Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Trouble in Willow Falls by Pat Nichols, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title Series Author: Genre Release Date After a scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast tarnish Willow Falls’ reputation as a secluded North Georgia tourist destination, the town council votes to use the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town’s image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to boost Willow Falls’ appeal. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents invest their time and limited resources to spruce up Main Street’s appearance. Willow Post editor Emily Hayes can’t help but shake her head at her town’s desperate efforts. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads Amazon B&N Book Depository
“Sixteen weeks and five days. Not a peep from anyone. You’d think someone would jump at the chance to publish a novel about Willow Falls. What other town on the planet has a history like ours? I’d even welcome a rejection. At least then I’d know my proposal wasn’t deleted like yesterday’s junk mail.” Emily Hayes logged out of email, then splayed her fingers on her right hand and stared at her mother’s diamond engagement ring. “Everyone’s counting on my book to bring attention to our town.”
Scott stopped separating bills into pay-now and pay-later piles and glanced at his wife across the kitchen table. “You did make a big deal about the story fulfilling your parents’ legacy.”
“Don’t forget, Hayes General Store is a big part of the novel.”
“Yeah.” Scott scoffed. “And I’m the first man in my family forced to close it four days a week and take a part-time job hammering nails.”
“It’s not your fault business is slow. Besides, Jacob needed your help.”
“Don’t know how much good it’ll do. We’ll be lucky to finish the hotel in time for the fall foliage.”
“What’s with the pessimism?”
“I’m being realistic. The building sat empty for thirty years. Who knows how many unexpected problems we’ll run into?”
Emily leaned back and tilted her head. “Do you remember when we were kids, we believed ghosts roamed the halls?”
“Those were good times.”
“Too bad so many of our childhood friends moved away.” Emily scooted from the table.
“Who can blame them. The store’s the only thing that keeps us from bailing.”
She removed two sippy cups from the refrigerator and carried them to the playpen for her ten-month-old twin girls. “I love you sweet babies.” She patted their cheeks, then returned to the table. “We never talked about leaving Willow Falls.”
“That doesn’t mean I haven’t considered it.”
“Despite all the town’s problems, our life is here. All the memories. The friends who stayed. Saving your family’s business and turning my parents’ vision into reality.”
“We have a long way to go to make this town a tourist destination.”
“One more reason my book has to be published.”
The doorbell chimed, followed by footsteps striking the living room floor. “Anybody home?”
Scott shook his head. “We need to start locking the front door.”
Mirabelle Paine, the town’s number one purveyor of mail and gossip, rounded the corner and dropped all but one envelope on the table.
“Are you adding personal delivery service to your job description?”
She dismissed Scott’s comment with a hand flick and eyed Emily. “You got a letter from a publisher.”
Emily popped up. “Are you serious?”
“See for yourself.” She handed it over.
“The only one in existence that still requests proposals by snail mail. Maybe they want my entire manuscript. Unless …” Her chest tightened as she stared at the envelope.
Mirabelle propped her hands on her ample hips. “Are you gonna open it or what?”
Emily rolled her eyes, then ripped the envelope open. She read the letter, folded it, and slipped it in her pocket.
“Well, what did it say?”
Emily cringed under her pointed stare. “The story’s not what they’re looking for.”
“Probably highfalutin big-city types who don’t know squat about nice Southern towns.” A thud on the oak floor drew Mirabelle’s attention.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Retired from a twenty-seven-year corporate career, Pat Nichols draws on her experience in seven different management positions working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life to create stories about women facing tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams. Her debut novel, The Secret of Willow Inn, Willow Falls series book one, released January 2019. Book two, The Trouble in Willow Falls, released November 2019 and book three is slated for 2020. She received the 2017 CRW Woman of the Year Award and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. CONNECT WITH PAT: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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