Tuesday, March 17, 2015

[Spotlight]: "Wild Rose" + Giveaway!


Betsy Talbot is a 40-something traveler and author. When she's not traveling or penning books about love, adventure, and self-discovery, she is hiking, learning flamenco dancing, and drinking wine in a tiny whitewashed village in Spain.

Betsy is the coauthor of four books with her husband Warren Talbot, and they also co-hosts of the popular weekly podcast, Married with Luggage. 

Her latest project is The Late Bloomers Series, a 5-book romance series about women in their 40s. Because women with experience make the best characters...in life and on the page. 

Where to Find Betsy:

Wild Rose by Betsy Talbot
Publisher: ES Scott Publishing (March 17, 2015)
Series: The Late Bloomers, 1
Genre: Contemporary/Chick Lit

Finally, a Romance Series for Women Over 40! 

Fall in love with The Late Bloomers...

After a lifetime of friendship bordering on sisterhood, five 40-something women from Arizona each embark on their own adventures in love, travel, and discovery around the globe. Knowing themselves far better than they did in their 20s and 30s, these seasoned women are ready to take on the world. 

If 40 is the new 20, these women are just getting started..About the Book:

Rose Quinn is having a very bad summer. First her 19-year-old daughter left home to backpack across Europe instead of going to college. Then a woman she loved like a mother died of a heart attack, making her feel like an orphan all over again. And in just a few weeks her best friend will be moving to New York City. For a single mother who's always had someone else to take care of, Rose is finally wondering how to take care of herself.

Handsome Mateo Romero is a transplanted Spaniard running a restaurant on Lake Como in Italy. A broken heart got him there, but he's made a success of it just like he did his architecture business back in Madrid. One thing he hasn't been successful with is love.

When Mateo hires Rose's daughter for a summer job and gives her a free place to stay, Rose immediately suspects the worst. She won't let her daughter make the same mistake she did at that age, so Rose flies to Italy to confront Mateo. What Rose finds instead is a secret she didn't suspect and a challenge to everything she's ever thought about love and the illusion of control.

Rose's daughter doesn't need saving, but can Rose save herself?.

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Wild Rose by Betsy Talbot

In Betsy Talbot's first book of 40-something heroines traveling the world to find love and success, you'll meet Wild Rose...who isn't so wild at first! Find out how she earns her nickname with a sexy Spaniard named Mateo and the support of her best friends, The Late Bloomers.

A big thank you to TBQ's Book Palace for sharing an excerpt so you can get the flavor of Rose and Mateo! Be sure to look for the free Late Bloomers short story titled Unfolding at BetsyTalbot.com for even more romance. Enjoy!

As Mateo tamped down the grounds, he looked over his shoulder. “I’m impressed that you didn’t order a cappuccino. Every tourist we get wants a cappuccino no matter what time of day, which gives every Italian a heart attack. The unstated rule is no cappuccino after ten o’clock in the morning.” Mateo paused, remembering how well his first cultural lesson had gone with the biscotti, and then grinned. “But you don’t care about those rules, do you?”

He inserted the filter into the espresso machine and placed a small shot glass under the spout. With a press of a button the nectar began flowing, two ounces of dark coffee with a perfect layer of crema on top, reminiscent of a Guinness beer. Mateo had made thousands of espressos in the past five years, and he was a master. He poured the contents into a small white cup, added a packet of sugar to the saucer, and then turned around to place it on the bar in front of Rose with a small spoon.

“It’s an American trait to be a little contrary. We’re a country of individuals, even though we’re mostly doing the same thing. Are you a typical Spaniard?” Rose took a sip of her espresso without adding sugar, making a soft noise of satisfaction after she swallowed. 

Was Mama Bear starting to warm up, to engage in an actual conversation? Mateo leaned against the counter toward her and smiled, feeling his confidence return. 

“Not if you ask my mamá. I’m a single Spanish man in my early forties living in Italy. She’s waiting on grandchildren.” Mateo realized he’d never thought of himself as a rule-breaker before, even though there was plenty of evidence. He liked that description.

“So what would your mom tell me about you if I asked her?” Rose took another sip, acting as if they’d always been friendly. Being on her good side felt like admission to a secret club, one he was sure he’d get kicked out of very soon. Visions of imposing nuns, ready to snap his knuckles with a ruler when he looked like he was having too much fun at school, came to mind. 

“My mamá would complain that I know too much about taking care of myself for my own good, and that’s why I’m single. She’d tell you that I live too far away and that I should be designing buildings in Spain instead of serving coffee in Italy. And then she’d ask if you were single, and if you said yes she’d pretend like she never said any of those things and tell you what a warm and wonderful man I am and that I’d make a great husband and father. This is why I don’t let my mamá fix me up.” 

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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

So enjoyed this book.......grab it!!

Betsy Talbot said...

Thanks for sharing my book with TBQ readers! This is a vibrant, funny, and fabulous group of friends, and I'm going to enjoy sharing their stories with you in The Late Bloomers Series.