Sunday, 9 February 2014

Valentine's Day Gift Hop





I'm really pleased you've decided to drop in and visit me at this most romantic time of year. It probably means you've got everything arranged for Valentine's Day ... Yes??

Well you should - and quickly - we don't need any little faux pas do we?

I remember such a faux pas when I first started dating my now husband. 

Valentine's Day - seven months after we had first started dating each other. This was an important day in my mind and being young and with high expectations, I was delighted when the doorbell rang and I had a delicate single silk red rose in a beautiful white satin box, delivered from the florist. Ah, I was overjoyed. A single red rose - from a secret admirer.

As my heartthrob arrived at my front door later that evening, I flung myself in his arms, kissed him wildly and thanked him for my gorgeous silk rose. The frozen silence was a small hint, then he pulled a lovely real red rose from behind his back and handed it to me.

To this day, I have never found out who the silk rose came from.



To celebrate love and laugh at the faux pas in our lives, I'd like to offer a copy of Flight of Her Life to one lucky commenter.

Here's a little taster:



Excerpt

Snorting out a laugh, despite herself, Bailey moved in closer so her nose almost touched his, the small breaths she managed to persuade into her lungs weren’t going to be enough to sustain her. Her eyelashes fluttered, her eyelids started to close. They flew open again as she felt him give a sharp tug at her hair.
It tumbled over her shoulders, wild and bouncy, sending pins flying in all directions as she slapped his hand away.
“You’ve ruined it. What am I going to do now? Keep your hands off.”
His smile was wide and lazy, making her heart hitch as he wrapped a curling tendril of her long blonde hair around his index finger and drew her face back down to his.
“I love your hair. Why would you do that to it when it’s just perfect as it is?” Reluctant pleasure at his admiration spread glowing warmth through her chest. His mouth hovered closer, then closer still, his breath fanned across her skin before he dipped in, touched his lips to hers and made her melt.
Terror gripped her as she realized what she was doing and with a strength born of desperation, she slapped her hand on the cowboy’s shoulder and sent him sprawling to the floor.
“Jesus Christ, Sebastian, what do you think you are doing?”
“Saving you from yourself.” He sat up, drew his knees up to his chest and draped his forearms over his knees. “You’re about to make the biggest mistake of your life and someone has to stop you.”
Taking a long, slow draught of air-conditioned oxygen, Bailey stared down at his all too familiar face and felt sheer panic engulf her at the thought of how much damage this man could do to her heart.
“I don’t need to be saved. There’s no mistake.”
“Well, where in hell’s name is he? It’s the day before Christmas Eve, it’s minus ten out there, a blizzard’s coming, and he left you alone. Why?”
“I had to work an extra two days to make sure everything was in order before I left for the week.” She begrudged the fact she actually felt obliged to explain anything to him and annoyance had her giving a sharp flick of her foot as she uncrossed her leg once more. The pointed toe of her smart patent heels jabbed neatly into his shin, and for once she felt totally unrepentant about her lack of spatial awareness as he yelped and drew his legs back rapidly.
Rolling his eyes, he moved to his knees.
“He’s the goddamned boss, Bailey. He left you to clear up while he went on ahead and started his vacation early.”
“His parents needed him to attend a function.”
“His fiancĂ©e probably needed him to help carry her luggage.”
“It’s okay, don’t fuss. The luggage is already booked on; I only have my purse with me.”
He glanced around, sighed heavily before waving his hand at the empty seating next to her.
“Where’s your coat?”
“Well, I put it in the top of my suitcase when I arrived, save carrying it.”
He rolled back to sit on his heels while he studied her. Bailey felt a warm heat spread
up her neck into her face. He was the only person she knew who could make her blush just by meeting her eyes.
As she tried to distract herself, she dug into her purse and pulled out a small, black rubber band. She scraped her unruly hair back from her face and held the rubber band in one hand while she pulled her hair through with the other. Wrapped around once, it was too loose, so she yanked it tight and pulled her hair through a second time. Too tight, her two middle fingers trapped between the elastic and her hair.
He continued to stare.
She glowered back, gave her fingers a desperate wriggle and wondered if he’d noticed. She saw the annoying twitch of amusement on his lips again.
“Your arms are going to start to ache if you don’t put them down.”
She wrenched at her hand, felt the tear of her acrylic nail as it parted company with her middle finger, just as the rubber band snapped, pinged off and her hair tumbled wildly around her face again. Red poker hot heat surged though her finger making her want to whimper and slide it into her mouth to ease the pain.
She stared down at her perfect French manicure, ruined by a missing acrylic on one hand and a broken one on the other. Her eyes rose to his slightly blurred face as he chuckled and rubbed his forehead.
“You did not get hit by my rubber band. Do not try to tell me you did.”
Sebastian simply removed his hand and let her see the little white wheal mark surrounded by red. She squinted and leaned forward to take a closer look as he picked the broken rubber band up from his lap and wiggled it at her. Blowing out a disgusted breath, she sat back in her seat and crossed her arms over her chest. It was probably the safest thing she could do today. She was having one of her minor destroy-the-world days. It would blow over, and tomorrow she would be back to normal. Almost. As normal as her life ever got.
  
