Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Executives' Wives' Club #Romance #Series #HappyEndings @authorTinaGayle



Executives' Wives' Club series

Genre: Contemporary Romance with strong women fiction elements
Four women...
One fatal car wreck...
Everyone's lives changed...



Marketing Exec’s Widow
Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had plan, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

Available at amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Marketing-Executive-Fiction-Elements-ebook/dp/B007AARGPA

Check out the 5 star review at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/marketing-execs-widow



CEO’s Widow
Tagline: Facing the possibility of having breast cancer, Marianne must decide if she wants to give love another chance and build a future with whatever time she may have left.

 Blurb:
After surviving the grief from her husband’s death, Marianne Clark has built a new life with the help of the other Executive Wives. She plans to enjoy grandchildren and friends until her doctor tells her he found a lump in her breast. Her world turned upside down. She re-evaluates her priorities and decides she grab hold of life with both hands.
Knox Turner lost is first wife to cancer. He’s determined not to let Marianne face this challenge alone. 
Can this couple face the trails ahead and build a future together?

Excerpt:
“Wait—”
“Marianne, what are you doing here?” Sylvia Wilshire stood in the middle of the hallway. Tall and slender, she offered a radiant smile and brushed a wayward hand through her dark auburn hair. As beautiful as ever, Marianne couldn’t help but marvel at how her friend had changed in the last two years. She’d lost over a hundred pounds and had married Vince Wilshire. He also happened to be like both of their deceased husbands, an executive for Knox.
Sylvia strolled forward with the grace of a model, her green-eyed gaze full of curiosity. “I just drop by to talk to Vince for a minute.”
The man in question walked through the doorway of another office. He winked at Marianne and slid an arm around Sylvia’s shoulder. “It looks like these two beauties are keeping us from our conference call.”
 “Damn,” Knox groaned and checked his watch. “We better get in there before Foster has a cow because we’re late.”
Marianne stepped aside to give him room to walk around her.
He paused next to her and glared. “I’ll call you later, and we’ll work out a time for us to get together.”
Tempted to disagree with his plan, she proposed instead, “As long as it doesn’t interfere with my other social plans.”
He groaned and dropped a kiss on her cheek. “Someday I’m going to be the first and last thing you see every day. Then your activity calendar won’t matter.”
She lifted her hand ready to point out he shouldn’t say things like that to her in front of their friends. “Knox—”
Vince tugged on Knox’s arm and interrupted, “Come on, buddy before you get yourself in more trouble than you can get out of.”


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Author Bio:
Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.

After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing and hope to incorporate the joy of being a mother into her books.

Currently working on a series about four executive wives, she is excited about combining elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books have been released and the last one is coming out in 2015.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and play golf.  She can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do more of both.
Read the first chapter of any of her books by visiting her website.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Small #Winery in #Alabama - Grapes to Tempt Your Palate - #julesjbertavineyards


As most of you know, there are wineries in every state in the U.S. My husband and I enjoy discovering new ones. Recently, we were running around Alabama. We had just play a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Course in Huntsville and decided to do a drive by of the Jules J. Berta winery in Albertsville.


One of the things that I look for in a local winery is that they grow their own grapes and use other regional fruits, which in my book makes them representatives of the area in which they live. Jules J. Berta winery was this and much more. Why?

They are on the cutting edge of introducing several new types of grapes to the Alabama region. Their SYLVANER is an ancient varietal often associated with being wild.  It is a flavorful wine that is sweet but finishes with a dry edge.

They also have several other varieties that were brought over from Hungary. The oldest varietal is Blaufrankisch, but they also are growing Sauvignon blanc, Petit Syrah, and a varietal known as Red Chardonnay. This is exciting news for growers outside the state of California. 

 
The selection offered both sweet wines for me and dry wines for my husband. Of all the wines we tasted, there were few that didn't please us. The hard part was narrowing it down to only a few bottles.

So if you are in Alabama and looking for a new wine to try, you might want to drop by

 Jules J. Berta winery.


Or visit them online    www.julesjbertavineyards.com


Hope you enjoyed the visit as much as we did,

Tina

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Charles Marion Russell - #Western #Artist #Cowboy



