Do Over by Shannon Guymon Blog Tour: Review, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Shannon Guymon

I live in Utah with my six children and I’m the author of ten books – so far. I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my children.  I’m a HUGE believer in happy endings.  Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett, and it’s a darn shame Leo and Kate  didn’t float safely into New York on the Titanic.  Alas, since I can only control my own imagination, happy endings are found in my books.

Interview

One food you would never eat?
Processed cheese products. – Yuck! I’d rather go to the dentist than eat squeeze cheese.

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
Anything from J.R.R Tolkien – I’m a little bit nerdy when it comes to Middle Earth.  I can’t make up my mind if I’m a wizard or an Elf.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I had two.  Watership Down and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Forget You  (clean version) from Cee Lo Green – I can see Iris singing that right now.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena- She’s kind of a take charge chick and she’s not subservient or weak at all.  Love her.

What is your favorite Quote?
In the midst of winter
I finally learned,
that there was in me,
an invincible Summer
– Albert Camus

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Hmm, this is hard one.  I’m thinking either Julianne Moore although I don’t have red hair.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Whoa – so embarrassing to admit this, but for sure – The Bachelor.  It’s a train wreck.  I can’t help myself.

If you could take over the world, would you?
In a heart beat!  I really think I could do a pretty good job.  Get rid of tyranny- lay down the law- protect children and women and promote freedom.  Sounds good to me.

Favorite historical person?
Winston Churchill absolutely.  That man stood between his country and Hitler and told England to never give up.  They didn’t. Still amazed by him.

Who or what inspired your last book?
I would have to say that my divorce inspired Do Over.  I was married for 19 years and it was the hardest experience of my life.  Writing this book really helped me to heal and laugh and smile again.

Most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment would have to be a few years back when during church, we were asked to stand in order to sing a rest him.  My wrap around skirt fell to the floor as I was holding a baby.  Not cool.

Print or Ebook?
I’m old school.  Give me a book to hold any day.

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate!

Regular or Diet?
Diet

Coke or Pepsi? 
Coke Zero

Horror or Romance? 
Easy – Romance

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&M’s

Sweet or Salty? 
Salty

Summer or Winter? 
Summer!

City or Country?
Country

Ten Places You Would Most Want to Travel To
1.) Ireland ( I’m 80% Irish)
2.) Italy
3.) Austrailia
4.) England
5.) Scotland
6.) New Zealand
7.) Spain
8.) Africa
9.) Greece
10.) Israel

Title: Do Over
Author: Shannon Guymon
Series: Stands Alone but part of the Alpine Series
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Website: http://shannonguymon.blogspot.com

Book Summary:

Who wouldn’t be tired of dating after falling for the wrong woman over and over again? Trey has decided to take a much-needed break from the fairer sex, until Iris tumbles into his life. Their romance will either be a disaster waiting to happen or the best fairy tale since Sleeping Beauty. This final installment of the Alpine series will have you giving love another chance.

So cute & fun.

Do Over is LDS fiction that can easily be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys clean, humorous romance.  Set in Utah there are only a few sentences in the entire book that reference something to do with LDS culture. One reference to using money to support missionaries, one question as to whether someone had been sealed in the temple and a sentence that says a wedding takes place in a temple. Otherwise this book could and should be read by anyone who enjoys cute clean fun chick lit!

I read this entire book in one sitting!  This was my Christmas Day read, after being woke up at 5:20 by my kids to open their presents I was back in bed by 6 am and was lucky enough to spend most of the day reading. 

While reading Do Over I had no clue it was part of a series.  I’m odd in that I rarely read book summaries because I hate spoilers so I pick books by their covers.  I didn’t know I had missed out on anything but since reading it I have gone back and started at the beginning of the series and am enjoying all the back-story on the characters.  Who knew Trey had been kicked out of BYU?  Or that Sam & Sophie has such a crazy beginning?  While Do Over is a mainstream read, Makeover, the first book in the series, is much more of a classic LDS fiction type read.

Do Over was so much fun to read.  Iris & Trey were a hoot together.  Both are strong characters who can hold their own and when put together there is some great chemistry.  I highly recommend you pick up your favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and curl up with this book. But use caution or you might be inspired by Iris and find yourself heading out to purchase a pair of high heeled boots!

Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Content: Clean

Source: Netgalley

Genre/Age Level: Clean Romance for teens & adults

Excerpt:
Moving on to the ice cream aisle, she glared at the tall man
standing right in front of the Ben and Jerry’s. She was patient though.
She studied her amazing, deadly reflection in the glass doors and nodded
her head. She was one tough, strong woman.

The man sensed her presence and turned to look at her over his
shoulder. He reminded her a little of that actor Ryan Gosling. Way too
cute for his own good. His eyes widened a little, but he didn’t look
scared or nervous. Iris frowned. She’d have to practice looking mean in
the mirror when she got home. The man smiled at her as if he were a
giant Ken doll and held up two cartons of ice cream.

“What sounds better? Chunky Monkey or Late Night Snack?”

