Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Best Laid Plans by Amy Vastine Giveaway & Guest Post

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Best Laid Plans (Chicago Sisters, #2)The Best Laid Plans
(Chicago Sisters #2)
Amy Vastine
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback, 368 Pages
March 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She planned on falling in love. Just not with him!

Emma Everhart's life is going according to plan. Finish nursing school with flying colours… Check. Get a great job in the ER… Check. Marry a handsome doctor and have two babies, three years apart… Not quite yet. But with a dreamy new doctor joining the hospital staff, she's so close she can almost taste the wedding cake. Now is not the time to let the tall, dark and flirtatious paramedic Charlie Fletcher distract her! He may be the best date and best kiss she's ever had, but he's definitely not part of her plan. No matter how he makes her feel…

The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
(Chicago Sisters #1)
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance…until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

Author picAmy 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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Guest post #1:

Thanks so much for hosting me today. I’m one of those writers who is inspired by music. I love to take a song and imagine what the rest of the story might be.  Sometimes I only need one line to catch my attention. That was how The Best Laid Plans came to be. It was inspired by two songs.
The first one is Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing”.
When I heard this song, I knew I wanted to write a story with the same theme. I needed to write about a man who had to convince a woman that if she just gave him a chance, she’d see there was nothing wrong with being in love with someone like him. Sometimes people get so caught up in how they think things should be that they miss out on what’s right in front of them. That’s the conflict I drew from. Emma is so worried about following some plan, she almost misses out on being with the greatest guy she’s ever known.

The second song was “Say Something by A Great Big World. This song breaks my heart. I had to write about it. The guy in the first song is still optimistic about winning the girl’s heart, but the man in this song is at the end of his rope. It’s do or die. “Say something, I’m giving up on you.” I kept thinking what would have to happen to make someone feel so desperate? Loving someone doesn’t mean settling for less than you deserve. Charlie knows he’s in love with Emma but she pushes him to his breaking point. He wants her to love him as much as he loves her. That’s really not too much to ask.

I listen to the radio every day, hoping for a little more inspiration to come my way. Who knows, maybe it will help me write my next novel! What song would you love to see turned into a book?

- $50 Amazon gift card & signed paperback of The Best Laid Plans (ebook if international winner)
- 5 copies of The Best Laid Plans (paperback to US winners and ebooks to international winners) and Chicago swag and Sweet and Heartwarming Bracelet for (US winners only)
Ends March 29th

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  1. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

  2. Oooh, this sounds like good chick lit :D I love that tagline used for The Best Laid Plans - "She planned on falling in love. Just not with him!" I'm surprised at the page count for the book. Usually these types are too short for me. I was expecting something like 150-175 pages. Pleasant surprise that it has enough pages for me to know you'll get to know the characters *really* well :D

  3. I enjoyed the author write up, thank you.

  4. another fantastic book from a fantastic author - congrats!

  5. Thanks for hosting me today! Hope your readers will check the book out :)

  6. The covers are great at making you feel.

  7. I enjoyed the author interview and although not a lot of info on the book I do like the cover and look forward to adding it to my to be read pile. Good luck to you!

  8. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading about the Chicago Sisters Books 1 & 2 and the guest post. Can't wait to read this series!