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Hello and Happy Tuesday. Thanks for being here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing J.J. Devine:

Spring is right around the corner. What is your favorite thing about springtime?

It’s hard to name only one thing about spring that’s my favorite. I love everything about it! The temperature warming up so I can lose that sweater. The buds pushing through their now frost-free cover. The bright yellow of the daffodils and the purple, yellow and white crocus (what is the plural of crocus, anyway?). And the beginning of the growing season for the garden.

I don’t have my own garden down here, with the exception of a few herbs. But the farmer’s market down the way is about to burst with fresh corn and tomatoes and so much more. And did I mention fruit? Now, I like apples as much as anyone, but after a winter of very few other choices, I look forward to local peaches and plums and wait – did I forget strawberries? Oh and really fresh asparagus!

I know much of the country is still under the winter clouds, but just remember that all that rain (and even snow) is going to transform the landscape into green any day now.

In the meantime, while you wait for the sun to peek through, how about reading a good book.

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And coming this spring…which means soon…

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Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and see what she loves about spring…

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. We’re always so happy when you join us!!!

This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brenda Margriet:

March 8th was International Women’s Day. Tell us about a woman in your life that has inspired you.

I know I’m going to sound like a fangirl and that’s okay. The woman who has inspired me most recently is none other than the incredible Nora Roberts. A few years ago, she gave a talk at a meeting of romance writers and, for the first time, I really felt legitimized. I will paraphrase some of her talk:

‘If you sit at your desk and wait for the muse – there is no ____ muse.’

‘Writing is a job. Treat it like a job.’

And most important of all – ‘If you want to write, put your butt in the chair and write’.

Now those aren’t her exact words, but close enough to communicate the ideas. The point is that if you are a writer, it is not a hobby. It is a real, honest-to-God calling and deserves to be treated seriously.

Wow!

So, the laundry and the cooking and the cleaning – all that can be done after I have put in my time in the chair in front of my computer!

And as for waiting on the muse – clearly not a good excuse.

Just like any other job, there will be good days and bad days, but you cannot edit a blank page.

So, thank you Nora Roberts for helping me feel good about making my writing a priority!

And, as a matter-of-fact—looks what was just re-released….

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Now let’s pop over and see who inspired the wonderful Brenda Margriet …

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Thanks for joining us. This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Jenna Da Sie:

Besides writing, what are some of your hobbies?

Well, I do spend a great deal of time writing, since it’s my job. And it is the best job in the world.

But, as for the rest of my time…when I’m not doing laundry, cleaning, cooking, running errands…even though I keep telling my husband I’m much too famous to do all that stuff – yeah, right…sure I am….

I do love to sew. Beautiful fabric makes me happy and fashioning it into something I can wear is very gratifying.

And I really enjoy making jewelry. Combining the sparkly stones into different designs is so much fun. And it makes really good gifts for my friends.

And I love to paint – acrylic on canvas, with lots of bright colors.

And – well, is playing with your dog a hobby?

But back to the writing part – I just re-released “Texas Summer” and I hope you’ll check it out.

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Also, starting Thursday, March 7 – Finding Your HEA! Nikki Brock and I will be on FB between 6-7PM Central (7-8PM Eastern) to talk about all those things that keep us from our own Happily Ever After. Join us!

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And now, let’s hop over to the incredible Brenda Margriet and see what she does when she’s not writing.

http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Thanks for joining us. We are always so glad to see you here.

This week I came up with the challenge…

Flash fiction time! 500 words using the words carousel, mud and wine.

I had just come from the hospital and the news was that Gordon was going to recover. Which was great, since freak accidents like his so often end in disaster. And this one didn’t, in so many ways.

Okay, let me start from the beginning. We had been on a fabulous first date. We had met at the coffee shop a week ago. He was the caramel macchiato and I was the low-fat vanilla. He smiled and my world lit up. Handsome, smart, witty. And yes, I did know that in just a few minutes. We spoke briefly while we waited for our names to be called and—he asked for my number.

As we were walking out of the store, I slipped on some mud and he caught me before I could make a total fool of myself. His hand on my arm sent shivers up my spine. Yes, this was going to be amazing.

He took me to dinner and we drank wine and talked and it was all I could do not to rip his clothes off. But, I thought that might be frowned upon in the crowded restaurant.

