Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giveaway and Spotlight on "Maybe too Good to be True" By: Christy McKee

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By: Christy McKee

Gabrielle March is summoned to an oceanfront estate in Massachusetts by the matriarch of Atlantic-Hastings International where she is presented with a hefty block of shares as amends for a crime committed against her family. The stock—worth several million dollars—can give her the means to make her dream come true if only she can muster the courage to break free from her past and believe in her unique creative talent.

Pierce Hastings, son of Gabrielle’s benefactress, grudgingly agrees to take her under his wing and acclimate her to Atlantic-Hastings. Never one to mix business with pleasure, Pierce stuns himself when he ignores his own self imposed rule. Gabrielle’s complete lack of artifice, unvarnished honesty and quirky sense of humor are intoxicating to him―and he’s rapidly becoming addicted. He’s blindsided when Gabrielle confesses that, in spite of her growing feelings for him, she will never fit into his world of power and privilege and has no desire to try. 

A Word from Christy McKee - 
      My addiction to reading emerged when I was ten and down with measles. My mother, trying to keep me entertained, brought home a stack of Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books. Within days, I’d consumed them all and asked for more. That’s when it truly began−the pleasure of reading which would eventually lead to my writing.

     I can’t pin point precisely when I knew I was different from everyone else−at least from my tight group of hometown friends. Didn’t everyone have movies playing in their heads starring beautiful characters leading adventurous lives in exotic places? NO—they did not. Did that mean they were normal and I was the odd, slightly wacky duck? My answer to that conundrum came when I attended my first writer’s conference in Savannah. Nervous about being on my own at the crowded event, a kindly writer from Texas took me under her wing and introduced me to at least a dozen writers. Surrounded by so many writers who were so like me, I fit right in. I wasn’t an “odd” duck after all; I’d simply been in the wrong pond!

    As a result of that conference, my desire and conviction to write blossomed. Still working a full time job at a Louisiana cancer center, I carved out time to write every night and on weekends. My first manuscript went through four incarnations, and a year under the bed, before success came knocking.

     Today my family and our two Labs—Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers unofficial mascot and Gracie, who is just plain, sweet Amazing Grace—live in a picturesque little town in Ohio wrapped around a lovely town square with an intricately carved gazebo where weekly band concerts take place all summer long.

     Pierce answered him with a glare. What the hell was wrong with him? What difference did it make what she thought of him? Until a few weeks ago, he had never heard of Gabrielle March. So why had she suddenly become so important to him?
     "I think our Gabrielle has gotten to you little brother. What a pleasant change it is for you to be the one cooling your heels."
     The crunch of gravel drew their attention to the driveway. When Elizabeth’s blue Mercedes came around the curve, Pierce abruptly turned his back to the driveway and leaned against the porch railing.
     James snorted with laughter. "Wouldn't want the lady to know she'd been missed would we." He sauntered down the steps to greet Gabrielle.
     "Did you have a nice afternoon?" James opened her car door.
     Pierce swiveled to face them but remained on the porch, propped against a sturdy post, his strong arms folded across his chest. "You missed some excellent water skiing this afternoon, Peaches."
     Gabrielle came even with him on the porch. "Really? Why I'm surprised you need skis at all," she sniped. "I assumed someone like you walked on water." 

My Thoughts
     Christy McKee is a new author to me but I can guarantee this will not be the last I read of her. An interesting and fun ride, McKee made a standard romance funny and utterly romantic. The story is wonderful, but truly the characters are a masterpiece. Gabrielle and Pierce are so fun to watch as they grow and change while fighting their attraction every step of the way. The pacing was perfect, it moved quickly, but I think the gem of the book are the truly unique, original and frankly fun characters. A great story that I definitely recommend! 

What can you win??
Christy will be awarding a digital copy of Maybe Too Good To Be True to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a $30 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 
Comment for a chance to win this great summer read!

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  1. This sounds like a great story and a fun romance.

    1. Be sure to leave your email address for the drawing. One of you will win an ebook today! I appreciate you coming by and having a look.

  2. Sounds sweet and appealing!


  3. This book sounds soooo good! I love the cover!


    1. I had to have a cover with a dog or my canine office assistants, Gracie & Lambeau, would have gone on strike.

      So glad you like it. Nice to see you again, Chelsea!

  4. I love how you found your niche with other writers. Thanks for sharing

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

    1. Shannon, I'm a bit of an introvert so going to writers conference, or any large get together isn't easy for me, but it all worked out better than I ever could have expected.

  5. Nice review and excerpt.


  6. To my kind hostess and reviewer, the Brunette Librarian,

    Thank you so much for having me as your guest today. Your blog is vibrant and welcoming and your review, my very first, was so positive and enthsiastic.Thank you.

    You made this writer's day!


    1. We LOVED having you Christy! :) Thank you for stopping by!!

  7. Several million dollars is certainly a life changer. I'm going to love this.


  8. Great post! I haven't come across this before so it's nice to be introduced to a new book and author. I will keep an eye out for this! :)

  9. Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great post.


  10. Your book sounds absolutely wonderful. I would love to read it. Just ran across your website from seeing you on twitter and I'll be checking back for sure :) Thanks!

  11. sounds like an interesting book would love to read it.
    pjarrell9 at gmail dot com.

  12. sounds like an interesting book would love to read it.
    pjarrell9 at gmail dot com.