A themed tour with Prism Book Tours
Welcome to my stop for the April Showers Book Tour for
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine
Clean Adult Contemporary Romance
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin
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.
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!
– 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