The Weather Girl by Amy Vastine – Guest Post & Giveaway

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The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine

The Weather Girl

The Weather Girl

by Amy Vastine

Clean Adult Contemporary Romance

January 1st 2014 by Harlequin

Turbulence is in their forecast.

Summer Raines knows when it’s going to rain. She can feel it. That’s why the local weather girl’s so good at her job. Too bad she couldn’t have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody’s favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It’s enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She’s stuck with a career that’s going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn’t nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

 

Amy VastineAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.
In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn’t make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming – a dream come true!
Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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Guest Post

Thank you for inviting me here today! I am so excited to be on tour with my debut novel, The Weather Girl. I thought I’d share how the story came about and my journey into the world of writing.

 

I have been dabbling in writing as a hobby for about nine years. It started as a way for me to organize my thoughts and daydreams. I am a dreamer. I can entertain myself for hours by telling myself stories in my head. Music inspires me and drives a lot of the plots in there.

 

The first book I ever wrote was one of those daydreams. My husband thought I was crazy for spending so much time writing something no one was ever going to see but me (because I was never going to let anyone read what I wrote!) I guess that was what inspired me to try writing for an audience other than me.

 

Fast forward to September 2012 – a friend of mine tweeted about Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. All I had to submit was one chapter. I figured that couldn’t be too hard. Maybe I would get a little feedback. Maybe someone would tell me to keep trying or to give up. So, thanks to an idea one of my friends gave me, Summer and Travis were born. I wrote one chapter and sent it in.

 

Now, the way the contest worked back then was the chapters were all posted and the general public voted for the ones they wanted to keep reading. The top 25 made it to the next round and would have to submit the entire manuscript. I didn’t really think I had a chance but kept writing just in case.

 

Thanks to some fantastic friends and strangers who voted for me, The Weather Girl made it to the next round. That meant I needed to finish the entire manuscript in less than a month. Lots of long nights, a few sick days from work, and many hours later, I had a complete story to send in.

 

I didn’t make it to the final three, who were chosen by the Harlequin editors, but I did get an email from one of them telling me my story had promise and also seemed to fit the Heartwarming line. She gave me some ideas for revising the story and passed along the manuscript to Victoria Curran, the editor of Heartwarming.

 

A few months later, Victoria contacted me and said if I could revise the story to fit Heartwarming, she would love to read it. So, I did. And she did. And she offered me a contract less than a month later. Pretty much was one of the best days of my life.

 

So, I’ve learned a couple things from this adventure – never say never and anything is possible. I feel I weaved those themes into The Weather Girl. Summer believe she will never leave Texas as long as her grandparents are still alive. She thinks she could never fall for someone like Travis. Little does she know – ANYTHING is possible. Especially when she least expects it!

 

Thank you so much for having me. I hope you’ll check the story out and please enter the giveaway. So much good stuff!

Tour-Wide Giveaway

– Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, red umbrella, signed copy of THE WEATHER GIRL, umbrella bookmark, and decorative box (US Only)

– 5 ebooks of The Weather Girl (INT)

– April 21 – May 11

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Comments

  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today!! I so appreciate it 🙂

  2. Sunshine. 🙂

  3. A sunny autumn day!

  4. I love the weather, too! Would love to read this!

  5. Kelly B. says:

    My perfect day would be sunshine with a few clouds. Heavenly!

  6. I am a rain girl, love the rain.

  7. Victoria Alexander says:

    I love when there are fluffy white clouds in the blue sky… it’s always fun to look up and use my imagination and make the clouds into shapes/objects/people 🙂

  8. Kate S says:

    I love those sunny warm breezy days that are perfect for reading and having a lemonade!
    Congrats on your being published!! Many more for your future!

  9. Crystal Young says:

    I like a warm sunny day

  10. Cold and snowy C:

  11. Loved the guest post. It’s always fun to hear how authors were first published. I like sunny, a mild breeze, and an approximate temperature of 76 degrees. lol…we don’t get many of those in Alabama. Just hot, hot, hot. 🙂

    • Thanks! It may be an unconventional start but getting that call that I was going to be published was one of the best days of my life. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Definitely a sunny weather girl.

  13. lkish77123 says:

    Seventy-five degrees, blue skies, a few puffy clouds, light breeze. Not like this incredibly hot day we are having today. Even in the house it’s 81. Outside it’s 94 and it’s 6pm.

    • After the extreme cold we’ve had in Chicago this winter, we have sworn in my house not to complain even a little bit about the heat this summer. 80’s and 90’s are a dream! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  14. A perfect weather day includes plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze with temps warm enough to head to the pool for a day of swimming with my son.

  15. Carolyn Valdez says:

    I love sunny days with warm weather. I love setting on the porch and reading.

  16. Rainy days are my favorite. I love leaving the windows cracked and listening to the drops fall. Great post, thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Jane Ritz says:

    My perfect weather day is partly cloudy and 78 degrees. Thanks for the chance!

  18. I love the rain, but my perfect weather day would be in the fall, when the weather is crisp & cool w/the tree’s changing color. There’s nothing like curling up w/a good book & a cup of hot chocolate on a beautiful fall day for me…..

  19. Robbie B says:

    I love a warm sunny day with a breeze to keep me cool

  20. Mary G Loki says:

    Raining like the sky is falling! 😀 I love the rain

  21. Love Blizzards

  22. I like cloudy days.
    I can tolerate rain as long as I don’t have to go outside…
    or if I have a good umbrella and sensible shoes and it’s not too heavy

  23. Christine Jensen says:

    Sunny and 75 degrees!

  24. Sad days sunny, and happy days rainy.

  25. Joseph Hawkshaw says:

    I like when their are no clouds in the sky and it is warm out.

  26. Laura Kathleen says:

    I love it when its sunny and 80 degrees 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!

  27. I love warm spring days. I love being able to hear all of the birds chirping and all of the flowers starting bloom.

  28. Awesome guest post. I also love writing and used to keep my writing to myself but when I joined a critique group it became ny dream to be published 🙂

  29. I love cool spring days.