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HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY by Adele Downs #99cents #Christmas #shortreads @Adele_Downs

Ready or not, the holidays are here! HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY is the standalone sequel to KISSING HER COWBOY a Lunchbox Romance meant to be read in about an hour. I hope you’ll pick up a copy for your eReader or tablet to get you into the holiday mood. Only .99! Available wherever ebooks are sold.

Join Trey and Daisy for their first Christmas together!

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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INTO THE FLAMES Release Day! Join The Party!

It’s Release Day for INTO THE FLAMES Firefighter Box Set Anthology!

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INTO THE FLAMES. Seven smoldering firefighter romance stories. One great price. Only .99!

You Are Invited!

Stop by our Facebook party 9/29 from 1:00 pm-8:30 pm ET. Join the fun and help us celebrate! Lots of prizes. And what could be better than hot firefighters?

Follow this link to our Facebook Party!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1438176916494693/ 

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You can also visit one or all of our book blast hosts during our three-day tour with My Family’s Heart Promotions and enter to win fun prizes with Rafflecopter!

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Here’s the list of book blogs hosting INTO THE FLAMES: 

September 29, 2015

Indy Book Fairy — http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/
BookSkater — http://bookskater.com
Jen’s Reading Obsession– http://jensreadingobsession.blogspot.com
A.C. Melody — https://acmelodyblog.wordpress.com/
Bella’s Blog —   Bella’s Blog Review
Here is what I read– http://hereiswhatireadblog.wordpress.com
Young at Heart Reviews — http://young-at-heart-reviews.weebly.com/young-loves/new-release-into-the-flames-box-set  Review

September 30, 2015

I Love Books — http://jolandaloves2read.blogspot.nl/
Addiction to Reading — http://theresaisaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com
Nicole’s Book Musings — http://www.nicolesbookmusings.com/2015/09/into-flames-anthology.html  Review
What Shall We Blog About Today — http://kenowinsky.blogspot.com/
Padme’s Library — http://padmeslibrary.blogspot.com/
United Indie Book Blog — http://unitedindiebookblog.blogspot.com/
Muffy Wilson Literotica — http://muffywilson.blogspot.com
Deal Sharing Aunt — http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/
Wild and Dirty Book Blog — http://wildanddirty.blogspot.com/
Teatime and Books — http://www.ladyofbooks76.wordpress.com
My Family’s Heart —  https://tonyaloveslife.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/blast-review-giveaway-into-the-flames-7-hot-books-by-7-fabulous-authors/ Review

October 1, 2015

Girl with Pen — http://victoriazumbrumsreviews.blogspot.com/2015/10/review-of-into-flames.html   Review
The Snarkology — http://www.thesnarkology.com
Written Love Reviews — http://writtenlovereviews.blogspot.com
Books, Coffee, and Crafts News — https://www.facebook.com/BooksCoffeeCraftsNewsEmp Review
Here is what I read blog — http://hereiswhatireadblog.blogspot.com
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions — http://crystalschaoticconfessions.blogspot.com/
Cat’s Reviews — http://www.reviewsbycat.blogspot.com/2015/10/into-flames-multi-authors-5-with.html   Review

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Buy INTO THE FLAMES:  Firefighter Multi-Author Boxed Set Anthology
Release Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
ISBN: 9781626228832  (Seaside Publications)

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.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014V84EUI/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-flames/id1036986607?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/into-the-flames-3

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-intotheflamesboxedset-1881916-166.html

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-flames-boxed-set-nina-pierce/1122629151?ean=2940152264814

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Contemporary Romance Night at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly @LadyJanesPhilly

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The consensus of book lovers who attended Contemporary Romance Night at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly was, “We had fun!”

Despite torrential rain with heavy downpours and street flooding, romance lovers turned out for an evening with authors Susan Scott Shelley, Judi Fennell, and Adele Downs at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA and gave us a warm welcome. Susan read from her book Rekindled, Adele read from Lip Service, and Judi read from What A Woman Wants. We sipped wine, nibbled chocolate, gave away prizes, and had lots of laughs despite the weather.

