Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Amy Vastine, The Better Man, and DIY Home Improvement! #AwesomeGuestPost

Please welcome Amy Vastine to Colorimetry!

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The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance?until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

Thank you so much for allowing me to guest post today! I am so excited to be here. In The Better Man, the heroine of the story is an interior designer. This profession was born out of my love of all things HGTV, of course. I think I can lose whole days to that channel. I love all the shows about surprise makeovers and house flippings, but my favorite is Property Brothers. If you haven’t seen this show, you need to. Two twin brothers help couples find a new house. One is the realtor and one is the contractor. They convince the people to buy a house that needs some work and then do the work so it looks like the houses they wanted but cost too much for them to afford. I absolutely love the transformation of the spaces. It fascinates me to watch someone take something rundown and reimagine it into something new and fabulous.

If I could have someone come do some work in my house (even if I had to do a little DIY like many of these shows make the people do), I would love a kitchen remodel. I have a feeling my husband would argue we should turn our basement into a mancave instead, but since this is my fantasy, I would choose kitchen. New quartz countertops, dark wood cabinets, a large center island, all stainless steel appliances, updated light fixtures, tile backsplashes, oh the fun I would have!

In The Better Man, my hero Max is sort of in need of a character transformation and it is through his relationship with Kendall and her son, Simon, that he does just that. He doubts himself throughout the story, thinks he’s possibly no good to anyone, especially his son. Luckily, Simon and Kendall show him he has more to offer the world than he thinks. Max just needs someone to uncover the hidden beauty within, knock down some walls, and let the light in.

If you could update something in your home, what would it be? Have you taken on a DIY project and lived to tell about it? I’d love to hear what you would do if HGTV came to your neighborhood!

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  1. Thanks for posting! The more I think about it, the more I want that kitchen makeover. I dream about walking into Lowes and running into the Kitchen Crashers crew. They just pick people out and give then new kitchens! How lucky are these people? Of course, my current kitchen probably wouldn't be nasty enough to make a good "before" kitchen. Bummer.

    1. Lol. It's a great idea. I could use some new cupboards and lighting, especially. Thank you for visiting Colorimetry!!

  2. Amy, it's so funny to me that you mention Property Brothers. My six-year-old daughter, who just spent the weekend at Grandma's, came home to announce that as her new favorite show. Now instead of her usual morning/evening cartoon (she gets to watch one when she wakes up and one just before bed), she wants to watch HGTV. We've watched all of the episodes we've been able to DVR so far, but we've expanded to include Jennie Garth's show about redoing her house and the other show that the brothers have. My husband is still scratching his head over the whole thing! As far as crazy DIY projects go, I painted my kitchen countertops last summer. That was a bit of a risk, but until it's in our budget to replace them altogether, it provided a pretty amazing transformation for only about $135. My copy of The Better Man (along with three other Heartwarming titles) is on its way. Can't wait to read! Congrats!

    1. Your daughter is a hoot, Christy! I love those brothers, I'm tellin' ya. As for your DIY project - wow! I don't think I could be so daring. I never thought about painting kitchen counters. I've thought about painting the cabinets. Sounds like it worked out, but I'm still holding out for some stone. Thanks for supporting the Heartwarming line! The September books are all fabulous :)

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    1. Come for a visit! Just maybe not in the winter months ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. No I have never been to Chicago even though I have an uncle and cousins living there.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

    1. They need to convince you to come check it out! Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Glad you're up for it, Mary. It's a great city! Thanks for stopping by :)

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