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No matter what fate had decreed, they belonged together.

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Hiking the Kindling National Forest is a birthday tradition for the Sullivan siblings—pitching camp, roasting s’mores… a dead body?

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A slow burn has a super protective, super hot alpha male who will stop at nothing to protect his girl.

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Two can play at this spying game.

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Some curses aren’t meant to be broken . . .

Elaine Seymour

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117 comments posted.

Re: Brazilian Capture (8:12pm May 22, 2017):

This is so sad. I rarely watch movies. Especially movies that began as a book. The closest I can think of would be Frankenstein, simply because I had to read that one in high school. I will confess though, I never finished the book; I skimmed throughout and still managed an 83% on my essay about it. And the movie? I've never watched the whole thing through, no matter what adaptation. Me bad.

Re: The Attraction of Adeline (7:14pm April 16, 2017):

Alec Baldwin - He could make it believable AND funny.

Re: Christmas Tsar (11:01pm November 2, 2016):

"I love my polo players and I love my readers, so I came home and started writing straight away."
Well, *I* love polo players too, so I will look forward to reading your series of new books!

Re: In The Line Of Fire (9:39am July 18, 2016):

Another Laney! THIS I've got to read, LOL!

Re: Montana Wild (2:30pm January 20, 2016):

Only a job change would have made us move, as we love our home, our neighbours, and our life. Thankfully, my husband is now retired and it is a moot point. In fact, our investment guy said to keep living in our own home as long as possible, as it appreciates in value and is a bigger nest egg for our latter years when we need more money for medical reasons, assisted living, etc. - so we're staying put, LOL!

Re: Linny?s Sweet Dream List (10:23pm January 19, 2016):

Great ... um ... we'll call it togetherness, feeling close, like we belong together....

Re: Deep Down (3:30pm November 25, 2015):

I too can't eat seafood/shellfish. Not sure if I would want to even if I could, LOL!

Re: Resist (1:57pm November 20, 2015):

Since we already have cell phones, etc. like Star Trek's telecommunicators, how about their transporter system too?

Re: My Soul to Keep (7:56pm November 18, 2015):

Susan Mallery's THE SHEIK'S SECRET BRIDE. Every year for several years now....

Re: Once Upon a Power Play (7:52pm November 18, 2015):

They put everything they have into whatever they do....

Re: Hidden Impact (7:19pm November 11, 2015):

I miss my mom's mush. She combined leftover beef gravy and leftover roast beef (cooked in a pressure cooker to make it stringy). It was a way of making food go further in our poor home 50+ years ago now. Put that mush/gravy on bread and OMG it tasted good.

Re: Dangerous Tidings (7:12pm November 11, 2015):

Anywhere with close family/friends.

Re: Welcome to Hickville High (5:09pm October 18, 2015):

Alas, I have never been to Texas - but I HAVE read about Texas in books! (That's called grasping at straws, LOL!)

Re: Food Baby (3:04pm August 29, 2015):

I like Cheez Whiz and mustard sandwiches. It all goes back to the sixties when my mom had grizzly hamburgers and insisted that we eat them all up before leaving the table (long before microwaves). They got cold and even "uckier", so when her back was turned my brother and I would stuff the burger into the inside of the dining room table shelf underneath, then eat the Cheez Whiz and mustard still in the bun. (Sometimes we'd forget to retrieve the burger and the dog would find it. Of course, we'd hope that happened when Mom wasn't around to witness the dog eating it, or there would be H to pay - as these were the days when "the strap" was prevalent, at home and by the school principal.)

Re: Darkest Misery (8:19am August 14, 2015):

It's all about that base (not bass), LOL!

Re: A Peach of a Pair (3:01pm August 5, 2015):

Since getting diabetes, I can no longer have Shirley Temples, Singapore Slings, or Rye/Cokes. Surprisingly, my doctor said I could drink Beer, though! So I drink over 10 cups of water every day and sometimes celebrate with beer....

Re: Calamity Jayne and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Lawn Gnome (4:56pm July 27, 2015):

My second chance was that I was born with a hole in my heart, but by the time I was 4.5 years old it had healed on its own. At 56 years of age now, I play competitive badminton 5 nights per week and feel wonderful!

Re: Her Greek Doctor's Proposal (5:13pm July 3, 2015):

Thankfully, I have heat in the winter and air in the summer, so it doesn't matter what I choose to do (as I do not spend time outside for fear of skin cancer). Long soaks in the tub mean I can read an entire book usually, so that's first on my list. After that, I feel productive by housecleaning/sorting/organizing items and I eventually get to my scrapbooking (I'm only on 1992 right now, but considering that I had over 100 pics from the late 1800s to early 1940s alone, I think I'm doing well!).

