Friday, September 9, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Summer People (A Cape Cod Romance #1) by Corinne LaBalme

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Summer People by Corinne LaBalme. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fantastic guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 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: Summer People
Series: A Cape Cod Romance #1
Author: Corinne LaBalme
Publication Date: August 31st 2022
Print Length: 202 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Jessica Stratton's long-cherished dream of opening her own Folk Art gallery in an idyllic Cape Cod setting finally comes true. However, her start-up is anything but smooth sailing.

Her ten-year marriage hits the rocks and, when the hunk next door to her shop - a brooding ecologist on a mission to save the planet - proves too irresistible to ignore, she's got to relearn the rules of the dating game while working overtime to lure clients to her boutique.

Unfortunately, someone's already far too interested in a 19th century example of advertising art in her collection and will go to any means - legal or illegal - to acquire it.

Maybe the planet isn't all that needs to be saved...

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EXCERPT:
Why on earth did that woman get under his skin so much? This was the second time he'd stomped off her property. Well, it had a whole lot to do with that chunk of jewelry on her left hand, didn't it? He didn't need anything to do with married women. Never again.

Had he said anything to her that would make them both cringe if they ran into each other in the mini-mart?

Oh yeah. Smallpox. Well, that was a low blow, considering that she personally hadn't poisoned any of his ancestors. All the fashion stuff was OK. But he'd added something about French can-can boots, hadn't he? Boots which had absolutely nothing to do with his sister's thesis. No, those kinky, lace-up boots were part of Martine's Halloween costume last year.

She hadn't taken those boots off either. Not even when they went to bed.

Just thinking about the sex that ensued made him feel like he needed another shower. But then he'd have to dry all that damn hair again. How did women stand all this stuff hanging around their shoulders? He'd read about hermits who refused to cut their hair until they'd atoned for their sins.

Well, Rick Starfire Martell had a helluva lot to atone for.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Corinne LaBalme lives in France and loves everything about it… except eating snails. Her articles about European fashion, food and fun destinations have appeared in The New York Times Travel section, Diversion, La Belle France and France Revisited. Her favorite place to write? Any Parisian café with a good croissant connection…

The setting for SUMMER PEOPLE is founded on childhood memories of vacations on Cape Cod and based on her mother’s (very real) house in Brewster.

The romantic hero of SUMMER PEOPLE -- Rick Martell -- is the kind of guy who exists only in our sweetest & beachiest dreams…. sigh!

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GUEST POST:
- When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? What made you feel that way?

I knew I wanted to be a “published” writer before I finished college. I studied Art History and – while the best Art History writing tends to be dry and erudite – my papers were always geared toward entertainment. I had the all the facts, so I got excellent grades, but because of my penchant for ‘leading with a hook’ and ‘finishing with a flourish’, I was never taken seriously as grad school material.

I went to New York and – quite by accident – worked in a string of high fashion studios followed by a brief stint at a major auction house.

After a few years, I flew to France for a vacation and found wonderful jobs, first as a fashion editor, later as a travel writer and food critic. (I never left Paris!) Journalism turned out to be the perfect fit for me and for many years, journalism that was enough.

But I had other stories I wanted to tell so I started writing novels in my spare time. And I have no regrets for starting my fictional career late in life because I use everything I’ve learned about art, fashion, food, movies and television in the novels I’m writing now. My time at Sotheby’s (in the American Art division) sowed the seeds for Jessica’s Folk Art career in SUMMER PEOPLE.

Even though the warm weather is nearly at an end, I hope readers will find a little extra sunshine in this book. If you enjoy SUMMER PEOPLE, please leave a review. They’re really appreciated!
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GIVEAWAY:
Corinne LaBalme will be awarding a $10 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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97 comments:

  1. very nice cover, this sounds like a wonderful story

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    1. Thank you! The great cover, which just exudes the sea breezes on the Nantucket Sound, was created by the talented Diana Carlile!

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  2. It's lovely to be visiting 'All the Ups and Downs' today. Anyone from Cape Cod out there?

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    1. My best friend from high school is named Kim and I wrote her into the book. (Her husband also got a mention and a totally different job from his one in real life!) AS you can tell, I had fun with this book!

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    1. Thank you. I think that Jessica Stratton and Rick Martell are two of the stand-up, nicest people I've ever created! I've really, really rooted for them!

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    1. I really did enjoy writing it and i must admit... I'm a little in love with Rick myself!

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  6. Sounds excellent! Thank you for sharing

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    1. It's nice to hear from you too! I we caught up on another post as well!

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  7. This sounds like a great read for sitting at the beach soaking in the sun and listening to the waves.

