Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer's Family Affair (+$15 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Summer's Family Affair
Author: Cynthia Gail
Series: Music City Hearts #3
Pages: 251
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Jenny Cohen defines successful independence: she put herself through college, couldn’t ask for better friends, owns a consulting firm, wears designer clothes, and just moved into her dream home... But she’s alone, except for her ailing mother whom she supports in a nursing home. As the marketing consultant for Chester, Dorsey & Tanner, she’s surrounded by male attention. Too bad it’s the overly-protective big-brother type.

Architect, Craig Stone, hasn’t looked at another woman since his wife passed away four years ago. His time is taken—building a career while trying to be both mother and father to his eight-year-old son. But when his appointment with the largest development firm in Nashville is double-booked with a black-haired beauty, he finds himself reaching for new possibilities.

The attraction sets off more fireworks than the Fourth of July. Yet, their relationship is riddled with issues neither one of them expected. Somewhere in the middle they must find a way to compromise or let go of a chance for love they may never find again.

~Author Poll!~
For today’s post, I’d like to take a short poll of the audience. AND as a reward for their participation, I’m going to donate a $5 Starbucks gift card to a random commenter. There’s already a blog tour Rafflecopter, but this prize will solely be for Unabridged Andra’s!
What do you consider sexy?
  1. Sky-blue or chocolate-brown eyes?
  2. Deep-brown or sunkissed-blond hair?
  3. Clean shaven or five o’clock shadow?
  4. Collar-length hair, slicked back Italian-style or wavy, just long enough to run your fingers thru?
  5. Soft and manicured or working-man’s hands?
  6. Shirtless, muscled chest or custom-fitted tux?
  7. Bringing flowers or opening doors?

~Try an Excerpt!~
All thought froze, as a beautiful voice cut through the near-silence of the room. Craig stared at the portfolio for just a second more before turning his attention to the front desk. He couldn’t see far enough around the corner to get a good view. What he did see . . . a pair of black strappy stilettos.

“Better you than me. He’s in an awful mood. Jeffry was out for just three days and his temp messed up the entire week’s schedule.”

Craig quietly moved down the row of chairs. Though his line of sight was much improved, he still couldn’t see the face behind the voice.

“You know it’s only going to get worse. It’s just Monday. How bad is it, really?”

She must be leaning over the desk, because her voice was now a faint whisper and the scene that greeted him was a firm derriere and a pair of runner’s legs that made his heart skip a beat.

“I’m not sure. I do know that you’re double-booked with the gentleman sitting across the room. Don’t look now.” Someone cleared their throat. “He’s a new architect Nick’s consulting with on the expansion designs. Too expensive to reschedule. Sorry.”


“Brandon’s supposed to be part of their meeting and the temp had it on his calendar for noon tomorrow, instead of nine today.”

“I guess I can take second place. Only because it puts Brandon at my mercy. Tell Jeffry to come to the lobby and we’ll work it out. I’m always flexible, especially when it gives me an edge.”

The women laughed, a beautiful melody that rang through his entire being. Craig watched as she straightened and he could now see long, wavy black hair, falling against a ruby-red silk blouse. She reminded him of a Victoria Secrets model—long and lean, with a hint of curve.

“That’s why I like you so much. It’ll be a few minutes, if you’d like to have a seat.”

Craig shifted his attention back to the contract in his hand and purposefully read the title five more times. Slowly. He listened as her shoes clicked across the hardwood floor, waiting until the sound stopped before turning in her direction. She’d taken the chair he’d previously occupied and was sliding her phone into a black designer clutch.

Then she greeted him with a smile that still held a spark of amusement. He took a deep breath and swallowed. She had a hint of summer tan that made her skin glow, a touch of sheer gloss on her lips, and chocolate-brown eyes that instantly warmed him to the core.

His throat went suddenly dry and his mind raced for something to say. He stared silently, feeling like a teenage boy who’d never spoken to a girl before. Somehow, he found his footing and stood, then walked over to the chair next to hers. “Craig Stone.”
~Meet Gail!~ 
My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our three dogs. When I'm not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.
Cynthia Gail will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.


  1. Blue eyes
    Hair doesn't matter
    Clean shaven - I'm NOT kissing stubble
    I prefer the hair shorter rather than longer
    Working man's hands for sure
    He can be muscled up to a point & he can keep his shirt on
    Forget the flowers & opening doors he can cook and clean for me.

  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

  4. Thanks for having me today! I'm anxious to see all of the responses : )

  5. Wonderful post and excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway. Congratulations to Cynthia on the new release-all the best !

  6. What I consider sexy:
    Chocolate-brown eyes
    Deep-brown hair
    Five o’clock shadow
    Wavy and just long enough to run my fingers through
    Working-man’s hands
    Shirtless, muscled chest
    Opening doors
    Thank you for the great post and contest!

  7. Chocolate-brown eyes
    Deep-brown hair
    Clean shaven
    Collar-length hair
    Working-man's hands
    Both, bringing flowers and opening doors

  8. Looks like an interesting book ;)

  9. Great excerpt, thanks for the giveaway!

  10. both of these combinations:
    Sky-blue eyes with the deep-brown hair
    chocolate-brown eyes with sunkissed-blond hair
    Clean shaven
    Collar-length hair
    working-man’s hands
    Shirtless, muscled chest
    opening doors

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

  12. Can I pick Hazel eyes?
    Deep-brown hair
    Five o’clock shadow
    Collar-length hair
    Working-man’s hands
    Shirtless, muscled chest that also can pull off the custom-fitted tux on occasion
    Opening doors

  13. Deep-brown hair - but I can easily be convinced otherwise
    Clean shaven - I've never experienced otherwise, so again might be convinced otherwise
    Collar-length hair - that is just long enough to run my fingers through
    Working-man’s hands - but short fingernails, as I must draw the line somewhere, LOL
    Shirtless, muscled chest - like above, one that can pull off that custom-fitted tux in a heartbeat
    Opening doors is a must - flowers are a lovely bonus

  14. Ree Dee is the random winner - congratulations! If you'll send your email address to author@cynthiagail.com I'll get your gift card out.