Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Starting Over ~ L.E. Maguire

Titles - Starting Over and New Beginnings (Hart of Seattle Series)

Author - L.E. Maguire
Genre - Contemporary Romance

Synopsis for Starting Over

Ella Martin was devastated by the events surrounding her divorce. Determined to start over, she relocates from New Jersey to Washington to be a photographer with her longtime friend, Renatta. Having been emotionally scarred by her ex-husband’s betrayal, Ella didn’t believe she would ever be able to trust another man again. Then she met Xavier Hart, a successful CEO of an investment firm. She soon discovers that she cannot resist the dangerously handsome Xavier. But her struggles with her intense jealousy and trust issues start to clash with his controlling tendencies. As their relationship develops, she discovers the reason for his controlling nature over her and his desperate need to keep her safe. When her ex-husband suddenly relocates to Washington, her past and present collide in a dangerous way.

Synopsis for New Beginnings

Ella Martin, having overcome a devastating divorce, found herself caught-up in a whirlwind romance with Xavier Hart, a charismatic and successful CEO of an investment firm. As their romance quickly blossoms towards a more serious commitment, Ella continues to struggle with her intense jealousy and deep fear of getting hurt again. Ella’s ex-husband, Stephen, is still lurking in the background. Xavier’s struggle with his need to keep Ella safe only intensifies. When Stephen gets involved with someone else, Xavier is not convinced that he no longer poses a danger to Ella. When strange events surrounding Ella start to take place, Xavier believes his suspicions of Stephen are warranted, and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. The love story of Ella and Xavier that began in Starting Over concludes in New Beginnings.

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For the first time in my life, I am sitting in first class and it was worth every single penny. I got settled into the comfortable, huge seat and pulled out my iPhone. While waiting for the rest of the passengers to board, I made a quick call to my mom to let her know I was getting ready to leave. I promised her I would call tomorrow to let her know that I arrived safely.

When the flow of passengers started to slow, I was pleased to see that the seat next to me was still empty. As soon as I settled in with my copy of Outdoor Photographer, this strange electric sensation washed over me, causing the hairs on my arms to stand on end. It was such an odd yet exhilarating sensation.

I glanced up trying to find what could have possibly caused this bizarre feeling. The only thing I could see was a tall, dark-haired man entering the plane. He lifted his carry-on bag into the overhead compartment.

He was impeccably dressed right down to his designer shoes in a dark gray, pinstriped suit, which no doubt cost more than what most people make in a month. Such swanky-looking businessmen always annoyed me since most were so arrogant.

The only available first class seat just so happened to be next to me. Great. I rolled my eyes, clutching my magazine to my chest in irritation.

He bent down to take his seat, making eye contact with me. My breath hitched as his beautiful, piercing blue eyes pinned me to my seat. They reminded me of a perfect, cloudless blue sky. He had a gorgeous full head of wavy, dark brown hair. I had the urge to run my fingers through it, mussing it uncontrollably. He had an angular nose that lead to perfect lush lips, and a square, masculine jaw. He was beautiful. My eyes widened at the sight of him. Pausing for a moment, he frowned before taking his seat.

I winced at my obvious reaction to his gorgeous features as years of insecurity hit. He’s thinking how he's going to be stuck on a six-hour flight next to some strange, unattractive woman ogling over his hotness the entire time.

I never thought of myself as being attractive. I was barely five feet tall with pale skin, shoulder-length, curly, brown hair, and big, brown eyes. My puffy cheeks were like that of a chubby toddler who hadn’t lost her baby fat yet, even though I was a perfectly respectable size five. Not that it mattered anyway. He looked like the kind of guy that would have some tall, slender, busty-blonde, trophy wife or girlfriend hanging off his arm.

The heat radiating off his body only intensified his natural scent mixed with his cologne. I closed my eyes and inhaled the intoxicating scent deeply. It was musky, woodsy, and very manly. The guy just oozed sex appeal. My skin tingled in response.


Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen 
I Want Out - Pat Benatar
Tell It To Her - Pat Benatar 
It's Not You - Halestorm
Aftermath - Adam Lambert
Glitter In The Air - Pink
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
Lovesong - Adele
Beautiful With You - Halestorm
Tonight - Def Leppard
Feeling Good - Muse
Adagio For Strings - London Philharmonic Orchestra 
Hysteria - Muse
Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia

Author Bio

Lori Elen Maguire is a born and bred Jersey Girl who is currently living just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. She is married with two daughters and two grandsons. She is an avid reader with a passion for romance novels. When she's not reading, you can usually find her writing. She also has a special love of photography, football (Go Giants!), and all things vampire.

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