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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#NewRelease -- KISSING COUSINS by Diana Tobin -- Giveaway!

Be sure and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a free ebook of KISSING COUSINS by Diana Tobin.

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Augusta Thompson has lost everything—her parents, her husband, her home…and now, her only child. Then, a legal notice arrives asking her to travel across the country to claim an inheritance from an unknown relative—a grandmother she never knew she had. There’s only one catch: she must share her grandmother’s beautiful old home with handsome Olympic contender Charles “Web” Webster—the only other person named in the inheritance—for one year.

Web finds it difficult to believe Augusta never knew about her family in Maine, the family Augusta’s mother turned her back on.  As time goes by, he realizes Augusta was mentally and emotionally abused by her ex-husband, and her heart and soul are wounded.

Can Augusta learn to trust in others once more and make a new life for herself?  Can Web’s love for Augusta heal her broken heart and allow them a future together? Will the conditions of the inheritance prove to be a help or hindrance for these KISSING COUSINS?

EXCERPT

     Augusta Thompson kept her most treasured belongings in the trunk of her car. Her scrapbooks and boxes of photos; a string of pearls once belonging to her mother, and a macaroni necklace made by her daughter; a blanket she’d crocheted when pregnant and had wrapped around baby Hope. A few precious books by her favorite authors; Nora Roberts, when she wanted to read about true love—however fictional, and Janet Evanovich when she needed to be reminded there was humor in the world. A small collection of Junie B. Jones books she and Hope had read, and laughed over, together.
     What took up most of the trunk space in her fifteen-year-old Dodge Neon were skeins of yarn, pattern books, notebooks holding more patterns and ideas, and a variety of knitting needles and crochet hooks.
     Logically, keeping her most prized possessions in a vehicle might not be the best idea, but Augusta, better known as Gus, had lost much to someone she was supposed to be able to trust and in places supposedly safe. Plus, her car had become her home. It was old enough, with various dings and dents, that no one would deem it worthy of stealing.
     Today Gus packed the last few items as she wondered how long it would take her to drive from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. One saw the end of what she loved best and held most dear, the other, hopefully, would help her find a way to go on living.
     Armed with numerous maps to help her find her way across the country, she placed the last item in the trunk. A small ornately carved box holding the ashes of her beloved eight-year-old daughter, Hope.

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26 comments:

  1. Diana, I really like your story concept. What family hasn't had a disgruntled member who has kept their children from experiencing part of the family? Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes it just deprives good people from knowing each other. I wish you every success with your new release of Kissing Cousins.

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  2. Diana, such a great story line. True to life happenings, abuse, the loss of a child....financial losses. I'm sure this will be a must read. I also enjoy Nora Roberts books. :)

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    1. Thank you! I am truly humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as Nora Roberts. I wanted to grow up to be like her. ;)

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  3. Diana, sorry it took me so long to get here! Just wanted to congratulate you on your book and tell you how much I enjoyed reading and editing it. It was very true to life, and though I've never been to Maine, you made me see it through your characters' eyes, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    CONGRATULATIONS!
    Cheryl

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  4. Welcome Diana, and what a story you are sharing with everyone. I wish you the best and look forward to taking the journey with Gus and Web. Doris McCraw/Angela Raines

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  5. Welcome, Diana, and congratulatins on your first release! Augusta is certainly going to make for an interesting redemption. Good luck

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  6. Hello, Diana--welcome to PRP and this great bunch of authors. Your story sounds very emotional, containing events that happen to people in real life. This will make the story meaningful to readers. I wish you success with this release and your future as an author. Celia Yeary

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    1. I'm honored to be part of this wonderful group.

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  7. Welcome, welcome, Diana!!! Since I've known this lady for a number of years :-) I can attest to her creativity!! She will be an asset to PRP/Fire Star Press.....

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    1. A big thank you to you, Gail, for encouraging me to contact PRP and always inspiring. :)

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  8. Diana, Welcome! You're story sounds like a great read. Wishing you all the best with the new release!

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    1. Thank you! I feel lucky to be part of this group.

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  9. Diana, what a terrific debut story! Congratulations and best wishes for much success.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy the story.

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  10. Congrats, Diana! Your novel sounds fantastic!! Best wishes!

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    1. I really appreciate all the good wishes!

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  11. Hi Diana! Congrats on your debut! I can't wait to read this, it looks great!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed bringing it to everyone.

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  12. Diana, welcome to PRP and congratulations on your release of Kissing Cousins. Great concept and boy is there a lot of baggage to deal with. I write historical romances usually with a lesson to be learned or to raise an issue of importance so this story sounds like my cup of tea. I live in NYS, but I love Maine and go there every other yr., so I'll really look forward to this delightful read. I joined PRP last year and have been on a roll ever since. You will love being part of PRP as everyone is more than helpful and encouraging. And they are one bunch of very talented authors. Wishing you much success.

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    1. I feel so fortunate to be part of this wonderful group. I'm a bit jealous you get to go to Maine so often. It's my birth state, but I live in Oregon so trips there aren't as often as I wish. Thank you!

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  13. Congratulations to Sara Barnard for winning a free copy of KISSING COUSINS!! Thank you to all of you for checking out my debut novel and leaving me a message. I appreciate all your warm wishes. This has been a dream come true for me, 30 years in the making. I hope you all enjoy my story!

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  14. A wonderful book! I can relate to some of the characters in the story and even though it was fiction, it made me reflect upon my own life and what I will do to make it better. Thank you Diana!

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