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Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop!

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Categories: Entangled Publishing, Giveaway

Happy almost Halloween! To celebrate, I’m participating along with over 100 other blogs in a blog hop! Talk about spooktacular! There’s giveaways and wicked fun at each stop so be sure to keep reading to find out what I’m giving away and to hop to the rest of the blogs!

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Since costumes are a big part of Halloween, I asked a few of my characters what they were dressing up as, and here’s what they had to say…

Luke Watters and Sela Sullivan from Kissing the Maid of Honor:

“Luke is going to be bacon and I’m going to be a chocolate bar,” Sela said.
Luke grinned. “And at the end of the night we’re going to ea–”
“Luke!”

Shane Sullivan and Kagan Owens from Her Accidental Boyfriend:

“We’re dressing as James Bond and his Bond girl,” Shane said. “I think I’m gonna get lucky.”
“All you have to do is smile and you get lucky,” Kagan chimed in.

Troy Streiber and Erin Watters from Wild About Her Wingman:

“I’m dressing as a bun maker,” Troy said.
“And I’m going to be a bun in the oven.” Erin was positively glowing as she said this. Hmm…

Zane Hollander and Sophie Birch from Keeping Mr. Right Now:

“We’re doing the devil and angel thing,” Zane said, putting his arm around Sophie.
“Only I’m the devil and he’s my angel,” Sophie added with a sly smile.
“I can’t wait for you to be bad,” Zane added with a definite sparkle in his amazing blue eyes.

Hugh Langston and Tess Damon from Veiled Target:

“We’re going to be pirates,” Tess said excitedly. “I haven’t dressed up since I was little.”
“Aaarrgghh. And ye better be prepared to be boarded,” Hugh said.
“What is it they say? Save a ship. Ride a pirate.” Tess grinned at this.
So did Hugh.

<sigh> I just love all these characters.

*Giveaway!*

Leave me a comment on this post telling me what one of your favorite costumes has been and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to the online store of your choice! Want an extra entry? Sign up for my newsletter in the top right hand corner of this page and you’ve got it!  (I’ve been on an Octoberquest this month, too, and you might want to click on the Giveaway tab at the top of this page.) One winner will be randomly chosen and their name posted here on November 1st.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad you did! Happy Halloween!

HOP to the rest of the ghoulishly good blogs by clicking  below!

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Octoberquest Check-in

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Categories: Life Lately

Hey there! I can’t believe the month is almost over! Only a week until Halloween and then before we know it, it will be Christmas. Crazy! So I just wanted to report back that this month has been really fun. I’ve done some new things, read a new author – by the way, I really enjoyed Shirley Jump’s, The Sweetheart Secret – and this weekend there’s one more thing on the “new” list.

My hubby and I are headed to Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns on Sunday night. I’m super excited! Over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins are going to light up for us! You can see what it’s all about here.

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And there’s one more thing I want to share with you. I’m not getting it in this month because they were booked up, but this particular quest has been on my bucket list for a long time and it’s going to happen on December 5th! With my mom! She and I are going to…

Skydive!

Yep, you read that right! We are going to jump out of an airplane! We’re doing tandem jumps, meaning we’ll be strapped to a professional, and you can bet I’ll share all the details of how it goes here on my blog. I’m SO excited! And no doubt will want to throw up on that day, I’ll be so nervous, but I’m going for it anyway!

I also wanted to give you a heads up that next week I’ve got a super fun Halloween blog post as part of Entangled’s Wicked Blog Hop celebration. There are tons of fabulous authors and bloggers participating, so I hope you’ll check it out!

That’s it for now! Have a very happy weekend!!

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Color Me Pink

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This past weekend in my quest to try new things during October, my hubby and I ran in The Color Run. It was SO much fun! We had the best time and I loved getting sprayed with color during the 5k. Here’s how it went…

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Here I am before the race, all nice and white. I was trying to show off my Color Run tattoo on my hand, but you can’t really see it.

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Signs like this signaled when color was coming. There were four colors: pink, yellow, purple and blue.

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We ran under archways like this for each color and then got sprayed! Run volunteers held spray bottles of powered color and nailed us as we ran by. I was smiling the whole way! My hubby told me my teeth were blue and yellow by the time we finished the race.

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Here we are at the end of the race… but wait, there’s more!

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As fun as getting sprayed in color during the run, the real color happens after the race. With music blaring and color packets in our hands all the runners get to toss their own color and watch it rain down. It was crazy! One giant color fog!

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Holy crap, it was thick!

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Once the fog cleared, we took one last picture and then headed to breakfast. Where I had this…

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 A yummy mimosa, only this was one new to me with peach and orange juices and fresh blueberries. We sat outside and it was the perfect end to a fun morning.

