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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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HOOK ME UP Has Universal Sales Link – Only #99 cents!

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HOOK ME UP by Adele Downs now has a universal link leading to all sales outlets. Choose the retailer that best suits your needs. Only .99 for this fun and sexy firefighter contemporary romance novella.

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Another Great Review for LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of LUXURY MODEL WIFE, book lovers site Long and Short Reviews has given yet another reason to download a copy or buy a paperback version for your library. Book bloggers have given the story outstanding reviews and call it “one for the keeper shelf.”

If you’re looking for contemporary romance that won’t disappoint, I hope you’ll pick up your copy of LUXURY MODEL WIFE today.

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About The Book:

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined young widow.

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Fall In Love With Romance – Giveaway with HUGE Prizes!

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Now until February 14, 2017!

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Cowboy Christmas Stories – Only #99cents! @BoroughsPubGrp

The holidays are just around the corner! HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY is the perfect choice to get you into the holiday spirit. Only .99!

A Lunchbox Romance short story and the standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY. Only .99!

Join Trey and Daisy for their first Christmas together.

“You can’t go wrong with Adele Downs.” ~Will Work For Books

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Excerpt:

“You’re quiet all of a sudden,” Trey said.

Except for the crickets, katydids, footfalls and sounds of horse’s hooves, the country night was still. She must have given him a vibe about the decision weighing on her mind, because Trey was usually comfortable with silence. He freed his arm from hers, rubbed a hand down her spine, and made little circles with his fingertips on the small of her back. The intimate gesture raised goose bumps over her skin, yet warmed her from the inside.

“I’ve been thinking,” she said. “There’s something I want to talk to you about.”

The moon had risen, and beneath its glow and the light of a billion stars, Trey’s brow furrowed. “Sounds serious.”

Daisy nodded. “Something I want to run by you.”

Trey pressed his hand more tightly to her back. “Then I want to hear about it. Let’s take care of Big Blue and eat supper. We can relax and talk and then decorate the tree. As it happens, I have something I want to discuss with you too.”

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See how Trey and Daisy met in their first story KISSING HER COWBOY 

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LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs-Contemporary Ghost Story

Looking for a fun Halloween read?

My contemporary romance novel with paranormal elements LIP SERVICE has received excellent reviews and is available in both ebook and print formats.

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“Perfection! It was just right in every way possible. The characters were interesting, flawed just enough, yet smart and funny. The plot was unique, entertaining, and clever. The writing was witty, well-paced, and insightful. And the sensual scenes sizzled and snapped. But most of all, I like that they bested a recalcitrant ghost.” 5 Stars! ~Rockin’ and Reviewing

“I loved this book! It had everything you could ask for. I will read this book again and again.” 5 Stars! ~ T.R. Amazon Review

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“Adele Downs weaves together a magical love story.” 5 Stars! ~Girl with Pen

About The Book:

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.

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Excerpt-LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs, New Release!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

An All Romance eBooks Staff Pick!

“So good I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

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Available in both ebook and print formats.

“Adele Downs has given us another amazing story.”  5 Stars! ~Bella’s Blog

About The Book:

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.

TRUE RICHES

Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Van Orr just lost everything. With the death of her billionaire husband went his mature patience and warm encouragement; and the veneer of acceptance from everyone else. His friends and colleagues now ignore Victoria, and if his son succeeds she just might be forced back to the streets upon which she was raised. But money was never her goal. All she wants is love. Real love.

Antiques expert Steve Carlson knows the value of everything. Pain and betrayal? Those he gave away–and now they’re coming back. His worst mistakes were all with one man: an old friend, the son of a father figure, now the stepchild of a beautiful young widow who wants Steve to help her auction off the family estate. To help Victoria, Steve must face his past and become a better man. To find true love, he will discover her surprisingly pure heart, vulnerable yet determined. And beyond price.

Excerpt:

Steve tilted his head, his bright blue eyes sizing her up. “Sorry, but I gotta’ ask. Do you always talk like that?”

Victoria felt her cheeks warm. “Whatever do you mean?”

There.” He studied her again with not-so-subtle curiosity. “You sounded like your late husband James just now. Funny, you don’t seem like the snooty type to me. More like a regular girl.”

His comment touched a nerve like hot wires to stripped cable. Victoria bit back a retort while blood rushed through her ears. She closed her eyes against the sound to clear her head. Twenty-eight was hardly a girl, and she was damn tired of defending her right to be a Van Orr.

For five years she’d tried and failed to fit into the privileged world of her older husband—learning couture, keeping her posture as straight as a modeling school graduate, rounding her O’s when she spoke —apparently fooling no one on either side of the social spectrum in the process.

Defeat swept over her and her shoulders sagged beneath five-thousand dollars’ worth of silk and linen. No matter how hard she tried, she’d forever be exposed as the abandoned kid who’d grown-up in shelters.

