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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Second Chance in Laguna by Claire Marti


Contemporary Romance



When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel. 

Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

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He poured the wine and offered the glass to her. When his fingers brushed hers, flames shot straight to her belly. Her heartbeat accelerated as she imagined those hands running down her body. Focus, girl, focus.

Flings were in her future, just not yet. She resolved to keep her mind above the table. One problem. Her body wasn’t quite cooperating with her mind.

“So, what brought you to Laguna from San Diego?”

“It’s a long story, I don’t want to bore you with the details.” Sophie stiffened, refusing to allow memories of Doug to ruin her appetite.

“You couldn’t bore me.” He reached across the table and squeezed her hand.
She jolted as once again her nipples pebbled.  She yanked her hand back into her lap. What was going on?

“I was going to take a sabbatical, oh hell. I realized I never wanted to go back, so I guess I quit my job at Healthy Woman. I was an editor.” She guzzled down half her glass of wine.

“I’ve seen that magazine. What happened?” Nick leaned closer, heat darkening his eyes.

“The job was fine…” She polished off the rest of her wine. At this rate, I’ll be sloshed by the time our entrees arrive. Slow down Sophie.

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3 out of 5 (good)

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In life you can run but can't hide and that what Sophie was doing running away from her life she decided after being stood up on her wedding day that she would start a new life in Laguna so she left her job and her best friend and her mother all back in San Diego after renting a place out in the sticks she couldn't wait to start over and write her novel no distractions and certainly no men until nick comes along her landlord they have chemistry and he can't get her out of his head he needs her and wants her he does everything not to fall in love with her but its impossible.

Will Sophie's past come back to haunt her or will she have a happy ending in really life.

The one thing that got me with this book its characters worked well with each other but the ending was a bit of a let down I thought that it would end in a cliffhanger but it didn't. it would have been nice if we could of found out what happened to heather the stuck up receptionist and what happened to Doug in the next book.

But overall I am giving this review 3/5 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Claire Marti will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I started writing stories as soon as I was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, I was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. 

Finally, I followed my heart and now focus on two of my true passions: writing romance novels and teaching yoga. My debut, Second Chance in Laguna, released from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017, and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series. At Last in Laguna, the second book in the series will come out later in 2017.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a yoga teacher and my schedule varies daily. I love teaching and practicing yoga. I live close to the beach and try to walk on the beach every day. I’m a voracious reader and also love listening to music. I’ve got the travel bug and travel as frequently as I can, usually with my husband!

What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved the adventure series of books by a British author, Enid Blyton, who I discovered while living in Nairobi, Kenya, as a child.

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started in late 2014 and began pitching in 2015. Second Chance in Laguna won a few contests and the feedback and validation helped me sign a three-book deal in March 2016.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
As a child, I found my mom’s stash of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers novels. Reading those sealed my fate! Romance all the way!

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Once I make myself plant my butt in the chair, I’m able to write. The issue is procrastinating before I write. I teach yoga and am a big believer in balancing physical activity with writing. I’ll force myself to sit for an hour and write, even if I can only produce a paragraph. Then, I’ll do some yoga, walk the dog, or go outside for fifteen minutes to recharge.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’ve got a hybrid approach. I do detailed character sketches and create and analyze the characters’ inner conflicts. Then, I have a loose story plotted over a three-act structure. I don’t do a detailed outline because I need the freedom to see what happens within my initial story concept.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
When I was younger I was obsessed with Ernest Hemingway and Ayn Rand. When I found Nora Roberts, I fell in love. Her stories transport me and I return to them again and again. Her characters interaction, banter, and humor get me every time.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Funny you should ask. In my first book, Second Chance in Laguna, the villain or ex-fiancé is based upon my own cheating ex. I found it cathartic to express the emotions surrounding betrayal through my characters. Tidbits of people and situations are definitely woven in or used for inspiration.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I write in our second bedroom/office on my Mac laptop. Although I have a beautiful desk, I sit in a comfortable reclining chair. The arms are the perfect height for me to sit with my feet up and my fingers on the laptop. My cat Lola rests on the top of the chair and keeps an eye on me. I can see my desk and my bulletin board, which has a photo of me with Nora Roberts and some other inspirational photos. I also recently acquired a 1950’s pink Royal typewriter and it inspires me to write. I love to listen to music before I write, but prefer utter silence while writing.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation – who would you choose for which character?

Chris Hemsworth is a dead ringer for my hero, Nicholas Morgan. Either Barbara Palvin (a model) or Allison Williams could play Sophie Barnes.

Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. Her debut releases from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017 and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series.

Twitter:  @clairepmarti

Tour Organised by: Goddess Fish Promotions


  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for hosting and the review. Sorry you didn't love the ending--it's a romance novel so, I gave Nick and Sophie their happily ever after! No cliffhangers allowed in the contemporary romance genre...:)

  3. The excerpt sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. What upcoming books are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Thanks Bernie! I'm about to read The Idea of You by Robinne Lee.

  5. Thanks for sharing the great post, I really enjoyed your interview!

  6. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  7. I just love your cover and would love to read your book.

  8. That was an interesting author interview! Thanks for the giveaway! :)