Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: MY BROTHER'S SINS by C.B. Clark


Ryan Marshall’s kid brother has always been trouble. Now, his brother wants Ryan, ex-DEA agent, to protect the woman he loves from a notorious, Mexican drug cartel. The second Ryan lays eyes on Hallie Harkins, he knows he’s made a mistake. Hallie’s blonde beauty and stubborn grit tempt him like no woman ever has. It’s all he can do to keep his hands off her…and his heart intact. 

Hallie’s worst fears are realized when the man she expects to meet, vanishes. In his place, a disturbingly attractive stranger appears, claiming he’s been sent to protect her. Can she trust him? Or is he working with her pursuers? Following an attempt on Hallie’s life, she and Ryan join forces, embarking on a perilous mission of danger and desire taking them from rural Montana to the sunny shores of Acapulco Bay, and into the clutches of a ruthless killer. Will they survive the mission together and find love in each other's arms?

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My thoughts:

Here’s another shocker. It’s a debut novel as good as many on the best seller lists. I kid you not.

The main characters are fabulous.
Ryan Marshall is a rancher and ex-DEA agent. He’s the perfect hero; smart, tough, resourceful, protective, and humble. He’s had enough of living on the edge and has resigned himself to a solitary existence…until he gets a phone call from his long lost brother. There’s a lot beneath the surface of this man as the story unfolds.
Hallie Harkin is carving out a nice comfortable life in the Seattle business community. She’s not prepared to run, duck, and hide. However, her life takes a drastic turn and everything changes…including Hallie.
I swear, when the two met a tiny explosion happened in my mind.
The secondary characters were amazing as well. They not only filled out the story, they added a lot to it.

The plot was seamless.
I’m not kidding, I ate my dinner while reading and considered taking it to the bathroom with me. My husband and dog felt completely neglected. The action never stops. You’re caught in a cyclone of knife fights, gun fights, racing away on horseback, boat and plane, capture, escape, rescue and that’s not the end. No stone was left unturned and no questions were left unanswered.

In a nutshell, it left me breathless. Congratulations on an excellent first book, C.B. Clark.


Who is this awesome author you ask?

About the Author:
C.B. Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, teaching students from the primary grades through the first year of college. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: THE OTHER SIDE: TRENT'S STORY by Starr Gardinier

The Blurb:

Melinda James is finally out of Skyview Haven—an asylum where she was confined for years—and is living her life, free at last. However, things are not going as planned; harassed by unexplained paranormal experiences, she doesn’t feel safe in her own home. And when she turns to her best friend Trent for help and support, she is surprised to find her feelings for him have grown far beyond a simple friendship.

Trent Miller isn’t prepared to fight evil, but he will do whatever it takes to save Melinda from an evil entity that is seeking revenge for past events. Armed with knowledge gleaned from television shows, a team of paranormal investigators, and the prayers of family and friends, he is ready to face anything. 

The question is, does he tell her about his feelings for her before or after he fights a battle with evil for Melinda’s very soul?

My Review:

Any of my friends will tell you, there's nothing I love more than a good, old fashion ghost story. This book definitely delivered.

You have Trent and his best friend Melinda trying to find their way to normal after each had suffered a traumatic past. Hard to do when you're dealing with the paranormal. To complicate the situation, they struggle with feelings for each other.

Starr Gardinier has the talent to make those scary moments jump off the page at the most unexpected times. It's a true battle between good and evil.

That being said, let me tell you what made this story stand out from the others, (for me at least). Some of you may think this sounds a little crazy. Even Starr may disagree with me here.

The story is written in first person using Trent as the main narrator. His manner of speech is often in clipped sentences and comes at you like bullets from an old fashioned tommy gun. That's the way I saw it. Even though the story is present day, in my mind it looked like a black and white movie.

The cover of this book is perfect.

Think back to when you were a kid. What was more scary on a Saturday night than those old black and white thrillers, mysteries, or horror movies? They don't make 'em like that anymore.

But, Starr Gardinier does.