I highly recommend The Color Run!! It’s very lo-key and if you’re not a runner, that’s okay. There were lots of people walking too. I can’t wait to sign up for another one!

So… have any of you done anything new lately?

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Her Accidental Boyfriend Book Birthday

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Categories: Her Accidental Boyfriend, Life Lately

Today is the one year anniversary for Her Accidental Boyfriend and to celebrate, Shane is here! He’s agreed to sit down with me and answer a few of my questions. Oh, and I may have coaxed him out of his shirt.

You’re welcome.

Shane-shutterstock_133595492Me: You can put your shirt back on now.

Shane: [chuckles] Thanks.

Me: Thank you for being here today. So, since the new fall television season is underway, I thought we’d talk about TV.  Device you watch on?

Shane: A 52-inch drop screen in my living room.

Me: That’s awesome. Does all remote control power lie with you, or does Kagan have some say?

Shane: I’m pretty much putty in Kagan’s hands so whatever she wants to watch I’m okay with. Unless it’s baseball. We’re rivals in that department and even though my team lost in the first round, I may have rubbed the playoffs  in her face a little bit since the Yank’s didn’t get that far.

Me: That’s right! You’re an Angels fan and she’s a Yankees fan. You have to admit watching Derek Jeter those last few games was special, though.

Shane: Absolutely.

Me: Funniest person on TV?

Shane: The guy on the Big Bang Theory. Kagan and I love that show.

Me: What snacks do you like to eat while watching?

Shane: [smirks] Well, I love to nibble on Kagan, but she often insists we share a bowl of popcorn or Pirate Booty.

Me: I love those. Have you got a guilty pleasure?

Shane: I can sit and watch some of those shows on HGTV all day.

Me: Given you’re vice president of one of the most respected architectural firms in the country, I can see that. Okay, show you’d like to guest star on?

Shane: NCIS.

Me: Celebrity crush?

Shane: Jimmy Fallon. [smiles]

Me: He is pretty crush-worthy. Last question. Since this month I’m trying to do new things, what new thing would you like to try?

Shane: [raises eyebrows in a far too flirtatious manner]

Me: Aside from dirty things with Kagan!

Shane: In that case, I’ll go with plant a garden. Kagan’s favorite flowers are Ranunculus, and I’ve been meaning to surprise her.

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Is he awesome or what? *sigh* Hey, I also wanted to mention that I’ve got a post up today at Magical Musings celebrating Her Accidental Boyfriend and there’s a giveaway.

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Booklovers Contest!

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I’m participating in an easy peasy event in honor of Halloween – and books! – and wanted to share the details and Rafflecopter with you right here. Here’s the scoop…

Night Owl Reviews is hosting a contest from October 1 – October 31 where readers simply like Facebook pages or follow Twitter accounts to be entered. What’s up for grabs? Lots!

3 = $100 Amazon Gift Cards

4 = $50 Amazon Gift Cards

27 = $25 Amazon Gift Cards

That’s a lot of winners and a lot of gift cards! Night Owl Reviews’ event page is HERE, but you can stay put and enter the Rafflecopter below if you want to! Good luck and thanks so much for participating!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Octoberquest: Love to Read

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Categories: Books, Life Lately, Romance

Happy Thursday! Okay, so I went to my favorite store, Barnes & Noble, and with Octoberquest on my mind, stopped in front of this shelf to select a new author to read.

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There are so, so many wonderful romance authors I’ve yet to read, but two things had me picking the book I did. The first was the author herself. I met Shirley Jump this past August at the RWA conference. We were standing in line at Starbucks and she said hello to me first – by name! Holy crap! She recognized me from FB, where we’re friends – and she was the nicest, nicest person! I tried not to go too fan girl on her, and we chatted for a bit and I couldn’t stop smiling at her. I’m thinking it wasn’t my stalker smile since she didn’t make a quick escape. So anyway, that’s the first reason – she rocks! The second reason I chose her book (which is in the top right hand corner of the bookshelf, by the way) is the cover:

The-Sweetheart-Secret-medIt reminded me of this cover that I have a pretty big soft spot for:

WildAboutHerWingman-SmallI’m one of those goofy people that takes little things like this as a sign and so my new author this month is Shirley Jump, with her new book, The Sweetheart Secret. I would love, love, love it, if you wanted to read the book with me this month! I’m thinking we can meet back here the last week of October to discuss. Even if Shirley isn’t a new read for you, join me!

So tell me, who are one or two of your favorite authors? Who must I include in my TBR pile?

**Giveaway Reminder**
For every comment on my blog this month, you’ll be entered to win a $25.00 gift card. Please help me spread the word!

