Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Legacy Reborn

Today's special guest is Genie Gabriel. In her own words, Genie says:

I'm an optimist whose rose-colored glasses have bent frames and cracked lenses. When life kicks me in the teeth, I find miracles and lessons I refused to learn an easier way. In fact, I live with a small herd of miracles in the furry forms of dogs, who are constantly trying to teach me to forgive, to play more, and to love without limits. I write about people who find courage and integrity in the darkest times of their lives, who rescue stray dogs and kittens, who find a person they would willingly give their lives for, and who make their little corners of the world a better place. People have remarked my stories "aren't what they expected." With rose-colored glasses firmly in place, I take that as a compliment. I invite you to share a piece of my world in the pages of a book, and hope you find some surprises, some tears, some laughter, and always a happy ending.


ABOUT THE BOOK

An attorney devoted to social causes and a burned out women's advocate help save their home town while struggling not to fall in love. However, an unintended pregnancy and a gift from the heart lead them on a journey to new possibilities and love.


AN EXCERPT


As CJ stepped onto the floor to dance with his sister, Phoenix couldn't tear her gaze away from his leanly muscled frame in a white tuxedo. His longish hair brushed his shoulders, bringing to mind a gentleman of the Old West, fitting perfectly with the mood of this celebration.

She started out playing it cool, thinking CJ would immediately ask her to dance. However, when yet another dance started and he passed her by with no more than a wink, she began to feel a bit perturbed.

I'm a wallflower. Standing by a beautifully inlaid wood wall of the ballroom in Waring House, but a wallflower nonetheless.

Had she grown warts on her nose since the waltzing started? Missed a piece of salad between her teeth from dinner? Had her deodorant given out? 

Discreetly, Phoenix checked out the possible offenses. She took a quick glance in one of the gilded mirrors placed strategically around the room to reflect the twirling dancers. Stretched her arms upward with quick sniff to the side.

Nope. Everything seemed normal.

"What are you doing?" CJ stood in front of her, curiosity in his eyes.

"Ah...practicing my dance moves," Phoenix said. "I used to be a disco queen."

CJ lifted an eyebrow. "Unless my math is really bad, you're too young to be a disco queen. But would you like to waltz?"

Phoenix almost refused just to be contrary. But she so wanted CJ to hold her in his arms. So with what she hoped was casual indifference, she said, "I believe I have room on my dance card for perhaps one waltz."

CJ grinned and twirled Phoenix onto the dance floor. After a few basic box steps, he turned and swept her into a graceful swirl. Phoenix followed as if drawn by a magnet.

Staring into her eyes, he back-stepped and turned. She followed flawlessly. Another turn and a swoop. A swirl and another. A backstep and CJ twirled Phoenix away from him and under his arm. Swirls and dips round and round left her breathless. Wanting more than a dance. Wanting...
 


LEAVE A COMMENT - AND WIN A PRIZE!

Genie will be awarding nine $9 Amazon GCs -- eight will be awarded to randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and one will be awarded to a randomly drawn host.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 



NOTE: All nine books in the Halo Legacy Series will be $0.99 the day of the tour!

 

11 comments:

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Love the title of this blog! Many thanks for hosting me as part of my Book Blast! I'll be back throughout the day to respond to comments. Looking forward to chatting with all of you!

p.m.terrell said...

Good morning, Genie! Thank you so much for visiting us today. I appreciate the comment on our blog title. We'd love to have you join us at one of our annual Book 'Em events. Your book sounds wonderful - such a feel-good story! Best of luck with your book tour.

Andra Lyn said...

Thanks for another great excerpt Genie! I wish you all the best on this tour and beyond!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Ingeborg said...

I'm also an optimist and count my blessings every day.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Catherine Lee said...

I sense that there is a "9" theme going on! Nine books in the series is a great accomplishment.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, p.m.! Your "Book 'Em" events sound great! Think I could bring my entourage of doggies? LOL! Seriously, it's very cool you have a great event that benefits a worthy cause. Kudos to you!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Andra, you have been such a great support on this tour! Thank you so much!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, Ingeborg! Hooray for optimists!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, Catherine! Definitely a nine theme! And thank you for your kind words. :)

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE to visit fifty blog sites, say hello and respond to comments? A looooong time!

I thoroughly enjoyed my Super Book Blast on July 9 organized by Goddess Fish. They are great to work with! I also very much appreciate all the blog hosts and everyone who stopped by and commented.

The winners of the gift cards have been selected and e-mails sent. I'm still waiting to hear back from a couple commenters and the blog host winner, but I will announce the commenters who have responded. They are: Shannon R., Grampy, jannashay, Rita W., MomJane, and bn100.

CONGRATULATIONS to all and many, many thanks to all the hosts, the commenters and everyone else who helped my Super Book Blast a very special day!