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Summer of Love – Jaqueline Snowe

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I am so happy to welcome Jaqueline Snowe onto the blog today.

Hi Jaqueline, so which type of holiday do you prefer, beach or countryside?

I am a beach person for sure. I much prefer to not create an itinerary on a trip and just chill on the beach, read, swim, and wonder around restaurants and bars. I’ve done the tourist thing a lot when I lived in Europe for a year and it was fun but being with large crowds is so not my cup of tea anymore.

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(Photo by Khachik Simonian on Unsplash)

Let’s go back in time, have you ever had a summer romance?

I did have a summer romance…12 years ago and we’re still together. My entire life, I wanted to go to Spain to live and I met my (now) husband at eighteen. It was supposed to be a summer fling, just for fun *we all know how that works out* and I told him, listen, I don’t want this to end but I’m not cancelling my dream. This wonderful man decided that he would live abroad too then. It was absolutely awesome.

Oh, how romantic is that? So sweet.

Assuming you can get to a nice secluded beach this summer, what will you be reading?

My current TBR list are The Boyfriend Project, Boyfriend Material, Queen Maker, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and literally anything Nicki Sloane writes.

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(Photo by Whitney Wright on Unsplash)

I’m posting several cocktail recipes; do you have a favorite cocktail to sip by the pool?

Yes! We don’t have a name for it but pineapple juice, orange juice, Malibu rum served with ice and fresh strawberries is the BEST drink to have when it’s stupid hot outside! I tend to use an 8 oz glass, add a shot or two of rum and ball park the rest of half pineapple, have orange juice, but some people like it more sweet (more pineapple) or more tangy (more OJ).

That sounds delicious!

Finally, what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

Wear sunscreen! Drink water! I live in Phoenix where it’s been 116, 117 and it is hot—like that feeling you get when you open the stove after making a pizza for 20 minutes, that rush of hot air? That’s what it’s like when you walk outside. Water and sunscreen are essential to survive!

Ah, so we need to fit in the odd glass of water between cocktails, huh? Got it!

Thanks for joining in, Jaqueline, I’m off to fill up my (re-usable) water bottle, and in the meantime you guys can find out about Jaqueline’s new book, coming on 1st September.

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Grace Turner scores the opportunity of a lifetime interning with an Ex-NFL player. But working under Brock Anderson turns out to be the job from hell. The hometown hero turned athletic trainer has a reputation as the best in his field, but his volatile personality makes working with him miserable.

Despite the animosity between them, he’s highly respected in his field and interning under him could mean everything for her career. The long days, longer nights, injuries, and busses filled with smelly athletes are the easy part. The biggest battle is the unwarranted attraction to Brock that she can’t seem to shake.

But as Grace spends more and more time with her brooding boss, she uncovers that his abrasive nature is deep rooted in his grief—something she’s no stranger to.

The glimpses of the man beneath the harsh exterior Brock presents to the world leave Grace conflicted in her feelings for him. As the internship draws to a close, Grace is faced with a choice that could set her future on an entirely new course

 

You can add it on Goodreads here:  https://bit.ly/2MiTTWd

http://www.jaquelinesnowe.com

Summer of Love – Memories

Music has always been a huge part of my life. From my parents playing records in our living room or listening to one of the many radios that we had in the house, to my life now where songs blast out from every room in my home and every car ride has to involve a discussion as to whose playlist we’re going to listen to!

I have three favorite summer songs which, to me epitomize the emotions of a summer day.

Firstly, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime. It’s my go to song for driving to the beach.

Secondly, as a teenager, when it was 2am, and too hot to sleep, like a scene from Hitchcock’s Rear Window, I used to listen to Hot in the City by Billy Idol.

Finally, and if you’re a fan of the movie Bridesmaids this one will get you dancing, I chose a song which isn’t really about the summer but the video always makes me want to sit on a beach and look soulful, Hold on by Wilson Phillips. Incidentally, I totally had that blonde ‘Melrose Place’ pixie cut!

