Saturday, July 8, 2017

Audiobook Tour w/INTERVIEW - Wynter's Journey (Scallop Shores, #3) by Jennifer DeCuir Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir

Wynter’s Journey

Scallop Shores, #3
by Jennifer DeCuir
Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir
Length: 6 hours 55 minutes
Publisher: Blackstone Audio2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: January 28th 2017

The Book Junkie Reads . . . Review of . . . WYNTER’S JOURNEY (Scallop Shores, #3) . . . Wynter has come to a point in life that she needs the promise made to her by a friend she knows have been avoiding her. Cold and alone she makes the journey to his home without warning. She finds that life will not be that simple. What she expected to be a simple place to crash and get back on her feet turns in to so much more. Wynter had an arduous journey on her hands and she finds that this one step may have been the best one she has made in a long time.

Sam finds a crying woman on his door step. Wanting to offer help he moves forward only to be halted in place by a strand of hair. He life takes a turn and this winter things will change for him forever.

I would like to say this was a beautiful romance, but that would be selling this story short. I found this a beautiful story about love, loss, life and choices. Jennifer DeCuir has made this a beautiful read that has me wanting to find the other books of this series.

Narrator review . . . of WYNTER’S JOURNEY (Scallop Shores, #3) . . . I found that Gabrielle did a wonderful job narrating this beautiful journey of life for both Wynter and Sam. She made the inflection perfectly. She gave a unique tone and intonation to the different characters. I had no problem distinguishing between the different characters. The ebb and flow of the narration made the read just go by with little effort. I began the read and then it was over. The quality of the audio stood up to increase in narration speed and volume.  I found not glitches in the audio, which made me very happy. The background sounds were non-existence for me. I found the ease of the laughter, the sorry, the relief was alluring. Gabrielle brought to life a book that made me stand up and take notice of a new author to my readingdom.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer DeCuir. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Scallop Shores series:
Drawn to Jonah – Scallop Shores, #1
Five of Hearts – Scallop Shores, #2
Wynter’s Journey – Scallop Shores, #3
Trapped in Tourist Town – Scallop Shores, #4
Always My Hero – Scallop Shores, #5

Tragedy tore Wynter and Sam apart before he could tell her how he felt about her. Twelve years later, fate dropped her off on his doorstep, widowed, desperately broke, and very pregnant. Sam has spent his entire adult life trying to forget Wynter, and here she was, ready to collect on a promise he’d made when he was young and in love. His sense of honor dictated that he take her in when she needed him most. It was only temporary, after all. But living under the same roof quickly led to old feelings resurfacing. Now the one person he’d wanted to leave behind is the one person he can’t let go.

She knew seeing her reminded Sam of everything he’d lost, but Wynter had no choice. If she were going to make it back to Scallop Shores to raise her baby, she needed his help. Only she hadn’t counted on the long winter nights, getting reacquainted with a childhood friend she’d loved like a brother, a friend who’d grown into a man she found herself wanting to get to know on a whole different level.

Delivering Wynter’s baby at home during a fierce snow storm forces Sam to fill in as temporary dad. It’s a role he’d gladly make permanent. Too bad the one place Wynter is determined to raise her daughter is the one place Sam swore he’d never step foot in again. Had he gotten a second chance to tell her he loved her only to lose her again? Or is this time for keeps?

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Jennifer DeCuir is the author of the Scallop Shores series, set on the coast of Maine, where she grew up. Now living on the opposite side of the country, she’s busy raising two kids and a husband. Her life resembles a sitcom, but that means endless story ideas. Coffee and chocolate keep her productive. Wine keeps her sane.

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How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
Funny and emotional. A fast read and a good escape. The feel goods w/o the heavy angst.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
I am currently finished with two of three books in a trilogy, shopping them around. I’m working on the first book in a new series and the heroine from the 3rd book in the trilogy keeps reminding me that she’s not-so-patiently waiting for her book to be written. Also, I’m always on the lookout for an agent to represent me so I can spend more time writing and less time submitting to publishing houses.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
It’s definitely a process. There are days when things flow naturally and I feel as though I’m merely a conduit. But, dang, those times are rare!

Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
The heroine in my current WIP is a lot more complex than anyone else I’ve written. She has a lot of self-esteem issues that are rooted in the past and she needs to confront them - without knowing that they even exist. She’s being very difficult about letting me into her head. But I love the challenge.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
1.     Hermione Granger (if I could only choose one from the HP universe)
2.     Dwalin - from The Hobbit (I am in love with his undying loyalty to Thorin)
3.     Tony Malory from Johanna Lindsey’s Malory family (though if they could just adopt me…)
4.     Gandalf - from Lord of the Rings (There! Can’t say I chose two from the same book.)
5.     Odd Thomas (by Dean Koontz) That guy has seen it all!!!

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYWhere? What would you do with this time?
Since I’d like to visit Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, can I just say the British Isles? I would explore, take millions of photos, and putter around in a beautifully established garden in my rented cottage with a thatched roof. (Can you tell I’ve already put some thought into this?) And WRITE - because everything I saw would inspire me. *happy sigh*

Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
No particular publisher in mind, but the next project is a four-book series set on an island in the Puget Sound. I had originally likened it to Gilmore Girls meets the Pacific Northwest. It’s very character driven, with a small-town vibe. Each book revolves around a rental cabin - a sanctuary, of sorts, for a group of women who have been friends since they were little girls.
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