Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Inspiration for Love #SummerForLoveHop #romance

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 Thanks for hopping! On my blog, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble--your choice! All you need to do is leave a comment about what image first comes to mind when you think of summer romance--email only comments will be ignored.

How does summer inspire romance in me? Well, it's more than heat and bare skin--although a hot guy barely clothed is always inspirational! Maybe it's the increased Vitamin D that simply makes me happier in general, I don't know, but summer to me is about...

 being with a guy late at night with a warm breeze kissing our skin as we listen to music at an outdoor amphitheater... 

being with a the man I love as we drink beer on the patio with the crackling of the fire pit warming our feet...

being with a guy snuggled beneath a blanket as we watch meteors slice across the night sky from the our hammock...

being with a guy as we listen to thunder crash and snap followed by rain trickling against the window...

being with the man I love as we dance on a beach surrounded by moonlight reflecting on the waves kissing the sand...

Summer lov'n...it's sweet, lazy, and hot. When you think of summer romance, what image first comes to mind? Leave a comment with your email for a chance to win. 

Please take a minute to read a short excerpt of my paranormal erotic romance, Blurred Lines. 

Book blurb...

Letting go is like a death. Sierra never thought she would be caught in a love triangle between her writing partner, Alex, and the love of her life, Shane—especially because her ex-fiancé is now a ghost. Tormented with both guilt for moving on with someone else and a desire to be free of the past, she's pulled between both men. Shane struggles with accepting his death and seeing the woman he loves with someone else. Alex is determined to free Sierra from limbo and change their relationship from casual to serious, but the bond she has with Shane transcends death. One of the three needs to let go.

Only the good die young. When Shane Weston is murdered before prosecuting a key member of the Mexican drug cartel, he can't accept the idea that all of the plans he had had for his life will never come true. More than that, he can't let go of the love he has for his fiancée.

Love never dies. Sierra Daniels is crushed after Shane's death. Head writer on a successful television series, she can't get back into the groove of life. All enthusiasm for work is gone. Ready to quit everything, she travels to her cabin in Lake Tahoe in hopes of escaping everyone's expectations and disappearing for a while.

The lines between right and wrong often blur. Alexander Blaine has risked his future on a career change from DEA agent to lead consultant and writer on hit television series. Sierra's grief has shadowed everyone around her, including him, and jeopardizes both of their careers. Unwilling to accept defeat, he follows her to Lake Tahoe determined to break through the barrier enveloping her and make her see that life is still worth living. 

She walked into the bathroom to brush her teeth. When she looked into the mirror, she saw Shane's reflection standing behind her. When she turned, no one.
"Why are you doing this to me?" she asked the empty space.
"I love you so much, Sierra." A whisper. Faint. Barely noticeable.
Every inch of her pulsated with restrained emotion. She gripped the edge of the sink with both hands and cried because she felt torn between wanting the confusion to stop and needing it to be real to save her sanity. Some days it took all of her strength simply to fake normalcy.
She'd cheated with another man. Right or wrong, that's what it felt like. She had had sex with Alex and loved it, wanted to do it again. But if Shane still existed, wasn't it wrong? Confusion rocked her world.
She held onto the sink as if were the only thing keeping her upright. Sobs began deep in her gut before ripping through her body with deep convulsions. Silent screams caught in her throat. Tears she'd been battling to hold back for too long streamed from her eyes. Unchecked.
She'd come here wanting to quit her job and her life, to hide away, to give up. All of these months spent working and fighting and pretending to have it all together had taken a toll. She couldn't do it anymore. She had come here to break down.
A ghost? How many times in the last months had she prayed Shane would walk in the door and tell her it had all been a mistake? Why hadn't he come to her then? Why now?
Every inch of her vibrated with unrestrained agony. For an hour, she'd felt normal again, with Alex of all people, and it had felt damn good. But now guilt ate her up like an infection devouring her from the inside out. Each sob abused her body and twisted her gut into knots. She couldn't stop. She'd held the grief at bay for too long and now it had busted loose.
"It's okay." Alex wrapped his arms around her from behind and whispered against her hair, "I'm here. You need to trust someone, let it be me. It's going to be all right. I'm not leaving. I'm here."
She turned within the circle of his arms; eyes closed for fear of seeing Shane's face again, and gripped Alex's shoulders as if he were a lifeline.
She cried, unable to hide her pain any longer. Tears of both confusion and sorrow fell. She clung to the one man she'd never anticipated trusting or needing while he whispered against her hair, "I'm here, it's going to be okay."
"Sometimes I feel like I'll never be normal again," she confided against his shoulder once the sobs had subsided and her voice returned.
"It's all going to be exactly as it needs to be."
But that's what she worried about...that she'd go so far away from what she'd ever known herself to be that she'd be lost forever. She'd been fighting to hold on to who she'd been with Shane and who'd she'd been before him. The two images didn't mesh and the battle seemed pointless.
What if surrendering—accepting—meant that she'd be like this, an angry woman who couldn't break free of the sadness? Every fiber of her being begged her to stop fighting; she didn't know if she had the strength for surrender.

