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Monday, August 15, 2022

Ruby Red by D. L. Croisette - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host D. L. Croisette and her new book, “Ruby Red,” 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 D. L. Croisette and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Ruby Red

by D. L. Croisette


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance



One night stands only need apply.

Ali Stinson is having a bad day. Her afternoon tryst was interrupted (before they got to the good part) to discover her investment manager ran away with all her money. Now she has to keep up appearances with her high society friends, find a dress for an upcoming charity event, and not fall in love with Sam, the cute bartender, who insists on helping her. Thing is, she’s 90% sure she doesn’t want help. Adulting is hard.

Looking for work, not love.

Sam Freemont is having a strange day. He was in the middle of the best kiss of his life when his boss walked in and halted the fun, which is not helping with the low profile he’s trying to maintain. Now he can’t get Ali off his mind or out of his dreams. Good thing she’s a regular at the swanky resort he just started working at. Gives him time to find a way back to her lips. Or better yet, into her heart.



Did Sam really just say she was the most beautiful woman in the world?

Despite her deplorable situation, Ali couldn’t help but smile. This man did have a way with words. His texts over the past few days always found a way to make things a little better.

Also, talking to him helped. A lightness she’d missed for a long time expanded in her chest. It hadn’t been an easy decision to tell someone and lay her problems before him, yet the confession came naturally. When she’d bumped into him at the café, relief at seeing him there had rushed in.

Kate walking in had frozen her, like a deer in headlights. As her senses returned, Ali’s first instinct was to run. Even though she didn’t stop to acknowledge the gesture, Ali assumed Sam wouldn’t refuse her plea for help.

His kindness, his open heartedness made it easy for her to tell him the details of her circumstances. He hadn’t judged her or laughed at her. Rather, he accepted her for what she was. Plus, there was his offer to help.

This guy was too good to be true.

There had to be some catch she wasn’t seeing. Or maybe she should stop holding Sam to the low standards of the other men in her life and try accepting him for who he was. She decided to trust him.



5 Reasons Ruby Red is the Romance for You

My new a riches-to-rags, hidden identity, slow burn contemporary romance might just be your next favorite read. I’ve got five reasons you should give it a try.

1.) Turning a Dare into A Dream Come True

No, this isn’t the theme of my book, it’s the theme of my writing career. Storytelling has always been my thing. But it wasn’t until a friend dared me to write a romance that I took it seriously. My friend insisted I could write a more romantic story than the one she was currently reading. I went home that night and wrote the first three chapters of Ruby Red – A Romance. They are still the same three chapters in the book today. Two months later, I had the first draft finished.

2.) A reversal of themes

My friend in the story above was tired of reading stories about alpha male men and the selfless, caring woman who fall in love with them. So I wrote her a story about an alpha female and the selfless, caring man who fell in love with her. I added an additional twist by kicking the story off with a fast infatuation and flipping it quickly into a slow, smoldering romance.

3.) Bold, Dynamic Females only need apply

Ali Stinson insisted I write her story and that I write it well. She’s not your typical leading lady. Yes, she’s stubborn. Yes, she gets things done. Yes, she does it her way. But she is also compassionate, charitable, and gracious. Her past helped create the shield she wields, but her vivacious spirit is the reason she overcomes her hurts. In other words, she’s real, flawed and vulnerable. 

4.) Nice guys do finish last… and that’s a good thing

When trying to find the right love interest for Ali, I needed someone who could even out her rough edges, have the strength to fight for her and the stamina to keep up with the powerhouse. Sam turned into the Beta Hero readers didn’t know they needed. He’s a fan favorite, who stands by his woman, takes the time to figure out what she wants and gives her the space she needs. Oh, and he’s quite dreamy. Duh.

5.) Emotions are us

Ruby Red is packed with drama, contains a few laughs and has plenty of passion through its slow burn romance. At the heart of this story is… well, heart. It is a character driven story grounded in realistic emotions, with each character learning to overcome their hurts, with the support of the other. My beta readers and reviewers all agree, Ali and Sam’s emotional attachments and love for each other is the true draw to the story.

One more thing…

Did I mention I don’t play by the rules? This is more of a fun fact. I was looking for inspiration for my bold character and found this lipstick called “Love Is On” and that was once a possible title for Ali and Sam’s romance. It changed when I need a symbol of Ali’s resilience and, being a bit of a fashion bug, I took my favorite color, Ruby Red, for inspiration. The name stuck.

If you decide to give Ali and Sam’s love story a try, I hope you find a new book boyfriend, experience all the feels and cheer for my bold, courageous main characters.

P.S. Got a beta hero to recommend I read? DM me. I’m always looking for recommendations to add to my TBR.



D. L. Croisette is a storyteller. She had characters in her head before she had words in her mouth. Now she spins them into romantic stories full of drama and heart. Collector of international friends, avid traveller and always up for a new adventure, she snaps photos to remember each escapade, and peppers the best experiences into her stories. Ruby Red is her debut romance novel, and she’s probably at an outdoor café right now, dreaming up a bold new heroine to stir up trouble.

Drop by www.dlcroisette.com for a romantic quote, behind-the-scene goodies or to say hi.















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D. L. Croisette will be awarding a $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. D. L. ~ Hello and welcome to FAB :) It is so great to have you here!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! :)

  2. I love the cover, blurb and excerpt, Ruby Red is just my favorite type of story and I can't wait to read it! Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

  3. Ali and Sam sounds like fascinating characters whose story is told in Ruby Red by author D. L. Croisette.

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  4. The summary leaves me wondering what it going on! Sounds like a book I want to read!

  5. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover,

  6. Great excerpt and the book sounds like a good read.