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99 cents for a limited time - Lynne Marshall's ONE FOR THE ROAD
August 16, 2013

122 comments posted.

Re: Across the Line (10:56am August 13, 2014):

Cute scene, Kate! I can tell you totally enjoyed writing these books.
I love realistic guy-banter, and one of my favorite movies to show that (believe it or not) was Lone Survivor. Their horsing around helped me get through the otherwise incredibly intense movie.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (8:20pm July 5, 2014):

Denise and Carol - thanks for fessing up about avoiding, and/or the reason it may be a good idea to avoid someone at the grocery store. Have a great weekend

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (1:13pm July 5, 2014):

Hi Jane - Thanks for being willing to read my book (and review it - that's always appreciated by authors)

Kai - I hope you don't feel drained the next time you shop!

Crystal - I understand that sometimes we step out of the house not looking our best, and just our luck we run into someone we know. I avoid in those circumstances, too. Hugs and hopes for things to look up for you!

Connie - YOu sound like a level-headed lady. Thanks for commenting.

Debbie - ha! hiding behind the beer display. I'm going to try that sometime!

Thanks everyone for reading my blog and commenting. Have a good weekend!

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (3:02pm July 4, 2014):

Susan - so glad the Special Edition line is your favorite - it's a great Harlequin line!
So, do you feel better now knowing you're not the only one ducking down aisles rather than making eye contact with acquaintances? Happy 4th

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (12:00pm July 4, 2014):

Oh, Laura - you've made me laugh. I bet there are more than a few teachers who've dodged parents of students in public places.

Ann - Saying "hi" is always nice, it's just when it opens to a long conversation that makes people maybe not say hi in the first place. You never know which way things will go, you know? Thanks for commenting.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (11:58pm July 3, 2014):

Pat - I'm like you - good with faces, but it gets sketchy when it comes to names. I wish I were better at remembering them. I hope you enjoy your new home.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (11:56pm July 3, 2014):

Hi Kathy - yeah, I think that's the reason most people might skip chit-chat - we are all on schedules!
Thanks - I hope you enjoy the series.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (6:36pm July 3, 2014):

Hi Denise - I am so glad you love the cover and find the book premise interesting. I loved creating the small town and got to write three books about it!

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (4:55pm July 3, 2014):

Hi Joy! Thank you so much, and happy 4th to you, too.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (1:50pm July 3, 2014):

Hi Anna - sounds like your plan works really well. It's probably better to acknowledge someone briefly than dodge them. Maybe just a friendly wave from across the store can suffice, too.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (10:49am July 3, 2014):

Sue - I'm with you, I'll be shopping with a purpose and plans for what I need to do later, and I simply don't want to throw myself off track.
But there are times I'm so glad to see someone I haven't seen in awhile that I absolutely must stop what I'm doing and check in with them.
Sometimes, I think my mood is the deciding factor.
As a writer, some days I realize I haven't talked to anyone and I worry I'll forget how to be human if I don't interact, you know? Other days, I really need to complete my shopping task and get back to the job.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (10:46am July 3, 2014):

Hi Felicia! No one needs a minute-by-minute description of someone else's life - it impinges on our own lives too much. Good for your mom for being direct.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (10:44am July 3, 2014):

Hi Jen - I often forget who I've told something to and might repeat it, but not in the same conversation. Hopefully, anyway.
Can you gently remind her that she just told you the same story?

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (7:16pm July 2, 2014):

Colleen - I get not stopping the concentration while shopping to chat with an acquaintance, but a best friend ignoring you? That hurts for sure, and without knowing the whole story, I suspect you made the right decision.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (7:14pm July 2, 2014):

Happy 4th of July - Independence Day - most definitely.
And your birthday, too, Elaine?
I know what you mean about just being another year older. The shine of birthdays really wears off after a while. LOL

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (4:41pm July 2, 2014):

Denise - it's your prerogative, you know?
Tina - What? That's horrible. Good idea about going with someone to make avoiding people easier.
L. Lam - Thank you for reading the blog.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (4:38pm July 2, 2014):

Leona - that sounds sensible.
Elaine - Too funny, what that saying about Karma?
Peggy - I know - if we chat at the market our frozen food will melt. I'm thrilled you like my book cover, and I'll pass the word about not cutting off heads on book covers.

