Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Spotlight + Giveaway ~ Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold #11) by Susan Mallery

Finding Our Tribe
By Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans. 

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

Watch this video in which Susan chats about Felicia of TWO OF A KIND
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes readers back to Fool's Gold, where a one-time fling could become the real thing...

Felicia Swift never dreamed she'd hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool's Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away...on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool's Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm's length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men...and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn't the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.
I think that deep down, everyone wants to belong. It’s hard-wired into our DNA. When we’re alone, truly alone, we feel lost, adrift. We need to know that someone cares about us. We need to care about others, to be connected to the world around us in some way. We need to be part of a tribe. 

Almost all of us do it, all our lives. We either join a community or we form one. We have our families, our friends, our clubs, our churches and schools. We’re brought together by blood or shared interest or just a snarky sense of humor. We meet a like-minded soul, and we know immediately, we belong to the same tribe. 

Have you ever become instant friends with someone just because she reads romance? Me, too! That’s what I’m talking about. We’re all part of the romance-reading tribe. We bond over our belief in happy endings. 

Intellectually, Felicia Swift, heroine of TWO OF A KIND, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, understands that she needs a tribe. And emotionally, she feels it. Deeply. But she doesn’t know how to get there. She’s one of the smartest people in the world, but her intelligence seems to push people away. Even her parents. They gave her up when she was four, intimidated by her freakish smarts. (It didn’t help that she built a bomb.) They allowed Felicia to be raised on a university campus, where she was fed, clothed, challenged, educated… but never loved. 

Felicia has moved to Fool’s Gold, typical small-town America, to learn how to interact with normal people so she can become one of them. She longs to fit in. She served as a logistics expert in the Army for years, and found a community there, but it was a life she was in almost by default. What she truly yearns for is to find her tribe, to fall in love, to have a family. 

Men tend to be more solitary than women, but underneath, they need a tribe, too. Even if their tribe consists of just one or two other people. Gideon Boylan doesn’t think so. When he was a prisoner of war, he watched his buddies break, one by one, weakened by the families they loved back home. Gideon was the only survivor because, as he saw it, he had no one to miss. 

Felicia thinks there’s safety in numbers, and Gideon feels that safety lies in the number one. Bet you can guess who turns out to be right!
Enter the TWO OF A KIND blog tour contest once a day every day from June 25 through July 7 for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card! And because this blog was set up by Fool’s Gold Cheerleader Allyson Brann, if you win, she’ll win a gift card, too!

Click here to enter: http://www.susanmallery.com/contentpage.php?id=0016

What shared interests or hobbies helps you make close friends?


  1. Group interests or hobbies will help you make friends. The more the marrier.

  2. I love the name of the town and the setup. It seems like an intriguing book to read. Just my cup of tea.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Debby! I hope you'll visit Fool's Gold soon.

  3. Reading is one of the ways I connect with friends. Also talking about travels, restaurants and family.
    Love the Fool's Gold series! 50% done reading Three Little Words which I'm reading for a review and I think this may be my favorite book of the series so far which is saying a lot!

  4. knitting for charities keeps me with others who have the same interests. Reading is another way to be and stay connected with friends.


  5. Being a Girl Scout leader has helped introduce me to a lot of new people and friends. I love this book and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

    1. Oh, Lesley, you're going to love seeing Fool's Gold's version of Girl Scouts next year. You're going to laugh!

  6. I love showing horses and meet many new people while showing. My best friend and I both share the love of reading and horses.

  7. The love of family is what first draws us together most the time. As we share ideas and show pictures a bond is formed.
    I loved reading TWO OF A KIND. 5 stars all the way.

    1. Thank you, Brenda! I'm so glad you enjoyed TWO OF A KIND!

  8. I loved TWO OF A KIND. But then I love all of Susan's books, to date. Something about the feeling Susan can evoke with just a few words draws me in every-time!


  9. Love the dialogue that Susan Mallery created for Felicia. The technical, textbook conversations that she had with the other characters were hilarious! Gideon and Felicia were perfect for each other!

  10. I love love love Felicia! She is so honest and inherently kind! It was a joy to follow her as she tried to figure our social cues and fall in love with Gideon! Susan Mallery did it again! Fantastic books! I highly recommend!!!!!!!!!

  11. I love going home to Fools Gold and now that the towns warmth has ensnared Gideon and Felicia there will be more loving going one than people want to know. OMG and Denise is a riot in this book she takes loving wife to a whole new level.

  12. I love Fool's Gold. Felicia is so funny. In Just One Kiss, I was so curious of her, but in Two of a Kind, I knew I liked her. I knew she would be a good friend of my.