Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Family of His Own by Catherine Lanigan {Blog Tour Guest Post + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Family of His Own
(Shores of Indian Lake #8)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He's ready to settle down…with or without her

Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he's always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she's been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn't even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn't feel like a future. Maybe it's time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the things he had hoped to share with her…

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Guest Post:

Scott Abbott is one of those truly decent guys that come along one in your lifetime, if you’re lucky. He, like Isabelle, the heroine, was introduced in the first novel in the series, LOVE SHADOWS.  Scott owns  The Book Shop and Java Stop as well as being a reporter for the local newspaper. He grew up in Indian Lake and in high school, he had a crush on Isabelle, but after he went off to college to earn his journalism degree, Isabelle was left behind, working hard to help her mother pay for college tuitions for her brothers and sisters. Scott forgot about Isabelle only months after being on campus. His eyes were opened in and out of the lecture halls and once he landed a job at The Chicago Tribune, he couldn’t imagine a life any more boring than living in Indian Lake. Scott’s dreams exploded as he took on every assignment given him and explored political and criminal investigations on his own. Scott’s eyes were focused on Pulitzer Prizes. Fame. Immortality in his written word.
When Scott’s mother, Theresa, becomes seriously ill at the same time as cataclysmic media changes were taking place in newspapers around the globe, Scott astutely read the situation for what it was. There were no Pulitzers in his future. He quit his job and moved to Indian Lake to care for his mother. With his savings and a small loan from his mother, Scott renovated a hundred year old building on Main Street and opened his book shop.
It was at a holiday party at Mrs. Beabots’s house that Scott saw Isabelle again and this time, he fell head over heels. Isabelle was immersed, if not obsessed with her faerie paintings. She talked of nothing else. Scott knew instantly that to win her, he would have to play it cool. He would be patient. He would be her best friend and surely, she would come to see what was right before her eyes.
Walking the razor edge of Isabelle’s new gallery showing with her, Scott’s patience has run out. He doesn’t mind supporting Isabelle, but he has yet to hear that she loves him. He wants a commitment about their future.
At the same time, Scott has just written an article about Trent Davis’s heroic take down of a dangerous Mexican drug cartel and the story was picked up by the wires. Trent agrees to allow  Scott to cover a drug bust. That night, Scott discovers five year old Bella, and eighteen month old Michael. His heart breaks, expands and is immediately owned by the little girl and her brother.
When Scott applies to become a foster parent to the two children who would go into the State Foster Care system, Isabelle is rocked and shocked. She’s always had Scott’s undivided attention. Now, she must share him.
Through Scott’s decision to become a Foster Parent, Isabelle must face her own self-centeredness and the fact that she has ignored many of her own needs.

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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

Tour Giveaway

- 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
- 1 winner will receive a tote bag and three Shores of Indian Lake books: Katia's Promise, Fear of Falling and Sophie's Path (US only)
- Ends July 11th

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  1. Great blog- going on my TBR list


    1. Wow! Liz! Thank you! This has been a great tour already!

  2. The book sounds interesting , I liked the excerpt.

    1. Thank you, Deb! IT's so wonderful that Jennifer hosted me for this tour so that I get to meet all her readers! What a great site!

  3. What an eye-catching cover. This definitely sounds like a book I am interesting in reading.

    1. Thank you, Deanne. I love this cover. That happy sky blue and their happy faces are what Heartwarming books and my SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE series is all about. I am thrilled you liked it!

  4. Jennifer, I can't thank you enough for hosting me for this tour. I love meeting new readers and hearing their thoughts. They help me a great deal when creating the next stories for my series. God Bless!

  5. Katie, sorry...I was talking to Jennifer here in Houston at the same time as writing you. This heat is getting to me. You have been a great host on all my tours. I hope we meet again in December for my next Heartwarming book ...again the Shores of Indian Lake. YAY!!

    1. Catherine--that's HILARIOUS! My sister's name is Jennifer and we're 14 months apart and people always call us by each other's names. I was wondering how in the world you knew my sister :) I'm looking forward to meeting again, as always. Happy Summer!

  6. The cover of Family of His Own is the epitome of Harlequin "Heartwarming"!