Friday, August 15, 2014

Blind Stitches by J.B. Chicoine Giveaway! (Open internationally!)

Blind Stitches
J.B. Chicoine

Nikolai Solvay has been dreading his sister’s wedding, but when his father dies unexpectedly two weeks beforehand, his return to New Hampshire promises to rake up his worst nightmares.

Meanwhile, talented young seamstress Juliet Glitch has been putting the finishing touches on the wedding dress. Mother of the bride—former prima ballerina and Russian expatriate—asks Juliet if she would hem her blind son Nikolai’s trousers for the funeral... and the wedding.

When Juliet meets Nikolai, he draws her into the whirlwind of his unraveling family that makes her own quirky domestic situation seem normal. Confronted with the Solvay’s delusions and narcissism, Juliet must decide if her developing relationship with Nikolai is worth the turmoil as she deals with her own unreconciled past.

Either way, Nikolai cannot stave off the repressed memories surrounding his mother’s defection from the Soviet Union twenty years earlier. Against the backdrop of autumn 1989, during the Glasnost era, Nikolai’s family secrets crash alongside the crumbling Berlin Wall.

About the Author

I sign my paintings "JBChicoine" but otherwise I’m known as Bridget Chicoine.

I was raised in a family of seven children in Amityville, Long Island, New York during the 60’s and 70’s. Aside from basic art classes in high school, I'm a self-taught artist. I received my first set of ‘real watercolors’ from my father for graduation, and thereafter briefly attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. However, by the early 80’s I had begun raising a family and pursued art only intermittently at first, but as my results improved (and my time freed up), so did the frequency of my painting. My remarriage in 1990 to my husband Todd, also an artist, gave the most impetus to my desire and ability.

As far as my writing, I've been coming up with characters and stories since I was a child. I started writing seriously in 2006 and undertook educating myself on improving my craft and about the publishing industry. Working on my painting simultaneously with my writing, one creative outlet stimulates the other. Much of my inspiration comes from having lived near the ocean and in New Hampshire's Sunapee Lakes Region.

Currently, I live in Michigan with my husband, working on various projects.


Books à la Mode is giving away
 two copies of Blind Stitches—one print and one digital—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:

What would your dream wedding dress look like? Describe it or show me a picture! Even if you're already married, no harm in doing a little "wedding dress shopping" ;)

Also, please indicate what country you live in, so I know who is eligible for what prize.
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Bridget and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the publicist and author—a huge thank you to Paula Margulies Communications and J.B. Chicoine!
Giveaway ends August 29th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open internationally—that means anyone in the world can enter! Yay! However, the print copy is limited to US and Canadian residents only. Everyone else may only enter for the digital copy.
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!