Saturday, May 21, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Love List (Hilton Head Island #1) by Elana Johnson

Title: The Love List
Series: Hilton Head Island #1
Author: Elana Johnson
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Publication Date: May 17th 2022
Print Length: 268 pages
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

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Beatrice Callahan loves lists. Sometimes she even makes a to-do list of things she’s already done, just to go check, check, check and feel accomplished. So it’s easy to understand why, when her divorce is finally final and her ex is all moved out, Bea takes a cool, close look at her life…and makes a list.

It’s not exactly a bucket list.

It’s a love list.

Bea loves the outdoors, so she puts visit 10 National Parks on the list.

She loves animals, and on goes get a puppy.

She loves the beach, and she adds take a dream vacation to the list, and decides to do that one first. After all she’s been through and all she’s lost, she needs time to relax, rest, and reset.

On the first day she arrives in Hilton Head Island, she meets Grant Turner, the man whose house she’s renting for her fabulous beach vacation. He’s just there to make sure she settles in properly and has enough towels.

But when Bea asks for recommendations around the island, Grant quickly becomes her tour guide and then a friend and then…more than friends.

Bea turns to her lists when things get confusing and her love list morphs once again… Can she add fall in love at age 45 to the list and check it off?

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EXCERPT:
The front door opened as she stood from the couch. Grant poked his head into the house. “Bea? Oh, there you are.”

“Come in,” she said.

He did, his frown appearing and deepening as he did. “You’re right. The air’s off in here.”

“Yeah.” She ran her hands through her hair, getting a momentary shock over its length. The style was still so new, she’d forgotten she didn’t have any hair to push back. Having Grant in the house brought a new kind of electricity she didn’t quite know how to hold. One couldn’t contain such a strong current anyway, but Bea really wanted to try.

Let him handle the air conditioner first, she told herself as he went through the house and out the back door. She followed him at a safe distance, still getting plenty of musky, male notes of his cologne.

Bea honestly felt like a twenty-year-old meeting the man of her dreams for the first time. The racing pulse, the nervousness in her chest that reached up and clouded her thoughts. Her life had been a whirlwind of fun when she’d first started dating Nort. New places, different friends, a world of possibilities opening before her.

She felt the exact same way now, after a couple of decades of normalcy, with predictable—code for boring—days, generic conversations, and stale kisses. Her children had brought a new challenge every single day, but her romantic relationship had chilled quietly on the back shelf while the kids grew and then moved on.

She hadn’t realized Nort had done the same, and she wondered as she watched Grant kneel in front of the air compressor at the back of the house if anything would’ve been different if she had paid attention to how unromantic their relationship had become.

Maybe he wouldn’t have cheated on you with his secretary, she thought. The oldest situation in all the books and movies she’d watched her whole life had happened to her. She’d never given any thought to how the women in those fictional stories must’ve felt—until she had to deal with the crushing reality herself.

And crush it did. Hopes, dreams, plans, lists.

But she had a new list now, and while she’d only been on Hilton Head Island for just over a day, she felt wildly behind in accomplishing the items her friends had starred for her.

Visit the beach and listen to the ocean.

Fly a kite you don’t think you can control.

She’d listened to the ocean this morning, and the waves whispered things like, Choose to be happy, and Let yourself breathe again.

Not only that, but she sure had felt like she could fall in love again that morning, with the sunshine bathing her and her thoughts rumbling around how to text Grant and get another meal with him.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
USA Today bestseller Elana Johnson writes adult contemporary beach romance. She is the author of over 130 books across two names, and there's nothing better than sun, sand, and swoon-worthy kisses! Unless it's a sweet-and-sexy cowboy - read those under her pen name of Liz Isaacson. Join her texting group by sending the word SAND to 474747 and get exclusive sales, freebies, and more.

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GIVEAWAY:
Win The Love List book box - open worldwide!

The book box wil include:
1. Signed paperback of The Love List by Elana Johnson
2. Feel-Good Fiction swag (bookmarks, stickers, pin, magnet)
3. Palm tree bracelet
4. Frostbeard candle - "Old Books"
5. Seashell magnet
6. Coconut Lime hand sanitizer
7. Seashell mini soaps
8. Turkish beach blanket/towel
9. Feel-Good Fiction chapstick
10. Bonus extras!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prizes. Xpresso Book Tours and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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15 comments:

  1. I love the cover! And the fact that the heroine in your story is in her 40's. Great excerpt

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

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  3. Sounds like a really good read.

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  4. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I love the setting- a beach vacation. A love list is a great idea! Sounds like an enjoyable book!

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  6. The Love List by Elana Johnson sounds like a great summer read whether you are at the beach or at home.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Looks like such a nice sweet romance. Thank you

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

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  9. So many nice things to win. The book sounds interesting.

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  10. You are a new author to me. I'm asking my library to carry your books.

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  11. How did you practice self care this Sunday?

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  12. I love Hilton Head! It will be great to read a book where I have been to the place!

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  13. I love to read romance books. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. Good Luck with your book!

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  14. This looks like the perfect beachy read.

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  15. A mini vacation in a box! I would LOVE this! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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