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (9:18am July 2, 2014):

Mary - I'm with you!

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (9:18am July 2, 2014):

Robyn - Very interesting take on the subject. Thank you for your encouragement. I've discovered that people aren't really interested in my writing, especially if they're not into my genre, so I do not talk about it - at all - unless I'm with fellow writers. They understand! :) Or, and of course on Facebook - because that's the point, right?

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (12:25pm July 10, 2013):

Hi Kai Wong - I hope to see World War Z soon.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:47pm July 9, 2013):

Denise Smith - I'm so glad!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:46pm July 9, 2013):

Laura Gullickson - too funny about your "mom". I tend to gasp in scary movies. LOL.
I know that shapeshifters are a big deal in romance novels these days.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:41pm July 9, 2013):

Michele Hayes, I am so with you on eagerly awaiting the next season of Walking Dead! Bring it on. ?)

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:39pm July 9, 2013):

Sheila True - if your family wants the DVD and you win, I will send the DVD. Or, since I made a confusing gift suggestion, I will send the gift card in the amount of what it would take to purchase the DVD and have the item shipped to your home.
Does that make sense?

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:37pm July 9, 2013):

Joanne Mcgillivray - You are in the majority with your fellow commenters. Vampires seem to be #1 and werewolves are mysteriously coming in as #2.
Zombies were never meant to be heroes, but the genre of dystopian world with alpha male heroes saving the day are the key.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:34pm July 9, 2013):

Marcia Berbeza - please don't take this negatively, but the zombies are not the heroes in these stories. The guys who fight them are the ticket.
I would never find a zombie attractive, except in this movie with a twist - warm bodies.
I did like your pun!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:32pm July 9, 2013):

Linda Luinistra - I'm glad you're open minded about zombies. Many readers love werewolves, but I've got to admit - I'm thinking hairy! LOL

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:30pm July 9, 2013):

Yvonne Simpkins - I think you would enjoy watching this DVD.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:30pm July 9, 2013):

Charlette Bond - It will be a movie you can snuggle down with, and keep the covers nearby to cover your head during the brain eating segments. !

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:29pm July 9, 2013):

Shirley Younger - the definitely cleaned up the zombie "look" in warm bodies. I think they were going for somewhere in between the harsh zombie and a kinder gentler zombie. :)

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:27pm July 9, 2013):

Sara Doyle - I completely agree!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:00pm July 9, 2013):

Sara Reyes - I agree Warm Bodies was a delightful twist on the zombie genre.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (3:39pm July 9, 2013):

Theresa Norris - Me too!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:57am July 9, 2013):

Hi Kelli Jo - I think writers are being forced to change the mythology in order to get another vampire book published. Many publishers say they don't any more vampire books unless they're different. However, the self-pubbed folks seem to be doing really well with their vampire stories, so there are a lot of books and authors to discover out there. You won't ever be lacking for vampire stories, I don't think. :)

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:55am July 9, 2013):

Margay - good to see you! This movie is really fun. As you may have guessed, I highly recommend it.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:54am July 9, 2013):

Roxanna Perez - you are in good company - it seems most readers prefer vampires. I think it's because they are so darn sexy. :)

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:53am July 9, 2013):

Right on, Mary Preston! Gotta love those guys and gals. And suspend disbelief on falling in love when you smell really, really horrid! LOL

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:45pm July 8, 2013):

Barbara Wright - you have an interesting attitude. Zombies are off limits, but serial killers you love. I'm assuming that's because the hero or heroine in those stories always takes out that dastardly serial killer, right?

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:43pm July 8, 2013):

d Kenney - magical beings are lots of fun.

