Friday, March 24, 2017

Defining Her by Samantha March Book Tour

About the Book

Nellie Hawthorne is a woman
who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But
the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with
abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly
in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her
overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start
being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and
a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.

Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl.
Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a
man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and
betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with
her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes
when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.

Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants
that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they
continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or
who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven
throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you
won’t see coming.
From Chapter 2
Once back home, I had just over an hour to get showered and changed and to the school. My mom, Jean Doherty, was the principal of Eakwood Elementary School, one of the three elementary schools in this small town. School had only been in session for two weeks but I found myself there three days a week helping out. They got unexpectedly short-staffed in several places right before the school bell rang for the first time, so I was filling in. Because I didn’t have anything else going on in my life. Right.
                I was a court reporter and worked hard at my job. But it wasn’t your typical 9-5 desk job. Some days I worked in the courtroom from eight in the morning to two in the afternoon without a break. Some days I worked solely from home, transcribing notes and proofreading the depo. Not very often would you find me in the office of my employer, Swank and Marty, because it simply wasn’t needed and now it was too far to travel. Just three blocks west of Michigan Avenue, when I lived in Chicago I was there much more often, simply because I enjoyed being there and around my co-workers. That changed real quick when I learned one of my office-friends, Brandi, was sleeping with my boyfriend. That put a real damper on the office morale, especially when I learned she moved into the house with him that I cosigned my name to on the mortgage. Yeah. That stung.
                After my relationship imploded, I hightailed it out of Chicago and to Oamark Park, to be closer to my mom. Since my dad died three years prior and I was their sole offspring, I often wanted to be closer to her. It was only about an hour drive from here to Chicago and I came back nearly every weekend to be by her or bring her into Chicago, but it was different being just minutes away from each other now. And being that I was at her school so much, we saw each other on nearly a daily basis. I wasn’t complaining because I loved my mom and our relationship was fantastic. I just didn’t . . . expect life to turn out this way.
                It was all planned out. I had been with Deacon Moore for three years. We were in love. We met through mutual friends at a birthday party one night and had our first date just days later at Portillo’s. He was everything to me. My best friend. My biggest supporter. He gave me shoulder rubs when I was hunched over my steno machine all day and night. He brought me foot-long sandwiches when I was in the courtroom and only given a ten-minute lunch break. He eventually started working in my office, which I loved. He came home with me and charmed my mother. I thought a proposal was coming anytime. We bought a house together. It was my own version of a fairy tale.
                Until it all came crashing down. Turned out the perfect Deacon wasn’t quite as perfect as I thought he was. He had been seeing Brandi on the side for nearly eight months. Eight months. We signed the mortgage papers as he was sleeping with another woman. How . . . how could someone do that to a person? And why? Why make me waste so much time and money and energy when he didn’t even want to be with me? What was the point?
                Though money was never really much of a concern for me—Dad had a good life insurance policy and court reporters made a better-than-decent salary—but Deacon was still slowly draining my finances. I paid for the home inspection, the realtor fees, the upfront taxes. I paid the loan payments on the new car “we” purchased together but only Deacon still drove. Deacon and Brandi had missed three mortgage payments and the bank called me to get that paid because my name was still on the mortgage. All that nonsense has led us to court, which means . . . more money being drained out of my account. I couldn’t believe I made such a mistake. That I was so easily fooled. That I was betrayed by my lover, my best friend. Betrayed by a co-worker and someone who I was at least friendly with, if not real friends. And the fact that it totally upended my life was just the cherry on top.
                I went from thinking a marriage proposal was on the way, moving into a beautiful home, bringing a new puppy into our lives to living in a small cramped apartment with my finances in jeopardy. Suing my ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend to try to gain back some of the money that I spent paying their freaking mortgage. It just wasn’t fair.

                I pulled up to the school and parked in the employee parking lot. Walking in, my thoughts were still on how my life turned so quickly. What did I do to deserve such deceit? I was the good girl, the good person. I had morals and always tried doing the right thing. Karma scared the crap out of me. I was the dependable, reliable one. How was this fair, karma? Huh? It wasn’t. It just simply wasn’t. And that infuriated me. What was the point of always making the right choices if this is what I got in the end?

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About the Author

Samantha March is an
author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the
popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf
stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things beauty, fashion and
fitness. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink
and has five published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket, A
Questionable Friendship, Up To I Do and Defining Her, and one holiday novella,
The Christmas Surprise. You can also find her on Youtube sharing beauty reviews
and creating makeup tutorials. When she isn’t reading, writing, or vlogging,
you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha
lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

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Interview with Samantha March

1.      What is your favorite part of this book and why?

My favorite part is when both Nellie and Prue have their epiphanies at the end. When the realize how their current actions could affect the rest of their lives. It was really powerful to write each of those scenes.

 2.      If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would love to spend a day with Nellie. This was a character who really took off on her own. I set out with an entirely different direction with her, and she quickly steered me in a different direction. I would love to know how her and Harrison are, and see her as a mother. Maybe we could do a workout class together!

 3.      If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

Wow, that’s a great question! There are so many fantastic books out there and ones that have motivated me and given me courage, but I don’t know if they would have the same effect if I wrote them, if that makes sense. But my true OG book favorite is Kristy’s Great Idea from Ann M Martin. The Baby-Sitters Club would have been an amazing series to create!

 4.      Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

No one is based off anyone I know, to an extent. I had a friend that loosely inspired Prue, but her character ended up being not very similar to who I know in a real life! I start off with a solid plan of who I think my characters will be, and typically by the time I’ve done they’ve come to life through my fingertips and have changed completely!

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always been an avid reader and fascinated with the concept of being able to transport people to a different time, place, life. Reading was a big escape for me during an abusive childhood, and brought me comfort in that escapism. I started writing my own books at the age of nine, and just never stopped.

Tour Schedule

March 20 – ChickLit Goddess – Review &
March 20 – Dandelion Inspired –
March 21 – Spunky N Sassy – Excerpt
March 24 – Beauty Books and Cats With
 – Review
March 24 – T’s Stuff – Excerpt & Q&A
March 27 – Karan Eleni – Review, Q&A & Excerpt
March 28 – Authors and Readers Book Corner
– Excerpt
March 29  - Jersey Girl Book Reviews –
Review & Excerpt
March 30 – Hey Said Renee- Review
March 31 – Granny Loves to Read – Review
& Excerpt
March 31 – Novel Escapes – Interview
April 3 – Book Lover in Florida – Review &

April 3- Rainy Day Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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