Thursday, February 13, 2014

Book excerpt from humorous contemp novel "Secondhand Romance" by RoseAnn DeFranco

This is a virtual book blast tour stop for Secondhand Romance by RoseAnn DeFranco. It's a humorous contemporary romance available exclusively on Amazon from The Wild Rose Press.

During the course of the two-week tour, the book is available for 99 cents on Amazon.

RoseAnn will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Audubon Springs to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, visit other tour stops and enter there, too.

Annie O’Malley’s dream of owning a secondhand bookstore in tight-knit Audubon Springs is coming true. Still reeling from her parents’ sudden deaths, she believes that signs or messages can be found within the pages of books. She loves her job and has made plenty of friends but longs for the acceptance only love and a family can provide.

Tony Iuliano is there to fix the wiring in her shop. He doesn’t believe in fate, magic, or the power of a good book. All this combined with his sexy-as-sin presence and all-knowing attitude infuriates Annie. The quirky bookworm intrigues him enough to accept her bet to read a book from her shop. When he discovers a stack of fifty-year-old love letters in the book, he wants to leave the past alone, but seeing it as a sign, Annie challenges him to read the letters and search for the long-lost lovers or lose the bet.

While shaking the dust off several ill-fated romances and fighting their attraction at every turn, the pair soon become the town gossip daily special. If they can stop arguing long enough, they may just discover this particular sign was meant for them all along.

After you read the book it I’ll let you watch the movie.”
“You’ll let me, will you?” He took a step closer placing his hand on the top shelf beside her when the urge to touch her, or any number of elicit, carnal acts not done between friends took root.
“Watching the movie first will ruin it for you. I want you to form your own opinion of Mr. Knightly.” She sounded a bit breathless to his ears.
“What’s your opinion of him, Annie? Don’t I get to know since you say I’m like him?” he asked in the voice he used to seduce women. He didn’t want to seduce or plant any seeds of fancy into her outrageous creative mind. Even so, he couldn’t turn off this desire to move closer for a touch, or God help him, a taste. Annie O’Malley – the woman he’d no doubt want to throttle after their meeting with Eddie Green.
“Once you’ve read the book, I’d be happy to share it with you.” Her smile faded into uncertainty while her pulse quickened at her throat. He imagined running his tongue over that spot. Eyes widening, her lips parted on an, oh, as if waiting. She recognized it too, this surprising attraction. Did she want to ignore it as much as he did?
Since this was unchartered territory, he stepped back, abruptly breaking the connection. Her eyebrows drew together and one hand flew up in question when a knock sounded at the door.
“Show time,” she said weakly, and started for the door. “Do you still want to read the book?” she asked without looking back.
“I said I did, didn’t I?”
“I don’t know. You seem indecisive at the moment.”

Author information:
RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences with her critique partners at www.the A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at

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Unknown said...

Thank you for featuring Secondhand Romance during its $.99 promotion sale.

I love this moment between Annie and Tony. They have never really gotten along and he's shocked by his attraction to the little book worm. Classic opposites attract.

It's got me wondering about everyone's favorite opposites attracts books or movies.

ilookfamous said...

Hahahaha, I just checked my kindle. I downloaded Return to Audubon Springs a couple of months ago when it was a bookgorilla deal. I 1-clicked Secondhand Romance so now I'm set!