Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Cruising For Love" Virtual Tour!

On January 1st Crimson Romance, who is awesome at putting together bundles, released Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances. Available in e-format, the collection consists of four novels set on the high seas. 

Starting tomorrow, c/o Goddess Fish Promotions, Cruising for Love will start a two-week virtual tour. Dates and Sites for this week are listed below.

In the meantime, enjoy an excerpt from R.C. Matthews' read, Little White Lies


Attorney Madalyn Russell cancelled the wedding, but not the honeymoon cruise. She assumes she'll be a single lovebird until she meets Royce Henderson, a handsome man with an indecent proposal.


Madalyn gasped in shock as her hands shot forward, and she lost her balance, only to be steadied by a strong pair of hands. A familiar heady scent filled her nostrils. She closed her eyes and knew in a moment she’d be gazing into beautiful emerald eyes. His hands were big and felt good on her waist. Why couldn’t she have bumped into him at a more opportune time? Right now all she wanted was to get the hell out of there.

            “I’m so sorry,” she said, looking up into his steady gaze. He must have thought she was a complete klutz—first the lounge chair and now this.

            “Are you okay?” he asked, his voice soft and husky.

“I’m fine,” she said, and bit down on her bottom lip. “I should’ve been watching where I was going.” She stepped away and motioned towards the dining room. “Don’t let me keep you. You’ll be late for dinner.”

She turned to leave.

            “Excuse me . . .  miss,” he called out, extending his hand to her.

            “Madalyn,” she murmured and reached out for his hand.

A feathery light sensation traveled up her spine when his hand closed around hers, infusing her with his warmth. Why was she so captivated by this man?

            “Madalyn,” he said in a soft voice. “Royce.”

Her lips curled up slightly at the corners. Royce was a sufficiently exotic name for her Adonis. It was unique, just like him. His rich baritone voice was easy on the ears. And she liked the way he wore his hair just a touch too long … perfect for running her fingers through it. Not that she’d have an opportunity to run her fingers through his hair. But if she did, well, she imagined it would feel heavenly.

            His eyes probed hers. “You look like you could use a stiff drink. Would you join me for one?”

            “You don’t need to skip dinner for me,” she said. “Your friends must be waiting for you.”

            “I’m here alone,” he admitted, glancing down at his feet and shoving his hands in his pockets.

How did he manage to look both sexy and adorable?

Cruising For Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances Virtual Tour Stops 
January 22nd -- 26th (week one)

Monday, January 22nd

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'

Sharing Links & Wisdom

Tuesday, January 23rd

Book Chatter

Wednesday, January 24th

Christine Young

Thursday, January 25th

Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

The Avid Reader

Friday, January 26th

Read Your Writes Book Reviews


Stop by and join us. There'll be a Rafflecopter with an opportunity to win a $25 gift card to your choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Goddess Fish Promotions

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Have a good week, Everyone!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow around Philadelphia...

I'm not a huge fan of snow. While others have visions of  a winter wonderland, my images are filled with cars that won't start, knee-high drifts, shoveling, and icy patches on the sidewalk. 

Last week we had a significant snowfall in Philly, followed by several days of brutally frigid temperatures. I scanned my calendar, counting the days until Phillies' baseball, outdoor neighborhood flea markets, and historic walking tours.

As members of my family scoffed at my displeasure with the white stuff, I will admit that it does look lovely -- in a photo. So, for everyone who likes snow, I've posted a few pretty Philly photos for you!

Citizen Bank Ballpark 
(home of Phillies baseball!)

Strawberry Mansion 
Fairmount Park

Independence Mall

Chhaya Cafe
East Passyunk Avenue

Bainbridge Green Park

Have a good week, Everyone!

(photo of Snoopy c/o;
 photo of Citizens Bank Park c/o;
 photo of Strawberry Mansion c/o;
 photo of Independence Mall c/o;
 photo of Chhaya Cafe c/o;
 photo of Bainbridge Green c/o

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Cruising for Love" in the New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and peaceful holiday season. Crimson Romance, who puts together the most awesome bundles, starts 2018 by taking readers out to sea! Released this week, Cruising for Love: 4 Ship-Shape Romances! 

It's an honor to share the stage with Crimson authors, R.C. Matthews, Cait O'Sullivan, and Peggy Gaddis. 


Set a course for adventure with these four couples as they take to the high seas only to find new romance.