I think if you want an easy entryway into the zombie genre - Warm Bodies is the way to go. Thanks for being open to trying zombies.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:42pm July 8, 2013):

Chelsea Brooks - I like your thinking! Okay - good to know the book is very different from the movie. I must read it now.
thanks for chiming in.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:41pm July 8, 2013):

Xoun J. Peezy - I'm glad you agree about Warm Bodies. OK, any kind of shape shifter. I think the farthest out I've read in romance is a dragon. Somehow, the author pulled it off!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:40pm July 8, 2013):

Alison Whiden - what a fun memory for your daughter's bridal shower. Maybe not the memory you were going for, but nevertheless!

I have heard of zombie runs where 5K and 10K runners are chased by people in zombie makeup. That would get everyone making their best time, wouldn't it? :)

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:09pm July 8, 2013):

Colleen Conkline - you and several other commenters are into werewolves. I'm assuming that is before they change into wolves? :)

Have you ever seen An American Werewolf in London? It is a fun (if that word can apply) example of the werewolf genre.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (8:07pm July 8, 2013):

Hey Rich - you sound like a diehard paranormal fan. Warm Bodies has a nice twist on the topic of Zombies.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (6:31pm July 8, 2013):

Hi Laura! I love movies with wizards, too. I always think of silly Whoopie Goldberg as the psychic in Ghost. Remember that movie? You were probably a baby since it was out in 1984 or thereabouts.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (6:26pm July 8, 2013):

Phyllis Lamken - I don't like too gory either, and I always look away when Zombies eat people. :)
Zombieland was a hoot! loved Woody Herralson's character

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (6:24pm July 8, 2013):

Hey Joanne Shultz - not even friendly zombies? Just teasing.

I loved the Ghost and Mrs. Muir stories from way back, and reruns of a really old show called Topper. Those were friendly though mischievous ghosts.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (6:21pm July 8, 2013):

Hello and hats off to our solid paranormal fan commenter, Shelly Caggiano. (Love you Italian name)
The Resident Evil Moviss are scary!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (6:19pm July 8, 2013):

Jamie - I'm so glad you agree with the blog, and that you enjoyed the "specialness" about this movie.
Thanks for commenting.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (6:17pm July 8, 2013):

Hello to the werewolf fans L.Lam and Beth Reimer!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (2:08pm July 8, 2013):

Hi Sam! Thanks for the movie recommendation. I will have to check out 28 Days Later.

Can't keep up with all the zombie flicks! :)

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (2:07pm July 8, 2013):

Clare O'Beara - It's isn't the zombie that I like, it is the way people around them deal with the problem of zombies. Those are the ones who think, grow, and change.

Linda Brennan - you're welcome!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (1:54pm July 8, 2013):

CeCe - I loved you comments. So true. Also, I can't wait for the walking dead season 4, too.

Keep on smiling and communicating in person with people!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (12:23pm July 8, 2013):

Carla - I agree about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and that is what grabbed me about Warm Bodies - there was still a kernal of humanity left in this zombie.

It worked for me!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:31am July 8, 2013):

Hi Wilma - I understand. As I said, it's not the zombies I'm crazy about, but the heroes who save people from them.

Thanks for reading and commenting/entering the contest. You might enjoy the movie if you win!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:09am July 8, 2013):

Sandy - I am definitely going to read the book now. I prefer to do it the other way around when a book becomes a movie- like with Hunger Games etc. But I honestly didn't know this book existed until I saw the movie.
thanks for commenting.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (11:08am July 8, 2013):

May Pau - I know there are a lot of vampire fans out there - I think because vampires are the sexiest of paranormal characters. I don't have a thing for zombies as heroes, but I definitely like the heroes who fight them off to save the heroine!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (10:38am July 8, 2013):

C.E. Hart - The Night of the Living Dead was really scary! Those types of movies used to be called B movies. Funny how much influence they've had right up until now.
I like twists on the zombie genre and Sean of the Living Dead was a good take off on the original. Funny zombie movie!

