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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Zoey's Place by E.M. Bannock 💕 Fun Facts, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Contemporary Romance)

Zoey DeLucca is a successful Michigan divorce attorney. Growing up the center of a bitter custody battle between her neglectful mother and her caring father convinced her to become a Family Law attorney and champion the father’s that seldom won in court.
Her handsome husband, Mickey, works for an oil development company. The money is great but as he climbs the corporate ladder, he must spend more time traveling and away from home.
It was love at first sight when they met in college. Their storybook marriage is the envy of all of their friends. They keep the spark in their marriage glowing red hot with wild, uninhibited behaviors in the bedroom. So why does the feeling of impending doom occupy Zoey’s thoughts?
Zoey’s Place is a modern erotic romance about bonding friendships and life’s lessons. See how Zoey handles the challenges that come her way. Experience her joys, fears, and unusual solutions.
This book contains explicit sex scenes and very mature subject matter. It is intended for adult pleasures only. So, turn on the fan, because it’s going to get hot!

I want to thank Romance Novel Giveaway blog for being one of my Virtual Tour stop hosts. I hope I get the readers excited about my new book, Zoey’s Place. Here are a few Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know tidbits about my book.

The first fun fact about Zoey’s Place is that the book evolved from a story challenge I did a few years back. The challenge was from a Facebook author’s group I belonged to at the time. The article topic was “summer love.” That article became the draft for the first chapter of Zoey’s Place. Another fun fact about that article was that I got the inspiration for it from the Flo Rida song, Apple Bottom Jeans, which is a song I do with my Zumba group. In the first encounter with Zoey, she is described as having an “apple-bottomed ass protruding below her way-too-short cut-off jeans.”

A behind the scenes story would be about the evolution of the cover. The current cover is the third cover I revealed to my readers as “THE” Zoey cover. I tested out various pictures for it on my Facebook page and designed the first cover from the results. It was a pretty calm scene of a man and woman sitting close together watching a sunset on a lake. Lakes are central in the book and I thought it was fitting. I like purple so I put a purple frame around it. It was okay, but I wasn’t crazy about it.

Then I found another photo that I thought was sexier. It too, was of a couple on the shore of a sun-setting lake but they were standing and embracing, pressing close together. For this one I went with sunset colors and put an orange frame around the edge. It was better but I just wasn’t satisfied.

By chance I came upon the black and white photo that is the final Zoey’s Place cover. I fell in love with it from the moment I saw it. I thought it portrayed my idea of Zoey perfectly and of her man. The picture is suggestively sexy but not enough to make it X-rated. I thought the B&W gave it a dramatic personal effect. You don’t really know where the cover couple is so it could be anywhere in the book that Zoey is getting romantic, and there are too many of those to keep track of.

Besides a two day trip to Las Vegas over forty years ago, I’ve never been there or any other part of Nevada. However, I did a great deal of research to make sure I got the geography and topography correct. I used Google Earth for a lot of it. I do have a friend who lives outside of Las Vegas who filled me in on the term Whale, which is used for a high-stakes gambler, and about the MGM Grand Hotel Mansion rooms that the Whales are comp’ed. Her husband is a part time bouncer at a casino and she was a wealth of information. I also Googled pictures of it.

I also did extensive research of Incline Village, the exclusive town on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe where Zoey and her husband, Mickey, have a house. The images I found were breathtaking. It is a truly beautiful place that I hope to visit sometime.

One last bit of insider info on Zoey’s Place. Roughly sixteen of the character names in the book are either family, friends, or a pet’s name. I’ll give you a spoiler. Jenna is my dog’s name. Not all sixteen people know each other so only I know who they all are. Maybe my sister Annette knows, too. Ops, another spoiler.

The look on his face told her that he was looking for her approval. She called it his puppy dog look. She could read his face like a newspaper. There were subtle quirks and twitches that were telltale signs of his emotional state that only she seemed to be able to pick up on. Her mind wandered to the childlike grin he had before he proposed to her, and she chuckled.

Their lovemaking was hard and intense. It was a good thing their bedroom was in the guest quarters above the garage and not connected to the house where everyone could hear them making loud, crazy love. Zoey’s climactic groan of pleasure could have woken the dead.

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E.M. Bannock grew up in the Detroit suburbs. She is the second child of seven and eldest daughter of a working class family. Her parents had traditional, old style, European ideals which clashed with her modern, adventurous personality. The daughters were not encouraged to attend college. Instead they were expected to get married, have children, and be homemakers.

Her father was a great storyteller and sparked her love for writing. In high school she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry. A small inheritance from her father gave her the funds needed to begin her career as a published author. She has published two books, Totally Devoted, which is also available in audio, and Zoey’s Place. 

Born with the wanderlust, she found herself in Los Angeles. LA was an exciting place to be in the early 70’s and she experienced all that it had to offer. She met her husband there.

Marie and her small family have lived in California, Oregon, Alaska, Florida, and Wyoming, where she now lives with her small family which includes a spoiled dog and cat, two horses, also spoiled, and a brood of chickens that live like queens in the chicken-coupe-de-ville.

She has made her living as an office manager, computer programmer/analysts, project manager, clothing sales person, substitute teacher, and buffalo meat packer. Throughout it all, she never lost her love for writing.
E.M. Bannock is a Goodreads Author, a BookHub Author, a member of the Romance Writers of America, and a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer. Her book, “Totally Devoted” is a finalist for a 2019 NERFA (National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award) in two categories.


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  1. Good Morning. I want to thank my hosts at Romance Novel Giveaways for giving me the opportunity to get people excited about my book. I invite all readers to ask questions or to just say Hi. Thanks for stopping in.

  2. I love how you used Google Earth for research! How fun is that! Thanks for the chance!

    1. Thank you, Sue G. I visit many places with Google Earth. It's a great tool.

  3. Great fun facts, I enjoyed reading them :)

    1. Thank you, Victoria Alexander. And thanks, for stopping by.

  4. Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to hear about it.

  5. I'm intrigued to learn about her unusual solutions.

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt and fun facts! This sounds really good.

  7. sounds like a fun one

  8. I really like the cover photo! And this may sound silly, but I'm curious why the title is called Zoey's Place...

  9. I have no questions for the author.

  10. The cover is stunning I love a good book!


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