I’m counting down until the opening of Days, our favorite ice cream place down the shore. This year it reopens for the season on May 6. Can’t wait. Days is Ocean Grove’s oldest continually operating business. It’s been around since 1876 in various locations.
Look for a subtle nod to Days in #2 of the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series.
I’m in the process of writing #2 in the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series and am working on a scene where the hero visits the heroine at her condo in Jersey City. The heroine is Cuban and she knows that the hero loves Cuban food. Unfortunately, she’s been hard at work over the weekend, but she still knows where to go to pick up some great Cuban food before she comes home.
So what’s a typical kind of Cuban meal? I’ve shared some recipes with you before, so here’s a list of what you’ll see in the scene I’m busy writing. You can click on the links for the recipes or visit my Cook’s Treat page.
Black beans and rice for sure!
Citrus-marinated Roast Pork
Plantains of some kind – how about Mashed ones or ripe plantains (maduros)?
Ropa Vieja (a shredded beef dish)
Flan for dessert
I’m thinking maybe a nice sangria to help wash everything down!
Look for ONE SUMMER NIGHT, #1 in the At the Shore Series, in October 2017. You can pre-order this contemporary romance at the following sites:
Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/2krMwfE
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/2kYLWZV
iBooks: Coming Soon!
Kobo: Coming Soon!
Sorry I wasn’t with you earlier this week, but I took the opportunity of a long weekend to plant my butt in the chair and do a marathon writing session on #2 in the AT THE SHORE contemporary romance series. This book is tentatively titled DANCED ALL NIGHT, but I’ve really been rethinking that title based on the themes that are emerging as I plow more and more into the book.
The hero and heroine of the story, uptight lawyer Connie Reyes, and laid-back surfer dude inventor Jon Pierce, are like oil and water. Dynamite and a match. Despite that, they are perfect together and it’s been really interesting so far showing how they came together a long ago summer (wow – another possible title concept) and where they both are now.
I love second chance at love stories like this one, especially when there is an unexpected surprise as well. I suspect that these two characters are going to have yet more surprises for me as I write their story.
Since this book happens at the same time as ONE SUMMER NIGHT (a true writing challenge), you’ll get to see more of Maggie and Owen from that story and also check out the hero and heroine for #3, unromantic wedding planner Emma Grant and sexy chef Carlo Texeira. It is a stand alone story, however. No worries on that one.
Anyway – if you’ve ever wondered what my winter writing place down the shore looks like, here it is! In the summer you’ll find me out on that little balcony amidst the flowers that I plant.
Sorry I’ve been absent off and on, but lots of new things going on in my life. Some moving and downsizing. Some revisions and getting to work on #2 in the AT THE SHORE contemporary romance series.
Also, I’m now the President of the Liberty States Fiction Writers. Very exciting, especially since we’re having our 8th Annual Conference in a little over a month. There are some great workshops for writers and an awesome line-up of panels and fun events for readers. You can check them out here: http://bit.ly/2fh79LJ
I hope to see some of you there!
Today I’m sharing a teaser from UNDER THE BOARDWALK. In this sensual and emotional story, a husband and wife, Chase and Natalie, have lost the passion as their lives have pulled them apart. The love is still there, but it is caught up in a lot of other things that are keeping them from being real with each other. In this story, they get real again and try to rekindle their love and marriage, but also find themselves again.
Natalie Ramirez has spent less and less time with her husband over the last year and more and more time alone. She longs for the happy days of summer when she and Chase would pass the time together on the beach and under the boardwalk, exploring the passion that simmered between them as hot as any summer sun.
Chase Smith had to work hard for everything he ever had, including his wife Natalie. His wife had never wanted for anything in her life and Chase didn’t want to disappoint her. But somewhere along the way, Chase lost sight of the most important thing she wanted: his love.
A passionate night under the boardwalk brought them together, but can Chase and Natalie rekindle that lost love and save their marriage?
Click here if you cannot see the excerpt below!
UNDER THE BOARDWALK is part of the Summer Heat anthology which is now free for Kindle Unlimited members!
An exciting day on multiple counts. Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow, so an early spring is on the way. (Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but I’m choosing to ignore that LOL!).
I got a release date for ONE SUMMER NIGHT, the first book in the AT THE SHORE contemporary romance series from Sourcebooks. So excited. ONE SUMMER NIGHT will be out in October 2017.
Today’s throwback is in honor of summer days and nights on the Jersey Shore. It’s my favorite place to be at my favorite time of year.
I love my fellow Lucky 7 Romance Authors! What a talented, welcoming, fun and smart group of ladies. It’s always a pleasure to work with them on a project, like our new Lucky 7 Hot Heroes.
This is a photo of 4 of the Lucky 7 Ladies (from the left Sophia Knightly, moi, Susan Hatler and Virna DePaul all the way to the right). Sandwiched next to Virna and Susan is the lovely and talented Sharon Hamilton. If you like military heroes like those in my Take a Chance series, you’ll love Sharon’s sexy Seals.
To celebrate the release of our new LUCKY 7 HOT HEROES anthology, we want to know what you like in a hero, so:
Tattoos? No tattoos? I have to be honest and say not too many and it really depends on the guy. Some guys can really carry it off.
Come and share your opinion!