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Little Library At The Beach

Greetings from the beach! I moved from my family home in Pennsylvania to my vacation home in Delaware full-time and dove straight into summer. As part of my new routine, I’m taking early morning walks on the boardwalk along the ocean. The air at dawn is cool and refreshing, and I’m learning to appreciate rising early to work out. By 8 AM, the sun starts to get hot, and my enthusiasm for exercise declines with every uptick of the thermometer.

Near the end of my route, a sign for a Book Box takes me a few yards off the boardwalk to an adorable little free library. Book Boxes are popping up all over the country, and book lovers and authors like me are thrilled by the trend. The process is easy–take a book, give a book. No library card or membership of any kind is needed and you can borrow or donate at any time.

There might be a little Book Box or two in your community. If not, maybe you and an organization close to your heart can start one in your neighborhood. Reading is fun!

Happy summer!

How could I resist taking a look?

Following Ms. Bunny to the Book Box.

Built by the Village Improvement Association.

Take a book. Donate a book. Easy.

I’ll be glad to donate signed copies of my books.

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Photos copyright Adele Downs 2018.

March Issue of InD’Tale Magazine, Available Now! @InDTaleMagazine #books #romance

InD’Tale is a digital monthly magazine covering our favorite subject–books–and specializes in titles written by indie authors and those who write for small presses. I’m pleased to share that my article “Pen Names–Your Personal Brand” is featured in the March 2018 issue. I hope you enjoy the magazine, subscribe (it’s free!), and will check out my article.

http://magazine.indtale.com/magazine/2018/march/

Valentine’s Day Romance Author Love-In! 35 Author Giveaways! @tinadonahue @Adele_Downs #Contest

Celebrating Romance!

I’m joining author pal Tina Donahue and dozens of other romance authors for a Rafflecopter giveaway of 35 prizes–just because we love books and our readers.

Contest ends February 26, 2018.

Enter for a chance to win prizes from all the participating authors!

To be automatically entered to win a signed copy of your choice of my romance novels Luxury Model Wife or Lip Service with swag, follow the directions on the Rafflecopter and sign up for my newsletter. Easy!

Enter Here:  https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ec8aae6726/

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Romance Author Love-In Contest! 35 Author Giveaways! @tinadonahue @Adele_Downs #Contest

I’m joining my author pal Tina Donahue and dozens of other romance authors for a Rafflecopter giveaway of 35 prizes for our readers!

The contest ends February 26, 2018.

Enter for a chance to win prizes from all the participating authors! To be automatically entered to win a signed copy of your choice of my romance novels Luxury Model Wife or Lip Service with swag, follow the directions on the Rafflecopter and sign up for my newsletter. Easy!

Enter Here:  https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ec8aae6726/

Buy Books from Adele Downs on Amazon!

New Website Coming Soon!

I’m building a new website for my books and will post the link and the invitation to visit when it’s ready to go. Hopefully, I’ll still have hair and nails left by the time it’s done. Whew!

Best–Adele

Romance Authors List Their Favorite Reads of 2017 #booklover #Best of 2017 #romance

Happy New Year 2018!

Romance author Nicole R. Locker asked best-selling and award-winning authors of Romance Writers of America to share their single favorite book of 2017. If you’re looking for a great read, here’s the list of our recommendations. My choice is #11.

https://nicolerlocker.com/2017/12/31/15-favorite-reads-of-2017-straight-from-romance-authors/

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

A 2017 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Recipient

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs–Excerpt

LUXURY MODEL WIFE has garnered 5-Star reviews from book bloggers and readers and received the 2017 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit in the Contemporary Romance category.

Have you downloaded your copy or ordered a copy in print? The book in print would make a lovely gift!

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

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

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

LUXURY MODEL WIFE by Adele Downs

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.

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 dollar 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 disdain 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.

If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, I hope you will today!

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