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.


Visit my website to read the first chapter of Mating Rituals
 http://www.tinagayle.net/mrchapter.html


For only $2.99  at
Amazon

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.  


or



Have fun and all the best,

Tina

Thursday, July 19, 2018

She Love Him First - #SecondChance #Romance by #TinaGayle

My Best Friend's Ex




Blurb for My Best Friend's Ex
She loved him first, but her best friend married him. Now with their divorce, Brooke must choose between her best friend and the man of her dreams. 

Brooke Janson has loved Garrett Sawyer since she met him on her first day of high school. Now, he’s free to love her too. Except, his ex-wife happens to be her best friend. 

How can Brooke choose between a friend she’s known since kindergarten and the man of her dreams? 

This is a complete short story with a HEA.

Now available at

Amazon   |  Smashword | Apple




Here's a little snippet of the story-

Strolling down the grocery aisle, Brooke Janson spotted a familiar man dressed in black. Garrett Sawyer was the one person in the world, she didn’t expect to meet, see, or run into in a huge superstore.


Memories flooded through her mind, and she adjusted the spaghetti strap of her shirt.  Unable to pull her gaze from his lean, muscular frame encased in a black T-shirt and jeans, she silently wished she’d worn something sexier than an old pair of jeans and a tank top. She glanced down and remembered what she looked like in high school when they met.


As an overweight teen, she’d worked hard to get his attention, had even helped him pass a few classes.  They had become friends, and she’d decided he was everything she ever wanted in a man.


At the end of the school year, he’d left for college. After graduating, he’d returned. They had reconnected at a party where she introduced him to her best friend, Janet. They started dating and married not long after her first year of community college. Sadly, less than a year later, it ended in a divorce because she cheated on him with one of her classmates.


Suddenly unsure how to handle the situation, she choked out his name. To her ultimate horror, he turned.


His forehead wrinkled into a frown before he smiled and pushed his cart down the aisle. “Hello, Brooke.”



Love this story because it shows that you should never give up on the one you love. They may someday be available to love you too.

Tina

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tourist Highlight - Rest Area in @SouthDakota #Travel #Artwork #Photos of Dignity Statue

Now some may ask what can be so special about a rest area other than it being a great place to go to the bathroom and change out drivers. 

This South Dakota rest area is very special. Not only does it provide clean rest room, but it also includes a small museum and an awesome piece of artwork.


Dignity Statue



Over 50ft tall, this native Dakota woman stands on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. She was designed to honor the Lakota and Dakota people. Located off interstate 90 near Chamberlain, SD, it is a quick on and off stop.

My husband and I missed the exit but noticed the Dignity Statue on the bluff and did a u-turn at the next exit to go back and check out this incredible piece of artwork.

Once I stepped into the visitor center, I was equally enthralled by the displays inside the building. A small museum told the journey of Lewis and Clark. I spent over an hour filming the different displays that included the animals which call South Dakota their home and a display of the items Lewis and Clark took on their journey on the Missouri River. I was so excited about being able to share this with my friends. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I deleted the video or it is hiding somewhere on my computer and is alluding me.

Even though, I can’t show you the inside of the visitor center, I hope you will enjoy and appreciate the amazing pictures of the Dignity Statue and the grounds around her that overlook the Missouri River.



Check out my YouTube video at



or click on https://youtu.be/QS3vuS8hST4
Hope you have a chance to visit this amazing place someday.



Tina

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Traveling - What's On the Side of the Road? #Badlands @SouthDakota #NationalParks #Travel


Have you been to South Dakota? 

Driven down highway 90 on your way to Mount Rushmore or maybe Devil's Tower? 

Did you see the signs for the Badlands? 

The loop road is one of the best ways to take a slight detour and discover a world of wonders. 

Most people believe that the trip will only take them a half-hour or less, but the amazing landscape quickly draws you in with its beauty.



The unique vistas reach the sky and leave you eager to see more. With every turn, there is something new to see. The color near the yellow mounds created by the geological scenery turns the trip into a happy hunting grounds for new delights.

Unable to resist the spectacular terrain in front of you, the desire to absorb the beauty prompts you to stop. The many photo opportunities compel a person to take not only one but multiple pictures. 



Excited by the view, the landscape compels you down short trails that lead to treasures that relaxes and draws you in with its natural beauty. And don’t forget the chance encounters with wildlife. Big horn sheep, bison, prairie dogs and other animals call this land home.

So, if you are in South Dakota, and see a sign to visit the Badlands, take a few minutes, or perhaps a few hours, to discover a place that will inspire you to take more trips off the beaten path.

Want to see more pictures?

Check out my short YouTube Video -

All the best,

Tina