Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Caramel and Magnolias by Tess Thompson



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Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child – until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love – if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.

A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it’s never too late to reawaken the heart

Ever wonder what goes into writing a story? The plotting and research that an author does? Where the inspiration came from for a particular character? There are many hidden secrets or information that we wouldn't know about the book or writing process. A lot more goes into the writing than we think! Here are some interesting facts you may not know about CARAMEL AND MAGNOLIAS.


Fun interesting facts about the story and writing process readers wouldn't know. Tess can do as many or little
as she likes.

I, like Cleo Tanner, studied theatre at USC.

Originally there were three female characters but one of them was cut in my initial draft because it made the story too complicated. However, Becky, is a fantastic character and may end up with a book of her own. 

She’s a secret erotica writer posing as a freelance journalist and has a large personality. I’ll leave it at that.

The working title for Caramel and Magnolias was “Pea Soup”. My publisher quickly squelched that title, although I was quite attached to it, in that it described both the weather of the Oregon coast at times and the foggy way all the characters are living their lives.

Peter’s physical appearance was inspired by the actor Simon Baker. I have a huge crush on him.

Cleo’s appearance was inspired by my real life friend, Jennifer Barnes. She’s absolutely beautiful and will be mortified I mentioned her in this post!

Cleo Tanner and Peter Ball appear, briefly, in the sequel to Riversong, Riverbend. Something amazing will happen to Cleo in the third book in the River Valley series.

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Along with the grand prize, Tess is giving away one ecopy of  Caramel and Magnolias at each stop. Please leave a comment for Tess and your email address so a winner can be chosen. Thanks and good luck!
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8 comments:

Elf2060 said...

Sorry, don't see an excerpt but the blurb does sound interesting. Hi from a fellow Trojan! Good luck with the release and thank you for the giveaway.

The Autumn Review said...

I have this one fore review. Hoping to get to it soon.

Maria D. said...

Thanks for the blog post - I have this one to review and can't wait to read it

Em said...

I think this story sounds refreshingly new, will add to my TBR

Robin said...

I loved the excerpt. I think I'll be pushing this to the top of my to do list. :)

erin said...

Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

Pam said...

Sounds like an interesting read!
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rn77 said...

Sounds interesting.. :)

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