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (10:36am July 8, 2013):

Petty R. What I liked about Warm Bodies was the fact it was different and had a nice zombie twist, if you will. They mixed things up a bit and it worked for me.
I think the classic Boris and Bella movies still hold up. People have always been infatuated with the paranormal.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (10:33am July 8, 2013):

Mary Ann Dimand - extraterrestrials definitely count!
Thanks for reading the blog.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (10:32am July 8, 2013):

Robin - World War Z is next on my list. It does seem intense. Warm bodies is very sweet at times, and I can guarantee you won't be jumping out of your seat at any time.

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (10:31am July 8, 2013):

Irna - I see I've confused you. I'm actually giving the movie DVD away - but if you win and would prefer the book, I will be glad to make that your prize?

Re: The Medic's Homecoming (10:28am July 8, 2013):

Donna - I agree that the writing is the most important thing. This story - Warm Bodies - wasn't perfect, but it really worked well for me. Thanks for commenting!

Re: Kissing the Maid of Honor (11:35am May 22, 2013):

I enjoyed your choices to kiss. Know what you mean about Tyler from Private Practice.
Personally, kissing is such an intimate experience for me, I really wouldn't want to be in a kissing booth, because kissing everyone isn't fun.
However, I would like to stare up close and personal at a whole list of gorgeous men. I'd like to gaze into Paul Walker's eyes, because they are a work of art!

Re: Too Close For Comfort (6:35pm December 7, 2012):

Hi Felicia - I'm glad I got your attention! :)

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (11:39am December 7, 2012):

Hi Jane - Funny you should say that, because I am married to a police officer, too. I never had the slightest interest in handling his gun (pardon the horrible pun, plus it isn't true because I married the man! LOL) until I needed to.

My kids also had a healthy respect for guns, and that's something we need to impart to more kids, I think.

thanks for reading and commenting.
I honestly don't know how long they keep these one-day contest running. ?)

Re: Too Close For Comfort (11:36am December 7, 2012):

Hi Mary - I used to be like you. Never held a gun and had no interest. they scared me. then I had to do research.

Thanks for reading the blog.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:26pm December 6, 2012):

Hi Kai! I think that is so cute that your kept your rifle handling a secret from your parents. What would have happened if you won the competition? Would you not have told them?
Thanks so much for reading the blog and commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (8:16pm December 6, 2012):

Hi Dianne - thanks for checking out the blog!

Re: Too Close For Comfort (5:34pm December 6, 2012):

Hi Cathy! I think just the sight of you holding the rifle could scare off the intruder, and your aim wouldn't be an issue. ? Or, maybe the intruder would be an extra-big guy? LOL. Pardon me for being silly. I hope you never, ever have to use that shotgun for anything, but I agree it's good to have just in case...
Thanks for reading, commenting, and for keeping your gun locked up.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (5:31pm December 6, 2012):

Hi Sandra - wow, that is so interesting. Is the shotgun better because the sight is bigger? I don't have a clue, so I'm just guessing. Maybe I'll have to try a shotgun sometime, though I'd worry about kickback.
thanks for your insight and thanks for reading the blog.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (7:34pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Robin B. - thanks so much for stopping by, and especially for taking the time to put Too close for Comfort on your December read list!

Re: Too Close For Comfort (6:51pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Shelly - I'm glad you enjoyed the blog.

Best wishes with the giveaway.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (6:51pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Mary Hay - that was what was cool about the gun safety class, we used laser shots. However, the real firing range was incredibly loud, and I was glad for those ear protectors!

thanks for commenting. good luck with the giveaway.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (6:49pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Maria P. - I also believe that it wouldn't hurt for people to handle a gun and learn gun safety. Target practice is also fun. I hope you find a class near you.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (4:21pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Norma - I'd be happy to hit the broad side of a barn if the target was moving, too! Good for you about remedying your out of the ordinary situation!

Thanks so much for commenting, and good luck with the book drawing - maybe a roadtrip across the southwest with bunch of odd-ball musicians in an RV might be that "out of the ordinary" you've been looking for? :)

Re: Too Close For Comfort (2:54pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Melissa Fox,
Wow, I love your story. I agree with everything you say about learning to shoot guns. I'll never be in your caliber, but I have great respect for you and your husband. So glad to know I'm in your TBR pile. I hope you'll enjoy the book when you read it.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (2:51pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Alyson.
My brother had a BB gun, and he obviously needed some supervision because he used to make me hold fifty-cent pieces and he'd shoot at them!!!! I was never so happy when my parents took that BB gun away from him. Talk about a gun in the wrong hands...

