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Movie Watching

I spent the holiday weekend having a cookout with good friends, going out to eat, working (no, really, I did…) and seeing some movies. The hubby and I finally ventured out to see JURASSIC WORLD. I have a general statement to make: fictional people need to stop trying to make dinosaurs and opening theme parks featuring them. I remember having that same feeling when I saw PET SEMATARY years ago. I watched and thought, “why do people keep burying stuff up there when they know it ends so badly?” JURASSIC WORLD gave me a bit of that sense. I kept thinking, “these scientists should be smarter.” Despite that common sense issue, the movie is very entertaining. Lots of action, some horrible deaths, cute kids in peril, Bryce Dallas Howard running & rescuing in heels (which was really impressive) and Chris Pratt. Yeah, that last one – Chris Pratt – is the real reason to see this. In fact, I would like to ask Hollywood to put him in everything. Admittedly, studios are trying to put him in everything. They should continue that.

We also saw KINGSMAN. I really liked it. It had a crazy over-the-top feel. Some parts were a bit too silly, but the other parts mostly made up for the downsides. Colin Firth as a killing machine in a tailored suit worked. The younger guy (I have no idea what his name is) was entertaining. Again, the non-stop action worked for me.

Now it’s time to get back to work with short breaks to watch the tv show Sense8. The first episode was a bit rocky but then it sucked me in.

July 4th!

To my followers in the US…Happy July 4th! I hope you have safe and fun celebrations with your loved ones. Enjoy the fireworks and comfort food!

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Friday!

Is it possible for a coffee mug to sound British? I think this one does.

And now I want tea and cookies… Happy Friday Everyone!

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Literacy Signing!

If you’re in NYC in July you should check out the RWA booksigning. There will be hundreds of authors there. You’ll be able to find all types of romance, including YA and NA books. The best part is that the proceeds go to literacy charities.

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For more info go HERE.

Now In Ebook!

For those who have been waiting for the ebook version of SHELTERED…it’s here! It’s available now in both print and digital, which of course means you should go buy 50 copies. No, really. He’s undercover. She’s got a big secret – how do you say no to that?

“No slow opening here, as Dimon leads off with an exciting, steamy bang.” –RT Book Reviews

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You can check it out here:

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B&N
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Librarians

Librarians are awesome…but you know that. In case you didn’t, here’s an article on the 20 Heroic Librarians Who Save The World.

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Photo Inspiration

My newest Intrigue, SHELTERED, takes place in Oregon. Here are a few inspiration photos I looked at while writing the books. The area is so pretty. So, naturally, I decided it was the perfect place for very bad people to do very bad things. My apologies to Oregon. Here’s a little snippet to give you an idea…

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The camp operated as a retreat. Cabins lined up in a serene wooded area. Communal gardens and shared meals in a dining hall. Staff had the option of living in less private bunkhouses a few hundred feet from the main area, behind the yoga studio.

It all seemed peaceful, the perfect place for people who were tired of being plugged in and those sick of government regulations or city life. But on the inside something festered. Groups of men would leave for hours at a time. The gun range had a steady stream of customers. So did the makeshift village built on the back of the property. The one where people practiced drills storming houses and learning how to fight off attacks.

sheltered2But none of that worried Holt like the sheer amount of firepower he’d seen brought onto the property. He recognized the crates and couldn’t come up with a single reason a retreat that featured yoga would also have grenade launchers.

Marriage Equality Wins!

Nicely done, SCOTUS.

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Book Purchase!

I just bought this book called DAY FOUR. Reading this will pretty much guarantee that I never step foot on a cruise. Read the cover blurb and you’ll see why:

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Hundreds of pleasure-seekers stream aboard The Beautiful Dreamer cruise ship for five days of cut-price fun in the Caribbean sun. On the fourth day, disaster strikes: smoke roils out of the engine room, and the ship is stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. Soon supplies run low, a virus plagues the ship, and there are whispered rumors that the cabins on the lower decks are haunted by shadowy figures. Irritation escalates to panic, the crew loses control, factions form, and violent chaos erupts among the survivors.

When, at last, the ship is spotted drifting off the coast of Key West, the world’s press reports it empty. But the gloomy headlines may be covering up an even more disturbing reality.

See??? Yeah, check back later today on my Facebook Page for a giveaway. I need to recover from the blurb first.

Literacy Tea

Does anyone live near Richardson, Texas? I’ll be one of the authors at the The 10th annual Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy. The event is on Sunday October 4th. You can buy tickets to sit at a table with a specific author. All of the authors will have goody bags for the people at their tables, but you clearly want my goody bag, right? You’ll also hear keynote speaker Tessa Dare. She’s awesome. For more information, go HERE. And have I mentioned how much I love tea? I TOTALLY do.