Thursday, July 11, 2013

Home Town Heroes Blog Tour

Please welcome Melissa Kier! Hi Melissa I'm so glad you could join us. Take it away!

Romance… for everyone!
The word romance generates a different picture to each of us at different times. Sometimes it is a candlelit dinner just the two of you. At other times, it is flowers or a special gift of jewelry.  Romance can be the way he still looks at you and pulls you into his arms or the way he rubs your shoulders after a long day at work.  We need to have that spark of romance in order to have a passionate relationship.  It makes all the lows worth the work to keep a liaison going s trong. Anyway you look at it…without the romance, the happily ever afters wouldn’t happen.

We, readers and writers, are in the romance industry.  We write stories about the magnetic corporate lawywer who captures the eye of his lowly secretary and dreams of what if.  We tell the stories of characters who should never have ended up together, yet find love perfectly.  We love nothing more than to have our two characters fall in love and connect. We want them to feel the spark of desire and the passion of romance. We want themto be happy and to live happily ever after… or at least happily enough for the next book in the series.

It is this concept of impossible love that I wrote about in my books “Second Time’s the Charm” and “Three’s a Crowd”.  Lissa Vincent was a broken woman. She was a lot like me when I divorced my ex-husband. I felt that life had kicked my teeth out. But I knew that I deserved a love story of my own and was determined to get it.  “Second Time’s the Charm” is the tale of a woman who doesn’t see the value in herself and needs a little romance to convince her of her own charms. “Three’s a Crowd” is the tale of what happens when you get what you want but are still dealing with the fallout of divorce. After all, just because you aren’t married to that person, they really aren’t out of your life.

Middle aged and after a tough divorce with a hostile ex-husband, Lissa was facing a new life on her own two feet.  Struggling with being a single parent to her two boys and juggling her job and their needs, left her little time for herself. She never expects that love will even glance her way again. And if she has to meet another guy like her ex, she doesn’t want it to either.  But love and romance doesn’t care what she wants when it puts her best friend’s ex-husband, Alex Hunter, in front of her. Alex has to woo Lissa.  He pulls out all the stops, the rose petals, holding hands, and the candlelit dinner.  He even gains the friendship of her sons.  But will it be enough to present them with a happily ever after?

Once a happily ever after happens, the world doesn’t immediately end. Like in fairy tales, “and they lived happily ever after” finishes the book. We don’t learn about how Cinderella deals with her husband’s stinky socks or how the Prince handles his crazy “in-laws”. In a blended family like in 

“Three’s a Crowd” couples now need to negotiate everything from holiday visits to school functions. Biting your tongue has never been more of a challenge yet a very necessity. As Lissa and Alex forge their own new relationship, they are barraged by the past—his ex and her intrusion into their lives, the lack of intimate times and just a loss of romance. But I believe in a happily ever after meaning more than just marriage—I believe in forever. You’ll have to read “Three’s a Crowd” to see how Alex and Lissa work this challenge out.

For Lissa, the second time at love was a charm but in marriage, three’s a crowd.

Single mother Lissa Vincent found her soul mate in her best friend’s ex-husband. Alex Hunter couldn’t believe his fortune when his ex-wife told him her best friend was available. After divorce, finding love again could be a challenge but it appeared Alex and Lissa had gotten lucky. Yet as they start their lives as newlyweds, Alex and Lissa don’t realize just how difficult it might be to blend a family.

When Alex’s ex new marriage begins to unravel, she sets her sights again on Alex. Does Alex still have feelings for the mother of his child? Will Lissa keep her best friend or lose her husband?

Fairytales promise a happily-ever-after. But what really happens after the after?

As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing.  She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC.  Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars.  She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time.  She’s always keeping busy.  Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.

Melissa loves hearing from readers!

At the end of the tour we will be giving away a fourty dollar gift card to Amazon or B&N. Winner's choice. You need to comment and leave an email to win. You get two chances to win at each blog. One for joining the blog and one for commenting. If you do both leave a comment like the example below.

This book sounds amazing!
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Hope you will join us through the how tour. Here is the link to the rules page and links to all the stops. Safari Heat is the planning site. 

Carey Abbott/Tabitha Blake


Tabitha Blake said...

I'm so glad to have you on my blog today. Hope you have a great blog tour. I shared with everyone! LOL!

Melissa Keir said...

Thank you Tabitha! I'm glad you had me on your blog. Romance is so important to our lives, but it is that relationship...connection that is the most important. :)

I'd love to hear what others think about it! :)

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andieleah said...

Wow I gotta read this book...definitely need to find out how this ends...with a best friend or a husband.

Margaret Taylor said...

Ms. Melissa, I love your books. Can't wait to read these...all of them! *skips off to Amazon for a shopping frenzy...*


Brenda said...

Melissa, your books sound amazing, and so full of emotions. I love reading stories where the emotions take me on a roller-coaster ride--and your books sound like they would do just that.

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Melissa Keir said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I'm glad to see familiar faces. Thank you for the wonderful comments. I wish all of you good luck on the giveaway! It would be wonderful to win the $40 gift card... it will buy a lot of books! :)

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