I compiled a playlist of these and many other summer songs through the generations on Spotify and asked a few of my author friends if their summer books had a particular song attached to them.

Author Leslie Scott chose I can’t drive 55 by Van Halen for her book, Full Tilt Boogie. Just imagine racing down a California highway on a motorbike, the wind in your face, just you and the open road…

Lauren H Mae went for a much more zen approach with her choice, Mariner’s Apartment Complex by Lana Del Ray, for her new book The Rules.

 

I hope this playlist lifts your day and that whatever summer you are having, at home or at work, you can close your eyes and feel the warm breeze, smell the ocean and feel the sand in between your toes.

 

 

Summer of Love – P. Stormcrow

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Today’s guest on the Summer of Love blog is P. Stormcrow.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

It is a rather unique and hard time for all of us, isn’t it? Normally, I’d be spending the summer wandering everywhere and taking trips to nearby islands but given that we also just had a new baby, as well as the pandemic going on, we’re sticking a little closer to home. That said, besides writing and prepping for my summer releases, we’ll still be trying to go to lots of nearby parks and beaches.

Are you more of a beach person, a tourist destination person or do you prefer to holiday in the countryside?

Honestly, I’d prefer a holiday in a quiet place, so more countryside though priority now has been to make sure there are things to do with the kids. To me, there’s nothing better than a small BnB, then exploring a new place in a small town, having lived in bigger cities all my life myself.

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In previous years have you gone anywhere exciting over the summer?

I tend to travel more in off-seasons or Christmas time, but I do remember a few awesome trips including cruises to Alaska and Hawaii for a friend’s wedding. The Hawaiian trip was in particular memorable, not just because of the wedding but because we did a lot of interesting things on a tour in Maui. It was my first time swimming in a cave and we got to experience local life,

Let’s go back further in time, did you ever have a summer romance?

I did have a summer romance that started as a friend’s birthday barbeque. Little did I know that our mutual friend was trying to hook him up with another girl at the party. We ended up hooking up, and she hooked up with another guy in the party. That summer romance eventually became our marriage. The other couple got married too. Now we all hang out together all the time, even with that birthday boy.

My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for summer vacation?

I have bad flashbacks of camp! When I immigrated to Canada, I barely spoke English. My parents though YMCA summer camps would be a good way to learn English. I spent the entire summer unable to articulate what I needed. I ended up on the pirate ship at the local big rides fair, PNE, as a six year old and I freaked out. The operator had to stop the whole ride to let me get off.

That, however, is not going to stop me from sending my kids to summer camp when they are older!

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(Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash)

What about food and drink, do you have a favorite summer dish, or drink?

Give me pina coladas all the way. I also love a Japanese seasame sauced udon and a light pickled cucumber.

To finish off, what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

If you’re like me and live in an apartment with no air conditioning, did you know a pool of water can act as a heat sink?  Plus the water can be reused in things like watering plants. It will help to cool off a small area for a while.

Thanks for sharing, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that, I’m taking note!

Read on to find out about P’s new release, The Knots that Hold…

 

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Buy it here, https://bit.ly/the-knots-that-hold

 

He’s a Dom, famous for his skills with rope.

She’s a journalist, pretending to be a Domme.

What could possibly go wrong?

Elijah Lee, world-renowned shibari master, devotes his life to his art, bringing out the beauty of the human body using his skills with ropes and knots. And although he has played with and tied up many, in and outside of the bedroom, no submissive has ever bound his heart in return. That is, until he attends a summer fetish convention and runs into the mysterious Saskia Mason, who introduces herself as a Domme.

Sarah Wicker would do anything to get her first feature story in the women’s magazine she works for. That’s the only reason she said yes to her boss when he asked her to write a piece covering the BDSM lifestyle. Assuming a carefully crafted but totally made-up persona, she dives into the world of whips and chains, but the last thing she expects is a hookup with anyone, much less a famous and demanding Dom. Only, he knows her as Saskia, the sassy Domme she’s pretending to be.

Now they each must figure out if they can overcome each other’s baggage and deceit to forge a bond that will last beyond the heat of the beachside convention. Because the only knots worth tying are the ones that are strong enough to hold.

