Monday, July 2, 2012

Spotlight On: This Tangled Thing Called Love

Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New York’s top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York’s most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly awakens Claire’s old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will Claire brave her fears and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she continue to play it safe?
In order to secure his place as his father’s successor, thirty-three-year-old David Lawson must settle down with a wife befitting the future head of Lawson Enterprises - and who could fit the prerequisite better than the stunningly beautiful and incredibly bright Claire Chatfield? There is just one glitch – David Lawson is in love with another woman – a Hollywood Legend Claudia Block.

A successful tango instructor, Alec Brunell has never lacked for women’s attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Upon hearing of his occupation, most women swoon with desire, but Claire runs for the door. Still, her iciness only adds fuel to his fire, as Alec is determined to change Claire’s view of him.
This Tangled Thing Called Love is a love story about finding one’s perfect match - sometimes following one’s heart is as convoluted as learning the steps of tango. 

Alec opened the door of his apartment and carefully placed the bundled package from the art gallery onto the floor. His new digs were shaping up quite nicely: the red wall he repainted added just the right amount of dramatic flair he had been hoping for, and the newly washed parquet floors sparkled. The art deco tango poster he had asked the gallery owner to track down for him would be the final touch. Alec shook his head, remembering his botched attempt at painting – sure, he could slather paint with a roller all day long, but to think that he could actually paint had been overconfident. His attempt to draw a silhouette of a tango couple had turned into a complete fiasco and he had to repaint the red wall. Well, now it was finally dry and ready for the poster to be hung up.
Alec reached for his tool kit, searching for the hook strong enough to hold up the poster’s weighty frame – the frame had cost almost as much as the poster did, but it was well worth it. As he plunged the drill bit into the wall, Alec felt his frustration ebbing – there was no point in sulking. So, Claire had a boyfriend – there were plenty of fish in the sea, and he had never found himself wanting in the women’s department. And yet, the thought of his downstairs neighbor with another man made his mouth turn sour with jealousy. Alec’s competitive streak had always been strong, but it was more than that. Granted, he had only seen Claire for a handful of moments, and she was snapping at him during the majority of them, but for some perverse reason, her irate demeanor only seemed to fuel his interest in her – perhaps, he was a closet masochist. He had never shied away from a challenge, but presently, he had to admit that he had struck out on this one.

 Marie will be giving away three prizes of custom made jewelry (pictured below -- Prize #1: Coral necklace sterling silver chandelier coral earrings set, Prize #2 Blue opal sterling silver plated necklace and Prize #3 Sterling silver chandelier earrings with green aventurine, rose quartz and amethyst) to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour (Continental US only).

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Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre. Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.

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Books by Marie Astor:

This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true match.

Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship.

On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about the unexpected power of love.

A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.

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  1. I think this story really sounds interesting. I think people have to feel more about their relationships, and not try to analyze them.

  2. With each excerpt I read, I'm rooting for Claire and wonder what she ends up doing. She deserves better than David!

  3. Hello and thank you for featuring This Tangled Thing Called Love today!

    Hi MomJane and Catherine - thank you for your comments! I'm so glad to see that you're having fun with the tour!

    Hope to see you at the next stop!