Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Fairly Royal (The Fair Series #3) by Grace Grahme

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Fairly Royal by Grace Grahme. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author about romance tropes. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Fairly Royal
Series: The Fair Series #3
Author: Grace Grahme
Publication Date: June 27th 2022
Print Length: 400 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Can a ruse of a royal relationship result in a real romance?

Philip has a problem.

Namely, his relationship to the throne.

Well, that and paparazzi hounding him, plus family obligations on steroids.

Years ago, the notoriously private Earl of Arburne and Glasgow’s #1 most eligible bachelor decided relationships were impossible with his unique pressures.

So he avoids anything serious. Hell, he avoids dating at all.

When he lands in yet another tabloid headline, he has the brilliant (or brilliantly stupid) idea to give the tabloids what they want.

A romance.

No one needs to know it’s fake.

But when he enlists beautiful, bold, and outspoken Anna McDonnell, his best friend’s little sister, he finds himself with a whole new set of troubles.

Anna’s rules for their ruse make their arrangement feel far from pretend. Counterfeit feels more and more like something authentic.

And in the realm of royalty and public scrutiny, anything real and pure can’t survive.

Philip has a problem.

Will this liason be a love-match or will their fling fall flat?

Fairly Royal is the page-turning third book in The Fair Series of contemporary billionaire romances. If you like bold heroines, billionaire heroes, and plenty of steam, then you’ll adore Grace Grahme’s royal romance.

**Book 1 is free and book 2 is 99¢.**

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EXCERPT:
“You’re freaking me out, Phillip. Do you need a kidney or something?”

He chuckled but didn’t look amused. “Nothing quite so grave.” He took a sip of the whisky and cleared his throat. “Have you seen the paper today?”

“The paper?” she asked as he pulled a newspaper from his jacket. “You read The Daily Gazette?”

“Not by choice. I’d rather eat rats.” He tapped a picture in the corner.

“A new lady for the lord? Who writes this crap?” She flipped to the story and skimmed it. The pictures were good. She looked great. “Okay, so we were in the paper. Is this a big deal? They write about you all the time.”

“I apologize for you being a subject of speculation. Nobody should have unwanted attention thrust on them. I’m a very private man, Anna, mostly out of necessity to avoid this kind of thing. But my reluctance to give them coverage makes them prone to making up stories about me.”

“Aye. Like when you took Janet to the Charity Awards. The papers had a field day when she went to the event with you, but left with my brother.”

“Right. Classic example. There’s a lot of pressure on me to settle down, especially from my family. But I don’t want to get married and expose a wife to the structured life I lead and the restrictions due to my title.”

Anna nodded. Janet said last night how Phillip resented his place in the peerage. That still didn’t explain why he was here.

“Too much bowing and scraping?” she joked.

“Something like that.”

“Ya ken that the Estate is always open if you need to get away, right? We don’t care about your title.”

“You don’t care much about the peerage. You’re bolder than anyone I know because of your disregard for the politics that come with Society.”

“Och, dinnae remind me. Robbie’s harping at me to watch my tongue, given all the marketing he expects me to do.”

“It’s why I’m here, though.” He smiled, and her heart twisted at how it transformed his face. “If I had a girlfriend, the papers would stop caring who I went to what event with and, even better, my family would leave me in peace. You’re strong enough to withstand the scrutiny of the gossip columnists and my mother. You’d be the perfect girlfriend.”

“Are you asking me to be your girlfriend?”

“In name only. Let’s keep up the charade the paper started. Pretend to be my girlfriend, and it’ll give me some peace.”

A pretend girlfriend. Her heart shriveled. He didn’t want to date her. He just wanted her help. She took a sip of whisky, buying time before answering. He couldn’t know how his words dashed her hope of a romance with him. It wasn’t like he knew she had a crush on him.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I love reading and I love writing even more- I balance (not always successfully) writing, a career, a family, and a menagerie of rescued dogs, cats, and backyard chickens.

Writing allows me to live vicariously through my characters, escape to worlds and experiences I might never have, and my characters always have a witty response or a perfect retort. (no more 5 hours later having the thought of 'that's what I should have said!')

I'm an avid coffee consumer and adult beverage fan. I love catching up with my friends on Marco Polo and working out at they gym. I avoid cleaning, cardio, and carbs- unless it's an emergency.

I carve out writing time by starting my day at 515am. Which unfortunately means I'm in bed earlier than I'd like. And I still don’t get my to-do list done!

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GUEST POST:
- What is your favorite romance trope and why?

I hate choosing! But if you look at my novels, they all feature billionaires- wealthy heroes that offer a world beyond what my heroines are used to. I'm also fond of workplace romances. My newest novel combines a handful of tropes- billionaire/royalty, fake dating, and secret crush.

When I read romances I love the ones above plus frenemies to lovers- in fact my upcoming Christmas romcom features my first true frenemy trope- and I'm crossing my fingers it's funny with snappy dialogue. In fact, the name is "Snappy Santa" a play on both my hero is a photographer AND the witty dialogue between my leads. (and it's my first attempt at a romcom as well!)

I write strong women who don't NEED a man; my heroines can stand on their own, so my heroes need to really offer my ladies the full package- they need to be intelligent, charming, rich, AND hot.

I've heard complaints from the peanut gallery that we romance writers write 'unrealistic' heroes and books- but I view romance as a type of fantasy, just one that doesn't include magic, and if I'm going to be whisked away, I want it to be with a guy who checks all my boxes, and just enough negatives to not make him a caricature. If you want realism, don't read MY books at least. My characters are like the best version of reality ever- and that's just the way I and my readers like it. The real world has enough realism, I want to escape in the books I read AND the books I write. I hope you agree!
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GIVEAWAY:
Grace Grahme will be awarding a $15 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 over this giveaway.)

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21 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting today!

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    1. You're very welcome =) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. =)

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  2. Ruses always tempts the fate of the couple. This has a very attractive cover

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  3. great cover, this sounds like a wonderful book

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  4. I like the cover and the excerpt.

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt and Fairly Royal sounds like a great romance book to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

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  6. This sounds like an exciting book to read.

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  7. The book sounds very interesting. Love the cover!

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  8. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Fairly Royal, sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing your guest post and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

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  9. What I like best is the genre - Contemporary Romance.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  10. I'm always amused by fake relationships and like when the ruse is up. Thanks for the excerpt and suave cover.

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  11. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  12. Thanks for the great post. I enjoyed it.

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  13. liked the excerpt

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  15. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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