Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Twenty-eight-year old Annabel Green is about to tie the knot with her college love, an aspiring author Jeremy Blake, but her plans for an ideal wedding are rudely interrupted when she catches Jeremy kissing his gorgeous book agent.

Shell-shocked by Jeremy’s betrayal, Annabel retreats into the quiet routine of TV dinners and solitary evenings. It is then that Annabel’s best friend, fashion designer Lilly Clayton, sets herself on a mission to draw Annabel out of her shell. In an attempt to persuade Annabel to keep an open mind on dating, Lilly takes Annabel for a stunning makeover, but after Annabel passes on a date with a dashing entrepreneur, Lilly decides that more drastic measures are needed. Lilly invites Annabel to see a palm reader who gives Annabel a lucky charm that is supposed to help her find true love.

A few weeks later, Annabel meets a new love interest, and as the two embark on a whirlwind romance, she starts to believe in the power of the talisman the palm reader has given her. But what Annabel doesn’t know is that Lilly is hiding a secret that could unravel her faith in her newly found luck in love.
Etienne arrived promptly at ten in the morning, as he had promised the day before, and Annabel rushed to meet him downstairs.
“Good morning.” He flashed her a bright smile, the dark brown of his eyes meeting her gaze.
“Hi.” She blushed at the thought of how glad she was to see him. He looked even more handsome today, dressed in a casual outfit of khaki pants, hiking boots, and a polo shirt that showed off the taut muscles of his arms and chest.
“Let me get the door for you.” He rushed to the passenger side of his bright red convertible Porsche.
Annabel slid into the black leather seat. She had never been inside a Porsche before. From her seat, she could sense the faint smell of Etienne’s cologne - a strong, masculine scent that made her pulse quicken.
“Let’s hope we are lucky with traffic.” Etienne pressed on the clutch, and the car zoomed down the street.
For a few minutes, Annabel leaned back in terrified stupor as she watched Etienne navigate the Porsche at what seemed to her a crazy speed, but when she saw how expertly he switched gears, maneuvering the car between the tiny city streets, she relaxed.
“I had a great time yesterday.” Etienne’s glance lingered on her.
“So did I,” she admitted, hoping he would not be able to deduce from her voice just how much she had enjoyed her time with him.
The traffic light turned green and Etienne pressed on the accelerator, forcing himself to focus his attention on the road, which was easier said than done with Annabel sitting beside him. The tantalizing scent of her perfume tickled his nose, making him want to lean in and plant a long, passionate kiss on her strawberry lips and her long, beautiful neck. She looked positively ravishing today. He thought she had looked great yesterday in that flowing silk dress that she wore, but today she was dressed in denim shorts that rose all the way to her upper thighs and a ribbed T-shirt that fitted tightly over the curves of her breasts – a view that Etienne found more than welcome. Again, he forced himself to focus on the road. He could not remember the last time he had been this attracted to a girl. There had been a string of women since the split with Amanda, but although they were all attractive, none of them stood out in his mind. Annabel was different: not only was she a stunner to look at, but she was also interesting to talk to – a quality that Etienne knew firsthand was a rare find in a woman, at least in the kind of women that he always seemed to end up dating.

About Marie

Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection,  A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.

If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website: www.marieastor.com or visit her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection

Books by Marie Astor:

This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.


Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.


On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.


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.


Social Media Links:

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4665230.Marie_Astor

Twitter: @marieastor

Marie will be awarding to five randomly drawn commenters at the end of the tour (US ONLY),
one of the following five custom-designed jewelry prizes. 

Prize 1: Smoky quartz necklace with sterling silver flower clasp
Prize 2: Lapis and labradorite necklace with sterling silver clasp
Prize 3: Kayanite and turquoise sterling silver necklace
Prize 4: Onyx and red agate sterling silver bracelet
Prize 5: Jade, amber and red agate necklace


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Thank you for hosting today.

Maria D. said...

Love the name Etienne...very, very French...Thanks for the except and spotlight on Lucky Charm - sounds good

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Catherine Lee said...

I like the passionate build-up here. You build a nice sense of anticipation, Marie.
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Victoria Zumbrum said...

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Kathleen Dubois said...

Awesome book! Thank you for sharing with us!

Pat L. said...

Book sounds good.

bn100 said...

That was nice.