Summer is about to close, but the romance doesn't have to end! Welcome to the blog tour for Canoodling Up North by Shawn M. Verdoni. I have an excerpt for you to enjoy to day. And then you need to be sure to follow the tour so that you can read even more! Leave comments and questions along the way and then enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN gift card!
At first glance, Damon MacGregor is living his best life as a bachelor and veterinarian in rural Wisconsin. That is until a wounded crane and an enchanted stranger bring his house-of-cards life crashing down. Not exactly where she expected to be at this time in her life, Catrina “Cat” Carneri has left her dreams in Montana to move back to her hometown where she is nursing a broken heart and working for an ungrateful boss.
A chance encounter at a wildlife rescue changes everything. Cat’s calm and organized demeanor impresses Damon. However, it is how her hair reminds him of autumn and is complimented by her curvaceous figure that beckons him to pull Cat into his arms, claiming her as his own. Damon’s compassion and gregarious personality intrigues Cat. Yet it is his cobalt blue eyes that first capture her heart; so infinite in their depth, she knows the moment he touches her, he takes a hold of her soul.
Soon after forging their passionate bond, a secret from Cat’s past has her facing a difficult decision. If she tells Damon the truth, he may leave or give her the chance to rebuild his trust. If she keeps the secret and Damon finds out, he will leave her forever.
Canoodling Up North is a love story about building fulfilling relationships; fostered in traditional values, confronted by modern complex challenges, while being nurtured by Wisconsin’s natural, cultural, and spiritual beauty.
Read an excerpt:
Damon MacGregor was the kind of man people noticed. Towering at 6-feet 6-inches with a shock of red shaggy hair that melded into a closely trimmed beard and mustache, it was easy to see that he would stand out in a crowd. It also helped that his preference of clothing made him look like a lumberjack most of the time; jeans, brown work boots, and a plaid cotton shirt during spring and summer switched to flannel in the fall and winter. Damon took up space when he entered a room because of his broad shoulders and muscular thighs that showed through his jeans. He didn’t deliberately wear tight jeans; it was just that he always found it difficult to find jeans long and wide enough to fit his build, and he wasn’t about to spend an obscene amount of money on clothes that he could easily buy at a big box store.As much as his appearance screamed, “Notice me!!!” he had other features that were just as intoxicating. Against his creamy white skin and shocking red hair, his ice-blue eyes were striking. A person could look at them and feel like they were looking out into an immense ocean, the color so crystal clear that you could see to the bottom. Just above his beard line lay another surprise. When Damon smiled or laughed, twin dimples appeared in his apple cheeks.
With her eyes still closed, Cat tried to clear her head. However, being a firstborn child, that was hard to do. Always trying to pay attention to the details, always trying to be the best, always trying to be perfect took a toll on her in more ways than one. At least she granted herself this moment to not do anything or be there for anyone else. This was her time and her time alone. She deserved it. She deserved to not do anything at all. Though she was no longer a kid, in Marshall’s eyes she would always be one, and therefore the one and only rule for Loon Lake, “kids rule,” was guaranteed to Cat if she came to the cabin to visit.
After her sun-kissed meditation, Cat squinted her eyes open and looked at the sky. If she had to guess, it was getting close to dinnertime. She felt something prickly on her leg and looked down. A pale-blue dragonfly with black wings had landed on her thigh. For such a beautiful creature, she was surprised at how coarse their legs felt on her skin. Cat smiled, noticing how the dragonfly’s coloring matched her swimsuit. She wondered if the suit attracted it to her. Since no one was around, Cat talked to the dragonfly as if it could understand her. “Hello, Mr. Dragonfly! I want to thank you for eating up the mosquitoes up here.
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Thank you, Andi! So excited to share my first book with you and your followers!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Andi! I am so excited to share these characters, their love story and my love for Wisconsin with you and your followers!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the excerpt, thanks for sharingReplyDelete
You are welcome! Hope you will enjoy the whole book:)Delete
Thank you for hosting!ReplyDelete
Yes, thanks, for hosting, Andi!Delete
Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear it, Rita. Thank you!Delete
Have also developed a book club discussion guide and am willing to participate in virtual discussions.
It's been great getting to discover your book and share with the readers in my family. Thank you and thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Really great cover!ReplyDelete
I agree! Thanks for commenting on it. I have to give credit to my graphic designer, Meredith Hancock. I gave her three ideas and when this one came through, I just knew it was the right one!
Also, if you purchase the paperback copy, my publisher, Carrie Severson, recommended a matte cover. Now that I get to hold the book in my hands (sigh) it feels like I am holding a sherpa throw, it is so soft. Perfect tactile feel for this book!
What do you think of the title?
My pleasure, James. It would be an interesting discussion about the role that family plays in the story and how your family responds to that theme.ReplyDelete
An awesome book title, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing your book and author details, I am looking forward to reading your storyReplyDelete
I am tickled pink that this snippet has grabbed your attention and you want to read the whole book!
What was most intriguing for you and why?
Of course I am intrigued to discover what Cat"s secret is but I also love that the story is set in a rural area that experiences real winter weather.Delete
Hi Bea, yes, winter is a real thing in Wisconsin. I hope you can come visit some of the places I share in the book. For instance, Rib Mointain in Wausau is the highest elevation in the state. I hear it is great forDelete
This sounds like a really great read. Especially since I live the next state down and I am really looking forward to reading to reading this.ReplyDelete
Good morning, Debbie,Delete
Do you mean to tell me you live in Illinois? I grew up there until I was 14 . . .a very small town, Big Rock. No surprised, it was named after the big rock at the town crossroads:)
I would love to get your thoughts on all the Wisconsin references to see which ones you've heard of and visited.
Thanks for your interest in the book!
Thank you so much for hosting, Andi! So sorry that there were so many technical issues today. I am happy with the comments and I even.made a few new friends. Let me know if I need to re-submit my replies to your followers who commented.ReplyDelete
Looks great! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Hi there, Victoria,Delete
Thanks for your feedback and interest!
I like the idea of an 'enchanted stranger'.ReplyDelete
Hi Mary, I am a sucker for "enchanted stranger" encounters, myself. Thanks for your feedback!Delete
Great excerpt and giveaway. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Cali. Hope you enjoy the whole book just as much!Delete