Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for At First Glance by Susan L. Tuttle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book
Title: At First Glance
Author: Susan L. Tuttle
Publisher: Bling! Romance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn.
Estate planner Penny Thornton loves dusting off items others gloss over, especially since she relates to feeling tossed aside for the “bright and shiny”. When her younger sister’s approaching wedding launches Penny back into the throes of her dysfunctional family, she decides to use the festivities to close the gap in their relationships—even if it means appeasing them and finally losing the few pounds they’ve hounded her about for years.
But she doesn’t expect to meet two very different men in the process. East Fisher, the personal trainer who personifies everything she believes she could never attain, and Jonah Black, a man who reminds her so much of herself. Both men are more than they appear at first glance, and both seem interested in her romantically.
As Penny uncovers their hidden layers, she discovers when it comes to love and matters of the heart, she’s got a lot to learn about estimating value.
About the Author
Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she’s a homeschooling mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between raising her teens and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write. She’s firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order. Connect with Susan at http://www.susanltuttle.com.
So my writing jouney is a long one! I actually won my first writing contest at six years old. We had a yearly contest at my elementary school called Young Authors which I won in both first and sixth grades. Those books also had to be illustrated, and let’s just say I’m glad they didn’t judge based on my drawings! My creativity is with words, not graphic artJ
Anyway … I wrote all through my school years but never thought I’d do anything with it. Honestly, I had no clue about how to become an author and thought it so unattainable, I didn’t chase that dream. I did, however, devour books as a reader. Anything and everything I could get my hands on, some of which I should never have touched! When God called me out on some of the content I was reading, I complained to him that there were no Christian books out there I enjoyed reading. To which he replied, “Then write one.” And so my writing journey toward publication began. (Sidenote…there are TONS of amazing Christian fiction out there these days that I LOVE to read.)
The problem? I loved romance, but at nineteen I didn’t have enough experience to authentically write it! But just because God gives us a dream to chase doesn’t mean we’re ready to grasp it. I had to grow in my walk with him and just life in general. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I picked up the threads of this dream and began chasing it strongly. I started a blog, found American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and began to seriously learn about the craft of writing.
And I wrote. Non-stop. I finished book after book, growing as I did. I developed a thick skin that for the most part remains thickJ I read craft books, submitted my work to critique partners, revised it, wrote some more, and submitted some more. It took me two years to sign an agent. It took me another nearly five after that to sign my first contract—which was for At First GlanceJ
I’d say what I learned was to never give up. If God has placed a dream in your heart, go after it. This seed started way back in my childhood. I didn’t dare chase it at that age. As a teen, I wasn’t ready. And as a young mom, I didn’t think I had the time to go after it. Even when I settled in my heart that I was going to finally try, I had several rejections and set-backs. It’s all part of the process, and each moment prepared me for where I am today. It was a long journey, but looking back I wouldn’t change a single portion of it.
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