Win a $50 GC - Jewell by Tina DeSalvo

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Tina will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click ont he tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Once invited into New Orleans’ historic mansions to evaluate prized antiques, Dr. Jewell Duet held a coveted professorship at a top university. With her deep knowledge of Louisiana history and antiquities, she was the go-to person for anyone requiring professional appraisals. But, one hasty decision cost her both her reputation and possibly her freedom. Now, as she waits to discover if her future includes prison, Jewell knows that taking the job at Sugar Mill is necessary if she is to support her beloved grandmother who has advanced dementia.

Charming, sexy lawyer Beau Bienvenu's attraction to the intriguing historian vies with his distrust of her motives. Beau has one simple goal when it comes to the family that rescued him and made him part of their clan…protect them at all costs. He doesn't trust Jewell, nor her reason for taking the lowly job at Sugar Mill Plantation. What is she really up to? Is it possible Jewell and her quirky grandmother are there to try to profit from a Bienvenu family mystery? If so, both women are out of luck.

Jewell and Beau are at odds about almost everything. The only things they agree on are that family is everything…and that their mutual attraction is inconvenient.

Hope, Love and Second Chances Continue in the heart of Cajun Country
Enjoy an exclusive excerpt: This man with the deep, easy voice was tall, lean and impossibly handsome with eyes as light green as a barn cat’s. He was wearing an untucked New Orleans Saints jersey and faded jeans. He looked down at Jewell and smiled. Her stomach did an odd little flip.

“You’re not holding two extra-large meat-lovers’ thin crust pizzas and cheesy breadsticks.” He looked at Mimi and grinned a good-humored grin. “Neither are you.” He leaned against the doorframe and looked at Jewell’s bright green rubber boots with the red ladybugs imprinted on them. "Cute boots."

She blushed, and forced herself to stand still and not shuffle. She never had been embarrassed for wearing these boots or any of the two dozen others with fun designs she owned, so why now? His tone wasn’t mocking or demeaning. It was just…well, playful. Flirty. Was Elli’s husband flirting with her? Now she was annoyed. "It’s good for dealing with whatever dirt and trash I have to step on,” she said, eyes steady on his.

"Which apparently is an issue when delivering pizza.” He nodded toward Mimi. “Which you clearly are not doing. You two are not the pizza delivery boys, huh?”

Mimi shook her head. “We’re not boys. Are you blind?”

Jewell’s eyes widened but the corner of his lips twitched telling her he was amused by Mimi’s response.

“No ma’am. I can see just fine.”

About the Author:
Tina DeSalvo enjoys using her imagination, humor, empathy and personal experiences to turn characters and situations into books that she hopes will entertain readers. Her first book, Elli, brought her in close contact with so many readers with whom she has loved sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. Tina has always been inspired by the people she meets and by hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the way…so, watch out. You could be a character in her next book!

Tina is married to her handsome Cajun hero, and they live in Louisiana. They have two sons, a wonderful daughter (in-law) and four delightful grandchildren.

If you'd like to know more about Tina DeSalvo, including info on her newest work, latest contests, where she’s speaking or having a book signing, where she gets her ideas, or to see her photos from when she meets her cherished readers…please visit her website.

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Betty Woodrum said…
Great excerpt! I've enjoyed the book tour!
Rita said…
I have enjoyed the tour. Sounds like a great read.
Eva Millien said…
Jewel sounds like a fantastic book and I enjoyed following the tour and learning all about the series, thanks for sharing and good luck!
I have loved following the blog tour and learning about this book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the awesome giveaway :)