Monday, August 22, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Who Says You Can't Go Home? (Camden Lake #1) by Andria Henry

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Who Says You Can't Go Home? by Andria Henry. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fun guest post from the author regarding romance tropes. 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!
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Title: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Series: Camden Lake #1
Author: Andria Henry
Publication Date: July 17th 2022
Print Length: 192 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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What if your path forward leads you back home?

When Toronto party girl Kylie is fired from her perfect job, she's forced to do the one thing she never wanted to do: go home. Returning to her sleepy hometown is her definition of failure. She drags herself back to the lakeside town of Camden with her tail between her legs, and she'll do whatever it takes to get back to the big city.

When Derek runs a routine traffic stop on a speeder, the one person he never expects to see in Camden again is Kylie. In fact, he barely recognizes her. She doesn't look like the quiet, sweet girl he had a crush on in high school.

Kylie's brother offers her a job back in the city if she can prove she’s changed her ways. She finds the perfect opportunity, but it means working with Derek to save the town’s waterfront. Can she look past their feud and get the job done?

Can she avoid falling in love with him and complicating her plans to return to the big city?

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EXCERPT:
“Maybe she’s on the lam from a shady business deal gone bad.” Cate dunked her hands back into the soapy sink to grab another dish.

“Really.” Derek took a plate from the dish rack to dry. Maybe he shouldn’t have told his sister about running into Kylie.

“Or she had an affair with her boss and needs to hide to raise their love child in peace.”

“You watch too much TV.”

“Why else would she be in town when it’s not Christmas?”

“She’s probably just visiting her parents or something.” Derek put the plate away.

“Well did she say anything to you?”

“Mostly she apologized for speeding then yelled at me when I gave her the ticket.”

“She’s lucky you didn’t throw her in jail.” She flicked dish water at him.

“Speeding isn’t exactly an indictable offense.”

“I’ve seen you throw folks in the cell for less. Someone endangering the citizens of Camden by driving like that?” She side-eyed him. “Are you going soft?”

“What? No.” He took another plate to dry.

“Wait, are you still sweet on her? It’s been like ten years.”

“Did you just say, ‘sweet on’? Am I eighteen again? No. She seems to be even more of a snob now than she was back in school.”

She huffed and fished around in the soapy sink for the cutlery.

“Besides she’s so…different. I didn’t even recognize her at first.”

“But she looked good, right?” She grinned and bumped her hip against his.

“She looked, well, like too much.”

“Uh huh.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andria Henry is the author of adult sweet romance and romantic comedy, as well as young adult and middle grade science fiction and fantasy. She firmly believes that coffee is a food group, the holiday season starts on November 1st, and that stories are our most important resource. She lives with her husband, kids, and furkids in Hamilton, Ontario.




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

Ah tropes. They get knocked a lot in reading and writing circles, but truly tropes are what make stories hit us right in the feels. Author Theodora Taylor talks about adding butter to our stories to make them more delicious and that’s exactly what tropes are! Want more delicious baking? ADD MORE BUTTER. And everyone has different kinds of butter that they like. For example, I love books and TV shows that have coffee shops. To me, that’s story butter. Does it change the plot? Not necessarily, but it changes the flavour of it and makes it more appealing to me.

Tropes are queen when it comes to butter. They are the characters or plot points that we love seeing in stories. And when tropes are used in the marketing of a book, readers know immediately if the book is their flavour or not.

For example, Who Says You Can’t Go Home has a whole lot of butter that I personally love reading, so I put it in my stories. It has a small town, a quirky cast, a coffee shop setting, and cute pets! Delicious story butter!

Okay, now I’m craving butter toast. Be right back…

That’s better. Where was I? Right! Tropes!

I personally have tropes that I gravitate toward and tropes that I avoid. No shade, but I’m not a fan of love triangles. But I do love Enemies-to-Lovers especially when paired with Forced Proximity. Take two people who hate each other (usually for misconceived reasons) and make them work together toward a common goal? I love it! I love seeing the way they slowly see the other person in new ways that chip away at the walls around their heart.

*sigh*

Oh sorry, I drifted off in daydream land for a moment.