Strange though… when she opened her eyes and returned them to Steve Carlson’s handsome face, she sensed his remark was meant as a compliment, and not a reminder that she lacked James’s pedigree. It was like he saw her.

Her. Not James’s luxury-model second wife.

Still, his manners were disgusting. Even store-owner-janitors should know how to behave. Snooty type. Who was he to say that to her? She was a potential client for heaven’s sake.

Victoria stood to leave. She was sick and tired of people voicing their opinions about her and her late husband’s disparate lineage. She’d been bullied and belittled since the day she’d become engaged. “You don’t know me well enough to analyze me, Mr. Carlson.” She kept the annoyance out of her reprimand. The rich had taught her that cool distain wounded more deeply than anger.

Steve grimaced, rubbed his jaw, and then stood to face her, his expression sheepish. He waved her back to her seat. “Please. I’m sorry I offended you. I’m a friend. Really. We’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

He ran a hand through his hair and his bicep bulged with the movement. Victoria’s gaze followed the lines and curves of sinew and muscle and took in the military tattoo peeking from the hem of his tee shirt.

She resisted the images that teased her dormant libido, and brought her eyes back to his face. Damn. That didn’t help. Why did this annoying man have to be so good-looking? Her attraction to him only made her feel guilty, like she’d betrayed James’s memory.

Widowhood came with a unique set of baggage.

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Giveaway at Karen’s Book Bench

Karen’s Book Bench spotlights LUXURY MODEL WIFE October 5 following an interview with yours truly, Adele Downs, on October 3.  Stop by and say hello! I’ll be giving away a Starbucks gift card to one lucky commenter.

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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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Outstanding 5 Star Reviews – LUXURY MODEL WIFE

Book bloggers are posting outstanding reviews of LUXURY MODEL WIFE on social media, Amazon, and Goodreads and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Here’s a sample of the reviews, so far:

“Ms. Downs writes with such passion and it comes across in her characters, settings, and dialogue. She knows how to pull a reader in and doesn’t let go.” 5 Stars! ~Harlie’s Books

“Luxury Model Wife is a contemporary romance filled with action, romance and suspense. Once again, Adele has created an amazing love story filled with some amazing and complex characters. It is so good and I could not put it down.” 5 Stars! ~ Girl With Pen

“This is a very good romance between two equals. I liked that very much instead of one being richer or more powerful than the other.” 5 Stars! ~ Cathy Writes Romance

“Adele Downs’ ‘Luxury Model Wife’ is a great read. (She) made me believe in love after loss. This book was so good I couldn’t put it down. 5 Stars!  ~Danielle’s Domain (Kim)

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Giveaways and Book Blast!

Join the fun and enter to win prizes!

This is the third and final day of the LUXURY MODEL WIFE Book Blast!

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE Book Blast Day Three continues 9/22/16 at these blogspots:

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Kelsey’s Corner Time –  http://kelseyscornertime.blogspot.com/2016/09/luxury-model-wife-by-adele-downs.html?zx=a382222ae9efb8e5  Review

Girl with Pen  –  http://victoriazumbrumsreviews.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-of-luxury-model-wife-by-adele.html    Review

Bedford Book Reviews  – https://bedfordbookreviews.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/luxury-model-wife-book-blast/

Books and Warpaint  – http://www.booksandwarpaint.com/2016/09/blog-tour-luxury-model-wife.html

EskieMama Reads  – http://eskiemamareads.blogspot.com/2016/09/book-blast-wgiveaway-luxury-model-wife.html

JC Clarke  – http://authorjcclarke.blogspot.ca/2016/09/luxury-model-wife.html

MoB Blog  – http://mobpromoblog.blogspot.ca/2016/09/luxury-model-wife.html

Traci Hayden  – http://tracihayden.blogspot.ca/2016/09/luxury-model-wife.html

Wanda Loves Books – http://wandalovesbooks.blogspot.com/2016/09/blast-luxury-model-wife-by-adele-downs.html

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Celebrating with Giveaways!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE is a new release!

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE Book Blast Day Two continues 9/21/16 at these blogspots:

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Danielle’s Domain –   http://daniellesdomainreviews.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-for-luxury-model-wife-by-adele.html?zx=1c2dcccc0452a606  Review

Triple A – https://www.facebook.com/TripleABookBlog/posts/955940614552852

elodie parkes erotic romance – https://elodieparkes.blogspot.com/2016/09/contemporary-romance-on-blog-from.html

Indy Book Fairy  – http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/2016/09/luxury-model-wife.html

Bella’s Blog: http://bellasblog56.weebly.com/blog/title-luxury-model-wife-author-adele-downs-genre-contemporary-romance

Nicole’s Book Musings – http://nicolesbookmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/book-blast-luxury-model-wife.html

Padme’s Library – http://padmeslibrary.blogspot.com/2016/09/luxury-model-wife-by-adele-downs.html

Sweets Books – http://sweetsbooks.com/blog-posts/luxury-model-wife

Harlie’s Books  –  http://www.harliesbooks.com/posts/happy-release-week-and-review-to-luxury-model-wife-by-adele-downs-wa-rafflecopter-giveaway/ Review

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NEW Release! LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Book Blast and Giveaways!

