{The IMMORTAL HOPE Blog Tour continues today atTote Bags 'N' Blogs . STRIPPED is featured atBook Travels.}

Today I have author Marie Astor on the blog, and I'm turning all the control over to her. She's on tour for her new book, On the Rim of Love, a contemporary romance that sounds like it's packed full of emotion.

Marie is awarding two prizes to randomly drawn commenters during her tour: a sterling silver plum quartz necklace and earring set, and a sterling silver aventurine necklace that were custom designed for the tour. (US & Canada only, please.)

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.

Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.

A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.

So -- you're on stage, Marie!


Hi Claire, thank you very much for inviting me to the Muse to talk about my latest contemporary romance novel, On the Rim of Love.

Two years ago I went to Banff, British Columbia and was absolutely smitten with its incredible nature – the soaring mountain cliffs, the boundless snow (I was there in December), and the endless open spaces. I am always thinking of new plots for romance novels, and the moment I saw the sprawling beauty of British Columbia, the idea for On the Rim of Love started to materialize in my mind.

Now, I would like to say upfront that the town of Eagleville where the story takes place is a fictional town, as is the ski resort located in the town. Why didn’t you just pick one of the real resorts? you ask. Well, the reason being is that off-piste skiing is a big part of On the Rim of Love, as it becomes the initial point of connection between the main characters – Maggie and Taylor, so I wanted to create a ski resort with access to all kinds of ski terrain. From the research that I did, I learned that most US ski resorts do not offer lift access to wild mountain terrain and require either renting a helicopter or climbing long, arduous routs to get to wild mountain terrain. Europe, however, offers easy access to off-piste skiing – you can take a lift car to the top of Mont Blanc. However, I have never been to Mont Blanc, but I have been to British Columbia and my heart was dead set on its beauty.

So, I decided to combine the best of both worlds and create a ski resort where Maggie and Taylor could take an enchanting ride to the very tops of the mountains – I hope you’ll come along for the ride!


This book has fascinated me since I saw the tour announcement. I want to share an excerpt with all of you.


“Maggie, we have been seeing each other for a while, and now that you’re done with school, I think it’s time that we took our relationship to the next level.” Jeffrey placed a robin-blue jewelry box on the table.

Maggie stared back at him, suddenly at a loss for words.

“Go on, open it.”

Slowly, Maggie pulled on the white ribbon. Inside, was a smaller box of black velvet. Feeling Jeffrey’s expectant gaze upon her, Maggie flipped open the lid. A giant diamond glinted against the black material.

“Timing is everything, and I think that right now is the perfect timing for us, don’t you?” Jeffrey pressed on without waiting for her answer, “There are a lot of opportunities for me at the network, Maggie, and our engagement will show my father that I am a ‘reliable fellow,’ to use his words exactly. You see, my father is rather old-fashioned, and he has made it pretty clear that he expects me to settle down before he is going to entrust me with a more serious role in the company. When it comes to climbing the corporate ladder a man’s character is often judged by his personal life, and I do plan to climb to the very top.”

Maggie blinked, wondering what getting engaged had to do with timing and reliability.

“Of course, that is not the main reason why I want to marry you.” Jeffrey reached for her hand. “I love you, Maggie. We are perfect for each other. But when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder a man’s character is often judged by his personal life, and I do plan to climb to the very top.” Jeffrey winked.

“Yes.” Maggie nodded.

“I’m so glad.” Jeffrey put the ring on her finger where it dangled loosely.

Maggie’s first impulse was to explain that her ‘yes’ was directed at Jeffrey’s statement regarding the corporate ladder, but instead, she remained silent, thunderstruck by the enormous diamond on her finger: it was blindingly ostentatious - a single emerald-cut solitaire - just what a future studio producer’s wife would wear.



Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre. Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories. Stop by Marie’s website: http://www.marieastor.com/ to sign up for book releases and events.

Marie can also be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection
and Twitter: @marieastor.

Books by Marie Astor:

On the Rim of Love – a contemporary romance about unexpected love. (MORE INFO)

Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship. (MORE INFO)

A Chance Encounter and Other Stories – a short story collection about love and everyday life. (MORE INFO)


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5 Responses so far.

  1. Thank you for hosting Marie today.

  2. Your story sounds so realistic. I have known someone like this. Well, maybe not quite the same, but similar.

  3. Such a great book. I have a friend that reminds me of Maggie...

  4. Hi Jane and Jessica - thank you for your wonderful comments! I'm thrilled to hear that the characters resonate with you.


  5. Hi Claire - thank you for hosting me today!
    It's such a pleasure being your guest!


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