August 18, 2009

Summer Of Two Wishes Blog Tour & Giveaway!!



Book: Summer of Two Wishes
By Julia London
Publisher: Pocket Star (Simon and Schuster)
Available in: Mass Market Paperback
Release Date: August 18, 2009

Pages: 432
Language: English
Buy the book at Amazon

My Royal Rating: Photobucket


First and foremost, I'd like to make a public apology to both author Julia London and Sara Reidy of Pocket Star (a division of S&S) . I was sent this wonderful copy of "Summer of Two Wishes" by Sara for this tour and my post was supposed to be up first thing this morning. I wasn't feeling well enough to post last night and I forgot to make it an "automatic post" and therefore missed having it up on time. It's still the correct day, just a little later. So, to Ms. London and Sara, I apologize profusely! Sometimes illness can be cruel and really not care. We, as human beings, feel differently (and I am extremely thankful for that). With that said, on with the tour for "SUMMER OF TWO WISHES" by Julia London!

Synopsis:


Who's Wife Is She?




Macy Lockhart's life shattered in a moment with the news that her husband, Finn -- serving in the military overseas -- has been killed in the line of duty. Their ardent and devoted marriage is over, leaving Macy alone, empty, directionless. But while she tries to sustain herself with memories of Finn, the quiet, strong man who made her and their small Texas ranch the center of his life, it is wealthy Wyatt Clark who slowly brings joy back into her life. Her love for Wyatt may be less romantic than the breathless passion she'd once shared with Finn, but she vows to cherish him, and their marriage is happy and as solid as a rock. Until the day that Finn, miraculously spared from death, returns home to claim his bride....
How can a woman choose between the two men she loves? And how will she make the right choice -- for herself and everyone involved? In a deeply moving, passionate novel, New York Times bestselling author Julia London illuminates the questions hidden in a woman's heart.







My Thoughts:

Miracles can happen, and do...

Wow! I wish I could just leave it at that...that's all I kept thinking through the entire novel. But, if you know me, then you know I would never leave it at just "wow".... (In case you don't know, I'm a talker and not in a little way)!

So, here's the situation, to Macy Lockheart, there's no one in the world she loves more than her husband Finn. She lives for him, he's the very air she breathes and they have the *Perfect* marriage. Together, they live in Cedar Springs and run a horse ranch and this means not only the perfect marriage, but the perfect life to go with it. Macy and Finn couldn't be any happier than they are when they're together.

But when Finn enlists in the military, after Macy begging him not to do so, she soon finds herself alone and missing her husband greatly. Awaiting for his return, she's greeted at the door with his dog tags and sympathetic apologies. There was evidence that he was killed in Afghanistan. Suddenly her entire wold comes crashing down and Macy feels she no longer has much to live for. She's in a deep depression and it's going to take something or someone should I say, to bring her out.

Enter after Wyatt Clark - a strong, self-confident and very well off man. As he helps her regain her strength and life of promise, they fall in love and are soon exchanging vows. With her life back on track, and a new husband that can give her any thing, the unthinkable is about to happen.

After being married for only seven months and preparing for a charity function, Macy is about to get more shocking news. It seems that Finn is not dead, in fact, for the past three years, he has been held captive by the Taliban and just made his way back to the coalition troops after escaping! That's right, he's ALIVE, and after three years of grieving Macy can't believe what she's now found true. He one ... no make that FIRST true love is alive and she's elated ... but how to tell Wyatt? And who will she choose? How could she ever choose?

Author Julia London does a marvelous job with this love triangle. Each character has depth and gives meaning to the story. A heart-breaking and romantic tale that's not to be missed! You'll be turning pages until late in the evening following the lives of these three characters! Julia's prose is magical and beautifully written. So be sure to pick up "Summer of Two Wishes" and a big package of tissues as well!

Read an Excerpt - Here

About the Author:

Julia London

Here's where I usually insert the author's bio...but I found something much better on Julia's site...her "unofficial Bio" from her web site!

Okay, here is the real scoop on Julia London: the official bio looks nothing like who I think is the real me. The unofficial truth is that I was born and raised in rural west Texas. I was a fat baby and typical little girl with Barbies, bikes, and an overactive imagination. I know that I loved to make up stories from a time I can scarcely remember (because my mom has a story I wrote in the first grade, which featured me in an episode of Wagon Train), and I know that I always loved books.

I remember going to the library. It was in an old house and it was very cool inside and smelled like old books and all the children’s books were on lower shelves for easy access by little hands. I read all the usual stuff: Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women… Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask (by then I was fifteen or sixteen and was afraid to ask).

In my early teens, I began to dream of great adventure and hunky guys and filled notebooks with stories of a girl who looked and talked like me and was constantly caught up in adventure and peril. She always landed in the arms of hunky guys who happened to resemble a few of my favorite TV stars. Hey, I’m not ashamed to admit it: Starsky and Hutch, Alias Smith and Jones, and yes, even Keith Partridge.

I went to college, I got a job, and when I got a little older, I began to live the real adventures of my life. I traveled to far-flung places and tried things I never thought I’d try. I had good jobs with the federal government and eventually ended up working in the White House, and then later, I came back to Texas and worked as a public administrator until I could take politics no more.