Re: The Vigil (5:01pm March 6, 2015):

I said I'd never eat green beans - and now I love them!

Re: Forever in My Heart (2:38pm February 27, 2015):

Uh oh. Just read MKA loves to bake. Now you've got me thinking about what *I* should bake, LOL!

Re: Meet Me At The Beach (1:22pm February 26, 2015):

No, I haven't. I AM self-employed, so my husband helps me a bit with that, but ultimately it is my business.

Re: Hard to Come By (7:51am November 26, 2014):

I think it's my first one.
Love can come to anyone, no matter their perceived imperfections.

Re: No Ordinary Home (3:08pm October 14, 2014):

Like I said on another blog:
I have seen stars in malls, in cars driving by, and could have touched a few too, but I always choose to stay back. A simple hello in an elevator is the most contact for me. They deserve their freedom as much as possible, what with all the paparazzi, press, etc. They are "just people too". I wouldn't want to be in their shoes, as money isn't everything (although having just enough to be comfortable would be nice!).
Now if George Clooney gazed longingly in my eyes and whispered sweet nothings, I'd probably melt on the spot, but I haven't been affected by stars otherwise, LOL.

Re: Reforming the Rock Star (10:31pm October 2, 2014):

My way of reinventing myself was to quit Pepsi and all pop in Apr/14. It's darn near killing me. Don't they say that the cure can sometimes be worse than the cause? Sure seems that way to me these days, but pop is a no-no with diabetes.

Re: Charming (1:18pm September 16, 2014):

Touched a chord re my own childhood. Could use your HEA ending....

Re: Once Upon a Bride (10:35am September 14, 2014):

Now THAT was a motivational story. Really resonated with me. Even though I like to think of the glass as half full, I have been guilty of focusing on the negatives too much lately (as I've had some health problems still unresolved).
Thank you! (I obviously would love to read your latest. Thanks for that too.)

Re: Dirty Deal (9:22am August 27, 2014):

Yes, I do. Several, in fact. One girlfriend since Kindergarten (so 50 years now). Two girlfriends from high school (40 years now). Each kicks my butt to the curb whenever possible, LOL. Seriously, we help each other through deaths of family members, our own health scares, menus galore, and just everyday life. Just this morning one of them emailed me that my gray hair must be sucking the intelligence out of my brain (because I forgot something - and I tell you, at 55 years of age, who DOESN'T forget things???). LOL.

Re: Saving Gracie (5:28pm August 24, 2014):

Still working on that by doing deep breathing exercises whenever I feel overwhelmed (often)....

Re: Firewall (9:52am July 10, 2014):

I have a typing business at home, and your insights can hold true for that too (although in different ways, of course)!

Re: Shenandoah Dreams (12:42pm July 4, 2014):

Exploring for sure!

Re: A Doctor for Keeps (10:28am July 2, 2014):

Like Robyn, "I live a rather staid existence -- still married to the same man, still living in the same house, still thrilled to spend most of my time with my family, still unbelievably fortunate not to have to work outside the home."
That being said, I DO avoid certain people in the grocery stores. Inevitably, though, I turn a corner and almost run them over with my cart, LOL. That'll teach me!

Re: Tempest In A Teapot (8:23am June 4, 2014):

Like Peggy, it is probably best I try not to remember my childhood. Not good memories. At all. Since my mom died in 1995 (when I had so many doctors' appointments to relate to siblings), I have kept daily records of my life, so it is easy to go back and remind myself of those memories - much better memories....

Re: Always Emily (1:47pm May 14, 2014):

I've had numerous good friends to whom I have turned through the decades. When I was 19, I lived with a woman who taught me to cook with love (and not necessarily measurements of ingredients); her shoulder was always available. When I got married, I had a few BFFs who were there for me. When my mom died, my mother-in-law stepped in to help me (but not to replace my mom, but instead to enhance our relationship). When I had kids, I reconnected with two high-school chums, and we visit each other every year at each of our homes a few hours apart. My big sis lives 2000+ miles away, but she would be here if I needed her, no questions asked (as I would be for her). I am blessed.

Re: Cottonmouth and the River (5:23am May 10, 2014):

Will a beer do? I already have the sweats, etc. LOL.
Thanks for sharing your book with us. I truly appreciate books with "hope and redemption" and wish there were more of them out there.

