October 1, 2013

TRAGICALLY FLAWED by A.M. Hargrove Blog Tour {Guest Post/Giveaway}

Choosing a Book Setting

I’ve always heard you should write what you know and as for book settings, I try to stick to that. Not all of my settings are places I’ve spent time in, but for Tragically Flawed, Beaver Creek is one where I’ve spent plenty. You see, I love to ski. And my favorite place to ski is the Vail/Beaver Creek area, so that’s one of the reasons I chose it as the setting for Tragically Flawed.

My first-hand knowledge of the area helped me with the setting. Riviera needed a place to go where she could spin her magic on the walls of high-end homes, and they are endless in that area. They dot the ski slopes of Beaver Creek. They surround the surreal town of Vail. And they are quite spectacular.

I also needed a place that could set up the background for Shan’s tragic experience as well. As a frequent visitor to that area, I often pondered how the forests would survive the horrific pine beetle infestation that’s taken place there. We’ve experienced it ourselves in my home state, but when you drive through the mountains of the Colorado high country on I-70, the devastation is incredible. Large piles of dead lodgepole pines lay scattered everywhere, and I’ve questioned the safety of that. But the sheer numbers of them make it impossible to do anything about. What I didn’t imagine as I was writing it, was the scene in the book about the terrifying forest fires would actually occur…though not in Eagle County, they happened elsewhere in Colorado this summer. I still shudder when I think about that.

I always choose the setting after the plot is established though. Some writers may be different, but when I begin the story in my head, it goes from there to the outline of the plot, and then the setting is chosen.

So there you have it. Oh, by the way, Shan’s house is located on my one of my favorite ski runs at the Beav. Happy reading!

You can read my 5 star review HERE 

Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove

September 2013
Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18271624-tragically-flawed

Riviera Benson’s past has been nothing but horrific. It’s filled with secrets that she intends to keep tightly locked away...terrifying secrets that keep her awake at night...that prevent her from getting close to anyone...anyone that is, until her work as a muralist drives her into the arms of the hot and sexy Shan. 

Benjamin Shandon, owner of Shandon Homes, works like a thousand demons are chasing him...because perhaps they are. His business has boomed, ever since the forest fire swept through the canyon and destroyed hundreds of million dollar homes. He demands excellence in everything...from his employees to his women. He slows down for nothing, keeping a schedule that no sane person would want. But Riviera interrupts everything, twisting his guts inside out, and wedging her way into his heart, destroying a promise he made to himself. 

Will they let their pasts control their future, or will they decide to let go and allow their hearts to discover each other’s? 

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/14wIgQ0
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/19qMpVb

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.  She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job.  Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

Author Links:
Blog: http://amhargrove.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Amhargrove1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMHargroveAuthor
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5338829.A_M_Hargrove
TRAGICALLY FLAWED Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18271624-tragically-flawed


  1. Thank Mandy for inviting me in and letting me run my mouth--hehe! xoxo

  2. Great guest post! I just bought this one and I'm looking forward to reading it.