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Friday, April 12, 2019

Lion Dancing for Love by Laura Boon - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Laura Boon and her new book, “Lion Dancing for Love”!  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 $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Laura and to increase your chances of winning!

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


Lion Dancing for Love
by Laura Boon

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance, Novella

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BLURB:

Licking her wounds after a bad relationship, San Diego accountant Caitlyn Summers travels to Willow Springs to help her friend gear up for the annual Maple Sugar Ball. She isn't planning on staying long, but one encounter with the delicious Corey Duncan has her re-evaluating her plans.

Corey swore off love when his wife Annie died from breast cancer. Caitlyn is too young, too citified, and vibrates with a passion and energy that will upend the safe, comfortable rhythm of his life. Corey has to choose between playing it safe and taking a risk on love. Caitlyn needs to find the patience to let Corey lead. If not, the Maple Sugar Ball might end in a sticky mess, instead of a slow dance with the man who has captured her heart.

Will their fire burn hot enough to erase doubts and past hurts?

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EXCERPT TWO:

Caitlin took a fortifying sip of her coffee and welcomed the kick of the whisky. She had no interest in him. Her brain was in charge, and it knew what was good for her; she would go husband-hunting among the business men of San Diego. One of them must have a great body too. The devil on her shoulder snickered. You keep telling yourself that. Her ovaries agreed with the devil. Her angel, a by-the-book accountant and her internal guardian of rational thought, told them to keep quiet.

The older guy nodded at Annette. “Be there in a minute,” he mouthed.

Mr. Built looked over his shoulder, his eyes narrowed, and the intensity of his stare set sparks zinging in all of Caitlin’s unmentionable places. One corner of his mouth tilted up, and his eyes crinkled as if he knew exactly what he was doing to her. Rational thought sputtered to a halt and died.

“Who’s that?” Nope, her brain was not in charge, and her mouth clearly had a will and desires of its own.

“The guy behind the bar? Stan, the owner.”

Lynn chuckled. “Not him, Annette. The sparks are flying between your Cat and our Corey.”

“Really?” Annette’s eyes widened in enquiry.

Caitlin groaned. “No matchmaking. He’s just, you know…” She waved a hand in his direction and risked another look. One hundred percent man with a great ass. Her mouth watered. “Built.”

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GUEST POST:

In Praise of Heroes

My first hero was my Dad. I remember him holding my hand and walking into the sea with me when I was really small to help me “jump” the swells. I called them waves, a gross exaggeration in hindsight, but going to the beach and risking shore dumpers was really exciting for a small girl.

My next hero was Zorro. I can’t remember what the movie was called, but I retain a distinct image of a witty, dark-haired, sword-wielding, swashbuckling hero in a red waistcoat and black hat fighting for justice on a rooftop in the tradition of Robin Hood. I was smitten.

Clearly I have a type: strong, protective, compassionate, intelligent, fun, fair, and a good listener. It helps if they have washboard abs, a full head of hair and their own teeth, but the lack of these attributes is easier to fix, or ignore, than an absence of humor or disregard for fair play. My challenge as a contemporary romance writer is how to translate these dashing qualities to the page in an era in which running around waving a sword is more likely to get you arrested than admired. Happily, sometimes the hero finds me, like Zorro, or Corey Duncan in Lion Dancing for Love, and they understand the rules of engagement for their day. Appropriate without being patronising, or worse, pedantic.

I have a really soft spot for Corey. He walked out of the town of Willow Springs, Vermont, and onto my page with a big heart and a lot to give, deserving of love but stubbornly believing his day was done. He had loved and lost when his wife Annie died too young from breast cancer. Putting one foot in front of the other and living out his days in the house they shared was the best he expected from life... Nobody ever said heroes were perfect. Have you noticed their tendency to be both stubborn and stoic? Corey certainly is. Lucky for him, he has loyal friends and a heroine in Caitlin who knows she should probably walk away and let him wallow but just can’t bring herself to do it. Thank God for chemistry!

Once Corey finally get his head in the present and realises Caitlin is more than just a passing attraction, he goes all out to woo her, even donning his dancing shoes. His sense of fun never went away; it was just lying dormant waiting to spark. He also listens, to both words and the silences inbetween them. When Caitlin says she’d like to do the “walk of shame” as early as possible to avoid the crowds, not only does he insist on reframing it, but he also walks it with her.

I’m adding (just enough) discipline and commitment to my list of heroic qualities. In that regard, I’m happy to report that while Corey was putting one foot in front of the other and enduring sleepless nights, he spent a lot of time working out, so he still has the washboard abs of his youth for Caitlin to admire, along with a full head of hair. 😉 I hope you fall in love with him as much as Caitlin and I did.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Laura Boon stole her first romance from her father’s bookshelves as a teenager, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and was immediately captivated. After holding a variety of positions in publishing, from bookseller to sales rep and publicist, she eventually found the courage to write her own stories. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, and went to university in America. She now lives in Australia with her husband and their adorable dogs Beau and Arro. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys sleuthing for artisan chocolate and beautiful stationery, watching tennis, and walking alongside Sydney’s beautiful harbor.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Laura will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting. I had a lovely time walking down memory lane with my childhood heroes.

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  2. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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  3. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post :)

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  4. I liked the excerpt, sounds like a good book.

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  5. Did you see the short-lived TV series ZORRO AND SON (CBS, mid-'80s, I think)? It was very quirky and cute, I miss it!

    --Trix

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  6. Enjoyed reading the post. Sounds like a good book.

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  7. Do you have any ideas for a follow up?

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  8. What book would you like to see a sequel to?

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  9. I love the cover of the book. It sounds really good too.

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