Re: Playboy's Lesson (6:45am May 7, 2014):

I love witty dialogue. Thanks so much for sharing!

Re: What The Groom Wants (3:16pm May 6, 2014):

Totally has to be All of the Above....

Re: Wild About Her Wingman (10:00am April 24, 2014):

MY perfect match? Me and George Clooney. Anywhere. Anytime....

Re: Mad About You (9:41am April 2, 2014):

Yes, I enjoy friends-to-lovers stories, as well as all sorts of other stories. Variety is the spice of life!
Can't recall a book with that theme. (Hey! I'm in my fifties! It's amazing I can remember where my car keys are!)
When I first saw the cover, I thought it was Erin Andrews and Maks from Dancing with the Stars. Oops!

Re: Dyed and Gone (8:48pm March 29, 2014):

Hope I remember this the next time I need to hammer a nail! Thanks so much!!!

Re: The Rancher's Second Chance (7:49am March 12, 2014):

Since I'm 5'10" and a tad overweight, I like my heroes to be strong (and tall) men who can carry me away in my dreams.

Re: Safe in the Tycoon's Arms (11:39am March 4, 2014):

Started a new job outside the home (in addition to my home business). The learning curve takes awhile longer than it did when I was 30 years younger....

Re: Hot Rock (10:14pm February 25, 2014):

To me, it's like the grass not always being greener on the other side: we want what we do not know. We think we know what it'd be like, but it isn't always so. It's like trying to keep up with the Smiths.
I hope this makes sense....

Re: Poison Town (10:07am January 24, 2014):

You're a new-to-me author. Just checked out your web site and love how easy to navigate it is. Congrats on all the great reviews!

Re: Shadowed By Grace (2:43pm January 10, 2014):

Would love to read about a time when my own dad served our country. We couldn't get many details from him (as nobody talked about it), although a few years before his death in 1990, he finally admitted to being more worried about gonorrhea than dying from "the enemy".

Re: If Wishes Were Earls (3:17pm December 30, 2013):

OMG, you sure are generous! I hope Santa has been generous with you too this holiday season! Happy New Year!

Re: Thrown (9:37am December 16, 2013):

What a great topic for blogging (and neat answers)! A lot of thought went into that. If you put this much thought into the words of a book (which I imagine you do and more), then I'm willing to give your book a read! Thanks for sharing!

Re: Rugged Hearts (4:34pm December 4, 2013):

I am very thankful that my daughter had access to a hospital quickly and then survived emergency surgery.

Re: Down Range (10:36pm December 1, 2013):

OMG. Sounds like I'm going to be holding my breath while reading this one. Keep'em coming!

Re: Aloha Rose (4:10pm November 25, 2013):

My nickname is Laney. I was 39 when I found out my bio dad was not the man I grew up with (and he was also my brother's bio dad, but not my two elder sisters' bio dad). Confused? Sounds like a good story to me, but it's the truth....

Re: Reign (7:55am November 24, 2013):

All I did was Google "squid", and the next thing I knew I was checking out "calamari". I had no idea that calamari is fried squid! Learn something new every day. Speaking of which, I read that the arms, tentacles and ink are edible, so you must be including all those in the soup. EEK! I can't imagine looking at the tentacles or having them in my teeth, so I'm hoping they are really chopped up. Good luck with that!!!

Re: A Cadence Creek Christmas (10:29pm November 7, 2013):

Would love to read this, as I just read A COWBOY TO COME HOME TO (from earlier in the series, of course). Since I fell in love with Coop from that story, does that mean I'll fall in love with Rhys too? Sure hope so!

Re: Never Underestimate a Caffarelli (12:03pm October 28, 2013):

Travelling distances would be difficult/limited.

Re: Because Of Audrey (11:59pm October 25, 2013):

I've enjoyed being a woman just out of the shower (wearing a bath sheet over my sports clothes, as I was playing sports at the time), a French maid, a rabbit (in my "onesie"), a Christmas tree (inside green garbage bags), and more. This year I'm dressing as the Paperbag Princess, using store paperbags and a dollar-store tiara.

Re: Kisses On Her Christmas List (10:10pm October 3, 2013):

Every year I ask for George Clooney, and do I get him? Only in my dreams....
Loved your "Maid", Oh Babies, and Stand-In Mom books, and would love to try this one too. Thanks for the chance.

Re: Command Performance (4:19pm October 3, 2013):

Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. Sounds like quite the journey for you, and I wish you all the best.