NEW RELEASE!

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

It’s my book birthday!

Follow the celebration and share LUXURY MODEL WIFE on social media and be entered to win prizes! I’m giving away signed paperback copies of my books and a Starbucks gift card.

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Lots of wonderful bloggers, reviewers, and authors are hosting LUXURY MODEL WIFE on release day and beyond including:

USA Today: Joyce Lamb’s Happily Ever After:

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/09/20/adele-downs-interview-luxury-model-wife/

Romance Books 4 Us:

http://romancebooks4us.blogspot.com/2016/09/real-love-beyond-price-with-adeledowns.html

Author Lisa Mondello: http://www.lisamondello.com/2016/09/on-converstions-adele-downs.html

LUXURY MODEL WIFE Day One Book Blast hosts 9/20:

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Cathy Write Romance –  http://cathybrockman.com/2016/09/20/luxury-model-wife-by-adele-downs-romance-newrelease-giveaway/     Review

Book Boyfriend Heaven  – https://bookboyfrriendheaven.blogspot.com/2016/09/book-information-title-luxury-model.html

Teatime and Books  – http://teatimeandbooks76.blogspot.com/2016/09/three-day-book-blast-luxury-model-wife.html?zx=9885fcc52ecbf7fb

True Revue Book Blog –  http://truerevuebookblog.weebly.com/true-revue-book-blog/luxury-model-wife-book-blast

A One-Click Addict’s Book Blog – http://aone-clickaddictsbookblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/luxury-model-wife-by-adele-downs.html

Ramblings From SEKS  –  http://sdlashbrook.ramblingsfromseks.com/2016/09/book-blast-excerpt-giveaway-luxury.html

Cara’s Book Boudoir – http://www.carasbookboudoir.com/2016/09/book-blast-luxury-model-wife-by-adele.html

Jude Ouvrard – https://judeouvrardauthor.com/2016/09/20/luxury-model-wife/

My Family’s Heart – https://tonyaloveslife.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/LuxuryModelWifeBlast

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A Fresh Love Story-LUXURY MODEL WIFE-Arriving 9/20/16

Victoria Van Orr and Steve Carlson’s love story begins 9/20/16.

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Praise For LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Releasing 9/20/16

Early reviews of LUXURY MODEL WIFE are overwhelmingly positive. I’m thrilled!

I hope you’ll download a copy of LUXURY MODEL WIFE on release day, or order a copy in print, and celebrate September 20 with me!

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE- Arrives September 20!

Release day is growing closer!

I hope you’ll order LUXURY MODEL WIFE and enjoy Steve and Victoria’s unique love story.

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE – Real Love. Beyond Price. 9/20/16

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LUXURY MODEL WIFE Cover Reveal!

I’m thrilled to unveil the cover art of my fall release!

Introducing LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

Contemporary romance novel

Coming September 20, 2016.

What do you think? Do you like the cover?

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Save The Date, June 8, Boroughs Publishing FB Party

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Boroughs Publishing and its authors will hold a Facebook party all day Wednesday, June 8, and we hope you’ll be there! Games, giveaways, and more beginning at 9 AM ET. Adele Downs will host from 8-8:30 PM ET. Oh, baby, we’ll have fun!

Here’s the party link to Facebook. I hope to see you there!https://www.facebook.com/events/1710682002506067/

 

INTO THE FLAMES-LAST CALL for .99!

The box set firefighter anthology INTO THE FLAMES is ON SALE for a final time for .99 before being discontinued on May 31. Get your copy of this Top 5 Amazon and All Romance eBooks best-selling collection of seven sizzling stories before the book goes off sale forever. Includes HOOK ME UP by Adele Downs.

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Firefighters. The word ignites bold images of heroes in dust covered helmets and ash stained turnouts who defy the odds and press on in the presence of danger.

Men and Women of Valor. A dedicated brotherhood of first responders whose honor, strength, and courage overcome obstacles to save lives.

Into The Flames. Seven NYT, USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors offer romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, and paranormal tales of tough, iconic heroes who risk it all for their communities—but at the end of the day, seek the tender embrace of the one they love.

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LIP SERVICE — Small Town Contemporary Romance

LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs is a contemporary small town romance with a cast of characters readers say they love.

