Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Title:  On the Rim of Love
Author:  Marie Astor
Source:  Goddess Fish Tours (author)
Available:  Now

To Buy: Amazon
Pages:  235
Rating:  PG13
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Okay..first off I was honored to have Marie Astor come by and answer a few burning questions about her newest book, but before we get to the fun of the's something special to win just for readers like you!

Who wouldn't want to hang that around their necks?  Well, Marie is awarding these prizes to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour!  (that means hit the comment button and tell us something you learned or like about the book or the author)  The jewelry was custom designed just for this tour (sterling silver aventurine necklace and sterling silver plum quartz necklace and earrings).  If you want more chance to win...visit Goddess Fish (or click the picture) and join the tour fun!  The more you read and comment...well..the better your chances!  
And's the answers to questions you are dying to know!
Tell us something about On the Rim of Love that didn't make the cut.
In the original outline, Maggie’s fiancé, Jeffrey had a much smaller role in the story, but as I worked on the novel, Jeffrey refused to leave, so I had to give him a bigger part.

I love how those pesky characters let their voices be known to authors!

Where do you usually do your writing?
I do my best writing at my desk at home – that’s where I am most focused, but I also love grabbing my laptop and heading to a park on a sunny day – I may be less productive sitting on a bench under a tree, but the sheer pleasure of the experience is worth it!

I people watching is always inspiring!

How much of this story is based on a true life love affair?  Curious minds want to know...
Sorry to disappoint – there’s no real-life love story behind On the Rim of Love, but I am a skier and I think that there is something very special about ski towns, which was how I got the inspiration to choose a ski town as the setting for On the Rim of Love.
What were your favorite Childhood books?
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis were my favorite books while growing up and are still among my favorites – there is just something magical about these books and I reread them every holiday season. I also loved The Pippi Longstocking series and Karlsson-on-the-Roof series by Astrid Lindgren.
Some of my favorite books as well!

Sweet or Salty Snacks?
Both! I love chocolate, but I also love peanut butter – peanut butter chocolates are my favorite treat.

What is your favorite form of social media?
I would have to go with Facebook – it’s incredible how it helps people to stay connected. I look forward to meeting you at my Facebook page:

Do you have anything in the works you would like to share?
I am currently reviewing the second draft of my next contemporary romance – it is a love story about letting go of one’s inhibitions, finding true love and learning to tango. The release date is scheduled for March of 2012. Stop by my website,, if you would like to sign up to the distribution list to receive updates on future book releases and events. 

Tango...I have 2 left feet, maybe I can get some tips!!

Anything you would like to add about your book? 

Thank you for inviting me to Good Family Reads and giving me the opportunity to talk about my latest contemporary romance, On the Rim of Love. With your permission, I’m including a blurb and a brief excerpt below:

About the Book:
Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer. Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart. A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.

“Why are you crying?” Taylor asked.“Because you have to leave.”“But I don’t have to go anywhere,” he whispered.“Yes, you have to,” she said, pointing down. He followed her glance, and saw his body, frail and weak, entangled by a myriad of machines, on a hospital bed. “I’m not going back there,” he protested, “I’m staying here, with you.”“But we can’t stay here. You have to get back before it’s too late.”“Sure we can, we can do anything we want. I’m right here, Maggie. Nothing will ever keep me away from you.” But she only shook her head.Suddenly, everything around them began to change. A monstrous shudder pierced the air, and the mountains around them began to crumble, disintegrating with lightning speed. The bright sun vanished behind the clouds, replaced by gray fog. Gusts of wind tore Maggie from Taylor’s embrace, widening the distance between them with every second. He reached for her, but his arms felt strangely heavy and constricted. Still, he fought on, trying to bid his body into submission, not understanding what had suddenly gone wrong – just a few moments ago, he was bursting with limitless strength, and now, his limbs were buckling underneath him, as though they were made of clay. I must get to her, Taylor thought, but with each move his body only seemed to get more unyielding until, finally, his legs fell from under him, and he collapsed on the ground.“Come back, Taylor – fight to come back,” the wind trailed Maggie’s voice.A moment later, she was gone.

My Take: 
Finding true love is never easy, especially when you think it is right in front of you.  This book shows us what true love looks like compared to just settling for.  I loved the location of the book, never having been skiing, I read with great envy of the wonderful picturesque setting Marie set before me. The characters were quite the mix, from the ones you almost have to hate, to those you can't help but love and those that make you want to slap and say 'wake up'.  It was a fun and quick read that will quickly take your mind off of your troubles and make you feel all warm and gooey inside (despite the fact the location is snow).  I enjoyed the writing and the story made me want to find other books by Marie (sorry to say I have not read anything else by her).  

This would be good for anyone who is looking for a true love story and loves to visit exotic locale!  

About the Auth
Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre. Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories. In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, a good skier, and a capable badminton player.
Currently, Marie is working on her next novel - stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website at: or visit Marie at her Facebook page:







  1. Such a cute interview. I would love to head to the park with my laptop but haven't done it yet. I was also a big fan of Pippi Longstocking.

    Great interview would love to add this to my reading list.

  2. I Couldn't live without chocolate. I loved the interview, and I love the story plot.

  3. Hi Jacque,

    Thank you very much for hosting me today and for sharing your insightful comments about On the Rim of Love!


  4. Hi Maria - thank you for your comment! I'm so glad to meet a fellow Pippi Longstocking fan - those are great books, and I still like to sneak a peak at them now and then :))

  5. Hi MomJane - thank you for your wonderful comment! Chocolate makes life so much sweeter, doesn't it?

  6. Welcome Marie! I wish you great success with your book!

  7. I love Pippi Longstocking, too! How funny. Thanks for making the rounds on this tour. I'm enjoying learning more about On the Rim of Love.