 

Summer of Love – Cocktail hour

Hi everybody, it’s my turn to post a cocktail recipe today and I’m sharing one of my favorites.

Did you know that 99% of romance authors are addicted to diet coke? I’m kidding, but it’s certainly a favourite amongst the members of Romancelandia. Maybe this advert had something to do with it?

 

I wanted to up my diet coke game during lockdown and so I mixed different cocktails until I found one which worked for me. It’s similar to a Long Island Tea and certainly hits the sport during hot summer evenings on the patio.

 

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(Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash)

Ingredients

Cola (whatever brand tickles your fancy, I always drink Diet Coke)

Tequila

Cointreau

Lime juice

Recipe

Fill two-thirds of a long glass with cola. Add one full measure of tequila (1 and a 1/2 ounces) and one half measure of cointreau.

Add a splash of lime juice to taste and a slice of lemon or lime to decorate.

Take a sip and enjoy the summer sun!

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(Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash)

Whilst we’re here, haaaave you met Hank? He’s the sexy billionaire in my book, The Billionaire & The Princess. Hank isn’t really a cocktail drinker, he’s more likely to gulp down a cold beer after a hard day renovating old houses.

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Check out my book here.

All I have to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start my new job as editor of a brand new society magazine. That’s what I’ve promised myself. New life, new me. No more Mr. Wrong.
So when I meet a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, I’m going to walk away, right? I’m certainly not going to try and join the mile-high club with him.
If it turns out he’s my boss and the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America it doesn’t matter, he won’t remember me in the morning, anyway.
I’m just going to do my job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him.
And, well, if he happens to fall in love with me, I’m just going to say no, right?

Follow Hank and Caitlyn’s adventures in Sag Harbor, along with the Baresi family and all of Hank’s friends from Billionaire Lane in THE BILLIONAIRE & THE PRINCESS, Book 1 in the Sag Harbor series.

 

 

 

 

Summer of Love – Recipes

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I’m so very excited to share a wonderful cheesecake recipe from The Blossom Twins today.

I follow Lucy and Kelly on Twitter and I absolutely love their enthusiasm for life!

Before the recipe, though, here’s a little backstory…

Lemons are our favourite and have been since we were toddlers. We used to sit in our highchairs at the top of Nanna and Grandad’s dining table and suck on them – true story. We have a video where Kelly is happily sucking on a small segment of a lemon while Lucy is reaching over crying, trying to grab it out of her hands before Mum gives her one too!

The bright yellow skin instantly brings a smile to our faces and makes us think of happy memories, like climbing up to the Lemon Trees in our Auntie Rosetta’s garden, on the Amalfi Coast, to find the perfect lemon. We’re telling you, there is nothing quite like picking a lemon and smelling it fresh from the tree. The aroma is magical and definitely beats shop bought lemons.

Last year when we went on our first sister trip to Italy, the Amalfi Coast was practically a sea of yellow. The sun was beaming and there were lemons absolutely everywhere. We loved it! There wasn’t a road or garden that didn’t have a lemon tree standing proud bursting with the sour fruit. We picked some from our Auntie’s garden and spent the rest of the time taking pictures of all the other trees we saw. It was a breath-taking sight to behold.

We have lemons in hot water, with strawberries and a sprinkle of sugar, in cakes and of course in Liquor, which is why we decided to make this cheesecake one beautiful summers day. We hope you enjoy it!

Limoncello Cheesecake

Recipe:

What you need:

2 x 8oz packets of cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
2/4 cups of Limoncello

For the base:

250g digestive biscuits
100g melted butter
1 tsp lemon juice
3 tsp of finely grated lemon zest

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What to do:

Place your digestives in a food processor, or a sealed bag and smash the biscuits with a rolling pin, until nice and fine and pour into a mixing bowl.

Add your melted butter, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Combine and place into your baking dish, pressing down so it is lovely and compact. Refrigerate while you make the delicious filling.

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, mix together your cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs until combined.

