Thursday, November 19, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Guest Post, and Giveaway for Inconceivable! by Tegan Wren

 I love the concept behind this book and am so excited to share a little taste of it with you all! Plus Tegan share a little about where she got the idea for the book and you can enter the giveaway to win a signed copy!

Tegan Wren
Releasing Nov 16th, 2015
Curiosity Quills Press


A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”


He leaned closer and sang softly. I recognized the opening lyrics to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” His singing voice was soulful and sexy, and something deep inside me responded, making my heart beat a little faster. 
He stopped and looked me in the eyes. “That song’s about someone who’s alone. But that’s not you. You’re too lovely to be lonely.” 
A nervous laugh escaped my lips. “Are you kidding? Aren’t we sitting in a sanctuary for the lonely?” 
“I don’t feel lonely right now.” 
“Me either.” I blew into my mug, then took a sip. “Have you had one of these?” 
“I don’t think so. What is it?” 
“It’s called a chocolate kiss. It’s peppermint schnapps and hot cocoa.” 
He reached over and picked up the steaming mug. His movement conveyed authority while his neat fingernails screamed uppity. They looked better than mine, damn it. After taking a long pull from the cup, he handed it back. Our fingers brushed together, sending a flash of heat through my body. 
“Thanks for sharing a kiss with me,” he said, reaching over and lifting my chin. 
Our eyes met, and I couldn’t tear myself away from his gaze. Yowza. Was he going to kiss me? Did I want him to? 
“You guys know each other?” 
I flinched at Plato’s words―I hadn’t seen him coming toward us―and pulled back. I sloshed a healthy dollop of my drink onto Farmer Joe’s pants. We both reached for the stack of napkins, but I got there first. 
“Sorry. Here, let me,” I sputtered, dabbing at the wet patch. 
I blotted along his pants, and my hand moved a little too close to the inside of his leg. A burning sensation rose up behind my ears. “Umm. I’ll just let you do it.” 
I dropped the wad of damp napkins onto his open palm. Glancing at his face, I saw a half smile. I closed my eyes and touched my forehead, gently rubbing the area above my eyebrows as I always did when embarrassment overwhelmed me. 


Guest Post

For me, it’s not difficult to come up with ideas for storiesI draw inspiration from the people I meet, the places I visit, and my own life experiences. In fact, it was my own experience with infertility that led me to write INCONCEIVABLE! My husband and I had been married for several years, were well established in our careers, and had a home with two empty bedrooms when we decided it was time to start trying to get pregnant. It was a very exciting time because we were in our mid-20’s and we knew it was just a matter of a couple of months. We were already talking about how to arrange our schedules after the baby arrived. But we’d clearly put the stroller before the baby. Because there was no baby. And we were getting very discouraged. 

We tried several fertility treatments, and after an in vitro fertilization cycle ended with a miscarriage, we decided to move on to adoption. We’d talked about adoption as a possibility during the years we struggled to get pregnant. Adopting our children required lots of patience, but we did eventually fill our hearts and home with three kiddos from three different countries. We love being a multicultural family.

Because we were open in discussing our infertility and adoptions, several people encouraged me to write a book about our experiences. It sounded like a great idea, and I tried to do it several times. But having worked as a journalist, it was very hard to write about myself. We learn early in our careers the importance of not putting ourselves in the story. So, it just wasn’t coming together. 

Around that same time, Prince William and Kate Middleton got married. It was an international media frenzy and I enjoyed watching the coverage. I remember thinking, “Boy, it sure would be awful if they couldn’t get pregnant.” That was the magical moment when I realized I could write a novel about a royal couple struggling with infertility. I’d use my own experiences to inform the manuscript, but I wouldn’t be writing directly about myself or my family. That’s how I got the idea to write INCONCEIVABLE! 

I hope people who read it will come away with more compassion for couples impacted by infertility. For those who read my book and are struggling to conceive, I want them to see that they’re not alone. Our stories deserve to be told in a variety of formats: memoirs, novels, in film, and elsewhere. This is my small contribution to getting more stories that accurately reflect the emotional and physical pain that comes from infertility and pregnancy loss.

One final word about my inspiration for the ending of INCONCEIVABLE! I believe that in fiction, as in life, the best happy endings are the unexpected ones. So that’s what I gave my characters, Hatty and John. I’m delighted that, so far, many readers have come away from the book highly appreciative of the ending. 

The best compliment Tegan Wren ever received came from her sixth grade teacher: “You always have a book in your hand!”

Guided by her love of the creative process, Tegan grew up acting in theatre productions and writing poetry, short stories, and plays. She turned her eye to writing about real life when she worked as a journalist, producing reports for various radio and television stations in medium and large markets in the Midwest and also filing some stories for a major national news network. Wren has both a Bachelor’s of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communications. After completing her graduate degree, Tegan had the opportunity to teach journalism courses at a major state university. She absolutely loved training the next generation of journalists.

Tegan’s thankful that she’s had the opportunity to travel overseas, and uses those adventures to inform her writing. She also draws inspiration from her own struggles, joys, and other life experiences. Tegan and her husband, Patrick, experienced infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption. Because she understands the financial stress of the infertility journey, Tegan is donating half the royalties from her book to Baby Quest Foundation. This charity awards grants to people all over the U.S. for fertility treatments. Tegan is thrilled to use her story to help other people find their happily ever after. 

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