Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome to the book tour for
Essence by Mackenzie Lucas!

 Title: Essence
Author: 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.

“I will not let some greedy land developer ruin everything I’ve worked so hard to build.” Haven Jameson slapped the palm of her hand flat onto her desk with a loud thwack. “Owww.” 

 She rubbed her stinging hand. 

 Failure wasn’t an option. Sure, it was always a present danger as she forged her way to the top, struggling to establish Essence here in St. Augustine. She’d had plenty of sleepless nights while trying to make a success of her upscale boutique spa chain.

 A month ago, the St. Augustine location opened to a raging success and received accolades from the highest society clients who’d she’d given complimentary stays during opening week. 

 “Unfortunately, Haven, I don’t think you’ll have much say over who buys the land,” Sally, Haven’s business partner and best friend, said, sitting across the desk from her. “Imogen Carmichael will have the last word. She usually does. She sold you this plot of land. And for some reason, I sure as heck can’t figure out, she held on to the adjacent tract. She could have sold you the whole parcel at the same time, but she didn’t. I don’t know what goes on in that woman’s mind. She seems a little off-kilter to me.” 

 “Don’t be mean, Sally. She’s a little eccentric for a woman in her late fifties, but not crazy.”  

“Me? Mean? Never. I’m not the one who waits for a successful, luxury, full-service spa to open next door before I announce I’m offering a prime piece of real estate adjoining it for sale. She could ruin us. We’ve sunk so much time and money into this location. What happens if she sells to a developer who wants to put in a boardwalk and a Ferris wheel? Or she decides the offer from Joe’s Wacky Used Car World is right?”

Mackenzie Lucas is a lover of story in any form. She’s an avid reader of genre fiction, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance, and she listens to an eclectic mix of music that spans from pop/rock to country to gospel. She loves a good story whether it’s an erotic short, a full-length romance novel, or the narrative slice-of-life found in country music. In any story, emotional integrity and authenticity are most important to her as well as a big dose of romping hot sexual tension. She enjoys smart-mouthed, sexy heroines, hunky alpha heroes who know how to take care of their women, and plot twists that surprise her, but most of all, she just wants to experience a satisfying emotional arc of a character falling in love and finding what he or she needs most in life. 

 Mac is a small-town country girl with a world-traveler’s soul. She grew up in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she’s lived in Dublin, Ireland, within spitting distance of New York City in Long Island, and now in the Washington, D.C. area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dickinson College and received her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s currently an author, writing coach, a mother, and a wife.

 With Mackenzie Lucas--whether you’re reading her light paranormal romance, her small-town- based contemporary romance, or her steamin’ hawt erotica--you’ll always get a story about connectedness, community, and emotional authenticity, and, at its core, love. No, and it doesn’t hurt that all her heroes are panty-melting gorgeous alphas and all their sexy, sensually aware heroines know how to stand up to them, give no quarter, and love them just as they are.

Prizes for the tour are as follows: 
• One randomly chosen commenter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
 • Two randomly chosen hosts will each receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

by Whitney Martin 2:00 AM 15 comments


  1. Thanks for hosting me today! I'm excited about getting to know your readers. I'm a voracious reader myself. So tell me, who are some of your favorite romance writers these days? And who is open on your e-Reader right now?

    1. Your very welcome! It is an honor to be hosting this book! So my favorite author would be Kristen Ashley. I love pretty much all of her books! And right now I'm reading Halfway Hidden by Carrie Elks. What about you?

  2. Thanks for sharing this, I love discovering new (to me) authors and books.

    PS. I love your blog's look!

    Sarah Fae

    1. Thank you so much, and you are very welcome! I hope you enjoy the book! :)

  3. Sarah ~ Thanks so much for stopping by today. Yes, I love discovering new-to-me authors too. It opens a whole new field of reading, and I love love love to read. Hope you'll get a copy of Essence and that you enjoy it!

  4. Okay, let me start off by listing a few of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Here's who's on my Kindle: Jill Shalvis, Jaci Burton, Shannon Stacey, Kristan Higgins, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Rachel Gibson. These are all auto-buys for me. And I gobble them up as soon as they release a new one. Who are you reading?

    I read all kinds of genres and subgenres of romance. So I'll check back later to add a few more. ;0)

  5. The excerpts crack me up!


  6. Haven is such a sweet name for a character, never seen it used before!

  7. Vitajex ~ Thanks. So glad to hear it. There is total chemistry between the heroine and her best friend. We all love the witty back and forth between friends. And Sally is the reflection character who pushes Haven beyond her comfort zone at times ... as all good friends do. Thanks for stopping by to comment today. I appreciate it.!

  8. K.C. ~ Thanks. I like the name, too. I love names. So I try to choose them well when I'm writing. I think it characterizes the heroine very well. Thanks for stopping by today!

  9. Thanks for hosting me today. I appreciated the opportunity to engage your readers. I'll check back occasionally during my tour to see if anyone else has posted a comment. Have a great week & thanks again!

  10. Thanks for hosting me today. I appreciated the opportunity to engage with your readers. I'll check back during the tour to see if anyone else has commented. Have a great week!


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