Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spotlight on Shadow of Whimsy: A Cape Cod Love Story by Ann Hymes + Tour-Wide Giveaway!!

Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Secant Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Genre: Contemporary/Women’s Fiction/Literary

Several generations of one family have lived, loved, and lied at Whimsy Towers, a unique oceanfront house in Chatham, Massachusetts. Strong women who refuse to be suffocated by marriage have found excitement and refuge in this house filled with artists and parties. Love surfaces in unexpected ways.

The newest owner, Theresa Alston Crandall, has just inherited the property and leaves her too-predictable husband in Virginia to spend time on the Cape and unravel family secrets and history. She swims, reflects, explores, and watches dramatic cloud formations float high over the ocean as she sorts through the choices in her path forward.

Romance arrives in the form of a young widower and landscape gardener with an awesome pickup truck, who likes Theresa’s dog and provides temptation to stay at Whimsy Towers. Tips of tree branches dance with the weight of birds that seem to scream warnings of danger, and the churning ocean disrupts family continuity.

Theresa learns how her Southern grandmother came to buy a storm-weathered New England house and how loveless marriage is not a mandatory life style. The final decision feels just right.

Praise for Shadow of Whimsy

“In her debut novel, Hymes presents a conflicted young woman who is beginning to question her humdrum existence. From grief and loss to forgiveness and redemption, Hymes does not hold back. The author steers clear of predictable outcomes in this unexpected story, providing ample romantic suspense and witty prose to keep the reader turning pages. Chock-full of rich descriptions of the New England coast, as well as surprising scandals and an adorable dog named Gypsy, the book should satisfy even seasoned beach readers. A captivating and uplifting tale best suited for fans of meaningful beach-town romances.” -Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Ann Hymes is a retired real estate broker and mother of two grown daughters. She has a B.A. in English from Mills College and an M.A. in English from Washington College. Her published work includes creative nonfiction. An active international volunteer, including service in the Peace Corps in the 1960s, Ann lives in St. Michaels, Maryland.

It's Giveaway Time!!


Five copies of Shadow of Whimsy: A Cape Cod Love Story are up for grabs during the blog tour! To enter, please click the link HERE.


 Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 10th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Giveaway is open to residents in the US only.
Only one entry per household.
All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!

Shadow of Whimsy Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 27

Kick Off at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, February 28

Spotlight at The Lit Bitch
Spotlight at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, March 1

Review at Books, Dreams, Life

Thursday, March 2

Review at A Chick Who Reads

Friday, March 3

Spotlight at Cafinated Reads

Monday, March 6

Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Tuesday, March 7

Review at Book Drunkard
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

Friday, March 10

Review & Interview at The Book Junkie Reads

Tuesday, March 14

Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing

Wednesday, March 15

Review at Book Nerd

Thursday, March 16

Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Tuesday, March 21

Spotlight at Just One More Chapter

Friday, March 24

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