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  1. Whenever I see the words "Summer Romance" for some reason, I always see two young teenage lovers riding around in an old beat up pick up without a care in the world. I have no idea why, because that never happened when I was a teen. LOL. Thanks for posting the excerpt. I used to live in Reno, NV, which is about an hour from Lake Tahoe and I spent many of summers up at the lake. :)

    ~Angela Christina Archer
    history (at) angelachristinaarcher (dot) com

  2. I love hops! Get to meet so many new authors this way. Thanks for participating.

    Kris Linehan
    simondex68 (at) gmail dot com

  3. lisamarie romero.... lisamarie.romero@yahoo.com

  4. thank you misspiggysue51@hotmail.com Brenda Hook

  5. Whenever I think of summer romance the first image that comes to my mind is having a romantic date on the sea beach or to have a bath in the sea water (splashing water at each other and teasing romantically).


  6. Summer Romance always makes me think about long walks on the beach, holding hands, watching the sunset and building sand castles.
    Love this time of the year!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. The first image that comes to my mind, is a nuclear explosion. The next is the cute guy smiling at me. That completely wipes out the nuclear explosion and assures me this time will be better. So far, not true... but I remain hopeful.

    Liza O'Connor

  8. the beach as sunset is always a first image for me when thinking of romance. It could be a simple walk on the beach or a sweet late night picnic. I love the beach and its beauty.

    theresa needham fehse
    rayahmom3 (at) yahoo dot com

  9. When I hear the word summer I know I get to go to the beaches in San Diego. Living in hot Arizona, that's a treat.

  10. When I think of summer romance, I think of time spent on the beach - swimming during the day and around a fire at night.
    Kelly Thompson

  11. What comes to mind for me is hot sticky bodies. But not in a good way.lol.
    Melissa crisp
    leighannecrisp at yahoo dot com

  12. Romantic times on a beach, not sex, but enjoying each other, the water, bonfires, picnicing, etc.

    Thanks for participating.
    Anne M.

  13. Road trip with all the windows down!
    Tia Dalley
    videoclimber AT yahoo DOT com

  14. twirling and dancing together at a summer festival! so fun!
    my email is in my blogger profile.

  15. When I think about summer romance, a night at the beach embraced to a guy, just watching to the stars... sounds a perfect night!

  16. When I think of summer romance pertaining to someone else I think beach, sunset, holding hands and a nice quiet walk.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  17. Deborah Close
    dcpooh55 (at) cox (dot) net

    When I think about summer, I think about long walks at sunset on the beach

  18. A moonlit walk on the beach! Thanks for the chance!


  19. Joy F
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  20. our whole gang hanging out on the beach in the moonlight - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  21. the beach
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  22. When I think of summer romance I think of couple on the beach, holding hands while walking in the sand and water. That has always been a favorite vacation for me and the hubby. We love staying at bed and breakfasts on the water.

    Stephanie Fredrick

  23. what comes to mind is the lake we live by and my teen years.
    Stacey A Smith
    sasluvbooks at yahoo.com

  24. The first image that comes to mind for me is sitting on a blanket at the beach all snuggled close together with the guy im mad about and watching the sun set and the sky change all colors. And then making out under the stars after the sun has fully gone. Sounds pretty perfect to me. <3

    Thank you for sharing your excerpt with us, it sounds like a good read... and thank you so much for the giveaway!

    I hope you have a great weekend!! =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot

    1. Realized i messed up my email, so im fixing it. =)

      BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  25. The first image that comes to mind is a couple sitting in a park together in the sun.
    Jen Barnard
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  26. Long, lazy days hanging out on the beach.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  27. The first image that comes to my mind is sitting on a beach under the stars with my husband. Thanks for the giveaway. Wanda Craighead wcraig5432@yahoo.com

  28. I think that summer love = s'mores. And my boyfriend. But mostly the toasted marshmallows.
    oneagainst at hotmail dot com

  29. When I think of summer romance, I think about all the wonderful times my husband and I spent at the beach. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  30. What I think about is walks on the beach and watching the sunset. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Alisha sienkiel
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com