It's a must read for those who love a chill running up their spine.
Look for it in print or ebook from The Wild Rose Press or any online retailer.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Spotlight: DRAGON KNIGHT'S RING by Mary Morgan

I'm itching with anticipation to read DRAGON KNIGHT'S RING, the fifth and final book in the Dragon Knight series by Mary Morgan.
Let me begin by telling you what led to my addiction to Dragon Knights.
One day I very innocently picked up a book titled Dragon Knight's Sword. It had a beautiful cover and the blurb was interesting. Now, keep in mind, I don't often read time travel books, but something about this one called to me. When I opened the cover I instantly dropped into a reading coma. The next thing I knew, it was a day later, my fingernails were chewed off, and I was in desperate need of a shower. So, what do you suppose I did? 
Yes, I ordered Dragon Knight's Medallion. 
It went on from there. Each book drew me into a unique and wonderful world of time travel, adventure, magic, and a hero to die for. I was grief stricken when it was over...but wait! The fabulous author, Mary Morgan, has given me one more.
Yes, I truly believe she wrote DRAGON KNIGHT'S RING just for me.
Lucky for you, I came from a family with seven kids and I know how to share.


Death destroyed their love. Yet, can a trio of Fenian warriors roll back time to reunite two lost souls?

Crusader, Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy.

Margaret MacKay lives a life in the future without the memories of her past—her death. When Adam arrives at her door confessing he knows her, she is confused and wary. With each passing day, she yearns to learn more from this stranger. Yet, when a truth is revealed, can she trust the man to unlock the chains from her mind and heart?

Will love free the bonds to unite the two lovers who were doomed centuries ago? Or will evil finally claim victory over the Dragon Knights?


Meggie brushed her fingers over the leather pouch. “It feels empty.”

“Are you not tempted to take a wee look inside?”

She snatched her hand back. “I’m not peering inside the man’s belongings. As soon as he wakes, he and his horse can leave.” Giving the horse a firm pat, Meggie walked out of the stall and away from her smirking cousin—only to run smack into her other cousin, Lena.

“Blast,” snapped Meggie, grabbing her cousin by the arm to help steady them both. “Sorry, didn’t see ye,” Seeing the excitement in Lena’s eyes, she stepped back. “What?”

“I hear you have a Highlander in the guest room,” she replied, giving Meggie a wink. “Are you going to share?”

Meggie placed her hands on her hips. “He’s not my Highlander. Feel free to have him, though as soon as he wakes he’s gone from here.”

Lucas strode out of the stables, wiping his hand on a cloth. “I think I’ll go introduce myself, since I think this man bothers you. You keep stating he must leave as soon as he wakes.”

Lena pushed her cousin aside. “No, Lucas. I will go check on him.”

“Ye are both crazy,” protested Meggie. “He’s just a man.” Stepping past them both, she marched away from the stables.

Approaching the entrance of the castle, her nerves tingled and the air cooled. Halting on the gravel courtyard, she slowly glanced up at the guest bedroom window. Gazing down at her was the dark Highlander. His hands were braced on either side of the glass, and Meggie could swear for an instant, she recognized him from somewhere. A dream, perhaps? The look he gave her pierced her soul, and she shivered.

“Impossible,” she muttered. “I don’t dream. And ye are leaving now.”

Breaking from his stare, Meggie entered the castle, almost running up the stairs. By the time she reached the guest room, her hands were shaking. Not even bothering to knock, she pushed open the door and stormed inside.

Her mouth became dry, unable to form the words to order this giant out of her home. His bulk blocked the light from the window as he leaned against the ledge staring at her. She was not one prone to swoon at men—any man, but this one made her a jumbled mess. Moving to the table, she picked up his sword and took it over to him. His eyes widened as she approached and she fell into their dark blue depths. 

“I…um…” she stammered before continuing. “Ye should leave.” There, she got the words out.

Instead of reaching for his sword, the man lifted two fingers and caressed her cheek. She gasped, the touch searing her skin, and she took a step back. She could see the look of shock pass over his features, as if he felt the same reaction.

Meggie shoved the sword into his arms and ran for the door. Yet, when her hand touched the handle, she heard him speak.

“Dinnae leave me again, Meggie.”

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In case you haven't started at the beginning...

