A Little Light Magic
When a girl with no family meets a guy with too much?
On Sale: May 26, 2009
Featuring: Nick Santangelo; Tori Morgan
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For Tori Morgan, familyâ€™s a blessing the universe hasnâ€™t
sent her way. Her parents are long gone, her chance of
having a baby is slipping away, and the only thing she can
call her own is a neglected old house. What she wants more
than anything is a place where she belongsâ€¦and a big, noisy
clan to share her life.
For Nick Santangelo, familyâ€™s more like a curse. His nonna
is a closet kleptomaniac, his momâ€™s a menopausal time bomb
and his motherless daughter is headed for serious boy
trouble. The last thing Nick needs is another female making
demands on his time.
But summer on the Jersey shore can be an enchanted season,
when lifeâ€™s hurts are soothed by the ebb and flow of the
tides and love can bring together the most unlikely
prospects. A hard-headed contractor and a lonely reader of
Tarot cards and crystal prisms? All it takes isâ€¦A LITTLE
family fam-i-ly [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee] â€“noun
1. a group of persons, closely related by blood, who know all the best ways to drive you crazy
2. but you love them anyway
3. and they love you
It's true â€“ no one knows how to push your buttons better than family. The bigger the family, the more button-pushers to dodge. (I should know â€“ I grew up with five brothers and sisters!)
That's why my new contemporary romance, A Little Light Magic, is a crazy romp through the landscape of a big fat "loving and smotheing" family.
It's the story of what happens when a girl with no relatives meets a guy with way too many.
Tori Morgan wants nothing more than a family to call her own, but all she has is the broken down seaside bungalow sheâ€™s inherited from her recently deceased great-aunt. Summoning all her optimism (and all her savings), she envisions a funky New Age shop. Only problem is, the city wonâ€™t let her open for business without building code upgrades, and finding a contractor on the cusp of summer at the Jersey Shore is about as easy as carrying beach sand in a sieve.
Enter contractor Nick Santangelo, a guy with more family than he can handle. Nickâ€™s foremost concern is his rebellious teenage daughter, who's been sneaking out to spend time with a boy who reminds Nick way too much of himself at that age. (And given the fact Nick became a father at eighteen, thatâ€™s not a good thing!) Nickâ€™s family frustrations are compounded by his kleptomaniac nonna, his menopausal mother, and a younger brother whoâ€™s missing work at Nickâ€™s company in favor of soap opera auditions. No wonder Nickâ€™s sanity is in danger of being swept out to sea!
The very last thing conservative-minded Nick needs is a moonlighting job and a crazy attraction to a dark-haired slip of a client who actually believes in magic. Tori insists a candle magic spell brought Nick to her door. Nick knows thatâ€™s ridiculous, but all the same, he and Tori react like candle and flame. Even as Nick finds himself falling hard, he convinces himself he can keep things light, and his heart safe, as long as he sticks to his number one rule of keeping his family and his social life separate.
Or maybe not.
I hope youâ€™ll join Tori and Nick in the summer fun of A Little Light Magic, and give your family a big hug when youâ€™re done. Because after all, where would we be without the people who make us the craziest?
All the best,
21 comments posted.
Re: A Little Light Magic
Sounds like a great summer read.
I grew up in Md. But now live in ohio.
Enjoy the beach and your summer
(Mary Branham 4:52pm May 20, 2009)
'm the baby of three siblings; but there is a large gap between my sister and brother who are close in age and then me down the road, it's like having the oldest child a second time around; responsible, taking care of everyone, remembering all the birthdays and anniversaries.
(Diane Sadler 9:35am May 26, 2009)
Diane, you sound a lot like me! I'm the youngest of six, with a twenty year spread between oldest and youngest, and six years between my nearest sister and me. I have a lot of oldest and only child traits - including thh birthday thing. I have everyone's birthdays listed on birthday.com!
