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Book Blast & #Giveaway: Tailwinds Past Florence by Doug Walsh

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Book Blast & #Giveaway: Tailwinds Past Florence by Doug Walsh

Welcome to the Book Blast for Tailwinds Past Florence by Doug Walsh. The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  Follow the blog tour by clicking on the banner image above. Commenting on blogs increases your chance of winning. Please only comment once per blog (unless it’s active conversations with an author, multiple comments from the same person will be deleted.)

 

Tailwinds Past Florence

tailwinds past florence by doug walsh

Blurb:

After getting blacklisted from the venture capital industry, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Vaughan will do anything to avoid telling his wife what happened. Even if it means agreeing to her dream of bicycling around the world. Kara, tired of being married to a workaholic, was readying for a divorce. Now, she’s packing bags of a different kind. Together, they pedal away from Seattle, headed east on the open road across America, Europe, and beyond.

 

Theirs is a decision that reverberates across centuries, shattering a continuum that bound their souls throughout time, and traps Edward in a battle with a past life over an eternal love.

 

As the miles roll by, and the couple’s sordid secrets begin to surface, the couple encounters several men plucked from history, each one a vessel of Edward’s soul in a prior life. Of them, a 19th century art dealer proves dangerous, believing Kara is his ticket back to the past.

 

Tailwinds Past Florence is a contemporary love story with a magical twist, landing readers in the saddle of a global bicycle adventure.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Kara woke to warm breath on her face and the sense that the tent had shrunk in the night. It was Edward leaning over her, smiling brightly. She blinked the sleep away and tried remembering where they were as he brushed the hair from her brow and kissed her forehead. His lips glanced her nose then landed tenderly on her mouth, lingering, his eyes closed.

“Happy anniversary, my love.” His face hovered an inch from hers, his breath minty.

Eight days had passed since the incident at the American Legion, six since Kara had ceased giving him the silent treatment. She hadn’t forgiven him, not completely. Rather, she ran out of the energy required to ignore a husband with whom she spent every moment of every day. Unlike at home, where she could retreat to her studio, slamming the door behind her, bicycle touring forced compromise, or at least a ceasefire. A tent was too small a battlefield for open hostilities.

She fought to stifle a yawn as a cowbell clanged in the distance. Closer, the sound of flags snapping in the morning breeze. The fairgrounds, she realized, recalling the colorful pennants atop the wash house. “Happy anniversary to you, too.” She reached between them, tugged at the zipper on her sleeping bag, and peeled the top flap back, an open invitation.

His eyes flickered with flirtatious excitement as he rolled onto his side, his hand on her belly. “I’ve got a surprise. Hurry up and get dressed.”

“Can’t it wait?” Kara grabbed his wrist and pulled him near. It had been too long.

He let out a faint groan, as if the temptation was a test of will against which he had taken an oath. “I’m already dressed. I got up early. But tonight …”

 

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About Doug Walsh

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Doug Walsh made his fiction debut with Tailwinds Past Florence, a road-tripping love story with a magical twist, inspired by the two years he spent cycling the world. The novel was a prizewinner in the PNWA Literary Contest. He's also authored One Lousy Pirate, a travel memoir, and over one hundred officially-licensed video game strategy guides. Travel guides to fictitious places, as he likes to call them. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives and plays in the mountains of western Washington.

 

 

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Lacey Waters

fun excerpt, thanks!

Solange
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Solange

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing. Love the excerpt and book cover too.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I love the global cycling idea, especially as the author can portray the authentic experience. And the magical encounters is such an unexpected addition!

Doug Walsh
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Thank you Stephanie. One of the things I was most excited about with this book was my ability to add the authentic cycle touring details that only those who had done something like this would think to include. I hope it finds a place on your TBR list.

Dianne Casey
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Dianne Casey

Really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like a great read.

Mary Kirkland
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Wait, what? They encounter men who used to be vessels for his soul while biking around? That is such an original idea for a book!

Doug Walsh
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Thank you! I really liked this idea in that it allowed me to add a few characters from other eras and cultures to what is otherwise a contemporary love story.

Doug Walsh
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This is Doug Walsh, the author of Tailwinds Past Florence. Thanks so much for hosting my book today!

I’ll be popping in throughout the day to answer any questions anyone has about the book.

Amy Woolard
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Amy Woolard

Oh my, what a beautiful cover! The book sounds great as well!!

Doug Walsh
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Thank you, Amy. I hope it finds a place on your TBR list.

kim
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kim

Love the cover.

Goddess Fish Promotions
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Thank you for hosting today!

James Robert
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James Robert

I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

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