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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Choosing Love Over Pride: New Beginnings Vol. 2 by Marielle de Vassoigne - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Marielle de Vassoigne and her new book, “Choosing Love Over Pride: New Beginnings Vol. 2,” 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 $15 Amazon Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Marielle de Vassoigne and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Choosing Love Over Pride

New Beginnings Vol. 2

by Marielle de Vassoigne


GENRE:   Fiction



"Max, do you remember the proposal-gate?"

"How could I ever forget, sweetie? You made sure no one would. Why do you ask?"

"Was it worth it? I mean, I recall being a fierce advocate for the 'I do.' But when I think of how much Dad and you have suffered because of love I wonder. Was it worth it?"

Maxime's stepdaughter refers to her father's legendary attempt to propose in New Beginning in Vancouver, the prequel to this book. This new stage of Maxime's life navigates us through a rollercoaster of emotions while she must face new joys and challenges.

I hope you will enjoy, laugh and cry reading their story as much as I did when I wrote it. I offer you an opportunity to complete the experience of reading this novel appealing to all senses with a soundtrack, available on my author website: marielledevassoigneauthor.com.

Finally, as I identify as a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ ally, this book reflects once again my core belief: a rich life is filled with kindness, curiosity, and exploration, as well as values of diversity and inclusion.




I wake up the next morning and smile with my eyes still shut. I know Gabriel is scrutinizing my face—well, probably not just my face.

“Good morning wife.”

“Hmm. Good morning husband. Promise me again that every morning will be like today, whatever the circumstance or experiences life may hold for us,” I beg paraphrasing our wedding vows. Is this insistence of mine a premonition of what is to come?

“I do Max. I do my love. I want this sight of you smiling as you regain consciousness to start each of my mornings until we meet our angels.”

We both believe our respective angels, including Gabriel’s late parents, have brought us together.



Create a Playlist

I have created not one but five playlists as a soundtrack to “Choosing Love Over Pride”. And I had five more for its prequel “New Beginning in Vancouver”. They are all accessible from my author website www.marielledevassoigneauthor.com.

As an organic, indie author, I wanted my novels to be a sensorial and sensual experience for the reader. I strived to appeal to all five senses, and even the sixth sense when it comes to Maxime’s (the lead character) intuition and her “butterfly mind”. A mind that forages thousands of erratic thoughts a second, attentive to people non-verbal.

The story is scattered with musical references I have grouped by themes and added to playlists referring to Maxime. The playlists related to “Choosing Love Over Pride” are:

  Max's Evening at the Explorer's (her Music & Spirit Lounge)

  Max's Latin Jazz Selection

  Max's Angry Workout

  Max's - Leonard, Edith, Nina (for Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, and Nina Simone), and

  Vee Sunday Mourning

I have selected the music on those playlists either because it would fit the mood in a scene, or sometimes because the lyrics inspired me a scene when I was so stuck, that even the characters could no longer guide me in their world.

If I was to choose one song as the soundtrack to “Choosing Love Over Pride”, it would be “Flava” from DJ Black Coffee – featuring Una Rams and Tellaman. For “New Beginning in Vancouver” the prequel, in my mind it was “Sonate Pacifique” from the French group: L’Impératice. I will let you appreciate the nuance.

As for the other senses, I rely on Maxime’s nature, activity, and journey.  You will imagine the tastes and smells offered by Maxime at the Salon Blossom – Flowers & Teas. The sights are stimulated by the main location of the story: Vancouver, in the beautiful British Columbia, but also in Martinique, a French Caribbean Island, and in France due to her background. And finally, Maxime’s essence is made of sensuality. And you will therefore, feel the touch, the textures and all the feels.




After spending half her life in Montréal, Marielle de Vassoigne moved to Vancouver during the pandemic in January of 2021.

Just like her main character Maxime, she was born in France and grew up in Martinique, a French Caribbean Island, before moving in Canada.

An organic writer, she's publishing her first novel, which is an outcome from her many experiences. The story has been influenced by her core belief—that a rich life is filled with kindness, curiosity, and exploration—as well as values of diversity and inclusion.









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  1. I really like the cover and the excerpt.

  2. That sounds really interesting! It's great that you're using all five senses to create an immersive experience for your readers. And Maxime's "butterfly mind" sounds like a unique and intriguing concept. I can't wait to read your novels!

  3. Sounds like a great read, will check this out!