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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Giveaway & Guest Post: Do you believe in love at first sight? by Marie Astor

Do you believe in love at first sight?
As a contemporary romance author I am often asked if I believe in love at first sight, and my answer is yes! Now I can already hear a chorus of naysayers grumbling that there is no such thing, and yes, unfortunately, such fortunate events are rare in life, but that does not mean that they do not happen. Today I would like to share an account of events that happened to a very close friend of mine, and leave you to decide whether love at first sight exists or not.
About fifteen years ago my friend – for the purpose of this story I’m going to call her Leah – went to London for a semester of study abroad. While there she met Adam - a handsome young man who was in one of her classes. Leah was instantly smitten with Adam’s good looks and charming personality, as he was enamored with her beauty and wit, and the two embarked on a passionate romance. In the sporadic postcards and letters that Leah sent me she would gush about how incredibly wonderful Adam was and how she was certain that he was the one for her. I read the postcards and the letters, and while I was happy for my friend, I found it my duty to caution her against the danger of a broken heart, so I would send back subtly worded reminders that she was only in London for a year and that it would be rash to plan too far ahead.

Before long, Leah’s year in London came to an end, and she returned to New York. But Adam would not leave her thoughts, as the two continued to exchange long-distance phone calls, postcards and letters. Long story short, the next year Adam transferred to a college in New York, he graduated two years later, and got a job in New York. Three years later he and Leah got married. Today they are as happily in love as they were fifteen years ago with the addition of two kids.

Is Leah’s and Adam’s love story a story of love at first sight? I would not presume to be the one to judge, but there must have been a powerful strike of connection between them that held true through the college years, which undoubtedly must have brought plenty of temptation to both of them, and is still holding true for them today. Real life stories like Leah’s and Adam’s inspire me to write the fiction that I write and believe that even in real life impossible romances can happen.

My latest contemporary romance, Dance Me to the Stars, is about finding one’s perfect match. When the heroine, Claire, meets the leading man, Alec, it is not quite love at first sight, and yet, Claire can’t seem to get Alec out of her mind… Here’s a quick blurb to whet your appetite:


Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New York’s top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York’s most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly awakens Claire’s old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will Claire brave her fears and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she continue to play it safe?

A successful tango instructor, Alec Brunell has never lacked for women’s attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Upon hearing of his occupation, most women swoon with desire, but Claire runs for the door. Still, her iciness only adds fuel to his fire, as Alec is determined to change Claire’s view of him.

Dance Me to the Stars is a love story about finding one’s perfect match - sometimes following one’s heart is as convoluted as learning the steps of tango.

Dance Me to the Stars, has been selected in the first round of entries in the General Fiction category in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest this year.  Dance Me to the Stars is 254 pages in length and is available on Kindle.

Excerpt:


“Hold it!” The elevator doors were about to close when a muscular arm jammed them open.

Startled, Claire stared at the switchboard stupidly, unable to locate the ‘door open’ button.

“Sorry about that.” The owner of the arm slipped inside the elevator. He was dressed in jeans and a black T-shirt that clung to his lean, muscular torso. His dark-brown hair brushed against the nape of his neck. In one hand he was carrying a can of black paint and in the other a large paper bag. Two earphone wires swirled from his neck to his chest and over his taut stomach to the iPod that was tucked into the front pocket of his jeans. “Could you press twelve please?”

“Sure.” Claire held her breath and lowered her eyes, hoping that she would not be recognized. There was no place like the elevator to illustrate the theory of relativity – an elevator ride that normally lasted only a couple of minutes now felt like an eternity.

The man pushed his back against the wall and exhaled as he unplugged his earphones, letting them hang on his neck. “Crazy day.” He grinned at Claire. “Oh, forgive me – how rude of me. It’s Claire, right? I’m Alec – your new neighbor – we met before…”

“Hello.” Claire smiled tartly and felt her face grow warm in spite of herself.

“I hope I haven’t been bothering you with the music.” Alec smiled apologetically. “I’ve gotten these.” He motioned at the earphones.

“It’s fine, really.” Claire forced herself to ignore the distant sounds of tango that were emanating from the tiny earphones.

“I promise you it won’t happen again. I still can’t live down the fact that I woke you up on a Saturday morning. May I take you out for a cup of coffee, or better yet, a drink to make up for it?”

Claire ignored the playfulness in his tone. “No worries – already forgotten.” She fumbled with her keys in order to avoid looking at his face. “So, you’re doing more painting?” She purposely fixed her stare on the can of paint.

“Just some finishing touches and then I’ll be ready to move in.”

“Good for you. Well, this is my floor – good luck with the painting.” Claire bolted out of the elevator.



Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre. Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels Dance Me to the Stars, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.
Marie’s latest novel, Dance Me to the Stars, has been selected in the first round of entries in the General Fiction category in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest this year.
Currently, Marie is working on her next novel – a first installment in her romantic suspense series. Stop by Marie’s website: www.marieastor.com to sign up for book releases and events. Marie can also be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection and Twitter: @marieastor.



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Books by Marie Astor:

Dance Me to the Stars – a contemporary romance about finding one’s perfect match.

On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.

Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.

A Chance Encounter and Other Stories – a short story collection about love and everyday life.


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11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the chance to view your work!

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  2. Thank you for the great giveaway:)
    added you on goodreads
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  3. Thanks for the chance. The story sounds like a keeper.

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  4. I think love at first sight is possible. Many just do not want to believe in it. I enjoyed the excerpt a lot.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. Thank you for hosting me today at Full Moon Bites!

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  6. Hi Kassandra, Loretta and Juana!

    Thank you so much for your comments! I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the tour!

    Marie

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  7. Yes, I believe in love at first sight. It happened to me with my first love, my first husband and I still love him 40 yrs later although we were only married for six months. Love at first sight is a strange and horrible affliction that never lets go. I believe because I've lived it. Although I lived it without him, it never dimmed and never let me go
    Linda Hays-Gibbs
    My Angel My Light As Darkness Falls

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  8. I don't really believe in "love" at first sight, but I do believe in lust or attraction at first sight. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  9. I Do Believe In Love At First Sight. Thanks So Much For This Chance To Win. butterfli262002@yahoo.com

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  10. I do believe in Love at first sight.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.
    :)Jeanne B.T.

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  11. I believe in love at first sight. It happened to me and we have been happily married for 8 1/2 years. Thanks for the giveaway!

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