“What an amazing story! Adele Downs nailed it with a unique storyline and unforgettable characters. Jack is a serious hunk, more so because he’s honorable and steadfast. This enthralling read ensures you can’t stop turning the pages till you reach the end!” 5 Stars! ~Phoenix at Reading Alley

“Adele Downs has done it again!” 5 Stars! Cat’s Reviews

“This story was perfection. It was just right in every way possible. The characters were interesting, flawed just enough, yet smart and funny. The plot was unique, entertaining, and clever. The writing was witty, well-paced, and insightful. And the sensual scenes sizzled and snapped. But most of all, I like that they bested a recalcitrant ghost.” 5 Stars! ~Rockin’ and Reviewing

Have you gotten your copy yet?

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“Adele Downs weaves together a magical love story.” 5 Stars ~Girl With Pen

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.

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The roar of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Rachel’s block and the rev of a throttle in her driveway announced Jack’s arrival. Legs tried to appear nonchalant when he walked through the poolside gate, but the sight of his sun-streaked hair and tanned, muscular good looks nearly knocked her off her seat. She eased her sunglasses down the bridge of her nose to get a better look.

When he stepped into the pool area dressed in black jeans, black biker boots, and a white muscle shirt that framed his pumped-up shoulders and biceps, she caught her breath. Everyone in the group said “hey” and Rachel offered him a cold drink, but his focus had remained on her. He slid his sunglasses on top of his head and nodded in her direction.

Legs remembered his gaze meeting hers before his attention strayed to her gold and black bikini then savored every inch of her skin. An appreciative smirk curled his lips and desire flashed in his beautiful blue eyes. He took a long pull of the soft drink someone handed him and then set the can down on the patio table. He looked her way and said, “Want to go for a ride?”

The invitation came out like a dare. All eyes shifted to her, watching to see what she’d do. They all knew she wasn’t allowed to date Jack Harris. Taking a ride on his motorcycle might not have been the same thing, but there would be hell to pay if her aunt found out.

She stretched her arms over her head and offered a lazy smile. “I guess so.” Though she’d been as nervous and excited as a rabbit, she never let on. She stood and pulled on her shorts and shirt, slid her sandals over her feet, and made her way across the patio to him.

Her aunt’s spies might see her on the road, but she pushed that worry aside. Mere weeks remained before she’d move away to college and the subject would be moot. She’d be gone most of the next four years, and by the time she got back, Jack would probably be married with a couple of kids. Half the women in town had their eyes on him and his brothers.

The idea of Jack marrying someone else made her furious, and more determined than ever to enjoy this rare day alone with him.

His gaze tracked every step of her approach, as if memorizing the lines and planes of her face, learning the shape of her breasts, and tattooing the curves of her waist into his brain. When she reached his side, he smiled at her so intently she almost faltered. Her heartbeat raced when he took her hand. She barely heard her friends say good-bye as they exited the patio door.

His Harley was built in classic style—all black steel and leather with silver chrome, glinting majestically in the sunlight like a god. She ran her fingers over the warm plush seats.

“Ever been on a bike before?” he asked, watching her with eyes so blue she almost missed his question while she stared back.

She pulled an elastic band from her shorts pocket and tied her hair into a ponytail. “Uh. No.” Her hair swung with the shake of her head. He probably knew the answer, but she appreciated the benefit of his question. He hadn’t made her feel like a total geek.

He gave her a tutorial with simple instructions, including the demand that she hold on to him tight and not let go. No problem there. She resisted a fit of giggles, determined to act her age and accept responsibility for her own safety, as tenuous as that might be on the rear end of a motorcycle wearing shorts and sandals.

Yikes. Hormones really did rule the heart.

He slid his sunglasses into place and got on the bike, steadying it with his feet while she scooted in behind him. After shifting her weight to find her center of balance, she wrapped her arms tight around his chest. The solid feel of his body thrilled her beyond anything she’d imagined. He smelled fantastic too, like musk cologne, leather, and sweat tossed with August air and sunshine.

“Ready?” he asked.

Leaning closer for support, she pressed her torso against his back and stifled a gasp at the sensations the friction created. If he never started the engine, and they simply sat together like this, it would have been enough.

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“This is an unusual love story, but it works. The writing is imaginative, humorous and touching.” 5 Stars! ~CJ’s Book Corner

John Antorino Cover Model–Valentine Interview

Happy Valentine’s Day from romance author Adele Downs and romantic leading man John Antorino.

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Interview with John Antorino: Actor, Calvin Klein Model, and Romance Cover Model.

So many new subscribers have joined Down To Earth Romance since this interview with John was first posted in 2014, I thought it was worth repeating. Enjoy!

Best~ Adele

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Q. Thanks for visiting with me and my readers, John. You’re  a popular model, originally from New Jersey, home to many actors and singers, and the setting for some beloved novels. What do you like best about your hometown?

