Monday, June 11, 2018

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Stranded in Love by Victoria Grant @VGrantRomance @GoddessFish



Stranded in Love
by Victoria Grant
GENRE: Contemporary Romance


BLURB:

If a gold medal was awarded for Worst Day Ever, Laney Calderone would win it today, hands down. She’s just discovered she's pregnant, her fiancĂ© abruptly dumps her when she tells him, and her new car refuses to start as a brutal snowstorm hits Toronto.

Good Samaritan Tyler Hammond offers to take her home; however, with the heavy snow falling and his patience dwindling, Laney’s gold medal day isn’t over yet.

Storms intensify both outside and in as Laney finds herself inexplicably attracted to this tall, dark and very handsome but infuriating stranger.

Can Laney fight her unwanted yet increasing desire for this man long enough to get through the relentless storm? And will Tyler let her walk out of his life as easily as she came into it?





Excerpt:

Tyler took Laney into his arms and pulled her close. The music changed to that unforgettable jazz melody she knew so well, and out of the corner of her eye she noticed Stephen on the balcony with the band leader, a devilish grin on his face. Up to his old tricks again.

“You look ravishing tonight, Ginger.” Tyler whispered in her ear. “Did I ever tell you red is my favourite colour?”

Laney tried to move to the rhythm except her feet would not obey. She felt clumsy and self-conscious dancing with Tyler with so many people watching, especially her family.

“You feel a little tense, my love. Relax and enjoy.”

She closed her eyes wishing she could walk away, but that wasn’t going to happen. Tyler held her tight and guided her effortlessly around the floor. The mesmerizing scent of his cologne reverberated through her senses and she surprised herself when she realized she was smiling. The Tyler Trap, she thought. You’ve gotten stuck in it again, you idiot!

With a deep sigh, she let herself surrender and leaned into him. He smiled and pulled her even closer. It didn’t matter to her anymore who saw them, who noticed they were so close; she didn’t care.

As she floated around the hall Laney became immersed in her surroundings. The Christmas tree lights twinkling, the distant chatter and laughter of the guests, the captivating tune, and the wonderful feel of this amazing man in her arms.

Laney wanted to freeze time again. This man, this music, this moment. She rested her chin on his shoulder and let him take complete control. They moved as one, oblivious to every eye on them as they soared in the clouds, leaving all the other guests back on Earth.



Interview with Victoria Grant

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Stranded in Love?

I’d love to. The heroine is Miss Laney Calderone, the twenty-four-year-old only daughter in Toronto’s wealthy and powerful Calderone family. She grew up with four older brothers so she had to learn how to be feisty and strongminded. She has a kind heart and a forgiving nature, but as the story begins, she’s experiencing the worst day of her life.

The hero is 32-year old Tyler Hammond, who is a successful business owner, he’s in the middle of a nasty divorce, and he’s not having a banner day, either.
The secondary characters include Laney’s ex-fiancĂ©, Ramone DeSantis; her parents, Eve and Boyd Calderone; her four brothers; and Tyler’s soon to be ex-wife, Tracy.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

Stranded in Love is Book #1 of the Calderone Family Romance Series. Book #2, Write to Love, will be released next year, and is the story of Noel Calderone, the youngest brother, and what happens when he meets sassy mystery author KC Dunlop.  Book #3 will continue with the brother’s love lives, Charles is next, followed by Stephen then Jamie. To wrap up the series, Book #6, which I’m currently working on will be about their parents, Eve and Boyd, told partially in flashbacks, to recount their love story.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

Depending how many hours I can devote each day to it, on average I’d say it takes me 2-4 months to write a 55,000 - 60,000 word novel.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I read a lot when I was a child, still do, and just loved The Wind in the Willows.  I read it again once in a while to bring back the warm and happy feelings I got when I first fell into the pages.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Stranded in Love who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

What a great question!  I would choose to spend the day with Laney Calderone.  She’s a remarkable lady with a fun sense of humour who works hard but takes time to enjoy the finer things in life, so we have a lot in common.  We could spend the morning shopping or at the spa, and once we were all pretty and pampered, we could step onto the family yacht and enjoy an afternoon sailing on Lake Ontario. And if any of her handsome brothers happen to come along, then I would end the day with a smile.

What was the hardest scene from Stranded in Love to write?

The hardest scene to write was the love scene. I’d never written one before and the first draft read like a wrestling match – not good!  Lol.  So, I read lots of love scenes in lots of romance novels, and edited mine, and read some more, and continued to edit mine until it read like it should. I learned to focus more on feelings and emotions rather than body parts so the end result is a touching scene that shows two people falling deeper in love and committing to each other mind, body and soul.

What made you want to become a writer?

I have always enjoyed writing stories, even from a very young age. Growing up, I enjoyed creating characters and designing plots for them. My teachers suggested I find a career that involved writing, which sounds easy enough, but when life gets in the way and the bills have to be paid, I had no choice but to work in an office for twenty-five years, but I’m here now and dedicated full-time to my craft. I love writing romance stories and always end with the happily ever after – no cliffhangers for my characters. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun and take the characters on a roller coaster ride, tormenting and exasperating them before they reach their satisfying conclusion.

It’s exciting for me and comforting, too, as well as that necessary escape from this everyday world that can be so harsh and demanding.  It’s enjoyable to fire up my laptop and know that I’ll be entering a world where anything can happen.


Just for fun:

(a Favorite song:  When I’m With You by Sheriff

(b Favorite book:  The Big Four by Agatha Christie

(c Favorite movies: The Way We Were & Love Actually

(d Favorite tv shows: Castle & Frasier

(e Favorite Food: Chocolate

(f Favorite drink: English Breakfast Tea

(g Favorite website: mine! :D   www.victoriagrantromance.com


Thanks so much for visiting with us today!  
 

Thank you for letting me be here today!  I had fun! I invite all your followers to open up Stranded in Love and jump into the exciting world of Laney Calderone and her family.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born in England to a Monty Python-loving dad and a Lawrence Welk-loving mum - tea drinkers all - we moved to Canada when I was seven. "Say book, say look" my new classmates would hound me just so they could have a good chuckle at my accent. But being incredibly shy, this was a great way for me to make friends.

My love of words and a creative imagination prompted English teachers to urge me to write for a living, especially after I got a letter from the Prime Minister who thanked me for writing to him!  So cool for a twelve-year-old!

Through the years, I wrote while I earned a living as an Administrative Assistant in various companies; then I owned a Wedding Coordination business for six years (talk about romance!), all the while being happily married to the love of my life.
These interesting jobs plus wedded bliss gave me oodles of ideas for romantic plot lines, tall, dark and handsome heroes and feisty, beautiful heroines, and, of course, the happily ever afters.

I currently live in Mississauga and spend time with family and friends, and struggle daily with the wine and chocolate that somehow magically appear in my house...

And, amidst the endless cups of strong tea, while the dead parrot sketch and Cole Porter songs whirl around in my brain, I write. I will always write romances because I love creating fascinating characters whose lives I can make completely miserable before I give them their happily ever after.
Victoria




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Giveaway:

3 signed paperback copies of the book (North America Only)




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2 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Victoria Grant said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

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