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    1. Exactly! And also with a cup of hot cider and and a purring kitty-cat on your lapor in a bubble bath with mint tea and scented candles... but what I really hope is that it can also bring a little bit of beach to someone sitting a crowded commuter train on a cold rainy day.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Cover by the great Diana Carlile! I'd originally envisioned pink flowers but the yellow works for me too!

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  9. That is very cool that you worked for a fashion studio

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    1. I used my job in the American art department of an auction house for this book. My fashion years will turn up in a later book about an aging fashion model who gets fired form her agency.

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  10. Would love to extend" the summer with a story on the beach!

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    1. Good plan! Vacations are really too short, aren't they?

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  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. My advice is basically: read, read, read. I was asked that very question on this Goddess Fish tour at the Long & Short Review site and answered in greater depth. And I wish you best of luck with your book!

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  12. Nice book cover and the sounds interesting. r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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    1. Cover by Diana Carlile! And I know we all tend to judge books by their covers (I certainly do!) so I hope you enjoy the inside of the book too.

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  13. What author do you most admire?

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    1. Heavens, I have a small apartment with one giant wall of books by the authors I most admire. I couldn't choose, but right now I am on a little personal PR crusade to tell people about a little-known book called Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. It came out in 1932, it's totally nuts, and may be one of the funniest books ever written. If you're in the mood for quirky Jane Austen... try it!

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    2. I have tons of books and all of them are by my favorite authors! Right now, however, I am heading up a small personal PR crusade to promote Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Published in 1932, to my mind it's one of the funniest (and most overlooked) mini-masterpeices of the 20th century.

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    1. You too! The French actually say 'Bon weekend'... even though some people at the Academie française complain about too many English words invading the French language.

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  15. where does your inspiration come from? Is it walking on the beach or somewhere like that?

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    1. With Summer People, Cape Cod real estate was my entry into the story. What would it be like to find your dreamhouse... but not be able to live in it? So in this case, I started with a situation.

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  16. Summer People in the series A Cape Cod Romance #1 by author Corinne LaBalme would be a wonderful end of summer read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. Great guest post, I love the cover and I enjoyed the excerpt, Summer People sounds like a great book for me to read!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous weekend!

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    1. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend too... lots of fun, lots of good books!

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    1. Let me give you three! Rosé wine, cat rescue videos, and vintage Star Trek episodes (esp with Captain Picard!)

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  19. Sounds so cute! I think the character will get into mischief!!

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  20. did you take a vacation this year

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    1. Yes, I got away to Ireland and visited the West Country where my maternal grandparents' families came from... lovely, lovely landscapes. Hope you haad soem nice travels too!

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  21. Do you have any pets?

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    1. Not at present but I've had some wonderful cats...

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  22. What projects are you currently working on?

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  23. What other titles did you think about for this book?

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    1. My first title was Perfect Stranger, but the publishing company had something else with that name so it got switched. However, there are a lot of "Summer People" books, including one by one of my idols, Marge Piercy.

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  24. thanks again, hope the book tour is going well

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  25. I think I will enjoy reading this book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hope you do! one of the nicest characters in the book is named Nancy...

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  26. What’s your favorite flower?

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    1. I've always loved carnations. They smell so green!

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    2. Have always have loved carnations with lilacs as a close second.

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  27. Do your ideas come to you all at once or is like a long process of brainstorming?

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  28. I would love to read this one this fall season.
    heather

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  29. What is your favorite season to write in?

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    1. No special season, but definitely a time of day. I do most of my writing in the morning.

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    2. Not a season but time of day: morning!

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  30. What was your favourite comic strip?

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

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    1. Thank you! Cover created by Diana Carlile at Wild Rose.

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  32. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  33. congrats on the tour hope all is going well

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  34. Sounds like a great summer read!

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    1. And hopefully it can keep summer memories alive when it gets cold outside.

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  35. What kind of book are you writing right now?

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    1. Currently putting final touches to the sequel of my cosy mystery FRENCH GHOST about a ghost writer with some very problem-prone clients. FRENCH TOAST will be in print by then end of 2022.

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    2. Right now, putting finishing touchs on the sequel to my cosy mystery FRENCH GHOST about a ghostwriter with some very problem-prone clients. FRENCH TOAST should be in print by the end of 2022.

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  36. I hope you are having a good day.

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  37. What is your favourite unsolved mystery?

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  38. What author do you most admire?

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    1. Right now, I'm binging on Tana French's Dublin Murder Squard series.

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  39. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  40. is there a time of the year to tend to write more in

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    1. Rainy days always help me write...perhaps I should move to London?

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  41. I hope you have a nice weekend.

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