uniform, I see someone more likely to pick you up on time, offer you his arm, help you into your coat, and, if necessary, put your safety first if someone tries to steal your purse or to do anything worse. Is there anything more swoon-worthy than that?
Aurora Russell will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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  1. The book sounds great. Best of luck with it.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Congratulations on it's release.

  3. this sounds like a wonderful book

  4. Another great one to add to my list!

  5. I enjoyed the excerpt and Semper Fitz sounds like a great book for me to enjoy and I can't wait to get started! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

  6. This looks like a great series.
    I enjoyed reading the excerpt - well done!
    Thank you for sharing this.

  7. I just love a good romance. Thank you.

  8. Love a sexy gruff Marine! Added to my TBR!

  9. Would you rather have toast or a home made biscuit with breakfast?

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  10. sounds like a fun one

  11. Sounds like a book I would love.

  12. The book sounds great. Thanks. Linda May

  13. How did you come up with this book?

  14. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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

  16. I love reading contemporary romance, they are my favorite! This one sounds great

  17. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

  18. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

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

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

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

  22. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

  23. This books sounds like an emotional book to read.