Iris was surprised he was trying to engage her in conversation. She
had gone to great lengths to put an invisible STAY AWAY sign on her
forehead. But he was one of those ultra-beautiful men who probably
couldn’t comprehend a woman not wanting to talk to him. Just like
Riley. They actually looked a tiny bit alike. Except this guy was taller
and bulkier, his hair was lighter and sun streaked, and his eyes were
light blue, not hazel. His smile was nicer than Riley’s too. He’d probably
spent a lot of time torturing innocent women with that dangerous smile
of his. Actually he was nothing like Riley. But Riley had taught her well.
She was on to him. But at the same time, he did have a good question.
Iris walked forward and looked studiously at the two cartons the
man held. “You’d have to really love banana-flavored ice cream, chocolate,
and walnuts to go for this one. Late Night Snack? Isn’t that the
chocolate covered potato chip one?”

The man grinned and read the carton. “That is so weird. Have you
tried it?”

Iris nodded sagely and looked at the shelves full of ice cream. “Of
course. I wouldn’t consider myself a true Ben and Jerry’s fan if I didn’t
try every flavor they came out with.”

The man put the Chunky Monkey back and put the Late Night
Snack ice cream in his cart. “Well, now I’m intrigued. What flavor does
a serious fan go for?”

Iris scanned the shelves and sighed happily as she snagged the
Chunky Monkey he had just put back. “And to think this is the last
one,” she said. She gave him her nastiest grin as she put the beloved ice
cream in her cart and walked away.

“Hey! You just played me,” the man yelled, following quickly after
her.

Iris grinned wickedly. Had he not seen the boots? Honestly, this
guy was not good at reading the cues she was sending out. He caught up
with her and grabbed her cart forcing her to stop.

“So since you just stole my ice cream right out from under me,
I think you should at least introduce yourself. Obviously you’re new
in town. My name is Trey Kellen. What’s yours?” He smiled at her
cautiously.

Iris looked up at Trey. Geez, what was he, six three? “You’re right,
you got played. But you really should thank me. Everyone should try that
flavor at least once. It’s not that bad. Not as good as Chunky Monkey,
of course, but that’s life for you. Kind of unfair. And you’re right. I am
new in town. I’m Iris, Luke Petersen’s cousin. I just got into town a few
days ago.”

Trey leaned up against a freezer door and crossed his arms. “Now
that’s interesting. Luke happens to be one of my best friends and not
once did he mention to me that his cousin was coming to town.”

Iris shrugged and studied her newly painted fingernails. Vampire
black. She smiled happily at the high gloss. Her nails were definitely
rated PG-13 at the very least. “Well, he probably knows that I’m just
here to kind of blend in. You know, be anonymous. No big splash.”

Trey laughed at her and did a quick glance over, pausing on her
hair. “Yeah, I don’t think you’re going to be anonymous. You’re kind of,
um . . . different from a lot of the girls who live around here.”

Iris looked up and grinned at Trey. “Seriously? That’s exactly what
I was going for.”

Trey tilted his head as if he was trying to figure her out. “So why’d
you come to Alpine? Job, family, . . . relationship?”

Iris sighed heavily, all happiness draining from her eyes. “No, no,
and no. Definitely no men. So be sure and tell all the single men that
they’re safe from me. I am now an official men-free zone.”

Trey laughed and shook his head. “Oh, my.”

Iris glared at him and put her hands on her hips. “Excuse me? What
is that supposed to mean? Not every woman is out to get a guy, or get
married, or be in a relationship or, or . . . anything!” she finished rather
lamely.

Trey stepped back, holding his hands up defensively. “Please don’t
hurt me. Your boots are intimidating enough. I only said, ‘oh, my,’
because I’m with you. I’m an official women-free zone.”

“Really?”

“Yes. You’re actually standing a little too close to be honest. I’m getting
a little uncomfortable.”

Iris noticed she was standing quite close and blushed, stepping back
quickly. “Oh, sorry. But, wow.”Trey nodded sadly. “I’m done with women.
Burned one too many times.”

Iris patted his arm sympathetically. “Me too. Except I was never
burned before. I just had one big bonfire. But it was enough.”

Trey’s light blue eyes lost their teasing glint and turned sympathetic.
“Well, since we’re both off the market, at least we’re safe with each other,
right?”

Iris crinkled her nose and considered. “I guess. But really, I hate
men right now. I don’t think you’re safe around me. I could accidently
hurt you just because, you’re, you know, a good looking guy.” She inched
further away.

Trey smiled at the good looking reference and reached out to touch
a strand of her red tipped hair. “Well, we’d have to have rules—safety
parameters—if we ever hung out. But you’re right, I don’t think I could
take getting kicked around by someone who owns a Harley.”

Iris grinned at him. “I’m going to get one. I can’t wait.”

Trey laughed as they walked toward the checkout stand. He even
helped her put her groceries on the conveyor belt as he offered suggestions
on where to go to test-drive motorcycles.

Iris was even prepared to admit that Trey might be one of the few
nice guys left in the world, until she started putting her groceries away.
Reaching for the Chunky Monkey ice cream she’d bought, she ended
up grabbing Late Night Snack instead. He switched the cartons. He’d
played her!

Iris growled and knew that if he were standing anywhere close by,
she would have gladly kicked the tar out of him. She hated men.

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