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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Second Chance in Laguna by Claire Marti - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Claire Marti and her new book, “Second Chance in Laguna”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Claire and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Second Chance in Laguna
by Claire Marti


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel. 

Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?



Nick arrived right on time, looking gorgeous in faded jeans and a plain white t-shirt. How did he always manage to start the butterflies fluttering in her stomach? Just by standing there with the setting sun framing him? She was in trouble.

“Hi beautiful, ready to go?” He clasped her face in his hands and planted a soft kiss on her lips.

Returning his kiss, Sophie wound her arms around his neck and deepened it. She couldn’t resist. His strong arms wrapped around her waist, hugging her close to his broad chest.

“Mmmm, feel free to greet me like that every time I come over,” he said, lips curved up into a sweet smile.

Heat washed her cheeks and she returned his smile. “Let’s go. Prepare to be blown away by the movie snack of the century.”

Determined to keep things light and enjoy the movie before “the talk,” Sophie thrust down the lick of panic bubbling in her gut. She’d accomplished next to nothing all afternoon, instead wrestling with whether she needed to tell him about Doug.

The angel on her shoulder whispered to tell him because if they were going to have any kind of relationship, even a friends-with-benefits one, honesty and trust were vital. The devil urged her to zip it. They’d only known each other a few weeks. What if he lived up to his “Player of Laguna” reputation and expected only a fun fling? Even though he seemed deeper than that. What if she scared him off with a premature talk?



10 Things You Didn't Know About Me
by Claire Marti

In general, I’m an open book. If you’ve read my bio or looked me up online, you know I’m a yoga- teaching- cat- rescuing- breast cancer-surviving writer who loves the ocean. Here are a few things you may not know.

1.     I descend from pirates: Corsican on my father’s side and Scottish on my mother’s.

2.     For high school senior superlatives, I was voted Most Mischievous.

3.     When I went to college in Paris, I sat and wrote in every café that Ernest Hemingway frequented in hope of inspiration.

4.     I framed my yoga teacher training certificate when I earned it, but never framed my law school degree. Priorities…

5.     I was fired from teaching a LSAT preparatory course because I encouraged the students to question why they were choosing to go to law school. Oops.

6.     I lived in Nairobi, Kenya during second and third grade and absolutely loved it. There’s nothing like seeing a pride of lions or a herd of elephants in the wild.

7.     I used to have my own pet-sitting business called Peace of Mind Pet Sitting.

8.     I lead international and domestic yoga retreats to places like Mexico, Bali, and Napa Valley wine country.

9.     Back in the day, I taught high impact aerobics…and loved every minute, including the shiny tights and big hair.

10.    I don’t watch much television, but I confess I love The Bachelor/Bachelorette.



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. Her debut releases from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017 and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series.






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Claire will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Claire ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :) Also, excellent guest post! We are also huge Bachelor/Bachelorette fans too! And congrats on being cancer free! My family and I are still going through this... Taking each day at a time... And you love yoga and rescuing cats?!?! Wow!! It's like I found a new best friend LOL!!

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Hi Ally, Thanks so much for hosting. Yes, I'll be your next best friend! Can you believe they were on Ellen Monday night? Loved it. Feel free to PM me if you have cancer questions...I teach yoga specifically for it...Claire Marti

  4. Wow, you have experienced an adventurous, power-packed life--and you're still so young! Bet you have all kinds of amazing ideas fermenting in your brain. Glad you're sharing with us! Write on!

    1. Thanks Sandra! It's definitely been a big life so far and hope to keep it rolling that way!

  5. Loved your list, Claire! And I didn't realize I wasn't already following you on Facebook - got you now!

    1. Thanks Katie. It was fun to think of things most people don't know!

  6. Enjoyed reading your 'secret', Claire. I also love Bachelor/Bachelorette. One of my big secrets (now exposed for all to see) is I really like Chad Johnson. Yes, the Bad Chad. i don't know why, but his snapchats are hilarious.

    1. No way! Chad? The franchise is way too addictive. Thanks for checking in!

  7. Pirates??? That's so cool! Congrats on the book!

    1. Argh! Ha ha. Yes, seriously. My sister did some ancestral research. Granted, most of the Scots were pirates!

  8. This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  9. Hi, Claire! Best of luck on your book. I loved the excerpt! My friend, Sharon Denison, runs a pet sitting service around the Hemet area, All the Comforts of Home.

    1. Hi Ilona, I bet your friend loves her work! Pet sitting is the best. Thanks!

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    1. It is! If I do say so myself...:) Thanks for commenting.