Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Weather Girl. Giveaway and Author Interview!!

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to my stop for the April Showers Book Tour for
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine

The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine
Clean Adult Contemporary Romance
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin

Turbulence is in their forecast.

Summer Raines knows when it's going to rain. She can feel it. That's why the local weather girl's so good at her job. Too bad she couldn't have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody's favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It's enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She's stuck with a career that's going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn't nearly as easy as predicting the weather.


1) What is your favorite thing about writing?

First, let me say thank you for having me on your blog today! I so appreciate it! What I love most about writing is seeing an idea come to life. Sometimes the original idea is just this one scene or this one character that I love. To be able to take that one piece of the puzzle and put it all together into something rich and full is very satisfying.

2) When did you know writing was what you wanted to do?

Oh boy, that's tough because I always, always, always wanted to be a counselor. I wanted to help kids and in my alternate life I am school social worker. Writing wasn't really something I thought I could do. But I have always been a big daydreamer as well. One day, about eight or nine years ago, I decided to write one of those daydreams down, just so I could keep all the details straight. My husband used to make fun of me and say, "Why would you spend all this time writing something down that no one but you is going to read?" I guess that was what made me take the risk to let some other people read what I wrote and see what would happen.

3) Do you read in the same genre you write in?

I love a good romance novel. I have read a few Harlequin Heartwarming books since getting published and have loved them. My tastes are all over the place though. I love a mystery, psychological thrillers, YA, NA, even the classics!

4) Who are two of your favorite authors?

Jodi Picoult does a fabulous job of writing books that take you on this emotional roller coaster. I love that. More recently, I read a series of books by Tahereh Mafi. Her books are YA, dystopian society, with a little romance on the side. I love what she did with that genre - I think she did it better than the ones that got made into movies!

5) What is the hardest things about writing?

Finding the time to do it! I work as a middle school social worker during the day, run three active kids around in the afternoons, and squeeze in writing at night after I take care of all the household responsibilities. I need about ten extra hours in a day, then maybe I could actually get more than a few hours sleep!

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn't make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming - a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, red umbrella, signed copy of THE WEATHER GIRL, umbrella bookmark, and decorative box (US Only)
- 5 ebooks of The Weather Girl (INT)
- April 21 - May 11

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  1. I have been seeing this book around and it looks fun and cute. I am all about sweet romances without a lot of drama. I could certainly use a new umbrella living here in Oregon!

    1. Yes, I also enjoy sweet romances! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I really like that banner. Actually I just love umbrellas but I'm not exactly sure why. They are just cute maybe? My favorite weather is usually spring weather that isn't yet hot (70 or under) but with sun shining and no wind. I hate wind! This sounds cute!

    1. Yes the wind can be a pain! Especially since I have long hair that I love to wear down. I love umbrellas too, but I don't get much of a chance here in dry... dry... Arizona. :)