That’s when I decided to turn my penchant for making up stories into books, and I’ll be damned if an agent and a publisher didn’t want to publish my daydreams. I have been a lucky, lucky girl.

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I look back at my life and mark the passage of time by standard measures: bad hair and bad style sense. Or, I can pinpoint where I was and what I was doing in my life by the sports I tried. Not all of them took, but I discovered I was best at tennis (back in the day), golf (except when it’s too hot, and its always too hot in Texas) and wogging (sort of a half-walk, half-jog. Extremely ugly in appearance, but gets the job done), which I do only moderately well.

Along the way I fell in love with a few good dogs and a few good men, and found the ones I want to keep forever.

Sure, there have been those few occasions I might have drank too much and did some things I wish I hadn’t, but overall, I have no regrets. I’ve never wanted for anything except the perfect purse (the search continues). I have been a lucky, lucky girl.

The unofficial truth is that I’ve had two successful careers. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful family and I’ve been lucky in love and work and play. I love my life, I love what I do. I love the people and animals that surround me and I am eager to see what the next half of my life brings.

Now that is a bio that looks like me.

I highly recommend this book to any true lover of a good romance novel. This one still has me thinking about the characters days later.

Thanks to Sara at Simon and Schuster, I'm able to giveaway a copy of "Summer of Two Wishes" to one VERY lucky reader. Interested? Ok! Here's what to do.

Rules:

You must reside in either the U.S. or Canada only!

You must be a reader of mine and follow my blog. So, if you haven't done so, just *click* that little follow button to the right and this will give you update on all contests and winners!

How do you win?

First entry is your Name and email address ... if you throw in the name of your very first love I'll give you +2

Separate posts or same...you choose!

Follow me on Twitter +5

Tweet this and Link Back +3 (per tweet)

Blog about this and link back (anywhere) + 5

Share my button on your blog with a link back +10

Contest will close on September 9th and WINNER announced September10th!

GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!

I really enjoyed this book and being part of the tour was amazing!

KISSES ~ XXX

75 comments:

  1. I'd love to win this one, so throw my name in please.
    Thanks

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  2. I'm a follower - thank you.

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  3. I've tried and tried to add your button - what do you think I'm doing wrong?

    libneas[at]aol[dot]com

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  4. "Summer of Two Wishes" sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.I'm a follower. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  5. This is a new to me author! I'll pass the info on to the Twitter folks too.

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  6. I would love to win. I am a follower too :)

    My first love...his name was Chris. SO long ago!

    Thanks!
    Amy M
    atc218 at aol dot com

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  7. This book sounds like a chick-flick in book form! I mean that in the nicest way possible. :-)

    Anyways enter me:
    goodbooksandgoodwine(at)gmail(dot)com
    +2 first true love: Tony<3
    +10 posting your button on my sidebar
    http://readingisthespiceoflife.blogspot.com

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  8. +5 following you on twitter (@pseudolollipop)

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  9. I would like to enter. My first love was this guy named Don. We dated for two years in highschool.

    I am already a follower of yours.

    jen4777[at]hotmail.com

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  10. My first love was Dick Glisson

    I'd love to win this!

    I'm a follower!

    dancealert(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I would love to win-Mark was the name of my first love.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

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  12. following

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

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  13. cococroissantshttp://bit.ly/2NaPwS Summer of 2 Wishes book giveaway

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

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  14. First I want to say I'm sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope you're better soon.

    I'd really like to read this book. It sounds just like A Hint of Wicked only in a different time period. I'd like to see how the endings compare.

    I'm a follower.

    My first love was called Junior.

    winterset AT peoplepc.com

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  15. Just stopping by to say hi, and thanks for commenting on my blog- I like your little spot too. Hope you have a great rest of the week.
    *smiles*
    Kim

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  16. Libby and Emma, you're both in!

    Wow J.Kaye, that's hard to do! lol Glad I could FINALLY help YOU!

    Amy, April and Jenny...I've got all three of you.

    Anyone can feel free to add tweets, etc. throughout the contest~

    Brenda, Esme, Kat and Kim..ALL IN!!

    xoxo Park-Avenue Princess

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  17. Everyone seems to be loving this book, but it might be a little too heavy on romance for me.

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  18. Hi, Lovely story line!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    My first love's name was
    Bill!
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  19. "Tweet!"
    https://twitter.com/cmh512/status/3406402455.
    Again, many thanks.....Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  20. I am a follower of your blog.
    First love: Brian
    wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  21. I would love to this book. A true romance is always refreshing after a serious day.

    bstilwell12 AT comcast DOT net

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  22. I am follower of your blog.

    My first love's name was Tom.

    I follow you on Twitter. (pine1211)

    bstilwell12 AT comcast DOT net

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  23. I tweeted about this contest:

    http://twitter.com/pine1211/status/3409697802

    bstilwell12 AT comcast DOT net

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  24. I would love to read this! I am a follower.

    My first love was Dan -- I had such a crush on him!