Dragon Knight’s Sword
Duncan Mackay will do anything to lift the curse from his family — even forfeit his own life. But his plans change when he encounters the woman from his dreams, literally. She is from the future, somehow has his lost sword, and can talk to the Dragon that is able to lift his family’s curse. 

Brigid O'Neill has spent her life listening to the mythological legends from Ireland and Scotland. So, when an ancient sword lands at her doorstep and she starts dreaming of a rugged Highlander, she drops everything and takes on a quest that will alter everything she believes. 

Before their journey ends, not only will Duncan and Brigid battle an ancient curse, they must also find the courage to believe in the destiny that brought them together. 

Dragon Knight’s Medallion
To right a wrong, two souls are brought together only to shatter when they are torn apart by the deeds of an evil druid.

Dragon Knight, Stephen MacKay’s powers are altered after the death of his sister. Now he is plagued with visions that threaten to destroy his soul. When Aileen Kerrigan falls through a time tunnel, he vows to keep her safe, despite the fact the beautiful but head-strong half-blooded fae could be the death of him.

When Aileen finds out her dad is a Fenian Warrior, she flees to a nearby ruin. Armed with the medallion her mother gave her, and a matching one belonging to a long dead knight, she is flung into the past and finds a handsome but surly warrior who is on a quest. Now it seems her future could be entwined with his, if she doesn’t kill him first. 

Dragon Knight’s Axe
Alastair MacKay, a battled-scarred Dragon Knight flees to the sea to separate himself from his fae-given power connecting him to the land. But it is on land that he rescues a woman from a slave trader in Ireland. It is through Fiona he steps back inadvertently into a world filled with magic—taking on the role of protector and at the same time leading him on a journey to confront his greatest regret and fears. 

Research assistant, Fiona O’Quinlan loves translating ancient artifacts at Trinity College. When she falls asleep on an archeological dig, she awakens in another time. She soon discovers a Dragon Knight’s relic has been entrusted into her care. Determined to return the artifact to the Great Glen, Fiona is unprepared for the danger ahead—losing her heart and soul to Alastair “Beast” MacKay.

Will their love be strong enough to soothe the beast and heal the man? Or will Death swing its axe, leaving them lost for all eternity?

Dragon Knight’s Shield
Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and he takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him. 

Famed mystery writer, Deirdre Flanagan, is unprepared for the next chapter in her life. On a vacation to Scotland, she steps through the mists and enters into a skirmish alongside a Highlander. However, the fight has only begun, and now she must battle Angus as well as evil in order to claim the love of this Dragon Knight.

Will their love be powerful enough to shield them from danger, or burn them to ashes?

And now you may be asking - Who is the author of all this awesomeness...

Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return. 
Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling--writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

You can find more information about Mary Morgan here:
Amazon Author Page 

All of these books are safely stored on my Kindle because I fear there is no cure.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: THE MARRIAGE ULTIMATUM (City of Dreams Series) by Charlotte O’Shay

Dead-end job? Dreary apartment? Disastrous love life? Check, check, and check. Toddler who makes it all worthwhile? Absolutely. Juggling work, college, and the care of young Alex was never Sabrina's plan.
But Sabrina's dreams are bigger than any curve ball life can throw at her. Her top priority is keeping her small family together, no matter what the cost.

Vladimir Grigory doesn't believe in dreams. He earned his position at the top of New York's corporate ladder with his own sweat. His empire is his baby, and he'll destroy anyone who threatens it. Even the sexy employee who challenges him on every level. When the New York tabloids and the world call him the baby daddy of Sabrina's son, Vlad believes Sabrina is part of a plot to expose the secrets of his past. He threatens to destroy her future. But since Sabrina has secrets of her own, she has no choice but to agree to Vlad's marriage ultimatum.


Just my opinion~

What I expected – A sweet and spicy, marriage of convenience, contemporary romance.
What I got – A sexy/hot, forced marriage romance so intense it will make your blood boil and your heart melt.

From the first page Charlotte O’Shay marks her hero as a hot blooded alpha. And her heroine is no cream puff either. Let me tell you more about these two.