As many of you know, I was born in Texas. I walked fields, rode a horse or two, and fell in love with more than one cowboy. After all, who can resist a cowboy?
Through the years, I had the pleasure of visiting the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth where I first spotted a Russell sculpture. The detail and design of the cowboys working with horses and other animals fascinated me.
So, when we decided to drive through Great Falls, Montana, I was very excited by the prospect of visiting Charles M. Russell museum. Not only does his home and studio sit on a corner of a quiet neighborhood, but a huge building houses his artwork. It also supports other artists. There are more current pieces throughout the building along with a gun collection that he used to get every detail of the weapons correct.
He grew up in Missouri but convinced his parents to let him move to Montana to work on a ranch. He fell in love with the land and appreciated the cowboys that worked it. Fond of sketching pictures on postcards and letters, his boss shared one of these with the owner of the ranch. Pleased by the picture, the owner shared it with his friends. This brought him work as an artist and gave him the opportunity to paint.
Charles gained international acclaim, mainly due to his wife who was his manager and set up many showings across the country. Even after his death in 1926, his art has lived on and is still sought after by collectors around the world.
I was surprised by the detail of his sketches and paintings. He used all sorts of mediums; oil painting, pencils, and bronze sculptures. As a self-educated artist, he had no formal training until early 1900 when he traveled to New York and was introduced to other artists and illustrators.  His journey into the art world was not always easy but he followed his heart, leaving behind a collection of pieces that celebrate women, cowboys, and a life on the western frontier.
If you are in the area, I highly recommend you stop by for a visit.

Here is a sample of his work.



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Happy travels,

Tina

Monday, July 30, 2018

A #Romantic #Blurb from Author Anita Philmar #Excerpt




Blurb for In Too Deep


On the banks of the Trinity River, Sadie Pepperman is looking for a chance to escape the demands of her in-laws. With her husband’s dead, they want her to marry her brother-in-law so they can take control of her farm.

Suddenly, the peace of the day is shattered when her best friend steps too far into the river. Rushing to save her, Sadie meets a handsome stranger that ignites her dormant lust. She sees her friend rescued by a steamship and backs away from Logan Jansen, only to turn her ankle.

The agonizing pain leaves Sadie with the inability to walk. Needing help, she offers Logan a place to stay if he’ll help with the chores on her farm. With his agreement, Sadie adds another problem to her list. Now, not only does she have to worry about how to bring her crops in from the field and run her farm alone but she also has to fight her attraction to Logan.

Can Sadie end her in-laws’ interference in her life,
run her farm alone,
and give love another chance?


Now for the Excerpt:

“Are you a friend of the woman who is drowning?”
Unable to certain what to say to the stranger, she nodded and worked to clear the lump in her throat. How did this man know about Carolyn?
“Move over. I’ll drive. If we hurry I should be able to save her and my friend.” He placed a foot on the side step of the wagon and crowded onto the bench.
She quickly scooted along the wooden plank, allowing him room to settle beside her. Long fingers closed over the reins and he tugged the leather from her grip.
He didn’t wait for an answer. Lifting the reins, he released the brake.
A loud whistle sounded from the river, followed almost immediately by the slapping of paddles against the water.
The man clicked his tongue to encourage Beauty to get moving. He drove the wagon closer to the edge of the river, creating a rough new trail.
Bouncing on the seat like a rag doll, Sadie tried to keep her distance from the man, even though the task was next to impossible with the constant swaying of the wagon. She continually brushed against his arm, shoulder and thigh. A particularly hard bump almost landed in his lap.
“I’m sorry, but you need to slow down,” she complained and straightened.
He drew back on the reins; the wagon rolled to a stop. His head turned in the other direction. He shifted away from her and jumped down from the wagon before she repositioned herself on the bench. “Damn that steamship. They’re rescuing them.”
A little stunned by everything that had happened, Sadie lifted a hand to her throat. Her gaze stayed locked on Logan until his comment finally registered. She glanced at the water and noticed a steamboat cruising down-river. A line hung from the side with two people hanging from the end.
She scrambled off the wagon to keep the boat in sight as it moved farther away. “Oh, no, where will it take them?”
“Probably to the next port, maybe Liberty or on into Galveston.”  When the steamboat rounded a bend and drifted out of sight, the stranger turned. His gaze grew in intensity as he scanned the length of her body. “I’m Logan by the way.”

Burned by his steady regard, Sadie glanced down at her attire. Heat stained her cheeks. The ribbon on her camisole had worked its way loose and the swell of her breasts lay exposed to his view. She’d been about to redress when Carolyn fell into the river. Lifting her hands automatically to cover herself, she bowed her head.
What should she do now?

Purchase In Too Deep at Smashword - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412197
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IMQLOMC

Thanks for sharing,

Anita

Twitter: @anitaphilmar

Friday, July 27, 2018

Off-World #Mystery / #Romance - Mating Rituals #ASMSG


With rock-hard fortitude, Marohka Taunton battles to maintain her position as top mineralogist and refuses to see why she should marry even if the law requires she take a mate. Fighting her attraction for Stihl Fermesium, she struggles to save her father's company.

Stihl, determined to win her as his mate, is faced with the commission deal of a lifetime and needs the money to save his family land. He wrestles with her emotional resistance and discovers someone other than Marohka is unhappy about their union. In fact, they want to separate them in the most basic of ways, death.

