Blog Tour Guest Post, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Welcome to my tour stop for Tess in Boots! I really enjoyed this sweet contemporary romance and I love the way a pair of boots become something meaningful in this story. You can read my review here
The author, Courtney Rice Gager, is stopping by with a really fun post about, what else, boots! 
Check that out and all the other fun stuff below... 

Tess in BootsTess in Boots
by Courtney Rice Gager
Adult Romance
Paperback266 Pages
December 2nd 2014 by Anaiah Press


Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Top Ten Boots for Fall/Winter 2014
By Courtney Rice Gager

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Tressa! My new release, Tess in Boots, is about a pair of boots. Okay, it's not just about boots. It's also about facing your fears, taking risks, and falling in love. Still, the boots are key to the story. So today I thought we'd have some fun counting down to the release of Tess in Boots, which happens to fall right in the middle of one of my favorite times of the year - boots season. Without further ado, here are my picks for the top ten boots to suit your every mood this season.

10. Black quilted riding boots: the perfect choice when you need something practical but aren't willing to sacrifice style.

9. Suede stiletto booties: great for adding a fun and flirty twist to your outfit for a girls' night out.

8. Funky jewel-toned boots: wear these when you need a burst of creative inspiration, or just a good conversation starter. 

7. Black booties with a pop of leopard: if you have a long day at the office, these boots are guaranteed to take the "bored" out of board meeting. 
6. Printed wedge booties: rock these boots when you're feeling edgy, bold, and unafraid to stand out in the crowd. 

5. Riding boots with a trendy twist: an adorable option for your next outdoorsy adventure. 

4. Over the knee boots: when you can't make up your mind, these versatile boots look great dressed up or dressed down. 

3. Stacked block heel boots: a comfortable but cute choice for extra height without the hurt.

2. The un-boots: if the occasion is too dressy for boots, these pumps have a hooded heel so you don't have to give up that snuggly boot-like feeling.

1. Leather boot-sneaker combo: because the holidays are coming, and your man deserves a good pair of boots, too.

There we have it. Whatever boots you prefer, I hope you'll give Tess in Boots a read. It comes out on December 2nd, and I can't wait to finally share this story with the world!


     I heard the sound of tires on the wet road, and looked up in time to see another truck slowing down to avoid crashing into the cow. The truck pulled around the cow and stopped alongside where I stood on the side of the road. The driver rolled the window down, and when I saw his face, I wanted to cry.
     It was not my day.
     “You all right?”
     I crossed my arms. “I’m fine!”
     “Guess your GPS didn’t tell you to go around the cow, did it, Heels?”
     I turned away from him and pulled my phone out of my pocket.
     “What are you doing?” he asked.
     “I’m calling for roadside assistance.”
     “Good luck. Cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”
     I turned around and glared at him. “What?”
     “I said cell phones don’t work on this stretch of road.”
     “I heard you. That’s insane.”
     “Go ahead and try. Maybe you have some fancy magical cell phone.”
     I rolled my eyes and turned away again, attempting to place a call. He was right. Nothing.
     “Get in the truck, Heels.”
     I didn’t budge.
     “Come on, now. Get in.”
     I turned around to see him hop out of the truck, walk around to the passenger side, and open the door.
     There was no way I was getting in his truck.
     “You gonna make me stay out in the rain all night?” he asked.
     I put my hands on my hips.
     “You know,” he said, “it ain’t right for a cow to stand in the road like that. You ever heard of Mad Cow Disease?”
     I looked at the cow, then back at Thatcher, then back at the cow.
     Was he kidding? I couldn’t tell. What choice did I have anyway? I was soaking wet, freezing, and miles from the vineyard.
     I balled my hands into fists and took several strides toward the truck. “Fine. But I’m only coming with you because you look like an idiot standing out here in the pouring rain.” I got in the truck, and he shut the door behind me.
     “Well, so do you, Heels.”

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About the Author

Courtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

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  1. Lovely fall boots and good excerpt. <3

  2. Courtney Rice Gager11/27/14, 3:51 PM

    Thank you for having me and for sharing Tess in Boots with your readers!

  3. Courtney Rice Gager11/27/14, 3:52 PM

    Thank you for this great review!

  4. IT is unfortunately very cold where I am , in SC. It is about 25 degrees right now, and that is just not... okay! 80 sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your list of thanks with us! I had to do the same on my blog. Thanks for writing an amazing blog, and awesome reviews, and always being kind and friendly in your comments back. I hope you and your family had an awesomely Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Courtney! It was a great book!


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