My love for Enemies-To-Lovers definitely informed the relationship between Kylie and Derek in Who Says You Can’t Go Home. Through misunderstandings and misconceptions of each other they bicker and fight, but then are forced to work together on a big project that will help Derek sway townsfolk to support his petition to stop the waterfront development. It will also help Kylie prove that she is no longer a flaky party girl who can’t take on an important career.

Through working together, they learn to let go of their misgivings and truly see the other person and how much stronger they could be as a team. Book 2 of the Camden Lake series will be showcasing another of my favourite tropes: Friends-to-Lovers.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post! I would love to hear what you think about Enemies-to-Lovers and what your favourite tropes are in the comments!
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GIVEAWAY:
Andria Henry 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 over this giveaway.)

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87 comments:

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

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    1. Yes! One reviewer said it is like "a giant scoop of ice cream" so great for summer! Thank you!

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  2. Love the notion of tropes as "story butter"!

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    1. Right?? It makes so much sense! It also makes me crave flaky pastry!

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  3. Thanks for hosting me! I had fun writing this guest post and would love to hear other people's favourite (and least favourite) tropes!

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    1. You're welcome =) Thanks for stopping by my blog. <3

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  4. Sweet and romantic cover. Very nice.

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    1. Thank you! There are 2 sweet dance scenes in the book, so I was so happy to get a dancing pose on the cover.

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  5. sounds like a wonderful book, very nice cover too

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  6. Congratulations on your release of Who Says You Can't Go Home?, Andria, I enjoyed the guest post, the excerpt and your book sounds like a wonderful romance for me to enjoy and the cover is very nice! Good luck with your book and the tour!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing week!

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    1. Aw thank you so much! You have an amazing week too!

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  7. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  9. Looks like a very sweet romance. Good work.

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  10. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Who Says You Can't Go Home? is a must read for me and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I can't wait to read your story.

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  13. I love friends to lovers tropes. Enemies to lovers, if it's done right. Meaning, I have to like both characters individually in order to overlook any pettiness they do.

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    1. Yes! I 100% agree! Sometimes enemies to lovers makes one character too unlikeable. I recently read Sara Soucoup's Seeking Skye, which is enemies to lovers and I hated the male MC until chapter 4, lol. The next book in my series is friends to lovers!

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  14. My daughter would enjoy this book

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    1. It's available on Amazon or through links on my website if she's interested!

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  15. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by the blog! I hope you enjoy the book!

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  16. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog! I love the cover too!

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  18. Sounds like a good weekend read.

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    1. Yes, it's a perfect, fun, weekend read! Thanks!

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  19. David HollingsworthAugust 22, 2022 at 8:59 PM

    This book sounds interesting.

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  20. Looks like a great book. The cover is sweet.

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  21. I love everything about this book - especially the romantic cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  22. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

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    1. Yes! I'm currently drafting book 2 of this series! It'll be a friends-to-lovers story with lots of humour and swoons!

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  23. thanks this sounds like a great book

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

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  25. David HollingsworthAugust 23, 2022 at 5:30 PM

    Sounds like a great book!

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  26. Sounds so flirty and romantic! Can't wait to read it!

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  27. Congrats on your tour! Best wishes.

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  28. What book is currently on your bedside table?

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  29. sounds like a very romantic book

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

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  31. Who Says You Can't Go Home? by author Andria Henry sounds like a sweet and romantic read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. Sweet book cover and I can just imagine them nuzzling. Small town and Second Chance Romance are 2 of my favorite tropes.

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  33. David HollingsworthAugust 24, 2022 at 6:06 PM

    Sounds like a very interesting read.

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  34. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  35. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

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  36. looks like a fun one

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  37. Is anyone in your immediate family an author?

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  38. David HollingsworthAugust 25, 2022 at 5:40 PM

    Sounds like a really solid story!

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  39. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  40. How do you think the world will end?

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  41. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

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  42. Sounds like a great romantic story? Do you like to do something special when you write?

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  43. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Or both?

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  44. Your book sounds like something I would enjoy reading.

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  45. another week gone by, happy writing

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  46. I enjoyed reading about his new contemporary romance book. The cover art is pretty.

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

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  48. David HollingsworthAugust 26, 2022 at 6:07 PM

    Congrats on your book!

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  49. How many furkids do you have in your family?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  50. Great excerpt.

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  51. Gorgeous cover!! This sounds like an amazing book! Who’s your favorite author?

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