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Monday, February 3, 2014

Blog Tour Essence

Readers, please help me welcome Mackenzie Lucas to the blog.  Mackenzie, just for fun,
What is the first curse word that comes to mind?  How often and why do you use it?

Unfortunately too many of them come to mind and they roll off my tongue and off my fingertips when I’m writing probably way more than they should. But cursing is called colorful language for a reason and it certainly adds depth and nuances to a character. I use “damn” a lot when I write.


How would you spend ten thousand bucks?


I’d pay off my cars, because I hate having a monthly car payment.


What are 5 things within touching distance?


My computer. My coffee. My iPod. A pen. A notebook.


Do you have a crush on anyone?

I have lots of crushes--mostly surrounding my “type”--which is a guy who looks a lot like my husband … and Tom Cruise … and Gerard Butler. Usually a guy with brown or dark hair and hazel or brown eyes. Yep. I’ve got lots of crushes. You only have to look at my “Hero Material” pins on Pinterest to see. Oh, baby.


What is your least favorite word?

Quit. Anything worth having is worth fighting for and working for. No matter how hard. So when people say, “I quit” or “I give up” it makes me sad. Every day is a new day to push forward to try again to achieve whatever goal and dream you’ve been pushing your whole life to reach. Don’t ever give up!
All right!  Readers, I'll be checking out that Pinterest page as soon as possible. Now let's have a blurb and excerpt

by Mackenzie Lucas
All Haven Jameson ever wanted was to own a little piece of paradise. Now, she does, having established a successful luxury spa in St. Augustine, Florida. But when the property next door is sold to a mega developer and his pro-golf celebrity brother who design trendy, bustling playgrounds for the rich and famous, she fears her dream could slip away. Confronted by her late husband’s infidelity, Haven learns everything she believed about her marriage was a lie; so she finally sets aside her grief and opens her heart to loving the widowed pro-golfer who is her biggest professional competition. In the end, Haven discovers that living a safe, loveless life is far worse than embracing passion and taking a chance on a man who’s vowed never to love again. And that, sometimes, no matter how high the risk, the best paradise of all can be found inside our own hearts.
Pace Daniels lay on his belly on a massage table, naked except for a thin sheet covering his backside. He rested his cheek on his hands and closed his eyes, and breathed in the calming scent of the room.
Light music played from the overhead speakers, not too loud, but nice. It sounded like a mix of music from India and the Southwest—Burma to Santa Fe. Pan flutes and bowl singing. Interesting.
He breathed deep again, taking air deep into his lungs, and pushed through the pain in his shoulder, the achiness that seemed to stick with him no matter what he did.
It was time to retire. Leave the circuit.
He'd known for a while now. Hell, he was a fairly young man for his profession. But one mistake. One stupid mistake had cost him everything. And now at the age of almost forty, he was facing a blank future. Filled with a lot of nothing if he didn't make some changes soon.
He had no idea what to expect when he'd come to Essence. A pretty brunette had given him instructions today for the massage, showed him the transition room—a fancy name for a locker room—and where to store his clothes and belongings. Of course, he'd had massages before. Mostly by sports medicine doctors.
Essence surprised him. Pleasantly. The atmosphere was different than he’d imagined. He'd expected fru fru and had been bowled over at every turn. The place wasn't just a female Mecca, as he’d feared. He'd anticipated salon chairs and manicurists around every corner.
Instead, the spa resort was a posh hotel.
A serene place. A spot he could see himself settling into to find some measure of peace in his own life.
He let out a deep sigh.
Readers, Mackenzie is giving away a $50 Amazon/B&N gift certificate to a random commenter so follow her tour and comment often. You can find her schedule at
Mackenzie, thanks for coming, and I'm off to see your Pinterest page. Readers, are you coming?
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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Thanks for hosting me today! I look forward to checking back throughout the day to get to know your readers.

How many of you use Pinterist?

Mackenzie Lucas said...

If you're interested in checking out my Pinterest boards you can find them here:

Happy pinning!

Rita said...

Nice excerpt.


MomJane said...

I really loved the excerpt. This sounds like a sweet and touching romance.

Anonymous said...

Really fun interview! I haven't gotten on Pinterest...


Mackenzie Lucas said...

Rita, MomJane, and vitjex ~ Thanks for stopping by today to read the excerpt for Essence and comment on the interview. So appreciated! Stay warm. ;0)

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Again, thanks for hosting me today. I appreciated the opportunity. I'll stop back throughout the tour to see if anyone else came by to comment.

Have a great week!

Mackenzie Lucas said...

Again, thanks for hosting me today. I appreciated the opportunity. I'll stop back throughout the tour to see if anyone else came by to comment.

Have a great week!

Elise-Maria Barton said...

Great interview!