Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It's the perfect time of year for Stephanie Evanovich...plus a book giveaway

I'm excited to have Stephanie Evanovich back at CLC. Not only do we share a birthday, but she also gave me a shout-out in the acknowledgments section of her latest novel, The Total Package! Since I'm a fan of her previous novels with their snappy dialogue and just the right amount of steam, I feel honored by this message of thanks. Speaking of thanking people...we want to thank HarperCollins for sharing a copy of The Total Package with a lucky US reader!

A full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park, Stephanie began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, performed with several improvisational troupes, and acted in a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she has ever had: raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she is an avid sports fan and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Visit Stephanie at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Synopsis of The Total Package:
Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season and the promise of a Superbowl ring. But more importantly, football’s biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public.

But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and following of her own.

Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget a single passionate night with him back in college. To make things worse, Tyson doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute co-ed whose heart he once broke.

But can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson—riding high now that he’s revived his career—realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he use his million-dollar moves to get past her defenses—or will she sideline him for good?
(Courtesy of Amazon.)



My favorite season is SPRING (although summer is a close second, Birthday Buddy). I love everything about Spring. It's all about rejuvenation and rebirth. The days are warm, but the nights are still cool. Flowers are bursting with brilliant colors and filling the air with fragrances. Baby ducks and geese and squirrels are roaming all over looking adorable. It's when I do some of my most romantic writing. I get the Spring Fever something fierce!



During Spring...

Favorite thing to eat: The Reuben sandwich, only with mustard replacing the Thousand Island Dressing. I try to control the constant craving, then it's all over by St. Patrick's Day, which I realize isn't exactly Spring as far as the calendar goes. But it really sets the corned beef tone. My blood pressure goes up just thinking of all the deliciousness.

Favorite thing to drink: Iced Coffee. Don't get me wrong, I still need my hot, 7-Eleven cup-o-joe every morning, but iced coffee is my way of celebrating that I no longer need a hand warmer.

Favorite thing to wear: My hoodies! All day, all night hoodie wearing. Unless I have someplace where I can't pull of casual. Whomever invents the formal hoodie will be my hero.

Favorite holiday that occurs: Easter! I was raised Catholic. Easter is the holiday that is filled with joy...and chocolate. A winning combination.

Favorite thing to do: Walking on the boardwalk, wearing my hoodie to try and burn off the Reuben calories. Then getting an iced coffee. I kid you not.

Thanks to Stephanie for getting us in a springtime mood and to HarperCollins for sharing her book with our readers.

~Introduction by Melissa Amster

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8 comments:

Janine said...

My favorite thing about spring is seeing the flowers and trees blooming. Unfortunately, it brings a lot of allergies to me, so I usually just admire them through my windows.

Rosie Dunningham said...

The daffodils, and longer evenings! Love it x

Unknown said...

Thanks for letting me stop by, Melissa! The pic of the flowers has me yearning. The pic of the chocolate just makes me happy. #gochocolate

traveler said...

Spring is wonderful since the days are longer and filled with sunshine and the grass is green and flowers bloom. Walks are enjoyable with warmer temps.

susieqlaw said...

Long walks with crisp air and low humidity!

Bonnie K. said...

My favorite thing about spring are the 70 degrees weather, flowers in bloom, leaves unfurled on trees, and the sounds of birds.
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Laurice McClung said...

I read an advanced copy of this book that I got from the publisher and it was really good.I highly recommend it!

TinaB said...

Warm weather & flowers!