Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Welcome to Day 2 of my Blog Tour!

NY Times Bestselling author Brenda Novak

Welcome to Day 2 of my Blog Tour!

Did everyone find the gold mining related item in my previous blog? I hope so, because you’ll want to keep your score card current to win your Whiskey Creek package!* If you’re new, visit www.brendanovak.com to read a set of simple directions, your own score card and my itinerary so that you can join the fun and win, too. Everyone wins who follows the fun!

In my new contemporary series, readers are introduced to a tightknit clique that grew up together in the small town of Whiskey Creek, a place founded in the gold rush. Although Whiskey Creek is a fictional setting, it’s modeled after many of the real gold country towns near where I live. Western boardwalks still connect the buildings in the center of town. There are two Victorians that have been turned into Bed & Breakfasts. There’s a diner called Just Like Mom’s that serves good old comfort food (you can order the most delicious cookies from Just Like Mom’s on my website), an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that caters to tourists, a saloon-style bar where the locals hang out and an old-fashioned hardware store which sells gold-panning equipment. In ways, it feels like the town that time forgot—but it’s the type of place where I would dearly love to live. 

Gail DeMarco is the heroine of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, a recent finalist in the National Reader’s Choice Award and the Bookseller’s Best Award. She was eager to leave her small town roots for the big city, where she planned to make a name for herself. So she started her PR firm in Los Angeles and accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O'Neal. But Simon, who's just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won't listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him. Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that's going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who'll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek…and guess who gets the job!

If you’d like to learn more about Gail and how she works out her differences with Simon, this book is currently on sale for only $1.99 in digital.  http://amzn.to/1azMxmX


WHEN WE TOUCH (Digital prequel novella)
Book #4 - HOME TO WHISKEY CREEK (Coming out now!)
Book #5 - TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (To be released October 29, 2013)
Book #6 - COME HOME TO ME (To be released April 2014)

With many more on the way!

Follow me on Facebook. Join my mailing list. Visit my website at www.brendanovak.com to enter my drawing for an amazing 7-night stay at a luxurious resort OR an iPad!

*Prize consists of a mug from Black Gold Coffee (fictional coffee shop in my series where the group of friends who people these stories meet every Friday), a black Amos Auto Body T-shirt (Dylan’s fictional auto body shop), a free digital download of WHEN WE TOUCH (the prequel novella that kicks off the series), and autographed Whiskey Creek poster and autographed cover cards for all the Whiskey Creek books released so far!

by Brenda Novak

Sometimes home is the refuge you need—and sometimes it isn't....

Adelaide Davies, who's been living in Sacramento, returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home. She's there to take care of her aging grandmother and to help with Gran's restaurant, Just Like Mom's. But Adelaide isn't happy to be back. There are too many people here she'd rather avoid, people who were involved in that terrible June night fifteen years ago.

Ever since the graduation party that changed her life, she's wanted to go to the police and make sure the boys responsible—men now—are punished. But she can't, not without revealing an even darker secret. So it's better to pretend….

Noah Rackham, popular, attractive, successful, is shocked when Adelaide won't have anything to do with him. He has no idea that his very presence reminds her of something she'd rather forget. He only knows that he's finally met a woman he could love.


Other Books:
WHEN WE TOUCH: http://amzn.to/16TGR2W 
WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES: http://amzn.to/19czE4e 
WHEN SNOW FALLS: http://amzn.to/1b4ETEE
WHEN SUMMER COMES: http://amzn.to/13QA8Vo
CHRISTMAS:  http://amzn.to/13whgzi

Meet Author Brenda Novak:

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of more than forty-five books. A three-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda has a brand new small-town contemporary series out. Come meet the long-time friends who have made Whiskey Creek the “Heart of Gold Country,” with WHEN WE TOUCH (prequel novella), WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (Book #1), WHEN SNOW FALLS (Book #2), WHEN SUMMER COMES (Book #3), HOME TO WHISKEY CREEK (Book #4) and TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Book #6 due out October 29, 2013).
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaNovakAuthor
Twitter: @Brenda_Novak
Website: www.brendanovak.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12937.Brenda_Novak

