Thursday, June 30, 2022

Excerpt Tour: Return to Wylder by Maria Imbalzano


Return to Wylder

by Maria Imbalzano


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



The untimely death of EJ Hampton’s father kills her dream of practicing law with him in her hometown of Wylder. Heartbroken, she now has two weeks to organize the practice for sale. When she meets her father’s millionaire client Dylan Addison, he is demanding and entitled—yet his charisma captivates her.

Dylan is under pressure to renovate the Wylder Hotel before his father pulls the plug on his project. He needs EJ’s expertise, but she is bent on returning to her life in San Francisco despite the fireworks between them.

EJ walks a tightrope trying to balance Dylan’s needs against her own, but doing so is far more complicated when emotions get in the way.


EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):

“Would you have come back to work with your dad this year if he had lived?”

She dabbed at her mouth with her napkin. “When he died in March, that vision died with him. I don’t want to speculate about what I would have done, because it doesn’t matter anymore. Now I’ll probably stay in San Francisco indefinitely and do my thing.”

“You don’t want to eventually take over the firm?” A sudden chill breezed through my veins at the possibility I might never see her again after these few weeks.

A frown creased her brow. “Probably not. Why?”

She was right to ask that question. Why would I care whether she returned to her hometown? Unless I was selfish enough to want her legal skills involved in representing me. Or if I was interested in pursuing something with her. But I couldn’t go there. I’d met her only yesterday. Yet something about her pulled me in, forming a connection. She was a warrior and a peacemaker at the same time—taking charge and pushing back at my demands while smoothing my feathers, refusing to get ruffled herself. She used tact and humor to control me. No one had ever accused me of being demanding and unapproachable. At least not to my face. But with her I was able to laugh while being castigated.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Maria Imbalzano is an award-winning contemporary author who writes about strong, independent women and the men who fall in love with them. She recently retired from the practice of law, but legal issues have a way of showing up in many of her novels. When not writing, she loves to travel both abroad and in the states.  Maria lives in central New Jersey with her husband--not far from her two daughters and granddaughters. For more information about her books, please visit her website at where you can also sign up for her newsletter.

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Maria Imbalzano will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. This sounds like a great story.

    1. Hi Sherry: Happy 4th. I'm about to head out and enjoy the day. I hope you are too. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. A gorgeous cover and I loved the synopsis and excerpt, Return to Wylder is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

    1. Hi Bea: I'm so late in replying. It was my mom's 95th birthday yesterday and there was much to do in preparing. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you like the book.


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