Welcome to another Snippet Saturday! Today’s theme is ‘shopping’! Enjoy my snippet from Ain’t Misbehavin, then blog hop to the links below! I’m also at the Aphrodisia blog if you want to drop by!

On a pre-wedding vacation to Europe with her friend, Lena learns her fiancé is cheating on her. Deciding she needs to have some fun herself, she indulges in the sexy New Yorker who’s been trying to get into her pants. But will she lose her heart in the process?

Business brings Tyler to Amsterdam, but a petite bombshell on vacation is what convinces him to stay. Each day brings them closer, and he begins to think she could be the one to curb his bachelor ways. Until he realizes that he’s just the pawn in a game of revenge.

EXCERPT

They reached the heart of the city and exited the bus, walking
around the shops and exploring at random.

Lena found a chunky silver bracelet and funky purse to buy for
Stephanie, and then picked up a necklace with an Eiffel tower charm on it
for Lakisha back at work.

The brief thought of getting Keith a paperweight crossed her mind,
but she quickly dismissed the idea. The bastard didn’t deserve the crumbs
from her croissant.

Tyler had picked up numerous gifts for his sisters and parents and
now hauled around a large shopping bag.

Suddenly, Tyler grabbed her hand and dragged her into a small
shop. He approached a sales lady and started speaking in French and
gesturing toward the mannequin in the window.

Lena frowned. What the heck was he saying? Jeez, she should have
paid more attention in French class. She went to look at the mannequin in
the window.

“Oh, no.” She shook her head. “I could never wear this. This kind
of dress looks good on tall women who are shaped like a coat rack.”

Tyler raised his eyebrows as the sales lady came over and fussed
around Lena. She scowled as she went to work figuring out her
measurements.

A moment later, the lady shuffled her into a small fitting room as
she clutched the dress. She fought the urge to hurl it over the curtain in
rebellion. With a sigh of surrender, she started to undress. When she’d
finally figured out how to put the dress on, she turned to the mirror. Her
jaw dropped.

The black fabric was silk. A thick strap curved over one shoulder,
leaving the other bare. It clung to her curves and fell just above her calves.

“It makes my boobs look great,” she murmured, running her hands
over her torso. She turned, glancing over her shoulder to get a look at her
backside. “Not bad on the butt either.”

“Lena, are you going to come out and show me?” Tyler called from
the other side of the curtain.

She started to and then paused, biting her lip. “No, I don’t think I
will. You picked a winner. I’ll get it, but I want it to be a surprise when
you see me tonight.”

There was a pause from his side of the curtain. “Okay.”

When Lena came out a moment later, she saw Tyler signing a
receipt. Her stomach clenched, and she ran toward him.

“Oh, no. You can’t buy this for me. It’s insanely expensive.”

The sales lady gave her a sharp glance but didn’t comment.

“Don’t worry about it. And you weren’t supposed to look at the price tag.”
He plucked the dress from her hands.

She sighed and wrapped her arms around him. “You didn’t need to
buy that for me.”

“I know I didn’t, but I did. Deal with it.” He dropped a quick kiss
on her lips and then tucked the bag under his arm.

Grabbing her hand, he steered her out the door.

Lissa Matthews
Ashley Ladd
McKenna Jeffries
Taige Crenshaw
Jody Wallace
Eliza Gayle
Vivian Arend
Mari Carr
Lauren Dane
Shelley Munro
TJ Michaels

Well, I had an interesting weekend. Somewhat…do I remember it? Let’s see. Friday started it, and while I got some bad news (losing my health care), I wasn’t the only one. Another writer friend lost her day job (I won’t out her in case she’s keeping it hush hush…though I did on twitter. Wait, she outed herself). So to commiserate our losses together, we went out to a wine bar, ate schnazzy food, drank wine and then proceeded to watch the crappiest movie ever.

