{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Stubborn Love by Wendy Owens

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stubborn Love
Title: Stubborn Love
Author: Wendy Owens
Publisher: Four Bean Soup Publishing
Date of Publication: June 20, 2013

Even a broken heart has trouble resisting a Stubborn Love.

Emmie Hayes loved the beautiful Ashton Stirling deeply; nobody could deny that. She had given him her youth, and all he gave in return was misery and pain. She was ready for a new beginning, but Ashton wasn’t about to let her go so easily, even if it meant destroying both their lives in the process.

Three years later Emmie convinces herself she is ready to leave all of that heartbreak in the past and find a little piece of normal for herself. She heads to New York City to pick up where she left off, determined to finish art school. Emmie is determined to focus on school and not let anything distract her, but life has a way of throwing curveballs.

Paige, Emmie’s new roommate, brings Colin Bennett into her life. His smoldering eyes and lean muscular body are difficult for any girl to ignore. Only thing is, Emmie isn’t any girl. Her past makes her resistant to his charms. Colin isn’t one to give up easily, and just when he thinks he may have found a way to her stubborn heart, her tragic history may have found a way to tear them apart.

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“And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special treat for you tonight.” A man with a very large belly and muttonchops on the sides of his round face took the small stage, yelling into the microphone.

The crowd began to scream, though I wondered why since nobody was supposed to know who this was. “Where’s Colin?” I asked, looking back at Paige and Christian. They both shrugged their shoulders.

“For your listening pleasure,” the man continued, “I am thrilled to present a band some of you might remember when they were just Wesley Jeremiah.”

The crowd erupted into frenzied screams. I searched around once again for Colin, but it was hopeless. Turning back to the stage I attempted to wait for him patiently, becoming increasingly agitated he brought me to a concert, only to abandon me before it even began.

“All right, quiet down. Now for those of you who weren’t around back in those days, these boys went on to bigger and better things out in Denver, even though we will always remember their New York days, right folks?”

And again the crowd erupted. I turned toward Paige, only able to mouth, ‘who?’ She seemed to have the answer, but I couldn’t figure out what she was trying to say over the noise.

“The Lumineers!” My stomach flipped, and I suddenly found myself screaming like the rest of the crowd. I loved The Lumineers; they had become a standard part of my playlist while painting. Damn, I wished Colin were there.

A petite woman entered onto the stage, taking her seat behind a cello that was waiting for her. Soon after, the four remaining members joined her, the noise from the crowd causing my ears to pulse. The lead singer grabbed the microphone at the front, center stage, motioning for the crowd to silence. After a moment they obeyed.

“Hello Half Kings!” he shouted, which only caused him to have to wait for the crowd to quiet again. “We are thrilled to be here tonight, and actually, we are here thanks to the effort of one friend. This guy helped us out more than once back in the day. Colin, get out here.”

I was certain there must be something wrong with my hearing—that is, until I saw Colin stumble onto stage and into the embrace of the lead singer. I looked back at Paige and Christian in disbelief. They just laughed in response to my expression.

“Colin found out we were in town, and he called me up with a sob story about how he met a beautiful girl who changed everything for him. After thoroughly heckling the poor bastard he still asked if we could help him woo this lovely bird. Isn’t that right, brother?”

Colin leaned into the mic, laughing slightly as the crowd cheered. “The boys, oh and sorry, lovely Neyla as well, agreed to help me express my love for my beautiful Clementine.”

Guest Post

My name is Wendy Owens and I am the author of the new adult romance novel, Stubborn Love. I thought it might be fun and share some of the things people may have never known about me.

1. I can pick things up using my toes, heck I can even write with them.
2. I used to make my living as an artist and photographer. I travelled the country selling my art at galleries and street shows.
3. I have three children who are homeschooled. I will be the first to admit I am not wonder woman so three days a week they attend a homeschool co-op to learn from other skilled teachers, but the rest of the time, they are doing their best to learn something... anything from dear old mom.
4. I used to think true love was only in fairytales, then I met my husband.
5. I love dill pickles... I’m talking half a jar in one sitting.
6. I had a tooth I was very self conscious of so none of my pictures showed my teeth until about a year ago when I had it fixed (I can’t believe I just shared that).
7. Two years ago I started on a quest to get fit and I have lost the equivalence of my oldest child in pounds. Wow!
8. I love Despicable Me as much as my children and The Never Ending Story more than they do. Don’t even get me started on Drop Dead Fred. I mean really, they don’t make kids movies like The Princess Bride anymore.
9. I get angry when I lose at the casino, my husband knows to be quiet if I lose and just give me space.
10. I finished my first half marathon this year (hey, the time doesn’t matter, okay!)

About Wendy Owens

Wendy Owens was raised in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went on to a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork, she gave her first love, writing, a try.

Since 2011, she has published a young adult paranormal series, The Guardians, which will contain five books total, as well as a novella.

Wendy now happily spends her days writing—her loving dachshund, Piper, curled up at her feet. When she's not writing, she can be found spending time with her tech geek husband and their three amazing kids, exploring the city she loves to call home: Cincinnati, OH.

Stubborn Love is her debut New Adult novel.

Only In Dreams, the second book in this series, is set to be released December 2013.


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  1. OMG o ajfioajf oihaodnavoi *goes crazy* I LOVE THE LUMINEERS!!!!! What? They perform in this novel? Where can I get this pretty?!?!;) Wendy seems like a girl with many talents:) What, with being a photographer and an artist in addition to being a writer? How awesome is that! Btw, I believe in true love, I just don't think there's only one person for each and every one of us out there. Multiple great matches, just one who matches a little better than the others lol;) Love this excerpt and the guest post. Thanks for sharing, sweetie!

    1. I KNOW!!! I love The Lumineers as well and when I read that excerpt, I was so giddy to share it! Thanks for dropping by, sweetie!

  2. Yay! These comments made my day. Thanks for the blog post too!

    1. And we love you for stopping by! Thank you so much!


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