Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Falling for the Farmer Blog Chase plus giveaway

Narelle here. Welcome to the start of the Falling for the Farmer blog chase. I hope you'll join us in celebrating the release of my debut novel. We will visit 6 blogs in Australia and New Zealand during the chase, ending at my Narelle Atkins blog where you'll find the entry form and giveaway information. 

I'm giving away three print copies of Falling for the Farmer to three lucky readers who provide the correct answers to all five blog chase questions. Each stop in the blog chase has a question. If you follow the blog chase in order, you can read the opening pages of Falling for the Farmer. I hope you enjoy the ride!



Back cover blurb:

KATE LAWSON IS A RUNAWAY BRIDE 

And she’s incredibly grateful when Jack Bradley offers her a job on his apple farm. Working side by side in the orchards with her best friend’s brother seems like the perfect way to get over her disastrous engagement. Until Kate finds herself falling hard for the handsome farmer. 

Jack Bradley knows city-girl Kate isn’t here to stay. Yet suddenly he’s imagining a life with her in the country. When Kate considers going back to the city, can Jack find a way to show her that her real home is here on the farm, by his side? 

CHAPTER ONE excerpt:

She had to escape now!

The long aisle surrounded by rows of smiling faces awaited Kate Lawson as she paused for photos at the back of the church, her sweaty hand clutching her father’s tuxedo-clad forearm.

Her fiancĂ© stood at the end of the aisle, a triumphant grin on his face as his gaze swept over the crowded church. 

Her father’s eyes misted. “You’re doing great.” 

Kate shook her head. “Dad, I’m sorry. I can’t do this.” She lifted her wedding dress off the plush carpet and ran out of the church, her low heels scraping the stone steps as she sprinted to the bridal car.
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If Kate ran away to Snowgum Creek, where could she go? 

The setting for Falling for the Farmer is Snowgum Creek, a fictitious town located on the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. My hero, Jack Bradley, was born and bred in Snowgum Creek. He runs the family apple orchards and owns a hire car business. My heroine, Kate Lawson, is a city girl who grew up in a wealthy northern Sydney suburb. 

Kate is a runaway bride who ends up in Snowgum Creek with Jack. The ski fields in the Snowy Mountains are not far away, an easy day trip from Snowgum Creek. Kate could hit the slopes at Thredbo, Perisher or Mt. Selwyn, and enjoy a fun day of skiing during winter. 

My question for the blog chase: Which mountain range is located near Snowgum Creek?

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You're at Stop 1 on the Falling for the Farmer Blog Chase. 

Please fill in your answers to the questions located on each of the participating blogs when you reach Narelle’s blog at Stop 6. 

If you have five correct answers, you'll receive an entry in the drawing to win one of three print copies of Falling for the Farmer. 

You can gain a bonus entry in the drawing if you have five correct answers and leave a comment below on this post.  

Current and new subscribers to Narelle’s email list will automatically receive an extra entry if they correctly answer all five questions. The giveaway entry form and terms and conditions are included with Narelle’s post at Stop 6. The winners will be announced in a comment on this post on Wednesday, February 12.

Your next stop on the blog chase is Iola’s Christian Reads 

The full blog chase itinerary is listed below.

Stop 1: Australasian Christian Writers (ACW) http://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.com.au/ 

Stop 2: Iola’s Christian Reads http://christianreads.blogspot.com/ 

Stop 3: Ink Dots http://dorothyadamek.blogspot.com.au/ 

Stop 4: Come Meet Ausjenny http://ausjenny.blogspot.com/

Stop 5: Soul Inspirationz http://soulinspirationz.blogspot.com/ 

Stop 6: Narelle Atkins http://narelleatkins.wordpress.com/

A fun question for ACW readers: Do you have a favourite ski resort you like to visit or dream about visiting?

Text Copyright © 2014 by Narelle Atkins 
Cover Art Copyright © 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited 
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. 
Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. 
All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.
Copyright© 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited 
Cover copy used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited

45 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to be celebrating the release of Falling for the Farmer today! We have Tim Tams and your choice of beverage. A latte for me, although I'm thinking about the beverage list at Max Brenner's. It's never too early for chocolate, right?

    Please remember a comment on this post will give you an extra entry in the drawing, but you need to visit my blog (Stop 6) and complete the online form to be entered the drawing.

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    1. Love the iced white chocolate at Max Brenners!

      I'm with Iola on skiing Mount Doom ;)
      Congratulations Narelle - very exciting moment!

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    2. Thanks, Cat :) An iced white chocolate sounds divine, with a deadly number of calories that we won't think about, lol. Skiing at Mount Doom sounds like lots of fun! Apparently it an be cheaper for Aussie's to fly to NZ to ski than to ski in Australia.

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  2. What flavour Tim Tams? I like mint the best.

    To answer your question ... I haven't been skiing in years, but I have fond memories of skiing on Mt Ruapehu, which is now famous as Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies.

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    1. Hi Iola, I like the original flavour best, dunked in coffee so the chocoalte melts and has a slightly mocha flavour. Wow, I assume Mount Doom is a very popular ski resort now it's famous from the LOTR movies :)

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    2. Nah - Turkish Delight Tim Tams are the best!

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    3. And, on a tangent about ski resorts, frozen Tim Tams are fantastic. I was introduced to them by a Kiwi!

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    4. Annie, I haven't tried frozen Tim Tams. They sound good :) Although, I don't know if they'd last long enough in my house to actually reach the frozen stage, lol.

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  3. I've never been skiing or to a ski resort... not sure if that answers your question!

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    1. Melissa, that answer counts :) I hope you have the opportunity to visit a ski resort one day.