Re: A Rancher's Christmas (3:45pm August 26, 2013):

I don't have "must haves", as I leave it to the writer to include whatever stores are necessary. Ranchers generally go to a "general store" or "hardware-type store". Store owners might include the store next door. Friends often work nearby. Matters not to me; I'm there for the romance, and it can be found anywhere.

Re: Last Chance Reunion (3:41pm August 21, 2013):

I love romance. Period.
Any romance is a good romance.

Re: Rugged Hearts (10:26am July 24, 2013):

A neighbour hired me as her babysitter when I was 14. She asked me to apply for my first summer job (which I got, with her recommendation). When I applied for my first full-time job, it was HER reference that made the difference, as my employer knew her well through the volunteer organization in which they both belonged. When I was laid off from that job (computers came along and replaced workers, and last one hired, first one fired), I got my next job because THAT employer knew my neighbour AND my previous employer through that same volunteer organization. If I hadn't had this most recent job noted, I wouldn't have met my now husband of 32 years, nor had my two wonderful children. I wrote that neighbour about 20 years ago to thank her; she was thrilled and touched; made it all worthwhile for me....

Re: The Rogue Steals A Bride (3:04pm July 11, 2013):

I don't read a lot of historicals (too long; I don't want to read past midnight), but I DID read AN EARL TO ENCHANT and just loved it! I enjoyed your witty dialogue tremendously (always a winner "in my book", LOL), liked the mystery of her father's murder woven through the romance, melted with the tenderness between the H/h, and just had to finish the book the same day I started it. Thank you for that!
That being said, so to speak, I'd love to read Matson and Sophia's love story. Is there witty dialogue there too? Sure hope so!

Re: Pieces Of The Heart (4:07pm July 10, 2013):

You quilt. I scrapbook. We both keep memories alive for the future generations. I like that. A lot.
Thank you.

Re: Prince of Secrets (1:54pm July 3, 2013):

Things don't generally "drive me crazy" - but I'm sure friends/family think I'm crazy for recording my television shows when I'm 3 months behind already. My reasoning is that I get caught up by September most years (because of reruns) ... the shows are available whenever I'm finally able to sit down for the day ... and a one-hour show usually takes 10 minutes to watch because I only watch certain sections (like one guest on Letterman or Ellen).

Re: Wish You Were Here (11:35am June 29, 2013):

My comment is about your book. I am astounded, yet pleased, by the maturity shown by the bride-to-be in recognizing the possibility of love elsewhere, and then being selfless by sending her groom-to-be to check it out! There are so many examples of love out there, both in books and in the world today, if we'd only recognize them for what they are....

Re: Wish You Were Here (8:45am June 28, 2013):

My mom didn't read much, other than recipes.
My dad read lots of newspapers and magazines (like Reader's Digest), but only read books that his children bought him (he loved Bill Cosby's "Fatherhood" book).
The man across the street used to sit on his porch after work, put his feet up on the railing, and read Harlequins. I picked up one of his books around 1972 (at 13 years of age) and enjoyed it (probably Violet Winspear), having been a lover of books all my life. He started taking me to the used-book store with him when he stocked up, which kept my fuel burning, so to speak.
As an aside, when I was 39 and both my parents and the neighbour had died years before, I learned that the neighbour was my (and my brother's) biological father, so perhaps I got my love of reading from him long before I started reading his Harlequins.

Re: Summer at Mustang Ridge (7:47pm June 11, 2013):

My tradition is to host a "wine party" for 50-75 friends in July every year. My daughter and I win the homemade bottles in our badminton club championships, so we share the wealth. We make it a potluck so that we won't be upset if people say they're going to show up and don't, they don't say one way or the other, or they say they won't show up but do so with perhaps four others too.

Re: It Had To Be You (11:51am June 5, 2013):

I prefer quiet reading too. So sorry....

Re: A Healing Heart (2:28pm May 23, 2013):

Tranquility. I could use more of this in my life, and I think your book, the mug, and the Starbucks treat would go a long way toward achieving this goal. Thanks for that chance, and I wish you and your family all the best. Thanks also for sharing about your family quilt; I hooked rugs pre-marriage, and they are some of my son's favorite possessions; I also scrapbook (but am only up to 1992 at present), and my daughter and son love poring over these memories (while I enjoy sorting out which few treasured pictures to keep and which thousands to throw out, LOL!).