    I follow you on twitter -- doodlebug40.

    marielay@gmail.com

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  25. I added your button to my blog and then posted about the giveaway. Here is the link for both.

    http://meditativereading.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-and-blog-tour-summer-of-two.html

    bstilwell12 AT comcast DOT net

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  26. I've got this book already so I'm not throwing my name into this giveaway. Just wanted to let you know that there is an award for you over on my blog.

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  27. This looks like a interesting book, that I would like.
    +2 First love Eric
    Jolynn_Reads at yahoo.com

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  28. I'm a follower & email subscriber.
    I don't have a blog.
    Jolynn_Reads at yahoo.com

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  29. Renee Chaw is my name, I've never been in love so I guess I can't give you a name unless you count my puppy, Coco.
    I'm a follower on your blog and Twitter.
    I Tweeted the contest (steelergirl83).
    I posted your button on the side of my blog and I posted an article with a link here: http://steelergirl83.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-giveaway_19.html

    I guess that's it! I want this book it looks great!

    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Hi Princess!
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my last post. It is great to know that you have a Turkish friend :-)
    Please say 'hi' to Elif and her little girl Mina!
    That is a great post! I really
    enjoy to read each sentence :)
    Sounds like a great book to read!
    I'm in!!!

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  31. I'm a follower.
    yonca.kakici@gmail.com

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  32. Following you on twitter too!

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  33. OK...I want everyone to know that up to this point. I've got everyone's extras and all the chances they are supposed to have.

    Pretty good of me *patting myself on the back*

    XOXO Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

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  34. Thank you ALL for entering my contests and spreading the information about my blog and giveaways : )


    xoxo Amy

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  35. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for the great post and review!

    My first real and true love is Scott, my husband. (it's a long and involved story...)

    Amy
    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  36. I'm a follower!

    Amy
    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  37. I follow you on Twitter (Amestir)


    Amy
    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  38. Oh...sounds like a good one!

    First love?

    Todd Crawley

    Glad it didn't work out though!

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  39. I love London's books, count me in!

    cyderry AT yahoo DOt COM

    Cheli
    Cheli's Shelves

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  40. My first chrush - Bill White

    First love - my husband (I'vebeen lucky)\
    \

    Cheli
    Cheli's Shelves

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  41. From one "Princess" to another
    I blogged about it

    Cheli
    Cheli's Shelves

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  42. This sounds so good!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

    My first love was Jon Bon Jovi but since that was unrequited, I guess I`d have to say my first true love is my husband, Robert.

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  43. I`m a follower too

    melacan at hotmail dot com

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  44. Love Love your blog im following now..natalee

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  45. Please include me in the giveaway. I'm a definite follower. Love a good romance book. It makes you feel good to read one. Thank you.
    + 2 Doug - First love in 7th grade
    makeupgirl21@comcast.net

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  46. I blogged about this giveaway
    http://homeofaimala.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaways.html

    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  47. I changed blog platforms this week and just Googled my blog name to make sure it links properly -- in the process, I came across this post. So of course I had to enter!

    My first love was named Dan. (Hopefully not the same Dan mentioned above....)

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  48. Sounds great. I would love to read Julia's book. My first love's name was Jason.

    I am a follower.

    Crystal816{at}hotmail[dot}com

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  49. My first love was Kenny B...(first grade!).

    karen k
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I'm a follower ;)

    karen k
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. I'd love to read this!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

    My first love was/is my husband, Hennie... :)

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  52. I'm following you on twitter...

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  53. I am a follower via google reader, would love to read this.

    The name of my first crush was Zane... :P

    teagirl1 at telus dot net

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  54. Twitted!

    https://twitter.com/bcteagirl/status/3660400866

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  55. ohh sounds good!!

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  56. I follow you on twitter..I am froggarita

    Froggy

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  57. I added this to my sidebar under contests

    Froggy
    http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com

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  58. I have your button on my blog!

    http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com/2009/08/links.html

    Froggy

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  59. I tweeted it

    https://twitter.com/Froggarita

    Froggy

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  60. Heather J:

    Please toss my name in the hat!

    My first "puppy love" would be my best friend from my childhood-- Danny.

    My first "real love" would be the man I married (and later divorced).

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  61. +5 Follow on Twitter: nfmgirl

    +5 Blogged it:
    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/08/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-08-29-09.html

    +10 I have your button on my right sidebar:
    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/

    +3 I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/nfmgirl/status/3668494560

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  62. This book sounds like a winner. Please enter me. Thanks!

    The name of my first love was Harold.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  63. I am a follower!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  64. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/nfmgirl/status/3737085968

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  65. I'm really touched by this story, and I'd love to win! Tom was my first love.
    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  66. I'm a new follower!
    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  67. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/nfmgirl/status/3787891275

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  68. Sounds like a good book. Please include me in the giveaway.

    I am a follwer.

    first love = Todd


    heatherzilla(at)care2(dot)com

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  69. Tom
    email subscriber
    Google follower
    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  70. My name is Carina, his name is Al. I was 16, 18 years later we are married with 3 kids, our oldest just started highschool today, at the same school her dad and I met at.

    I would love to win this book. I cant seem to find enough books to read lately

    carinavoz at gmail.com

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