Re: Too Close For Comfort (2:50pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Joyce - that is exactly right, and it was one of the very first rules in the handgun safety class. I'm also glad you never had to use that gun!

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (1:15pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Holly - good to know you keep your gun in a safe place, but I also hope, if you ever need it, that you'll be able to access that combo!

thanks for commenting and good luck on the drawing.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (1:14pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Anna - I'm with you, I'm far from comfortable using a gun. I can just see this little girl holding a rifle and trying to make sense of it.

Thanks for commenting!

Re: Too Close For Comfort (1:13pm December 5, 2012):

Hi Julio - congratulations on your new marriage. How sweet of you to look after your new bride.

good luck on the drawing today!

Re: Too Close For Comfort (12:02pm December 5, 2012):

Linda - ah! So we were talking about the same thing - concealed weapon (or handgun in your case)
Thanks for clarifying.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (12:01pm December 5, 2012):

Brianna - I am so glad to know that your mother is on the mend. I know when I'm sick, I love to cozy up with a book (because I don't have to worry about infecting it with my illness) and take my mind of feeling lousy by inserting myself into another world.
I hope your mother has a speedy recovery, and thank you for commenting. the lovely Fresh Fiction ladies will choose the winner today. Good luck!

Re: Too Close For Comfort (11:59am December 5, 2012):

Hi Paty - what a great testament to the proper handling of guns. Respect for what they can do is paramount. Yay you on being the best aim of your siblings.
I refer you to Carla's comment about women known to be better aims than men. I found that interesting, and you are another example of that.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting today. :)

Re: Too Close For Comfort (11:56am December 5, 2012):

Hey Laura - thanks for reading the blog. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Many actors hold their guns wrong, as it turns out. Oh, and that fancy single handed-turn gun sideways to shoot thing? What a waste of bullets! I'm such a novice about all things guns, but it was fun to roll up my sleeves and give the who experience a try, you know?

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:38am December 5, 2012):

Hi Vonnie!
thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. LOL about your computer history. As a Medical Romance author for Harlequin, I've also googled some very odd websites.
Let us know if you ever get picked up by homeland security, and we'll all be your character witnesses! LOL.
hugs, and have a great holiday season.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:31am December 5, 2012):

Hi Linda!
Wow, good for you. I had to chuckle at the image of you not being able to hold that old colt straight. Can you imagine trying to fire a musket???
Pardon my ignorance but is a CHL like the CCW (carrying concealed weapon permit) ? I don't have it, but you can in California.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:29am December 5, 2012):

Hi Charlene - thanks for making me laugh this morning. Isn't it great to have experts available through our local chapter. You've got to get to the shooting range, lady! Especially with all those gorgeous cowboys you write about for the Desire line at Harlequn. :)

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:27am December 5, 2012):

Hi Carla!
Thank you for your special insight. I totally understand how useful guns are to many people. I cannot fathom holding a rifle. Oh, and LOL, I think I missed out on that special female aim gene. Truth be told - I'm a lousy shot. !
Thanks so much for commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:25am December 5, 2012):

Hi Beth!
I think it's great that you and your husband enjoy target practice together. My husband definitely enjoyed taking me for target practice, too.
I agree, though, that at some point in life, taking a dare isn't always wise.
I don't know about you, but my body seems to get sore a whole lot easier these days!
Thanks for your comment.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:23am December 5, 2012):

Hi Jerrie!
Thanks so much for reading Too Close for Comfort. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. For those who may not know - TCFC is currently on sale for 99cents at Amazon and B&N. One for the Road is a very different story, and I loved writing it, too.