Re: Honorable Rancher (2:28pm April 26, 2013):

I like both storylines. Variety is the spice of life (or something like that, LOL)!
I married a man I\'d known for years. As soon as I broke up with my boyfriend of almost two years, my husband stepped right up and \"won my affections\". He knew I was the one much sooner than I did (probably because he\'s 10 years my senior, and I was only 21 at the time).
It\'ll be 32 years this summer that we\'ve been wed, and I look forward to the next 32 years. (Yes, we have arguments/frustrations from time to time, but those feelings translate into love; people don\'t argue unless they care....)

Re: Identity Crisis (4:30pm March 27, 2013):

Congratulations on your book! I like the "blurb"; very intriguing. Makes one think, "what if...." So many possibilities.

Re: The Forsaken (11:29am March 25, 2013):

I am sure that I have had angel experiences, but I just don't recall details right now. (My memory isn't the greatest, and I'm sure the latest one was over ten years ago now.) I DO recall being with my aunt in the hospital when she took her dying breaths (some 20+ years ago), and I recall the peace I felt at the time, as if I wasn't alone in that room with her.

Re: In From The Cold (7:45pm February 3, 2013):

Never dogsledded. Love dogs. Love sledding with toboggans. But no dogsledding, LOL.
Don't spend a lot of time outdoors in the wintertime. Prefer the warmth and comfort of my home - and I get a lot more done in the winter months in the house than I do in the summer, as then I have a lot more company for outdoor barbecues, games of croquet, etc.

Re: Waking Up With A Rake (11:56am January 10, 2013):

Love where you wrote, "... his usually rakish body won't obey his heart's demands." You've hooked me!

Re: South Of Surrender (10:01pm January 9, 2013):

Oh! Another "Laney" in your book! Wonderful! I don't see too many of them around!!!

Re: In His Brother's Place (2:26pm January 5, 2013):

I prefer contemporary, as I can read them in about 1.5 hours. Historicals take several hours to read, and some days I just don't have much time to squeeze in a good book.

Re: Secret Santa Baby (2:33pm December 27, 2012):

Look forward to how this story spins.

Re: Christmas On Mimosa Lane (4:50pm November 8, 2012):

Tinker Bell.
Not great memories growing up, but lots of great ones with my own family. Can't really identify what makes one better than the other, as all have involved lots of love, laughter, and companionship. Bottom line is that we enjoy being with each other! Who could ask for anything more?

Re: Losing Control (3:10pm October 24, 2012):

I like linked books as long as they can be read as a stand-alone book too. One author's linked books I can recall would be Josie Metcalfe's trilogy; really enjoyed her medical stories.

Re: Renegade (9:29am September 27, 2012):

Since I read over 250 books a year (and have since 1973), there is no way I can keep them all. I have about 500 in boxes that I bought before I blogged - books that I bought based on back blurbs, basically. I started blogging in 2009 and quickly realized I needed to "remember" what I'd read, so now I keep track of everything and keep the newer books (about 400, based on my new favourite authors from the blogs, plus the books recommended in those blogs and on the author web sites) in vertical file cabinets in alphabetical order by author for easy access. Once read, I pass the books on to my girlfriends (two of whom pass them on to their moms' retirement residences). I keep track of which kinds of books each person enjoys so that I know to whom I should give the books. (Boy, that sentence is a mouthful in order to be grammatically correct!) I have saved all of Sandra Hyatt's books (although I am missing a few) because she is no longer with us and I really enjoy/enjoyed her way of writing, and the rest are out of here. As quickly as possible....

Re: A Home For Nobody's Princess (2:28pm September 25, 2012):

I obviously feel at home in my own home. The only other place I feel close to that is visiting at my sister's house, no matter where she lives. She's 15 years my elder, so more like a mother-figure, I guess.

Re: Deadly Little Lies (4:01pm September 18, 2012):

I have Susan Mallery's THE SHEIK'S SECRET BRIDE to read every year or two. Always enjoy it....
Wish I could email you re keeper case/cards, but Canadians can't buy US postage (or anywhere else for that matter, except for Canadian postage) - and Americans can't put Canadian postage on outgoing mail, even to Canada; yours must be US postage going everywhere. Bummer, for sure, until I can get to the US and buy my own postage stamps there!

Re: Lord Of Fire And Ice (2:20pm July 5, 2012):

I agree with the others about combining historical and paranormal genres. What a great idea!
I must say, though, I am still finding it hard to get used to "Mia" instead of "Emily". I guess I need a little bit more time....

Re: It Begins with a Kiss (8:32pm July 3, 2012):

I like how you figured out to have three trilogies rather than nine individual books. Thanks for taking the readers' opinions into consideration. I could totally relate when you said you were glad that all the Harry Potter books were out before you read them....

