Friday, February 24, 2012

Big Balloons

I've been meaning to write this post for a while now, but like most things lately it was put on the back burner. I recently went to a hot air balloon festival, which was one part of an item on my bucket list. The other part was to actually ride in the balloon, unfortunately high winds prevented. Sure doesn't mean I won't try again though :o) Even my severe fear of heights won't stop me! I WILL ride in a hot air balloon someday.

Anyway, I wanted to share one of the pictures I took during the event that I was considering entering in their photo contest. Little late to do that now but I still wanted to share it with you all cause I ♥ you!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

"Sealed with a Kiss" Blog Stop & Giveaway

In celebration of the upcoming holiday, I have joined with several other authors to do a stop for the "Sealed with a kiss" tour. Running from February 1st to the 14th, we authors will post about a significant first kiss for them as well as the first kiss for one of their characters.

Please comment and tell me about your first kiss for a chance to win a signed copy of Released. I will pick the winner on February 14th.

My First Kiss with my Hubby:
  - A moment I will never forget, is the first kiss I shared with the love of my life. We were out on one of our first dates. We had seen a movie and headed to a frozen yogurt shop afterward. I was still so nervous around him that I focused on eating my frozen yogurt because I couldn't think of anything to say. Without realizing it, I was eating really fast and ended up giving myself terrible brain freeze. I'm talkin' the worst brain freeze I've ever had in my life. My husband laughed at me till tears poured from his eyes. Before I knew it, he planted the softest kiss on my lips his laughter still bubbling out of him. I couldn't help, but laugh too. As nervous as I was around him, somehow his kiss calmed my nerves. Four years later, we've been laughing ever since.

Abby's first kiss from Released:

            I hesitated for a moment and then looked down at my shoulder and saw my wound.  I had to admit he did do a good job.  It looked clean and he had a row of butterfly bandages to hold it together nicely.  It wasn’t as scary looking as I had expected it to be.
            “Looks good.  Thanks Max.” 
He smiled and started to smear antibiotic on it before adding fresh gauze.  I watched him as he worked.  His brow furrowed as he concentrated, taking extra care to cause me the least amount of pain as possible.
            When he was done he looked up and caught me staring at him.  “Geez, Abs.  You really scared the hell out of me and everyone for that matter,” he said letting out a breath.
            “Sorry,” I looked away and pulled the sleeve of my shirt back on.
            “No, no.  Don’t look away.  Don’t ever look away.” 
            He grabbed my face and suddenly kissed me hard.  His warms lips sent shivers down my spine as my mind whirled with shock, confusion and then pleasure.  We explored each other as he held me close to his body and I felt myself give in to him.
            “Oh my gosh!  I’m sorry.”  Max and I both turned just in time to see the back of Taya retreating behind the Bronco.
            I felt my face flush as we released each other, but Max lingered for a moment brushing stray strands of hair out of my face.