I love how you Texas ladies aren't afraid of guns. I never, ever wanted to handle one until I needed to do research. Then, I admit, I really enjoyed the experience.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:19am December 5, 2012):

Hi Christine! I would definitely take the class again sometime, and it is really important to keep up target practice.
I'll be honest and say that i'd also like to learn how to shoot a crossbow.
I don't think about killing with these items, I would only want to learn how to aim better and hit inanimate targets. but if anything happens like in the Hunger Games, or The Walking Dead - I want to be ready! LOL

Re: Too Close For Comfort (10:15am December 5, 2012):

Good morning everyone! I live on the west coast, so pardon my being tardy to the blog. first off I wanted to say that I wrote this blog before the tragic events of last weekend took place. Guns are always a touchy subject, but I wanted to talk about author research.

So- hello to Kimberly, Kent, Rose, Rosemary, susan, Shirley and Maria. I am so glad you stopped by, read the blog and sent your comments. I'm thrilled so many of you are interested in reading my last big book - One for the Road.
I am mostly a category author, but I love to stretch my wings every now and then, and I also like to read about characters over forty. My motto: It's never too late to fall in love!
Good luck on the drawing today.

Re: Under The Covers (8:29pm March 10, 2012):

Hi Roz!
You said this so beautifully. I have experienced both the family empty nest AND the writer's empty nest. I get very sad when my time spent with my characters must come to an end. I think that's why I like to write trilogies! (Like you). Well, you are a wise woman and I know your next baby will swim or fly (whichever way you want it to go).
Best wishes for much success - I was away all day, or I would have commented earlier.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (7:29pm February 22, 2012):

Barbara and Margie - I hope you can both have another chance at going up in a hot air balloon. I believe there musn't be anything like it.
So glad to know my cover depicts how you felt after going for the ride. Yay cover artist!!! Fantastic job.

Hi Alyson - thanks for your comments. I'd hate to be riding in a hot air balloon with a poor navigator! :)

Thanks everyone for a great batch of comments her at Fresh Fiction! I've had a ball.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (1:46pm February 22, 2012):

Hi Sue F. Well, it's great to know someone with my affliction, though I will stand on a chair.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (1:44pm February 22, 2012):

Cate - great minds think alike - I gave a HABR to my hubby for his 40th birthday too. I did make the point of the hero having spent a summer working the balloons with his buddy, who owned the business, but I know what you mean about not just anyone hopping over that basket and taking charge.
Thanks for reading and commenting!.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (1:42pm February 22, 2012):

LOL, Mary! I'm with you. Unfortunately, to take our theory and apply it to being on the ground - people die there, too.

Help! There's no way out. :)

Thank you for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (1:41pm February 22, 2012):

Oh , Debbie! I can only imagine what it would be like to find a hot air balloon on your front yard. That's scary funny. Whew. Close call for a twist on the wicked witch of the west - Neighborhood lady found beneath balloon basket.
Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I hope you get up there one day.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (9:35pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Peggy!
It would give me pause to know that a few accidents had occured when considering a balloon ride. I'm with you about rather watch than ride.

I'm so glad you like my book cover, and I hope you will read the book. I'm very happy to know that the excerpt enticed you. :)

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (7:47pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Michelle! Isn't that balloon gorgeous on my cover? I couldn't be happier with the cover art. I love the sight of multiple hot air balloons floating across the sky. It's quite a memorable site.

As you well know, I'm totally with you on the balloon ride fear. :)

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (6:41pm February 21, 2012):

Oh, Stacie - you are a braver soul than me! I went to the London Eye Ferris wheel, took one look and decided to take a land and water vehicle tour of London instead. LOL.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (6:10pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Linda L. What an interesting story, and so true. When we're young we're fearless, then we grow up and start realizing what could happen, and it scares us. I'm with you, only qualified people should handle hot air balloons, and I'm pretty sure my husband had to about sign his life away with consent to take that birthday ride.
Thanks for reading and making such interesting comments.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (3:44pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Colleen! I'm with you about not liking ferris wheels. I hate getting caught on top while they add new riders, and the wheel jiggles and rocks the chair. Absolutely hate it! At least on a rollercoaster you don't have a chance to think about how high you are because you're moving so fast.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (3:10pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Maria! Thanks for commenting. A lot happens up there in that basket! LOL

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (2:30pm February 21, 2012):

Oh Jane, how neet! Do you take pictures from the ground looking up? I'd love to see those if you have. Now, see, doing research does not give the author the benefit of "hearing" the sound of balloons overhead. Interesting.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (2:29pm February 21, 2012):

Cheryl McEwen - I'm with you!

