Friday, March 8, 2013

Love in Provence by William Auch - virtual tour and giveaway

Today we're spotlighting William Auch on his tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the contemporary romance, "Love in Provence".

William will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so comment today AND follow his tour (if you click on the banner above, it'll take you to a list of tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a really cool prize!

When John Martin is forced to sell his tech company, he decides to take a six-month vacation to the south of France.

When he meets Madame Garcin, her daughter Sophie, and her granddaughter Isabelle, his life is changed forever. What began as a long vacation becomes a journey of self-discovery marked by love, loss, and tragedy.

He is molded by this family of three generations of women, tempered by tragedy themselves, in ways that he could never have imagined.

It seemed to John that the next three weeks could not go by fast enough. He was energized and quickly got back into the routine of jogging along the Embarcadero. It was a Sunday morning and John had made it all the way to the Marina Green, which was farther than the length of his usual run. The green was filled with joggers, mothers pushing strollers, and the sailors heading for the yacht harbor. The sky was bright blue and cloudless, and a stiff breeze blew into the harbor from the other side of the Golden Gate. John stopped in the middle of the green to catch his breath and looked up to see a sky full of kites. There were large ones, small ones, one that looked like a dragon, and another which resembled a bird, all in a kaleidoscope of colors that were enhanced by the sun from above. They all danced in the wind, some darting side to side, and others diving toward each other as if to demonstrate who owned the skies. Some would descend to the ground then dart back up into the sky again.

Off to one side was a small girl with a pony tail, who ran across the grass as though she were about to lift off like a bird. Behind her she towed a small red kite, which stubbornly refused to become airborne despite her best attempts to launch it. Each time the kite plunged to the grass she would tighten the string again and make another run at it, only to have the kite rise about ten feet, then plummet to the grass. She tried over and over again with such determination, John wondered how long she had been at it. After each failed attempt she would look over at her mother who was keeping an eye on her from a distance, then the girl would continue with more determination than the previous attempt. John thought about Isabelle and how much he missed her. He could not wait to see her. He could imagine Isabelle when she was young, pulling on the kite string with the same determination as the little girl.

John walked over to her mother sitting on the grass and asked with a smile, “Do you mind if I give her a hand?”

Her mother raised her eyebrows at first and studied John from top to bottom, but then a smile slowly crept onto her face. “Sure, why not?”

William Auch is a physician residing in Sacramento, California. When not seeing patients, he writes, studies French, and travels the world.



  1. Very nice scene :)


  2. I'm going to enjoy reading LOVE IN PROVENCE. It looks & sounds wonderful.


  3. I would like to thank the host and everyone who comments. I will not be able to comment during the day, but will check in later this afternoon.
    Thanks Mary and Lena for the comments.

    William Auch

  4. Another really awesome and tender excerpt.

  5. This has been a great book blast, I'm glad I discovered a new author!


  6. What is you favorite book, you would not travel without?


  7. Love the excerpt and book cover.


  8. Do you have a favorite character in your story?


  9. Another great excerpt, thank you for sharing!


  10. What is something you couldn't write without?


  11. Fantastic excerpt, even more of a teaser than the previous ones!


  12. I’m enjoying the excerpts. Sounds like a very good read


  13. Very nice excerpt, I liked the feeling of suspence in it.

  14. What is your next project?


  15. Loved the worldbuilding in this scene. Sounded so calm and happy!

  16. This is so much fun. I could not write without friends. It's very lonely to sit in front of a computer for hours. You need a break and get out. I'm not sure exactly what I will do for my next project. I don't want to give up medicine, but it keeps me busy and I can't always find the time to write. I would miss all of my patients. Many are like friends to me now. I've know some for years. I have a few ideas, but the work with this book has kept me pretty busy.
    As for a favorite character. That is very difficult because they are so different. In some ways Isabelle the daughter. There are three very good roles for women. In three distinct age groups. The women really support each other. There are no men around so they need to take care of each other. They do this in different ways.

  17. What a lovely book! Enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Thanks for the excerpt


  19. Thanks for the excerpt!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  20. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  21. The book cover has a nostalgic charm. The brief book description is just enough to make me curious as to what the plot really holds. And from what I can tell of the writing style in the excerpt provided this book is probably well written with vivid imagery and easy flow. I read a review on this book on another blog that peaked my interest in this book even more. Thank you for sharing this book and being part of the book blast.



So... inquiring minds want to know: what do you think?