Thursday, June 4, 2020

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE ~

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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
-- 'THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE' --
AUTHOR TONI SHILOH
~Post Includes: Book Spotlight, Excerpt,
Author Bio, Unique Guest Post & Giveaway~
  
The Trouble with Love Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Trouble with Love by Toni Shiloh, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Trouble with Love by Toni Shiloh Title: The Trouble with Love
Series: Faith & Fortune #1
Author: Toni Shiloh
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Genre: Christian Chick Lit

I, Holiday Brown, have it all. A platinum record. Multi-million dollar home in Manhattan that I share with my two best friends. Life is looking fantastic until my roommate’s brother decides to bunk in our guestroom while his house gets renovated.

W. Emmett Bell has always been the bane of my existence. He’s annoying, stubborn, a know it all, and just might be the most gorgeous man I’ve ever laid eyes on. But I refuse to fall for him. Then his sister’s threatened by a stalker and dynamics change. His unwavering faith isn’t quite as self-righteous as I’d always thought, and maybe he has a good side I’ve overlooked all these years.

Or maybe it’s all too much trouble.

The Trouble With Love is the first book in the Christian Chick Lit series: Faith & Fortune.

EXCERPT:

I strolled down the path through Central Park and exhaled. My tour was over and I was now free to be me, Holiday Brown, lover of all things Manhattan and self-proclaimed foodie. Not that I necessarily placed labels on myself. I spent the majority of my life trying to shed the ones the world affixed to me. Rick Brown’s daughter. Platinum-selling pop singer. Heiress to the Brown fortune.

 
But here on the streets of Manhattan, I was just another dot from a bird’s eye view. One of the throng, heading to a destination only I knew.


As if I actually had a clue. I was living one day at a time, filling it with music and friendship. Life was more than I expected but lacking in ways I couldn’t seem to pinpoint.


My best friends and roommates would say I was burned out. They’d be right. My music career had already gone on longer than most artists dared hope for. My fuse had lit at an early age thanks to my dad’s ambition. He swears up and down I came out of the womb singing. No nonsense babbling for Rick Brown’s child. He’d groomed me, hiring a vocal coach before I’d even entered formal education. He also taught me how to play the guitar and piano, delegating lessons to professionals whenever he left to tour the world for his own career.

 
At seventeen, I landed my first record deal—without my father’s help, despite what the press believed. Honestly, my last name probably did help in that arena, but I worked my tail off to prove I was more than just Rick Brown’s daughter.

 
Still, every time my name was printed in the press, Dad’s was always attached. I couldn’t shake him or the expectations that came with his legacy, and I was so very tired of it all.


I shook my head, tilting my chin and letting my hair fall away from my face. Now wasn’t the time to sink into the exhaustion that threatened to drown me. A stroll through Central Park would clear my head and hopefully, by the time I made it back to my Upper East Side townhouse, give some direction.


The summer humidity cast a sheen of perspiration across my brown skin, making my arms glow beneath my tank top. The urge to stop in the middle of the walkway, fling my arms out wide, and swing around in a circle tempted me for a startling moment. Of course, I’d totally look like a tourist or the opening credits for a rom com set in New York. I snorted and continued walking.

 
As much as I wanted to find happiness again, that elusive feeling wouldn’t be discovered twirling in Central Park. I needed to get back to songwriting. I hadn’t penned a single word in six months.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at http://tonishiloh.com.



June: Please discuss how you organize your work when you are writing a book. Do you use outlines or another method to plot things out? How do you develop your settings and characters and keep track of everything?

Toni: When I get ready to write the first draft of a story, there are a couple of things I do beforehand. I like to know the characters name and background. You know where they grew up, currently live, age, backstory, etc. I also pick out inspirational pics that I load to my writing software and post on a secret pinterest board. I’m very visual when it comes to writing so this helps me know what my main characters look like.

I also will do any necessary research beforehand. With The Trouble With Love I read a couple of books about music and the songwriting process. I also watched episodes of Songland. If you’ve never watched it before, artists go on the show looking for their next hit song. Songwriters will write one and then perform it before the artists and the songwriting judges. This gave me a good idea of what Holiday Brown would go through trying to write her own songs.

I also researched the location. I set the Faith & Fortune series in New York City. Since I’ve never been I relied on YouTube and various articles I found via a Google search.

After all of that, I felt well equipped to be in Holiday’s head and start writing. I had no outline to work from because I don’t do that. I let the story take me where it needs to go. 😊

June: Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us today, Toni. Congratulations on this new release! 


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CONNECT WITH TONI: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram  



TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

The Trouble with Love JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 2, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 9, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

 

 
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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "The Trouble with Love" by Toni Shiloh.

    Enjoyed reading both the excerpt and the author's guest post. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  2. Thanks for being part of the tour! I appreciate it.

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  3. Thank you for sharing! - JustRead Tours

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  4. this sounds really good, thanks for sharing

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