Friday, February 5, 2016

Once in a Lifetime by Jayne Nichols (VBB, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) GFT





by Jayne Nichols

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENRE: Contemprorary Romance

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BLURB:

Is it possible for a poor hash-house waitress to find love with a wealthy Irish horse breeder?  Not as long as he thinks she conned his father into leaving her his cottage on the island of Inish Mor in the Aran Islands.  To prove his assumption false, Samantha St. John sells her new inheritance to Kieran McDade for one Euro, receives his thank-you kiss on her cheek, and bids him farewell.

Never expecting to see him again, she is surprised to receive his invitation and a plane ticket to Ireland.  He’s had second thoughts and offers Samantha a holiday at his home on FastTrack Farm where she charms not only his race horse, but Kieran himself.  For Samantha, it is like a fairy tale, complete with a wicked witch, an elegant ball, and a horse race that could decide whether her Cinderella story will have a happy ending.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~





EXCERPT

She wandered into the barn, taking care not to make any noise. The barn was eerily quiet. Maybe Lifetime was asleep. Niall had said something about the horse not eating and sleeping too much. She tiptoed toward his stall and glanced over the gate. Lifetime was lying flat out in the straw.

“You’re never going to win the Derby if you don’t practice.” She rested her hands on the gate. “I used to run cross country. I know.”

The horse lifted his head, whinnied low in his throat. He stood, shook the straw from his body head to tail, and pawed at the floor.

“Don’t give me that nonsense,” Samantha admonished. “Come here.” The horse eyed her from across the stall. “You heard me. Come here.” She reached into the grain bucket sitting outside the stall and offered him a handful. “Got something for you.”

Lifetime took several steps toward her, stretched his head to sniff at her hand. He moved closer to nudge at her jacket pocket. She stepped back, held her cupped hand beneath his lips. “Dinner, first. Then dessert.” He sniffed at the grain, scooped it up with his tongue, and licked her hand clean. “Good boy.” She gave him a butter mint and patted his neck.

“Don’t be feeding him too many sweets. Fat horses don’t win races.”

Samantha’s heart jumped into her throat. Eyes wide, Lifetime backed away immediately from the gate. He retreated to the far end of the stall, shaking his head.

“I’m sorry, Niall. I wanted to see if he’d eat some grain.”

“And did he?”

“Yes, a small handful.” She cupped her hand to show him how much. “Did I do something wrong?”

Niall turned his dumbfounded stare from her to the horse and back to her. “No, lass, you’ve done nothing wrong.” He shook his head, his smile turning slowly into a perceptive grin. “Well now, Miss Samantha, I think you have the gift.”


 
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Growing up, I wrote a few things for school—reports and a few creative writing projects for English class—but never really thought about writing novels until after I married my David.  Even then, what little writing I did leaned toward Mystery.  I didn’t discover Romance until my husband and I traveled to Greece.  It was hot—I mean really hot—and we ducked inside the Athens Hilton to bask in their air conditioned gift shop.  I was looking at a rack of paperback books and picked up one entitled Born in Fire by someone named Sarah Hardesty.  I stayed in our air-conditioned hotel room for two days reading that novel nearly non-stop and decided then and there what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  I wanted to write Romance.  It wasn’t until I was back home and hunting through a Barnes and Noble for more books by Sarah Hardesty that I learned the author was actually Nora Roberts.  Truthfully, I had never heard of her.  I know who she is now.  And who knows, maybe someday, she will have heard of me.

As Jayne Nichols, I write contemporary romance (Wish Fulfilled Series) and romantic suspense (Madrona Point Series), and I love every minute of it.

Social Media Links 

(Note from ELF:  check out her website, such a fun name!)
Website
Twitter


******************************

GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The tour dates can be found here

31 comments:

  1. Congrats! What is the best b=part about writing a book?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Debby, oh my, there are so many best parts. I love hearing from readers that they were so enthralled in the story they couldn't put the book down. I'm always happy when someone enjoys my writing. Jayne

      Delete
    2. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment, Debby!

      Delete
  2. Thank you so much for hosting me. Jayne

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are very welcome! Thank YOU for taking the time to interact with my readers and congrats on the release, it looks like a heartwarming tale.

      Delete
    2. p.s. And I ADORE your website name, so clever!

      Delete
    3. I've had lots of fun with that website, though I have to admit, my designer was very skeptical at first. It's not the typical author website, but I like to think I'm not your typical author.

      Delete
  3. Beautiful cover. Loved this excerpt.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, MomJane. Good to see you again. Jayne

      Delete
  4. It's a great excerpt!

    --Trix

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great post! I enjoyed reading the excerpt and your bio. I think it's so interesting how you came to write romance, Jayne! It was your destiny!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My mother always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn't in the stars for her. I'm continuing her legacy. Jayne

      Delete
  6. I'm not sure my first comment went through, so, hello Jayne!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mary, this is the only comment I see. Great to see you here. Jayne

      Delete
  7. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a wonderful book, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Eva. I think it is, but of course, I'm probably a bit predjudiced. Great to have you here. Jayne

      Delete
  8. Not normally a romance reader but on the advice of a friend read "Once in a Lifetime" - loved it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! And many thanks to your friend. Jayne

      Delete
  9. I enjoyed the excerpt and that cover is lovely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Mary. And my cover artist thanks you, too. Jayne

      Delete
  10. Great blurb, I'm intrigued! Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love how she talked to the horse in the excerpt.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I loved the excerpt! Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hi Ree, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Jayne

    ReplyDelete
  14. I really enjoyed this excerpt and symopsis. Thank you for the chance.

    ReplyDelete