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Bradley Beach Inspiration #AtTheShore #WriteWed

Good morning and Happy Hump Day! I’ve shared some other inspiration for Sea Kiss, the fictional Jersey Shore town in the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series. Today I’m sharing another one of the towns, Bradley Beach, that inspired some elements in the story, like the gazebos behind the Pierce and Sinclair mansions.

I love Bradley Beach and spending time there. It’s a quiet family kind of town with a lovely paved boardwalk, gardens along the ocean block, a lovely fountain and of course, its signature gazebos. Some of the highlights of the summer there for me include their Memorial Day parade with an assortment of bands as well as the fabulous 4th of July fireworks. I just love fireworks and was so happy to see some on the cover of One Summer Night.

So for today’s Write Wednesday, a short video with highlights from Bradley Beach!

If you can’t see the video below, please click here or follow this link: https://youtu.be/JMyikM2vxW8

Prizes for Readers #Giveaway #FreebieFriday

Happy Friday and boy do I love those words because it means I get to take to get some extra writing in, stay up late, and stroll along the boardwalk!

It’s also Freebie Friday and we’ve still got the Prizes for Readers contest going on. Everyone is a winner since they will receive either free or discounted books. Last day to enter is May 25 so don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity!

Prizes for Readers Giveaway

I’m participating in a fabulous contest with my author friends at https://www.prizesforreaders.com/. Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (your choice,) while voting for the best blurb and cover. Super easy one-click entry, no Rafflecopter or anything complicated.

No matter what, you are a winner! Even if your name is not selected for the gift certificate, you will be receiving free book download links from various authors for your reading pleasure and I’ve specially priced JUST ONE NIGHT at .99 cents for you. Please note you must be 18 or older. US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only. Void where prohibited.

Thank you!

My Best Friend & Buffy #ThrowbackThursday

My daughter and I used to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer together off and on. Me more than my daughter, but she indulged me about it. This is a photo of us all dressed and ready for the Season 6 premiere. We had a fun time watching at our little party and even had some friends join us for the show.

Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the show first came on the air.

Buffy Premiere Party

Wanted: Inspiration #WisdomWednesday #WriteWed

Now that I’ve got your attention . . . LOL!

I sometimes hear that a writer is waiting for inspiration or for the muse to hit to get started on a story. It makes me wonder what will happen if the muse is missing or that inspiration never materializes. It makes me wonder about what I write since I’m not the kind to sit and wait (for anything actually) and I just plopped my butt in the chair one day and decided to write.

Of course that was after a 5th Grade class assignment revealed to me that the stories in my head could become like one of the stories I loved to read. After writing my first book in the 5th grade, working on stories through high school, college and law school, it took a long time for me to say, “I’m finally going to do this.”

I haven’t looked back from that moment. I sat and I wrote. Every day. I didn’t sit and wait for inspiration and a muse because I’m the kind of person who believes that you make your own luck. That you control your destiny and that if you want something, you need to go for it full tilt like Don Quixote at the windmill.

Is it easy? Not always, in fact, most times not. There’s work and family and friends and a thousand other things that can pull you away from that story you want to write. You’ve got to want to write that story really bad and you’ve got to let the people in your life know that you want to write that story really bad. If they love you, they’ll understand and be supportive. They’ll celebrate with you when you say you’ve finished the story of your heart. They’ll hold you when you get that first rejection letter. They’ll be at your side when you get that box of books that says you’ve been published.

But that will only happen if you sit down and write, the muse be damned.

I’ll leave you now with a quote from a woman who was a friend, mentor, and most importantly, my mom: Nothing worthwhile is every easy.

10 Tips for Growing Tomatoes #TuesdayTip

There is nothing tastier than a ripe tomato right off the vine, warm from the summer sun. A rinse, some salt or a little balsamic vinegar and you have an amazing treat.

Here are ten tips for how you can grow your own tasty tomatoes:

1. When choosing a tomato, make sure it’s right for your area and see if it is determinate or indeterminate. Determinate tomatoes will yield fruits for only 1 to 2 months, while indeterminate will bear fruit season long. ROMA tomatoes are a popular kind of determinate tomato. BETTER BOY or BIG BEEF are indeterminate types of tomatoes. You can visit Bonnie Plants for a list of more varieties or check the plant sticker in the pot at the nursery.

