Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog stop with Courtney Giardina author of Tear Stained Beaches

I am so happy to have Courtney here today! She's the author of Tear Stained Beaches, a book about being able to forgive and move on. This book will hit your heart with laughter and tears.

Haylie Julian wants nothing more than to put her crumbling marriage back together. Chase used to be a fun-loving, light-hearted husband who has lately become an overworked attorney obsessed with climbing the corporate ladder. It isn’t long before Haylie starts waking up next to a man she barely knows. His secretive phone calls and late nights at the office leave her feeling alone and afraid of what he might be hiding. Ignoring his continuous pleas to just leave well enough alone, she continues to dig for answers…and discovers a heartbreaking truth. Struggling with what she has just learned, Haylie sets off to a quaint little North Carolina beach town to decide if her marriage can survive. It isn’t long after she arrives that her world is once again turned upside down, as Chase’s secret stares her right in the face. Tear Stained Beaches explores what happens when a marriage isn't the "happily ever after" you thought it was. Can trust be rebuilt? Can a wife forgive the ultimate betrayal?


Today we're going to talk about the Dos and Don'ts of a relationship with Courtney!


The dating world can be complicated. Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right in a sea of Wrongs is irritating and sometimes can make us give up on love all together. Now I don’t claim to be an expert by any means when it comes to love and commitment and making it work, but here are a few of my secrets for relationship Dos and Don’ts that will hopefully lead you in the direction of finally finding happiness.

Ladies: Don’t ask a guy a question you don’t want to hear the answer to. Like, does my butt look fat in those jeans. Because you know that if he says yes you aren’t going to appreciate his honesty. So lets just avoid the awkwardness altogether and leave those questions to your girlfriends.

Guys: Don’t express your inner most feelings via text message. If you want to pour your heart out to someone, do pick up the phone or better yet, sit down face to face and talk to them about it. If you can’t do this, than what it really means is you’re not ready to be in a serious relationship.

Ladies: You know how sometimes you fawn over Christian Grey, Ryan Gossling or Matthew McConoughey? Well then you have to give your man the same courtesy and let him drool over Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis or Adriana Lima. Don’t get mad at them for noticing a beautiful woman when when you know you’re guilty of the same thing. As a good friend once said to me, just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t look at the menu. As long as their coming home to you at night, a little appreciation of the opposite sex won’t hurt anyone.

Guys: Don’t avoid the “what are we” talk. Yes, we know it’s awkward. It is even for us too. But in all honesty it needs to be had. If you’re four months in and neither of you know where you stand, there’s something wrong with that.

Ladies: Lets face it, sports will always be a huge part of your man’s life. It’s something that needs to be accepted from the get go. Sometimes you’re going to have to schedule dinner dates and love fests around the Superbowl, World Series or the Stanley Cup. Do let your man enjoy his games. He needs his freedom and his boys every now and then. And you will certainly earn bonus points for being the cool girl.

Guys: If you ever have to break a date, don’t lie about the reason. Just be honest, she’ll appreciate you more for it. Value her enough to tell her the truth. Do make sure it’s a good excuse, because I guarantee you she’ll find out eventually.

For the both of us: If you’re just not that into them, do be real and upfront about it. There’s nothing worse than being led on. It all hurts more in the end and really it’s just time wasted when you both could have been looking for the right person.

For both of us: If you say you’re going to do something, dofollow through on your word because let me tell you, your word is all you have. And if you can’t stand by it and can’t be trusted with it, relationships are never going to work.


About Courtney

Courtney Giardina was born and raised just outside ofRochester,NY where she jumped and tumbled her way through school as a gymnast and cheerleader. She credits cheering under the lights on Friday nights as the reason for her love of football. Realizing that becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader was probably not a realistic ambition, Courtney decided to take her creative talents down a different route. In May 2012 she traded cold, snowy winters for extremely humid summers in Charlotte, North Carolina and worked early mornings and late nights on top of a full-time job to create Tear Stained Beaches. When she’s not in the midst of writing songs, poems or debut novels, Courtney enjoys being in front of the camera as an actress, running 5Ks and singing loudly to country music in her Jeep. In her world, everywhere is a stage.


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