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Goodbye, My Love #Grief #Bereavement #LoveandLoss

Please excuse my silence. I haven’t posted much to social media the past few months, talked to my readers about my books, or started a new novel. How could I? My loving, sweet and kind husband of thirty years passed away suddenly in March and I’m devastated. My career has been put on hold while I grieve. At the same time, I’m packing boxes for the move from my family home in Pennsylvania to a little house for one in Delaware.

I hope you will be here when I return.

Best–Adele

On Veterans Day- A Trip To The American Helicopter Museum

On Veterans Day, I’m thinking of those who have served our country, and sending my heartfelt thanks for their sacrifice. Almost all of the men in my family have served in either the Navy or the Marines and I appreciate each one of them for keeping our nation safe.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d share some of my photos of vintage military aircraft from the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum if you visit southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s located about a mile from QVC headquarters and worth the trip.

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AHMNavyStarsigned

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AHMVeteransigned

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Thank you for your service.

AHMAdele

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Photos copyright Adele Downs

Visit Adele’s website and check out her books at http://adeledowns.com 

Marine Machine by Adele Downs #Foto_Friday

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Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016

Love Under the Harvest Moon, NATURALLY YOURS

Not quite ready for Christmas reading, but want to relax with a story set in autumn? The hero and heroine of my award-winning novella NATURALLY YOURS fall in love under the Harvest Moon. This book has received 100% positive reviews and numerous 5 stars from book bloggers. Give NATURALLY YOURS a try this weekend.

“I read this wonderful book in one sitting and I enjoyed every word.”5★ ~Jodie’s W.I.N.E List

Naturally Yours

NATURALLY YOURS by Adele Downs

Who will save a man who saves the world?

Paramedic Mickey Kendall hasn’t slept a full night Finalist Medallion-Novellasince his return from Iraq. He rescues victims by day and protects the innocent after dark. Mickey doesn’t do it for glory; he wants absolution, not admiration. He lives by the rule: No personal contact after a rescue. That code meets the ultimate test when Mickey saves a child’s life on a roadside and declines the parents’ invitation to dinner at their upscale restaurant.

Master chef Amanda Greer lives by the principle that delicious food and good company build bridges. When she learns Mickey has refused her business partners’ hospitality, she persuades him to change his mind. The handsome paramedic visits her restaurant and Amanda joins him at his table. Their unexpected chemistry turns kinetic and leads to a passionate kiss.

In Amanda’s arms, Mickey finds relief from the stressors that haunt him, but resists falling in love. When Amanda challenges him to face his demons and accept the love she offers, Mickey arrives at a crossroad. The war-weary paramedic must first save himself to claim the woman who reignites his passion for living and revives his wounded heart.

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Excerpt:

“They called you a hero in the press.” Her dark lashes lowered and lifted and she smiled at him with admiration shining in her eyes. “They were right, of course. What you did for Jack can never be repaid.”

Mickey winced at the hero reference. “I hate to disappoint you, but I only did what I’m trained to do.”

Amanda made sounds of disagreement low in her throat. “Elena told me at least a hundred and fifty cars passed her on the highway. Every one of them ignored her cries for help. Of all those people, don’t you think one might have been medically trained? Or at least cared enough to respond? No. You stopped. Only you.”

Oh. He hadn’t thought of that.

She pointed a finger at his chest. “There’s a difference between you and other people. There’s no other way to explain what happened on that roadway. Elena is convinced you’re special, and I never doubt her perceptions. That’s another reason why I wanted to meet you.”

Mickey stared into Amanda’s eyes and her pupils dilated. Her lips parted, ever so slightly, as if to welcome a kiss. Her tongue touched the inside of her bottom lip and disappeared. Mickey knew then, she felt it too. Synergy. Chemistry. An attraction so powerful it turned kinetic on contact.

Some called it love at first sight.

Amanda. Even her name was beautiful.

She took a sip of her drink and he watched her mouth and throat work the liquid. When she set down the tumbler, she wiped a droplet from the corner of her mouth with a trimmed, unpolished fingertip. Mickey wished he could have swiped the bead away with his tongue.

Amanda leaned closer and pressed a hand to his wrist. “Trained or not, you were the only stranger on that highway who had a heart.”

