Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Smitten at First Sight " Excerpt and Prize Tour

Meet Multi-Published Author Marie Astor

Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Lucky Charm, Smitten at First Sight, This Tangled Thing Called Love, romantic suspense novel, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.

At the tour's end, Marie will award prizes to five randomly drawn commenters. The prizes are lovely pieces of custom-designed jewelry. 


"Smitten at First Sight"

Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.
Maggie’s doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, she meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.
A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.
An Excerpt

Maggie could not help admiring the way everyone in the group heeded Taylor’s lead. At the same time, Taylor had no qualms about sharing his authority with his friend, Shawn: the two of them worked as a team. Jeffrey was incapable of such humbleness: whether he was producing a TV show or organizing a social event, he always had to make sure that he controlled each and every aspect of the process. Jeffrey was well-known for his controlling personality in the industry; before, Maggie had always attributed his reputation to the jealousy and unfairness of his rivals, but now she was no longer sure.
But then no man was perfect, and Maggie was certain that Taylor too had his faults. At least, that was what she wanted to believe. There was something uncanny about how collected he looked when he talked about the danger of an avalanche, as though to him it were an everyday part of life. She wondered what it was that drove Taylor to lead the life that he chose. Why go out there day after day, risking injuries and death in exchange for a momentary thrill? What was it that he found in the mountains that he could not find on the ground? From the looks of it, Taylor certainly fitted the mold of an adrenaline junkie. Still, she had to admit that she found him intriguing.
You are engaged and you’re fantasizing about some hot ski bum you know nothing about, Maggie thought, get a hold of yourself before you regret it.
You love Jeffrey – stop making a fool of yourself before you come to regret it, Maggie reminded herself, as she boarded the air tram. Just then her grip loosened and her skis almost slid out of her hands.
“Careful there,” Maggie heard Taylor’s voice behind her, as he reached just in time to catch her skis.
“That was clumsy of me,” Maggie muttered, averting her eyes.
“Everything okay, Maggie?” Jeffrey called over his shoulder.
“Everything is fine.” Maggie’s breath caught, as she sensed Taylor standing so close to her.

 Where in the world is Marie?
If you would like to find out more about Marie’s books, please visit Marie at her website:
Books by Marie Astor:

A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.

You could be one of the lucky commenters to win one of these custom made prizes:
  • Jade and prehnite necklace
  • Green aventurine sterling silver earrings
  • Smoky quartz sterling silver earrings
  • Rose quartz sterling silver earrings
  • Blue quartz three strand necklace with sterling silver clasp
Follow along on Marie's tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning a stunning piece of jewelry.



Goddess Fish Promotions said...

thank you for hosting today.

Emiliana25 said...

Hi, did you alway want to be a writer and did digital publishing make it easier to be published or is it harder?


Ingeborg said...

Love the excerpt, thank you.


Becky Lower said...

Hi Christy and Marie. The book sounds lovely and I'm smitten by the title! I'd love to read more. Fortunately, I just happen to have an Amazon gift card...

Christy McKee said...


Fortunately, I happen to have one too! It's become a favorite Christmas gift of mine.

So nice to hear from you!

Marie Astor said...

Thank you for featuring Smitten at First Sight today!

Thank you All for Your wonderful comments! I hope to see you at the next stop!


bn100 said...

I like the title. Did it take long to come up with it?