Add your lemon juice and Limoncello making sure to stir slowly after each addition.

Retrieve your base from the fridge and pour cream cheese mixture on top.

Bake for 40 mins. It should come away from the side and be slightly golden.

Allow to cool, then place it in the fridge for 3 hours before serving so it’s scrumptious and chilled.

 

Thank you, so much. Limoncello and Italy seem to be a theme this summer, looks like we’re setting a trend!

You can find the Blossom twins here…

 

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Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…

Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?

Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.

Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.

With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit! 

Summer of Love – Amelia Kingston

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Hi, Amelia, welcome to my blog.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

I live in Australia, so my “summer”; is actually winter. I’ll be spending it bundled up under some blankets with a glass of wine and a good romance.

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Are you more of a beach person, a tourist destination person or do you prefer to holiday in the countryside?

A little bit of all of it! I’m from California, so loving the beach is in my blood. But I’m also a bit of a nomad and love to see new cities and places. If I’m trying to recharge my batteries, it’s a quiet cabin somewhere in the countryside with just me, the dog and the hubby.

Where is your favorite summer holiday spot?

Hmmm, I’ve traveled a lot but I’d have to say my favorite summer spot is Tuscany. It’s absolutely beautiful with rolling hills and Cyprus trees.

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(Photo by Greta Farnedi on Unsplash)

Let’s go back further in time, did you ever have a summer romance?

I wish! That sounds so romantic. All my relationships seemed to fizzle out at the end of the school year. Guess it wasn’t true love!

My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for summer vacation?

I didn’t go to summer camp, but I was a camp counselor one year. I ended up with a cabin full of 10 year old boys! They were a hoot. And a handful.

That does sound like a handful! Assuming this summer is quieter than that one, what will you be reading?

Everything!!! I’m devouring most of Lauren Landish’s back list right now. Lucy Score and R.S. Gre are some of my favorite funny reads.

Do you have any favorite summer romances?

Is it lame if I say one of my own books?

Oh go on, just this once!

Truce? Hating Elijah Monroe is about surviving the summer moving back home to a small town. It’s quick and light and funny. A perfect read for a day at the beach. But I admit I might be biased.

What about food and drink, do you have a favorite summer dish, or drink?

Sangria. Oh my gosh, sangria over ice with a slice of orange is heaven on a hot summer day! And tacos. Mmmm. Tacos.

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(Photo by Frank Zhang on Unsplash)

Sounds delicious, how do you make your Sangria?

This is one of my favorite Sangria recipes. But I use rum for sure!
https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-traditional-red-sangria/

To finish off what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

Embrace the nap. Siestas are what make life worth living.

Thanks Amelia. I’m going to take your advice and go have a lovely nap, in the meantime, you can read on to find out a bit more about Amelia’s latest release…

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This is So Happening

Amelia Kingston

Releasing August 4th
https://books2read.com/This-is-So-Happening

Book two in the So Far, So Good series.

A torturously tempting love story.

Jessica “Jessie” Allen is sugary sweet and perpetually perky. Running on an endless supply of enthusiasm, she’s in constant motion. The people pleaser is running herself ragged to make other people happy, anything to avoid having to figure out what would make her happy.
Devin Bennett is her complete opposite, the immovable object to Jessie’s unstoppable force.
Jessie is drawn to him like a valley girl to an outlet mall, but Devin dodges her advances better than a UFC fighter. The tall, dark, tattooed and brooding mechanic hates change and the perky blond co-ed shoving it down his throat. The longer she’s around, the harder it is to keep his hands off her perfect body and his lips away from her sassy mouth.
For the first time in her life Jessie knows what she wants. Devin Bennett. And she’s not above torturing him with temptation to make it happen.

Summer of Love – Cocktail Hour

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The wonderful Sara Ohlin is back with another cocktail for your delight and delectation.

 

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The Thistle

Ingredients

 1 1/2 oz gin, preferably a dry one (Smalls, Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire all work well.)

