Spotlight & Giveaway: Chance of Rain by Amber Lin

Posted November 14th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 51 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Amber Lin to HJ!

 Badge-Chance of Rain by Amber Lin

Writing With Fairytales, Writing Contemporary

One of the things I like to think about is the relationship between fiction and reality. I write contemporary romance, so they overlap a great deal. After Amber Linall, there is romance all around me. And yet, when we read, we’re looking for something a little sharper, a little deeper, and how do you define that? There is some kind of magic in contemporary romance that competes with the adventure of a paranormal or the time travel of a historical, and how can I capture it?

My concept for Chance of Rain was actually to take something paranormal and bring it down to earth. What does a superhero look like in real life? So I made him a Navy SEAL, one who is strong and powerful and competent… and then I turned the paradigm on its head and imagined him hiding out in his barn. He’s only human, and everyone has secrets. Everyone is afraid of something, even a man who has been around the world and fought through the scariest situations.

It would take a strong heroine to break through to him—and later, to support him through the rough patches of their HEA. I wanted her to be this almost invincible spirit. She is a superhero too, come to life. Except her weapons are a pin roller and an apron. Her battleground is the diner she owns. CORShe’s friendly and caring; she gives and gives, but she too is only human. We all long for something.

There is a fairy tale in every story. Even in contemporary books, it’s there beneath the surface. I whispered the words aloud in Chance of Rain. Check out this excerpt to find out what it was. We’re the hero’s point of view during a rough moment between them…

Sawyer followed Natalie through the back door and saw her standing out away from the house, near the barn. Wind whipped her hair around her face and drew the lines of her body beneath her dress. Her stance was tall and proud, but there was something forlorn about her. He remembered watching her as she slept, the puzzling sense that she was alone in a crowd.

In his youthful frustration, he had only been able to see his father through the lens of his wants, his needs. With Natalie, it had been the same way. This is what you are to me. His father had demanded too much from him, and she too little. His father was the wrathful sea, driving him farther away from home. She was sweet Penelope, someone to long for. He had left them both, with so much to prove, so damned self-centered he had barely seen past her pretty smile.

He thought of the courage it had taken to drive to his barn and ask him out when their last real intimacy, in high school, had ended with him callously rejecting her. He thought of the strength it took to run the diner on her own. Now he wondered, Who are you away from me? What do you long for?

I fully believe in the idea that it’s all been done before. There is no storyline or discovery completely new—and that’s by design really. We write about the human experience, and it only makes sense if these emotions are real.

As authors, we draw threads from the past, even if that means taking an ancient epic poem and setting its aftermath in the rolling hills of central Texas. Even if it means the hero of the tale has the most to answer for and the heroine saves the day.

Thank you for having me on Harlequin Junkies! I hope you’ll consider checking out Chance of Rain, and please do tweet me at @authoramberlin and let me know how it goes ☺

Giveaway: $10 eGC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice).

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment: Do you believe “There is a fairy tale” in REAL life stories beneath the surface? Why?

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Back Cover:

The only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her Gram’s diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling, Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that’s as far as it goes.

Navy SEAL Sawyer Nolan has returned to sell his father’s land and get the hell out, no matter how enticing he still finds Natalie. Until a storm rolls over the Texas hills, stranding them together at the farm…and the memories of their steamy past lead to a reunion filled with hot days and long nights.
Soon Natalie’s so far under Sawyer’s skin he can’t imagine being without her. But he has a lot of history in Dearling he’d like to leave behind, and Natalie is practically married to this town. If Sawyer wants to be more than just another person who leaves Natalie, he’ll have to give his hometown—and himself—one more chance.

Chance of Rain by Amber Lin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tone: Playful, Emotional
Heat Level: Very, very sexy
Elements/Tags: Small town/country/farm, Navy SEAL/miltary, second chance romance, cabin romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publishing Date: November 4
Series: N/A
Format: Digital
Words: 48K

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Blog Tour Giveaway Details:
One lucky winner will win an award-winning cherry pie via the acclaimed Grand Traverse Pie Company ( (US shipping only), and one lucky commenter will win a $50 eGC to a Rafflecopter giveaway


Meet Author Amber Lin:

Amber Lin writes sexy romance with damaged hearts and redemptive love. Her novel Giving It Up received The Romance Reviews Top Pick, a Night Owl Review Top Pick, and was called “truly extraordinary” by RT Book Reviews. The sequel, Selling Out, follows a prostitute and a cop as modern day forbidden lovers.
“Amber’s work cuts deeper than that of anybody else I can think of — her prose is beautiful, the dark emotions are darker, the sex is sexier.” – Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Along Came Trouble
Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good. Stop by and say hello!




51 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Chance of Rain by Amber Lin”

  1. Lori Ha

    Yes, I do. Although they are rare, I know of ones that have lived their own fairy tales and had their fairy tale endings. Just like fairy tales of old each has their own obstacles to overcome and although we acquire scars along the way, the outcome is usually well worth it 🙂

  2. Debi A

    Oh yeah I do. Otherwise I would give up on life. There has to be fairy tales to make the world go round and love to bloom.

  3. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I like to believe that there are Fairy Tales in real life. It give people hope that their one true love and HEA are out there. Without that kind of hope, there would be no HEA. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Chanpret

    I do, but I believe that the hard work that goes into making a HEA stick is left out of the fairy tales.

  5. Christine L.

    I’d say that virtually any true story could be construed to fit the framework of a fairy tale, especially bearing in mind that not all of the storybook fairy tales have a HEA. A number of the original Grimm fairy tales were cautionary (if not downright frightening) in nature, weren’t they?

  6. Angie

    I do think that any fairy tale could be molded into a realistic tale, but it’s whether or not we accept is the issue.

  7. Lori Meehan

    There’s alway a little fairy tale in everything. Sometimes you just have to look for it.

  8. Lindsey V.

    Yes I do! There are so many couples out there with great stories that could be called fairytale romances.

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway!

  9. Glenda M

    Of course! The world would be a boring place otherwise. I know love at first sight really happens from personal experience. 😀

  10. Kai W.

    I believe there is a fairy tale in real life. After all, we are looking for our HEA ending.

  11. Anita H.

    Of course I believe there is. If I didn’t, life would be a dreadfully, hopeless kinda world

  12. Ada

    Absolutely!! It`s not there for everyone but I believe there are some people out there that are lucky enough to get their fairy tale in real life. And a lot of it is about belief, IMO.

  13. Winnie Lim

    Hmm… I’m afraid I don’t believe in real life fairy tales. I think fairy tales only exist in books and movies.

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