I'm hosting the truly lovely Gemma Brocato today to celebrate her new release Bed of Roses. Since her story centers around a single woman suddenly becoming a teenage girl's guardian, I thought this "Top Ten" would give us a great insight into her heroine's personality. So, tell us, Gemma, what are Malin's Top Ten adjustments to living with a teen?
Hi, Carolyn. Thanks so much for having me over today. You’ve certainly challenged me with listing only ten adjustments that the main character in Bed Of Roses has to make when a teenager suddenly moves into her home.
In Bed Of Roses, Malin Eckert’s mother, Harriet, abandoned Mal at the age of 12. And in the twenty years since Harriet left, Mal hasn’t had any contact with her. Now, her mother has died in a drunk driving accident and Mal is stunned to find out that Harriet remarried and started a whole new family. In a karmic twist of fate, Mal is named as guardian of the Harriet’s other daughter, 15 year-old, Gaby. You know there is going to have to be a lot of adjusting going on. Here’s Mal’s Top Ten List:
One of my favorite aspects of this story was watching the relationship between the two sisters flower and develop. A woman raising a child from birth has a long-standing relationship with teenage that serves them during those difficult years. Mal had to learn quickly what it is to raise and guide a teen. She isn’t always certain she is up to the task. But when push comes to shove, she doesn’t want to lose her new sister. I hope your readers will enjoy the story and the relationship between Mal and Gaby as much as I have.
Thanks again for having me over today, Carolyn. I really enjoyed it.
Any time, Gemma! I love your Five Senses series, the premise of it, and your true-to-life heroines. For excerpts and links, read on!
Book Title: Bed of Roses (A Five Senses Novel) Author: Gemma Brocato Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: April 7, 2015 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Bed of Roses Book #4 - The Five Senses SeriesThis close to Valentine’s Day Malin Eckert’s flower shop is entering their busiest season. As if the added work isn’t enough, her father’s drinking has spiraled out of control and Mal discovers she’s been named guardian of a fifteen-year-old sibling she never knew about. To make matters worse, Mal’s crushing on a customer, a serial dater who drops by the shop with alarming regularity to send flowers to other women. Gunnar Sims never had the best luck with women, a fact that doesn’t stop his growing attraction to his florist. His new business is losing money and he should be concentrating on that, but instead finds Mal an enticing distraction. In spite of her best intentions to keep Gunnar firmly in the friend zone, Mal finds herself falling for the classically handsome gym owner. As her affection for Gunnar and her sister, Gabriella, grows, Mal’s heart hangs in the balance when it appears both could be taken away from her. Content Warning: Hard bodies, spoiled princesses, and a levelheaded woman who know how to smell the roses.
Gemma's favorite desk accessories for many years were a circular wooden token, better known as a 'round tuit,' and a slip of paper from a fortune cookie proclaiming her a lover of words; some day she'd write a book. All it took was a transfer to the United Kingdom, the lovely English springtime, and a huge dose of homesickness to write her first novel. Once it was completed and sent off with a kiss, even the rejections addressed to 'Dear Author' were gratifying.
After returning to America, she spent a number of years as a copywriter, dedicating her skills to making insurance and the agents who sell them sound sexy. Eventually, her full-time job as a writer interfered with her desire to be a writer full-time and she left the world of financial products behind to pursue a career as a romance author. Gemma focuses mainly on contemporary romance, with an occasional detour into science fiction romance. Her titles are available in digital and print-on-demand at all major retailers.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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