Meet the Author of Summer’s Growth @AuthorTinaGayle #MFRWauthor

SummerMy guest today is Tina Gayle, author of Summer’s Growth, a  contemporary paranormal romance.

Readers, would you like to discover new books to read?

Welcome to the Rocking Summer Romance event, the brain child of author Tina Gayle. All summer long, the Rocking Summer Romance authors are planning to have books on our sites that will create a Rocking Summer of great reads. (June 19 to Sept. 22)

I’m proud  to welcome Tina today to kick off the event with a look at her novel, Summer’s Growth, 1st Book in the “Family Tree” series.
4 Fun Facts about Tina’s book:

1. I wrote this book after my mother died. It helped me deal with my grief and help me understand how even if a person is gone, they are still a part of who you are.

2. Summer’s Growth is the first book in Family Tree series – right now I’m plan on writing four books in the series. I have already bought the covers for all four of the Family Tree books.

3. Juke, one of the spirits in the book, is based on my uncle. He fought in WW2 and was a very humble man.

4. I lived in Ohio for awhile and enjoyed the area where this book is set.


Forced by the family spirits to get a life, Mattie Winston has to train her replacement Amber Harrison to be in charge of all the workings of the Winston estate. Reluctant to make changes in her life, Mattie forms a bond with Amber, when strange accidents start happening which threaten their lives and an unknown ghost makes an appearance.

After being rescued by an old flame, Quincy Miller, Mattie faces old wounds of rejection. As the general contractor for Amber’s redecoration project, Mattie is in constant contact with Quincy and realizes she still in love with her childhood sweetheart.

Amber, learning her new role in the family, wants to discover the identity of the ghost who keeps appearing. After several appearances, Gwen, Amber’s distance grandmother, shifts the book into more of Amber’s struggle to find out why her grandmother disappeared two hundred years ago without a trace. In a fight to claim her position in the family, Amber searches for clues to solve the mystery.

Mattie and Amber are both challenged when the family spirits decides Amber shouldn’t be the keeper. Battling for Amber, Mattie realizes she wants a life with Quincy outside the Winston estate.

Amber realized the importance of her new spiritual family, and she works to discover how Gwen died.

Can these two women achieve their goals?

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Standing by the bay window in the front room, Mattie watched the car approach. Her new recruit’s arrival had goose bumps popping out on Mattie’s skin, adding to her anxieties.

She wanted to run, but instead glanced at the kindhearted spirit of Opal, her distant grandmother. Dressed in her best early American gown, the many layers of her petticoat swished with a soft hiss when she moved.

“There’s no reason to be nervous. Once you meet Amber, you’ll see she caps the climax,” Opal voiced in a soothing tone. “Your Aunt Rachel is absolutely thrilled to have a descendant from her branch of the family as keeper.”

Looking beyond her at the rest of the room, Mattie searched for the other members of the family council. They always offered her their support when she faced a big decision. Yet, today they were conspicuously absent.

“Don’t worry. The whole family is behind you. We just thought it better if we didn’t all hover.”

Shifting from foot to foot, she wrung her hands together. A simple process of a changing of the guard for them, Amber’s arrival marked the end of the life Mattie loved.

The beautiful spirits around her didn’t understand how cruel humans could be to each other. What if she screwed up and the girl left? Or the girl hated living with a house full of spirits?

Unease pricked at Mattie’s mind. She had no experience in dealing with strangers. All her business associates understood her likes and didn’t force her to attend any social events.

A quick glance out the window, and a car rounded the fountain. She wasn’t prepared to entertain Amber. How could she be? She never invited guests to the estate.

“Now, Pumpkin, there’s no need to worry. It’s time another branch of the family realize what a pain it is to be keeper.” Opal smiled, offering her special form of reassurance. “We’re all here to help with the transition.”

The high notes of Beethoven’s Fifth sprang from the piano. Mattie jumped in surprise at the sudden noise. She whipped around to see Uncle Samuel, the artist of the family, standing next to the piano.

“The game is afoot.” He arched his eyebrows and grinned, then disappeared.

“I’d better leave.” Her aunt patted Mattie’s shoulder. “Just remember, the girl is uneasy too.”

Opal disappeared.

With a deep breath, Mattie turned and gripped the cold metal knob in her hand.

Soon her home would belong to a stranger, and then what would she do?

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Linda again: Tina and I have something in common. I wrote Rogue’s Hostage, which is being featured on Tina’s blog today, after my mom died.

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Summer Lovin’ at the Solstice

Summer Lovin' Blog Hop buttonThe Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop, sponsored by Jane Wakely runs from June 20-23 and winners will be announced by Wednesday, June 25! Join 60+ romance authors as we celebrate summer romance.

The Grand Prizes will be:

One $75 Amazon Gift Card
One $25 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Sue Lyndon)
One $25 Amazon (or Barnes and Noble) Gift Card (Donated by Denisea Kampe)

Read below for the rules.

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, the first official day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It has been the occasion of celebrations for millennia with bonfires burning during the night. And of course, there was a lot of hanky-panky going on in the shadows. Though originally a pagan holiday, midsummer’s night was continued by the Christians as St. Johns Eve. Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Eve, is one of my favorite plays.
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Pagan traditions fascinate me, so I adopted some for the Medieval-style fantasy setting I created for my shapeshifter romances, Ilona’s Wolf and Tova’s Dragon. In the kingdom called Velosia, magic is openly practiced, the old Roman gods and goddesses are still worshipped, dragonshifters have been hunted to near extinction, and werewolves struggle to conceal their existence. I hope you’ll check out the book pages if you have time.

But now back to the hop. Here are the rules for the grand prizes:

1. Enter the Rafflecopter once for a chance to win the Grand Prize! (Winner will be chosen at random by and everyone who enters once is eligible!)

2. Visit all the stops on the hop and enter each stop’s personal giveaway—of course this step isn’t mandatory, but it’s fun! LOL! (The winner of each blog stop is decided by the author at their discretion—all decisions are final!)

3. Have fun!

My gift is a $15.00 Starbucks e-gift card, because there’s nothing like an ice cold drink on a summer day. What’s your preferred summer beverage? Mine is iced coffee.

Leave a comment to enter my drawing. Subscribe to the receive the blog for another chance to win (let me know in your comment) and then click on the names in the list below to keep hopping.

I hope you’ll stop back to see what else the blog has to offer. Have a good summer!

Linda / Lyndi