Down to Earth Romance

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LIP SERVICE by ADELE DOWNS

Some ghosts won’t take “yes” for an answer.

Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

GETTING BETWEEN JACK…

Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

…AND HIS LEGS

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’s virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is…and then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

Available in digital and print on demand beginning April 28, 2015

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I never get tired of wearing my vintage 1970 booster button to commemorate the very first Earth Day. Back then, I had no idea what Earth Day was about, but one of the cutest boys in school gave me this button, and so I wore it on my t-shirt. I thought it might have something to do with protesting, since I wore protest buttons, too, but I knew as little about war then as I did about preserving the environment.

Time has changed my awareness, of course, and my 1970 Earth Day button means, quite literally, the world to me. Rock on, Earth Day!

For more information about the history of Earth Day visit: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

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I met aspiring romance author Lori Mann at my local chapter of Romance Writers of America and became fascinated by her impressive career as a pin-up, boudoir, and glamour photographer in the Philadelphia area. The romance industry is fueled by fantasy, and sensual photography for the everyday woman might be the ultimate fantasy experience. I invited Lori, writing as Lauren Sydney Strauss, to tell us about her studio and the business she’s built exclusively for women, by women, that has served clients from many parts of the world.

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Are you curious about boudoir photography? Have you considered giving it a try? Do you have questions or comments for Lori Mann? Please post your thoughts and welcome Lori in the comments section.

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(Lori Mann, Owner, Lori Mann Photography)

Thank you for inviting me to join your blog today, Adele. I’ve been a professional photographer focusing (no pun intended) solely on boudoir, glamour, and pin-up photography for eighteen years. I’m incredibly blessed to have one of the most fun jobs in the world!

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I work out of a beautiful studio surrounded by private woodland tucked away in Newton Square, Pennsylvania. My clients are without fail fun, delightful women of all shapes, sizes, and ages—one client even did a (modest) glamour shoot to celebrate her 75th birthday!

A typical boudoir session runs about five hours. During that time we’ll put on music, pour champagne, and my professional hair and makeup artist gets the client all dolled up. Then I guide the client through the photo shoot, including instructing her on poses and expressions and reminding her to breathe!  I always joke that my clients walk in the door giggling and nervous, and walk out laughing, smiling, and strutting like a lingerie model on the catwalk.

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Women come in for boudoir shoots for a variety of reasons: presents for their spouse on anniversaries or holidays, or to celebrate their own achievements such as significant weight loss or a milestone birthday. The romantic in me is always particularly touched, though, by the military wives who send these photos to their husbands serving long stints overseas—these very personal pin-up portraits help keep the proverbial home fires burning.

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But what I find is true for every one of my clients is that while they may be shooting with their man in mind, in the process they discover something for themselves—that they’re every bit as sexy and confident as any model or movie star. The tears of joy I see in so many of their eyes when they view their final glamorous images become the incredible gift my career gives me.

Find out more about my photography at www.LoriMannPhotography.com where I am currently running a special through May. Also, feel free to find my romance-writing alter ego, Lauren Sydney Strauss, at Facebook.com/laurensydneystrauss or Twitter @LaurenSStrauss.

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Coming April 28, 2015!

LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs

A novel.
Light paranormal romance
From Boroughs Publishing.

The ghost of Aunt Ada comes with the old house Legs Anderson inherits, but her prudery will be no match for the lifelong love, the unstoppable lust, and the sexy schemes of Legs and her lover Jack Harris to free themselves of Ada’s spirited meddling.

Cover art, summary, and excerpt coming soon!

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All Romance eBooks is offering 25% off on select ebooks today only, Tax Day, to give you a financial break.

Shop, have fun, and save! My publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, is participating and most of my books are on sale! Find books by Adele Downs in the search bar.

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Original photographs taken with my Fuji digital camera at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.

Photos copyright Adele Downs.

While surfing the Web one day I had a happy accident. During research for an article I was working on, I stumbled across unrelated information about the gods, demi-gods, and Light Elves of Norse mythology. The lore drew me in, and I wanted to learn more.

I’d never heard of Light Elves—the angel-like beings whose sole purpose was to serve the gods and humanity. These celestial creatures lived in Alfheim (Elf Land) “the place between heaven and earth” in “the west beyond the seas” and could communicate with both deities and mortals.

The Light Elves were described as tall, blond celibate males so handsome they were “fairer to look upon than the sun.” In the middle of the night they would come to earth surreptitiously to complete the chores of deserving individuals. My creative mind went into overdrive when I pictured a handsome immortal cleaning house!

What would happen, I wondered, if a Light Elf got caught? And what if the woman who found him was beautiful? Would he risk the wrath of his god and put his tasks aside after centuries of celibacy to make love to her? If they fell in love, how would he commit to her and reconcile the distance between heaven and earth? My questions formed a story idea that became a manuscript.

In my new release, HER IMMORTAL VIKING, Gunnar of Alfheim is a warrior unjustly cast into eternal servitude and made a Light Elf by an angry god. When he falls in love with Penelope, a modern day mortal, he must find a way to link heaven and earth and cross the divide of a thousand years to clear his name and claim her.

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HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs

Summary:

Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”

In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.

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What reviewers are saying about HER IMMORTAL VIKING:

“Once again, Adele Downs creates the perfect love story.” 5★ ~Girl With Pen

“Downs’ clever mash-up of Viking elements and contemporary romance (and oh, the hot, hot Viking!) make this novella an absolute winner.” 5★~Words, Words, Words

Buy HER IMMORTAL VIKING on Amazon!

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