“I’m not saying I don’t enjoy the days when I’m not eating chocolate cake. But I particularly enjoy the days when I am eating chocolate cake.” –Trisha Yearwood
Every Valentine’s Day, I expect one thing: a heart-shaped box of chocolates. I’ll be honest, I start thinking about those chocolates before February 1st! By this point in our relationship, Jeff knows–I don’t ask for a lot, but having chocolate on Valentine’s Day is a must for me. (In fact, confession: I bought a big box of chocolates to share during book club the other night!)
When it comes to “Happy Hearts” month, along with eating chocolate, I always want to watch sweet rom-coms and read Happily-Ever-After kinds of love stories. So a few friends and I decided to put together a Valentine-y giveaway for our readers! Eek! I’m so excited about this bundle giveaway. Four paperbacks and two e-books and something sweet! Quick! Enter the drawing to win these books (with a side of romance) and a little chocolate to go with them this Valentine’s Day. Click on the Rafflecopter for more information. Do not miss out on this! You could be our lucky winner.
At book club the other night, a handful of women and I sat around a table, talking about characters and plot and likes and dislikes of our most recent book choice. Sometimes we can get so passionate that you’d think these are real people! That’s one of the great things about books, right? We can feel so connected to the story or characters that we feel very invested in what happens. Those are the stories that stay with us for a long time. And it’s our hope that these stories of ours will stay with readers for a long time.
There are a couple of very fun things coming up! Click here to sign up for the online Facebook launch party for After the Rain on February 4th. There will be a fun giveaway package you’ll enter to win (as well as a runner-up gift of a free e-book). Also, beginning February 11th, there will be a blog and bookstagram book tour! I’m so excited about this. And those bloggers/Instagrammers will be hosting another awesome giveaway, with some very fun book swag! There will be author interviews and behind-the-scene facts about the book and more.
Another important reminder is that After the Rain is currently discounted on Amazon for a special pre-order price. But the price will go up after release date in the three days, so pre-order your copy now!
Confession: I’ve got champagne already in the fridge, waiting. I have a feeling I’ll be having a mimosa first thing on February 4th. I’ve been trying to organize ARC copies and bookmarks, find reviewers, post updates on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, and get the word out. After all the waiting, it’s finally time for After the Rain to make its way into the hands (and hopefully hearts!) of readers. It seems appropriate that we’ve had such a rainy winter season over here in Virginia. (And I can tell you now as a sneak peek, the giveaway packages coming up soon will include fun umbrellas!)
Have any of you read the book Chocolate, or actually, seen the movie Chocolate? I’ve done both and I just love the story. But one thing I really loved is how the main character Vienne has a knack for guessing people’s favorites when it comes to chocolates. What’s your favorite, loveys? I know mine. I love the orange-cream-filled chocolates. (Hurry up, Valentine’s Day!) Romance is great–but so is chocolate, am I right??
I’ve spent the morning over here making strawberry cheesecake truffles (and remembering how much easier it is to just buy these things!). But it’s Friday night and that’s how we’re celebrating February 1st at my house. And I’m hoping for an awesome February for you! First things first . . . sign up for the giveaway! See below.