Posted by Ing on 23 August, 2011 // ★★ 17 Comments ★★

Good morning peeps!  I have debut author Brooke Moss with Entangled Publishing stopping by this morning to talk books that have inspired her. Her debut novel The “What If” Guy released at the beginning of August and is definitely a must read. The book kept me up all night laughing, crying and involved with the characters from beginning to end. It’s a must read for those that love novels set in small towns, small town antics, second chances, sweet romance and characters that are memorable. Anyway enjoy Brooke’s post and be sure to enter for a chance at a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and I. I’m going to also give a copy away because I really enjoyed this book.
Books for Inspiration
By Brooke Moss 

for having me on As The Pages Turn today; I am so excited to be here! 
Every author starts somewhere, and
the starting point of my career was when I started reading romance novels. It
all started when my mother, who was a librarian in the library located across
the street from our house in the tiny town we grew up in, brought home a copy
of Home Song by Lavyrle Spencer.
I’d been hoping for a copy of the
latest Sweet Valley High, but
accepted the book by Ms. Spencer begrudgingly. As I read it, a whole new world
was opened up to me. The world of romance novels. I laughed, I cried, I sighed,
I blushed…and when I got my HEA (Happily Ever After) in the end, I was left
completely satisfied. I knew that I wanted to not only continue reading
romance, but that I wanted to write romance someday as well.
Even some five…ten…okay, twenty years later; I am still a loyal
romance reader. I not only consider the romance novels I read to be great
entertainment, but they also act as inspiration for my own career. They best
way to keep up on the ever-changing trends in the genre, is to read read read.
time I pick up a book and sit down to read for a few minutes, I am also feeding
my imagination. Think of it this way, an author’s brain needs nourishment, and
the only way to provide it is by reading. Sometimes the plight of a secondary
character can lead me to my next story idea, or sometimes something as simple
as something a character says can spark my thought process. I am often inspired
to start a new story when I pay close attention to what isn’t necessarily being resolved in the book I am currently
of the books I have been most inspired by have been written by my personal
hero, Kristan Higgins. She writes hilarious, character-driven novels that had
broad casts of characters, who all have their own lives, quirks, and burdens to
bear. I find myself caring every bit as much for her secondary characters as I
do for the hero and heroines in Kristan Higgin’s books. It makes me want to
explore those untold stories. That is an excellent source of inspiration.
before I became published myself, an author I admired told me that the single
most important thing aspiring and established authors should do is read.
Continue to read. Continue to get lost in a book, if even for a few minutes.
There is nothing in this world that will broaden your mind and tone your
imagination better than reading the work of a fellow writer. Use their stories
to inspire you, to prompt your next book, and to continue to perfect your own
writing skills.
name is Brooke Moss, and my debut novel, The
What If Guy
, is available from Entangled Publishing. It is the story of
single mom, Autumn Cole, as she returns to her small hometown to reluctantly
reclaim her role as daughter of the town drunk. Things become even more
complicated when she discovers that her son’s history teacher is none other
than, Henry Tobler, the college sweetheart she never stopped loving.
The What If Guy is available from Barnes &, Amazon, Diesel Books, Books On Board, and at your local bookseller.
I look forward to sharing my book with each of you, and hope you’ll grab a
copy, and then let me know what you think!
me elsewhere on the web, at my websiteblogTwitterGoodreads, and Facebook.


Brooke Moss

Cover Blurb:

What would you do if your “what if” guy showed up at the lowest point of
your life?

(Autumn Cole clocked hers with an encyclopedia.)

After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father
has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her
tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back

Her disgruntled twelve‐year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to
hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of
the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades
in the making.

Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more
than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what
if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?

Now on to the giveaway rules and details below. Two lucky readers of the blog will have a chance to win an ebook copy of this book. One copy will be provided by Entangled Publishing and the other copy will be provided by me. 


  • Open to US and International residents
  • You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address 
  • You MUST answer this questions: Do you have a What If guy? If you do or don’t would you jump at the chance to be with this person if you ran into them?
  • Giveaway ends Sept 2nd


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  1. I don’t have a ‘what if’ guy so I wouldn’t know what I’d do if I ran into him on the street (if I did have one).

    Really like the premise of this book, would love to read it!


  2. I would love to win a copy of The What If Guy! I read the kindle sample and I was immediately sucked in to the story. Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Congrad on the What IF Guy love the sounds of it.. 😉 My what If guy is married,, maybe once upon a time it may have all been differnt but we are both married and moved on 😉
    cant wait to read your book and best of luck with it


  4. I have been married over 30 years to my high school sweetheart so there really isn’t a “what if” guy. But if there was, I like to think I would give hime a second chance. This looks like a great story and I can’t wait to give it a try.
    jlkg102961 AT yahoo DOT com

  5. This books sounds great. I do have a what if guy. I am married now but if I wasn’t and ran into him I think I would see what happend between us.

  6. I loved Brooke’s novel and has been singing its praise 😀 Please don’t enter me as I already have a copy, just wanted to share the love ;-p

    Great post Brooke and congrats again! 🙂

  7. Thanks for your comments, everyone! I agree with Tiffany…we all wonder what could have been. Sometimes it could have been great, other times…not so much. 🙂

    I sure hope you all grab a copy of The What If Guy, and let me know what you think! Thanks for all of your support!

    –Brooke Moss

  8. I do have a what-if guy, but I am happily married now so that’s all he is. Almost everyone wonders at some point in their lives what their life would be like if they had taken the other road.


  9. To be honest, I married the first guy I fell in love with, so I actually don’t have a “what if” guy. However, if I did, I’d don’t know if I’d want a second chance with him. I think it would depend on the reason why we broke up in the first place. I love these kinds of romances though. Best wishes on your book.

    jen at delux dot com

  10. Congrats on the release. loved the excerpt. this is a new author for me and am always looking for new authors and books to read. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    To answer the question: I think everyone has that person from their past that they wonder about. I do, and I was young and stupid and did not think we were exclusive to each other. I made the mistake of going out and being with someone else. Of course this was over 16 years ago and have seen the guy since in passing and he is still as gorgeous as ever. I don’t think I would go back to that because if I had to change my past, I would still want my kids just as they are. My kids are my world.

  11. Congratulations to Brooke on her first release “The What If Guy” looks great. I do have a “What If Guy” in my past and sometimes I do wonder about what he’s doing and if I had an opportunity to see him again…yeah…I think I would give him a second chance…it certainly couldn’t hurt and would maybe answer my unanswered questions…Thanks for the giveaway!


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