Where to Buy Flight of Her Life

Liquid Silver Books http://bit.ly/IcMuoh
Amazon UK              http://amzn.to/18iC1n7
Amazon.com             http://amzn.to/1aS34mN

All Romance             http://bit.ly/193gk5c


In addition our grand prize will be a Kindle Paperwhite and digital new adult romance basket. Every comment on every blog in the hop will count as an entry toward either of the grand prizes.



52 comments:

  1. I loved your story about the roses, Diane. What a mystery. I love Flight of her life, its a fabulous read. Good luck with the book.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Daisy and good luck with your new release too.

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  2. thanks for the wonderful giveaway

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. My pleasure and thanks for dropping by and commenting :)

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  3. Thank you so much for the giveaway and a very nice Valentine's day to you!
    tessa dot bamberg at kolumbus dot fi

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  4. Thank you for commenting, I love when people drop in. Good Luck.

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  5. Its lucky Bailey only has minor 'destroy-the-world' days...mine are pretty major!!! Fingers crossed I get a rose this Valentines :-p

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  6. I have my fingers crossed for you too - and also that you win one of the great prizes going. Thank you for visiting :)

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  7. awe cute story to bad you never found out.

    indiansgirl9@aol.com

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    1. Hehe, it didn't matter to me, I got my tall, dark and handsome - and still have him. Thanks for visiting. Good luck with the prizes.

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  8. I love stories like yours because it makes me feel better about the little faux pas I make. And it's a frequent occurrence. Happy Valentine's Day, Diane

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    1. You'd love Flight of Her Life then, it would make you feel like a princess! Thank you for visiting and good luck.

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  9. Lol, what a cute anecdote! Betcha that put ur man on red alert and kept him on his toes :)
    ilookfamous@yahoo.com

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  10. Oh yeah, he chased me and chased me until I caught him! Thanks for commenting and good luck with the competition.

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful day Diane - a gift from a secret admirer and the first (of many I hope) lovely roses from your sweetie.

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  12. ... and I still have that very same sweetie, Heather. Thank you for commenting and best of luck.

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  13. I would die trying to figure out who that rose came from!

    prettylittlepages@gmail.com

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    1. Not if you already had your prince charming - why look any further? ;) Thank you for commenting and good luck.

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  14. Omg what a lovely story! Pity you didn't find who the mysterious admirer was! Wishing you a happy valentine's day! ;)
    Thank you for being a part of this hop and for your great giveaway!
    kalliopedamala@gmail.com

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    1. Hehe, maybe it just served to hasten my own man along to proposing to me. Thank you for commenting, best of luck.

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  15. Diane, I felt that acrylic come off her finger - yikes! Great work, very entertaining, and Sebastian sounds like a hunk. :)

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    1. I have a real soft spot for Sebastian - imagine how they would spend Valentine's - oooohhh there's an idea.

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  16. Enjoyed the excerpt and your story. Thanks. rameyer.nmb@gmail.com

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    1. and thank you for dropping by. Best of luck, I hope you win something nice.

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  17. What an interesting mystery. Thanks for participating and the opportunity. wcraig5432@yahoo.com

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  18. I like a good mystery. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Good luck with the prizes.

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  19. amybowens34@yahoo.com13 February 2014 at 13:20

    Did you ever receive anything else from the mystery person? If it were me I would be going crazy not knowing who sent it to me! Thanks for sharing!
    amybowens34@yahoo.com

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  20. I was young and flippant, and truly flattered, but it was the real rose that counted. Thank you for dropping by and commenting. Good luck.

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  21. How romantic sorry you never found out who gave it to you.
    Do you still have it?

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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    1. No, I never kept it. :) Thank you for commenting and good luck.

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  22. Happy V day Thanks for sharing the hop. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. My pleasure and thank you for dropping by. Good luck.

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for taking part. Good luck, I hope you win something nice.

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  24. I would love to read it!
    jasdarts at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you and the best of luck to you.

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  25. The teaser was great, would love to read the rest!

    ncprincess96 at yahoo dot com

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  26. Then I wish you the best of luck in winning. Happy Valentine's Day

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  27. Tee hee...i like your faux pas story. I kinda had a faux pas the day I got engaged. :P i had first met my now husband at the art building at the university. we were in the same class for the semester. 10 years later, he was driving me back to the university to propose —unbeknownst to me. i thought i was going to help my best friend's brother with some school work. anyway, as we're driving there, my husband asks me what kind of memories i have about the school. i thought he wanted me to say, "that's where i met you!" but i was telling him how i have memories as far back as i can remember about the school because that's where my mom worked since i was a baby. so i would go there all the time after school to wait for her. i told my husband that my memories of the school extend beyond just the two of us. what a rain on his parade :P haha...but he proposed to me and i said yes. so it has a happy ending.

    anyway, thank you for the giveaway opportunity.
    youngcou@gmail.com

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    1. What a lovely story, thank you. At least you had lovely memories about the school - it could have been worse.

      Good luck with the competition, Courtney.

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  28. happy valentines day and thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  29. TY for the chance !! <3

    stamper_sierra [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  30. Pleasure - thanks for hopping in.

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  31. Hi! Happy Valentines! Wonderful post! I cant wait to read your book! It sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing and for ​the amazing giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  33. I like the cover.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  35. Pleasure meeting you in print. Thanks for the excerpt and chance at participating in this hop.

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  36. What a wonderful story about the silk rose! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. Great excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  38. Wonderful story about your rose! And your excerpt sounds fantastic!! Thanks for giveaway!
    shannonw1978@hotmail.com

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