Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Writer Wednesday:"This Tangled Thing Called Love" (an exclusive excerpt)

"This Tangled Thing Called Love"
by Marie Astor



Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New York’s top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York’s most eligible heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly awakens Claire’s old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will Claire brave her fears and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she continue to play it safe?

In order to secure his place as his father’s successor, thirty-three-year-old David Lawson must settle down with a wife befitting the future head of Lawson Enterprises - and who could fit the prerequisite better than the stunningly beautiful and incredibly bright Claire Chatfield? There is just one glitch – David Lawson is in love with another woman – a Hollywood Legend Claudia Block.

A successful tango instructor, Alec Brunell has never lacked for women’s attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Upon hearing of his occupation, most women swoon with desire, but Claire runs for the door. Still, her iciness only adds fuel to his fire, as Alec is determined to change Claire’s view of him.

Dance Me to the Stars is a love story about finding one’s perfect match - sometimes following one’s heart is as convoluted as learning the steps of tango.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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 Dance Me to the Stars, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.

Currently, Marie is working on her next novel – a first installment in a romantic suspense series that is scheduled for release in mid-summer of 2012.

If you would like to receive updates about Marie’s book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website at: and join her distribution list through the Contact page or visit Marie at her Facebook page: or Goodreads: or Twitter: @marieastor.

Books by Marie Astor:

Dance Me to the Stars:

Lucky Charm:

On the Rim of Love:

A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.


An Exclusive Excerpt:
“Hey!” Claire saw Lindsay, already seated with a huge cup of coffee in front of her, wave.
“Someone looks awake.” Claire took a seat.
“Yeah.” Lindsay grinned. “Sorry for barking at you earlier.”
“Rough night?”
“Very – I had to cover three openings last night. I got home around six a.m., and then I had to organize my notes, so that I could get the report out to my editor. I finally crashed at around eight and then had the pleasure of being woken up by you.”
“Geez, Lindsay, I’m sorry – I had no idea you burned the midnight oil like this.”
“That’s the life of a tabloid reporter, and ever since the new editor took over, it’s gotten even more intense.” Lindsay shrugged. “But don’t you worry, one day I’m going to write for New York Times, and then everything will be different - no more sweaty nightclubs or teenage celebrities - it will be museum galas and charity balls and socialites.” Lindsay’s eyes lit up.
“I’m sure it will happen soon.” Claire felt lame for her platitude, but she was as remote from the world of reporting as she was from dancing.
“Should we order? I’m starving and you promised to buy me breakfast.” Lindsay turned her attention to the menu. “I’m gonna have a ham and cheese crepe. Do you want to share a Nutella crepe?”
“I’ll just have some coffee.”
“You’ve got to have more than coffee – you’ll make me look like a glutton.”
“I just had bacon and eggs with David – I can’t splurge on calories like you.”
“Please.” Lindsay rolled her eyes. “You don’t need to be on a diet.”
“Easy for you to say – you can probably still fit into your high school jeans,” Claire added wistfully – not that she wanted to fit into her own high school jeans – not fitting into her high school jeans was a blessing and she intended to keep it that way.

Marie will be giving away three prizes of custom made jewelry to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour (Continental US only).:  Prize #1: Coral necklace sterling silver chandelier coral earrings set, Prize #2 Blue opal sterling silver plated necklace and Prize #3 Sterling silver chandelier earrings with green aventurine, rose quartz and amethyst .

Stop by more the of the tour by clicking here for more chances to win.


  1. Thank you for hosting Marie today (forgive me if this posts twice ... but I figured twice was better than not at all).

  2. This book sounds really different and very interesting. Lets you know it is better to follow your heart when at all possible.

  3. I'm usually read paranormal books, but this one sounds like one that I need to read. Thanks for sharing. I now have it on my TBR list.

  4. Hello and thank you for featuring This Tangled Thing Called Love today!

    Hi MomJane - love your comment!

    Hi Cindi - thank you for your comment - it's good to try something new once in a while!

    I hope to see You all at the next stop for This Tangled Thing Called Love book tour!

    Happy Reading,

  5. This book sounds sooo awesome. A must read. I can't wait to read it.

  6. this book is eye catching and the short skirt and high heel i would read it by the cover it self

  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.