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (2:29pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Jackie! Nice to see you here. Lucky you to have gotten up close and personal above the Arizon desert. I bet it was an awesome experience.
Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (2:27pm February 21, 2012):

Oh Rebecca - I bet that is a glorious sight! How need, and summer just seems like the perfect time to enjoy a hot air balloon trip.
Can you imagine going around the world in one of those things? NOOOOOO. :)

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (2:26pm February 21, 2012):

Kathleen - I think that's a super gift to give to your son and d-i-l - I bet they'd love it. Hey- maybe they'll return the favor, too?

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (2:24pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Anna! - I agree, the view must be breathtaking, but I'll have to settle for pictures of it. :)
Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (12:59pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Brenda! I am with you about second chance stories, love to read them and love to write them. Anne and Jack had to wait a long time to get it right. So glad you want to read this book.
Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (12:41pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Robin! Good for you. I love those pictures of hot air balloons floating over New Mexico. Also, it must look gorgeous floating over parts of Europe, too.

I hope one day you get your chance to try it.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (12:22pm February 21, 2012):

Hi Patti! I hope you get your chance to ride a hot air balloon soon, and good for you for being willing to overcome your fears to do it.

I have a long bucket list - but I'm afraid hot air balloon ride isn't on it! LOL.

Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (11:46am February 21, 2012):

Roz! I did not know that. Thanks for the info, and I'm glad you approve of my topic! I'll stand beside you, feet firmly planted on the ground, and amire those balloons right along with you.

Robena! you won't get up at 5 a.m. not even for champagne? Can you imagine how beautiful floating over vineyards at sunrise must be?

Thank you for commenting ladies!

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (11:43am February 21, 2012):

Hi Sandra. Isn't it beautiful to see a group of colorful hot air balloons floating across the sky? Unfortunately, there have been accidents, but I suspect it isn't any more dangerous than most fun things we humans think up to entertain ourselves. :)

I added this scene to the book because I thought it had a high romance factor to it - a guy must really want to get a girl alone if he's willing to take her on a hot air balloon ride, right? And a girl must really trust a guy to go up with him!
Thanks for commenting.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (11:40am February 21, 2012):

Robin! You go, girl! And when you get back, you can tell me all about it. LOL.
Thanks for reading and commenting today.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (11:00am February 21, 2012):

Hi Carla! Do you have any idea what helped you change your fear into adventure? I am very impressed! Good for you, and enjoy. My husband also enjoys parasailing, but I think he'd draw the line at sky diving.
Not to sound like a complete wuss - I have ziplined! :) Loved it. I looked out not down, and that helped. Maybe there's hope for me yet.
Thanks for commenting!

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (10:58am February 21, 2012):

Hi Charlene! I love your books!
What a romantic gift for your daughter and SIL. My husband loved it. I thought it was a fun and romantic gift for him, but too bad I couldn't get myself to go along with him. LOL.
Thanks for reading and commenting at this great blog.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (10:18am February 21, 2012):

Wendy, Dawn, and Pam - you all know exactly how I feel! :) I'm glad to know I'm not alone. However there is a fantastic ride at Disneyland/California Adventure (I believe that's what it's called) that simulates floating above gorgeous vistas, while being safely strapped into one of their seats. I went on it 5 times because it was so great. I think it's called flight across California or something. It was very fun.

Re: Courting His Favorite Nurse (10:14am February 21, 2012):

Hi Marjorie! - Good for you! Former President Bush (the first) went sky diving for his 80th birthday, so I think a hot air balloon ride at 83 is a fine idea. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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