I think the food was good, but Gordon was so delicious, I don’t even remember what I ate. Anyway, afterward, we decided to go for a walk. It was a beautiful night, warm breeze, bright moon shining down in approval of this budding romance.

We ended up at the old fairgrounds. The carousel gleamed in the moonlight, its horses whispering magic adventures.

“C’mon” Gordon said and we jumped aboard. He smiled at me and just when I thought he was about to kiss me, he whispered. “I have something to tell you.”

“Okay,” I responded, but this wasn’t going to be good news.

“I really like you and I think you are a great companion, but…”

Here it comes.

“I’m gay.”

Just then, he leaned against a post and the carousel sprung to life. Too much. Too quickly. Gordon wasn’t holding on to anything and he was flung up into the air like a rag doll and came down hard on the unforgiving ground. I jumped off the spinning circular monster and called 911.

I have decided it is probably a rule that in order to work as an EMT (certainly the men), you have to be handsome. Sexist, maybe, but true, nonetheless.

The ambulance arrived and loaded Gordon aboard. Then, one of the men (yes, he was gorgeous) came over to see if I was all right.

You guessed it. We’re going out Saturday night!

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Now, let’s pop over and see what the amazing Dani Jace came up with…

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. As always, thanks so much for joining us! This week’s challenge comes from the incredible Dani Jace:

Pick a winter destination. If you could pick one place to stay the winter, other than home, where would it be and why?

Easy answer—Hawaii. I love Hawaii.

Now that I live in Florida, the weather is no longer an issue, since I prefer a warm climate. But there is more to Hawaii than just tropical breezes and sunlight almost every day. There is the scent of exotic flowers in the air that surrounds you the moment you land on the islands. The clothes are made in such vibrant colors and designs. The fruits! The fresh fish!

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There isn’t a bad view from anyplace and the air is so clear. Beautiful!

And the people are so welcoming and kind.

I almost moved there years ago, but had to change my plans. I wonder what would have been different if I had. I certainly wouldn’t have met my husband – or would I? I think if fate means for you to be with someone, it will happen.

And would I have been a writer? Yes! No matter what, I don’t see how that would ever change.

My newest (a re-release) is set in Texas. It’s hot, but it isn’t anything like Hawaii. Of course, I would bet that the tropics have their own stories…Maybe I should do some research this winter.

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Now, let’s pop over to the amazing Dani Jace and see where she would go for the season…

http://www.danijace.com/blog

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to the hop. We are always so glad you’re here! I came up with this week’s challenge:

Two days until Valentines’ Day. Why is it a special day for you (or not) and what are your plans.

Is it redundant to say I ‘love’ Valentine’s Day? And not because of the flowers. In fact, I tell my husband every year not to buy me roses because the retailers just jack up the prices and I don’t like that. And it’s not about the presents or the chocolates. Of course, that stuff is nice!

It’s about taking a day to appreciate the loves in your life. You don’t have to have a significant other or spouse to appreciate the sentiment here. You can have a good friend or a pet (I love my dog!)  Jakita doing research  or even a passion for what you are doing. The amazing thing about love is that it has no limits. It can conquer the monsters in your life, be they sadness or anything that holds you back. Love can keep you going like nothing else. And Valentine’s Day helps us remember love.

I don’t make special plans (I mean, restaurants need reservations like a year in advance). I would just as soon sit outside on the dock (yes, I live in Florida) with my husband and my dog and appreciate all the love in my life. Because it just doesn’t get any better than that!

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Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and check out her plans for the day…

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to this week’s hop. The challenge today comes from the incredible A.S. Fenichel:

What was your most romantic memory? Did you set up something, did someone else do something romantic for you? Come on, dish…

It was my birthday. My husband told me to wait at my office at the end of the day and he would pick me up. But instead of his car at the curb, a bright, shiny limousine waited outside for me. He smiled and handed me a single red rose and a glass of champagne. Then, we were driven to my favorite restaurant, where my closest friends surrounded me. Great food, great wine, great companionship. And, of course, a cake and lots of presents.

His gift to me was a diamond-studded heart locket. So beautiful and so perfect.

We said goodnight to our friends and headed home. I opened the front door and the heady scent of flowers filled the air. Blossoms everywhere. Rose, daisies, sunflowers. Gorgeous. It was amazing and definitely the most romantic memory (and best birthday) of all time!

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Now let’s pop over to the amazing Jenna Da Sie and learn about her romantic memory…

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