Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough {Book Tour Spotlight, Excerpt, and Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…


Other Books in the Series

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(Two Moon Bay #1)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

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Excerpt:

(Note: Their attraction building, at least in Dawn’s eyes, she decides to confront what’s going on 
between them.)

Is there something wrong? A problem we need to address?”
“It’s personal, Jerrod.” She stopped and turned to face him. “It seems like one of us has to 
acknowledge the proverbial elephant in the room, and it might as well be me.”
The flicker in his warm eyes revealed surprise.  
Without adding to her preamble, she blurted, “I like you, Jerrod. I get the sense you like me.” 
She shook her head. “Are we ever going to acknowledge this thing between us?”
His head jerked back. In an instant, the air around her changed. The sound of the waves lapping 
the shore grew louder. The slightly fishy smell in the air intensified.
Jerrod grimaced, as if in pain, and looked past her, gazing out into space. What happened? She 
couldn’t have been that wrong. She hoped.
“Say something, will you?” Was he going leave her standing there feeling like a fool?
“I don’t what to say, except I’m sorry.” He took a couple of steps away from her. “You don’t 
want to like me in any way other than as a client and friend. Good friend.”
In for a penny and in for a pound. In an instant that old saw had popped into her head. Why? 
Maybe because she was trembling inside and wasn’t thinking straight. But the adage fit. She’d 
taken a chance and might as well commit to it all the way. “Is that so? Well, then go ahead, tell 
me. Why is that?”
“Because I’m no good to anyone.” He puffed out his cheeks and exhaled in obvious frustration. 
“Coming here to try out a new location for my business is the first substantial step I’ve taken in 
two years.”
“Since the awful tragedy.” Her tone was matter-of-fact. She’d understood that. He didn’t need to
 point that out.
“Yes. But a few moves in the right direction don’t mean I have anything…uh, anything to give 
you.” He planted one hand on his hip, and widened his stance. “This is all wrong. You have so 
much to offer the right person. You should find someone who can freely take what you want to 
share. You’re a special—”
“Don’t… you… dare patronize me with empty flattery.” Her voice rose on each word.
“I’m not.” He lifted his hands in air, appearing helpless to find the right response. “I’m not 
going to apologize for saying what’s obvious to anyone who knows you.”
“Yeah, well, my ex-husband told me how special I was as he tossed his clothes in a couple of 
suitcases and carried them out the door. I was still so special when he shoved them in the 
backseat of his car and drove off to Carla’s house.” She paused and in a lower voice added, 
“I’m not kidding. And the next time I saw Bill he still went on and about how smart I am and 
how he’d fallen so hard for me. Oh, and by the way, we built such a great life.”
“Dawn…please. I’m sorry.”
She pretended he hadn’t interrupted and kept on going. “But he fell in love with someone else 
all the same. So, forgive me if I don’t want pat reassurances about how terrific I am.”
Jerrod let his head fall back. “I know you won’t like to hear this cliché, but it’s not you, it’s me. 
I’m the one who’s emotionally numb—dead. You’re a woman with enthusiasm for life—you 
understand joy. I have all I can do to be any kind of a dad at all. To my one child. I’ve got 
nothing left over to give.”
When she made mistakes they were almost never insignificant little nothings. No, not her. This 
was a real whopper.
Her emotions surprised her though. She might have been really hurt, like she’d fallen on her 
face. Oh, she was bruised, all right, but not humiliated or in pain from rejection.  
Maybe because she didn’t believe him.
  

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.
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Tour Giveaway


1st Prize (open internationally*):
- One $25.00 Amazon gift card
- A deep cranberry red scarf-shawl—so soft your skin will sigh and thank you!
- Inspirational art—a book of 20 pull-out 10” x 12” posters—each is a unique design and ready to frame, put on your fridge, or send to a friend who needs an uplifting message
- Two delicious Equal Exchange organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bars, one almond, one caramel crunch
*If an international winner is pulled, a second gift card will be received instead of the shawl, inspirational art, and chocolate bars.

2nd Prize (open internationally):
- One $25.00 Amazon gift card

Ends January 17th

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5 comments:

  1. I appreciate the excerpt to get a glance of the story; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. wonderful excerpt. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  3. Thanks for sharing my new release with your readers!

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  4. I like the book cover and the book sounds interesting. Thank you for the excerpt , lets us know how the story moves on.

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  5. Nice excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

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