2. When planting, place your seedlings and/or transplants right up to the first set of leaves. You’ll get new roots all along the stem and more roots mean more tomatoes! However, don’t buy plants that are too leggy and overgrown.

3. Tomatoes will grow best in sandy or loose soils. They also like soil on the slightly acidic side. Add peat moss or coffee grounds to the soil to keep your tomatoes happy.

4. During season, water at least once every 5 days. During especially hot or dry weather, shoot for 2 or 3 times a week. Water the roots and not the leaves if at all possible. I set up a soaker house with a timer in my garden that waters just a little bit every day. Soaker houses are also great since they go directly to the roots and avoid water waste. You should also water regularly to avoid blossom end rot (that black stuff on the bottom of the tomato).

5. Tomatoes need about 8 hours of direct sunlight. That can be a mix of morning and afternoon sun.

6. Don’t crowd your plants. Tomatoes like space and it will avoid bugs and fungus moving from one plant to the other and also allow them to get the sunlight they need.

7. After you water, mulch. The mulch helps keep weeds from growing and keeps the soil from drying out too quickly. I use a cedar mulch since cedar also helps to keep away bugs.

8. Once the plant starts to get taller, trim off the bottom leaves. They are the ones most likely to get wet and develop fungus. Trimming them off may help stop that.

9. Be sure to stake/support your tomatoes. Tomato cages work will as do trellises in larger garden plots.

10. Fertilize your plants when you first plant them, but then wait until you have the first fruits to fertilize again. Too much fertilizer will encourage lots of leaves and growth, but not fruits.

I hope those tips help you get lots and lots of tomatoes from your garden this year!
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Hideo Muraoka Model #ManCandyMonday

You know, it really is a tough thing to find fresh and exciting new Man Candy for you every Monday. A tough job, but someone has to do it.

This morning, we’re going with someone different – male model Hideo Muraoka. Hideo is a fashion model and entrepreneur who is half Brazilian and half Japanese. He was on the Pinoy Big Brother series and has appeared in ads for several companies, including Versace.

Can we say hot, hot, hot? Wow. Thanks to Hideo’s Instagram for this photo! Feel free to visit Hideo’s website at http://www.stylehm.com/ to see more of Hideo and his beautiful family!

Good morning 😃💥💪💪👍 #tbt 😳📷 by @wongsim

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One Summer Night Cover Reveal & Prizes for Reader #Giveaways

Good morning and Happy Friday! We’re continuing with the Cover Reveal celebration today!

First of all, thanks to everyone who spent the day with me! I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. I’ll be picking the giveaway winners over the weekend and will announce the winners on Monday! Please keep on sharing and tagging until midnight EST Saturday to be eligible to win the #giveaways at the One Summer Night Cover Reveal.

If you’re not a lucky winner, don’t fret. There is a Second Chance Prize giveaway that will be open until midnight EST Monday, May 15th. I’ll be posting links to blogs that have been kind enough to take part in my cover reveal in the comments section of this Facebook Post. Leave a comment at one or all of those blogs and I will pick someone to win a $10 gift card, T-shirt, Koozie and autographed copy of an earlier release!

For those of you who don’t participate on Facebook, you can leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win $10 gift card, T-shirt, Koozie and autographed copy of an earlier release! You can leave comments at the blogs through midnight EST May 15th. I will pick a winner on Tuesday, May 16th!

Video Premiere At the Shore Contemporary Romance Series

Blurb for ONE SUMMER NIGHT

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family’s business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey Shore. But now, she’s out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn’t stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he’s determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he’s more than just trouble with a capital T…

You can pre-order ONE SUMMER NIGHT at the following retailers:

Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/2krMwfE
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/2kYLWZV
B&N: http://bit.ly/2kNuo0p
iBooks: http://apple.co/2qsqdwx
Kobo: Coming Soon!

Prizes for Readers Giveaway

I’m participating in a fabulous contest with my author friends at https://www.prizesforreaders.com/. Enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (your choice,) while voting for the best blurb and cover. Super easy one-click entry, no Rafflecopter or anything complicated. Winner will be announced on May 13 or May 14th.

No matter what, you are a winner! Even if your name is not selected for the gift certificate, you will be receiving free book download links from various authors for your reading pleasure and I’ve specially priced JUST ONE NIGHT at .99 cents for you. Please note you must be 18 or older. US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia only. Void where prohibited.

Thank you!