Re: My Lady Mage (9:08pm July 2, 2012):

I must admit that this is new territory for me. However, like Pam, I have been enjoying all types of genres, so I best check this one out real soon! Thanks for sharing!

Re: The Princess and the Outlaw (9:31pm July 1, 2012):

I keep in touch with friends and family - but more so when I think they need "someone". Right now, a good friend's wife is in the hospital, so he needs my husband's and my support ... another friend left his spouse, so my daughter and I find fun things to do to keep his mind off his troubles ... and I just visited a friend who misses driving, and we took a three-hour drive around the countryside after a lovely lunch out. Bringing a smile to my friends' faces brings a smile to mine.

Re: Honorable Rancher (9:24am June 21, 2012):

Barbara, you said, "Great story about your male neighbor introducing you to romance novels. He did you a great service. ;)"
There's way more to that story. I learned when I was 39 that that male neighbor was actually my biological father - and my brother's bio father too (but not our elder two sisters')! Seems that everyone knew but me, but by then, all three parties were long gone. I can see the similarities in mannerisms, stances, etc. with my own son now, though!

Re: Honorable Rancher (9:56pm June 20, 2012):

My mom didn't read much and my dad read Reader's Digest and newspapers. My neighbour, on the other hand, read romances, and HE introduced me to them when I was going into high school. I read plenty of other books from Kindergarten onwards, mind you, and even made up assignments during the summers so I could read the encyclopedias at the big tables. I worked in the school library in Grade 8, and my favorite job was putting the non-fiction books in order. To this day, I go to my hometown public library and two other libraries and put books in order whenever I get a chance.

Re: The Casanova Code (1:14pm June 18, 2012):

The ad would say: "Honesty's the best policy."
(The rest would be wonderful to explore the rest of "our" lives, so no sense in advertising any more than that....)

Re: The Wedding Beat (9:59pm May 14, 2012):

I didn't have any "wedding dreams" when I wed at 22, some 31 years ago now. All these years later, though, if, God forbid, anything happened to my husband and I fell in love again, I would have some definite ideas/wedding dreams to investigate with my spouse-to-be. Maturity can be a wonderful thing....

Re: A Plain Death (2:37pm April 14, 2012):

I think it was an inspirational story. Many thanks.

Re: The Devil and Miss Jones (8:06am April 8, 2012):

You've changed your working title SLIGHTLY? Holy catfish, Kate. I'd hate to see you change it radically, LOL!
Loved reading your title selection story. If I were to write books (don't worry; it's not happening), I would want to keep my own titles. It's too bad that authors don't always have that opportunity. I can't imagine writing a song and having someone else tell me the title has to change....

Re: Wedded In Scandal (2:50pm April 3, 2012):

Didn't attend my own prom. My daughter had no desire to go to her prom. Now said daughter is almost 25 and just started dating her first boyfriend. I've been pretty blessed through the years and am blessed even more now....

Re: The Earl's Mistaken Bride (4:19pm November 30, 2011):

I miss Sandra tremendously. Even though we never met, we shared numerous emails and blog comments throughout her two years of writing publication. I only have her first two books (which I loved loved loved) and look forward to picking up her remaining ones, including the one now out. Thank you for noting her name and book.
As for lemonades, I too consider the glass half full. When I feel rough because my arthritic knees aren't bending like I'd like, I am thankful that I'm not in a wheelchair like many. When I bundle up in a blanket, I am thankful I am not homeless and cold (or too hot) all the time. The list never stops. I became aware of the numerous ways to feel grateful all because of Oprah's grateful journals years ago. You can never be too thankful.

Re: Too Hot To Touch (2:45pm August 3, 2011):

My first crush was a neighbour boy. I didn't think he treated me well, though, so good riddance!

Re: The Doctor Takes A Princess (8:56pm July 8, 2011):

Beth Elders and I must be "of an age", as I too snuggled with my newborn and sang/danced gently to Beach Boys songs, especially when his dad was sleeping due to night shifts. Sonny boy is now 26 years of age and just loves listening to the old songs, Beach Boys included, as well as the new songs too. Funny that.

Re: Murder in the Abstract (11:28am July 15, 2010):

Thank goodness he's a fictional bad boy. I wouldn't know what to do with one if he were real!
One of the things I love about reading is that I get to enjoy things I may not experience otherwise; thanks for spreading that love!

Re: Unchained (10:38pm July 6, 2010):

I'm reading your "blurb" and I can't get over how easily I too get sucked in over a "drop-dead gorgeous" hunka hunka burning love, so to speak. Count me in please!

