Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Fortuna by Elaine Cantrell @ElaineCantrell @GoddessFish

by Elaine Cantrell
GENRE: Romantic comedy


Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancé into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.


Cade held out his arm to Aimee. “Ma’am, I would be delighted to show you the gazebo. Do take my arm. The ground is rather uneven.”

“Why, thank you, sir.”

As they strolled toward the gazebo, Aimee allowed the setting to mesmerize her and capture her imagination. What would it have been like to attend this party in the year 1860? Would the threat of war have lent a spice of excitement to the festivities that made ordinary activities like visiting the gazebo seem new and romantic?

Cade indicated a built-in bench, which circled the inside of the gazebo. “Would you like to sit down?”

Aimee sat and gathered her skirts around her, admiring the rustle of her long, crinoline petticoat. She patted the space beside her. “Sit beside me.”

Cade bowed. “You honor me, Miss Sherwood.”

“You may call me Miss Aimee, sir.”

“Miss Aimee, then.” He raised her hand to his lips and kissed it.

Aimee’s heart took off in a mad gallop. She felt heat rising from her chest and knew it colored her face an inconvenient shade of red. Oh! My! Goodness! All he’d done was kiss her hand, and she was melting. If only she hadn’t left her fan at Miss Gladys’ table.

Cade kept hold of her hand even though she’d expected him to let go of it. His calloused fingers felt so male, so strong, so warm that another wave of heat washed over her and almost took her breath away.

“You look beautiful tonight, Miss Aimee. There’s not a woman at the party who can touch you.”

Was it her imagination or had he moved a bit closer to her?

“Your eyes sparkle like blue diamonds, and I love those curls of yours. You’ve captured the sunshine.” He reached for her ponytail and bounced her curls in the palm of his hand.

Breathe. She mustn’t forget to breathe.

Guest Post:

10 favorite places to visit:

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about places I’d like to visit. I retired last year, and my husband and I hope to do a little traveling. So, here are ten places we’d love to go.

1. Garden City Beach in South Carolina. This isn’t a new place for us. We go to Garden City every summer. The beach isn’t as big as its neighbor Myrtle Beach, but we like that. We love to go to the Garden City pier, which is a landmark of the beach. If you go on July 4 you’ll find one of the best fireworks displays on the entire beach.

2. Williamsburg, Virginia. If there’s one place I love it’s Williamsburg. When I go there, I feel such a sense of tradition and history that it thrills me. History was made in Williamsburg, and of course many of our Founding Fathers walked those streets.

3. New York City. I’m a small town girl who lives in the South, but I have a big desire to see New York. I’d love to go at Christmas so I could watch people ice skate in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and see all the Christmas decorations.

4. Have you ever been to Arizona? I went there a few years ago, and it was absolutely fantastic! I was like a child bouncing in the seat and pointing from one side of the road to another. Every cactus, every road was like a visit to a new world.

5. Pony Penning Day on Chincoteague Island near Virginia is an amazing event that you don’t want to miss. If you ever read the book Misty of Chincoteague you know exactly what’s going on, but if not, here’s a link that explains everything. If you love horses, you should definitely check this out.

6. One of my favorite cities is Seattle. A few years ago my sister and I met in Seattle and spent a week together. She lives in Alaska, and I live in South Carolina so we had a lot of fun. We went up in the Space Needle, saw some wonderful Japanese gardens, toured the Pike Street fish market, saw a temperate rain forest, and many other wonderful things.

7. You shouldn’t miss Alaska. It’s big, wild, beautiful, and amazing. We drove as far as we could go until we reached the ocean, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more beautiful. You don’t want to miss the wildlife and Mt. McKinley either.

8. Another place I’d like to go is Los Angeles. We flew over it on the way home from Alaska, and it was so big it seemed to go on forever. I’d like to do all the usual tourist things and maybe take the Pacific Coast Highway and drive up to Seattle.

9. Another place you’d love is Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you love outlet shopping, music shows, great restaurants, and driving through some truly beautiful landscapes, you really do need to check this place out. It isn’t far from the Cherokee Indian Reservation, which you also shouldn’t miss.

10. Last but not least, I really love Great Britain. We went there some years ago and found it to be a delightful experience. I love history, and you can’t tour Britain without getting a sense of history. The one thing I didn’t like was the food, but if you love good food, I suggest Paris. I never ate anything I didn’t like in Paris 


Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University.  She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America.  Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest.  When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.  

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

What does your family think of your writing?

Elaine Cantrell said...

Mai, they like for me to write, I think because I can't dream up stuff for them to do if I'm writing. They've all been very supportive.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Thanks Becky and Rita. You'll have to try the book.

Sherry said...

Do you have a routine when writing?

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post! I loved your list, Alaska is definitely one of the places on my list. I can't wait to visit there :). Thanks for sharing.

Mary Preston said...

What a fabulous story line.

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