Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the official blog tour for
The Guy Next Door
Author: Kate Palmer
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Genre: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
Book Description: On the surface, Eva Black’s life seems practically perfect. The small-town kindergarten teacher is set to wed ambitious lawyer Sean Langley, and their plans for a dream wedding are well underway. Eva accepts that she will soon live life in the spotlight as a member of the prestigious Langley family, but can she overlook her fiancé’s tendency to dominate the details of her life and push the limits of her standards?
Mere weeks before the wedding, Eva is thrown into a traumatic, life-changing event that changes her view of family commitment and creates a sharp contrast between her ideals and Sean’s. With her engagement to Sean in jeopardy, Eva finds herself relying on the support and encouragement of Peter, her kind and attentive next-door neighbor. Faced with a choice between her penitent fiancé and the increasingly mysterious Peter, Eva is unprepared for the consequences—and peril—that come with her decision.
Author Guest Post: As a writer, I’ve discovered that all my embarrassing and uncomfortable moments in life can be useful when I need to communicate those emotions for my characters. I can remember trying to calm my breathing hoping that would somehow erase the color I felt rising in my face. I know the feeling of trying to pretend everything is normal while simultaneously wondering which weight machine would provide the most obstructed view for passerby. That’s why I should be grateful, even looking forward to days like this one.
I drove the swim team carpool this week and decided to take advantage of the exercise room while the team practiced. I was pretty proud of my time-efficient plan. What I didn’t realize is that 5:00 PM is a pretty busy time in the weight room at a junior college. And though I’d left two children at piano lessons to be picked up by their father, that still left the two littlest boys with me.
Yep. In the weight room. Packed with eighteen and nineteen-year-olds pumping iron, running on treadmills, biking on stationary bikes. And me. And two little boys with toy tractors, semi trucks, and kindergarten homework. Cause you know–he could read to me while I lifted. Or rested. Or walked on the treadmill because those girls must have been biking ten miles.
Have you ever felt out of place like when an almost twenty-year-old alternates stares between you and the two little boys busily pulling weight pins in and out of the leg machine? I’m pretty sure the student was eyeing my paper bracelet. It had nothing to do with the two-year-old jumping on me whenever I sat down to stretch. Or the toys, backpack, and papers the student had to step over and around to get to his weight machine. It was that bracelet I had to pay $3 for since I didn’t have a student activity card. That had to be it.
One hour. Two children. Mutiple awkward moments. All in the name of research.
Author Bio: Kate began her career as an elementary school teacher, but was soon promoted to fulltime mom. She is the mother of six living in the country. Her husband is trying to teach her to be a farm girl. She can’t saddle a horse, but she knows how to butcher a chicken. After a day of chasing children, cooking meals, and folding laundry, she likes to escape into a good book.
The Tour Schedule:
October 1: The Book Bug – Kickoff + Giveaway
October 1: Julie Coulter Bellon – Review
October 8: Getting Your Read On – Review
October 11: Ranee S. Clark – Review
October 14: For the Love of Books – Review and Author Guest Post
October 15: Geo Librarian – Review and Author Interview
October 15: LDS & Lovin’ It – Review and Author Interview
October 18: Fire and Ice – Author Guest Post
October 19: Gamila’s Reviews – Review and Author Interview
October 22: Debbie’s Inkspectations – Review
October 24: Creating Comfort – Review
October 25: Tristi Pinkston – Review
October 26: Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review
October 26: LDS Women’s Book Review – Review
The Giveaway: As part of the tour, Kate is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of a copy of The Guy Next Door plus Junior Mints (Eva’s favorite candy), and a copy Eva’s lemon chicken recipe.
To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided.
Open from October 2 to November 2.
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