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Monday, October 16, 2017

she’s off limits - At Last in Laguna (Finding Forever in Laguna #2) by Claire Marti

Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. 

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Release Date: October 18th, 2017

Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits. 

After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy, carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the one. Can she convince him they belong together?

GUEST POST
What if you could visit the world of your favorite book?

Do you have a treasured favorite book you return to repeatedly? A vivid world where you can escape the pressures of daily life and immerse yourself in a safe haven for a few blessed hours? Do you fantasize about diving into the pages and being transported into your beloved characters’ lives? 

Recently, I traveled to Ireland and the primary reason for my visit was to experience the town I’d become intrigued with several years ago when I read Nora Roberts’ Gallagher’s trilogy set in Ardmore, a tiny village in Southern Ireland. Confession: I’ve read the series at least five times. Okay, ten. Maybe a dozen. Who’s counting?

The Gallagher siblings and their love stories stole my heart and captured my imagination. In tough times, I retreat to their world, filled with Irish history and legend, raw beauty, and the pull of a simpler life. Inside the book, the history of St. Declan and a medieval Round Tower preside over the seaside town with verdant hills dotted with sheep and dreamy watercolor skies. Was I risking disappointment, like when another favorite book was made into a movie and the actors were completely miscast?

As I descended the curving road into town, the raw natural beauty overwhelmed me. Pearly clouds peppered the bright blue sky and emerald green hills crisscrossed with meandering low-stone walls shimmered in the afternoon sun. The Round Tower perched on the hillside, exactly how it looked in my imagination. Panoramic sea views, razor sharp cliffs, and brightly painted cottages made it seem like I’d stepped into a painting and become part of the fabric of an enchanted world. 

The scenery surpassed my expectations and the palpable whisper of history was undeniable once I walked the paths my beloved characters walked and absorbed every sweet flowery scent, salty breeze, and hint of magic that permeates Ardmore. Luckily, the real world met and exceeded my vision. I’ll be revisiting my favorite trilogy again.

As an author, I aspire to create a world where my readers can be transported. My Finding Forever in Laguna series takes place in Laguna Beach, California. I chose a real city to provide a sense of authenticity and set scenes in real places, like the Ranch at Laguna Beach and Thalia Street Beach. Within town, I also created fictional spots, like hero Brandt Dempsey’s charitable venture, Tearmann House, a sanctuary for abused women and children. Maybe Laguna will be your favorite new escape.

About the author:
Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. 

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press. 

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23 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds very interesting.

Claire said...

Thanks for hosting my account of Ardmore on the blog! Traveling into your favorite book world rocks. Claire Marti

Edgar Gerik said...

Great guest post

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good read.

Jennifer Wilck said...

Sounds like an amazing trip! Good luck with the book.

Misty said...

Love all I have read so afr, and I can't wait to get my hands on this book. (jozywails@gmail.com)

Claire said...

Thanks everyone! This book balances some serious childhood issues/scars with a more light-hearted trope of "off-limits" little sister to give you some laughs too. Claire Marti

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, sound like an awesome book!

Carole Dube said...

I enjoyed reading the book description! Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win!

ALL ABOUT OLD CARS said...

This sounds like a really good read.

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Nikolina Vukelic said...

This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

Lisa Brown said...

congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Shannon Fowler said...

The plot sounds like just my kind of book. Im so excited to give it a try!

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds like a top choice read for any romance fan.

Judy Thomas said...

It looks like another great read!

katieoscarlet said...

From the blurb it sounds like it may have some humor init , why else would a woman propose a 2 wk fling? Intrigued.

KATE SARSFIELD said...

Greetings from Ireland, Claire. So glad you enjoyed your visit!

Juana said...

I liked both the book descriptiin, and the beautiful book cover.

Dan Denman said...

This sounds like a magical romance. I will be interested to see what happens between the two main characters.

KATE SARSFIELD said...

It's marvellous when an author can transport me to another place and time.

KATE SARSFIELD said...

Have a good weekend everyone!