Little White Lies: (R. C. Matthews)
Attorney Madalyn Russell may have dumped her fiancĂ© at the altar, but no way is she rejecting the honeymoon cruise. Unfortunately, she didn’t cancel the newlywed package, and now she’s stuck as a single in a lovebird world. That is, until a devilishly handsome man with a secret, Royce Spencer, offers a deliciously indecent proposal: He’ll pose as her husband in exchange for companionship during the cruise. She can’t deny their attraction, but will their little white lies make too many waves when Royce’s past finally catches up with him?

Romancing the Seas: (Cait O’ Sullivan)
When a relationship gone bad sinks sous-chef Pippa Renshaw’s plans, she swaps her job in a prestigious London restaurant to become the head chef on a cruise ship sailing around New Zealand. It’s a great escape plan until a mix-up means she has to share a suite with her new boss, the delectable Jonathon Eagleton, who is no happier about the circumstances. These two can handle the simmer… but when the heat turns up, is it a recipe for true love?

Reach for Tomorrow: (Peggy Gaddis)
Nurse Claire Frazier was devoted to her fiancé, until he threw that love back in her face. Disillusioned and burning with shame, she books passage on a world cruise, along with an intriguing collection of fellow passengers: an attractive second officer, a detective, and a confidence artist. Is love waiting once again at the next port of call?

Magic Moment: (Angela Adams)
Shortly after the FBI brings in Laura Roberts for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she keeps the books, a gang of thugs snatch her off the street. Chase Donovan boarded his boat intending to spend a few peaceful days getting his head together, but instead he finds trouble when he interrupts two men assaulting a woman in his cabin. What’s more, they claim his father told them to do it. Chase doesn’t want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn’t understand why she’s a target. Can they put their mutual attraction and time on his yacht to work to discover the truth before someone dies?

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Cruising for Love will be featured in a upcoming tour c/o Goddess Fish Promotions. Stay tuned for details!

Have a good week, Everyone!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I'm taking a break from blogging to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Best wishes to everyone for happiness, good health, and peace. 

In the meantime, I leave you with words to ponder by one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters -- "the Grinch!"

(photo c/o

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Do you have a favorite Christmas Song?

During this time of year, you'll hear lots of Christmas music streaming through my house. The other day, when I was having a "writer block/brain freeze" moment, I just sat back and concentrated on the music, a trio of ballads, "O Holy Night," "What Child is This?," "The Christmas Song."

These tunes happened to be several of my favorites. Closing my eyes, I took a deep breath and simply concentrated on the words and melody. When the arc was over -- and the commercial began to play -- my "brain freeze" had defrosted.

Anyone have a favorite Christmas song (or songs!)? Do you gravitate toward the sentimental songs that make you teary-eyed? Or the gleeful ones that make you feel "jolly" and "bright?" Have you ever considered what about that song makes it so appealing?

Enjoy the music, Everyone, and have a great week!

(photo c/o

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Around Philly!

This time of year always brings back childhood memories for many of us. My most cherished  memory of the season is strolling through the South Philly streets with my Mom and Grandmother (affectionately called "Gram"), and admiring the Christmas decorations and Tree Lightings.

When we were tired of walking, we would stop in Woolworth's (aka "Five & Dime" --  anyone remember those?) for something warm to drink (tea for Mom, coffee for Gram, and hot chocolate for me). Once relaxed, warm, and ready to go, we would trek back home.

Although thanks to the internet, I can admire and share some of the current Philadelphia sights, I do miss strolling with Mom and Gram.

Citizens Bank Park 
(home of the Philadelphia Phillies)

East Passyunk Avenue Christmas Tree

Elfreth's Alley

South Smedley Street

Rittenhouse Square

South 13th Street

Any Holiday memories you'd like to share? We would love to hear them. Have a good week, Everyone!

(photos c/o;;;;;;


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Books for Children!

'Tis the season for adorable Holiday picture books for children. Few settings are more relaxing than a fireplace, hot chocolate, and sharing a book with the little one in your life!

If you have toddlers, preschoolers, or Kindergarten-age children in your family, check out these reads!

A World of Cookies for Santa 
M.E. Furman and Susan Gal

Travel across the globe and discover the special treats awaiting Santa on Christmas Eve.

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December's Gift: An Interfaith Holiday Story
Ashley Smith-Santos, Stassie Bitton, and Sandra Salsbury

Clara and her two grandmothers, Bubbe and Grammy, prepare special treats -- and recall memories -- during their special holiday season.

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My First Kwanzaa
Karen Katz

A sweet introduction to a holiday celebrating the value of family, friends, and community.

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Have a good week, Everyone!

(Poinsettia photo c/o