Thursday, March 20, 2014

2 Blog Hops, Silly Me :) #giveaway

Yes you read right, I have signed up to do 2 blog hops at the same time !
I would love for you to visit both and there are some great prizes so why not?
Just click on the link next to each banner to go to each one !


Springtime in the Country Blog Hop #CowboyCharmBlogHops


Springtime in the Country would be my favorite place to be right now !
Especially with all the snow I see out my window today including the fresh  new fallen snow. 
Makes me want to move away from Michigan :) 

Honestly during the Spring and Summer I don't mind Michigan.  The weather is beautiful and since I live in a tourist town, everyone is working hard to get the town ready and the lake usable.    I'm actually not from Michigan, Indiana originally but my husband was born & raised here so this is were we are :)  Have you ever been to Michigan?  I swear I don't think I'll ever see it all.  We love to travel on the weekends and I've been to so many different places I can barely keep track. 

There is one place that is my ultimate favorite though and that's Mackinac Island.

 It isn't even safely accessible until late spring to Summer and I say safely accessible because during the winter with the water frozen, the only way to get to it is the ice bridge and NO WAY will you catch me out there on a snowmobile lol.  The path is marked with Christmas Trees to help people not get lost but still...

A group of residents from both St. Ignace and the Island place Christmas trees into the ice for people to follow. They maintain the trees and also check the condition of the ice on a regular basis. The route begins near Doud's Market in St. Ignace. Check out Doud's deli sandwiches (delicious!) and ask about the safety of the ice before venturing out by yourself.

However, once the thaw makes way, the ferries leave St. Ignace and Mackinac City several times a day transporting passengers to the island.

My hubby and I try to make it there at least once a year, of course since it's our private getaway, we make sure to go without our kids !  There's nothing like it I swear.  No motorized vehicles, except for an ambulance.  Mode of transportation on the island is bicycle and horse.  It's quiet and beautiful. There's so much to see on such a little island and plenty of places to stay but our favorite is The Inn at Stonecliff.

So, if you're looking for a travel spot, definitely check it out.  Mackinac City.  You won't be sorry.

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While you're reading I'd like to share my two newest releases :) 
Harper's Wish & Second Nature

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year, but for Harper Donaldson it’s just another day. Orphaned at an early age, she doesn’t have a single good memory of Christmas.

But, when a Santa’s Mailbox mysteriously appears in the lobby of the post office where she works as postmistress, Harper wonders what it could hurt to send her own letter to Santa.

Could he bring her the family she’d always wanted?
 Available here:   Amazon   B&N   Roane Publishing
If a second chance presented itself, would you take it?
When the love of Dana's life leaves without a word, moving on is the last thing she wants to do.  Despite loving him, she believes she will never see him again but, little does she know, she's being set up for a night that will change her life forever.
Nicholas, A Navy man, did the only thing he could to save the woman he loved.  Driven by a secret, he disappeared and now returns, years later, with hope for love.  With one opportunity, will he be able to make things right, or is it just too late? 
Will she resist the desire she has for a second chance or will it be Second Nature?
Available only at AMAZON and FREE this week!

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Giveaway:   $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
Winner will be chosen March 29th

We have a great lineup of hoppers this week so make sure to visit them all !

Spring Fling Blog Hop #HopswithHeart #Giveaway

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop!
March 20-23

Here in Michigan I'm really saying we need to fling into spring fast because all this snow and cold weather is really getting me down.  When I think spring, I picture blooming flowers and green grass but out my window this morning, a fresh coating of snow.  Really?   I think our seasons are confused lol, shifting somehow because the way Michigan is going, we won't see green grass till June!  I just realized I still have winter on my website too so I think that will get a spring overhaul today too!

Don't forget to visit the rafflecopter below too because there are some awesome prizes for this hop !!

**Special THANKS to Blushing Books and authors Sue Lyndon, Patty Devlin and Cara Bristol for their contributions to the Grand Prizes !!

1 Kindle Fire (Donated by Blushing Books)
1 $75 Amazon (or B&N) Gift Card
1 $25 Starbucks Gift Card (Donated by Sue Lyndon)
1 $25 Blushing Books Gift Card (Donated by Patty Devlin)
1 $25 Loose Id Gift Card (Donated by Cara Bristol)

And, in keeping with hoping Spring comes soon, I am going to give away a spring goodie bag and an ecopy of an anthology I have a story in.

Summer Shorts Anthology

Excerpt from Surf's Up:
Kylee couldn‟t take much more of watching this poor guy wipe out every time he stood up. It just looked painful. She didn‟t know how to surf herself but after watching him, she wasn‟t about to try either. Even if she did know how, she wouldn‟t help. She was hiding out at her Grammy‟s winter home on the gulf coast for a reason; mending a broken heart, not meeting another guy. Technically she was over Roger. There was really nothing left to get over so it was hardly a breakup. They hadn‟t seen much of each other the last couple months. His secretary was way more accommodating to his, ah…needs anyway. Kylee had always been good with numbers which made her good at her job but it also made Roger think she could do his job too.
 He was dating her to use her. She needed someone more her own speed, a guy more lively and self thinking; someone to let her be herself—if one of those even existed. This would most definitely be the last flip today—she felt a bit like a lobster at this point. She didn‟t get to do much sunbathing in Michigan what with the long winters and her day job. If anything, she had to go to a fake n‟ bake to get some color. She wanted to savor this little slice of heaven as long as she could. If there weren‟t so many people around she would have lain nude, no tan lines that way.
For the love of Pete, there she went again, flipping over for the opposite side of her body. Without his glasses he couldn‟t be totally sure but both sides looked equally as tempting from his vantage point. Ugh…time to call it a day. She was gonna be the death of him. No way would he ever make any progress when all he could focus on was her. He‟d be on vacation for several more days yet so maybe he‟d have better luck tomorrow. Worse came to worse, he could always pay for lessons. Might be considered cheating to some but he would still be achieving the ultimate goal and he was okay with that.
After washing up on shore, too tired to paddle out again, Benji grabbed his sandals and the towel he‟d wrapped them in to hide his keys and he muscled his board to the rented pickup. The beach access he‟d found was only a block from his brother‟s condo where he was staying and he remembered seeing a pub somewhere around where he could probably get some food. He wasn‟t in the mood to cook- not that there was anything to make anyway. His brother hadn‟t stocked up before he left for vacation with his fiancĂ©. Zach and Kelly would still be gone when Benji headed back to Michigan next week so no point in getting a bunch of stuff to leave there either.

Available here:    Amazon    B&N     Turquoise Morning Press

Don't forget to Hop along with all the other Spring Flingers, list can be found here...
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