Re: Think Twice (1:24pm May 2, 2010):

Finished Amelia Grey's AN EARL TO ENCHANT. Really enjoyed the witty dialogue. I usually shy away from "thick" books, as they take too long to read, but with this one, I read the entire 343 pages in one day because I couldn't put the book down.

Re: The Teaberry Strangler (11:47am April 25, 2010):

This is going to sound awful. I win books by new authors and then decide if I will spend my precious money on their other books. This happened with Sandra Hyatt's books. I won the first and just loved it, so I made a point of getting her second book; now I'm waiting for her third to be published (which will be soon). Can hardly wait....

I have read a series of books by a certain famous author and I didn't like books #1 and #2. I WILL read #3 of the trilogy (because I bought all three at once), but if I don't like it, I'll skip to the end. The reason I have kept up with this author is because I've really, really enjoyed her non-trilogy books (which I will continue to buy).

Yes, if I've loved the author (like Sandra Hyatt), her latest book goes "near" the top of the pile, depending on whose books are there now.

Re: Rule's Bride (11:54am April 23, 2010):

I've never read your books but you sure have hooked me now!

Re: Building Iphone Apps With Html, CSS, And Javascript (12:29pm April 18, 2010):

I used to feel that since I bought the book, I'd darn well finish it! Now my attitude has changed to thinking, "I don't want to waste another second of my valuable life on this book!" Time is a great thing for attitudes (sometimes)....

I find that newspapers feel like work at times. I used to be able to read the paper every night. Sometimes work interferes for days on end (deadlines, ya know), so the newspaper pile escalates. And escalates. THEN it feels like work to get back to the bottom again. I guess anything in life can feel like work when you have other priorities, whether you want them or not. And yes, I'm slightly resentful....

Re: The Firefighter's Secret Baby (8:03am April 16, 2010):

OMG, what a teaser! Thanks for sharing! This one definitely goes on my TBR list. I LOVE reading about guys who "step up to the plate", even under such risky circumstances. My hero ... and everyone else's too!

Re: Dead Head (2:59pm April 13, 2010):

I had to LOL when I read your giveaway prizes. You sure do have a GREAT imagination! I thought you gave it a LOT of thought (and time/expense), especially with tying in the book. I look forward to reading your book(s). Thanks for having us here!

Re: Big Bad Wolf (10:38am April 10, 2010):

It would drive me crazy too! I've had problems when even buying trilogies. I feel like I must read them in the "correct" order, but then I obsess by going back and forth between the two books, making comparisons when it comes to the same scenes. Jeesh! You'd think I'd have better things to do with my time! I think I'll stay away from trilogies in the future or else just consider them stand-alone books instead (although that is difficult for the obsessive organizer in me).

Re: An Earl to Enchant (10:56pm March 30, 2010):

I enjoy witty books. Conversations between the heroes/heroines with double entendres make me happy. Perhaps that's because I have a one-track mind, or so I've been told.

I use "Wuzzup?" a fair bit ... and, of course, the "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is used too often ... then there's "A horse is of course a horse of course...." when I'm out on the farm ... and "is that your final answer?" is used frequently when playing games with family ... or "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" ... or sometimes when we have a picnic I sing, "my bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R" (always a favorite).... Don't get me going!

Re: The You I Never Knew (11:53am March 20, 2010):

I'm joining on the bandwagon: prefer to laugh, have been known to cry, and enjoy all the emotions a good book can evoke.

Re: The You I Never Knew (2:52pm March 14, 2010):

I too cry during commercials, songs, television shows, movies, etc., and I prefer wit over tearjerker books. I loved, loved, loved Sandra Hyatt's THE MAGNATE'S PREGNANCY PROPOSAL. I cried on occasion and liked the surprises throughout, not being able to put the book down until I was done. I also wrote that Leanne Banks' THE PLAYBOY'S PROPOSITION was quite enjoyable, and that I cried a bunch with happy tears because the book touched me. Hope this helps!

Re: Take Me If You Dare (12:06pm March 6, 2010):

I never see any of the current movies, yet I love watching the Academy Awards! I tape the show every year so I can fast-forward through boring speeches (or rewind when the host says something in relation to the last comment). My favorite part would be what the host(s) bring to the show. I'm very much looking forward to watching Steve and Alec co-host.

