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Discover First Chapters FREE on InstaFreebie

Real Love. Beyond Price.

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Would you like to read the full first chapter of my contemporary romance novel LUXURY MODEL WIFE – FREE?

Here’s the link to the DISCOVER NEW READS Anthology, Part One, available at InstaFreebie.  LUXURY MODEL WIFE is Lucky Number 7 of 34 first chapters in the anthology. Part Two with more free chapters will be offered next month. Enjoy!

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“Adele Downs’ LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a great read. This book is so good I couldn’t put it down.”  5 Stars! Kim~ Danielle’s Domain Reviews

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.”
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Buy the Book!

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All Romance eBooks Staff Pick! LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

I’m excited to announce that LUXURY MODEL WIFE is an All Romance eBooks Staff Pick!

The early reviews have also been wonderful.

“I’d make some space on your ‘Keeper’ shelf if I were you.” 5 Stars! Cuddles Please Blog

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Have you picked up your copy?

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Also available at Amazon!

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Celebrate LUXURY MODEL WIFE at Romance Lives Forever #RLFblog

Romance Lives Forever is celebrating LUXURY MODEL WIFE and I hope you’ll visit and share the news! Please follow the link below and Tweet, share on Facebook, Triberr, or your other favorite social media.

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Thank you! See you there!

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Buy LUXURY MODEL WIFE on Amazon!

Have you picked up your copy? Available in both ebook and print.

SANTA TO THE RESCUE Release Day! CONTEST!

It’s Release Day! Release Day! Release Day!

Celebrating SANTA TO THE RESCUE by Adele Downs

It’s Christmas and I’m giving away prizes!

Lots of ways to win!

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I hope you’ll join me to celebrate the release of my fun and flirty firefighter Christmas romance SANTA TO THE RESCUE from Entangled Publishing!

In addition to my personal blog, here’s where you can find me today: Curling Up With A Good Book, Romance Books 4 Us, and Liz Kelly’s Bad Girls Book Club. The complete blog tour list is posted on my SANTA TO THE RESCUE Contests and Blog Tour Page.

Stops for Monday, November 11:

Leave comments throughout the tour and be automatically entered to win firefighter themed prizes. The more you post, the more you increase your chances to win. Triple your chances by sharing my posts on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and other social media! Just let me know you’ve posted to social media when you comment and I’ll be glad to shower you with extra opportunities to win free gifts. USA and Canada residents please. Multiple winners selected.

If you buy SANTA TO THE RESCUE, my .99 fun and flirty contemporary firefighter romance novella, I would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes to post a review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and/or Goodreads.

Looking for an inexpensive, fun gift? Send an extra copy of SANTA TO THE RESCUE to friends or family for only .99 by pressing the Gift button on your e-book retailer’s order page.

Thank you! I hope you enjoy the story!

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The Secret to Lasting Love

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When people learn that my husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, and that we’re still happily married, their eyes grow wide. They offer hearty congratulations and tell us how impressed they are with our accomplishment. Single men and women say they hope to share our success one day. Couples just starting out want to know our secret. Other longtime marrieds give us a wink and a knowing smile. They learned the secret years ago.

In a society where long-term marriage has become an anomaly, friends and strangers want to know what makes our relationship work. So many marriages fail, even when the couple loves one other. What’s the magic glue that keeps ours together? The simple but crucial answer is: mutual respect. If a couple resolves to treat each other with kindness and consideration, no matter the circumstances, for better or worse, in sickness and health, love is bound to last.

My husband and I put our marriage first. Everything else comes next—kids, who are the product of our marriage; careers, extended family, friends, interests, and hobbies. Though our children, work, and extended family members often need our undivided attention, my husband and I still make time every day to reconnect. When we’re overwhelmed by the demands of daily responsibilities, we don’t look elsewhere for relief. We recharge with one another. Finding a few quiet moments to talk, and frequent laughter, are bullets to the external stressors that can destroy intimacy.

Despite the love we share, our twenty-five years together have not always been easy. Like most couples, we’ve had problems. We’ve faced financial challenges, career disappointments, issues with our kids, the needs of aging parents, debilitating illnesses, and life-threatening health crisis. Yet, through it all, we leaned on one another for support. Even during our darkest moments, when we didn’t feel particularly loving or lovable, we clung to each other anyway. Small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness carried us through the tough times and made the good times that followed better.

Putting the marriage first means we care about how our behavior affects our partner. We don’t snipe at one another, fight dirty, undermine or belittle each other, cheat, lie, or compete against the other. We form a united front when dealing with our kids. We celebrate each other’s successes. Forgive each other’s faults and failures. When we disagree, we work out our differences without resentment. Neither of us engages in behaviors that will hurt the other or jeopardize the relationship. Over the years, that means we’ve learned to trust. We give each other space, knowing that space will never be compromised or taken for granted.

A successful marriage needs compatibility, mutual respect, and commitment to make love last. Marital fulfillment led us to our Silver Anniversary celebration and will lead us into our Golden years. As I look ahead, a lifetime of love seems possible. What better ending for a romance author than Happily Ever After? It’s the ending we wish for everyone.

~Best, Adele Downs

Do you have a perspective on marriage you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!   

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The Secret To Lasting Love ©Adele Downs 2013

Photograph copyright Adele Downs 2013

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