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18 February 2011

Romantic Moments 2--It's Reveal Day!

This week's hostess is Michelle Massaro

I just love Fridays!  It's time to reveal our authors and books.  If you missed the excerpts, you can read them here.

Well, I am so excited because I have the fabulous privilege of hosting a red-letter Clash this week!  Both of our excerpts are "firsts" for different reasons:

Excerpt A:
Mary began to relax. Daniel’s voice was soothing to her spirit. By the time the brush had reached the crown of her head, she was closing her eyes, the tension falling from her face.
Daniel smoothed her soft locks with his hand. “There. Your hair is lovely.”
 ...is taken from The Road to Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper, the first self-published book to compete in the general arena here at COTT.  About the book:

The war had already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a young colonial woman from Massachusetts.  It had also broken the spirit of British soldier Daniel Lowe, a wounded prisoner of war in a strange land.

They were enemies, brought together by need.  Would their differences overshadow the yearnings of their hearts?  Or would the bitterness of war keep them apart?

Come back tomorrow for our interview with Elaine!

Excerpt B:
The rescuer smiled, revealing a dimpled grin that took her breath away. “What about the rest of you?”
Well, what do you think? I love meeting handsome men when I look like a drowned rat.
...is taken from Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad, our first-ever excerpt to come to us via a nomination by a reviewer.  About the book:

It's 1895, and spunky Marguerite Westing is thrilled to discover that her family will summer at Lake Manawa! Escaping her boring suitor, Roger, Marguerite stumbles upon two new loves---sailing and her instructor, Trip. But when her father's gambling threatens to ruin them all, will she marry Roger to save her family's name and fortune?

Wednesday we'll get to sit down with Lorna!

Remember to come by and interact with both our authors next week. Your meaningful comments count as additonal entries into the book giveaway.  If you voted but forgot to enter your name via the Drawing Box, there's still time! Also, let us know if you follow us through blogger, networkedblogs, or twitter, or if you have "liked" our facebook page.  All of these put you in the drawing yet again. 
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April Gardner said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

Welcome, ladies! I'm just loving these romantic Clashes. Thanks for being a part!

Elaine Marie Cooper said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

Thank you, April. It's a thrill to be here at COTT!

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Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

Elaine and Lorna, I hope you are having a fun time with us here at COTT. =)

Can't wait for your interview days.

Lorna said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

Hi Michelle, it was so exciting to hear from you when you contacted me to say a reader had nominated the scene from Making Waves. I'm looking forward to talking with everyone next Wednesday.

Elaine, nice to meet you, too!

JoAnn Durgin said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

I've already read Elaine's wonderful book, and Lorna, your book caught my attention at the Christian bookstore just the other night. Haven't bought it yet, but I definitely will, especially after reading your excerpt. Love the historical covers, and I'll definitely have to read it. Sounds like my kind of book with fun, spunky characters!

Thanks to you, Michelle, and all of the absolutely wonderful people behind COTT who introduce us to established and new authors to watch!

JoAnn Durgin, author of Awakening
(and former COTT Champion 11/2010)

Elaine Marie Cooper said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

Hi Lorna! Great to meet you! I noticed that your books were set in Iowa—is that where you live? That would be a strange coincidence because I reside there. So does that make this a Clash of the Iowans??! LOL

Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 18 February, 2011

Lorna, I'm so glad I got to share that honor with you!

JoAnne, it's our pleasure to play matchmaker!

Elaine, I'm so looking forward to your interview day on Monday. =)

Lorna said... Sunday, 20 February, 2011

Yes, Elaine, I do live in Iowa and the Lake Manawa Summers Series is set at Lake Manawa near Council Bluffs, Iowa. It's about six miles from our home.

Item Reviewed: Romantic Moments 2--It's Reveal Day! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Michelle Massaro