Welcome to the Summer Lovin’ Hop! To me, summer and love has
to mean summer reading. You know, those lazy days on the beach or by the pool
with all the time in the world?
What? You’re an adult now? With, you know, responsibilities?
Yeah, I know the feeling, but guess what? A magical book, one that hooks you …
makes it feel like it’s Summer Lovin’ all over again!
The lusty Jennifer Bernard kept me up to all hours
of the night this week. Well, not in person … but with her latest Bachelor
Firemen novel, Four Weddings and a
Since I started reading the
series, there was one “too-cool” fireman who caught my reading eye. Let’s say I
have a thing for muscles – brawn. That’s Vader. Bernard paid of in major ways,
in Four Weddings and a Fireman, not
only is Vader hot, he’s the full package, ahem, with a package.
Once I reached a certain spot in
the book, I couldn’t stop. I had to see what happened, and that led to 3:30
a.m. *sigh* But, the lack of sleep was worth every word. Fortunately, with the children
on a “summer schedule,” I could drop the youngest off at camp and return home
for a little nap.
Bernard’s kind of tricky, though. All the while I read this
book, I kept wondering: “When is Fred’s story?” Lucky me! The Night Belongs to Firemen releases Sept. 30 – not too long a
wait, and by then the kids will be back at school!
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be giving away a $5 gift card
to Amazon, and see below for the BIG goodies.
1 $75 Amazon
Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Sue Lyndon)
1 $25 Amazon (or
B&N) Gift Card (Donated by Denisea Kampe)
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Tell me: What book last kept you up late? Please
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will be chosen on June 25. Here's a new read from me!
In Palm Springs
for a conference, James expects little more than long meetings, hot days and
lonely nights. He’s prepared to get through the boredom one day at a time—right
up until the moment he runs into Sofia, a former flame he’s never been able to
forget. Hot to rekindle the physical side of their relationship and
enthusiastically okay with some no-strings-attached sex, Sofia joins James
during his off time—in his hotel room, between meetings, for sexy dinners and
even on the sky tram. With every illicit whisper and each delicious encounter
hotter than the last, James finds himself wishing this business trip would
“I saw a ghost come out of your room today,” hubby to our
The admission would be more surprising is supernatural
happenings weren’t a regular occurrence. This one, though, struck a chord.
On Monday, our daughter said the family dog kept growling at
something in the corner of her bedroom, and she said she didn’t feel alone.
Humoring her, I went inside, and witnessed the unusual canine behavior.
Although she wasn’t pacified, we both agreed: Nothing was there. At least, nothing we
could physically see.
Until the husband disclosed a figure exiting her room
exactly three minutes after we left this morning. (BTW: He knew nothing of the
events the night before.)
Ummm, creepy. Seriously, we’ve had occasional visits and
most often, we believe it’s family members who passed on. Still, the feeling of
being watched, and not being alone is scary.
In order to combat the visits, I decided to light some
candles and ask the spirit to leave, and not to scare my daughter. Despite a
fair amount of wax being left in the holder, six candles blew out right away. I
went through six extra-long matches in order to light them. Finally, after
bringing out new ones, we said our peace … and within a minute, a seventh
candle blew out.
Coincidence? I think not.
And people wonder why I write with a paranormal twist.
Tell me: What are
Oh, and guess who doesn’t want to sleep in her room tonight?
compliment I don’t often get from my 7-year-old, especially when I’m wearing
lounge-at-home clothes. But, on Saturday morning I put on extra special
make-up, including a new sample mascara I received from Influenster – ScandalEyes
Retro Glam by Rimmel.
product advertised a “wide-eye” open look, and I’ve been going on four-to-five
hours of sleep per night (deep into edits with upcoming releases), it sounded
like a good try.
Now here’s where
I disclose that I don’t really do make-up reviews. I’m a writer, and the past
is filled with analysis about books and music and concerts and movies, but
make-up? Nope. So what’s the connection?
It’s a guilty
Oh, yes. If I’m
feeling down there’s nothing like a new lip gloss from Sephora to make me feel
better. Nail polish? Sure. Sparkly eye shadow in funky colors? Bring it on
I’m feeling tired, sometimes I pay extra special attention to what I’m wearing
and how the make-up looks (much different note than when I feel sick). On
Saturday, I had to stand before a room of close of 75+ romance writers … and
talk. I’m not the most gregarious person in the world but I serve as president
for OCC/RWA as my way of giving back – helping other writers achieve their
sleep and public speaking? Yeah, I better at least look good. So I slid into a
fav. new purple dress from New Orleans, dolled up the make-up and eyes, and
swiped on three coats of ScandalEyes. And I bet you, no one looked at me and
thought, “Wow, she looks tired!”
P.S. -- You REALLY don't want to see my before photo.