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Monday, June 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt of When We Found Home by Susan Mallery

We are so excited to be a part of a 3-part tour for the release of When We Found Home by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery!
Follow along the excerpt tour beginning in mid June, with long excerpts in consecutive order at each tour stop, followed by an Instagram tour and review tour !

Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harelquin
Date of publication: July 10, 2018

Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit…until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family—blended by surprise, not by choice—and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

Enjoy Excerpt #1:

chapter one
AS DELANEY HOLBROOK WATCHED THE MAN IN THE SUIT approach, she did her best to remind herself she’d given up on men in suits—in fact all men and most suits, when it came to that. She was a different person, with new and improved goals, although she could still admire excellent tailoring. And nice blue eyes. And a firm jaw. And his walk. He had a very purposeful walk that was incredibly appealing. She sighed. So much for giving up on men in suits.
She waited until he was directly in front of her before giving in to temptation and saying, “It’s been six weeks and this is getting pretty serious. Don’t you think I should know your name?”
She had no idea how he was going to respond. She half expected him to give her an icy stare and turn away, because this particular man in a suit had an impressive icy stare. She’d seen it more than once, albeit directed at others. But he didn’t glare. Instead he smiled. No, that was wrong. He didn’t just smile, he gave her a slow, sexy grin that kicked her in the gut and left her feeling all fluttery and stupid and just a little hopeful.
Talk about opening Pandora’s box.
“I’m Malcolm.”
His voice was low and masculine, with just enough gravel to give her a happy shiver along her spine.
“Good morning, Malcolm.” She pointed at her name tag. “Delaney, although you already knew that.”
“I did.”
“Your usual?”
Malcolm was a double shot, extra hot, large latte. Although he arrived every morning at exactly seven forty, he bypassed the busy coffee stand in the middle of the building’s lobby, instead making his way to the special bank of elevators that required a cardkey or a security escort to reach their lofty levels. But sometime midmorning, he would wander down for a morning latte.
Her shift ended at ten and more than once she’d found herself lingering, oh so foolishly, so she could take his order. A ridiculous truth that should have embarrassed her, but didn’t. Instead of telling herself that at twenty-nine she was too old to be crushing on a handsome stranger, she went with a kinder, gentler message. Time did heal and as she’d suspected, she was more than ready to return to normal life…whatever that turned out to be.
“My usual,” he confirmed as he handed over a reloadable gift card to pay for his coffee, along with a tall white mug. She ran the card through the cash register, then walked over to start his drink.
Luzia, her teammate, untied her apron. “I’m going to go to the storeroom for more supplies,” she said. “You going to be okay by yourself?”
“I will.”
Luzia smiled politely at Malcolm before stepping out from behind the counter and walking across the lobby.
Alone at last, Delaney thought, careful not to laugh. No way she wanted to explain what was so funny.
Malcolm slid the coffee card back into his wallet, then returned his attention to her. “You’re new.”
“Relatively. I’ve been here nearly two months.” She tipped the small metal pitcher of milk so she could insert the steamer. The familiar hissing, gurgling sound began. She poured four shots of espresso into the mug he’d brought.
“You’re with Alberto’s Alfresco.” She nodded at the logo on his mug. “Your company owns the building and our little coffee stand is a renter. Hmm, does that make you my boss?”
He grinned. “Don’t go there.”
“Why not? I suspect you like being a boss.”
“Not all the time.”
“Most of the time,” she teased. “Your suit is too nice for that not to be true.”
“What is your experience with people in suits?”
“I used to be one.”
“Unexpected.” One eyebrow rose. “Not anymore?”
“No. I’ve decided to go in a different direction.” She poured the steamed milk into his mug. “I know what you’re wondering, so to answer the question, it was my choice.”
In a manner of speaking, she thought. The decision to change careers had been hers—the circumstances leading to that decision had not.
“What direction is that?” he asked.
“I’m going to be a naturopath.” She waited for the look of confusion before adding, “It’s a—”
“I know what naturopathic medicine is. It emphasizes using the body’s own systems for healing through a combination of Western medicine and natural cures.” One corner of his mouth turned up. “My grandfather’s housekeeper has a niece who graduated from Bastyr University with a degree in acupuncture or something like that. Are you a student there?”
She ignored the bit about his grandfather having a housekeeper—the suit already implied money, so she shouldn’t be surprised. “That’s my plan. I have to meet certain prerequisites in science and math but my business degree didn’t require them so I’m going back to college to make them up.” She shook her head. “It’s been a while since I’ve had to go to class and study. My brain is still unamused and crabby about the whole thing.”
He sipped his coffee. “What classes did you start with?”
“Biology and algebra.”
He winced. “Good luck with that.”
“Thanks. At first I had to read every chapter three or four times to remember anything. Now I’m down to only having to read it twice. The lab work has been interesting, though. In three weeks, we have to dissect things. I’m dreading that.”
“There shouldn’t be blood. Whatever it is has been dead awhile.”
“Still. Knives, cutting, organs.” She shuddered.
His blue eyes brightened with amusement. “Is this where I remind you that you’re basically studying to be a doctor?”
“Yeah, I get the irony. I try not to think about it, but I get it.”
They looked at each other. She felt…something. Tension maybe, or awareness. Whatever it was, she appreciated the confirmation that she was alive, relatively healthy and moving on with her life. The world kept turning and dragging her along with it.
“I need to get back to work,” Malcolm told her.
She wanted to believe there was a hint of reluctance in his voice, but she couldn’t be sure. Still, it was nice to think about.
“Me, too.” She glanced at her watch. “Or rather, head home and study for a few hours before class. Enjoy the rest of your day, Malcolm.”
“You, too, Delaney.”
He hesitated a second before turning toward the elevators. She watched him walk away and let herself imagine that he would spin back and ask her to lunch. Or dinner. Yes, dinner on his yacht. Or maybe they could helicopter to somewhere nice, although she wasn’t sure where a helicopter ride from Seattle would get them. Portland? Vancouver. Oooh, an international destination!
Regardless, he would ask her to dinner and they would…
She laughed as she rinsed out the milk pitcher and made sure everything was in order for Luzia and the next shift. She and Malcolm would what? Go to dinner? Kiss? Fall in love?
Hardly. They had nothing in common. Years ago, maybe, when she’d been on the fast track in finance. Only then she’d been engaged to Tim. She wouldn’t have noticed Malcolm at all.
“It doesn’t matter,” she told herself as she slipped off her apron. She had plans and dreams and hopes for the future. Not anything she would have imagined, but now, after everything she’d been through, they felt right. She would learn to heal others and if she got through that, she might have the chance to heal herself, as well.

