Today, I welcome one of compatriots on austenauthors.net with a non-Austen inspired release plus a giveaway of Inspired by Grace.
Finale, Goodbyes, and The End!
Thanks so much Regina for hosting me on this final stop on the blog tour of Inspired by Grace. It has been a whirlwind month of stops and blogs, so much so that time has flown by!
I wanted to stop and talk a little bit about endings. There will be times in all of our lives that something will come to an end. It might be a relationship or a job or for me, the final chapter of a book. This week I am having not only an end to the blog tour but also an end of having all my kids under my roof. I just took my eldest daughter, Paige, who Grace, in Inspired by Grace is based off of, to Brigham Young University. It was a bitter-sweet moment, one that choked me up a few times. But I got to be thinking about endings, all kinds of endings.
I will, however, focus in this blog on writing an ending to a book. I feel like to really know how to write an ending, one must really know the beginning. As I write, I frequently will reread what I wrote dozens of times before the final chapters appear. I will make a final read through and jot notes about what needs concluded, what is only worthy of a short side note, which things require a full scene, and what should be the final moment. That final moment is one that leaves the reader with that fabulous book hangover feeling of fulfillment. I hope all my books leave readers with book hangovers, but it is not an easy feat to accomplish
But knowing where you began is more important than you realize, because if you can remind the reader of the growth in the characters, they will feel that they just went on a fulfilling journey and let’s face it, we all love to observe progress.
One of my favorite things in books that I read is a sense of character progression. I like to see the reformed rake that turned into an honest gentleman. Or the distrustful widow who learned to love again. I really feel like when the reader can see where the characters started and be reminded of how they got to the present, then the reader will more fully appreciate the final happily-ever-after. The beginning is just as important as the end, but as humans, we forget about that. I might wax philosophical for a moment, but everyday really can be just a beginning of something great.
So I thought I’d share an excerpt with you that has to do with the ending of Inspired by Grace. It will be short, and I will admit that reading it out of context does not make it nearly as sweet as it is after reading the whole book from the beginning, but I promise it doesn’t contain any spoiler alerts. Just a sweet moment that I reread at times when I needed that swoon-worthy moment. I hope it has the same effect on you.
Here is the back cover intrigue to help you understand what the book is about too.
“She was never the demure lady who was afraid of getting her petticoat dirty. He was never the calm and collected lad who coddled her. What started as friendship evolved into something quite tangible . . .”
A lady always hopes that the man she falls in love with will sweep her off her feet in a dramatic and graceful way. Well, for Grace Iverson, at least it was dramatic. Her childhood best friend, Gavin Kingston—now His Grace, the Duke of Huntsman—is still just as clumsy as ever.
Despite their painful separation as children, a chance encounter has offered them a second opportunity for happiness. But after ten years apart, they both carry hidden scars. Trust takes time. And soon, forces from the past threaten to destroy the love they both have hoped for all of their lives.
Can Grace’s best friend break down her emotional fortress and prove his love before she disappears from his life a second time?
This lovely Regency romance started well before either of them knew what they wished for in a partner; but it will surely be one that stands the test of time.
Gavin relished the sight of Grace coming toward him. She had changed into a gown that he had not seen before. It was pale ivory with a green ribbon around the waist, accenting her narrow form. She walked toward him, and he saw how she carried herself gracefully, entirely congruent to her nature. There was nothing more attractive than a woman who knew who she was and carried no airs.
Of course, Grace had her weaknesses. She was sometimes a bit hot under the collar, but he could not imagine his life without her passion and devotion. Her eyes were as honest and loyal as any he ever had ever seen. It matched her deeply compassionate heart. She was a prize that he was astounded he had won; he doubted he deserved her, but he would never take her for granted.
She smiled sweetly at him, igniting a warmth to counteract the chill that still lingered from the carriage ride. She glanced one way and then the other, and then went on her tiptoes and kissed him soundly.
She murmured softly, “I hope you have good news.”
“Hmm . . . I might. I might not.”
“Are you not going to tell me what happened?”
He smiled mischievously and tapped her nose with his finger. “I believe you must buy my secrets.”
She raised her eyebrow at him so temptingly that he had to pull her into his arms. She rested her cinnamon-scented head of hair on his chest, and he took the moment to inhale deeply, which sent ripples of pleasure throughout his body. It was going to be painful to have her return to her sister’s house. Painful, truly painful.
“And how shall I pay for such secrets?” she whispered. The flirtation in her voice was so thick he could touch it.
He lifted her chin toward his and with punctuated tender kisses said, “You. Must. Pay. For. Them. One. Kiss. At. A. Time.” Then he let his lips linger. She reached her hands up to his face and pulled him down to her. Her lips found a rhythm that was entirely to Gavin’s liking. A moment ago, in the carriage, he did not think he would ever be warm again; now he feared he would never be cool again.
I hope you enjoyed this little tidbit. Thank you all for being a part of the blog tour and thank you for supporting me in my writing with all your fabulous comments and word-of-mouth advertising. I love hearing from a friend I trust that she just read a fabulous book that I must read. I hope that you all get a chance to share your latest find and spread the good word.
Since this is the final stop on the blog tour, I am going to pick two winners from the commenters! The winners have their choice of either a paperback (if they have a U.S. address) or an eBook (open internationally). So make certain to comment on the blog or the book or anything else to enter for a chance to win it free! Of course, if you simply can’t wait, it is available on Amazon.com.[The giveaway will end at midnight on Friday, August 7, 2015, EDST.]
Thank you Regina again for hosting me! Good luck everyone on the giveaway. Until my next release, which will not be until June 2016, farewell!