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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Something Lost by Bernadette Marie - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Bernadette Marie and her new book, “Something Lost,” here on FAB!!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Bernadette Marie and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Something Lost

by Bernadette Marie

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Saying goodbye is sometimes the beginning.

Craig Turner was Coach Diaz’s star player, back in the day. He was held in high regard, until he broke the rules and dated the coach’s daughter. Young and stupid, his affection for her lasted until graduation, and then it was time to face the real world--but his love for her would never leave him.

Rachel Diaz became who her father wanted her to be, a well educated, well traveled, successful woman, but she holds a well full of secrets from the outside world. As a high school therapist, she uses her past traumas to help others overcome their own.

When the Fabulous Five arrive at Coach Diaz’s funeral, to pay their respects, a rekindling happens between them all—and between Craig and Rachel.

Is Rachel woman enough to face her demons and is Craig man enough to accept them? Or will their encounter be as brief as the affair they had a decade ago, behind her father’s back?

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EXCERPT ONE:

"Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.

She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.

A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face.

She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.

“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.

Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don't mind waiting for a brief moment, I'd like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”

She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name, “Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”

Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people.

But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia.

But she wasn't unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.

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GUEST POST:

Writing This Book Has Taught Me…

Something Lost, the first book in my Funerals and Weddings series, was planned so that I could dive into a topic I’m passionate about, and that’s mental health. The main character has had many traumas in her life, and counseling has helped her to cope and continue to cope as more is thrown her way. Understanding the benefits of mental health care also gave the character purpose in her life when she chose to be a school counselor.

In writing this character, and her openness with counseling, I was forced to dive into my own thoughts and identify how I deal with things as they are thrown at me. My experiences don’t compare to those of Rachel Diaz’s, the character in the book, but it was eye opening. Mental health is only now beginning to become somewhat normalized after the pandemic of 2020, but it has a long way to go until it’s not a whispered about disease.

For me, mental health starts with sitting down and being real with myself. Sometimes, I can do this with journaling. I have learned that even when I journal, it’s helpful to me to write things in a grateful manner, or as a prayer, and then I’m not burdened with the heaviness as much. When writing Rachel, there were times I would walk away and feel as if I were carrying her trauma with me. I had to be very mindful to use the mental health tools at my disposal to free my mind so that I didn’t carry her feelings into my own life. This is something that happens with authors, and I’m sure our families appreciate when we take care of it before transferring it to them.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.

Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.

When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.

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CONNECT WITH BERNADETTE MARIE:

Website:

http://www.bernadettemarie.com

Email:

info@bernadettemarie.com

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/authorbernadettemarie

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/writesromance

Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/writerofromance

Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/authorbernadettemarie

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4046931.Bernadette_Marie

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58535765-something-lost

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

http://amzn.to/3hXJDmp

Amazon US Paperback:

http://amzn.to/2XNonsK

Amazon US Audiobook:

http://amzn.to/3CwZyzW

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Something-Lost-Funerals-Weddings-Book-ebook/dp/B098RHY1Z1

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Something-Lost-Bernadette-Marie/dp/1631123246

Amazon CA Audiobook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Something-Lost-Funerals-Weddings-Book/dp/B09FRLRLQD

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/something-lost-bernadette-marie/1139808869?ean=2940162548539

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/something-lost-bernadette-marie/1139808869?ean=9781631123245

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Something-Lost-Bernadette-Marie/9781631123245

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Something-Lost/Bernadette-Marie/9781631123245

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Bernadette_Marie_Something_Lost?id=00k3EAAAQBAJ

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/something-lost-1

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/something-lost-1

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Bernadette Marie will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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6 comments:

  1. Bernadette Marie ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book (and new book series) and good luck on the book tour! :)

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  2. Thanks for the great blurb and excerpt. I have this book on my reading list, now.

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