I was going to put pictures up of it (as I generally do when I discuss movies), but I’m still too angry at that life suck to give it much attention. Let’s just say we had been about to see Valentine’s Day, and changed it to Wolfman, thinking it would be a nice little paranormal romance. Yeah….not so much. More like a B movie slasher flick. And I like some B movies–Army of Darkness is a cult classic! But Wolfman was two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

Saturday was a Cherry Plotters day. A group of us authors get together and plot, plot, plot! I’m excited for the two authors who plotted for. So much fun and always good food. And a great view! Plus they’re helping me on our loop with my proposal I’m working with for my agent. Loving it!

Sunday…we shall not discuss. Or, okay, let’s just say my child had a ‘going problem’ and we didn’t leave the house. But what I did do during my hours of isolation, was put together and photograph my donation to the Brenda Novak Diabetes auction! I’ve got a cute little ‘bag’ (I say bag, because it’s in a bag instead of a basket, or really, if you win it, it’ll show up stuffed into a nice and neat flat rate box!). So here’s a peek at the pic I took. My auction page isn’t updated, but it’ll be here eventually.

(click to make it bigger!)

Anyway, off to bed. Because I slept like arse last night and I need to be up early to have a final doctor’s visit before my health care goes bye-bye. Sigh. I was so hoping for health care reform…..but that’s a whole other blog topic.

So I left town for about twenty-four hours with my kid to go to a family cabin (not mine, but I get to use it every now and then!). It was fabulous. There’s no internet, and so I bring my laptop and just work. I finished some stuff for my Samhain editor, and almost finished a proposal I’m working on for my agent.

And I built a fire (yes! Without lighter fluid even! Despite my brother telling me it could not be done!) Check out the pics.

Then I did some beach combing the first day, and the second I took my daughter on a nearly 4 mile hike. She’s six, so what a little trooper she was. It’s along a bluff and up hills and down hills, and then back on the beach. She only got grumpy near the end (my bad, should’ve brought a snack!).

Here’s some pretty pics! This is from a trail on Whidbey Island.

(At the beginning of the hike, which started after a big climb up stairs and a hill!)

(Overlooking the prairie that’s been relatively the same since the 1850’s)

(Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula across the way)

(we were hiking up on the bluffs by the trees, then had to climb down to the beach!)

Bottom line I had a great couple of days. So nice to bond with nature and we had some great weather (high 50’s I think!). I have to confess I didn’t completely disconnect with the internet. I tweeted from my phone a couple of times ;) But for the most part…I chillaxed. Even watched some of the Olympics!

Must do this more often….

Since I’m no longer blogging at Naughty and Spice, I’m going to be blogging much more at my own blog. Or attempt to!
::rockon::

Today is Fat Tuesday! Which is totally appropriate since I ate the most fabulously fattening breakfast at a place called Voula’s in Seattle. I’ve only been three times, but I swear I should’ve introduced myself because I’m GOING to be a regular!

Voula’s was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network (which I’ll include the clip below). I ordered something called the Pinata Benedict. It’s like eggs Benedict, but with instead of Canadian bacon it has smoked pork (which they smoke in the parking lot!) Soooo good! And the people there are so much fun.

If you’re in Seattle, you totally need to check this place out! But for now, check out the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives video below!

Well, it’s not the economy closing us (ha!) but, sadly, Naughty and Spice is shutting down. Drop on by for my farewell post!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.” Oscar Wilde

“Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” Victor Hugo

“Whoso loves, believes the impossible.” Elizabeth Barret Browning

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” Author unknown, attributed to an 8-year-old named Greg

“Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.” Ursula K. LeGuin

“A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.” Frank A. Clark

“You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Dr. Seuss

“Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.” Barbara De Angelis

“Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate!” Sandra J. Dykes

“Love at first sight is easy to understand; it’s when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.” Amy Bloom

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” Albert Einstein

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” Mother Theresa

“Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones.” Mignon McLaughlin

Hello, all! If you’re in the Pacific Northwest area, there’s a great signing going on this weekend!

