Friday, October 11, 2013

Name Before the Masses Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Love Lost and Found by Michele de Winton

Join author Michele de Winton on her Name Before the Masses Virtual Book Tour for Love Lost and and Found, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions from September 20 – November 8, 2013.  Please leave a comment or question for Michele to let her know you stopped by.  

Michele will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so please be sure to leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of her tour here.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  My review will post tomorrow. 

Hi - I’m Michele and I’m an Undomestic Goddess.

I’m a smart, driven, competent person, but truly, I am a terrible ironer. And cleaner. And my desk is a mess. I cook well, and I sometimes hang out the washing, but really, I’m just a crap domestic goddess.

This topic springs to mind today because I’ve been to the midwife – I’m also about to have my second baby (I know, I know, madness). Someone must have had a whole bunch of time up their sleeve and put it to good use. A stack of fliers for iron supplements sat next to me and on each and every one, someone had added an ‘ing’ to iron. So the by-line read:  ‘Life is busy and you might find you’re feeling a little off colour. The solution might be very simple. Thousands of women don’t get enough ironing.’


I sympathise with Felicity – the heroine in Love Lost and Found the follow up to my debut romance The Boss and Her Billionaire. She loses the last five years of her when she has a climbing accident (yes, yes, amnesia trope alert!) and now she’s cosseted on board a cruise ship with people cooking, cleaning, even pressing her uniform for her. I think if we ever met over a cocktail or two we’d both bemoan the need for ironing of any sort.

It would be incredibly hard though I think, to reintegrate into the ‘world’ after losing such a large chunk of your life memories and there’s plenty about life that fills Felicity with terror. But then she’s not one to let a little terror get in the way of getting on with starting over.

I guess that makes her a lot like me. I’m not afraid of the rolled eyes and sighs from my husband when he sees that I still haven’t done the dishes. Because I know if I leave them, just for a minute longer, I’ll finish that sentence. And the next. And then I’ll have a shiny new book which is of course, just what I want.

How about you? Do you manage it all? Well groomed children, sparkling home? If you do – perhaps you could give me some pointers.

I’m looking forward to hearing from readers so I’d love to hear from you all. 

 Love Lost and Found
By Michele de Winton
A Love on Deck, Book 2

Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Release Date: September 9, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 132 Pages

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Book Details:

Felicity Williams can't remember the last five years thanks to an accident that wiped out her memory. She fled her old life in hopes of starting fresh and found refuge working on a cruise ship. But her past is coming for her…
Rick McCarthy wakes after a climbing accident to discover that his business partner and fiancĂ©e has quit her job and disappeared. He’s trying to accept that she’s run out on him, but now he needs her signature to close a deal that could literally be life or death. He’ll go to any extreme to get what he needs…even if that means becoming someone else to win her back.
But a little lie becomes a large mess when they’re stranded on a deserted island together, and old misunderstandings might ruin their chance at new love… 

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George appeared at Felicity’s door with a huge block of chocolate he’d somehow managed to wrangle from the kitchens. “I tried for ice cream but they only had it in twenty-liter tubs. I figured that wouldn’t do either of our figures any good. Have to say I didn’t think I’d be getting a call from you tonight. Certainly not one that started and ended with a command to bring cookies and cream.”

 “Why not? I’m thinking of changing my food pyramid to have ice-cream at the top. I might as well go live in a nunnery for all the action I’m about to get.”

He gave her an odd look then rallied. “Oh, sweetcheeks, I think that would be a very bad idea. Can you image the havoc that would cause amongst the visiting monks? And you’d have to cover this glorious hair.”

“It’s hardly glorious. God, I’m a mess. No wonder he doesn’t love me. No one does. No one ever has except my parents and they’re dead. Oh my God, I sound so whiny, I’m never like this. Never.”

“Oh darling. We all love you.”

“Yes, but you have to. I’m in charge of paying you.”

“True. But we don’t have to like you. Here, stop that now, you’re getting blotchy.” George handed her a box of tissues and pushed her gently onto the bed.

Felicity gave a sniff and let her breath shudder out before she allowed herself to talk again. “I think you better hand over that chocolate.”

“That’s my girl.” Ripping open the packaging, George broke off a giant chunk. “I’d give you the whole block, but I think I better stay on ration duty, just till you’ve evened out. Don’t want you going into a sugar coma after you inhale the whole block in less than a minute.”

“Unfair. If a girl can’t ruin herself on chocolate, what’s the point of anything?” 

About Michele

Michele was born in the mid 1970’s amid a burgeoning sprawl of vineyards and new retirement homes. With two teachers as parents, her love of reading and books was cemented at an early age. Being a writer however, was not was she was supposed to do when she ‘grew up’. Despite training in law (or perhaps because of it) she has been a dancer, producer, writer, and all round arty type in various countries for most of her life.

Moving into writing full time in 2010 was like being a part of a contemporary romance – perfect! Creating new worlds for her characters, or rather letting those same characters show her their worlds is now a highlight of Michele’s daily life. And falling in love over and over as each hero and heroine allow their true feelings to surface is something very special. What a treat to do it every day! Now back home in New Zealand after travelling extensively, Michele writes from an office where the sound of the tapping keyboard is only rivalled by the whisper of wind in the trees.

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Don't forget to leave a comment or question for Michele to let her know you stopped by.  Michele will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so please be sure to leave your email address with your comment.  You can follow the rest of her tour here.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning. 


  1. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  2. I think that ironing is a waste of time. Reading on the other hand.


  3. thanks for the chance to win

  4. I actually enjoy ironing. I know, I know. I enjoyed the excerpt, but somehow it didn't connect with the blurb a bout the story. I guess I will have to read the book to find out what is going on.

  5. I am definitely an undomestic goddess. I have yet to master the art of making rice, can't iron to save my life, and at times my clothes carry an interesting scent that many regard as "funky".

    andralynn7 At gmail DOT com

  6. When I would visit my parents in Australia I would hang the laundry outside. I love doing that, there's something very relaxing about it.

  7. Great post! I still have the ironing board hanging up in the closet, and I only do laundry when I feel like it, which means "when people at work start noticing my mis-matched socks"!

    falcondraco at Hotmail dot com

  8. I don't mind cleaning once I get started-- I'm like a machine once I get going-- but it's that *getting going* thing I have a problem with. Cooking? HA! I can't cook to save my life. Actually, that's why I don' cook: To save my life. My house and I would go down in flames. I'm a disaster in the kitchen ;-)


  9. Thanks for the chance !

  10. LOL...I often say to my hubby, "We're PIGS!" It's just the 2 of us (and 3 cats) yet the house seems to be in constant disorder. It's the 2nd law of thermodynamics in action!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. I ask other people to help out

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  12. Hi all and thanks for all the comments. I wrote this post a couple days in advance, luckily as that baby just popped out! So sorry I've been late in stopping by. Good to know I'm not alone in my undomestic goddess world. With a new baby and a toddler I'm about to become even more undomestic...that iron might as well go in the trash I say. Happy reading! X Michele

  13. Congratulations on the new book and the new baby! There are more important things in life than cooking, cleaning and ironing. I suppose I will never win that domestic goddess award.

  14. Book sounds interesting, good luck .My Hubby and I share the chores 50/50. It works for us. Deb P

  15. This looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  16. sounds fantastic! Congrats to Michelle on the newest release! Ummm... I'm the opposite of Michelle as I can't leave things undone, especially when it comes to housework. But I also don't have creative neurons firing :)