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  • Cucina Fresca marinara sauce
  • Sahale Snacks (6 packs)
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About Susan Mallery


#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

Connect with Susan
Excerpt Tour:
Monday, June 18th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, June 19th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, June 20th: Books & Spoons
Thursday, June 21st: Palmer’s Page Turners
Friday, June 22nd: The Sassy Bookster
Monday, June 25th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, June 26th: A Holland Reads
Wednesday, June 27th: Drey’s Library
Thursday, June 28th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, June 29th: Mama Reads Blog
Monday, July 2nd: The Sketchy Reader
Thursday, July 5th: OMG Reads
Friday, July 6th: What is That Book About
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Instagram Tour:
Monday, July 9th: @read.write.coffee
Tuesday, July 10th: @worldswithinpages
Wednesday, July 11th: @thepagesinbetween
Thursday, July 12th: @utcbookblog
Thursday, July 12th: @mwladieswholit
Friday, July 13th: @brookesbooksandbrews
Saturday, July 14th: @pretty_little_library
Sunday, July 15th: @createexploreread
Sunday, July 15th: @basicbsguide

Review Tour
Monday, July 9th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, July 10th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, July 10th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Wednesday, July 11th: Broken Teepee
Thursday, July 12th: Reading Reality
Friday, July 13th: Not in Jersey
Monday, July 16th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, July 17th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Wednesday, July 18th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, July 19th: Into the Hall of Books
Friday, July 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, July 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, July 23rd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Tuesday, July 24th: Becky on Books
Wednesday, July 25th:OMG Reads
Thursday, July 26th: Why Girls Are Weird
Friday, July 27th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Monday, July 30th: The Romance Dish
Monday, July 30th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, July 31st: Romantic Reads and Such
Wednesday, August 1st:Mama Reads Blog
Thursday, August 2nd: A Chick Who Reads

29 comments:

Gina R said...

LOVED the excerpt and the tour looks fab...but the rafflecopter link doesn't seem to be working correctly? Could just be me. In any case, can't wait to read this one!

L.S. said...

I love all your books. Can't wait for this one.

Jenel said...

I work for Susan, so I've had the pleasure of reading When We Found Home already. It's so GOOD! Just an excellent family drama.

Roberta Peden said...

Each new Susan Mallery book is my favorite.

Amy Levin said...

Cannot wait for this book. 😊

Dawn Teetrick said...

Enjoy all Susan's books so hard to pick one.

TheBjwags said...

I am looking forward to reading the rest of When We Found Home.

barbara johnson said...

Fool’s gold series books are all fantastic -cannot select only one!

Lizzy said...

I loved sisters like us and the Fools Gold series

gamom056 said...

My favorite Susan Mallery book changes.....to the last one I read. Currently that is SISTERS LIKE US. Looking forward to WHEN WE FOUND HOME.

Tricia Gilbert said...

Sisters like Us is my favorite but I like them all.

Erin Sullivan said...

So excited, and thanks for the awesome Seattle giveaway!

holdenj said...

I really liked the Girls of Mischief Bay!

Mary Ann Milkowski said...

love all your books can't pick just one

Kate said...

There’s no way I could choose just one. I will say that Sam’s story always makes me laugh

Rose-Marie said...

I'm looking forward to reading my first, this one, When We Found Home, it sounds like a great book!

Lilly Wong said...

“You Say It First “ because it was the first Susan Mallery book I read. Then I binge read 20 of Susan Mallery books in a row. 📚🇨🇦

Victoria said...

I can't choose just one, I love them all! This new book sounds like a great read!

wickster72 said...

Love the Fools Gold series

Stacy said...

I love every Fools Gold book....every single one.

Brenda Rumsey said...

When We Found Home is a great example of why I love Susan's books. She touches our hearts and our souls and leaves us smiling.

Paula said...

I don't have a single favorite, although I really enjoyed Second Chance Girl from the Happily, Inc. series (and really looking forward to the next two in this series!)

Lisa Forbes said...

Love ALL your books! Already pre-ordered!!

kate bobb said...

Fools gold series

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for featuring this excerpt for the tour!

Christine said...

My favorite book remains The Prince & The Pregnant Princess from many years ago. Mainly because the Heroine lived in my hometown.

Linda Henderson said...

I love all your books but Chasing Perfect introduced us to Fools Gold and that is one of my favorites.

Tiffany said...

Best of My Love :)

kate bobb said...

Loved fools gold