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Monday, April 1, 2019

Lion Dancing for Love by Laura Boon 💕 Fun Facts, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Small Town Contemporary Romance)



Licking her wounds after a bad relationship, San Diego accountant Caitlyn Summers travels to Willow Springs to help her friend gear up for the annual Maple Sugar Ball. She isn't planning on staying long, but one encounter with the delicious Corey Duncan has her re-evaluating her plans.

Corey swore off love when his wife Annie died from breast cancer. Caitlyn is too young, too citified, and vibrates with a passion and energy that will upend the safe, comfortable rhythm of his life. Corey has to choose between playing it safe and taking a risk on love. Caitlyn needs to find the patience to let Corey lead. If not, the Maple Sugar Ball might end in a sticky mess, instead of a slow dance with the man who has captured her heart.

Will their fire burn hot enough to erase doubts and past hurts?




When I was creating the storyline behind Lion Dancing for Love, I wanted to play with the notion that people who looked at first sight like opposites on the outside could actually be perfectly aligned on the inside. My heroine Caitlin is from San Diego and has a Chinese-American mum while my hero Corey is at least a fourth generation Willow Springs, Vermont man. He’s also ten years older than Caitlin is. He’s been married and widowed. She’s still waiting for a ring on her finger. What they have in common, however, is more important. They have both been burned by love, and they both have caring, if nosey, family.


  1. I had to do some research on Vermont in order to set the scene, and here are ten fun facts I wasn’t aware of:
  2. Despite its New England location, Vermont was founded by the French. The origin of the word Vermont is likely the French phrase Les Monts Verts meaning the green mountains.
  3. Before joining the Union in 1791, Vermont had its own currency and postal service.
  4. Vermont is ranked the safest state in America as well as the second least populated. If you’re looking for some quiet R&R, it is the place to go.
  5. Vermont leads the nation in the production of talc, monument granite, marble and maple products – hence the annual Maple Sugar Ball in Willow Springs!
  6. In April 2009, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. Prior to this, Vermont was the first state to legalize same-sex civil unions.
  7. President Calvin Coolidge was born in Vermont on the 4th July.
  8. Montpelier is the only state capital that does not have a MacDonald’s.
  9. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo.
  10. Vermont does not sell alcohol to out-of-state licenses. You must have a liquor ID in order to purchase alcohol at liquor stores and grocery stores. Fortunately for those in the tourist trade, bars can serve travelers without a liquor ID.
  11. English author Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) lived in Vermont in the 1890s and invented the game of snow golf – I guess it was a long, snowy winter!



She walked across to Corey, tucking her hair behind her right ear, unexpectedly shy at his acknowledgement. She squared her shoulders. “Hi.”

“Hey.” He stood and pulled out a chair for her, a half-smile playing on his lips. “You and I can’t avoid each other.”

She shrugged. “It’s a small town. Although you’ve looked awfully busy.” Too busy to say hello was her unspoken message. She’d let him know she was interested, and he had ignored her ever since.

“Yeah.”

Her drink arrived, and they fell silent while the waitress fussed with a coaster and peanuts.
He rubbed his hand against his chin and gazed directly into her eyes. “I’ve been a bit preoccupied, mostly with you.”

“Me?” She choked on a swig of champagne and coughed as the bubbles went down the wrong way.

He grabbed her glass and set it down before patting her on the back.

“I’m fine,” she gasped.

“Sorry. I take it that was my fault for surprising the heck out of you.”

“Yep.”

“Why? You’re the one who kissed me.”

And why wouldn’t she when he looked so delectable? She was tempted to kiss him again, rub out the mischievous twitch to his lips. Instead she retorted, “And you’re the one who
didn’t kiss me back.”

  


Laura Boon stole her first romance from her father’s bookshelves as a teenager, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and was immediately captivated. After holding a variety of positions in publishing, from bookseller to sales rep and publicist, she eventually found the courage to write her own stories. She was born in Zambia, grew up in South Africa, and went to university in America. She now lives in Australia with her husband and their adorable dogs Beau and Arro. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys sleuthing for artisan chocolate and beautiful stationery, watching tennis, and walking alongside Sydney’s beautiful harbor.


   


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74 comments :

  1. Hi Lauren, thanks for hosting me. It was fun reflecting on the quirky facts I learnt about Vermont during my research. Good luck with the giveaway everyone.

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  2. Enjoyed 'meeting you'. I haven' yet begun on the Deerbourne series, but this sounds like a good story. It's an interesting premise and the excerpt makes one want to know what happens to these people.

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    1. Thank you. I think you’ll enjoy the series.

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  3. Interesting facts about Vermont! Best of luck with the book.

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  4. I really enjoyed reading this book! Loved Caitlyn and Corey. And LOL on #9 in your list of Vermont facts! ha!

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    1. Thank you Jean. I just finished Matiu and Charlotte’s story in Sould of the Storm, which I loved. So glad they’re headed my way. :)

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  5. I bet you incorporated a lot of that information into your book. I know I would have. Wishing you and Lion Dancing for Love good luck and great sales.

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  6. Enjoyed your fun facts, Laura. Wishing you all the best!

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  7. This sounds like a fun, emotional read. Thanks. I love Vermont. We went there a few years back...even visited Ben & Jerry's! Beautiful place.

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    1. Ah, I’d love to go to Ben & Jerry’s. Will have to follow in your footsteps. Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

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    2. The tour inside was ok but it was fun out in the graveyard (old, retired flavors)

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  8. Those were interesting facts about Vermont. That's one of the states I haven't visited. Best on your book!

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  9. Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  10. Terrific excerpt! Sounds like a great book. Thank you for telling us about it.

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    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by, Allison.

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  11. Great cover and I loved the excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by, Victoria.

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  12. Which book have you read the most times? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Joseph, I have some go to books I re-read all the time. I think it might be These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer.

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  13. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Sounds good.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. It was a fun book to write.

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  14. I have no questions for the author.

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  16. thanks the excerpt sounds wonderful

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  17. This looks like such a great book! Im so looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you Shannon. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the cover and excerpt. :)

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  19. Sounds like a great read can't wait to read this.

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    1. Thank you Judy. A shout out to the lovely Debbie Taylor for my gorgeous cover!

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  21. Gorgeous cover and a great excerpt! This sounds like a must read for me!

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    1. Thank you Bea. I really loved writing Caitlin and Corey’s story. I hope enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  22. I wonder, does Vermont actually have a Maple Sugar Ball? This sounds like a good read.

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  23. My favorite hockey player attended the U of Vermont, so I've always been curious!

    --Trix

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  24. I love the cover! And it sounds good too! Can't wait to read it !

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  25. I have no questions for the author.

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  26. Great cover and I enjoyed the fun facts too!

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  27. Thank you for introducing me to this book.

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  28. looks like a fun one

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  29. Thank you for sharing, the cover is very pretty

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  30. Gorgeous cover.. cannot wait to buy this book... Congrats and best of luck

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  31. Love the cover and looking into this. What's Next?
    Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  32. My questions for the author are: do you listen to any special music when you want inspiration for your writing? Are there any actors you would love to see play your characters?

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  33. Nice cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I have no questions for the author.

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  35. This book sounds like a great read.

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  36. Book sounds interesting. Thanks

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  37. Interesting facts about Vermont. I love that pigs don't like mint oreo ice cream! lol

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  38. Loved the fun facts! Very interesting

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  39. Thank you for sharing your book with us. Is this a series?

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  40. Sounds like a great book, love the cover

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