Giveaway Details:

Follow the directions in each of Brenda’s posts along the tour. Keep track of your answers because at the end of the tour, you’ll be asked to submit them. Perfect “Character Mining Score Cards” will get a fabulous Whiskey Creek package! Full Tour Giveaway details can be found at http://brendanovak.com (as well as the “Character Mining Score Cards”) This contest is open to all US & Canada residents of the age of majority. Please see full Terms & Conditions at http://events.litconnect.com/virtual-book-tour-home-to-whiskey-creek-by-brenda-novak/

Tour Stops: 

July 29: (un)Conventional Bookviews
July 30: Just Contemporary Romance
July 31: Herding Cats & Burning Soup
August 1: Books and Things
August 2: The Caffeinated Reviewer
August 5: Novel Reflections
August 6: Harlequin Junkie
August 7: Ramblings From This Chick
August 8: Enticed by Books
August 9: The Book Whore

OR, go to the following link to access direct links to each daily stop and find full giveaway Terms.



  1. I love this series and just finished Home to Whiskey Creek. This story was more intense than the others and I was emotionally wrought the whole time. It's a great installment in the series and I hope an end is NOT in sight. Thanks for really good romances entrenched in relevant, contemporary issues and challenges.

    1. Thanks a million, Jonetta! So glad you enjoyed it. I'm planning on a 12-book series, so there will definitely be more. TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, out October 29th, will be Ted and Sophia's book. COME HOME TO ME, out next April, will be Presley and Aaron's story. I'm just about finished with that one--have about 100 more pages to go. Wish me luck!

    2. Here's wishing you that luck! Lucky us and I can't wait to read Ted and Sophia's story...I know you're going to make me cry.

      12 books??? I'm in heaven.

  2. Hi Brenda,
    I have yet to start this series but boy oh boy am I champing at the bit to do so. I love the excerpts here and on your website--I adore small towns (I grew up in a very big city but made sure my kids had the hometown experience) and I love books set in them. Just as Jonetta said above--thanks for ALL your wonderful stories.

  3. Thanks Lizbeth! If you enter the contest at my website, you'll receive the prequel novella, WHEN WE TOUCH, for free (in digital). That might be the perfect way to get started, especially because WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (Book #1) is currently only $1.99--so you'll have a very inexpensive follow-up!

  4. Brenda loving the series and trying to get the items for contest. Can't seem to find them however.So glad that the series will continue though.

  5. What are you missing, Laura? You just jot down whatever gold mining item is in the blog. Yesterday it was the mine itself, for instance. Then you jot down the character that was featured and follow me to the next stop. That's it!

    1. Just having trouble finding the item. I must be blind cause can't find it. Other comments figured it out for yesterday as I only had down gold. Just cannot figure it out.

  6. Summer Gold Mining...not sure about the character...

  7. Brenda, I'm Sorry...it's Sutter Gold Mining...I love the Whiskey Creek Series. I was having issues posting any other way. So I did it this way. I'm so happy there are many more books to come...12 you say that is amazing...TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS...I just feel connected to Sophia and just can't wait to see what Ted does...now as for HOME TO WHISKEY creek it's got me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens between Noah and Adelaide....from the last little teaser I just can't wait to read it....

  8. Yes, the gold mine! And the character is the heroine of the novella (for yesterday). ;-)

  9. So...I read this series out of order. I started with Callie, and then Noah, and then went back to the beginning. I LOVED all of them, even reading them out of order, but WOW!!! I fell in love with the Whiskey Creek gang even more after I read all of them! It is amazing how unique each individual story is, and even more amazing how they all connect! Awesome job!

  10. What a nice comment, Heather. THANK YOU! That really makes me feel good. I'm thrilled that you're enjoying them. :-)

  11. Hi, Brenda! You don't see many Gails in romance, and I, for one, and thrilled with your name choice. For no personal reason at all. :)


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