Here are the Participating Blogs. Be sure to stop by all of them today. There are book giveaways on each one!
Patricia Bates http://ofinkandquille.blogspot.com
Kay Springsteen http://kayspringsteen.wordpress.com
Anne K. Albert http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com
Gabrielle Bisset http://gbisset.blogspot.com
Anne K. Albert’s stories chill the spine, warm the heart, and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. She is author of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series and Muriel Reeves Mysteries. When not in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, and of course, reading. Website: http://www.AnneKAlbert.com
Although Stacy Juba specializes in writing adult mysteries and romantic suspense novels, she has also authored books for children and young adults – she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and the patriotic children’s picture book The Flag Keeper. http://stacyjuba.com/blog
Heather Haven has written short stories, comedy acts, plays, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and novels. Her series, Murder is a Family Business, and A Wedding To Die For are part of the Alvarez Murder Mystery series, and can be found at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Smashwords, and other ebookstores. http://www.heatherhavenstories.com HTTP://Twitter.com/HeatherHaven Follow Heather's blog at: http://tinyurl.com/4nensnp
Killarney Sheffield Married mother of 5 living on a commercial cattle ranch in Alberta Canada. Write historical romance for MuseItUp Publishing LTD. Former horse trainer, farrier and riding coach. HUGE music fan, everything from 50's to 2011. Yes, I'm the crazy author who talked Canadian singer/songwriter/juno winner Lawrence Gowan into letting me use on of his ballads for my Guilty Kisses book trailer. www.youtube.com/watch?v=J41qLNKjrQA
Annette Snyder calls a small town in the heart of the Midwest her home. In an old house, with her husband and two dogs, she writes. Her four grown children visit often and the grandkids cause beautiful havoc. All her life, she paid attention to things around her and one day she compiled those stories together and wrote a book. It was that one book which started a wave of ideas so she continued to write. Visit her at http://annettesnyder.atspace.com or her blog at http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com
Elaine Marie Cooper grew up in Massachusetts but now lives in the Midwest. A retired registered nurse, Elaine has been a magazine freelance writer for many years, and writes for a blog on the Midwest called The Barn Door www.thebarndoor.net & a blog on Christian living, Reflections In Hindsight www.ReflectionsInHindsight.wordpress.com. She is also the author of her award-winning novel called “The Road to Deer Run” and has just completed the sequel, “The Promise of Deer Run.” www.DeerRunBooks.com
For Julie Lence, cowboys and horses have always been her weakness, which is why she lives in the west and writes western romance. She’s a stay-at-home mom, married to her high school sweetheart and spends her days working on her latest novel. You can learn more about her at: www.julielence.com
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She holds a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writer’s of America and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Books. Visit Elaine at http://www.elainecantrell.com
Wend Petzler has been writing since her teenage years and well, finally got off her tush and made her dreams come true. New Concepts Publishing took her into their family, and she will be eternally grateful to Andrea DePasture for believing in her. Wend likes to shake up the venues and loves writing combinations of historical, fantasy, and her lovely vamps: The Borne Vampires series. www.wendpetzler.com
By day, Gabrielle Bisset is a history faculty member at a campus of a major university, but by night and weekends, she writes erotic romance. She recently published her first novella, Vampire Dreams, and her first novel, Stolen Destiny, is scheduled for release from Siren Publishing on June 29. Her website can be found at http://www.gabriellebisset.com
Kay Springsteen grew up in Michigan. She lives in Virginia with seven rescue dogs. When she's not writing or cuddled up with a romantic read, she enjoys photography—the subjects in her camera’s eye are her favorite things: Family, garden, mountains, and pups. Find Kay at http://kayspringsteen.wordpress.comand on Facebook.
Cher Green writes in many genres, spanning from horror to romance. Her work has appeared in various magazines, and her romance novella, “Escape to Love,” is scheduled to debut at the end of June. For more information on this author visit: www.chergreen.com.
JoAnn Durgin’s debut novel, Awakening, released in late 2010. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Romance Writers of America, she was a finalist in the 2010 RWA/Faith Hope & Love Touched by Love contest (long contemporary romance). Her second novel, Second Time Around, releases later in 2010. Official author website: http://joanndurgin.com
Elaine Cantrell – This is an excerpt from a manuscript waiting for a home. My hero Kurt has taken his new wife Susan out to dinner. Bear in mind that they only got married because Susan is pregnant. Kurt has just leaned over the table and kissed Susan.
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Susan’s heart skipped a beat. “That’s a nice surprise.”
“I have a good time when we’re together, and I like kissing my wife.” A hint of uncertainty crossed his face. “You don’t mind, do you?”
