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Boardwalk Rest by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday

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Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016

Summer’s Here! Beach Photos by Adele Downs

Welcome summer!

To get you in a beach mood, here are unretouched photos taken with my Fuji digital camera at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.

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Photos copyright Adele Downs

Hunk of Love John Antorino-Featured Cover Model and GIVEAWAY! #RomanceWeek

To celebrate Valentine’s Day during Goodreads #RomanceWeek, I invited actor and cover model John Antorino to visit my blog and show us some love with his newest, better-than-chocolate photographs. John graciously agreed, and told me, “I am big on passion, love, and romance. Not just on this day of love we call Valentine’s Day, but all year long.”

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Please be sure to say hello and make John feel welcome in the comments section. When you do, you’ll be automatically entered to win your choice of contemporary romance novella NATURALLY YOURS by Adele Downs or contemporary cowboy short story KISSING HER COWBOY by Adele Downs. Prizes sent via Amazon Kindle directly to your email address. Extra credit given for tweets, Facebook, and Tsu shares! Bonus credits if you follow this blog, too!

Three winners announced here Saturday, February 14, 2015.

UPDATE!THE WINNERS of books NATURALLY YOURS or KISSING HER COWBOY by Adele Downs are:

Lana Moon, Brandi Leigh, and Candy Chapman. I will contact you directly to claim your prize.

Many thanks to all who stopped by to visit John and I and to those who entered my contest. I hope you enjoyed John’s feature and will enjoy reading my books.

Naturally Yours    Kissing Her Cowboy

Ready for more?

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John Antorino is a fitness model, romance novel cover model, and actor whose upcoming documentary film with Eric Roberts, There Is Many Like Us, will release in 2015. John and Eric play bad guys, but I can assure you that John is one of the nicest, most down to earth guys you’ll meet in real life. He has appeared in Sex and The City, Sex and The City 2, Lipstick Jungle, The Forensic Files, and The Republic, among others. New film projects are in the works for the foreseeable future.

When he’s not working on his career, John volunteers his time in hospitals in his home state of New Jersey and around the country, visiting children with cancer. He calls his volunteer work his “true passion.”

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I asked John to describe his ideal Valentine’s Day date:

“My ideal romantic Valentine’s Day date wouldn’t be the typical out to dinner and roses sent to work. Although I’m sure I’ve done that in the past. But that’s too common for me and every couple typically does that to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’d much rather take the time and effort to make a nice homemade dinner. Candles lit. Greet her at the door with a rose and a big kiss. After dinner some good homemade dessert. A good movie. Hugging and kissing and fall asleep in my arms all night.

“I have to say though, for me, and being the man I am, I am this way all the time. Year round. It’s not just for one day on Valentine’s Day. Hugs, kisses, love, affection, romance and beautiful words should be shared daily!”

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I’ve interviewed John for articles published on other romance blogs, but met him for the first time in October 2014 at the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book conference, where he represented a publisher for whom he does cover modeling.

Lucky me, John greeted me with a kiss! Book Obsessed Chicks book club president and blogger Kimberly Radicy-Rocha caught the moment on camera. John is gorgeous and likable. No wonder I’m smiling!

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John Antorino is the spokesperson for Muscle Wiz and has appeared in several fitness magazines.

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Wow!  ‘Nuff said about this smokin’ hot pic.

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“I’m a selfless, passionate lover. I love kissing and taking care of my lady in every way. When she’s with me she knows what passion, romance, and love is. Happy Valentine’s Day, ladies!” ~ John Antorino

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For more information about John Antorino, visit his social media pages.

Friend John Antorino on Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnantorino  
Like John Antorino’s Fan Page: www.facebook.com/johnantorinofanpage
John Antorino IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3016683/

Thank you for joining us! I wish you a week filled with romance.

~Best, Adele

(Please remember that all photos on this blog post are copyrighted and the property of John Antorino. They may not be copied, shared, or used for any personal or professional purpose without express permission.)

NATURALLY YOURS Featured at Choosy Bookworm!

NATURALLY YOURS is the Featured Book at Choosy Bookworm! To qualify for a feature a book must have overwhelmingly positive reviews, and readers say they love NATURALLY YOURS! A contemporary romance novella available for $2.99 at Amazon and everywhere ebooks are sold. Buy The Book on Amazon! Naturally Yours

Pennsylvania Walking Trails–Photos

Pennsylvania is known for its mountains, rivers, forests and rich Colonial history. I was born and raised here, and am constantly amazed by all there is to see and do. I’ve posted many pictures of places and events in my home state and neighboring Delaware on this blog, which, in addition to my published books, seem to be emerging as its themes.

The harsh Pennsylvania winter weather and significant snowstorms of 2013-2014 have sometimes been followed by 50 degree days. During the most recent warm up, my husband and I took advantage of the sunshine and decided to take our routine walk along the Brandywine River trails. To our surprise, the most beautiful paths we’ve ever found were only 1.5 miles from our house! It must be true that sometimes the best things in life can be found in our own backyard.

Here are some of the pictures I shot along the way. I hope you enjoy them.

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Beach Farewell

If you love the beach, the unofficial end of summer after Labor Day is bittersweet. Enjoy this last look at 2013 east coast sand and surf.

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(All photographs are the property of author Adele Downs and may not be copied or reposted without written permission.)

Need Some Beach Time?

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What a Beautiful Scene

I don’t know about you, but I’m longing for some beach time. Until then, I’ll have to be content with the pictures I’ve taken of my favorite east coast spots. Can’t wait to see them again.

Where are you favorite places to vacation?

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