Friday, October 23, 2015

Elli by Tina DeSalvo (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT






by Tina DeSalvo

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GENRE:  Romance

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BLURB:

Her life could have been over with her breast cancer diagnosis, but Elli had fought and won. Now she is ready to fight for other women facing the same nightmare, but to do so she is going to need money. And she is going to need it fast.

Fortunately, Elli finds herself with half ownership of a Louisiana plantation. A twisted inheritance has set her up with an interesting future. Unfortunately, Elli no longer believes in planning a future, she just wants to take the money and run.

Ben Bienvenu wants nothing to do with the woman from California who is certain to turn his world upside down. But the conditions of the will that left the property to both of them doesn’t give him much choice. Not if he wants to keep the property that’s been in his family for generations.

A snobby diva rental dog, an impossible will, a nosy Bienvenu family, a distracting Mardi Gras season and a man who thinks he is protecting his son by standing his ground against her… Elli knows that trying to find common ground with this man known as the Cajun Dog Whisperer is going to be an uphill battle. 

Two broken people.

Both in need of a Second Chance….

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EXCERPT


“Tell her. Real dogs should have drool dripping from their mouths and hunters walking alongside them.”

“Mais yeah, Ben,” another man shouted in a heavy Cajun accent. “Tell her, a real dawg should fetch a beer from da fridge while da ball game is on. Dat way nobody has to get off da recliner.”

Elli’s head snapped around to the man they were addressing. She noticed that he had a sexy little scar bisecting his lopsided grin. Ben. Ben Bienvenu? Her partner? Donna’s hero. Alligator eliminator.

“A real dog,” another man in neon shouted as he swayed a bit drunkenly. “A real dog should be able to protect your woman and lick his…”

“Whoa, I think she’s got the picture,” Ben said interrupting the rowdy group, all of whom, Elli now realized, were well on their way to having hangovers. The only man seemingly sober was her new partner.

She whirled around to face him, Donna still projecting out from her arms. “So, you are Ben Bienvenu.”

He bowed at the waist and waved the dripping pirate hat he’d just retrieved from the bayou. “At your service.”

“Mr. Bienvenu.” Elli tucked Donna into the crook of her arm, wiped her free hand on her skirt, and extended it to Ben. “I’m Elli Morenelli, I own the Sugar Mill Plantation with you.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Throughout her life, Tina DeSalvo has filled many roles – daughter, sister, student, wife, mother, journalist. Then one day she took on one she had not planned – breast cancer patient. In an instant her life changed. But as she had done everything else in her life, Tina threw herself into overcoming this role and becoming a survivor.

It was during this time of fighting and healing that Elli was born. Tina took all that she learned, many of the people she met during the battle and poured it all into a book full of heart and humor. Elli is the story of getting a second chance at life after breast cancer. It’s not a book about cancer, it’s about a woman who’s had it. It’s a story that will make you laugh and could even bring tears to your eyes and it’s right from Tina’s heart. So much so that she is donating all proceeds from the sale of Elli to help meet the unmet needs of other women who are going through the same fight she did.

Since Elli, Tina has continued her Second Chance series with Jewell. We hope that you will check out Jewell as well and keep an eye out for Abby coming later in 2016.

Now, as we enter October and another Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tina is reaching out to share her story and share Elli’s story again. There will be Facebook events and news of other contests and appearances on her website. And all month long she will be visiting blogs to share her heart and her message. She’s looking to give away Care Packages to ten Centers that work with Breast Cancer patients.  You can nominate a Center or Charity that has worked with you or a friend or family member as they went through treatment for Breast Cancer. From all nominated, ten will be randomly picked and Tina will give away a basket full of goodies in the name of you or your friend or family member. Let’s spread the love in October to those that might need it the most.


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GIVEAWAY


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33 comments:

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    1. You are welcome! Delighted to contribute in a small way to such a worthy cause.

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  2. What does a typical day look like?

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    1. Sorry, Mai. I think Tina missed your question. Personally, my days have been topsy-turvy lately, especially since I have been under the weather, but things are slowly improving! Thanks for popping in and asking a question!

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  3. Good luck with the release!

    --Trix

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  4. Great excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Happy you liked it, Eva. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment!

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  5. This book sounds amazing and I would love to read it. ty

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    1. Bridget, please let me know what you think after you do. I'd love to hear from you.

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    2. I hope you get a chance to read it, Bridgett, it sounds inspirational. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. I think that's so great that she's giving away care packages!

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    1. Thanks Elisabeth! Please help share this Giveaway that is dear to my heart with your friends. I'm really excited to be supporting those in the fight against cancer in this way.

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    2. I agree, Elisabeth, and I think that Tina is an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Great Blurb, Congrats on the release---Rae

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  8. I'm looking forward to reading this one, Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I appreciate your comment, Mary. Thank you.

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    2. Thanks for dropping in, Mary!

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  10. I have read Elli. Such a wonderful story. Fabulously fun and interesting characters.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Elli! Your comment s are important to me. :)

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    2. Great to hear! Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

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  11. I think I would really like to read this story. Love the idea it's set on a Louisiana plantation.

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    1. Hi Karen. I'm glad to hear the plantation interests you. The plantation is a fictional one but based on the many bayou plantations in south Louisiana. They are similar to the more known type of plantations built along the Mississippi River. I had fun researching them and I hope I bring my love of plantations shines in ELLI.

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    2. It sounds like a lovely setting, Karen. Thanks for popping by!

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