Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Lasting Impression - Virtual Book Tour

                                                         About the book:
A fake. A forger. More than anything, Claire Laurent longs for the chance to live an authentic life, to become the woman she wants to be. And she'll be given that choice. But will it come at too costly a price?

Claire Laurent's greatest aspiration is to paint something that will bring her acclaim. Yet her father insists she work as a copyist. A forger. When she's forced to flee from New Orleans to Nashville only a year after the War Between the States has ended, her path collides with attorney Sutton Monroe. She considers him a godsend for not turning her in to the authorities. But after he later refuses to come to her aid, Claire fears she's sorely misjudged the man. Finding herself among the elite of Nashville's society, Claire believes her dream to create a lasting impression in the world of art is within reach--but only if her fraudulent past remains hidden.
The Federal Army has destroyed Sutton's home and confiscated his land, and threatens to destroy his family's honor. His determination to reclaim what belongs to him and to right a grievous wrong reveals a truth that may cost him more than he ever imagined--as well as the woman he loves.Set at Nashville's historic Belmont Mansion, a stunning antebellum manor built by Mrs. Adelicia Acklen, A Lasting Impression is a sweeping love story about a nation mending after war, the redemption of those wounded, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves--and each other--for who they really are.

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious--and precocious--silky terrier.
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My Review:
This was one of the few books I've read that has left me with a feeling of wow.  The characters, the setting, the storyline...everything seemed to line up perfectly to create a fantastic novel.  Claire was brilliant.  The perfect mix of repentant with enough of a real person to really make her come alive.  Her life was extreme but still believable, if a bit lucky at times.  Her relationships, not just with Sutton, but with the entire cast of the book, come slowly at first and the develope into something very rich and meaningful.  I truly enjoyed watching Claire and Sutton get to know one another and discover their lives together.

Now many of you may remember me saying that I wasn't a big fan of Christian novels.  Well, this book is one of the reasons I keep giving them a try.  Religion was not written in every line, but rather between the lines, with characters trying to live their lives in the way they know they should be.  They just picked right back up and tried again. 

Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party from Tamera Alexander! While Tamera and her book,  A Lasting Impression, are traveling across the country virtually (with a few international stops as well!), she will be hosting a Kindle Fire Giveaway (11/4 - 11/15) and preparing for a lavish Southern-Style Facebook Party (11/15) (dripping with hospitality, of course). She will be giving away Southern Food Baskets, books, and an array of other fabulous freebies! Don't miss a minute of the fun. Swoon!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Fire (shipped as soon as it releases)
  • A copy of A Lasting Impression and 3 other special books Tamera wants you to have (for Kindle)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 15th. Winner will be announced at A Lasting Impression Facebook Party on the 15th. Tamera will be wrapping up the A Lasting Impression celebration with an author chat and giving away Southern Food Baskets (Loveless Cafe Food Baskets, books, Amazon & Starbucks gift certificates, and copies of Christy Jordan's Southern Plate cookbook), six gift certificates to Starbucks and, and copies of A Lasting Impression! So grab your copy of A Lasting Impression (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might win one!) and join Tamera on the evening of November 15th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about the 1860's?) and lots of Southern-inspired giveaways (complete listing here).

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on the 15th!

Blog Tour Schedule:

Lena at A Christian Writer's World
Holly at 2 Kids and Tired Books
Alena at Little Bit Of Wonderful
Tara at Ramblings of the Blonde Mother Bear
Patricia at It's Time To Read Mamaw

Jenny at Book Reviews By Jenny
Diana at hanging by a thread
Debra at Footprints in the Butter
Pam at Southern Gal Loves to Read
Maggie at Tethered Mommy
Renee at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

Margaret at Creative Madness Mama
April’s Lifestyle Show
Mindy at A Room without Books is Empty
Mary Ann at A Mom With A Blog

Trish at In So Many Words
Misha at On my Bookshelf
Diane at That's What I'm Here For
Kim at Window To My World
Crystal at My Reading Room
Tiffany Amber Stockton

Michele at My Blessings From Above
Caroline at Happy Four
Stacie at Hobbit Door
Krista at Welcome to Married Life
Elizabeth at Count It All Joy
Casey at Writing for Christ
Annette at Net's Book Notes

Christy at Southern Sassy Things
Mandie at Taking Time for Mommy - Online Magazine for Moms
Celena at The Traveling Sisterhood
Theresa at Frugal Experiments
Christen at mom, writer, crafter, coffee drinker
Whitney at Rambles of a SAHM
Debora at A Book and a Cupcake
Kristen at Read Great Fiction
Katie at Legacy of a Writer l
Melissa at Bibliophile's Retreat
Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews
Brooke at I blog 4 books
Paula at Grace Reign

Kendra at Happily Managing a Household of Boys
Andi at Radiant Light
Jendi's Journal
Stephanie at A Cooking Bookworm

Vera at Luxury Reading
Linda's Lunacy
Amy at My Friend Amy
Becky at Christian Chick's Thoughts
Sheila at Showcase Sisters
Suzanne at Clicking Her Heels
Melanie at So Many Books.. So Little Time
Kim at Teaberry Cottage
Sara at Shoopette's Book Reviews
Kathy at Bags, Books & Bon Jovi

Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood
Renee at Doorkeeper
Betsy Ann - Writer at Large
Jen at Happy Little Homemaker
Lauren at 5 Minutes for Books
Megan at The joys of life
Laurel at Let's Go on a Picnic!

Megan at Inspired by Fiction
Charity at Austenitis
Jennifer at Adventures in Unsell Land
Michelle at Life in Review
Savanah at Ridiculous Reviews
Preslaysa at The Literary Mama
Patty at Broken Teepee
Whitney at Rambles of A Stay at Home Mom

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