Spotlight & Giveaway: Yours to Keep by Serena Bell

Posted November 29th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 38 comments

 Serena Bell makes her Loveswept debut with the captivating story of a woman living on the edge—and the man who’s destined to love her.

serena bellSara, thank you so much for hosting me today at Harlequin Junkie as part of the Yours to Keep blog tour! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and that you’re well-fed and ready to jump into holiday shopping. I thought I’d share my characters’ holiday wish lists today …

I didn’t set out to make Yours to Keep a holiday story. On the surface, it’s the story of an undocumented immigrant, Ana, who has shunned love because she’s afraid if she opens up to anyone, she could be deported, and a sexy single pediatrician, Ethan, who overcomes his own fears of intimacy to reach out to Ana. But as I wrote it, it ended up somehow chock-full of holiday goodness—a Thanksgiving Day where disaster brings families back together, and a Christmas celebration that reveals how one act of kindness can carve through old prejudices.

YTKThe truth is, Ana, Ethan, and Theo got all the important things they wanted before Christmas morning—but it’s always fun to ask for a few material goodies!

Ethan’s wish list: New stethoscope. Wearable toys and goofy hats (popular with the three-year-old set in the office). A pen he can wear around his neck so he doesn’t lose it a minimum of nine times a day. Continuing medical education in a warm, sunny vacation-friendly environment. Spanish immersion, also preferable in a warm, sunny, vacation-friendly environment, or failing that, some good Spanish-language movies, books, or language-learning tapes.

Ana’s wish list: School supplies, a statistics tutor, bookstore gift cards, airline miles, new clothes that aren’t hand-me-downs, a Victoria Secret gift certificate since Ethan’s affection for the flimsy nightgowns is pretty much unbounded.

Theo’s wish list: A new guitar amp. The lame one he has is fine for just messing around, but seriously, Dad, you should see this amp—it uses software to emulate other amp sounds, so you sound like the Beatles or The Who or like you’re plugged into a Marshall amp or like you’re playing in a tiny club. Yeah, it’s really expensive. But Dad! I don’t want anything else for Christmas…


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Book Info

Ana Travares has been looking over her shoulder her whole life. Her U.S. visa expired when she was a young girl, and if her secret is discovered, she’ll be forced to return to the Dominican Republic. Ana allowed herself to get close to someone once before—and after he broke her heart, she swore never to make the same mistake again. But when a handsome doctor asks for her assistance, she fantasizes about breaking all her rules.

Even though pediatrician Ethan Hansen is a natural when it comes to little kids, as the single father of a teenage son he just can’t seem to get it right . . . except for the Spanish tutor he’s hired for his son, Theo. Ana has managed to crack Theo’s shell—and he isn’t the only one taken with her. The sexy tutor has fired up Ethan with a potent mix of lust and protectiveness. But as he starts to envision a future with Ana, Ethan is devastated to learn the truth about her citizenship. Somehow he’s got to find a way to help her—and hold on to the woman he’s falling hopelessly in love with.
Praise for Yours to Keep:

“Sexy, emotionally rich, and heartbreakingly lovely.”—Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Roman Holiday

“Serena Bell writes romance about real people with real problems. Yours to Keep is timely, sexy, and very, very good. Highly recommended.”—Molly O’Keefe, bestselling author of Wild Child

“I love this book on so many levels.”—Fab Fantasy Fiction

“Sweet, drama filled . . . a nail biter [with] swoons galore . . . steamy hot . . . a make-you-tear-up-and-smile book.”—The Book Hammock


38 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Yours to Keep by Serena Bell”

  1. Kai W.

    I want a Ragdoll and a Siamese for Christmas. I have been looking at the shelter and still can’t find one.

  2. Marcy Shuler

    Bookstore gift cards and a new/used vehicle.

    Since I don’t have a smart phone or use twitter I can’t use the raffflecopter for the giveaway.

  3. Jenn McElroy

    I’d be very happy with some Amazon gift cards and some items from Victoria’s Secret ;-). Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. lisagk

    Amazon Gift Certificates and/or a new set of dishes stoneware square shape. Thanks for asking. lisagk

  5. donnadurnell2013

    What I would like to have for Christmas is a new computer — this one seems to be getting slower and slower 🙂 .

    I’d also like to have a job land in my lap – one I could do on schedule. I’m not a morning person, and hubby is a pastor, so I hate to be too tied down.

    [not really able to enter the rafflecopter – I do not twitter / tweet. 🙁 ]

    • Serena Bell

      I hear you on the computer. I hate that age/stage where they slow to a crawl and there seems to be nothing you can do. And fingers crossed for you for the job!

  6. Serena Bell

    I’m sensing a common thread with the books. 🙂 I have a couple of relatives who tend to give me gift cards for Christmas, which is great, but then I always have to make sure I really spend the money on books, because I use Amazon for so much other stuff that when I add a gift card to my account, I invariably end up spending it on a birthday present for one of the kids’ friends.

    • Serena Bell

      I’m always torn about the big e-tailer v. local store problem. I have a lot of distant family so I end up buying gifts online but try to buy for local family & friends at local stores. My local bookstore has been great about my books, even ebooks, and is doing an event for me in Jan, which I totally appreciate!

  7. Lola Karns

    I moved to Minnesota over the summer after a decade living in the south. I want some warm mittens or new books so I have an excuse to stay inside.

    • Serena Bell

      That’s a big move! I moved from the Boston area to the Seattle area a year and a half ago. Definitely still adjusting to the climate …

  8. Margaret

    I have some books that I want and I also want some new bookshelves and a desk to start re-doing my home office.

  9. Christine L.

    The willpower to quit smoking. Doing so would be a gift not only for myself, but for my loved ones. Aside from that, a new down throw for my seat on the couch. Also: a new mattress. My current one is … umm … sprung.

  10. Lori P

    I’m not sure that I want anything in particular. Books and music are always good gifts 🙂

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