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Oct 18, 2013

Meant for Her Blog Tour: Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Meant for Her Blog Tour hosted by Iambe Books, LLC. For today's stop, I've got an awesome excerpt from Meant for Her and a guest post by the wonderful Raine Thomas to share with all of you as well as the tour wide giveaway, so do not go anywhere because there's a lot of epic going on, for sure! Without anymore delay...

About the book:

Title: Meant for Her
Author: Raine Thomas
Publisher: Iambe Books, LLC
Release date: October 15, 2013

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.
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Guest post: Writing Romance by Raine Thomas

Sitting at the breakfast table with my husband and seven-year-old daughter this morning, I asked them for guest post topic ideas. My creative tank was on empty thanks to a critical coffee shortage in our household. Since my daughter had snuck into the pre-Halloween candy bowl, though, her hyper-creative brain was on full throttle.

“Write about romance!” she declared.

She knows that my books all have a strong romantic component to them, whether they’re YA fantasy or NA contemporary. Being seven, however, her understanding of this concept is obviously limited. Curious, I asked her what she thought romance meant.

“People read romance so they can learn to make love,” she said in an authoritative tone.

Go ahead…get your snort of laughter out over that one.

I’ll admit, she got my creative gears going. Why do people read romance? She had a point. She didn’t mean “make love” in the grown-up sense. She was saying, in her young and adorable way, that people read romance novels in part to learn how to find and hold onto love with someone else.

There are many subgenres of romance: historical, paranormal, contemporary, erotic…the list goes on and on. The base elements remain consistent across all of them, however. Two people are attracted to each other, they share a relationship of some nature, there is some form of conflict they face together, and they either overcome it or they don’t. As fictional as most romance stories are, when you boil the genre down to these basic elements, they really reflect real-life relationships, don’t they?

So, back to the main question: why do people read romance? I personally feel that people read it because it’s a wonderful escape. We want to experience the thrill of that first meeting, first kiss, first fight, and everything else relationships involve. We want to see issues arise and—if you’re like me—we like to see those issues resolved. We want to close the book with a feeling of overall happiness or satisfaction. We want to believe that the romance in the story is possible in real life.

I love writing stories that give my readers that feeling. In my latest release, a New Adult contemporary romance called Meant for Her, the main characters, Sierra and Evan, have much to overcome. They have their ups and downs, but it’s clear from the first chapter where the story is headed. The characters will work hard in their effort to “learn to make love,” and I hope readers will enjoy the adventure with them.

Excerpt from Meant for Her:

She saw one of the building’s employees, Oliver Werner, sitting behind the counter and crossed the lobby to greet him. He got to his feet, towering over her by more than a foot.

“Hi, Oliver.”

“Hi there, Ms. Sierra. Nice to see you.”

She winked at him. “This is Evan Dorsey. He’s checking out 4-B.”

“Is that right?” Oliver held out his hand and Evan shook it. “Pleasure to meet you, Mr. Dorsey. Can’t find a better place to live in this city, I assure you. We’ll take real good care of you here.”

“I like what I see so far,” Evan said.

Sierra wondered if it was a coincidence that his dark blue eyes shifted to her after he said that. In either case, her pulse quickened.

What harm could there be in fantasizing about a compliment from a hot ballplayer? It was healthy, really.

“Thanks, Oliver. We’ll be down in a bit.”

They headed to the elevator. She punched a code into the keypad to the right of the doors. As they closed, she looked at Evan to explain what she’d done. He was staring at her. She expected him to look away when she caught him.

He didn’t.

“When you’ve signed the lease, you’ll get your own code,” she said.

When I sign it?”

She smiled. He might not have made up his mind about moving in just yet, but she already knew how this was going to end.

“There are four apartments each on floors two and three,” she continued as though she hadn’t heard him, “and two larger apartments on four. Only the tenants on each floor can access their floor.”

“Unless they give the code out to everyone they know.”

“Sure. We do change the codes regularly to try and prevent issues, and ask tenants to let us know if there’s any reason they need their personal codes changed. As with most secure buildings shared by multiple tenants, nothing is guaranteed.”

The elevator stopped and the doors opened up into a long hallway with hardwood floors and a vibrant carpet runner. Two large windows along the left side of the hall allowed sunlight to flood in. A few framed black and white photographs of some of the more interesting architectural elements of the complex hung along the right wall. The door to 4-B was straight ahead at the end of the hallway. Halfway there, they passed the door to 4-A on the left.

“Who lives in that apartment?” Evan asked.

She paused as she reached the door to 4-B. “Aunt Caroline didn’t tell you?”



She turned and unlocked the door to 4-B. They walked in, neither of them mentioning that she hadn’t answered his question. She started talking as she moved from room to room, figuring he was listening even if he wasn’t following her.

“As you can see, this apartment has lots of character and natural light. It’s over seventeen hundred square feet and has two large bedrooms, two full baths. Separate laundry. The kitchen has been completely updated with granite and stainless steel. Natural hardwood floors throughout. Neutral paint on the walls, but you’re welcome to change it once you move in. There are two real brick walls and exposed ductwork to enhance the loft feel. It’s a very open floorplan with—”

She turned and almost collided with Evan’s chest. Apparently, he had been following her.

“You’re in 4-A, aren’t you?” he asked.

She smiled.

“I’ll take it,” he said.

Meant for Her book trailer:

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About the author:

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her.

She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer's Voice.

When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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  1. I want to win because I'm a fan of her writing!

  2. Thank you so much for taking part in the Meant for Her launch tour, Momo!


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