A. First and foremost, my family. I am very close to my family. Especially my Mom, who is my best friend, my 93-year-old Grandmom, and my little niece Morgan. My hometown is a small town near Atlantic City, NJ and the beaches, boardwalks, and casinos. So there was always something to do there and get into. I worked on the beach in the summers. Was fun! My hometown is just a tough, hard-working, family-oriented and down to earth town.

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Q. You’ve got a BS in Psychology and are a certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant. There’s an obvious connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind. Tell us how you became interested in these fields.

A. Well, working out and nutrition was always in my blood. I was born into it, really. My family was always into working out and eating healthy. When I was a little boy my family owned a gym in New Jersey- Antorino’s gym. I remember being 5 years old and being at the gym and running around on the equipment and picking up little dumbbells.

My Uncle, Mike Antorino, was a great pro-bodybuilder in the 1980’s. He was Mr. America 1985. My mother also used to compete as well and still works out daily. So, it’s definitely a family affair! The Psychology part of it was something I’ve always been into. Human behavior. And why people do what they do. Say what they say, etc. Also, yes there is definitely a mind-muscle connection with working out and building a great body.

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Q. What decision brought you to acting and modeling, and when?

A. It wasn’t my decision really. Was never something I really ever wanted to do or aspired to do. I’m not that crazy. Ha! But no really, kind of just happened. I was getting approached quite often in my late teens by agents and photographers. And they would say I should be a model. And that I had a great look. I appreciated the compliments always, but never really thought much of it. I was busy with school and sports (wrestling), oh and women. Bad! Anyway, it continued to happen more and more. So I went and talked to my Mom about it all. And she said let’s see what it’s all about. So we took the bus to NYC. And the rest is history and a few decades later and many magazines, underwear ads and book covers later here we are. I started when I was around 20 yrs old. I have truly been blessed. I’d never imagined that I’d still be going strong so many years later. Definitely has exceeded all my expectations.

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Q. You have acted in commercials and TV shows and have aspirations for the big screen. Tell us about your experiences. Any favorites? (I especially loved you in Sex and The City and Lipstick Jungle!)

A. Thank you. Yes, well I’ve been on the big screen already. But, am really working hard now towards a nice substantial movie role.

I have really enjoyed most of my experiences. Lipstick Jungle was nice to work on. Brooke Shields and the cast were nice. I met some cool people on that set and some that are still my friends today. Also, I filmed a TV pilot in 2010 called The Republic. I play a modern day bounty hunter. We are hoping soon it gets picked up and ends up on TV’s across America. Was a great cast and we filmed all over Los Angeles and the San Diego area. Some great old time actors are making come backs on that: Actress Sean Young and Marc Singer. So that was pretty cool to work with them.

Q. Your modeling portfolio contains photographs from sizzling and sexy to clean cut and introspective. Your images have appeared in magazines all over the world. What’s it like to model professionally?

A. Yes, thank you. I’ve been blessed for sure. And it’s rare that someone can do such a wide-range of work. I am very versatile. And what’s it like? Hard work! I can tell you this. It’s not that easy at all. People that aren’t in the industry have no clue what goes into a photo shoot. They think an hour and a few clicks of the camera and it’s a wrap. Haha far from the truth. Most of my shoots last 6-10 hours. Several locations and hundreds of photos taken. Holding posing and having to give the right facial expressions. Not easy! Not to mention my grueling prep for the shoots. Strict diet and hardcore training. But it’s been great! I cannot complain. I’ve traveled all over the world with my career and have met some great people and have made a nice life for myself.

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Q. Your Playgirl magazine photo shoot really caught this interviewer’s attention. It’s the stuff of romance novels. What was it like to pose nude?

A. Haha yes!!! That was tough to do. Several people behind the scenes all focusing on ME! I mean I’m not shy and sure I’m proud of what I have. God blessed me for sure. But, I never wanted to do nudes. But they were pretty persistent with me. Offered more money and exposure (no pun intended). I talked it over with my agent and my family- Mom and Grandmom. Haaaa….They said go do it. It was done very tasteful and classy. So I did it!

Q. You have rigorous workout schedule. What’s your preferred exercise routine to stay in shape?

A. Yes I do. I do split-sessions. Cardio/Abs in the early AM on an empty stomach. Low impact cardio- treadmill on an incline, bike, and Stairmaster. Each day I vary my time speed intensity and incline. Some days I do intervals with my cardio. And in the PM I do my weight training. I typically do one body part per workout per day. I train hard and heavy most of the time. And then others times I lower the weights and do super sets and drop sets, but always train hard and intense!

Q. Though the entertainment industry is rife with drugs, alcohol, and overall bad behavior, you avoid these things and promote healthy living. We certainly admire that about you. Is there as much pressure to party as we non-industry types hear about?

