Guest post: Fortune-telling or rather Second Guessing Fate? by Claire Robyns + Giveaway

Filed in Claire Robyns , Giveaways , Guest Post , The Latin Lover Posted on November 2, 2011 @ 6:00 am 11 comments

Today we are happy to welcome to Book Lovers Inc. Claire Robyns a globetrotter author like you don’t come across everyday! Claire grew up in South Africa, visited Zimbabwe, Mozambique and right now besides living in England loves to discover the sights of Europe! I bet she could tell us about her adventures. But today she is here with us to tell you more about her latest novel, Second-Guessing Fate, a light and funny contemporary romance recently released by Carina Press. So come join us in celebrating Claire’s new release and tell us about your take on fortune-tellers and psychics and you could win yourself a copy of her book! Please give Claire a warm welcome and now I’ll cede the blog to her.

Thanks to Book Lovers Inc. for having me over today. Second-Guessing Fate is a fun and flirty contemporary about a girl, a guy, best friends and fortunetellers.

Gemma’s just your everyday girl carrying a dream in one pocket and a healthy dollop of wariness in the other. She’s had her share of heartbreak (and then some) but who hasn’t? Right?
I don’t often get to write about what I know. I’ve never been chased across continents by a gorgeous hunk who can’t get over his love for me, I’ve never had a secret baby and the only multi-millionaire I’ve ever met was happily married with kids my age.My chance finally came with Second-Guessing Fate. Like my heroine, Gemma, I was dragged to a fortune-teller by an obsessed friend years and years ago. I thought to myself, “How bad can it be? At least I’ll have a good ol’ laugh.”And I did. But even now, almost 20 years on, I still recall those thirty minutes clearly. Ever since, whenever something happens that draws even a slight parallel with that’s woman’s predictions, I can’t help smiling and tingling and thinking back fondly on that day and…well, just wondering, what if…? And I realized how possible it might be for some silly predictions to grow on a person, warping every reasonable bit of sense in their bones until they’re acting madder than a mad hatter.

But then Gemma’s friend drags her off to Madame Hooch for a little fortune telling therapy. She’s a total skeptic about all that mumbo jumbo, but seriously! She hasn’t even met the guy yet and he’s going to dump her? That’s enough to make any girl mad enough to get even. In this case, it means tricking the gorgeous Nick into dumping her sooner rather than later. There’s a soul mate on the line if Madame Hooch is to be trusted. Unfortunately she’s up against Fate and things don’t go quite according to plan.


This book was so much fun to write and I hope it gives my readers a few smiles.

Meet Gemma, speaking about her ex-fiancée: “What was I supposed to do? Hold a grudge against the poor man because he changed his mind?” She’d done the next best thing. She’d put the Atlantic between herself and all that heartbreak.

Meet Nick: He was mature enough to admit that experience had stripped his ego, and man enough to make sure it never happened again. He could reconstruct his idea of a woman’s place in his life; reevaluate the balance of give-and-take. He could change. If he couldn’t find his sweet, understanding, feminist side, he’d damn well go out and borrow one.

You can chat with Claire Robyns on twitter at @ClaireRobyns or on Facebook at, and you can find out more about her books at


Claire has generously offered an ebook copy of Second-Guessing Fate to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment or question for Claire or answer this question:
Would you consider going to a fortune-teller/psychic? 
Or have you already been to one? 
Did anything they predicted come true? 
 (You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).
This giveaway is open worldwide!
Giveaway ends on 12 November and we will announce the winner on Sunday.
Good luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Karen C November 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Wow! Could we go get a cup of coffee (or a drink) and chat about your travels? You must have some wonderful memories.

    Second-Guessing Fate sounds like a fun read. It's always good to read something light once in a while!

    I've never been to a fortune teller/psychic but wouldn't mind going. It could be fun to hear what they predict.


  • Na November 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I have considered going to a fortune-teller or pshychic before and perhaps one day might. However, I would remain a skeptic unless their reading was specific and meaningful. Some things can be really vague and with a little stretching apply to any aspect of life. Plus it's easy to hear something and sort of fulfill it yourself (self-fulfilling propehcy). Though, I have always been fascinated by palm readings, tarot cards and the likes.


  • Tina C November 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I have been to a psychic and she was eerily accurate each time ive gone.. well actually one time she wasnt, she was in fact way off, but 2 outta the 3 times ive gone almost everything shes said would happen did so far!


  • Claire Robyns November 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the great intro, Stella, you made me sound far more exciting than I am 🙂

    Karen C, I blame all my travels on my hubbie. I didn't even own a passport until he came along, and it's been non-stop travel ever since. I've never been to Australia, though, that's still on my list.

  • Claire Robyns November 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Na, you are so right about the vague stuff that one can stretch into almost anything. I have a friend, though, who is so dedicated to this stuff, she goes once a month and records the session, which she then plays back every morning to…? keep her on track? lol, we've have so many colorful arguments about it.

    Tina C, sounds like you went to quite an authentic physic, sounds eerie

  • Anonymous November 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I've never been to a psychic or fortuneteller of any sort. I'm torn between thinking it's nonsense – or only fun to read about! – and thinking it might be interesting.

    I'm of one mind about Second Guessing Fate, though. It sounds like a delightful book.

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com

  • Tamsyn November 3, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Hi, this sounds like a fun book to read. I've never been to a formal(?) fortune-teller/psychic but had some experience with informal ones. In Japan, you have "omikuji" which are pieces of paper with your fortune already foretold in them. These can be found in most shrines and temples in Japan. Its fun, actually. They have rankings, which literally translated means, big lucky, medium lucky, small lucky, small unlucky, medium unlucky and big unlucky!:o)

  • Aurian November 3, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Hi Claire, thank you for this guespost, your book sounds very good to me, as at the moment I am immersed in the Victoria Laurie Psycic Eye novels and loving them.

    I have been to a fortuneteller before, there is a woman who reads your hand at the carnival. But what she tells is mostly very vague and unclear. And at fantasy events I often go to someone who reads tarot cards. She is accurate most of the time. Very nice lady.

  • Julie November 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I've been seeing this book around and would LOVE to win a copy!! I've never been to a fortune teller but I would go if I had the chance! I think it would be fun 🙂

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  • 蓁子chingz November 6, 2011 at 5:39 am

    I haven't been to a fortune-teller/psychic and yeah I would like to visit a if the chance comes by!
    I would love to win a copy of this book 😀
    Thanks for the giveaway~

  • Marissa November 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Oh, I am so glad you asked this question! After losing my job and feeling somewhat suffocated, I went to a psychic to determine whether or not I should move out of the area. After a while she looked at me and asked, "Have you considered Hawaii?". I hadn't, but after that I couldn't stop thinking about it. Now I live on Oahu and have never been happier!

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