Sunday, October 30, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Hate, Rinse, Repeat (A Gamble on Love Mom-Com #3) by Whitney Dineen & Melanie Summers

Title: Hate, Rinse, Repeat
Series: A Gamble on Love Mom-Com #2
Authors: Whitney Dineen & Melanie Summers
Publisher: 22 Partners & Indigo Group
Publication Date: October 28th 2022
Print Length: 301 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

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Christmas is a time for hate…

Maisy Moore is not looking forward to the holiday season. As owner of the only hair salon in Gamble, Alaska, she’ll be run off her feet helping her clients get dolled up for Christmas and New Years Eve parties. Parties she’ll never be invited to.

But that’s not the worst of it. As a single mom, she knows she still won’t be able to give her seven-year-old son, Jack, the kind of magical Christmas his classmates get. Telling him how much she loves him will only get a kid that age so far. If only she could give him what he really wants—to know who his dad is.

The last thing Maisy needs is for NHL star Chase Evans to come waltzing back into town like he’s God’s gift to women. But that’s exactly what Chase does.

After a taking a crosscheck from behind, Chase’s season is over. Instead of scoring goals, he’s recovering from shoulder surgery, and according to his mother, there’s no better place to recover than home. Because let’s face it, basking in the glow of local adoration won’t be too bad. There are no fans quite like hometown fans.

The last thing Chase expects is to find Maisy Moore still single. He decides to see if maybe they could rekindle their brief romance that occurred the night of their ten-year high school reunion. But when he tries to talk to her, he discovers Maisy’s feelings of lust have turned to loathing. And he’s determined to find out why.

Will Maisy manage to keep the identity of her son a secret? Will there be a holiday miracle that will reunite two hard-headed lovers? Will the BOGO special on shampoo and conditioner be a hit?

Find out in the deliciously funny and ridiculously romantic final installment of A Gamble on Love Mom-Com Series.

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EXCERPT:
“I miss Grandma’s French toast,” Jack complains, while stabbing his fork into my lame attempt at his favorite breakfast.

“Me, too, buddy,” I assure him. “Me, too.”

He screws up his adorable elfin face and asks, “What are the black spots? Did you put pepper in the eggs?”

Pepper is probably preferable to what it really is, which, now that I look at it, I think might be part of the coating on the Teflon pan. Grabbing the plate away from him, I suggest, “How about a Pop-Tart? There’s nothing like a nice, fruity pastry, full of sugar to start the day.”

Jack leans his chin on his hands and moans, “I really want Grandma to come back.”

Emotion fills my eyes until it’s on the precipice of breaking the dam of my composure. “Life plain sucks sometimes, Jack. I wish you didn’t have to learn that so young, but there it is. What do you say you and I go out for supper tonight? We can hit The Diner and see if we can find some comfort in a heaping plate of meatloaf and mashed potatoes?”

“Mom, I’m six not sixty. I’ll have a burger and mashed potatoes.”

Ruffling his adorable dark brown hair, I tell him, “You’re on. Now go load your backpack with your lunch and water bottle so you don’t miss the bus.” As he walks away, I have a sudden horrible premonition of standing in this exact same spot the day Jack leaves for college. I’m going to blink and he’s going to walk out of my life to pursue bigger and better things.

Of course, I won’t be standing in this exact spot because we won’t be living here much longer. Dammit, Mom, what did you do with all the money you got from the house? And who did you sell the house to?

Pulling on my ski jacket, I take my son’s hand and walk him out the front door to the end of the driveway. “Please don’t cut the cheese in class if you can help it,” I instruct him. “Quit telling kids that your dad is Thor, and stop licking that new girl, Sarah Jacobs. You gotta trust me kid, no six-year-old girl likes having her hands licked. It’s gross.”

“Sarah’s seven,” he tells me, like that makes all the difference.

“Jack.” I tap him on the top of his head until he looks up at me. “Who loves you more than bologna?”

He rolls his eyes before saying, “Honey.” Honey is the neighbor’s dog, and she loves Jack with every curly patch on her chubby body.

“Correct,” I tell him. “And goldendoodles rarely love anything more than bologna. Who loves you more than crepes?”

“Grandma loved me more than crepes,” he says sadly.

“She still does. Just because she’s not here with us doesn’t mean she stopped existing.” I turn him around and pull him into my arms. “Now, who loves you more than six hot fudge sundaes with whipped cream, nuts, and twelve cherries?”

I feel his forehead press into my stomach. “You do, Mom.”