(Joy Nash 1:40pm May 26, 2009)
I'm an only, and I've always been a typical only. I can't wait to read this book!
(Kelli Jo Calvert 3:36pm May 26, 2009)
I am the baby in my family, but there was a seven year gap between my sister and me. We were too far apart to ever do many things together. When she was dating, I was considered a pest. Ha!
(Gladys Paradowski 6:52pm May 26, 2009)
I was not only the oldest in our family - all of our cousins lived within walking distance and since I was the oldest I was always being told to 'take care of' the others or 'watch out for' the others. Even at my advanced age I take care of and watch out for the others!
(Karin Tillotson 8:32pm May 26, 2009)
Gladys, I'm hearing you with that "pest" nickname. My sister called me that so much that I shudder even now when I hear it. I guess it wasn't *completely* undeserved - When she was 15 and I was 9, I used to like to see if I could get away with listening in on the phone extension when she was talking to her boyfriend!
(Joy Nash 9:22pm May 26, 2009)
Hey I'm a middle kid and of course, the peacemaker. I'm always brokering deals to get people talking and agree on something.
(Alyson Widen 9:23pm May 26, 2009)
Hi Joy!! I'm having so much fun hearing more about your book and thrilled I have it to read! SOON! Doing some catching up!
I'm exactly in the middle and there was 7 of us. I remember my mom calling us for dinner and would call out each of our names! And not our short ones! LOL. My dad had a nickname for us all.
(Cathie Morton 10:47pm May 26, 2009)
There is a lot to be said about birth
order. I am the oldest of 6 and have 3
children. My husband is also an oldest
- of 2. I tried not to have the birth
order thing happen with our children,
but no luck. My poor oldest one is way
too much like her parents.
Your book will be a big hit, I'm sure.
Good luck and keep those good
(Patricia Barraclough 11:12pm May 26, 2009)
I'm the eldest of two however my baby brother(he's always going to be my "baby" brother) is 7 years my junior so for a good while, I considered him a pest. It didn't help that he was born on Mother's day and I had to go to the hospital to give mum her present which didn't get the amount of attention I thought it deserved. Bwa ha!
(Jacqueline Lam 12:43pm May 27, 2009)
I'm the oldest of 3. I do think that birth order has alot to do with it. Not only your own but also your parents. My parents felt their older siblings had it easy and kept bringing that up as an excuse for not letting me do something. For example their oldest siblings each played and intrument but dropped it. So their parents didn't allow them to. In turn I had to prove myself by playing the instrument they chose but my younger siblings didn't.
The book sounds like so much fun!
(Lynda Smith 12:48pm May 27, 2009)
My mother was a middle child and she always felt it affected her life in a big way.
(LuAnn Morgan 12:59pm May 27, 2009)
I'm the oldest and only girl in my family... Which wasn't that much fun because my brothers got away with far more stuff than I ever could.
(Rachel Flesher 6:50pm May 28, 2009)
This looks like my kind of book! I definitely have to read it.
(Val Stark 3:13pm June 5, 2009)
your book sounds so funny and real, I'd love to have it, but haven't found it yet in our stores here.
(Diane Sadler 7:16pm June 8, 2009)
I wish I could find your book but at this time the only way for me to read it is to order online, so I'll just have to wait
(Diane Sadler 2:37pm June 14, 2009)
sounds great...been to the Jersey shore and enjoy books set in that area!
(Paula Staton 9:09pm July 1, 2009)
I'd like to read this too!! I had read the review last month, but this article really brings out points that would be interesting to look for!
(Anne Harris 1:06pm July 5, 2009)
The timing for this book is perfect. We are headed to the Shore for summer vacation. This will make the story come alive.
(Rosemary Krejsa 9:11pm July 27, 2009)
The jersey Shore sounds fun what with Nick surrounded by women instead of being pampered he's tearing his hair out!
(Susan Lathen 3:39am October 6, 2009)
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