3/4 oz St. Germain

1/2 oz simple syrup

1 oz fresh lime juice

3 dashes celery bitters

lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put a coupe glass, or cocktail glass of your choice in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
  2. Add gin, St. Germain, simple syrup, lime juice and celery bitters to cocktail shaker.
  3. Add ice above level of liquid and shake.
  4. Remove coupe glass from freezer, run edge of a lime wheel on the rim of glass, then dip in sugar. (optional)
  5. Strain mixture from cocktail shaker into glass.
  6. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy!

 

Thanks Sara, I look forward to trying this one too!

 

You can buy Sara’s book, Seducing the Dragonfly, book 2 in the Graciella series here…

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Is it too late to win his dragonfly’s heart?

Returning home to the Oregon town of Graciella after twelve years away, international real-estate guru Turner Brockman intends to make amends for having disappeared, then vanish again. He didn’t reckon on meeting a figure from the past he tried to escape—beautiful Lily Moreno, now all grown up and the independent, creative owner of Dragonfly Design & Construction.

Lily never expected to see Turner again and she’s determined to hide the love she’s felt for him since she was a girl, when he crushed her heart and killed her trust in men. Creating and owning the top construction company on the West Coast and being there for her friends and family are Lily’s only desires now. Except…there’s an intense chemistry between her and Turner, one she gives in to, only to harden her heart after every encounter.

Welcomed back into the beauty of Graciella and the family farm with loving, open arms, Turner falls quickly for Lily, but faces his greatest challenge yet—seducing Lily into trusting him completely. Will his intense love, patience and good old-fashioned wooing be enough to capture his dragonfly’s heart?

Summer of Love – Stefania Hartley

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Hi Stefania and welcome to my blog. Thanks for coming along to share all your summer secrets.

I suppose this summer is a little peculiar for most people, how will you be spending it?

Yes, this summer will be a little peculiar for me too. I usually pop over to Sicily to see my parents before the heat of the summer becomes too much for me, and then I go on a family holiday with my husband and our three teens, but this summer we’ll only do daytrips nearby. I’m actually looking forward to this, because I find family holidays a little tiring and stressful at times.

But I will certainly miss the Romantic Novelists’ Associations’ annual UK conference! I’ll miss meeting fellow romance writers, rubbing shoulders with my favorite authors and making new friends. I’ll probably sound like a nerd, but the conference is the highlight of the summer for me.

Are you a beach person or do you prefer the countryside?

I adore the sea. I’ve grown up on the Sicilian coast and it’s taken me a few years of living inland in England to come to terms with summer without the beach. I also enjoy the countryside and nature in all its forms, but growing up in Sicily has definitely left a mark and given me a special connection and a love for the sea.

Have you ever gone anywhere exciting over the summer?

Yes. My most exciting holiday has been to the US, Lake Michigan, a couple of years ago. Then, of course, there’s Sicily, and other places where I’ve lived and then returned to visit, like Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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My kids love going to summer camp, did you ever go to camp for the summer holidays?

When I was growing up in Sicily, summer camps weren’t common. Holidays are still usually spent with family, especially with grandparents, and many people have a second home by the sea or have a family member who has one.

But school holidays in Italy last from June to September, so plenty long enough to get bored! So, every summer, I went away on summer camps with the youth group of my parish or with my girl guides and boy scouts’ unit. On one occasion, when I was twelve, I went on a camp organized by the World Wildlife Fund up on the Alps, in the North of Italy. The world of Alpine ibex, marmots and larches was totally new to me. It was fascinating but also a steep learning curve (literally!)

That sounds so amazing. We went marmot hunting once (not literally, just to see if we could spot one!) they are adorable creatures.

So, what’s on your reading list this summer?

I’ve just discovered Talia Hibbert and I’m enjoying very much her Take a Hint, Dani Brown. Next on my TBR pile is my friend Ella Hayes’ latest Mills and Boon, Unlocking the Tycoon’s Heart, and Beth O’Leary The Switch, followed by a hilarious Italian writer called Diego De Silva, which unfortunately hasn’t been translated into English yet.

So, when you were back home in Sicily, did you have a favorite summer food?

