Sunday, December 7, 2014

Promo Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: FOREVER WITH ME by Kristen Proby


From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle Series comes the end of a saga…
Dominic Salvatore seemingly has everything a man could want. He’s found a new relationship with his father and the entire Montgomery family. His vineyard, Coppa di Vita, is a success. There’s only one thing that eludes him: a certain driven, intelligent, and sexy as hell blonde named Alecia.
Alecia works tirelessly building her event planning business. It’s the most important part of her life. Despite the beautiful, lavish weddings she organizes, Alecia is convinced that the idea of true love is a myth. While Dominic is a sexy, intriguing man, welcoming the handsome Italian into her bed, and her life, is a risk she’s not so sure she’s willing to take.
However Dominic isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and it’s not long before these two are burning up the sheets and discovering a connection that neither can deny. But will it be strong enough to last forever?
 “I’m going to eventually make you understand how amazing you are, tesoro.” – Dominic Salvatore
We are so excited to be spotlighting Pike's Place Market on our tour stop!
 An explanation from Kristen Proby as to why she LOVES Pike's Place Market:
Pike's Place Market is my favorite place in Seattle. Tiny Doughnuts? They're real. And they are delicious. And I want some right now. The place is usually packed, a riot of color and voices and amazing smells. Music. Flying fish. If you haven't been, you really should put it on your bucket list.  
And here is the excerpt from that very location:“Ready?” Nate asks, smiling down at me.
We just stepped onto the sidewalk outside his building, which happens to be just a few blocks up from the market and waterfront. We’re going to walk down today.
He’s delicious in faded blue jeans and a long-sleeve, white button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up his forearms. The weather is finally warming in the late spring sun, and we’re taking advantage of it today.
“Ready,” I confirm, and he twines our fingers as we stride toward downtown at a casual pace.
“You look beautiful today,” he murmurs and kisses my hand.
I’m also in blue jeans, black ballerina flats, and a red tunic top cinched at my waist with a thin black belt.
“Thank you. So do you.” I lean my head on his warm, muscular shoulder, then kiss it as we wait at a crosswalk. “So, what are we shopping for today?” I ask.
“Greens and veggies for a salad and fresh lobster.” He pulls our linked hands around to the small of my back and leads me across the street, watching for crazy drivers.
I love how he protects me, and watches out for me, while still making me feel like we’re partners.
“Sounds delicious.”
“Anything you want to grab while we’re there?” he asks.
“Tiny doughnuts and Starbucks.”
Pike’s Market boasts the very first Starbucks café ever built, just across the street from the vendors. There is also a booth that serves delicious, fresh doughnuts that melt in your mouth. They are both must-haves when I visit.
“Let’s do that first.” Nate’s hand tightens around mine as we descend the steep hill leading to the Market.
When we reach the cobblestone street below, I take a deep breath and look around. This is the heart of Seattle. Businessmen and blue-collar guys, families and couples, and people of all shapes and sizes and colors. Musicians are on the sidewalk, singing and playing instruments for change, and they are incredible, drawing quite a crowd.
I love the sights, sounds and smells.
“I’m so glad you suggested this.” I smile up at my man. “I haven’t been down here in ages, and I love it.”
“Me, too.” Nate kisses my forehead and leads me into Starbucks. We order our drinks and wander through the Market, starting at the end with my tiny doughnuts, so we can munch on the hot, soft goodness while we wander.
“SALMON!” someone yells, and a large gray salmon goes sailing through the air in front of us. A man in orange pants held up by brown suspenders catches the fish and throws it back to a guy in the same outfit behind the fish counter.
Nate and I smile at each other and watch the fish-throwing show for a few minutes, sipping our coffee and eating our doughnuts, soaking up Seattle.
More fish sail back and forth, the men yelling and putting on a fun show. Nate and I pick out two large lobsters, and they are packaged in a box with a handle for easy carrying.
With Nate’s hands full of lobster and coffee, I push a bite of doughnut into his mouth, and we continue through the Market, winding through a sea of people. It’s impossible to shop here in a hurry. There are too many people, especially on a weekend.
Nate and I choose our salad veggies, and he buys me a bouquet of fresh tulips and gerbera daisies.
“Thank you, babe. These are gorgeous.” I bury my face in them and breathe in their sweet fragrance and smile up at him.
“Like you.” He kisses my nose, tosses his empty coffee cup in a nearby garbage can, and presses his hand on the small of my back.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.
Twitter: @handbagjunkie

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