November 27, 2012

Rouge Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Rouge Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to check out the full blog tour schedule!

Rouge (Cheveux Roux, #1)
Genre: YA Light Historical/Theater Romance
Release Date: November 11, 2012
300 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect.

Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.

Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.

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First Kiss Love
By Leigh Talbert Moore

In my new book Rouge, the main character Hale’s best friend is Roland, who is the musical director at the theater where she secretly lives.

He’s five years older than her, but they grew up together. He was Hale’s first love, and when they were kids, he taught her how to French kiss.

It’s a fun scene, I’m sharing with you here:

“Look at me, Hale,” Roland said. My eyes flickered to his, and in the dim blue light, his pale skin and white teeth seemed to glow. “That was a terrible kiss.”
“Oh!” I jerked my chin away.
He laughed and caught me. “And I was going to say we can’t have our leading lady not knowing how to give a proper kiss.”
I stopped struggling and faced him. “You mean…?”
“I mean let me show you how.”
Nervous excitement filled my middle.
He slowly leaned forward, and I looked directly into his black eyes, anticipation flushing my cheeks.
“When you kiss someone,” he murmured. “It should be soft. Like you’re taking the slightest taste of something very sweet.”
With his thumb, he gently pulled my lower lip down and covered my mouth with his. His lips were warm and his breath whispered across my cheek. Everything seemed to stop except my heart, which beat painfully hard.
Then he lifted his head slightly. His eyes held mine as our noses lightly touched. I couldn’t breathe.
“This is the French way,” he whispered. He slid his hand to my cheek and pushed my lips apart with his. I felt his tongue enter my mouth and tasted the cool mints he always chewed to hide the cigarettes. His tongue moved softly against mine, and my knees melted.
I carefully stepped back.
“Well?” he smiled, stepping toward me. “Did you like it?”
I could barely breathe as I nodded yes.
“Now you try,” he said, crossing his arms and turning to the side. “I’ll be an unsuspecting suitor dying of love for you. Now go.”
My heart pounded, but I stepped forward and slipped my hands up to his cheeks. I gently pulled his face to mine, and our eyes locked. A thrill raced all the way to my toes. I closed my eyes and pressed my lips to his, urging his apart and tentatively sliding my tongue across the space.
He embraced me and kissed me back in a way that scorched my mouth. Heat filled my stomach, and for a split second, I thought I might faint.
Then he released me and smiled. “Perfect. That’ll keep the boys coming back for more.”

Thanks for having me here today! I hope you all enjoy Rouge~

About the Author:
Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a freelance editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a lover of YA and new adult romance (really any great love story), a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.

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Signed Print copies of Rouge for US readers, e-book copies for International readers.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Stephanie! I hope you like my book! Best~ :o) <3

    1. You are very welcome Leigh! I look forward to reading Rouge! :)

  2. This sounds different, thanks for sharing this one!