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Octoberquest: The Food Edition

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Categories: Food/Recipes, Life Lately

Hey there! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by and commented on my first Octoberquest post! It’s so great to have you with me this month! Seriously great.

Okay, so this weekend I started things off with one of my favorite things: food.

I plan to make the awesome and easy cake recipe that Lindsey posted in the comments, but I’ve been meaning to try an Apple Crisp recipe a friend gave me, so that’s what I did. I think apple crisps are the perfect fall treat and this one did not disappoint! It was yummy. Here’s the recipe:

2 large apples, peeled and sliced
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter

1) Heat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Spread apple slices in ungreased 8 inch square pan.

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Here’s the finished product…

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My hubby and I also went out to grab a quick dinner this past weekend and were in the mood for burgers so we went to a place called Smash Burger. In the spirt of Octoberquest, I ordered a totally new kind of burger, and holy hamburger, was it good! I can’t remember the name of the burger, but it included a fried egg, crispy wonton, cucumbers, tomato, and cilantro. (It reminded me of the burger that’s in Keeping Mr. Right Now and that’s why I chose it. Yes, I’ve still got Zane on the brain.) Here’s a picture…

IMG_1135So I’m feeling like I’m off to a good start with my quest this month. I also laid the groundwork for something I’ve been wanting to do forever and am super excited – and nervous! – about, but more on that later.  How was your weekend?

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Octoberquest + Giveaway!

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Categories: Giveaway, Life Lately

Happy October! So I thought I’d have a little fun this month and put my own spin on Octoberfest. I’m calling it Octoberquest. What the heck does that mean, you ask? Well, it means I’m on a quest this month. A quest to try new things. Whether it be trying a new recipe, eating at a new restaurant, doing something I’ve never done before, reading a new author… you get the idea.

I’m going to share my adventures with you here on my blog and on Facebook and Twitter. AND, I’d love to have you join me! It’s always more fun doing things with friends, so if you want to try new things this month too, that would be awesome. Report back here with what you’re up to and I’ll cheer you on and high five your accomplishments.

Also joining me on my Octoberquest are some of my heroes and heroines from my books! They’ll be stopping in throughout the month. So if you haven’t read my books, you’ll get a peek at my characters that I hope makes you want to read more. And for you awesome readers who’ve already read their stories (thank you!!!!), I hope you’ll enjoy hearing from them again.

This is going to be such a great month! To say thanks for sharing it with me, for every comment from October 1 – October 31, you’ll be entered to win a $25.00 gift card to the online store of your choice! The winner’s name will be posted here on November 1st.

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Baseball and the Beach

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Hey there! Happy  last few days of summer! Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now-y! ~Terri Guillemets

I love that quote.

I love this time of year. Love the warm weather and the little peeks of fall, and while my kids have gone back to school, it’s still fresh and new and so there aren’t any complaints yet! I also love eating strawberries by the carton and corn on the cob off the grill. And I enjoy indulging in gelato, because you know, when it’s hot out, what better thing to do than eat some yummy cold goodness.

But two of the very best things about summer have always been baseball and the beach. Baseball has been a huge part of my family’s life since my two boys were little and my husband started coaching them. The baseball field became a second home, teammates and their parents a second family. I have such wonderful memories of days spent in the stands cheering our teams on, and was especially proud of and happy for my hubby when he received the Coach of the Year award. Now that my boys are older (who said they could do that?) we love to watch games on TV, and we go to Dodger and Angel stadium as often as we can. We’ve caught foul balls, rooted for our favorite players—I am sooo sad to see Derek Jeter retire!—and eaten more hot dogs and garlic fries than I care to admit.

With baseball our summer sport of choice, the beach is our destination of choice. Living in Southern California, we‘re super lucky to have the beach practically in our backyard. Lazy days spent seaside are truly some of my favorite times. Growing up, my boys were total fish and there was nothing better than spending a day swimming and boogie boarding in the ocean. Then they’d run onto shore and build sandcastles and dig holes deep enough to hide in. Yes, we’ve all gotten sunburned. Yes, one of us has been stung by a jellyfish and brought home a sand crab in his pocket. And yes, one of us thought she was going to drown during a surf lesson when she fell off the board and did a few spastic somersaults under the water.

Oops. Did I say she? Okay, yes that was me. And that particular surfing fiasco was the inspiration for the surf lesson scene in my newest novel, KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW. Luckily for my heroine, Sophie, she’s got pro surfer Zane to save her when she goes head over feet into the water. I did get back on the board, but now I prefer a paddleboard to a surfboard. There’s something magical about the ocean that makes me feel so content, and if I could, I’d stay out there all day, every day. I hope you’re enjoying these last days of summer!

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