#BookTour and #Giveaway: 34 Seconds, #Romance by @WriterStella

Welcome to the tour hub for the 34 Seconds Tour, a debut novel by Stella Samuel. Today, Stella has shared her top ten Ultimate romance songs, and an excerpt.


     To me, romance isn’t just about the bedroom. For me, it’s actually rarely about the bedroom. Romance happens in dim light, by a fire, on a beach, and near some sheets, but it also happens when loved ones are not together.
Share the Moon – Indigo Girls
   –who hasn’t been away from a loved one and known the only thing you can share is the moon?
Cheek to Cheek – there are lots of versions of this song, including a newer one,  but I love Ella Fitzgerald
Crazy For You – Adele
    – who doesn’t want someone to be crazy about them
Never, Never Gonna Give you Up  -Barry White
     – what romantic song list doesn’t include Barry White?.
All Yours – Beth Wood
    – This is such a sweet song, but speaks volumes
Peel Me a Grape – Diana Krall
    – Diana sings Jazz standards. Any time I hear her, I feel as if we should dim the lights and open a bottle of wine.
Let’s Just Kiss- Harry Connick, Jr.
    – His is another voice that will draw me in. He could sing the alphabet and I’d swoon.
North Dakota – Lyle Lovett
    – Who, besides me, ever thinks of Lyle Lovett and romance?
The Air that I Breathe – kd lang
      – If someone ever says all I need is the air that I breathe and to love you, take them and don’t let go
Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins
   –This is one that has hit home to me for years.4

Will’s voice continued from the stereo, “Please go, Nikki. Go live your life to the fullest. Love hard and fierce. Don’t fear. Talk it out with those you care for, and don’t let anyone into your life that cannot offer you something. In turn, don’t offer anyone something you cannot give, but don’t let time scare you into not living. Time is borrowed. Time is never certain as much as we think it might be. Time will not be controlled. Make choices that empower you. Never think about leaving this world wondering what may have been different if…”

His voice paused. I stared across I70 in the middle of Kansas, with a wet face, matted hair, tears and sweat running down my chest, wondering if I could do any of what he asked of me. I could forgive him. I had to. Could l walk around obstacles? Could I live and love fiercely without fear? I was so scared. In that moment, I was terrified.


Stella Samuel is a debut author who reads multiple genres.  Her first book, 34 Seconds, talks about the moments where life changes suddenly, and the choices we make in those moments where the people that hold parts of ourselves from the past meet.  A literate and lyrical view at love, life and fate, this story is both uplifting and satisfying.
Stella is a debut author who loves nothing more than connecting with fans on social media.  Her blog bio is:
Stella Samuel – Writer, Butterfly and Singer of Silly Songs. Smiles under sunshine but dances in warm rain. Silently wishes to winter in Phoenix.

Nikki and Will fell in love a lifetime ago in Deltaville, Virginia. Now living in Colorado with her family, Nikki is invited to attend Will’s wedding back in Virginia where she finds her past staring her in the face.
Will never wanted a wife, and he broke Nikki’s heart long ago. Nikki knew what she wanted: a strong, happy marriage and children, a future. She found those things when she married Chris, and she and Will managed to grow their friendship after heartbreak.

A year after the wedding, Nikki is faced with her painful past again. She soon discovers she must find the strength to help Will on his own personal journey. In thirty-four seconds, she sees him slip from her life forever. Watching Will cross over to his fate, her past collides with her present, and Nikki learns she’s never been in control of her own destiny. Her own journey back to her family in Colorado becomes one of self-discovery. With the help of Will’s voice to carry her across the country, Nikki must decide how she will move forward.

Buy 34 seconds here.


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Monday 5th October – Shaun Allan – Guest Post
Tuesday 6th October –  Rosa Storm – Top ten
Wednesday 7th October – Book in a Bag – Interview
Thursday 8th October – Room with Books – Interview
Friday 9th October – Kriss Morton – Guest Post/Excerpt
Saturday 10th October – Sherry Funidin – Top 10
Monday 12th October – Cathy Brockman – Top ten.

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