Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Tour: Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews

Real estate tycoon Nathaniel Montgomery is one deal away from making his first billion and fulfilling a promise to his dying father. Nothing will stop himfrom tearing down the decrepit St. Agnes hospital and erecting posh condos in its place. Not even the crystal-wearing, health food store owner whose publicity stunt lands him in the hospital.

After her brush with death five years ago, child prodigy Addie Collins learned what’s truly important—health, happiness, and the two-hundred-year-old rose garden at St. Agnes. To make amends for the accident, she agrees to pose as Nathaniel’s girlfriend at his eccentric grandmother’s birthday party.

But Addie has an ulterior motive. To repay her debt to the universe, she must show him there's more to life than making money. Nathaniel hates to lose, but as she breaks through his defenses, losing himself in Addie's arms might be exactly what this tycoon needs..

About the Author:

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Amy is an award-winning author who has written thirty romances for Harlequin Mills and Boon in both the Medical and RIVA/Presents lines. She wrote her first book at the age of twenty-two while unemployed and freezing her butt off in the UK, largely because it involved being able to stay in bed with her electric blanket. One twelve year apprenticeship later she finally got "the call".

To date she's sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages. In 2010 she took out the sexy category in the prestigious Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award affectionately known as The Ruby.

She's recently launched a couple of separate writing ventures with the release of Sister Pact a contemporary women's fiction novel that she wrote with her sister Ros Baxter and was published by Harper Collins Australia as well as the very exciting release of her first category romance, Taming the Tycoon, with Entangled Publishing.

In what she euphemistically likes to call her spare time, Amy works part time as a paediatric intensive care nurse and was on the national executive for Romance Writers Of Australia for six years during which time she organised two national conferences and undertook a two year term as president.

She's been married for twenty-two years and has two teenagers who only admit to her being a writer when they have to explain to their friends why there's no food in the house when their mother is approaching a deadline. She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

Contemporary love stories. Satisfaction guaranteed. www.amyandrews.com.au
Follow on Twitter @AmyAndrewsbooks
Innocent Til Proven Otherwise Harlequin Presents out in June 2012
How To Mend A Broken Heart HMB Medicals out in Aug 2012
Taming The Tycoon Entangled Publishing out in Aug 2012

Thanks Aislynn for having me here with you at Stitch Read Cook.

I had such a great time writing Taming the Tycoon and bringing Addie and Nathaniel’s story to life. I had particular fun with Addie being a maths genius. It led to some amusing scenes especially when Nate first finds out he’s been judging a book by its rather unconventional cover!

Poor Nate – she has him bamboozled right from the getgo!

“That’s not a challenge,” she said. “Working them out in your head is a challenge. I’m pretty good at math. I can help if you like? Throw me a sum.”

Nathaniel chuckled at her offer. He was learning not to underestimate her but she’d need to be a bloody genius to work this stuff out without some kind of electronic aid or at least a paper and pen. “I’m good.”

“No, really,” she insisted.

Nathaniel sighed. He didn’t want her help, but he was beginning to recognize that determined little jut to her chin. “I’m pretty damn good at math, too, but multiplying and dividing eight figured numbers off the top off my head with any sort of accuracy is not something to mess with.”

Her gaze didn’t waver as she said, “Try me.”

Nathaniel met it for a long moment then returned his attention to the sums he’d been working on and prattled off four seven-figured numbers that had to be multiplied and then divided by a five-figured number with two decimal points.

It took her less than ten seconds to shoot him an answer. “Okay,” he said, amused at her dead pan delivery as he wrote the number down. “And how do I know it’s right?”

She didn’t even blink. “It’s right.”

“If you say so.”

“Get your phone and check.”

Nathaniel reached into his inner jacket pocket and pulled out his phone. He scrolled to the calculator application and did the sum, hitting the equals button. The answer blinked back at him and he stared dumbfounded as it matched the one she’d given him.

He looked up and shot her another sum, doing it on the calculator as he dictated it to her. A dozen sums later, he was staring at her, completely gobsmacked.

She was a genius.

Who owned a crystal shop.

And lived on a boat.

“Addie, Addie, Addie...” he murmured. “When are you going to stop surprising me?”

Another scene I had fun writing was the reaction when Nate’s mother and grandmother are exposed to Addie’s talent.

“I’m not sure we’ll have enough fairy lights,” Delphine fretted.

“How many have you got?” Nathaniel asked.

“Heavens, I don’t know. Thirty-two strings of twelve point eight meters each-”

“Four hundred and nine point six meters,” Addie interrupted. “There’s usually five lights per meter, which will give you two thousand and forty-eight lights. Oodles, I’d say.”

Silence descended upon the table as three sets of eyes blinked at her.

“Oh yeah,” Nathaniel murmured, forgetting for a moment that he was going to spend all day stringing almost half a kilometer of lights. “She does that.”

“Wow,” Eunice murmured.

“Impressive,” Delphine agreed.

Addie shrugged. “Sorry, I forget how much it freaks people out.”

“Not at all,” Eunice said, patting her hand. “Just remind me not to play cards with you.”

As you can see, Addie has everyone transfixed. Nate seriously does not know what’s about to hit him! Doncha just love it when a big powerful man is bought to his knees by a woman? :- )

GIVEAWAY

One lucky commenter is going to win an e-book copy of TAMING THE TYCOON
as well as this awesome keychain!

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Open Internationally! Must be 18 or older.

Giveaway will run until October 26th 2012

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7 comments:

  1. I already have the book but a keychain sounds cool. I love these characters.

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    1. Hi Fiona. Yes, you have the book and I must thank you for your fab review! Good luck with the keychain!

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway, really hope I win!

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    1. Hey allthegoodnames! Love your handle :-)
      Good luck!

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  3. thanks for the awesome review and giveaway! This book sounds fabulous :) Congrats on the new release!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I happen to think its pretty awesome but then I'm biased.... :-)

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  4. The book sounds good.

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