Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Romancing the Rumrunner by Michelle McLean

Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Michelle McLean’s Romancing the Rumrunner Virtual Book Tour June 9 – June 20!

Thank you so much for hosting me today! I’m thrilled to be here.

I grew up reading romances. In fact, the first adult novels I remember reading were Victoria Holt’s gothic romances. Full of windswept moors, isolated castles, danger, mystery, suspense, and of course, heart-thumping romances, these books seeped into my blood stream and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love just about any sub-genre of romance. As long as the romance between the main couple is strong, I can enjoy just about any setting or storyline that romance is a part of.

Here are ten things (in no particular order) that I love in a romance:

1)     A good believable conflict – there is always a reason the main couple can’t get together right away, but it drives me nuts if the reason is a simple misunderstanding that a two second conversation would clear up (though even these can work if done well). I prefer a good, solid “someone will die if we get together” or an “I love you but I’m supposed to hate you” type conflict. A reason to stay apart that has some teeth to it :)

2)     A flawed heroine – I really love a girl that has some weird quirk…maybe she’s klutzy, or has an unusual profession or hobby, or always has her nose in a book, or has a scar running across her face. It’s easy for a guy to fall for the perfect supermodel…I like to see a girl who isn’t so perfect get the hot guy.

3)     A tortured hero – I’m a sucker for the bad boy with a heart of gold. A Dread Pirate Roberts who turns out to be Wesley the farm boy. A thief who meets the girl of his dreams and changes his life to be with her. Or like Tony in Romancing the Rumrunner, a washed up detective with a traumatic past sort of forced into romancing some heavy info from the heroine but ends up falling for her instead. As long as there is a good heart beneath the bad activities, it makes for a great read.

4)     Or, A “non-average” hero – the nerdy librarian who finds out he’s a bit of an Indiana Jones. The soccer coach who turns into Rambo to save his family. I love when a regular Joe turns into the ultimate alpha male when the going gets tough.

5)     A setting that sucks you in – this is probably why I love historicals so much. I want to be transported to another world; whether that world is in the past, the future, another planet or timeline, or a regular world turned on its ear, I want to live in that world while I’m reading the story. The 1920’s setting for Romancing the Rumrunner was a blast to hang out in :-)

6)     Actual romance – I’m all for love scenes :-D But sex scene after sex scene can actually get a bit tedious if there is no romance going on along with it. A simple brush of the hand can get my heart pounding faster than the most graphic love scene when done right. Gotta have the romance :-)

7)     A little danger – romance is always a little more fun when something dangerous is going on. Falling in love while fighting zombies? Squeezing in a make-out session or two between a few near-death experiences? Intense situations can make a romance all the more thrilling and can make for a great read.

8)     A little mystery – maybe the main couple grows closer together as they try to solve a murder, or find a treasure, or search for a missing person. Romances are always a little more fun when there is underlying mystery to solve.

9)     A great supporting cast – the best friend who helps the lovers sneak off together; the sidekick who’s great for a little comic relief; the sibling who puts aside the rivalry to help (or maybe hinder) the lovers getting together. Sometimes these supporting characters can make or break a story.

10) An intense love that makes me want to re-read the story again and again – for me this is different from the romance. The romance is the building love, the sweet gestures, the tender kisses. Those are wonderful and I want them in the books I read (and write!). But I really love an intense love that defies all odds, that lasts years, sometimes centuries….Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series; Rane and Alex from Celeste de Blasis’ Wild Swan series; Dmitri and Rose in Vampire Academy; Bella and Edward (don’t judge, I love these two!) :D I want intensity. I want the pages to smolder. I want these two to conquer the whole world in order to be together. I don’t ask for much, do I? ;)

Michelle McLean

Title: Romancing the Rumrunner
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Michelle McLean
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 203
Format: Ebook
ISBN:  978-1-622667-32-1

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About the book:

Prohibition Era Chicago

She’s worked too hard to be run out of town…

Jessica Harlan spends her nights as The Phoenix, the owner of the most popular speakeasy in town. Her days are spent running her respectable butcher shop and dodging prohibition agents and rival club owners who all want to put her out of business.

He’s worked too hard to let his heart get in the way…

When the opportunity arises to go undercover for the Feds to catch The Phoenix, Gumshoe Anthony Solomon jumps on it. But he never suspected the notorious rumrunner would be a dame – or that he’d be so drawn to the feisty little minx.

They play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, knowing they can’t trust the other, but unable to walk away. While their hearts dodge the crossfire, the mobsters raise the stakes, and even The Phoenix may not rise again.

Author Bio:

Michelle McLean grew up in California and has lived everywhere from the deserts of Utah to the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the gorgeous forests of the east coast. The oldest of five children, she is generally an organized mess with crazy eclectic tastes. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, an insatiable love of books, and more weird quirks than she’d like to admit.

Author Blog: http://michellemclean.blogspot.com/

Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/michellemclean

Author Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-McLean/183714415115?ref=hl

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4253087.Michelle_McLean

Pending - within the next couple of hours. 

Tour Schedule

June 9
Interviewed at The Zen Reader
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
June 10
Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
Book featured at Deea’s Book Blog
June 11
Book reviewed at Romance for Every World
Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book
June 12
Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom
Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
June 13
Book featured at Inkslinger’s Opus
June 16
Guest blogging at What I’m Reading
Book featured at I’m Shelf-ish
June 17
Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Queen of All She Reads
June 18
Guest blogging at Becky on Books…and Quilts
Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole
June 19
Guest blogging at Romancing the Darkside
Book reviewed at Harlie’s Books
June 20
Book reviewed at What’s on the Bookshelf


  1. Thank you for the chance to win

  2. thanks for the chance!

  3. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. This sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the chance