Friday, May 31, 2013

Bookcation Event: Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Welcome back travel buddies! Now Robin Bielman is taking us on a trip to not one, but four different destinations while joining us with her book, Kissing the Maid of Honor. Enjoy!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here as part of RBtWBC’s Bookcation Summer Event! Thanks very much for having me, Crystal. I have to come clean, though. I, uh, don’t drink wine. Not because I wouldn’t like to, but because I don’t like the taste! I’ve tried and tried and nothing has perked up my taste buds. Now a Malibu and pineapple, that’s another story. ;) 

Beam Me Over To My Favorite Fictional Summer Vacation Town, Scotty

Summer is my favorite season. I love that my kids are out of school, love the warmer weather, and love having carefree days to read. If possible, my nose would always be in a book, but there’s something extra special about summer reading. Lazy days spent losing myself in a good story. So this got me thinking about fictional towns where I’d like to take a summer vacation…

1) Cascade, Oregon ~ I have to start with the small seaside town where my new release, KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR takes place. I’d love to visit Crem’s Bakery for a cupcake or blueberry muffin or peanut butter white-chocolate chip cookie or—I better stop there. Let’s just say on every day of my vacation, I’d be stopping in. I’d love to rent a bike for a trek through the mountains,love to plant myself in the sugary soft sand of Seascape Beach with a good book, and I’d love to visit the Crown& Anchor pub for fish and chips and a drink (see mention above). 

2) Lucky Harbor, Washington ~ this is the awesome beach town where Jill Shalvis has set her Lucky Harbor novels. I’d get a room at Maddie, Tara, and Chloe’s inn (and we’d become great friends), I’d eat at the local diner, hike and accidentally bump into Matt, I’d spend time at the lake, and every night I’d take a walk along the pier, the summer stars twinkling brighter than anywhere else.

3) Sunset Ranch, Nevada ~ in real life, my summer vacations usually involve a beach, but I secretly long to try a stay at a dude ranch. Live the whole cowgirl lifestyle. And so I think the perfect fictional spot would be Sunset Ranch from Charlene Sands’ The Slades of Sunset Ranch series. The exapanse of land is gorgeous there, and I’m picturing cookouts and horseback rides and a good old fashioned barnyard dance. 

4) Big Knob, Indiana ~ this is the tiny fictional town in Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Hex Series. Population: 947. But, oh this little town is never boring! There’s a witch and a wizard who love to play matchmaker, an ADD dragon, and a lonely lake monster. I think I might be able to meet everyone with a week’s vacation. I’d eat fresh cinnamon rolls at the Hob Knob, take walks through the woods and visit the Whispering Forest to see if it’s really haunted.

The wonderful thing about fiction is that we really can take a summer vacation to most anywhere! Are you going somewhere special this summer? Is there a book you can’t wait to read this summer?

A bit about Kissing the Maid of Honor:
Kissing her best friend's brother never felt so right...
Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?
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A bit about Robin:

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry Dresden. When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also loves to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.She is also the author of Worth the Risk and Yours At Midnight from Entangled’s Ever After line. She loves to connect with readers.



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  1. Happy Friday, Crystal! Thank you again for having me here today! <3

  2. Congrats on the new release, Robin. No big plans for the summer, but I will be heading to Michigan to visit my cousin and her family for a few days.

  3. Hi Jane! Thank you! I have family in Michigan, too. I hope you have a great trip! Thanks for commenting!

  4. Congrats on the new release and thank you for the great contest.

    1. Ooops forgot to answer the questions. I have no plans except to read. Two of the books I'm looking forward to reading are Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey and Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips.

  5. We are taking a river cruise this year. However, you do list some great places to visit.
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

  6. thank you for sharing your girlie swag! :)
    jukyjoauka at aol dot com

  7. The book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

  8. You're a new author for me and you book sounds great. I will have to add it to my home library.
    Thanks :)
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  9. Hi Timitra! First, thanks so much! And second, I love both those authors (and am looking forward to their books as well)! Actually, the very first romance I read was The Bachelor by Carly Phillips!

    Hi Debby! Have a great time on your river cruise! I've never been on a cruise. It's on my list of things to do!

    Hi Kyla! I love girlie swag and am happy to share it! Good luck!

    Hi Crystal! Thank you and you're welcome!

    Hi Beautiful Disaster! (You're the title of a book I loved! I'm thinking you loved it, too.) Thank you so much for adding me to your library! I hope you enjoy Kissing the Maid of Honor. You'll have to let me know, okay?

  10. Congrats Robin on the new release! Sounds like a lot of fun :)

  11. Congrats on the new release! Not going anywhere special this summer, going to stay close to home. There's no one particular book I can't wait to read but there's a ton of books on my TBR pile!!

  12. I've got no place to go in the summer :( But lots of just released books I want to get into like Jill Shalvis' new Lucky Harbor novel and Karen Hawkin's How To Pursue A Princess. Congrats on your release!! :)

  13. Congratulations Robin! "Kissing the Maid of Honor," is on my TBR list. Recommended to me by the lovely, Hayson Manning.

    I am not going anywhere this Summer, but I have a few months off from RN school, so it will give my "old lady brain" a much needed break. I just started reading Bella Juarez's Black Ops Brotherhood series and I'm already hooked, a little less than halfway into my first book. (I started with Book 5 and will work my way to Book 1).


  14. Congratulations to you, Robin! Kissing the Maid of Honor sounds like a great romantic read.

  15. Hi Erin! Thanks so much!

    Hi Anita! Thank you! And I so know what you mean about a towering TBR pile! I have a nook and a kindle and my favorite place to shop is Barnes & Noble, so uh, I've got a lot I want to read! I really wish I had more hours in the day.

    Hi Ada! Thank you! Happy reading this summer! Jill Shalvis is one of my all time favorites! You'll love her Lucky Harbor series!

    Hi Michelle! (love your sign-in name, btw!) Thanks so much for adding me to your TBR pile! I'll send Hayson her five bucks. Kidding! Hayson is awesome and I loved Wife in Name Only! That was so sweet of her to recommend me - I will thank her when I see her on Tuesday. We're having coffee. :)

    Happy reading this summer and best of luck with RN school when it resumes! I haven't read Bella's books, but I'm jotting her name down to check out. Thanks!

    Hi Cathrina! Thank you! I think it's pretty romantic, but then I'm biased. :)

  16. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and commenting! It's been great to "meet" you all!

  17. Among others, I'm looking forward to reading ONCE UPON A TOWER by Eloisa James.

  18. Weddings are a wonderful place to set a romance!

  19. Your book sounds terrific. I love reading about weddings. :)

    I already went on my trip on Memorial day!


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