Excerpt:



The car drew into a covered station. A large plaza stood next to it. Colorful robes, white turbans, leather jackets, all types of attire graced the bodies walking around carrying shopping totes. Red, blue, and blond-haired children played on small multi-tier rockets. A solar-powered jet lifted them to the top. Long tubes spiraled around and through the center of the display, which sent the children on a wild ride to the sandy playground below.

“This building has a mall and offices connected to it, so you never have to leave the area. It’s all right here.” Stihl captured her hand upon disembarking.

Marohka waited until Cyd cleared the door with the luggage before she tugged her hand free. “I don’t need any help.”

He smiled. She strolled past him and entered the lobby. He stopped her by laying a hand on her waist. “I wasn’t helping. I was touching.” He drew her up against his chest. “You keep forgetting we’re a couple.”

Her anger demanded she shout at him, but in a controlled whisper, she fought his rights. “We haven’t blended. And with your current rate of charm, it won’t happen any time soon.”

His eyes twinkled. Marohka wanted badly to knock the humor out of him with a punch to the gut. But before she could respond, he shocked her with a light kiss on the cheek.

“We’ll see.” His arm still around her waist, he led her toward the lift. “We’d better get moving. Cyd’s waiting.”

With him so close, the urge to ram her elbow in his stomach almost became a reality. Until as if reading her mind, he shifted his hand over her arm. He kept her from doing any damage. In the lift, Marohka stood very still. Even though she wanted to step away from him, he held her close to his side. The heat radiating from him smothered her with his presence.

Tantalizing thoughts teased her mind. Her heart raced. Every touch awoke nerve endings, which sizzled over her skin. She couldn’t breathe or relax. His hand caressed her waist, his breath ruffled her hair, and his chest crowded her shoulder. She shifted on her feet, and her arm brushed his bicep. The desire to wrestle him to the ground battled with the need to run away.


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Have an awesome weekend,

Tina

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Wonders @GreatFalls_MT #Travel #TravelPhotos #TouristHighlights







Montana is a beautiful place. The view of the mountains reflects the rugged terrain that adventurers have long to explore since the first day they were discovered. Then you see the antelope grazing in the fields along the highway. The view across the flat land, leaves you with no doubt as to why they call it Big Sky country.

The trip up to Great Falls takes you off the beaten path when coming from the south. Immediately upon arriving in the city, you are embraced with the warm welcome of a small town. The parks dotting the landscape offers a relaxing view, but the water flowing in the central river invites you to explore the name sakes of the city.




Five major water falls run along the Missouri River and generate energy with hydroelectric dams. The road leading along the river offers amazing views and tempts you with the desire to get closer to nature. The trail between you and the river has you stopping to explore the overlooks and soak in the sight and sound of the unbelievable falls. 

The struggle to break away from such an amazing sight has you wondering when you'll be able to return. A few hours or a few days, the city quickly puts its hooks in you and will someday having you going back to enjoy it again. 

If haven't been to Great Falls, Montana, you might want to add it to your list of places to visit.

Check out their website at https://greatfallsmt.net/community/visiting-great-falls

If you'd like to see more pictures from my travels visit  -
 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-8oq4E6Tq267qXnF4ch-cQ


All the best,

Tina

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pedestal of the West – Devils Tower #NationalPark #Travel #Adventure




Devil’s Tower stands like a pedestal to the Gods. Rising over 1,267 feet above the tree-lined valley of the Belle Fourche River. The granite formation is an Indian legend which sits just over the line of South Dakota in the northeastern area of Wyoming.

The name came from the misinterpretation of an interpreter during an expedition in 1875 led by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge. “Bad God’s Tower” was then referred to as Devils Tower by explorers. Native people, however refer to the formation by names such as Bear’s House, Bear’s Tipi, Tree Rock or Great Gray Horn. The tower represents a place of worship for the natives and they have tried through the years to have the name changed to Bear Lodge Natural Historical Landmark. So far, all attempts have failed because of the fear that it might damage the tourist trade.



As the first national monument named by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Devils Tower attracts travelers from across the world. Not only can visitors take the trail which circles the base, but they can also enjoy the amazing wildlife and even climb it. However, less than one percent of the people who visit the park take on this task of scaling its walls.

Instead, visitors enjoy the amazing view of the valley and stare up at the magnificent natural sculpture. The scene below is made up of pine forests, grassland, and dark red limestone along with maroon siltstone which adds to the beauty of the area.

The prairie dog field next to the road leading up to the tower is an area which everyone enjoys. The small animals delight and amuse the crowds on a daily basis.


If you are ever driving I-95 or 185 in Wyoming, take a moment and check out this incredible site.  


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Have fun and all the best,

Tina