A. Sure is. Sadly. It’s a mess. A shame that these people that have so much in life. Friends family talent success money and material things. But still aren’t happy. And don’t really believe in themselves and just aren’t happy with themselves. But to answer your question, I guess there is pressure for most. But not for me. It’s not hard at all for me. I have a strong mind. My own mind and heart. I listen to and follow no one in life. I am who I am. I believe in myself. I am happy with who I am and my life. I don’t need drugs or alcohol to have fun and stay up late or to wake up early. I am just high on life. True! But sad but true many and most aren’t this way. And they ultimately give in to it all. And get caught up in the mix.

Q. You are active in charity work, which is a top priority in your life. Tell us about that.

A. Yes, very much. Charity work and giving back, doing for others is my real true passion in life and my happiness. I’ve always just had that in me. As far back as I can remember I’ve always been this way. Caring giving compassionate and empathetic. I’ve been helping sick kids with cancer and their families for some time now. As well as giving to poor and less-fortunate families during Christmas. I also feed the homeless on a daily basis in LA. They all know me by name now. Thanksgiving I go to the Soup kitchens and help feed and donate food as well. I do all I can whenever I can. That’s for sure. I am planning on starting my own organization sometime in the future.

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Q. Tell us about your favorite hobbies. (Including your love for riding motorcycles!) What do you do when you’re not working?

A. I do like to ride my motorcycles on a nice sunny day. I like to go fast. Great adrenaline rush. Makes me really feel alive. And it also helps clear my mind. I love the beach and the water. One of my favorite things to do is go for a run on the beach and then swim and then eat my food and then pass out on a blanket for a few hours. Ahhhhh so nice! I also have a few waverunners that I enjoy taking out once in a while. I love cars. I have several. I am big on traveling and not just for work. For pleasure too! I am very close to my family. So spending time with them is always nice. I like music a lot. So going to a good concert is fun to me. And cooking. Love to cook and bake. Oh and hug and kiss….smiles 😉

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Q. Share some things about yourself you don’t usually discuss and most wouldn’t know about you. We’re interested!

A. Hmmmm, well I’ve pretty much been an open book my entire career. But some things that people that don’t know me may not know. I am a clean freak. With my cars homes and myself. But not to the point of being OCD. Being clean is good. More people should be this way. Yup! My mom and grandmom call me- Johnny boy. And some close friends from way back call me Johnny or Johnny A. The first magazine I was ever in was in 1999. WOW! So long ago. One of my first few modeling jobs was in 1999. I landed a Calvin Klein campaign. My picture was on underwear boxes and billboards. Pretty cool stuff. Especially for such a young dude. And I was a school crisis counselor before my career really took off. Was a school for troubled youth. Tough yet rewarding job. So there are some things for you all. Many don’t know about me and I don’t discuss.

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Q. What are some things that bother you/annoy you?

A. Geeeez, where do I start? Ok, here goes. Self-centered people. Jealous people. Fake and phony people. People that try to be something/someone they are not. Bad drivers. There are tons out there too. On both coasts. Messy people. People that talk too much. I remember back in the day. My old Italian grandpop said- “Johnny never trust someone that talks too much”. People that make fun of others. Bullying. And deadbeat parents. To name just a few. Laughing!!!

Q. Turn-ons and Turn-offs in a woman?

A. That’s an easy one. I surely know what I want and also what I don’t want. Turn-offs. I have many. Sorry. Yes I set high standards for myself. And I can. I have everything to give and offer. I am VERY selective and picky. I am not like most. And will never settle. Too many do and are so unhappy and miserable. And end up living like that or end up with divorces. I rather wait for exactly what I want. Ok sorry to ramble. Here goes: Messy women, self-centered, self-absorbed, cold, lazy, loud, partying women, smokers, women always on the phone, classless women, women with little or no manners. Women that are high maintenance. Ok Ok I’ll stop there….haha. Now turn-ons: Sweet and down to earth. Women that aren’t high maintenance, simple, kind, caring, thoughtful, low key, honest women. Pretty, but definitely don’t have to be a model.

Q. What would you consider to be the most romantic place in the world?

A. I am asked that often. It’s a tough question for me. First, because I’ve been all over the world. And second, romance can be found anywhere if you are with the right person and the moment is right. But Italy is up there for me. Venice. Great place! Many of the islands are romantic. St. Thomas, Mexico….NYC at Christmastime is always nice too.

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Q. Any advice or words of encouragement for people wanting to become and actor or model or whatever it is they may want to be in life?

