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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Aim For Love by pamela Aares


 
Aim For Love is a fabulous choice for readers of contemporary romance with a twist of suspense mixed in. 
I like the mix of Kaz Tokugawa’s buff and handsome body training to get into the big leagues of baseball and his warm “side” job of running his family’s peach orchard.  Even better, he practices the art of the samurai.  How hot is that?  Calm, cool and collected, yet deadly when necessary.
Kaz needs to concentrate on his goals.  Another “side” job is mandatory for his best friend.
And in walks Sabrina Tavonesi.Aim For Love: Contemporary Romance (The Tavonesi Series Book 5)
She’s beautiful and a Hollywood hit. 
Sabrina has a lot of problems not seen on film.  Other than her costar-boyfriend’s marriage proposal that she isn’t getting any good feelings from, she needs pain in her shoulder fixed before her next filming.
The art of samurai heels the body and Kaz has promised to help her.
A luscious tale unfolds as Kaz works Sabrina’s body into health.  He’d like to work on her more than just for her health, but he has a vow that gets in the way and she has the boyfriend. 
With a lot of variables against them, it’s a must read to find out how Kaz and Sabrina satisfy everyone including themselves.

Happy reading,

Dawn

 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cover Reveal: COWBOYS NEVER FOLD by Lexi Post



Coming December  Cowboys Never Fold
 
Former professional poker player, Kendra “Night Owl” Lowe, is determined to make her new Poker Flat Nudist Resort successful, even if it means relying on her own two hands and a few misfit employees. All bets are off, however, when Wade Johnson, her fourth stable manager in less than four months arrives and her attention wanders to his broad shoulders, six-pack abs, and polite ways.  But she’s his boss and giving in to temptation could mean jeopardizing her operation. Something she refuses to do.

Wade Johnson only agreed to work at Poker Flat because he owed his best friend a favor. Now he has to discover why the last three stable mangers quit and fulfill the requirements of his position, while trying to keep his hands off the smart, sexy, unreadable owner. But even as his body and heart become more involved, new “unfortunate events” occur to threaten the resort.

As Wade draws closer to learning the truth, his own truth is revealed. Kendra will do everything she can to make her resort a success, which could include letting him go. To win her heart and save her dream, he will have to go all-in and that could mean baring more than his soul.



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               Always, Lexi

 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cruise of a Lifetime: Day 7 – Mykonos, Greece


On this morning we were especially excited because a friend of ours had recommended a particular beach for us to try. However, when we docked, the weather was not conducive to tanning. In fact, we had 35mph-40mph winds, so it turned into a bundle up and explore day…and we did :-)

Mykonos, unlike Santorini, was close to sea level which made access to the town of Salparo fairly easy. 



We discovered many little Greek Orthodox churches with their signature blue domes and found this quaint one, right on the ocean’s edge.

We walked down the many “streets” enjoying the architecture and views. It was a bit like walking through a maze, but I’m sure the locals are familiar with every corner.

At one point we entered a museum which gave us a glimpse of what the inside of some of the older, preserved homes would look like.
 













I loved wandering through the walkways as we never knew what we would discover.
One quaint little courtyard was so beautiful that we stopped in a restaurant there for refreshments. Yes, my husband just had to try another local beer.

 
What was different about the walkways in this town, was they had used white paint between all the stone as if they wanted to draw attention to it. Also, scooters and even small cars drove through.
 
Of course we didn’t have a map, so sometimes we got lost. One wrong turn brought us to a dead end and a grammar school. 

But getting lost was no problem because all we had to do was look for the sea and we could find our way back to the ship. And though we didn't go to a beach, we did get to sit by the water and dangle our hands in it :-)

I was so glad that I found the one Celebrity cruise that stopped at both Greek islands, Santorini and Mykonos, as each had its own special atmosphere and both were very friendly places.

