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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book our for Chance for Rain by Tricia Downing. The chick lit romance is available no...


Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book our for Chance for Rain by Tricia Downing. The chick lit romance is available now from Front Street Press. 

Tricia Downing will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.




Chance for Rain
by Tricia Downing


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GENRE:   Chick Lit/Romance


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BLURB:

Elite athlete Rainey Abbott is an intense competitor on the outside, but inside, she feels a daunting apprehension about her chances of finding true love. Her life as a downhill skier and race car driver keeps her on the edge, but her love life is stuck in neutral. A tragedy from her past has left her feeling insecure and unlovable. 

Now that she’s in her thirties, Rainey’s best friend Natalie insists she take a leap and try online dating. Rainey connects with brian85 and becomes cautiously hopeful as a natural attraction grows between them. Fearful a face to face meeting could ruin the magic, Rainey enlists Natalie to scheme up an encounter between the two where Brian is unaware he is meeting his online mystery woman. Rainey is left feeling both guilty about the deception and disappointed by something Brian says. 

When they finally meet in earnest, Rainey’s insecurities threaten to derail the blossoming romance. As she struggles with self-acceptance, she reveals the risks we all must take to have a chance for love.

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EXCERPT:

“Sometimes going shopping is work,” Natalie announces as we head back to her house after a morning at the mall. “You can’t be creative when you’ve been jammed up in an office for five hours. You have to get out for new ideas to come to you.”

“I love how you can rationalize almost any of life’s indulgences,” I say. Nat turns and winks 
in response to my playful smirk. 

“Life is too short to deny yourself all self-indulgent behavior.” The words hang in the air slightly, as we both know it was an off-handed comment, but our minds go immediately back to the event that reinforces her words.

“Yes, life is short.” I say this in a way that reassures her that her comment was taken in the spirit it was said, rather than meant to dredge up bad memories. Though I can’t help but elaborate on the subject. “Do you realize I’m only six years shy of my mom’s age at the time of the accident?”

“Yep,” Nat answers a bit too quickly. “I do. And I also realize something else. Your mom was thirty-eight, married to the love of her life and had two charming young girls.” I quickly realize I have given her the perfect segue into a lecture that has been constructed, rehearsed, and delivered to me many times in many different iterations over the past ten years. Now, as if she is attempting an intervention while we drive down Colorado Boulevard, Natalie blurts out, “Rainey, it’s about time we found you a man.”

“Why? Are you getting tired of hanging out with me?”

“It’s not that,” she says. “It’s just. That. It’s time,” the words spit out of her mouth. It’s obvious she wants to punctuate her points. “You can’t keep running away from it. You’re an incredible catch—beautiful and charming to be around. Athletic. Everything most girls would die to be.”

I know she is keenly aware of my resistance, but I get the feeling she isn’t going to fall for it today. But I also can’t ignore my feelings or my truth.

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AUTHOR Interview:



Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it?

My cover was designed by Victoria Wolf at redwolf maketing (redwolfmarketing.net). She is awesome, easy to work with and lives in Denver, where I am based. I gave her very few guidelines to constrain her; simply that I had written a love story and I wanted that to be conveyed in the cover, but also wanted something eye catching and beautiful. She gave me about 13 different designs, I narrowed those to four and then I surveyed my friends on Facebook and the cover I chose was the fan favorite. 

Who is your favorite character from your book and why? 
My favorite character is Natalie, Rainey’s (main character) best friend. She was so fun to write. I pulled her character from a couple of my own close friends as I imagined her as being outgoing, gregarious and quick to come up with a devious, yet ingenious plan. 

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
My favorite women’s fiction author is Emily Giffith. I feel we have a similar writing style and areas of interest when it comes to writing. I believe both our characters face real life issues and dilemmas, written in a relatable way and the stories show how the characters discover their vulnerabilities, short comings and strengths and address their situations in a true-to-life and heartfelt manner.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 
I am a Paralympic athlete and competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. I am currently training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. I am a competitive target sports (shooting) athlete. I also enjoy riding my handcycle, swimming and competing in triathlons. 

