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What an exciting day! Today I am thrilled to welcome Diane Craver as my very first guest of the New Year! An accomplished author, Diane is sharing a blurb, excerpt and review of her book , “The Proposal” with us today. Thank you for visiting, Diane, and welcome!

 

BLURB for “THE PROPOSAL:

Jacqueline Andrews hopes her boyfriend Brad’s surprise is an engagement ring for her twenty-sixth birthday. Her best friend, Tyler Jordan, wants Jacqueline to be happy but not with Brad. Tyler regrets blowing off Jacqueline’s confession of love for him before he left for college. When he returns to their small town as a physician’s assistant, he falls in love with her. He needs to win her love back. Will his hot kisses sway her? Or is she going to marry Brad?

EXCERPT:

She nodded. “To show my appreciation for the great birthday gift and for you treating everyone to dinner tonight, I’ll even make extra bars just for you to eat with lots of cream cheese frosting.”

He put his fork on his empty plate. “You can show your appreciation in another way.”

“Oh really, what way is that?”

“A thank you kiss is definitely in order.”

She shifted toward him and planted a sweet kiss on his lips. Even though, Jacqueline’s quickness in responding surprised him, he wanted more and reclaimed her lips. He loved feeling her quiver at the tenderness of his kiss. She definitely wasn’t just giving a chaste kiss to her best friend. I might be getting through to Jacqueline that we should be a couple. How would Brad take it if Jacqueline broke up with him? He did feel guilty about not speaking up in the beginning to Brad, but he couldn’t say anything when Jacqueline’s happiness was more important. He never expected their feelings for each other to escalate so fast.

“You two need to get a room,” Alex said as he put his plate on the counter.

Jacqueline blushed as she moved slightly to look at her brother. “I was just thanking Tyler for everything.”

Alex chuckled. “I don’t go around kissing people to say thank you.”

“Hey, don’t tease your sister. It’s not everyday I get a kiss that tastes like candy.”

“I heard your phone. Did Brad call?” Alex asked, leaning against the counter.

She nodded. “It was good to hear his voice. I can’t wait to see him next week.”

Alex looked amused. “The competition is on. Two guys in love with my sister. May the best man win.”

LASR REVIEW:

This charming tale of second chances holds few surprises, but don’t let that put you off. Ms. Craver packs plenty of anticipation and emotional swings and round-a-bouts into this sweet romance that would give credit to a full length novel.

Discovering you’ve made a bad judgment that has your dreams crashing and burning is not an easy discovery to handle; but with the help and support of her long-time friend, and once hoped for future, Tyler Jordan, Jacqueline Andrews has some hard decisions to make and a lot of soul searching to work through.

This is not a simple story of friends to lovers to happy ever after; there is a need to forgive, understand past actions and come to terms with their consequences. Ms. Craver does not offer her readers a perfect heroine. Indeed, Jacqueline is a heroine most women can relate to. So full of future dreams she misses plenty of signals out there for her to spot is she only removed her rose coloured spectacles.

When Brad, the man she hopes to marry, fails to fulfill Jacqueline’s hopes and dreams she discovers his agenda is so far off beam from hers, her faith in her own judgment is once again sorely tested. Tyler, her friend let her down many years ago and now she’s back to square one, or is she…?

The hero, Tyler, has a mammoth task ahead of him if he’s going to persuade Jacqueline to believe in his feelings for her now. It is the way the author takes all her characters through the multi-faceted emotions in this story that make it such a charming read, and yes, I will use the word ‘cute’ to describe The Proposal.

The characters are believable, the plot may appear simple but is not, and the conclusion, though not unexpected, still creates a sigh of satisfaction at the end.

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The Proposal sells for 99 cents on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/The-Proposal-ebook/dp/B005895S4G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1309113290&sr=1-1) and Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69282 )

Thank you again, Diane! 

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When I was a little girl, I remember having a big doll dressed in a pink bridesmaid’s dress. I named her Rose and pretended I was the bride. I never really thought about what type of proposal I might receive someday. It was the wedding part that interested me the most. My husband kept his proposal simple and sweet. He proposed while we were attending Mass. He asked me during the part where the sign of peace is exchanged in church after he kissed me. He didn’t go the traditional route and ask my father’s permission to marry me. He likes to tease me and says that my father paid him to marry me. But that’s one of the reasons I love my guy – his sense of humor. We will celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary in August!

There are all kinds of ways to propose. Some people might go public with their proposals. The other day I heard that a policeman asked his girlfriend on the police radio to marry him. Because she was a dispatcher, he thought it’d be nice for everyone to hear something pleasant instead of the usual crimes. Fortunately, she said yes. If you aren’t in law enforcement, some other public places for proposals are: parks, beaches, restaurants and football stadiums.

Of course, private might be the perfect way to propose. If your guy makes everything romantic and does the flowers, candlelight dinner, and it’s only between the two of you, then the traditional proposal is always special.

In THE PROPOSAL, a sweet and contemporary romance, Jacqueline Andrews hopes that her boyfriend Brad will propose on her twenty-sixth birthday, and she’ll receive an engagement ring for her birthday gift. Other special times might be on an anniversary of a first date or the perfect time for a marriage proposal might be during the holidays. Christmas and Valentine’s Day seem to be the most popular holidays for proposals.

Some couples prefer to be more creative in proposing. Hiding the ring in a dessert or in a rose are good ways to be unique. If you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean or if you’re planning a beach vacation, arrange a swim with dolphins. Play together in the water with flipper and then propose afterwards. My nephew, Kyle, did something different by tying the ring to his dog’s collar and then he called his dog to come in. When his girlfriend saw the ring, Kyle got down on bended knee and asked her to marry him. I can see two skydivers enjoying a proposal in the air. Being creative is the best idea for the couples who don’t want to use a traditional way in proposing.

If you want to learn more about Jacqueline’s romantic proposal and what happens in my ebook, THE PROPOSAL, it’s available for 99 cents at Amazon and Smashwords. Links: http://www.amazon.com/The-Proposal-ebook/dp/B005895S4G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1309113290&sr=1-1 and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69282
Here’s a short blurb:
Jacqueline Andrews hopes her boyfriend Brad’s surprise is an engagement ring for her twenty-sixth birthday. Her best friend, Tyler Jordan, wants Jacqueline to be happy, but not with Brad her current boyfriend.

Tyler regrets blowing off Jacqueline’s confession of love for him before he left for college. When he returns to their small town as a physician’s assistant, he falls in love with her. He needs to win her love back.

Will his hot kisses sway her? Or is she going to marry Brad?

What kind of proposal did you receive from your spouse? Tell your story! If you aren’t engaged or married, that’s fine. Tell what kind of proposal you’d like to receive. Do you expect a down on the knees type of proposal, something unique, or would you like a public proposal? If you leave a comment, you’ll be entered in my drawing for either a $5 GC to Amazon OR a signed print copy of A Christmas Gift. Drawing will be July 5th! If outside of the US, I’ll substitute an ebook copy of A Christmas Gift, if that’s the winner’s choice. By the way, A Christmas Gift is a book to be enjoyed year round!

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