Book excerpt from humorous contemp novel “Secondhand Romance” by RoseAnn DeFranco

This is a virtual book blast tour stop for Secondhand Romance by RoseAnn DeFranco. It’s a humorous contemporary romance available exclusively on Amazon from The Wild Rose Press.

During the course of
the two-week tour, the book is available for 99 cents on Amazon.

RoseAnn will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift card and a
digital copy of
Audubon Springs to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, visit other tour stops and enter there, too.

Annie O’Malley’s dream of owning a secondhand
bookstore in tight-knit Audubon Springs is coming true. Still reeling from her
parents’ sudden deaths, she believes that signs or messages can be found within
the pages of books. She loves her job and has made plenty of friends but longs
for the acceptance only love and a family can provide.
Tony Iuliano is there to fix the wiring in her
shop. He doesn’t believe in fate, magic, or the power of a good book. All this
combined with his sexy-as-sin presence and all-knowing attitude infuriates
Annie. The quirky bookworm intrigues him enough to accept her bet to read a
book from her shop. When he discovers a stack of fifty-year-old love letters in
the book, he wants to leave the past alone, but seeing it as a sign, Annie
challenges him to read the letters and search for the long-lost lovers or lose
the bet.
While shaking the dust off several ill-fated
romances and fighting their attraction at every turn, the pair soon become the
town gossip daily special. If they can stop arguing long enough, they may just
discover this particular sign was meant for them all along.
After you read the book it I’ll let you watch the movie.”
“You’ll let me,
will you?” He took a step closer placing his hand on the top shelf beside her
when the urge to touch her, or any number of elicit, carnal acts not done
between friends took root.
“Watching the movie first will ruin it for you. I want you
to form your own opinion of Mr. Knightly.” She sounded a bit breathless to his
“What’s your opinion of him, Annie? Don’t I get to know
since you say I’m like him?” he asked in the voice he used to seduce women. He
didn’t want to seduce or plant any seeds of fancy into her outrageous creative
mind. Even so, he couldn’t turn off this desire to move closer for a touch, or
God help him, a taste. Annie O’Malley – the woman he’d no doubt want to
throttle after their meeting with Eddie Green.
“Once you’ve read the book, I’d be happy to share it with
you.” Her smile faded into uncertainty while her pulse quickened at her throat.
He imagined running his tongue over that spot. Eyes widening, her lips parted
on an, oh, as if waiting. She
recognized it too, this surprising attraction. Did she want to ignore it as
much as he did?
Since this was unchartered territory, he stepped back,
abruptly breaking the connection. Her eyebrows drew together and one hand flew
up in question when a knock sounded at the door.
“Show time,” she said weakly, and started for the door. “Do
you still want to read the book?” she asked without looking back.
“I said I did, didn’t I?”
“I don’t know. You seem indecisive at the moment.”

Author information:

DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart.
Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her
creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences
with her critique partners at www.the A NJ shore transplant,
time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a
quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF
AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Contemporary Romantic
Comedies can be found at
Web links
Buy link:
Amazon  — and remember! The book is only $.99 during the 2-week tour (Feb 10 to Feb 21).

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3 thoughts on “Book excerpt from humorous contemp novel “Secondhand Romance” by RoseAnn DeFranco

  1. Unknown says:

    Thank you for featuring Secondhand Romance during its $.99 promotion sale.

    I love this moment between Annie and Tony. They have never really gotten along and he's shocked by his attraction to the little book worm. Classic opposites attract.

    It's got me wondering about everyone's favorite opposites attracts books or movies.

  2. Unknown says:

    Hahahaha, I just checked my kindle. I downloaded Return to Audubon Springs a couple of months ago when it was a bookgorilla deal. I 1-clicked Secondhand Romance so now I'm set!

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