“No, I don’t mind.” She reached for his hand and gave it a squeeze. “I like your kisses.”
A little smile curved Kurt’s lips. “What do you like about them?”
“The shape of your mouth is pleasing for one thing.”
“Is that all?”
Susan pretended to think for a minute. “No, I also like the way your lips feel.”
“How do they feel?” He looked honestly curious now.
“Well, they’re firm, but soft too, and they’re just the right size.”
“Is my technique any good?”
Oh, look at his eyes! They were twinkling like two blue stars. “On a scale of one to ten I’d give you a ten.” She grinned at him. “But don’t let it go to your head.”
“How does it make you feel when I kiss you?”
Love that excerpt. Thanks for sharing, Elaine. Anyone else…what about sharing the beginning of a summer scene in a romance novel?
Delia Latham – Callie bent, grabbed a handful of fabric and tied her full skirt into a knot, hoping she’d pulled it high enough to keep it dry. She picked up her sandals and inched a little closer to the water—enough to dip one toe into the dampness at its ever-changing edge. She kept a sharp eye on the incoming waves, having no wish to be caught unaware by a big one. The last thing she wanted was a salt bath.
“You could do that in a wading pool.” A deep voice, laced with amusement, startled her from behind. Callie swung around, disconcerted to find a tall, unrealistically handsome man standing a few feet away. Arms crossed over a broad, bare chest, head cocked to the side, vivid blue eyes narrowed, he made no effort whatsoever to hide his blatant appraisal.
“I beg your pardon?” If Callie had one skill honed to a fine edge, it was the art of freezing an opponent with nothing more than a sub-zero voice.
This guy didn’t seem to notice. He grinned, revealing a set of teeth straight out of a Colgate commercial, and Callie’s ire rose another notch. How dare he be impervious to her best weapon?
“Sorry, I shouldn’t have said anything, but you looked so cute standing there with one toe in the water.” With a shrug, he swung backward and took a step away, but turned his head to speak over his shoulder. “Careful, though. Big one coming in.”
Callie whirled around, but not in time. “Nooo!”
The incoming wave slammed into her at waist level and knocked her flat on her rear. She gasped and dug into the squishy sand with her hands, a wave of vertigo making her feel as though she were being pulled into the deep on the receding wave, even though she knew she was safe—if soaking wet—on the shore.
Humiliated and angry, she watched one of her sandals swirl on the surface a few feet away, then sink out of sight. Perfect. Just perfect.
A slender, brown hand appeared over her shoulder, along with the sound of an amused chuckle. “Here, let me help you up.”
Thanks, Delia. This is such a great way to get into the summer mood! OK, one more excerpt before we do some chatting.
Anne K. Albert –This excerpt is from an unpublished, marriage of convenience story called JAKE’S BRIDE.
Somewhere between the entree and coffee, Tina Bellingham stood up, glared at her dinner companion and inadvertently knocked over her glass of red wine. Soaking into the fine linen cloth, it meandered to the edge of the table and trickled onto the floor. The subdued chattering of the other patrons, the clanging of cutlery, and the waiter’s smooth delivery of the evening’s menu at the next table came to an abrupt halt. In the deafening silence, she could almost hear each droplet of wine splatter on the floor.
She cringed. Without looking around, she knew everyone had turned his or her attention to see what would happen next. Normally, she’d be devastated by the unwanted attention and equally embarrassed by her own behavior. But right now, she couldn’t care less. In spite of his good looks and powerful physique, her evening out with Mapleview’s most eligible bachelor had suddenly lost much, if not all, of its appeal.
She stared at Jake Connor and scowled. “Is this your idea of a joke?”
“No. My marriage proposal’s genuine.”
“Genuine?” She clicked the roof of her mouth with her tongue. “Whatever happened to heartfelt and sincere? Or down on bended knee?”
“This isn’t that kind of a proposal.”
“I’d like an answer.”
“It’s no. Non. Nyet. Thanks, but no thanks.”
Jake opened his mouth to speak. But before allowing him to ruin the entire evening, she glared at him. “Like a fool I was actually looking forward to tonight. I even told your sister that you’d asked me out. But I should have realized it was too good to be true, and that you’d end up making a mockery of it--and me.”
“That wasn’t my intention.”
“Then, what was your intention? Since when does a self-confessed bachelor propose to a woman on the first date?”
“Dessert’s on its way,” he said. “If you’ll sit down, I’ll explain.”
“Forget it. I’ve lost my appetite. Goodnight, Jake.” Straightening her spine, she squared her shoulders and picked up her handbag.