A. Just believe in yourself. Don’t ever let someone tell you can’t do something. Work hard. Set goals. Stay humble. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Give back and do for others as much as you can along the way. Be nice to people on your way up, because you might meet them on your way down. And for people wanting to be a model and/or an actor. Just understand it’s an extremely tough and cutthroat business. It’s surely not for everyone. There are tons and tons of people out there wanting to do this as well. It’s a very unqiue and crazy industry. You have to have thick skin. And understand that if you don’t make it or don’t get picked for a job doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful. And here’s just a little advice for people about life and living: Never sit on the sidelines of life watching others live it. Go out and make things happen for yourself. Do what you want. Whatever makes you happy. Do it. Dream It…Do It!

Q. What’s next for John Antorino?

A. So much is next! I’m going to continue doing the book covers and magazines. I am in preparation right now for upcoming shoots for some magazines and book covers. Really working hard with my acting career. As we do this interview I am waiting for a second callback for the new show Pan Am. I’ll be playing a new pilot. So we’ll see with that. A movie I did in October called Infected is in post-production. I’m playing an army MP in that.

I just signed on with a new sponsor, see:
http://www.musclewiz.com/sponsored_athlete.html Great company and great products! Which I truly take and believe in. If anyone wants to order be sure and use the code: JohnAnt and get free shipping.

Will be traveling a lot the coming months, as usual. Will be making an appearance in London for a charity event. And will be doing lots of charity work and events and helping as many people as I can each day.

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Q. Any closing words for your fans and admirers?

A. Thank you to all my fans, admirers, and followers all these years. I appreciate you all and all the kind words compliments and support.

Thank you, Adele, for interviewing me.

And anyone wishing to contact me for shoots, appearances, guest speaking, filming, nutritional consultations and workout programs etc….Can contact me at Superman530@yahoo.com or at my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JohnAntorino

Like John Antorino’s Fan Page: www.facebook.com/johnantorinofanpage
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KISSING HER COWBOY by Adele Downs, Anniversary Book Blast!

Dozens of book bloggers and My Family’s Heart Reviews will feature western romance KISSING HER COWBOY on their review sites, Twitter, and Facebook today to celebrate the book’s anniversary. Please join the book blast by sharing this post on social media. Tweet and re-tweet! And if you haven’t read Kissing Her Cowboy yet, I hope you’ll buy the book! Thanks so much!

KISSING HER COWBOY by Adele Downs

A Lunchbox Romance Short Story

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An Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Western, Western Romance and Short Romance

A cowboy with a fractured back and a cop with a broken spirit heal on a Texas ranch with the help of a stallion named Big Blue.

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Summary:

Treymont Woods is forced to take light duty work around Breezy Meadows Ranch after a rodeo accident. While Trey’s body heals, he offers riding lessons to Houston locals on the greatest horse that ever lived, Big Blue. When police officer Daisy Phillips arrives for her first session, sparks fly. But her invisible wounds run deep, making it hard for her to form connections. KISSING HER COWBOY is the story of two broken people who heal on the road to their happily ever after.

Excerpt:

“Oh, Lord.” Treymont Woods kicked up dust on his boots as he sauntered from the stables to the woman who just had to be his new riding student. Her flaming red hair swooshed from one side of her shoulders to the other as she watched his stallion, Big Blue, canter inside the corral. Her hands, knuckles white, clutched the fence and every muscle in her tall, slim figure looked tight. Before he could get to her, she pivoted toward the parking area, moving her feet like she was fixin’ to run.

“Hey there!” He called out as a distraction. By the time Trey reached the woman’s side, he could hear her breathing like she’d raced a Texas mile. Before he could introduce himself, she turned to him with wide green eyes and shouted, “He’s huge!” Pink splotches bloomed under the freckles on her pale skin.

She licked her bottom lip and shook her head. “No, no, no, no….” and started backing away. “I can’t do this. Keep my deposit. I’ll figure something else out.”

Trey lifted his hands in mock surrender. “Okay. No problem. You don’t have to ride if you don’t want to.”  Her jeans looked too tight for riding, anyway, and that white blouse would be smudged inside five minutes. Hadn’t the woman ever been to a ranch before?

She stopped moving then and frowned at him, causing twin lines to form above her nose. Her adorable nose, now that he’d gotten a decent look. In fact, everything about the woman seemed downright appealing, despite her reaction to Big Blue. Who in their right mind wouldn’t love the greatest horse that ever lived, on sight?

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HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY is the standalone sequel.

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A sweet but sexy firefighter contemporary romance novella. 5★ early reviews!

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About HOOK ME UP

Firemen don’t free cats from trees anymore—until a pretty schoolteacher gets trapped on a limb with her kitten and the county’s hottest firefighter comes to their rescue.

Excerpt:

Lexi’s voice had gone hoarse, but she tried again to call for help, emitting faint sounds from her dry throat. Ginger mewled.

To her amazement, a husky voice answered. “Try not to move. I’ll be right up.”

