Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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

Please welcome Amy Vastine to Colorimetry!

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

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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