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? 
I can be contacted via my website: triciadowning.com. I am also in the process of building a blog at braveenough2be.com. Additionally, I can be found @RedefiningAble on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

My goal for this part of my writing career is to showcase characters with disabilities:
In my life as a Paralympic athlete, I have the opportunity to know handfuls of others with disabilities and have learned about so many walks of life, how different disabilities make for interesting and creative stories and I look forward to introducing these characters to mainstream fiction. And because I am a fan of love stories, I’m sure that romance and happy endings will always be involved. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? 
I love receiving reviews I can post to social media, or engagement on the posts I create. I want to hear from readers and am accessible via email or social media. And don’t forget, Christmas is just around the corner, so don’t forget to buy a copy for your favorite book worm. 

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
I think the most important thing about writing, or any major endeavor, is to be clear on why you are doing it. As I have exposed myself to the world of writing and publishing, I have learned that it is an extremely demanding career, and difficult to make a living doing it. With that said, I am happy that for me, writing is a hobby, rather than my job. It gives me the opportunity to do it for the joy and creativity of it, without having to feel like I have to write a certain amount every day or be paid a certain amount to feel successful. Chance for Rain is a self-published book (as opposed to being “traditionally” published) which is something I think in the past has been disparaged, but I like that there are no restrictions with how I choose to market, no demands on sales and I receive the profits from each book sale. With that said, marketing is not easy and authors need to build a platform. I have used my exposure as a motivational speaker and athlete to sell my book, but it is still a difficult road because there are so many great books, authors and platforms out there, that it is difficult to cut through all the noise and get noticed. But when I return to my “why” of writing, it’s for the escape and accomplishment, so I don’t get hung up on sales, but give myself a small pat on the back whenever I get a good review, widespread exposure or simply a compliment. It makes it all worth it!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Paralympian, Speaker, Author, Disability Advocate

On September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing went from being a competitive cyclist to a paraplegic requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Her life was changed forever, but Tricia’s competitive spirit and zest for life continued on. Making the transition from able-bodied cyclist to an athlete with a disability, Tricia has completed over 100 races, including marathons and triathlons, since her accident. She was the first female paraplegic to complete an Ironman triathlon and qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship twice. Additionally, she was a member of Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tricia’s professional life has been immersed in sports as she earned a master’s degree in Sport Management in 1995 and worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. She was the press officer for the USA Table Tennis team at the 1996 Olympic Games.

She has received many sports accolades, including the USA Triathlon Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year (2003), Sportswomen of Colorado—Inspiration (’03), Triathlon (’05), Hall of Fame (’12) Awards, the 2006 Most Inspirational Athlete from the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the 2008 Courage Award from the Tempe Sports Authority.

As a community leader and disability advocate, she was a member of the 2013 class of the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. She also received the 2019 Inspiration Award from Craig Hospital for outstanding community contribution from a Craig Hospital “graduate.” (Craig is a world-renowned spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital) Tricia has truly excelled despite her life-altering injury.

In addition to her sports pursuits, Tricia has taken an active leadership role in her community as a peer mentor to others experiencing spinal cord injuries, she founded Camp Discovery (and subsequently The Cycle of Hope non-profit) dedicating 10 years to helping female wheelchair users gain confidence and self-esteem through a yearly sports and fitness retreat. Additionally, she serves on the board of USA Shooting, which is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of shooting.

Tricia published her memoir: Cycle of Hope—A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility in June 2010, with the second edition released in January 2017. In August of 2018, she published her first fiction novel Chance for Rain.

Website: https://triciadowning.com/



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GIVEAWAY:

Tricia Downing will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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12 comments

  1. Did you help design the cover of the book?

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  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

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  3. Wow your life is such an inspiration! I love the cover too. It looks like a crown

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  4. I love the cover. This sounds like a great read

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  5. What's your greatest accomplishment to date?

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  6. Wow, Ms. Downing, you are so amazing in so many ways! Writing a book is something I have always wanted to do. I love your realistic advice for would be writers. Chance For Rain sounds so interesting. I love the plot about online dating, and the mysterious past of the main character.

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  7. Who came up with the cover design and how long did it take to decide it was the one.

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  8. The book sounds great! Tricia you are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your book and your amazing story!

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