Sabrina Boyd is strong, hard working, and determined. She’s willing to give up anything to make sure three-year-old Alex has every advantage in life. Her problem: she’s a one-step-forward-two-steps-back kind of girl. She’s hiding a huge secret that could cost her everything and just can’t seem to catch a break.

Vladimir Grigory is a Russian born, self-made billionaire. He’s tough, demanding, and doesn’t trust anyone. He has fought hard for all he has and doesn’t care who he hurts to protect it. His personality is infuriating, I didn’t know if I’d ever warm up to him. Then his back-story came out and it broke my heart. It all made sense.

As these two move through the story their lusty passion gradually turns to sweet romance, but the heat level never diminishes. Along the way they have complications, distractions, and set-backs from every direction. That’s where Charlotte O’Shay’s excellent writing skills come into play. The story flows at a steady intensity that keeps you engaged and on the edge of your chair to the end.

Congratulations on an awesome first book, Charlotte!

You must buy this book~

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ISBN(s) 978-1-5092-0814-2 Paperback
              978-1-5092-0815-9 Digital


Kobo: ISBN: 10:1509208151
           ISBN: 13: 9781509208159

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ISBN-13: 2940158185540


As a debut author, (I still can’t believe that), you may not know Charlotte O’Shay so let me tell you a little about her.

Charlotte O'Shay was born in New York City into a big family and then married into another big family.
The drama! The noise! The inspiration!
Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte gladly traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters in the City of Dreams. 
The Marriage Ultimatum is the first, standalone, story in the City of Dreams series.
Look for A Model Engagement (Book 2) and An Illicit Affair (Book 3) coming soon.

Contact her here~ 

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Facebook: Charlotte O’Shay   
Twitter: @charlotte_oshay      
Instagram: charlotte_oshay_author

Monday, August 1, 2016

What Love Means – SEISMIC CRIMES by Chrys Fey

To celebrate Chrys Fey's new release, SEISMIC CRIMES, I'm turning my blog over to her today. She's brought her Hero and Heroine along to talk about what love means. Have fun reading and see if you agree.

It's all yours, Chrys!

Love to many people means and represents different things. No two people in love act the same way or do the same things. Nor do they think of love in the same terms, so I decided to ask Beth and Donovan from Seismic Crimes what love means to them.

Beth – Going to bed with someone even when you’re upset and waking up in the morning no longer caring about whatever argument you had. Being every faithful and honest, easing your partner through their darkest moment even when you have no clue what to do, and putting yourself on the line when it means helping the one you love find justice and peace.

Standing in front of him, she stroked his chest with her soapy hands. She made sure not to apply pressure to his ribs, only letting her fingers flutter over his side with the gentlest of touches. The whiteness of the suds couldn’t mask the hideous bruises, though. She reached for the soap again and caressed bubbles into circles over his abs. When she finished soaping his body, he cupped her face with his wet hands and sighed. “I haven’t brushed my teeth. Otherwise, I would kiss you.”

She smiled. “First, I need to get some food in you before you drop. Then you can brush your teeth and kiss me like you should.” She gave him a wink and picked up the bottle of shampoo to wash his hair. She hated seeing him in pain, but she enjoyed this part of
taking care of him.

Donovan – Protecting my lover from anything and everything. Sharing my past, secrets, and fears with her because I know she’d accept them. Caring for her when she’s sick, including making her soup and tea and whatever she needs. Growing, building, and being…together…for each other…forever and always.

“We’ll pick up this conversation again when my body can handle your foreplay,” he added and plucked the pills from her hand. Knocking them back, he swallowed them with the rest of his coffee. When he set down his cup, he noticed Beth’s cringe. “What?”

“I don’t know how you can take pills with coffee. I can only swallow medication with water at room temperature.”

He chuckled. “I’ll remember that for when you’re sick, and I have to take care of you.”
Beth’s head jerked to him, and he sensed he said something wrong. “What now?”


“That look doesn’t mean nothing. You can tell me. What did I say that was so wrong?”

“No, it wasn’t wrong. It was right.” Sighing, Beth sat across from him at the small table.

“You’re the first man to willingly want to take care of me when I’m sick. When I was engaged to—”

“The ***hole whose name you won’t tell me?”