Re: Seeing Red (9:25pm February 28, 2010):

February was fine. Short, but fine.
Goal-wise? I wanted to start losing weight again (after I gained back 3 pounds in January from restaurant eating). I did indeed finally lose a couple more pounds from where I left off. Whew!
New author? Yes! Loved, simply loved, Sandra Hyatt's HAVING THE BILLIONAIRE'S BABY. She wrote a second book recently, and I loved it too: THE MAGNATE'S PREGNANCY PROPOSAL. I highly recommend these and future books by Sandra to all!
Read an older book by Susan Mallery -- HOLLY AND MISTLETOE -- and it's one of the few books I can remember months later just because of the title. (I have a very poor memory, but this book was definitely memorable!)
I'm raising a glass that March is even better for everyone! Happy March, 2010!

Re: Cowboy Trouble (11:49pm February 26, 2010):

Thanks for sharing your story. I currently transcribe medical dictations from home. You're absolutely right re reports being mind-numbingly dull. I too sit at this computer for hours on end -- on my end. Luckily I'm at home so I can get up and get a drink, take long washroom breaks, work in my pajamas, etc., but it is STILL boring!
BTW, your book sounds great. Thanks again for sharing.

Re: My Dearest Mr. Darcy (2:36pm January 7, 2010):

The first one I remembered was on Murphy Brown. Jeepers, that was funny the way she kept grabbing all the guys in those death holds. Thanks for the memories.

Re: Sins of the Flesh (4:09pm December 7, 2009):

Spread it out! We have a family Christmas in mid November, so I'm forced to write my Xmas poem/newsletter by then and print at least the family's copies. I have a BFF visit at the end of November, which forces me to clean up my house. Then December is a jumble. When I visit friends, I hand deliver their now-printed cards, or I have friends come here on weekends for supper/cards. Again, it forces me to put up the decorations by the beginning of December or so and then keep it tidy.
As you can see, I work best with deadlines!

Re: What I Did For Love (12:49pm September 20, 2009):

Wow. MY rituals have been more than covered here. Recliner. Drinks beside me (usually a pitcher of milk). Fleece throw over the legs. Semi-reclined. Good lighting. No one around in the wee hours. MUST finish my book before hitting the sack.
Otherwise the books are in my purse so I can read in the car, grocery store lineups, doctor visits, etc. When I attend boring dances, I tend to go to the bathroom often, so I can catch up on 10 minutes of reading at a time to help pass the hours. Yes, I too have been known to read a page of my book when I first get to a red light that has an advance on the other side. And yes, I've been the taxi driving mom who waits and waits for my kids, but I ALWAYS have a book or two with me.
I believe "any time is a good time" to read!

Re: Tie Me Down (11:00am September 4, 2009):

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan because it has the "Tunnels of Moose Jaw" -- underground tunnels throughout its downtown, where two tours show guests the bootlegging operations and where the Chinese were kept below to do laundry, etc. many years ago....

Re: Breaking Loose (11:02am August 13, 2009):

Malted Milk chocolate bars.
Tried to buy one for my sister, knowing they were HER faves too, and found out they were discontinued years ago! Head Office tried telling me they were discontinued 20+ years ago, but I'm thinking I had one around 5 years ago. Talk about "time flying"! I guess I don't eat chocolate bars often enough!
Thanks for offering the contest and good luck with your book(s)!

Re: Bad Moon Rising (11:59am August 8, 2009):

Thanks for sharing! These are such nice bonuses in life!

Re: The Plight Of The Darcy Brothers (9:25am July 25, 2009):

I'm sorry. I haven't read the books yet in order to answer your question.
Have a great day!

Re: The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (5:28pm July 5, 2009):

I don't recall titles of books. Sorry. It used to be that if I didn't really like how a book was going, I'd still read the entire book (grimacing along the way) -- all because "I PAID for it; I'm going to READ it!" Not anymore. Now that I'm a whopping 50 years of age, if I don't like the plot line (it could be too slow for my liking), the language (I'm not into continually crude dialogue), or even the characters, I chuck the book in the recycling box. I don't send it to my friends. I'm quite "frugal" in my day-to-day life, but my time is worth more than that.

Re: Everywhere She Turns (4:47pm July 5, 2009):

If you scrimp and save on a lot of small things (only eat out when win gift certificates or a special occasion; do all the grocery shopping in one weekly long trip; have friends over often for meals instead of "outside" entertainment; etc.), then you are better able to afford the bigger things when you need/want them. We save for trips to visit relatives' weddings, etc. We sacrifice wall-to-wall carpeting that has not been changed in 28 years. Every time the carpeting comes to the top of the list, along comes something more urgent and necessary. That's okay, though. Friends and relatives are much more important than things!

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