Always, Lexi

Next: Day 8 – Athens, Greece

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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You'll be able to read the first 5000 words or so, and the cover will be displayed.  Please excuse me for not having it available today, but high-tech maneuvers evade me on a regular basis!
Thank you in advance for checking out my newest story at the KINDLE SCOUT/AMAZON contest:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Movies


        As you all know, this is my favorite time of year—the weather has changed and there’s a lovely briskness in the air that somehow makes me feel so…alive and energized! My heavy-duty, deep fall cleaning is done (yeah!) and Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, is right around the corner! I am thankful and full of gratitude that family and friends will gather at my house to share in a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
         I am ready!
         One of the things (aside from cleaning) that gets me ready for this season are the wonderful holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel (you all know I’m a big movie fan) and I am such a sap for those happy endings (is it any wonder I write romances? Gotta have those happy endings!) Two, in particular, had me misty-eyed but grinning like an idiot―leave it to Hallmark to do that to me―I’ve cried reading their greeting cards, but I digress.
         The movies….the first is November Christmas with Sam Elliot (I LOVE him!) and John Corbett. It’s about a town that pulls together to help a little girl “push up” the holidays, because they might be her last ones. Of course, the movie ends happily (it IS Hallmark) and even though I’ve seen it before, it still got me. The second is A Season for Miracles, about a woman who is trying to take care of her sister’s children and the wise angel who sorta helps her. I had never seen this one before, but the ending was so heart-warming…well, let’s just say the lump in my throat was massive. (Just for the record, I was not the only one in my house to have a cheesy grin and watery eyes when this movie ended….glancing over at my DH, I noticed he wore the same silly smile and yes, his eyes were unnaturally moist…though he’ll never admit it, my burly, tough-as-nails DH is a bit of a marshmallow…shhh….don’t tell anyone I told you).
         If you have the opportunity, try to catch them both. Well worth it, in my opinion.

       All that being said, my holiday season will not be complete, however, until I sit down on Christmas Eve and watch It’s a Wonderful Life (it’s a tradition for me). This particular movie, though I’ve watched it every year for the past thirty years, gets me every time…that moment when George realizes just how rich he is….well, let’s just say it has me feeling warm and fuzzy and wiping the tears from my eyes (even though I promise myself this year, I will not cry).

         Do you have favorite movies that make you well up? Make you sniffle and pretend you didn’t cry?
         As always, happy reading (and watching) and Happy Holidays, too!

Marie

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cruise of a Lifetime: Day 6 – Kusadasi, Turkey



After our many excursions based on sights we had wanted to see, we decided with Turkey that we would wander on our own. After sleeping in, we were still able to catch the ship coming into port which is always exciting. 

After having a leisurely breakfast, we stepped off the boat to find this port to be the prefect one for simply exploring. Our first stop was a lovely old hotel built in 1618.
 
Next we followed the crowd through the streets which could only be described as a giant bazaar. Everywhere we looked, the stores had their doors thrown open and merchandise in the streets and walkways.


The walkways themselves were fascinating to explore.

Of course, we had to try something local. Though we passed by a bakery we just couldn’t resist the Turkish Delight candies, even trying a few samples while I spoke with the young man working there who was from Holland originally, but his family had moved to Turkey.

We even strolled through an interesting park.

To be honest, I kept expecting James Bond to come racing through the streets. There was just something about it that screamed exotic adventure.

We stopped for a drink as all the walking made us thirsty and my husband tried a local beer, as he had in every port. While we sat there, I just happened to notice a hat shop across the way and a red hat was calling to me. To be fair, I was proud I only bought the one hat.

Although we did enjoy being on our own schedule, with a place we had little knowledge of, we felt a tour would have helped us appreciate it just a bit more.

Always, Lexi

Next: Day 7 – The Greek Island of Mykonos

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dawn Kunda - Inked From the C.I.A.

This is my first Youtube video, so I must share it with you!  " My"  artists are the graphics by Jenn Paswaters, and the music by Chase Brandon.  They did a great job of figuring out my written description and turning it into a fabulous video.
Also, if you live near Waukesha, WI, you will see this trailer before every movie at the Waukesha/Brookfield Majestic Cinema during November and the last two weeks of December!
Watch a movie then read a book!
Dawn