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Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. So happy you could join us! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Jenna Da Sie:

Do you like to travel in the summer or stay home? If you do travel, where is your favorite place you’ve been?

Before we moved to Florida, I liked to travel in the winter. I always chose places that are warm, since I am not a big fan of snow and ice.

In the summer, I have always liked to stay closer to home. It seems like all of the popular destinations are crowded with so many people, since kids are out of school and it’s a good time for a vacation for most families. Parks, especially places like Disney World, are stuffed with visitors and the wait to do just about anything is forever. But there are spots around my home that are beautiful and, especially during the weekdays, not so full of visitors. We are surrounded by natural springs that spill into rivers and you can kayak and paddle on crystal clear water and see all kinds of fish swimming below. In some of the springs, you can snorkel or swim in the cool water and just relax for a few hours. A myriad of birds sit on the shore or in the treetops and the sense of peace is wonderful. It’s like travelling to another world.

We are also surrounded by miles of walking trails and all kinds of little areas along the river for a picnic or just to sit and chill out.

I have been to a lot of places in my life and seen wonders, but I think my favorites are the ones that take me away into the quiet and beauty of nature.

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Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. Hope you had a wonderful fourth of July! We’re very happy you’ve joined us! This week, I came up with the challenge:

Which romance novel hero/heroine would you like to spend some time with and why?

There is no way I could pick just one or even two. And that’s because I love them all. The heroes, the heroines. They exemplify strong men and women who face adversity and not only come out the other side, but come out with someone to love forever.

I would be thrilled to sit down with any of these characters. They are all so different and yet, all the same. We are all fighting a battle of some kind and we all have baggage to drag along. The difference is the heroes and heroines in romance novels not only manage to succeed; they give us the incentive to keep moving forward.

I get to spend time with them when I read their stories and immerse myself in their lives and their adventures. And isn’t that the amazing gift that reading gives us. The ability to ‘hang out’ with exciting, interesting people in all walks of life and in so many different times—and even worlds.

When I am ‘with’ these characters, it reminds me that love is love and love makes us human, makes us strong, makes us worthy.

So pick up a romance novel, spend some time with a hero or heroine, and be inspired.

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Hello and welcome to our hop. We are really happy you’ve joined us!

This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Dani Jace:

We’re on our beach vacation this week. Post a recipe of your favorite summer cocktail or thirst quencher and your favorite place to drink it.

There is no doubt I have simple tastes. That and I once drank a fancy, sweet cocktail too fast after being in the sun all day. It wasn’t pretty. So, now my drink of choice in the summer is a cold glass of Pinot Grigio enjoyed while sitting on my dock.

Living here in Florida is like a vacation every day. And the canal behind our house provides a constantly changing array of all kinds of creatures. There are turtles popping up and fish jumping and a few alligators cruising by. Luckily, the sea wall is high, so we are safe. The neighborhood blue heron drops by sometimes and a variety of other birds swing over to snack on the clams in the shallow water.

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Relaxing and sipping the wine while watching this amazing show of nature is both grounding and humbling.  And I can daydream about my next writing adventure. Perfect!

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. We are always so glad when you join us! Here is this week’s challenge…

The official start of summer has begun and romance is in the air. What tales of summer love do any of your character have to share?

“Texas Summer” is a tale of summer love that lasts all year long. The passion and the intrigue fuel the story, but it is the romance between two unlikely characters that truly raises the temperature.

Wylie’s car breaks down in Texas and he becomes entangled in a web of greed, lies and murder, but he also discovers the woman of his dreams.

Kennedy has been waiting her whole life to find a man who will nurture her and give her all the love she needs and deserves.

Together, they must fight those who threaten everything, including their very lives.

Summer evokes images of picnics and splashing in pools and long walks. But there is also the heat, brought both by the dazzling sun and the desire to fan the flames.

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Hello and welcome to this week’s hop.  So glad you’ve joined us! This week’s challenge comes from the fabulous Brenda Margriet:

Choose 2 characters from one of your books (published or WIP) to answer these five questions:

I choose Wylie and Kennedy from “Texas Summer”…

What’s your favourite word?

 Wylie would say “Yes”.

Kennedy would say “Exotic”.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Wylie – I remember every part of my childhood as being great. I was allowed to explore and be a kid, but I had enough chores and responsibilities to give me a sense of honor and accomplishment.

Kennedy – When my father would show up. I loved him, but he was never around. Or, at least, not enough.

What one thing in your past do you wish you could do differently?

Wylie – I wish I had come to this town sooner and met Kennedy when I was younger. Then, I could have more years with her and maybe made her life easier sooner.

Kennedy – I wish I’d had the chance to travel more. I might have had a better perspective on life. But I am so glad I was here when Wylie’s car broke down.

 Vanilla or Chocolate?

Both agree on chocolate.

If you could have lunch with one famous person (alive or not) who would it be and why?

Wylie – I’m a writer and I admire James M. Cain. His work combines the essence of the noir with the crime and he could dig into the heart of his characters like no else. Second choice would be Agatha Christie, the grand dame. She would kill off a character and then seemed to have a great time watching everyone try to figure out who dunnit.

Kennedy – I love to paint so my choice would be Rembrandt. I would love to pick his brain and try to understand how he sees and then manages to translate it to canvas. Color comes easily to me, but the way Rembrandt could capture light and shadow is unsurpassed.

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Hello and welcome to our hop. We are so happy you’ve joined us! Here is this week’s challenge:

Summer is unofficially here! I love a good outdoor party where everyone brings a dish. What’s your signature BBQ/Summer Party dish? Recipes welcome.

Well, here’s mine…

Special Summer Potato Salad

2 bags of very small red potatoes (the small bags)

3 Hard-boiled eggs

Bunch of Celery, chopped

Bunch of Cilantro, chopped (discard stems)

3 Green Onions (green part only), chopped

Mayonnaise (start with 1 cup)

Spicy Brown Mustard (start with a Tablespoon)

Pepper to taste

Start by cooking the eggs and the potatoes.

Place the eggs in cold, heavily salted water (It keeps the shells from cracking.) Heat until boiling and boil for 15 minutes. Then drain the water and run under cold water. Refrigerate for 4-5 hours.

Boil the potatoes (leaving skin on) until soft, and drain, then refrigerate them, too, for 4-5 hours.

Cut the cold potatoes into halves or quarters and put in large bowl. Peel and chop the eggs and add to potatoes. Add the celery and cilantro and onions. Stir everything together.

Mix mayo and mustard and fold into salad. Add more dressing in the same proportions as needed until the potato salad is moist but not too heavy on the dressing. Add pepper to taste.

Chill and serve.

Happy summer!!!!

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to this week’s hop. We are always so glad when you join us. Here’s the challenge:

I love daily mantras, they get me through the day and almost always gets me through tough times. What gets you over the hump of a really bad day?

I, too, have a daily mantra: Never give up! If you quit, you will fail. Do not quit!

We all have bad days. Some are simple, like a bad hair day, while some are catastrophic. Most are somewhere in between.

I had a particularly bad week. Things that should never have gone wrong did. So, I gathered some fabric and I made some dresses and skirts. It was a twofold benefit: it gave me, if not instant, then very quick gratification. (They were simple garments). And, I got new clothes out of the deal.

Sometimes, I make jewelry to feel better. And sometimes, I just curl up on my couch with my dog and read a book or watch TV.

After my pity party, I get up and get back to the keyboard, because all life experiences contribute to the work.

So, when a bad day (or week) hits, I remind myself that I can use this by writing about it. That thought takes away the sting.

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