She followed the sound to the bottom of the tree and figured the blood rushing from her feet to her brain had turned her mind to oatmeal. She’d either grown delusional, or died from her injuries, because the most gorgeous man she’d ever seen had moved into her line of sight and stood at the base of her apple tree.

She squeezed her eyes closed, and then opened them again. The man was still there. He had corn-colored hair and looked up at her with the eyes of an angel. The soot on his cheeks and chin couldn’t camouflage the stunning face beneath.

A firefighter dressed in full regalia had come to her rescue.

She watched, filled with relief and hope, as he hoisted a circle of rope over his shoulder and gripped a long-handled hook with an axe on the opposite side. In one smooth motion, he began to climb. She’d never been so glad to see another human being.

That’s when Lexi remembered her naked breasts and the purple lace thong she barely wore.

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Barbara White Daille-Chocolate Fudge Cookie Recipe

Mmmm. Chocolate! Please welcome my guest Barbara White Daille who stopped by to share one of her favorite Christmas cookie recipes. I love chocolate and can’t wait to try this. Maybe Barbara’s chocolate fudge cookies will become your faves too.

Best~Adele

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Thanks to Adele for inviting me to chat!

Today, I’m sharing an oh-so-easy cookie recipe with you.

The holidays are my favorite time of the year and probably the only time I do much baking. I have a few recipes for cakes I make only at Christmastime, and I especially love baking cookies. These are a few of the holiday cookie cutters I use the most.

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But because the holidays are so busy, there are times my plans and schedules fall apart, crumbling like an overbaked cookie. At those times, I pull out an old standby recipe like this one, which is ridiculously easy to make and so perfectly yummy when you need a taste of something chocolate.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies

1 package of Devil’s Food cake mix
½ cup cooking oil
¼ cup water
1 egg
1 cup (6 oz.) chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until well-mixed.

Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookie tests done with toothpick.

Cool on cookie sheet for one minute, then remove to rack to finish cooling.

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And there you have it! Pour a cup of milk or your favorite hot beverage, and you’ll be good to go. If you make the cookies, I’d love to know how you like them. And feel free to share a holiday recipe of your own below.

Meanwhile, here’s a clip from my brand-new release that happens to mention Christmas cookies. : )

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The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal

Excerpt:

“Jed is out by the honeymoon cabins, I think,” Paz told them. “Tina wanted to show him something the workmen had done.”

Sagging in relief, Andi rested one hip against the kitchen table. With her son’s short legs, the walk back to the hotel had seemed to last forever, especially with Mitch by her side. Now, thanks to Paz, she could send Mitch off on his own.

“Looks like you’re busy in here,” he said.

Paz nodded. Cooling racks filled with cakes and cookies had taken over almost every flat surface. The kitchen smelled of cinnamon and cloves. “It’s never too early to start my Christmas baking.”

“Cookie, Paz,” Trey demanded.

“What do you say?” Andi prompted him.

“Please.”

Smiling, Paz took a cookie from one of the racks.

“Let’s go track down Jed,” Mitch said.

Andi frowned. “You can do that on your own. I’ll stay here with Trey.”

“I think I’ve forgotten how to get to the cabins.”

She glanced at him, then away again. After what he had said about cops, she didn’t know which was worse from his perspective, locking gazes with him or refusing to look his way at all. She knew what was better for her. Looking. Staring. Getting her fill.

Better for her, but much too risky.

“That’s fine, Andi,” Paz said. “You leave Trey with me and go right along with Mitch.”

“Great,” he said, halfway across the room without waiting for her answer.

Grimly, she followed him out to the porch and down the steps. He took his time, favoring his bad leg. Despite her irritation with him, she had to bite her lip to keep from asking how much he hurt.

She was so wrapped up in concern for him, she hadn’t realized he’d reached the bottom step. He turned back, catching her off guard. Instinctively, she bit down harder, then winced from her own pain.

“It is that bad?” he asked. “Seeing how I hobble down steps like a two-year-old who’s just learned to walk?”

“You handled those steps quite a bit better than my two-year-old does,” she said matter-of-factly. Still, knowing how he must feel made her eyes mist.

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Happy holidays to everyone!

About the Author:

BWDBarbara White Daille

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

Barbara’s new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, features a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed. The series began with The Cowboy’s Little Surprise and A Rancher of Her Own, and The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal has just debuted. Additional books in the series will be coming up next year.

Find The Lawman’s Christmas Proposal:

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http://www.amazon.com/Lawmans-Christmas-Proposal-Hitching-Hotel/dp/0373755961

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http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lawmans-Christmas-Proposal/Barbara-White-Daille/9780373755967

Harlequin
http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=61196

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http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780373755967

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https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-lawman-s-christmas-proposal

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Website http://www.barbarawhitedaille.com
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