Monday, May 7, 2018

Book Tour Guest Post & Giveaway: Virginia McCullough, author of Love, Unexpected

On Tour with Prism Book Tours, Unexpected
(Two Moon Bay #3)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Moving to a new place isn’t easy…

Until a neglected ship and its owner make her feel at home

After spying a boat in need of some TLC, single mom Andi Sterling strikes a deal with its owner, Zeke Donovan, who shares her passion for restoring old things. Uncovering the legendary ship’s secrets draws them closer. Is it too soon for Andi to open her heart to the chance to build new dreams?


Guest Post by Author Virginia McCullough

Drifting Dreams

        Like Andi says in LOVE, UNEXPECTED, someone (they don’t yet know who) named the wooden motor yacht Drifting Dreamer for a reason. For me, the name brings to mind the old song “Moon River,” with “two drifters off to see the world.” As Zeke observed, in 1939 no one built a 50-foot yacht if they didn’t have some big dreams.

        Drifting Dreamer comes into Zeke’s life as a big surprise—and not a welcome one. It shows up unexpectedly at his dock one day. And not in all its glory. With peeling varnish, cracks in the once pristine mahogany cabin, and bronze fittings turned green, nightmares come to mind, but certainly not dreams. It seems Zeke’s dad, Art, inherited this eyesore to settle a twenty-year-old debt. Zeke’s first thought is to dismantle it and sell off the pieces of this boat, which is already dying of neglect. But luckily—for the boat and Zeke—Andi shows up with an idea, and Zeke’s initial impulse suddenly doesn’t seem so appealing anymore.  

Spinning dreams is at the heart of LOVE, UNEXPECTED. Zeke Donovan has an old dream he was on the way to fulfilling, but his commitment to look after his dad led him to set aside what he wanted for himself. On the other hand, Andi gradually discovers the possibility of having something wonderful she’d never dared to dream she could have.  

As they find themselves attracted, becoming fast friends who fall in love along the way, they uncover hints about Drifting Dreamer’s first owners, whose story is linked with the coming the Second World War. Charles and Mary Peterson have plenty of dreams and maybe a few conflicts to deal with, too. (Families are good at bringing in a little conflict, aren’t they?) At first these discoveries lead to more questions than answers, but Zeke and Andi aren’t inclined to quit until they piece together almost eight decades of the boat’s life.

As Andi and Zeke begin to nurture their individual desires, they’re inspired by Charles and Mary and they understand why Drifting Dreamer is an apt name for the yacht. They also come to identify with Charles and Mary’s dreams—even those unfulfilled—as they begin to fill in the blanks of the couple’s joys and sorrows. And it might be that no one in the boat’s long life ever felt the same way about Drifting Dreamer than her first owners—at least until now.

Andi and Zeke soon learn that one summer can bring big life changes. By bringing the boat back to life, they open up to possibilities and dreams that take their lives in new directions. So, just as love was unexpected, so were the dreams.

Writing Andi and Zeke’s story, I realized once again that given a choice I’ll always choose to believe in the value of dreams, even knowing they might change their form over time or a few might not ever come true. But some do come to fruition—if we work for them. No wonder so many of us keep on believing in the power of dreams.

Other Books in the Series in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

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(Two Moon Bay #2)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.
Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card and the pictured Handfelted Wool Bowl and Gemstones (US only):

Description: A beautiful handfelted wool bowl filled with colorful gemstones to add a little beauty to your home. The bowl contains a small amethyst cluster from Uruguay which is generally used in rooms where people tend to congregate such as kitchens and family rooms. It is said to bring about peace and open communication. The bowl also includes a pink chunk of rose quartz from Brazil as a reminder of love and healing, a candle quartz crystal crystal from Madagascar said to make anyone who enters your home feel welcome, a pretty piece of blue lace agate from Southwest Africa to help create relaxing and accepting energy near your front door, a deep blue apatite heart from Sri Lanka to encourage the sharing of feelings and tangerine quartz from Brazil for information retention and perfect for your office, study or a student's room.

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