Mickey laid his hand over hers and she let him keep it there. Until now, he wasn’t sure he still had a heart. His had been chipped away, piece by piece, like a block of ice since the war. He’d considered it long gone, with his soul. In mere minutes, what was left had thawed in the center, leaving him raw and exposed.

Amanda continued to speak; clearly unaware she’d stripped away another layer. “I love Jack like he’s my own son. He’s a terrific kid. I’ve helped take care of him since the day the Martins and I started this restaurant. When you saved him, you saved us all.” Amanda leaned in and pressed a quick, sweet kiss against Mickey’s jaw.

Their gazes locked when she sat back in her chair. The gravity of her words and her straightforward kiss humbled him into speechlessness. He’d been thanked many times before, but this woman had gotten to him like no one else. He squeezed her hand and then downed the rest of his drink. Amanda took another sip of hers and set the glass on the table before retreating into silence. She turned the tumbler slowly in her hands.

Mickey looked back at her and tapped two fingers against the menu’s leather cover. “Nothing here is what I expected.”

Amanda returned a quiet smile, either assuming he meant food choices, or pretending he had. She tucked her arms beneath her breasts and leaned forward against the edge of the table, lifting perfect white swells above the neckline of her blouse. “Organic means untouched by artificiality. Grown and consumed in its natural state. We eat only healthy foods unspoiled by chemicals, preservatives, hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and genetically modified seeds or cells. Pure.”

Pure. Mickey gazed at the stunning woman by his side. The texture of her skin looked smooth as cream and welcoming to the touch. He longed to run his hands along her thighs, imagining sleek roads leading to heaven at their apex. “I like the sound of that.” The way she looked back at him while he studied her face made him wonder if she’d read his mind.

The one that had gone dirty.

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Honoring Our Veterans, Photos, Vintage Aircraft

This Veteran’s Day, I’m thinking of those who have served our country and sending my heartfelt thanks for their sacrifice. Almost all of the men in my family have served in either the Navy or the Marines and I appreciate each one of them for keeping our nation safe.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d share some of my photos of vintage military aircraft from the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum if you visit southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s located about a mile from QVC headquarters and worth the trip.

AHMWelcomeSigned

AHMNavyHelisigned

AHMNavyStarsigned

AHMNavyvesselsigned copy

AHMVeteransigned

AHMMarinePlanesigned

Thank you for your service.

AHMAdele

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Photos copyright Adele Downs

Visit Adele’s website and check out her books at http://adeledowns.com 

READ, WRITE, REMEMBER Veterans Day FB Event. Join Us!

Authors like me who write romance novels and novellas with military heroes (and are proudly married to a veteran) will gather on Facebook to honor our men and women in uniform, past and present, this Veterans Day.

Join us for the READ, WRITE & REMEMBER Veterans Day event from 9 AM to 9 PM ET.

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/ReadWriteRemember?ref=hl  I hope to see you there!

 

Naturally Yours

NATURALLY YOURS
Best-Selling Author
ADELE DOWNS

Who will save a man who saves the world?

After saving the life of a child, an Iraq War veteran–turned-paramedic finds love and absolution in the arms of a beautiful master chef.

“You can’t go wrong with Adele Downs.” —Will Work for Books

A TASTE OF BLISS

Paramedic Mickey Kendall hasn’t slept a full night since his return from Iraq. He rescues victims by day and protects the innocent after dark. He doesn’t do it for glory, though. He wants absolution, not admiration. And he lives by one rule: No personal contact after a rescue.

Master chef Amanda Greer lives by the principle that delicious food and good company build bridges, so when she learns the man who saved the life of her restaurant partners’ child won’t come to dinner, she suddenly has a mission. When the handsome paramedic actually shows up, that mission changes. Their attraction is undeniable and their chemistry explosive, but Mickey has demons he must face before he and Amanda can savor the rest of their lives. Together.

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My Heart Belongs to Our Veterans

I’m a proud member of a family whose men have served in the military for generations. My father was a Marine (pictured), my husband a petty officer in the Navy, and all of my uncles and most of my brothers-in-law were Navy men.

This Veteran’s Day, my heart belongs to the servicemen in my family, and my heartfelt thanks go out to all the men and women who have served in yours.

God Bless America.

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