“My ex,” she continued. “I couldn’t even get him to heat me a bowl of soup when I had a cold.”

“Because, and I repeat, he was an asshole. He didn’t deserve you. And you don’t have to worry…I’m nothing like him. I’ll make you soup and tea and do whatever else that’ll make you feel better when you’re Sick or hurt.” He took her hand. “I promise.”


An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

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Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes, Book One in the Disaster Crimes series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer's Support Group and creates their monthly newsletter.

Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!


QUESTION:What does love mean to you?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

!!! J.C. McKenzie Reveals All !!!

Tremendous news revealed 
right here - right now...

The intriguing title of her upcoming release:

Beast Of All: A Carus Novel, Book 5

The date we can actually own it:

October 19, 2016

The Gorgeous Cover:

(Cover Art by Debbie Taylor from DCA Graphics)

You say you want to know more?
Here's the blurb:

“Two months ago my world collapsed and the beast reigned. Seven weeks ago the SRD captured me. Nine days ago, they injected me with something vile. Today, I break free. And tomorrow? I’ll make them pay.”

Badass Shifter Andy McNeilly wakes up from a horrible nightmare, only to discover it wasn’t a dream, and she’s no longer quite so badass. Chemically curbed, Andy has lost touch with her feras and beast when she needs them most. Can she regain control of her supernatural abilities in time to reap retribution from her enemies, or will she fall as fodder in a power play for control of Vancouver’s seedy underworld?

And if that isn't enough,
An Excerpt:

No feras. No beast. Whatever they shot me with blocked my communication with the animals. Did it prevent shifting as well? I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to call a form and change. Only a headache answered. Dread flittered across my skin. Was this permanent?
As the Carus, the genetic throwback to the first demi-god progeny of the beast goddess, I caged a beast with rage and power rivaled by few, and possessed more than one animal familiar to shift into.
At least, I did until the SRD shot me full of chemicals. Would I ever regain my abilities? Hear the indignant screech of the peregrine falcon? Or the lusty purr of the mountain lion? Or soulful howl of the wolf?
My heart hammered, punching bone. A buzzing sensation filled my head. The “wrongness” of my condition grated against my nerves, slicing them into slivers like a planer shucking off wood shavings.
Something in my abdomen swelled, as if the beast pushed against whatever barrier caged and hid her from me.
I’ll get you out, I told her, not knowing if she could hear. We’ll make them pay.

As most of you know, J.C. never gives less than a great, well written story with unforgettable characters. I can't wait for the buy links to be available for this one. And as everyone knows - what I read, I review. I hope you'll all do the same.

Congratulations J.C., and good luck with Beast of All!

Friday, April 15, 2016

VISUAL EFFECTS by Joyce Holmes

Today our guest of honor is Joyce Holmes, sister author at the Wild Rose Press. She’s come to tell us about her new release, VISUAL EFFECTS, a contemporary romance.

~Will their emotional firestorm leave nothing but ashes or can love emerge victorious?~

A fabulous blurb:

Drey Winston is a fierce competitor who enjoys challenging her mind and body. But when it comes to her heart—no one ever gets close enough to compete for it. Having grown up believing she was an unwanted burden to her parents, she prefers to keep her feelings well hidden. Just when her hard-fought goals are finally within reach, the audacious Jesse Devlin comes along to breach her carefully guarded defenses.

After a disastrous marriage early in life, Jesse Devlin prefers strings-free relationships. Confident and outgoing, he gets along well with women, but his natural charm can’t seem to penetrate Drey Winston’s aloofness. While attempting to win her over, he’s the one who ends up losing his heart.

Can this commitment-phobic bachelor convince the stubbornly independent woman he loves that his feelings—and hers—are the real deal?

Welcome to the beach, Joyce.

Hi everyone. Thanks for having me, Sandra.

Let me tell you what first caught my attention about your new book: The title, VISUAL EFFECTS, and hearing you have a passion for photography. Is there a connection? What made you decide on that title?

There isn’t a connection to my passion for photography, but there is a connection to passion. Visual Effects is another name for the computer-generated effects in movies, which is what both of my characters do for a living. They were ‘visually’ attracted to each other long before they admitted to liking each other, so as a play on the words, their ‘visual effects’ started everything rolling.