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  4. I love the white chocolate chai at Max Brenner. But I'm being a good girl and sipping a peppermint tea instead. :)

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    1. Dotti, you are being good :) I must admit I'm not a big fan of chai. But, anything with white chocolate is a winner for me, lol.

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  5. Great story Narelle, I enjoyed every reading moment! My review's up on Amazon. I like the idea of a blog chase. It must take some working out, but makes it interesting.

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    1. Hi Rita - could you post at Goodreads as well?

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    2. Hey Rita, thanks for reading and reviewing my book :) Blog chases take a little bit of time to set up, but they're lots of fun.

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  6. Well done, Narelle, in all your promotional efforts re the release of your book! It almost takes as much thought and effort as writing the book itself, don't you think?

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    1. Thanks, Jo-Anne :) Yes, I've discovered book promo does take time but it's fun. I'm enjoying visiting different blogs and chatting with the readers who leave a comment.

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  7. Very excited for you, Narelle. Skiing - I'm still a beginner but Queenstown, NZ was pretty special when we visited a few years back. My wife & I have a "white" Christmas on our bucket list, ideally in Austria or France.

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    1. I agree, Ian. Queenstown is quite special for all the extreme sports, apart from the ski-ing.

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    2. Hi Ian, A white Christmas sounds wonderful :)

      Hi Annie, I've heard Queenstown is good for skiing and extreme sports :)

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  8. I hope the blog chase goes really well. I'll enjoy following it.

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    1. Thanks, Paula :) I'm enjoying the blog chase and I'm glad you're following it.

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  9. This sounds fun and your book sounds like a fun read!

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    1. Hi Sonja, Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have the opportunity to read my book :)

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  10. I loved my visit to Thredbo at the Snowgoose Lodge - learning to ski in the morning, a nap, lunch and a read followed by a gentle swim in their heated indoor pool, sauna and then going out to dinner with my husband at night. Five days of bliss - and I even learnt to ski, sort of :)

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    1. Hi Jeanette, Wow, your trip to Thredbo sounded fantastic and something I'd like to do one day :)

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  11. What a fun giveaway! This looks like a great book.

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  12. Hi Susan, Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll have the chance to read Falling for the Farmer :)

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  13. You know I have never seen fresh now. I saw old snow which was really just ice at Whistler.
    But have never seen fresh now or snow you could ski on. Its on my bucket list to see snow not so sure about skiing.

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    1. Hi Jenny, I love being outdoors when snow starts to fall. The air changes and the flakes float to the ground. Very pretty :) I've missed the last three snowfalls in Canberra (it doesn't snow here every year) because I was either stuck indoors at work or out of town. I hope you have the opportunity to see fresh snow at the ski fields.

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  14. Hi Narelle, this is going to be fun!
    I would love to ski at Gstaad in Switzerland. I visited a few years ago but not during the ski season and it was magical even then.
    An ice-coffee for me please with lots of cream and ice-cream and original Tim Tams :)
    On to the chase.

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    1. Hi Linsey, I hope you're enjoying the blog chase :) Gstaad in Switzerland sounds wonderful during the ski season. Visiting anywhere in Switzerland at any time of year would be amazing. We have ice-cream, original Tim Tams and an iced coffee for you with freshly whipped cream :) Good luck in the drawing!

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  15. I have never been skiing in my life. I am in the States and we are getting hit with a winter storm. BRRR It sure is cold here. A mug of hot chocolate would sure be nice.

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    1. HI Connie, I hope you're staying warm indoors with a rich, creamy and smooth hot chocolate :) We've had a series of heat waves while you're being blasted with freezing temps. If only we could send you some of our excess Aussie heat, or you could send us your chilly wind to cool us down. Good luck in the drawing!

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  16. This is so much fun! Would LOVE to win/read your book Falling for the Farmer, as I am a farmer's wife!! Beef cattle and hay farm.... Enjoyed meeting a new author and also learning a lot about another country! THANKS so much for sharing!!

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    1. Hi Rats, I'm glad you're enjoying the blog chase. I hope you have the opportunity to read my book, especially since you're a farmer's wife :) Good luck in the drawing!

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  17. I started skiing in the States young, specifically in the NE (not great snow), but last year I experienced the slopes in Europe! I went with my husband and son to Zermatt, where half of the mountain range is in Italy and the other half is in Switzerland. We're going back again this year, six weeks after I give birth. Hope I get a little skiing in! Anyway, I'll get to experience the western mountains of Australia in Falling for the Farmer!!

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    1. Hi Sara, Thanks for stopping by :) Your trip to Zermatt sounds fabulous and I hope you have the chance to ski. Although, you may be too besotted with your newborn to even think about skiing, lol.

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  18. I am not a skier, but love snow, hate cold as I age. Love to be in by the fire and sipping a wonderful hot drink and relaxing, reading , writing ect. I never saw a Mt. till I moved to NH years ago and saw Mt Washington. I would love to read this book and I am going on to stop 2...smile
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. HI Linda, It would be nice if we could have the snow without the cold weather :) I hope you have a chance to read my book. Good luck in the drawing!

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  19. No ski adventure here, although we are iced in ~ my first cross-country ski remembrance was a man hollering, "Get out of the track, get out of the track" ~ as I tried to adjust my skis ~ running into a picnic table with pristine snow piled about 7 inches, and Earl Grey tea with my unbeknowst to me then, husband of 30 years this coming May. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    1. Hi Kathleen, Your cross country skiing adventure sounded full on! I also like Earl Grey tea, especially in summer. I find it's a refreshing hot tea to drink when the weather is warm. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary. A big milestone :)

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  20. Thank You ladies for all the fun this morning...smile
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Linda, I'm glad you've enjoyed the blog chase :)

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  21. Congratulations to the blog chase winners:
    Linsey Painter (Aust)
    Linda M. Finn (USA)
    Catherine Hudson (NZ)

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