Summer in Sicily is really hot and one of my favorite dishes, which I haven’t eaten since leaving Sicily, is the Insalata di Riso rice salad. It’s a cold salad made with Italian rice, pickles, cut-up tomato, tinned tuna and hard-boiled eggs. A picnic’s favorite for those who don’t insist on taking a whole tray of pasta bake to the beach (you’ll be surprised how many people do!)

Here is a recipe in English (but I haven’t tried it yet)

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/255288/insalata-di-riso-italian-rice-salad/

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I’m posting several cocktail recipes; do you have a favorite cocktail to sip by the pool?

Don’t tell anyone, but I have a little secret: I don’t like the taste of alcohol (I don’t think my taste buds have grown up yet), even thought my summer romance, Sun, Stars and Limoncello, has an alcoholic drink featuring even in the title! Of course, I recommend drinking limoncello (a southern Italian lemon liqueur) by the pool while reading Sun, Stars and Limoncello.

That sounds like a great plan!

Finally, what advice would you give to our readers so that they have a great summer?

I love to give advice! Here are my two cents’ worth: if, like me this summer, you’re not going anywhere, think of all the time you’ll be saving. Holidays away require organizing, planning, packing and unpacking, and endless hours in a car/ferry/airplane/train.

Imagine how many things we can do with all that extra time! I plan to use it to read, watch movies, do exercise, and trying out new things with my daughters. They’ve already bought a henna shampoo and are planning to turn my hair red.  I’m still thinking about that one, though…

That’s great advice, thanks so much Stefania.

You can buy Stefania’s book, Sun, Stars and Limoncello here,

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Sonia believes that men equal heartache and disaster. Brad has sworn never to love a woman again. It’s a pity they’re so irresistibly attracted to one another.

After her traumatic teenage years, Sonia’s teaching job would be the best thing that has happened to her if it weren’t for Brad Wilson. Her arrogant, standoffish colleague never fails to rub her the wrong way. But when she’s faced with the choice between canceling the school trip to Sicily or accepting his ungraceful help, she swallows her pride and resigns herself to spending an entire week in close quarters with him. Little does she know just how close.

A tragedy from his past still haunts Brad, and he’s sworn never to let his heart be shredded by grief again. Loving another woman is not in the cards. That’s why his petite olive-skinned colleague is so very dangerous.

What could possibly go wrong when their mutual destination is one of the most romantic places in the world?

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Summer of Love – Cocktail Hour

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To launch the Summer of Love, the wonderful Sara Ohlin is sharing the first of three delicious cocktails, the Rosé Spritzer.

 

Rosé Spritzer

Sparkling Rose Spritzer

Ingredients

  1. St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  2. Sparkling Rosé (or alternatively Rosé with soda water, mixed to taste)
  3. Fresh lemons

Instructions

Fill glass with ice, add ½ ounce St. Germain and the juice from half a lemon. Top with four ounces of sparkling rosé, or however much you like. Stir and enjoy.

 

Sounds delicious, easy to make and very refreshing for a summer’s day.

You can buy the first in Sara’s Graciella series, Handling the Rancher, here:

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What’s a sexy rancher to do when an uptight accountant falls into his lap?

Already reeling at having inherited the family farm on his father’s death, photojournalist Cruz Brockman returns home to the Oregon town of Graciella to receive another blow—accountant Miranda Jenks is there to audit the books because the IRS suspect his late father of tax fraud. To their astonishment, sparks fly between the passionate Cruz and the careerfocused Miranda upon first meeting and the heat rises with every encounter.

Threatened with losing everything his family has worked for, Cruz has no choice but to be completely open with Miranda, something that doesn’t come easily to him, just as focusing on her own needs is foreign to her. She’s put her own desires last all her life, but the longer she spends with Cruz, the more she wants to dive into a passionate affair with him.

An intense, toecurling physical connection is one thing, but exposing their hearts is another. As Miranda finishes her audit and the clock counts down to her leaving, can the reluctant rancher and the shy accountant conquer their fears and fight for their love?

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