Details:

Saturday February 13th 5-7pm
ParkPlace Books in Kirkland!

Other authors signing besides myself are Megan Chance, Anthea Lawson, Deborah Schneider, and Rebecca Clark! We’re love to see some people drop by!

Have you ever been caught in a compromising position? Come share at Naughty and Spice! (or at least check out the Edward/Bella Barbie dolls in a compromising position pic).

http://www.naughty-and-spice.com/

First, drop by the Bradford bunch for a chance to win Four Play and see the most fabulous (or not) thing EVAH. http://www.thebradfordbunch.com/

Now, onto Snippet Saturday. Today’s theme is ‘Dumped’ read this scene from my book Dangerous Grounds, and then blog hop to the other links below! Happy Saturday!

Something’s hot in Seattle, and it’s not just the espresso.

The Seattle Steam Series

Madison’s needs are simple. All she wants are two things: Make Ooo La Latté the newest trend in espresso, and seduce the sexiest cop in Seattle. But things aren’t going exactly as planned.

First, Gabe’s a little hung up on the fact that she’s his best friend’s little sister, and he’s determined to keep his hands off. Second, her shop gets robbed by the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, and now she’s the only one who can identify him.

Gabe whisks her into hiding for her own protection, but soon finds his heart is under assault by the luscious—and persistent—Madison. But no matter where they hide, danger follows.

On such dangerous grounds, the trick will be to live long enough to keep the flame alive.

EXCERPT

That settled it. The next person to ask why she had come to the party alone was getting the bowl of guacamole thrown at them.

Madison Phillips squeezed her hand around a diet soda, crushing the can and raising the level of the cola. Taking a deep breath, she looked at her brother, who stood below a banner proclaiming, “Welcome home, Eric!”

Her scowl deepened. Not because Eric had returned home from fighting in Iraq—she was more than proud of that. No, it was because he had his beautiful girlfriend snuggled under his arm. They looked so in love it made her nauseous. There were at least a dozen of them—happy couples spread about and looking like they couldn’t wait to get back to the bedroom.

Being the only person without a date, she felt like the damn black sheep of the room. She felt ridiculously self-conscious. But more than that, she felt alone.

“Hi, Madison. Isn’t it great to have your brother home?” Her cousin Stacia passed the refreshment table and grabbed a chip, stuffing it in her mouth. “Hey, where’s Bradley?”

Madison glanced at the bowl of guacamole. Hmm. If I dumped it on her pink cashmere sweater, she’d look kind of like a watermelon. She glanced back up, forcing a polite smile onto her face as she shrugged.

“We’re no longer together.”

“What?” Her cousin’s jaw dropped, her voice rising with unnecessary drama. She leaned forward and stage whispered, “Was it a mutual thing?”

Madison sighed. “No, Stacia. It wasn’t a mutual thing. He broke up with me.”

“Really? The bastard! He should’ve put a ring on your finger a long time ago.”

Madison blinked, her stomach clenching at the fact her cousin had brought up such an awkward subject in a room full of people.

Most of the people in the room had turned toward them, their expressions ones of sympathy. I’m not related to this woman. It’s impossible. Stacia must have been the result of an extramarital affair.

“And aren’t you tactful.” She didn’t have the energy to be polite anymore, but winced as the words left her mouth. “I’m sorry. Excuse me, I just need some air.”

She walked away before she could say anything else bitchy.

Seeing all those couples had also brought up some other feelings. The realization at just how long she’d gone without sex. Though Bradley had just dumped her two days ago, they hadn’t done the wild thing since Valentine’s Day. Four months without getting laid should be considered a crime. Talk about a constant state of horniness.

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Ashley Ladd
McKenna Jeffries
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Shelli Stevens
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Mari Carr
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Jump on over to Naughty and Spice where I gave up my blog day to Chloe Harris! She’s got a contest going on and you don’t want to miss it! ;) http://www.naughty-and-spice.com/

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