Sidestepping the curious onlookers and bevy of waiters dressed in their white and black uniforms, she made her way to the exit. Outside, she paused, allowing her eyes to adjust to the darkness. In the distance, she heard the St. Lawrence River rushing downstream toward the Atlantic.
One glance around the crowded parking lot and the reality of her situation sunk in. Jake had insisted he pick her up in his Jeep. Like a girl with a crush on the high school football captain, she’d foolishly agreed and left her car parked in the driveway.
She could walk the ten miles back to her cottage. A little exercise never hurt anyone. Besides, it’d give her lots of time to rethink her absurd infatuation with her best friend’s older brother. Marriage proposal aside, Jake Connor wasn’t all that irresistible.
Thanks, Anne. Love it! How about a favorite quote on summer time or relaxation?
Stacy Juba – I like this quote because it's a reminder to live in the present moment - in other words, don't bring your work on summer vacation! “Yesterday is History; Tomorrow is a Mystery; Today is a Gift, that's why it's called a Present!”
Once while at the beach, I was wearing a strapless bikini and I moved my arms over my head trying to get my shirt on (while we were packing up) and my top flung off. My husband quickly came to my rescue wrapping a towel around me. Anything embarrassing like that happen to you while on vacation?
Heather Haven –No, but Norman mentioned that once he saw that very incident happened to a beautiful brunette with a great body. I think it was you.
JoAnn Durgin – Joanne, No. (1) You’re awfully brave to ever wear something like that in the first place; (2) you must be thin and I secretly hate that; and (3) it just proves to me all over again why I wouldn’t want to wear a two-piece suit (as if I ever had the body for it – not since I was six, anyway, and that sounds slightly perverted). Glad your hubby came to your rescue in a true, gallant, hero-worthy gesture. But I’m thankful you were married at the time – you were, right? Oh my…
Yes, we were married at the time. While at the beach another time, my husband accidentally hit me in the head with our beach umbrella when he turned around. Have you ever had any mishaps while on vacation? (And yes, I was fine…no concussions!!)
Killarney Sheffield –When I was a kid one time fishing my fly came loose from the cork on my fly rod and stuck my stepfather just below the eye. We had to drive 3 hrs to the nearest emergency room to have it removed. Talk about catching the big one. LOL!
Oh, my. So Annette, what do you like most about the summer time?
Annette Snyder – I love the heat of summer. I’m all for lazy days relaxing by any water be it a swimming pool, lake or the ocean. Because of my love for summer months, at least once every cold Nebraska winter, you’ll find me on a warm beach for a mini-break. Last winter, I won an all-expense paid trip to Orlando, Florida and a friend picked me up for one day at Cocoa Beach. I flew home four days later and had to reacquaint myself with my snow shovel.
I agree. Summer is my favorite time of year. What about wearing sunscreen? Do you like tanning or just enjoy being in the sun, but get easily burned?
Elaine Marie Cooper – I use SPF 10,000! JK! I have WHITE, PALE skin so I like to keep the skin cancer away!
Totally understand. I need to wear sunscreen all the time. I have pale skin too. So, Julie, what’s on your summer reading list for this year? New authors or ones that you love and have read their work before?
Julie Lence – Right now I have eight books waiting for me that range from romance to mystery to western. Some authors are favorites and some are brand new to me. I'm looking forward to both, because summer nights are when I do the bulk of my reading.
I’m an avid reader, too, especially love reading at the beach. Anyone have any favorite flowers that bloom in the summer?
Wend Petzler – I love lilacs, especially the dark purple ones. The fragrance reminds me of summers gone by and happy times.
Hmm, lilacs are my favorite flower. Love their scent! Gabrielle, what’s your favorite summer time memory?
Gabrielle Bisset – My favorite summertime memory is my birthday celebration each year. My father and I shared a birthday—July 7—and my uncle’s birthday was July 5, so the celebration would begin every year on Independence Day and last for days. Until I was eight years old, I thought the fireworks were for the three of us instead of the 4th of July!
How neat! Kay, when you go on vacation, do you like to relax or be more active and sightsee?
Kay Springsteen – I like sightseeing and taking pictures during the day (big time into photography here) but I like the evenings to unwind – more of a nature person on vacation so sitting around the campfire after dinner is particularly fun – and then there are the S’Mores.
I love photography, too. Always taking my camera when we go away. Does anyone have movies on their summer must-see list?
Cher Green – Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon
My husband and I saw Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and thought it was good, much better than the third one, but the first was still my favorite. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is on our list too.
Well, let’s take a quick break and we’ll be back before you know it!
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