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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Marie Astor, author of On the Rim of Love

Do you believe in love at first sight?

imageAs a contemporary romance author I am often asked if I believe in love at first sight, and my answer is yes! Now I can already hear a chorus of naysayers grumbling that there is no such thing, and yes, unfortunately, such fortunate events are rare in life, but that does not mean that they do not happen. Today I would like to share an account of events that happened to a very close friend of mine, and leave you to decide whether love at first sight exists or not.

About fifteen years ago my friend – for the purpose of this story I’m going to call her Leah – went to London for a semester of study abroad. While there she met Adam - a handsome young man who was in one of her classes. Leah was instantly smitten with Adam’s good looks and charming personality, as he was enamored with her beauty and wit, and the two embarked on a passionate romance. In the sporadic postcards and letters that Leah sent me she would gush about how incredibly wonderful Adam was and how she was certain that he was the one for her. I read the postcards and the letters, and while I was happy for my friend, I found it my duty to caution her against the danger of a broken heart, so I would send back subtly worded reminders that she was only in London for a year and that it would be rash to plan too far ahead.

Before long, Leah’s year in London came to an end, and she returned to New York. But Adam would not leave her thoughts, as the two continued to exchange long-OTROL tour button verticaldistance phone calls, postcards and letters. Long story short, the next year Adam transferred to a college in New York, he graduated two years later, and got a job in New York. Three years later he and Leah got married. Today they are as happily in love as they were fifteen years ago with the addition of two kids.

Is Leah’s and Adam’s love story a story of love at first sight? I would not presume to be the one to judge, but there must have been a powerful strike of connection between them that held true through the college years, which undoubtedly must have brought plenty of temptation to both of them, and is still holding true for them today. Real life stories like Leah’s and Adam’s inspire me to write the fiction that I write and believe that even in real life impossible romances can happen.

My contemporary romance On the Rim of Love is about finding one’s true soul mate. When Maggie and Taylor first meet they feel an instant attraction to each other. At first glance the two of them could not be more different – Maggie is a big city girl with plans for law school, and Taylor is an off-piste skier who loves his rural home town. And Maggie is engaged to be married… Yet, the two of them cannot keep their eyes off each other. At first both of them are so weary of each other that they fight their attraction with all their might; yet, despite their efforts, the chemistry between is just too strong to resist, and that’s when the magic of love begins to take place – to find out exactly what happens you’ll have to read the book!

About Marie:
Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre.

Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.

In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, a good skier, and a capable badminton player.

Currently, Marie is working on her next novel – stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website or visit Marie at her Facebook page. You can also find her at Twitter, Goodreads and her website.

About On The Rim Of Love - Goodreads, Amazon

Twenty-two-year-old Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking Jeffrey Preston for a year. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage to her a week after her college graduation, Maggie finds herself wondering if she wants to spend the rest of her life married to a workaholic TV show producer.

Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia she meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier.

Maggie’s attraction to Taylor is undeniable, but she is engaged to marry Jeffrey. Will Maggie have the courage to follow her heart?

Marie is offering a Kindle 3G skinned in her beautiful On The Rim Of Love cover art.
Open US/Canada.  See full contest rules here.
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Follow the rest of the tour:
Monday, February 13th – Riverina Romantics - “Writing Contemporary Romance”
Tuesday, February 14th – Snowdrop Dreams of Books - ”Happily Ever After”
Wednesday, February 15th – My Reading Room - Author Interview
Thursday, February 16th – Books Like Breathing
Friday, February 17th – Obsession with Books
Monday, February 20th – Reviews By Molly
Tuesday, February 21st – Sweeping Me
Wednesday, February 22nd – A Casual Reader’s Blog
Thursday, February 23rd – Better Read Than Dead
Friday, February 24th – I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
Monday, February 27th – Hesperia Loves Books
Tuesday, February 28th – A Tale of Many Reviews
Wednesday, February 29th – Library Mosaic
Thursday, March 1st – The Magic Attic
Friday, March 2nd – Ce-Ce’s Garden Reviews


  1. I so love & need the happy ending.


  2. I love the world-building in paranormal books. There are so many possibilities and the characters can really stand out.

  3. Hi Grace!
    Thank you for hosting me today on your blog!


  4. Hi Valerie,

    Yes, I totally agree!


  5. THANK you for hsoting this giveaway :)
    if this si a happy ending i join !

  6. I love when all problems are handled



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