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Apr 22, 2014

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Golden Hour by Campbell Reinhardt‏


I am a tremendous fan of Campbell Reinhardt! Their Lengths series is one of my all time favorites and I'm so happy that they're back with a new series! I've yet to read this one but it's definitely in my pile!

From April 20-May 3, Golden Hour will be on sale for just 99 shiny pennies so make sure you one-click it soon! To entice you further, check out the awesome guest posts I have to share with all of you as well as the blitz giveaway!

Without further ado...

About the book:

Title: Golden Hour (Crescent City, #1)
Author: Campbell Reinhardt‏
Publisher: Self
Release date: March 23, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance


In the medical field, the precious moments following a traumatic event in which you have the best chance of saving a life are known as the golden hour.

But being there during the golden hour doesn't mean you'll be able to save the one you love...

New Orleans native and ER nurse, Elise Dupuis knows that fact all too well. There was nothing she could do to save her fiancé, New Orleans police officer Mike Bazanac, when he was brought into her hospital with two fatal bullet wounds.

Now everyone walks around on eggshells when she comes into the room—except her brother Charlie. As Mike's partner, he bears a guilt that's spiraled him into dark pain. Charlie is lashing out, Elise is turning in, and life seems to be falling apart around them.

Caleb Warren knows what it feels like to always be on the losing end of things. A few criminal turns in his youth landed him two crap choices: mandatory service in the armed forces or jail. He chooses to enlist, and just when he finds a commander who has a little faith in him, their truck hits an IED. Caleb's training as a medic isn't enough to save the one person who's ever given a damn about him.

Now back in New Orleans as an EMT, Caleb is bound and determined to drown himself in booze and regrets. But he crosses paths with nurse Elise Dupuis and finds a woman whose passion and courage gets under his skin in a way that wakes him up and makes him want to live again.

Unfortunately, Charlie doesn't think the new EMT is good enough for his sister, and he’ll step outside the lines of the law to prove it to Elise.

Caleb has to figure out what's worth fighting for... and how far he's willing to go for the woman he loves.
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How We Came Up With the Idea for Golden Hour (Steph)

To be honest, Liz had been suggesting we write a book with paramedics/based around the medical field for well over a year. Before I wrote full time, I worked as a medic and Liz felt like incorporating that experience would provide a really unique spin on the typical contemporary romance. But the right characters never spoke to us. Until Caleb and Elise popped into Liz’s head one night and she sent me the first chapter (which didn’t end up as the actual first chapter, but is still in the final book.) From then on, we were hooked. We wrote the book in a matter of days, unable to sleep because even though they took a long time to appear to us, once they did, we both knew Caleb and Elise inside and out and couldn’t wait to tell their story.

My ten year old son actually suggested the idea of setting the book in New Orleans. He heard me talking to Liz one day on the phone about it and caught that it had a medical theme. My husband, kids and I live in Louisiana, but we stayed in New Orleans for a couple of months when our youngest daughter, Britta was treated at Children’s Hospital of NOLA. The hospital holds such a special place in our hearts that Liam immediately associated medical stuff with NOLA. It provided uniqueness and the perfect backdrop for Elise and Caleb’s pasts and a gorgeous setting that you can’t find anywhere else. We hope we did this spectacular city justice. ☺

We’ll be in New Orleans next month doing tons of research for the companion book and hope to bring even more of the city into that book.


Five words to describe Golden Hour

Heart:

This word means so much in its literal and figurative sense. Because this is a story about the medical field, the heart as an organ is something every character is very attuned to. But, even though Caleb and Elise are young and physically sound, overcoming extreme heartbreak is what makes them strong and attracts them to each other. And the healing of their hearts—through their love for one another—is the most gorgeous aspect of Golden Hour.

Heat:

Golden Hour takes place in the muggy, sweaty rise of a New Orleans summer. You can feel the heat beating down on the characters in so many scenes. More than that, Caleb and Elise feel a blistering sexual heat for one another. It’s this chemistry that drives them into each other’s arms when they’re so sure they’re not right for each other. And that heat only gets fanned the longer they’re around each other.

Family:

Strong bonds, intrigue, complications, abandonment, blood family, family by marriage, family by love... Golden Hour lets all the intricacies, ugliness, and heartbreaking beauty of family wind together and play out.

Strength:

Caleb and Elise face death and pain on a daily basis... and their job is to fix it. Stop it. Make it better. They do an amazing job at that because they’re hardwired to be strong and compassionate. That strength is ultimately what drives them together. They find in one another a person they can be vulnerable with after a long day of carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Hope:

More than anything else, Golden Hour is a story about hope. Hope after devastating loss, hope when you’re positive there’s absolutely nothing left to hope for, hope that frees you from everything you’re too afraid to face head on. Caleb and Elise find love and transform their lives because of hope, and it’s what we most hope readers will take away from this book.

DON'T FORGET !!!!


Fun tidbit:

Last night, while I was in the middle of typing up this post/talking to my nephew/watching The Voice, this commercial came on that totally froze me in my seat. It was like... a sign that Golden Hour needs to be my next read, asap! It reminded me so, so, so very much of the book that I was stunned! Check it out!

This was the actual clip that I saw.

But here's the full trailer on what The Night Shift is all about.

I know, right?! It was such a coincident that I feel I need to start Golden Hour tonight! So, what do you think? Of the book, the guest posts, the trailers? Let me know in the comments! Also, don't forget to check out the giveaway below!

About the authors:

Liz grew up on the East Coast, and Steph on the West Coast-and somehow they both ended up making their homes with their husbands and children in small, Southern towns. They've been co-writing since 2012 after they each read a book written by the other and contacted each other to gush.

Liz loves Raisinettes, even if they aren't really candy, the Oxford comma, movies that are hilarious or feature Zombies, any and all books, but especially romance (the smarter and hotter, the better), the sound of her daughter's incessantly wise and entertaining chatter, and watching her husband work on cars in the driveway.

Steph has one husband, four children, and a serious nail polish obsession. When she isn't reading, writing or wiping someone's nose, you can usually find her baking something.

You can find the writing duo on Facebook.

More books by Campbell Reinhardt:
Lengths Series:

Lengths
Depths
Limits
Ties
Riptides
Drift

Stand Alone:
A Toast to the Good Times

Coming soon:
Rutherford Vineyard Series:

Almost Lover (Summer 2014)

Connect with Steph Campbell: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Connect with Liz Reinhardt: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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