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Monday, 6 July 2015

☀☄ The Summer Diary - Elyse Douglas

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Summer Diary, contemporary romance  by (, 287 pages).

Check out the book's trailer, synopsis and excerpt below. You can also read the first three chapters on Amazon.

Although this novel is not part of a series, you can find out more about The Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas.

Authors Elyse Douglas will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts and reviews, also the more comments you leave the higher your chances of being a winner.


Trailer | Synopsis | Teaser | The Christmas Diary | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Synopsis

After her best friend and husband are killed in an airplane crash, a young woman finds her best friend’s diary and learns that she was secretly in love with another man, a soldier. Determined to find the secret lover, Keri sets off on a journey and discovers the key to her destiny.

Teaser: Excerpt

Seconds later, the tension returned. She saw Big Pete, and a tall younger man emerge from around the back of the house and start toward her. His dogs, Brownie and Tippie Toe, were right behind. She steadied herself with effort, and combed back her hair with stiff fingers.

Under the bold yellow sunshine, Ryan seemed to approach in slow motion, in easy unhurried strides. The playful wind scattered his long, sandy-blond hair, and he pushed a hand through it and removed his sunglasses, squinting her a look as he slowly closed the distance. He wore a sleeveless blue T-shirt, denim cut-off shorts and faded black Keds sneakers. He had considerable breadth of shoulder, a wide chest and gleaming muscled arms that suggested an athlete in the prime of his career.

This was not the same man Keri had seen in the photograph at Sally’s house. There was a force about this fully present Ryan—an elegant masculinity that completely pushed Keri off balance. This big tanned man standing before her had impact, he captivated, impressed; he aroused intrepid desires. Keri felt a warm animal response. There were little tremors in her legs, her chest, her fingers.

Ryan stopped, standing five feet away from her, staring, waiting. He had a noble hero face, all sharp lines, a sharp jaw, a strong muscular neck.

Keri’s thoughts stalled. She saw his intense sea-gray eyes probing her, checking her out. His expression was a blank page.

Big Pete spoke up. “Keri, this is Ryan. Ryan… Keri.”

Keri had the urge to leave. She had the urge to run. She’d never felt so ill at ease. Her façade of indifference melted away whenever she looked at Ryan. He was a magnetic wonder, whose reserve and mystery further amplified his attraction.

The Summer Diary - available NOW!

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The Diaries

Two Diaries.  Two Secrets.  Two Lovers.

The Christmas Diary

Alice Ferrell is an entrepreneur who owns a gift shop. Her business is failing, and she’s struggling with doubts about her upcoming marriage on Christmas Day, in Pennsylvania. Despite her doubts, she follows the plan to meet her fiancé in Pennsylvania, six days before the wedding.

Alice leaves New York and, as night descends, she gets lost in a violent snowstorm. A man darts out in front of her and she barely misses him. He's frightening and mysterious. He directs her to a nearby B&B. In a bookshelf in her room, she discovers an old diary wedged behind a row of books.

The diary was written by a man 15 years before. Alice reads it and is immediately overcome by its honest and tender style. Intrigued, she sets off on an "innocent" journey to find the man, to learn what happened to him. During her journey, Alice must confront her past, present and future, and make a decision that will change her life forever. [12 September 2012, 285 pages]

About the Author

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington.

Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a Degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.  She and her husband, Douglas Pennington, have completed five novels: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, Christmas Ever After, The Christmas Town and The Christmas Diary.

Douglas grew up in a family where music and astrology were second and third languages. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.  His two detective books include Death is Lookin' for Elvis and Death is a Tapdancer.  His great, great grandfather lived to be 132 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1928.

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46 comments:

  1. It sounds very intense!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  2. Sounds amazing...I loved the teaser :)

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  3. Thank you for hosting this. Love the layout!

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    1. Thank you for popping by, glad you like it :-)

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  4. I enjoyed the trailer and excerpt!

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  5. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. :)

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  8. Sounds like an amazing book and I love the cover! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Sounds great! Thanks for the excerpt!

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  10. Sounds great! Thanks for the excerpt!

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  11. i enjoyed reading the synopsis/excerpt.i love the cover of the book.

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  12. What a beautiful cover! I am looking forward to learning more about this book. Thank you for post and giveaway!

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  13. Interesting, hope I get a chance to read it.

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  14. The author has an impressive resume being a English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist. Wish much success.

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    1. I worked for a time on Guiding Light as a fertility nurse! That was fun.

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  15. I love Keri's initiative! Sounds like a great read!

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  16. I really like the cover! They are a nice looking couple.

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  17. The trailer was very interesting!

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  18. Enjoying following the tour. Beautiful cover and love the excerpt <3

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    1. Thanks, Noelle. I want to sing your beautiful name!

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  19. OMG, luv the cover. Divine. Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. :) Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

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  20. Looks like an interesting book ;)

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  21. When you write a novel, I am curious, do you create the ending ahead of time, or does the ending just develop as you are writing the novel?

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    1. Hello Jeffrey: I always have an ending in mind but it might change, and often does change, as the story progresses and the characters begin to breathe all by themselves. It is a dynamic process. Sometimes, I'm surprised by the ending because a character or characters said or did something I didn't anticipate during the course of the novel. Sometimes I have two or three different possibilities for an ending. That is a challenge. That's when I let the characters decide. Hope that answers your question. Best wishes, Jeffrey

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  22. I like your photo by the waterfront.

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    1. Thank you. I love that shot, too. It was a magical sunset and a very memorable day.

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  23. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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  24. Do you do your writing on paper first and then a computer or only a computer?

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    1. A computer. Sometimes I make notes in a hard-copy notebook but I write on a computer.

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  25. What were your hobbies as a child?

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    1. Playing the guitar, writing in my diary and helping my father work on our summer houses. (I hope I helped. Probably just got in the way--but I enjoyed the look and feel of the wood and the smell of the ocean.)

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    2. Thanks to all for sharing. It is appreciated.

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  26. Do you like doing publicity tours for your books?

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    1. Yes. I enjoy connecting with readers and hearing their stories and comments.

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  27. Your career has certainly been diverse. :) Do you get inspiration from your family?

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    1. Oh yes! Especially from my two sisters and my nieces.

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  28. You have great attention to detail when you write. I can imagine myself at the scene you are writing about.

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    1. It's always a challenge to find the right word to paint a living, breathing scene.

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  29. What would you say is the best way for someone to find an agent when he/she hasn't yet published anything?

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