#ManCandyMonday Jacob deGrom #Mets #Yougottabelieve

Wow, dare I believe? The Mets swept the Nationals and are now in a tie for first place. As much as I thought this was possible, having it be a reality is . . . Well, I’m a Mets fan. We are diehard optimists up until that very last day of the season. I even think that this year we’ll see some playoff action and who knows what else. Dare I dream of a World Series spot? You bet I will!

Part of the reason for that is a stable of talented young arms, including Jacob deGrom who pitched an amazing inning at the All Star Game, throwing only 10 pitches to retire the side. Wow. An All-Star record by they way. Not to mention that he was the National League Rookie of the Year last year!

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#FreebieFriday JUST ONE NIGHT #Giveaway

Just One Night Sexy Military RomanceGood morning and Happy Friday. It’s Freebie Friday and I have 250 e-copies of JUST ONE NIGHT to giveaway. This is one of my fav stories and the first one in the Take a Chance Military Series. To download your free copy of JUST ONE NIGHT, just go to http://www.instafreebie.com/free/mpx6b.

If you read and enjoy JUST ONE NIGHT, please take a moment to leave a review for me!

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#ThrowbackThursday One Direction Contest & My Mini-Me

When Hurricane Sandy hit nearly three years ago, we were lucky that my daughter’s just opened surf and skate shop was not physically damaged. Economically was a different story since the area really suffered during that first year. Despite that, and hurting herself, my daughter donated a portion of her sales to Hurricane Sandy relief and even sold her One Direction tickets and donated that money.

She was able to see One Direction last year since I bought her tickets for a conference last year, but she’d love to see them again and is part of a contest. Please help her out by clicking here to like her video!

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First day #RWA15

We had a great first day at RWA. My friend Nisha started it off by surprising us with a stretch limo for the ride in. Good thing because we needed all the space for our stuff.
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We got into New York on record time, checked in, unpacked and hung out with some friends before going to dinner at Dos Caminos and the readings at Lady Jane’s Salon. Here is my tasty Mango margarita and the gang at the salon.

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Afterward we ended the night back at the Marriott and Junior’s and this awesome cheesecake. I shared it with my buddy because it was just too rich.
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I will keep you posted on our other adventures. Today is lunch with friends 😊, exploring New York and the Literacy Book Signing. Hope to see you there if you are in the area.

P.S.- this is something new. My first smartphone created post! 😨

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#RWA2015

This is a crazy week, so I’ll be posting off and on due to the RWA National Conference.

I’m very excited to be attending the RWA National Conference in New York City this week. It’s always fun to be able to have a conference in your home town and spend time with friends. I hope some of you will be able to make it in for the big literacy signing on Wednesday, July 22, or if you’re attending the conference, pop by either the literacy signing, the Indie signing or one of my workshops to say hello!

Click here for details for the RWA Literacy Signing.

TTYS and hope to see some of you at the conference!

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My Pinterest Recipe Board #FoodieFriday

Two years ago I had to have surgery on my knee and since I had to stay home, my daughter and I decided to do a week of recipes from our Pinterest boards. The really funny thing was that both of us had pinned many of the same recipes we wanted to try. We had a fun week of cooking and recuperating!

Today, I’m sharing my board with you. Check it out for recipes to make over the weekend or when you have a free moment.
Follow Caridad’s board Recipes on Pinterest.

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#ThrowbackThursday The Girls of Summer

I love baseball and I especially loved going to watch my daughter play Little League softball. It was always such fun to go and cheer for her and her teammates and watch the games. This is a picture of my daughter when she was getting ready to play. I think this photo was from he year her team was 21-0 and won the championship.
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#TuesdayTip #RWA2015 Places to Dine in #NYC #TimesSquare

The RWA Conference is almost here and I’m so looking forward to seeing some of you and spending time with you! Part of that time will be spent dining and for those who are not familiar with New York City or the Times Square area, here are some places I would recommend.

    Juniors – West 45th St. between Broadway and 8th Ave.: Average deli sandwiches, but amazing cheesecake. Expect to wait. You could also hop over to their location in the Grand Central Terminal Food Court.

    Havana Central-151 West 46th Street (Between 6th & 7th Ave): Good Cuban food at reasonable prices. Excellent mojitos! $1 empanadas during Happy Hour (4 to 7 pm)

    John’s Pizzeria-260 W. 44th Street: A NY Pizza Icon located in an abandoned church. The Italian food here is also good if you’re not in the mood for pizza.

    Virgil’s BBQ-152 West 44th Street (Between Broadway and 6th Avenue): I love BBQ, ribs and hush puppies and Virgil’s has some of the best. Also try their Mac and Cheese.

    Osteria al Doge-142 West 44 St.: Elegant dining with Northern Italian food. Their carpaccio appetizer and liver as a main course were delicious! A varied menu of meats, fish and pasta to please everyone.

If you’re willing to venture a little farther from the Marriott Marquis, try these restaurants.

    Bryant Park Grill-25 West 40th Street (Back the NY Public Library and in front of Great Lawn in Bryant Park): This is one of my fav places. Great food and ambiance in lovely Central Park.

    Pershing Square-90 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue Across Grand Central Station: Another fav. Located beneath – yes BENEATH – the Park Avenue bridge, this place can be a little noisy but the food is excellent. If you need to do a breakfast meeting, they have delicious breakfast fare.

    Oyster Bar-Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street: A NY Institution. Enjoy the architecture besides the amazing oyster pan roast made on steam jackets specially made for the restaurant.

    High Tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza-768 5th Ave(59th Street): Amazing location and fabulous high tea if you want to feel upper crusty.

    Restaurant Row-West 46th between 8th and 9th: Lots of different cuisines all along one street. My favs are B. Smiths for elegant nouvelle fusion Southern cuisine and Lydia Bastianich’s Becco. I’d recommend you get reservations for each of these places.

Also, don’t forget Restaurant Week in NYC starts on July 20. You can find a list of participating places at http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week.

Whew, that’s it for now. If you’d like any other info on NYC, just send me an email with your question.

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