Friday, January 24, 2014

[Book Tour] Live by Mary Ann Rivers #giveaway #guestpost

Live: The Burnside Series by Mary Ann Rivers
January 21, 2014

Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly.

If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.

Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.

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Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.
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If I wasn't an author I'd be a . . . 

I literally can't imagine not being a writer. Some of my first memories are of making up little stories, drawing about them, writing down what I could. I've kept a journal or diary for thirty-one years (I'm 39), and writing is the activity I prefer to do over almost all others. Even if I had never been published, I'd be a writer. Publishing was never the end goal for me -- I've just always been writing. 

I do have a job that I love, however. I'm a pediatric nurse practitioner. Right now, I'm the healthcare provider at a college's student health clinic. In this capacity, I get to talk about things people are worried about, or ashamed about, or have questions about. I get to educate and support women's health. I still work with other kids and newborns, too, which means I get to talk with and work with families. I'm really passionate about knowledge and self-knowledge, and access, and in this job I get to really live all of those ideas in a dynamic way with other people. It's a job I learn so much in, as well. I have a lot of access to education, and I learn a tremendous amount from my patients -- who are amazing. 

So I have this incredible privilege to do what I love in such a way that I am motivated to be better at all the things I do. 

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