Friday, May 2, 2014

The Weather Girl by Amy Vastine Giveaway & Excerpt

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Welcome to my stop for the April Showers Book Tour for
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine

The Weather Girl
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine
Clean Adult Contemporary Romance
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin

Turbulence is in their forecast.

Summer Raines knows when it's going to rain. She can feel it. That's why the local weather girl's so good at her job. Too bad she couldn't have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody's favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It's enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She's stuck with a career that's going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn't nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

Excerpt #6

“Im not going anywhere, Mimi,” Summer said, attempting to ease at least one mind. They sat on Summers sky- blue couch. Mimi, with her bright yellow sundress and her white-blond hair pulled up in a bun, looked like an unhappy sun.
“Because of me?”

“Because of a lot of reasons,” Summer replied.

“But mostly because of me.” It was a statement, not a question.

“Because of me.” Summer pressed a hand over her heart. “Everyone I love is here. You, Big D.” Travis. She thought it but didn
t say it. Shed been thinking it all week long. She was in love with him. She wasnt sure how or when it happened, but it had. “Even Mom and Dad are here.”
Mimi shook her head. “Your daddy and mama arent here. I might have put their bones in Texas soil, but their souls are still in the whispers of the wind.”
There was no arguing with that. “Well, you and Big D are reason enough, then.”
Mimis eyes welled with tears. It was too much for Summer. Her gaze dropped to her lap, but Mimis voice was thick with the same emotion. “Youre like my pretty little caged bird, convinced you dont want to fly when it was what God put you on this earth to do.” Mimi lifted her chin. “Listen to me, sweet girl. Ive selfishly kept you here since your daddy died. Its about time I let you go and let you live your life for you.”
Summer swiped at her own tears before they fell. Fear and doubt overwhelmed her. She was terrified of making the wrong decision, but she knew one needed to be made. It was like being asked to choose between divorcing parents. How did someone choose one love over another?
“Summer, we love you,” Mimi said, taking hold of her hands. “We want you to be happy. Tell me this job with Ryan wont make you happy.”
“It will and it wont.” She couldnt ignore the way her heart ached when she imagined telling Travis about the other job. It would have been hard enough to leave her grandparents, but Summer had to go and fall in love with a man who had broken down all of her walls so effortlessly.
“Any of this indecision have to do with that mighty fine looking man whos walking your dog with Big D right now?”
Summer shrugged, unable to speak around the lump in her throat. Maybe it had more to do with Travis than she wanted to admit.
Mimi nodded as one side of her mouth smiled. “Hed probably go with you if you asked. Something tells me that boy would follow you anywhere. The way he looks at you reminds me of the way your mama used to look at your dad, and we know how that worked out.”
That was impossible. How could she ever ask Travis to give up everything to follow her dreams? The man deserved to figure out what his own dreams were first. “Maybe Im too afraid to do any of this,” she admitted. “Maybe Big D is wrong. Maybe Im not brave enough.”

“Try,” Mimi said softly. “Try it and see. Well all survive here. You wont be gone forever.”
Amy VastineAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn't make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming - a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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- Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, red umbrella, signed copy of THE WEATHER GIRL, umbrella bookmark, and decorative box (US Only)
- 5 ebooks of The Weather Girl (INT)
- April 21 - May 11

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  1. Thanks for being a part of the tour! I appreciate it :)

  2. Sounds like a great story.