“That’s right, buddy, I do. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.”

With a sigh, he starts to play along. “Would you climb to the top of a mountain in your swimming suit while carrying a goat?”

“In a heartbeat!” I tell him enthusiastically.

“Would you swim across a volcano with hot rollers in your hair?”

“I already did that this morning!”

“Would you tell me who my dad is?”

Son of … My plan was to tell Jack that his dad and I were happily married before the tragic accident that took his father’s life. Of course, I couldn’t do that because this whole town knows I wasn’t married, and someone would have blown my cover.

My mom was relentless that I owed Jack the truth about Chase, but how could I tell my kid that his dad was my childhood tormentor? How would I explain why Chase never came by to see him?

One stupid, drunken night—where I may or may not have told that loser I wanted to ride him like a water buffalo—and boom! Life as I knew it changed forever. For the better, but not without its challenges.

The bus pulls up, saving me from having to answer Jack’s last question. The driver gives a little toot before he opens the door. “Jack, my man. How’s it hanging, bae?” Nathan’s a nice kid, but seriously, his wanna-be hipster ways are a little disconcerting for a school bus driver.

“Hanging loose, Nate,” my son says as he climbs aboard. He turns around and waves at me before running to the back to sit with one of his friends.

I watch until the bus pulls so far down the road I can barely see it. When I go back into the house, I grab my keys and my purse and I head out to my car, a sporty-yet-practical eight-year-old red Honda Civic. Time to go to work.

I opened the Rinse ’N’ Repeat when I was twenty years old and fresh out of beauty school. Every penny I made went into paying rent and utilities on the room I rented out of the back of the liquor store. While that may sound questionable to some, this is Gamble, Alaska, not some fancy city like New York. I can say for a fact that several of my clients appreciated the convenience of being able to get their hair set at the same place they could buy a box of wine.

Eight years ago, my clientele grew to the point where I needed to hire on more staff and move into a bigger location. That meant more rent and overhead, but I also made a lot more. I could have bought my own place, but living with my mom made more sense. Besides, when it was only the two of us, it was kind of nice to have company.

When Jack arrived, Mom jumped in and did everything for him that I would have done had I not had a full-time job. Being that I made more money than she did, she retired five years ahead of schedule, so I didn’t have to send Jack to daycare. She made great use of their time together by teaching him to do all kinds of crazy things like burping the alphabet, crocheting his own shoelaces, and singing German drinking songs. God, I miss her.

Tonya Grimm, one of the three hairdressers who works for me, waves her hand as I walk through the front door. “You are NEVER going to guess who’s coming back to town!”

Hanging my purse and coat on a hook on the wall, I say, “Graham Finkle.”

Her face contorts into a look of confusion. “Who’s that?”

“My ninth-grade science teacher. He left Gamble in a cloud of Paco Rabanne and shame.” I explain, “He got caught messing around with Ashleigh Barker. She was a senior and eighteen, but the whole thing still reeked of jail time.”

“Yeah, so no,” Tonya says. “Who’s coming that I would know?”

“Oh, my God, is Brett Kennedy coming to try to win Harper back? Good luck to him! Harper and Digger McKenzie are married now. Brett missed the boat.”

“I’m not enjoying playing this game with you.” Tonya takes the lid off the comb cleaner and puts in another comb. “I’m just going to come out and tell you.”

Putting on my beautician’s apron, I say, “Fine, tell me.”

“Chase Evans!” she shouts. “Can you believe it?"

Son of a ....
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Whitney Dineen loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat French fries -- not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2017.
Silver medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.
Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.
Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.
Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017
Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally - then she'll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for 'K' Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn't require makeup and/or nylons).

Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she's not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken 'from above'. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something--more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.

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28 comments:

  1. Good holiday read.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. sounds amazing!

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  3. This sounds like a fun story.

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  4. I love romance stories with a little humor. This book sounds wonderful. Congratulations on its release.

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  5. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Seems like a great book, can't wait to start reading!

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  7. Congrats on the book!

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

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  9. What a cute romance that goes along with the cute cover

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  10. I would love to read this one this holiday season sounds so good.
    heather

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  11. Sounds like a fun story, great for a holiday read!

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

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  13. I love the title and can totally relate to it.

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

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  15. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  16. The book sounds like an interesting read. Love the cover!

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  17. I love the cute cover and sounds like a great read!

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  18. I love the NHL and I love Romance!!! Great combo! Good Luck on the launch

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  19. Maisy's life sounds all too relatable!! Sounds like a book that would keep my attention!

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