Monday, January 15, 2018

Grand Finale: SOMETHING TO TREASURE by Virginia @VEMcCullough w/ @PrismBookTours #Giveaway!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Something to Treasure
By Virginia McCullough

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Hello, and welcome to the tour for my new Harlequin Heartwarming release, Something to Treasure, Book 2 of my Two Moon Bay series. . .

Dawn and Jerrod’s story is about overcoming the pain of the past, the endurance of family bonds, pursuing work we love, treasuring friendships and community, and believing in possibilities. Most of all, Something to Treasure is a story of hope, healing, and second chances.

I hope you enjoy Dawn and Jerrod’s story!

— Virginia

"Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough is a compelling story of loss and discovery. And I’m not just talking about the discoveries Jerrod makes in his diving excursions. Rather, I mean the discovery of friendship, belonging, and home … as well as renewal. Layered characters and an emotional plot make this a book you can sink your heart into, just like its predecessor Girl in the Spotlight, and I’m already eager for more books set in Two Moon Bay!"

Hearts & Scribbles - Excerpt

Earlier, in the grocery store with Carrie, he’d had a few shaky moments while he let her help him pile food into the cart. Hard and soft shells, refried beans, guacamole, and seasoning plus all the fresh ingredients needed for a perfect taco. He added soft drinks and ice cream, just because. Carrie was happy having a new adventure, but he had to honestly ask himself what he thought he was doing. A dinner between friends? Helping Dawn out after a bad day? Getting to know this newest member of his team? Maybe all of that was true, but was that as far as it went. It had to be.

Bookworm Lisa - Review

"Virginia McCullough does a wonderful job at describing the emotions of the characters. She makes them very believable and personable. It was easy to get to know them and like them. I enjoyed that she doesn't rush her story, she moves it along at a great pace. This made it easier to connect with the characters and become invested in their story.

This is a great story about overcoming and learning to open oneself to possibilities. It's a journey that I am grateful I was able to take part in."

“Is there something wrong? A problem we need to address?”

“It’s personal, Jerrod.” She stopped and turned to face him. “It seems like one of us has to acknowledge the proverbial elephant in the room, and it might as well be me.”

The flicker in his warm eyes revealed surprise.

Without adding to her preamble, she blurted, “I like you, Jerrod. I get the sense you like me.” She shook her head. “Are we ever going to acknowledge this thing between us?”

(A severe thunderstorm whips through Two Moon Bay when Dawn’s son is out diving excursion with Jerrod, and her Lark’s husband, Miles, is also out on the boat.)

Thoughts of the Wind Spray offshore with Gordon and Miles—and Jerrod and his crew—looped through her mind. When Lark looked up at her it was through frightened eyes. Her friend had never been good at hiding her emotions and they were on open display now. Dawn put her hand over her heart, vainly thinking it would quiet the thumping in her chest. In itself that wild beating was urging her to do something. Take action. She couldn’t stand there and wait for a message.

“Let’s go down to the marina, Lark. It’s not that far. I parked my car there when I dropped Gordon off, anyway. You walked here, too.”

Lark nodded. “I thought of that, but I tried to convince myself I was overreacting.”

“Maybe we are, but let’s just do it,” Dawn said emphatically. “I’ve got a couple of sweaters in my car and a beach towel. We’ll dry off when we get there.”

Nicole's Book Musings - Guest Post

Sometimes things aren’t exactly as they seem, at least at first glance. Or, maybe, when it comes to the hero and heroine of Something to Treasure, the two are much more than what they show on the outside.

For many years, Jerrod Walters has been leading shipwreck diving excursions all over the world. Dawn Larsen runs a public relations practice—and she’s just won an award for one of her PR campaigns. Jerrod sees Dawn’s fingerprints on most everything in Two Moon Bay, from business promotion to charity fundraisers and she even has a hand in the town’s annual sidewalk sale, Stroll & Shop.

As they climbed into the car, Dawn said, “Now that the sun’s out, there’s something I’d like to show you. It won’t take long to get there, maybe twenty minutes. Are you up for a side trip?”

“Lead the way,” Jerrod said, wondering where she got all her energy. After four appointments, she was as fresh as when they’d started their trip up the peninsula earlier that day. He used to be like that himself, he mused. It came from enjoying his work the same way he could see Dawn enjoyed hers. But her energy also rose from a clear conscience, a lack of burden. That’s how he read Dawn. He’d once thought self-blame was a permanent part of him. Now he wondered if he could let that piece of himself off the hook. He hadn’t even considered it before. Only as he settled into life in Two Moon Bay had he thought it possible.

Book Lover in Florida - Guest Post

What makes Two Moon Bay such a treasure of a small town? It’s got some great people, for sure, but it’s also filled with colorful places that make life good for the people who live there. I had fun revisiting the town with each book. As I wrote the three stories in the series (Something to Treasure is Book 2), the many characters pointed out new sights and events.

"Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough is something special. This book is heartfelt and inspiring. . . . I loved every minute of watching these two find the way past the attraction to each other. I have to say this was visit to Two Moon Bay that I just adored."

underneath the covers - Guest Post

One of the best things about writing a romance series is getting to know the characters and exploring their connections, especially their friendships. In Girl in the Spotlight, the first book of my Two Moon Bay series, readers become acquainted with Lark McGee’s special friend, Dawn Larsen. As Lark’s confidant, Dawn shares the emotion—and the wonder—of Lark finding the child she’d given up for adoption eighteen years earlier and falling in love with her daughter’s father. Dawn appears early in Girl in the Spotlight and right away I knew that such a great friend needed her own story. And so, Something to Treasure is the story Dawn deserves.

"I thought Something to Treasure is a great book. The story is true to life, heartwarming and inspiring. I enjoyed spending my time with Dawn and Jarrod. I love their chemistry and did not want to tell them goodbye at the end. I am so happy to be introduced to Virginia McCullough's work. This definitely will not be the last one I read. I look forward to reading more from her in the future."

Among the Reads - Review

"The author did such a great job in her descriptions of the area that I could picture what it all looked like. And she made the small town of Two Moons come alive in a great way.

The story was touching as Jerrod dealt with guilt and grief over the death of his wife and daughter and the way he handled it, and as Dawn dealt with her own grief over what appeared to be the end of her dreams. Yet it wasn’t a mournful story."

Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

Carrie reached out and tugged on Dawn’s hand. “You know what Melody said? She said I might get a new mommy one day.”

“Hmm…did she now?” Dawn fidgeted with her necklace at her throat.

“So, we should go, little girl,” Jerrod put his hand on Carrie’s back as if to encourage her along.

“Could you be my new mommy?”

Dawn drew in a breath, her cheeks heating up, probably turning bright pink.

Jerrod laughed nervously. “Hey, little one. You can’t just go around asking people questions like that.”

"This is a very sweet and touching book. It's always fun to see what treasures people can find in their lives.

The characters are well-developed and fun to get to know. It was easy to feel their emotions.

I would highly recommend this book to other readers."

And don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

Other Books in the Series

Girl in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can't believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

Tour Giveaway

1st Prize (open internationally*):
- One $25.00 Amazon gift card
- A deep cranberry red scarf-shawl—so soft your skin will sigh and thank you!
- Inspirational art—a book of 20 pull-out 10” x 12” posters—each is a unique design and ready to frame, put on your fridge, or send to a friend who needs an uplifting message
- Two delicious Equal Exchange organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bars, one almond, one caramel crunch
*If an international winner is pulled, a second gift card will be received instead of the shawl, inspirational art, and chocolate bars.

2nd Prize (open internationally):
- One $25.00 Amazon gift card

Ends January 17th

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