The models on your cover are beautiful. Your hero, Jesse, is especially handsome. Can you give us a mini bio on him? His occupation, interests, family situation, etc…

Jesse is a big, good-looking man, who’s a talented CG animator. He’s also very talented with the ladies, which doesn’t impress his new co-worker, Drey. Although Jesse might come off as a happy-go-lucky charmer, he carries some emotional scars. He’d just rather keep them hidden, even from himself. He’s loyal to a fault and is a huge support to his sister and her two boys.

Drey looks like the girl-next-door type. What can you tell us about her?

Drey is a jock, who thrives on challenges. She runs marathons, plays basketball, rides a horse. She’s also fiercely independent and just a touch stubborn—although she prefers the word tenacious. She was raised by doting grandparents, who told her she could achieve anything she set her mind to and never to give up on her dreams. At seventeen, she left the family ranch behind to pursue those dreams, which eventually led her to her new job—and Jesse Devlin.

Describe the setting for us. Does it take place in your area of British Columbia or elsewhere?

This is actually the only book I’ve written that isn’t set in Western Canada. The story takes place in LA, where both of my characters work in the film industry. There are also some scenes in Montana, the state of my birth.

This excerpt gives us a glimpse of the chemistry between Jesse and Drey:

Jesse leaned against a tree to draw in a few deep breaths. As he straightened, he plucked his ball cap off his head and wiped his forearm across his brow, then hooted a victory cheer. “Hard work’s over. Time for the reward.”
                He dropped the cap onto the sand and emptied his pockets into it. Then he pulled his T-shirt over muscled shoulders, dropped it onto the sand on top of his cap, and made quick work of his footwear. Drey stared in disbelief as he beelined down the beach and ran straight into the low surf. When he was hip-deep in the water, he slipped smoothly beneath the surface. He reappeared several feet out and turned to wave.
                “Join me,” he called. “The water’s great.”
                “Not a chance. The ocean is cold in summer, I can only imagine how frigid it must be today.”
                “Wuss,” he scoffed and splashed water in her direction.
                Shivers that had nothing to do with feeling chilly shot through Drey as she watched him emerge from the water a few minutes later. Rivulets ran down his chest, following the ridges and planes of his brawny body. Wet shorts clung to muscular thighs.
                He ran his hands over his face and then shook himself like a playful pup. “You don’t know what you missed. Nothing like a dip in the salt chuck to get the heart pumping. Well, almost nothing.” He stalked deliberately up the beach toward her, and the look on his face made her back away, but she didn’t react fast enough. He caught her up in his arms, laughing at her shrieks of protest.
                “Lemme go, Jesse. You’re cold. Come on, Jesse, lemme go. You’re getting me all wet.”
                “That’s the whole idea. Get you wet and me warm.”
                She gave him a firm push in the wrong direction as she sprinted down the beach. “Not if you can’t catch me,” she threw over her shoulder as she went.

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Now we want to know more about you.

Author Bio:
Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. The award-winning author is happily living her dream of being a stay-at-home writer. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. When she's not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure, she’s off enjoying the great outdoors.

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Good luck with VISUAL EFFECTS, Joyce, and thanks for visiting my beach. Maybe I’ll get up to your area one day.

It was lovely being here with you, Sandra. We have some great beaches out this way, too. You really should come for a visit.

*A question for our visitors*
When you and your partner, (or ex), first met, which of you had the most emotional baggage and how long did it take before you had a ring on your finger?

Joyce's answer: My hubby and I will soon celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. We were mere babies when we met, at eighteen and nineteen. Neither of us were experienced enough to have much baggage, but I had just come off an emotional breakup and certainly wasn’t looking for a new relationship. He was all about enjoying life and spreading his wings, so to speak. We instantly became fast friends, and that friendship gradually developed into something more serious. We married just shy of two years after first meeting.

My answer: My husband and I had both come out of BAD divorces, massive baggage on both sides, when we met 36 years ago. We both had two toddlers to raise alone. We entered into a temporary marriage of convenience. You might say it stuck.

What say the rest of you? It's time to spill the beans.