Monday, November 12, 2012

Guest blog by Marquita Valentine

In my novel, Third Time’s a Charm, the heroine, Rose Holland, comes from a long line of matchmakers. You see, Holland women have the uncanny ability to bring men and women together. But they also have the unfortunate reputation of taking men away from their women.

Tradition is tradition, however, in Holland Springs, North Carolina and seeking the love advice of the descendents of Poppy Holland is just how things are done.  Only for our heroine, she has no one to turn to for love advice and Rose can’t see who she belongs with.
Quite a conundrum, huh? To have these great abilities and success stories, but not be able to use them for yourself. Or maybe that’s part of what makes Rose so selfless. She knows her limits and instead focuses on helping others.

Rose isn’t forbidden from trying to use her gifts on herself and there aren’t any Grave Consequences either. She doesn’t have a secret identity. Everyone in town knows, or at least thinks they know, she’s a witch. But Rose never says, in fact in the book she thinks the people that come to her are obvious in their desires and wants. That reading them is as easy as growing dandelions in her front yard.

Yet the hero, Sasha Romanov, is like the Pamlico Sound at twilight. Something that doesn’t make her happy at all. Of course this makes for some interesting nights when he rents a room from her.

So, if you could have any kind of ability, what would it be? And would you keep it a secret or share it with the world?

Third Time’s a Charm
Holland Springs Book Two
Marquita Valentine

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 88,000

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Book Description:

Not even Holland Springs' Most Notorious Resident can stop this Love Spell.

Customers come to Rose Holland’s apothecary shop for three things: to hear her uncanny matchmaking advice, to buy the “magical” hair and skin products she sells, and to accuse her of trying to steal their men. For years Rose has been entirely innocent and almost content with that status quo. But that was before sexy, smooth-talking Sasha Romanov came to town and made her want to use her love potions on him… until he broke her heart. Now corrupt town officials want to seize her land and sell it to an industrial giant, and her only hope for help looks like the one man she can’t trust—or stop herself from falling under his spell. 

Alexander “Sasha” Romanov seems like every woman’s dream: charming, handsome and fabulously rich. But while the people of Holland Springs think he’s in town to generously invest in their economy (and possibly one of their daughters), Sasha struggles to save his sick mother from his vicious uncle’s plans by doing everything the greedy businessman wants. And Vlad Romanov wants Rose Holland’s land—at any cost. 

Despite Sasha’s vow to get the job done and keep his hands (and everything else!) off Rose, the blue-eyed witch enchants him. But his mother’s life remains in the balance. Sasha must find a way to protect his mother, sabotage his uncle’s plans, and win the woman who’s captured his heart without destroying everything she loves.

About the Author:

Marquita Valentine writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are among her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man -- and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children. 

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