Friday, August 23, 2019

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In Pursuit of Perfection by Jacki Kelly - Book Tour + Giveaway


In Pursuit of Perfection
by Jacki Kelly


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GENRE:   romance

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BLURB:

The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be perfect.
She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything less.
All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season and she will get that
promotion she has been working so hard for.
Avery Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors –
has been hired to work with her as legal counsel for the company.
From the moment they are forced to work together tensions are high and expectations are low.
He questions her ability, she questions his intentions.
After Macy is suspected in an accounting shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence.
Has she once again been deceived by a man she thought she could trust?
Can she clear her name and win her job back?
And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.

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EXCERPT
From the moment Macy agreed to go out with Avery, she couldn’t focus on any of the important things.
Instead of pursuing Michelle, she thought about what to wear.
Instead of rechecking the few audit documents she had,
she was wondering what she and Avery would talk about. This was a real date.
Everything up to now was only practice. Dating Avery was playing with an open flame. 

She closed her eyes and drew in a deep breath.
All her thoughts whirled around the hurt little girl her father left standing in the doorway.
That was the 202 area code number that kept showing up on her phone. She sighed.
Brian had been too young to understand the destruction their father had caused.
But she couldn’t forget, and she couldn’t forgive.

The intoxicating expression on his face made her heart thump harder.
There were good reasons to pull away from him. But she couldn’t.
As risky as being with Avery was, she couldn’t walk away.
She needed to forget about the past,
to stop glancing backward and focus on the offerings of the future.
Maybe now was the perfect time to open the lock on her heart.

The HR Director shook his head. “That’s not a possibility.”

For a moment the room was quiet. There had to be something she could say to make this right.
“How soon—” 

“Immediately. We’d like you to gather anything personal from your office that you’d like to take home
with you and exit the building.”

She sat up straighter in the chair. “It sounds like you’re firing me.” 
“Until we have finished our investigation, please do not return to the building.” He stood.
The meeting was over.

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Guest PostGuest post topic: Favorite and least favorite thing about writing romance

I’ve never been asked what my favorite and least favorite thing about writing romance is, so I had to give this blog a lot of thought. I decided to start with my least favorite thing because there aren’t many. When I first started writing romance, I had to learn some very fundamental rules. For a standard romance neither the hero nor the heroine should be in a relationship when the book opens. It took me a moment before I realized why this was important.
Dumping one relationship for another doesn’t put the characters in a good light. If I want my characters to be likable then I don’t want to show them doing shady things or having less than noble motives.
Romance is the number one selling genre, which makes it a pro and a con. It makes the romance genre a very crowded field. It’s hard to get attention with so many good books to competing for reading attention. There are so many different types of romance, contemporary, suspense, paranormal, romantic comedy, historical, young adult, fantasy, western, and the list continues. As a writer, this is too my advantage, because it gives me substantial opportunities to write on a broad range of topics, but it increases the competition as well.
My favorite thing about writing romance is the happily-ever-after endings or the happy-for-now endings I get to write. As an optimist, I always try to see the good in a situation, and writing romance allows me to escape the headline news, or the tragic story of the day and live in a world that’s fun, exciting and upbeat.
In the romance genre, there is a book for everyone. No matter what your interest, you can find a romance book that fits you. And whether we admit it or not, most stories, movies and television programs have a romantic element. There’s no escaping romance.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Men and women have always sought the promise that only love can offer.
Jacki invites you into an intriguing world where romance abounds around every corner and down
every street. You’ll be amazed at the crazy things we do and don’t do for the promise of love.
Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade.
Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws
our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and
her hard drive.
Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold and the summers are warm.
But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands
of Miami Beach in February. Her loveable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long
periods behind the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing hero and heroines.
Romance makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Jacki Kelly will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn
winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



14 comments:

  1. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

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  2. If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?

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    1. Hi Kim, I would spend the day with Macy. She warm and considerate and I think the two of us would have the most in common.

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  3. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post!

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  4. Happy Friday! Out of all of the books that you've written, do you have a favorite?

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    1. Bea, I would have to say it's always the one I'm working on. Once I move to a new book, that one seems to consume all my attention.

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  5. Which character gave you the hardest time, while writing?

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  6. Which character do you most relate to in your book?

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  7. Thank you for sharing this one with us :)

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  8. How long after you finish a book do you start writing your next book?

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  9. Did you have a tough time picking a boo cover?

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