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Friday, May 18, 2018

Need You by Stacy Finz - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

The Garner brothers are well known in Glory Junction. The family owns an outdoor adventure business that organizes extreme-sport activities, excursions and tours. Colt regularly works for the family business, but he's also the local police chief. He likes a challenge and adventure is his middle name. Colt enjoys spending time with people who feel the same way. That's why his neighbor Delaney Scott irritates him. She's a fashion designer living in a flashy house and she constantly parks her car in his desired spot on their shared driveway. Their contact consists of arguments about their cars and nothing more.

Delaney's ex came a lot better out of their divorce than Delaney. He now owns her name and the larger and most successful part of their business. Delaney has to come up with a plan to make a new start, but designing proves to be difficult now that she's living in Glory Junction. She has no inspiration and is frustrated because she can't come up with anything new. On top of that she also has issues with Colt about their shared parking space. They regularly run into each other, so they should quickly come up with a solution. While talking to one another it becomes clear they like each other very much, but Delaney isn't in Glory Junction to stay and they've both had their hearts broken. Will they find comfort with each other and maybe even more?

Need You is a wonderful romantic story. Colt is a busy man. He works for the police department and the family business and he also plays music when he has any time left. He's a kind man and hardly ever says no. Delaney is a talented woman, but her creativity is in a slump because of everything she's going through with her ex-husband. They both need time to heal and get over their heartache. Their sizzling chemistry is the exact right way to do that and I loved their fabulous connection. There's an instant attraction, but they have many obstacles in their way and I couldn't wait to find out where that would lead. I read Need You in one sitting and was completely enchanted by the story.

Stacy Finz has a lovely heartwarming writing style. I loved how she makes her setting come to life, Glory Junction is a gorgeous town with interesting inhabitants. There are plenty of vivid descriptions of the surroundings, the businesses and the local politics and I was fascinated by each of them. I like it a lot when a setting is so amazing and vibrant that I don't want to stop reading about it and really enjoyed Need You. It's a charming, fun and sweet story that put a big smile on my face.


If you love small town romance Need You is an absolute must-read.

About Stacy Finz

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

Some personal facts

I only like corn when it’s still on the cob. Won’t eat it otherwise.

When I was 12, my family moved to a small almond farm in Northern California. My sister, brother and I had to ride the whole way from Southern California in the back of a truck with at least eleven goats. If that wasn’t insulting enough, our parents failed to tell us that our new home didn’t have indoor plumbing. That’s right, an outhouse!

My first paying newspaper job was at the Back Country Trader. When I quit, I left a not-so-nice note that contained the “F” word and tried to beat a hasty retreat. But my car wouldn’t start and I had to go back inside to use the phone. Awkward.

I won $200 on a penny slot machine in Reno.

When I lived in Quentin Tarantino’s old apartment in West Hollywood, George Clooney once parked in my space. This is not a lie.

I own fifteen pairs of cowboy boots.

Currently, I don’t have any pets.

I sort of have road-rage issues.


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All About Me
Guest post by Stacy Finz

Thank you for having me on With Love for Books. This is my first time on the site and I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m an identity thief. I admit it. I steal annoying personality traits, bad habits and funny eccentricities from my friends, family members, even strangers and give them to my fictional characters. Sometimes it gets me into trouble, especially when the characteristic is easily identifiable, like my mother’s propensity to start every sentence with “This is interesting,” even when it’s not (luckily, she won’t be reading this because she’s not a fan of “the Internets”).

But most of the time people don’t recognize themselves at all—seriously, you didn’t know the Yiddish-cursing cookbook agent was you?—which probably has kept me from losing a lot of friends. A writer pal of mine was not so fortunate. Then again, she wrote a tell-all.

Of course, there are people who actually want me to use them in one of my books. I’ll be at a party and someone will say something he thinks is amazingly pithy, nudge me in the shoulder and announce, “You can use that.” I have to quickly turn my head before he sees me rolling my eyes. For two of my novels, I have borrowed the phrases-- “His ambition is pornographic” and “She’s a bottomless pit of need”--from one of my best friends, Wendy Miller. Wendy’s a magazine editor who regularly drops little pearls like those. But before taking them and shamelessly passing them off as mine, I get explicit permission from her. That’s why we’re still friends.

In GOING HOME, my very first book (the Nugget Romance series), the townsfolk go nuts for an upside-down pear cake one of the characters makes. I stole the cake from my pal Amanda Gold as an inside joke. The cake is legendry in our circle of friends, the food and wine staff at the San Francisco Chronicle (here’s her recipe, which is not in the book, but I bequeath to you because I’m a giver). In exchange for her cake, I named the book’s character after her. People seem to be okay with me using their names, especially if it’s for a good character. I’ve used a couple of my friends’ names for villains, too. Those books haven’t been released yet, so they may not be my friends for much longer. Time will tell.

I stole my nieces’ dog’s name for a dog in one of my other Nugget novels. They’re too young to read my books, so we’re cool. And the character with the freakishly large butt? That’s uh … ha, ha, ha, as if I would tell.


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  1. Need You sounds like an enjoyable slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers romance full of the small town touches that I love.

  2. This book sounds like an enjoyable read.

  3. Great cover, and the storyline sounds fabulous!

  4. This sounds like a must read!📔

  5. Thanks so much for having me and featuring Need You. It's a beautiful site.

  6. Michelle FergusonMay 22, 2018 at 10:02 PM

    Looks like a great book and loved reading the fun facts about Stacy Finz

  7. Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. Looks a great read and love the whole "enemies to lovers" idea. The cover is great too.

  9. Sweet cover - love over the garden fence!

  10. I had a quite a few laughs at this guest post and that's always healthy right? At the moment I'm wondering just how many friends are no longer friends, lol.