From Left to Right: Susan Scott Shelley, Adele Downs, Judi Fennell

From Left to Right:
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Some of the guests at Lady Jane's Salon Philly

Some of the guests at Lady Jane’s Salon Philly

Susan Scott Shelley, author and one of three founders of Lady Jane's Salon Philly with visiting author Ursula LeCoeur

Susan Scott Shelley, author and one of three founders of Lady Jane’s Salon Philly, with visiting author Ursula LeCoeur

Proceeds from the event benefitted the Center for Literacy, Philadelphia.

LIP SERVICE at Romance Lives Forever

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Check out the guest spot and interview with Adele Downs

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Have you picked up your copy of LIP SERVICE?

If you have, and enjoyed the book, I would appreciate your review on Amazon and Goodreads.

If you haven’t bought your copy, what are you waiting for?

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Thank You Readers, Subscribers, Reviewers!

Over the holiday weekend, our family kicked-off the unofficial start to summer by celebrating our grandson’s first birthday, watching as he ran around the party room on toddler legs, wondering how the year flew by so fast.

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The weekend brought other surprises for which I’m grateful. My fantasy romance novella HER IMMORTAL VIKING received hundreds of unexpected tweets from readers, reviewers, and other authors to spread the word about its feature appearance on the MFRW book blog. Many others tweeted about my new release LIP SERVICE. Thank you for your wonderful support.

The weekend also brought lots of new followers to this blog. Since the 2013 inception of Down To Earth Romance 817 people have subscribed. Thank you! I’d love to hear your comments about what I’m doing right, and would especially love your suggestions for future posts. What do you look for when you visit here? What more would you like to see? Don’t be shy. Tell me.

I wish you the best summer, ever.

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Join Me-International Short Story Month! #shortreads @ShortStoryMonth

May 2015 is the third annual International Short Story Month, inspired by April’s National Poetry Month, which began in 1996. Short stories have made a huge comeback with the introduction of ebooks and e-readers and some claim we’re poised for another “short story golden age.”

Do you read and enjoy short stories? Personally, I love them. Short stories give us the opportunity to try an author’s work without a huge time commitment or financial investment. They’re also a great way to follow authors who write both shorts and novels. I happen to be one of those authors, and would love for you to try my books if you haven’t yet. My Lunchbox Romance short stories from Boroughs Publishing are KISSING HER COWBOY and its standalone sequel HER CHRISTMAS COWBOY; both with positive reviews and only .99/

I hope you’ll celebrate International Short Story Month with me. For more information visit: http://internationalshortstorymonth.com/

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LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs, Coming April 28!

Coming April 28, 2015!

LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs

A novel.
Light paranormal romance
From Boroughs Publishing.

The ghost of Aunt Ada comes with the old house Legs Anderson inherits, but her prudery will be no match for the lifelong love, the unstoppable lust, and the sexy schemes of Legs and her lover Jack Harris to free themselves of Ada’s spirited meddling.

Cover art, summary, and excerpt coming soon!

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Orchids, Original Photographs

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Original photographs taken with my Fuji digital camera at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.

Photos copyright Adele Downs.

Immortals, Vikings, Celestials, and Fantasy Romance

While surfing the Web one day I had a happy accident. During research for an article I was working on, I stumbled across unrelated information about the gods, demi-gods, and Light Elves of Norse mythology. The lore drew me in, and I wanted to learn more.

I’d never heard of Light Elves—the angel-like beings whose sole purpose was to serve the gods and humanity. These celestial creatures lived in Alfheim (Elf Land) “the place between heaven and earth” in “the west beyond the seas” and could communicate with both deities and mortals.

The Light Elves were described as tall, blond celibate males so handsome they were “fairer to look upon than the sun.” In the middle of the night they would come to earth surreptitiously to complete the chores of deserving individuals. My creative mind went into overdrive when I pictured a handsome immortal cleaning house!

What would happen, I wondered, if a Light Elf got caught? And what if the woman who found him was beautiful? Would he risk the wrath of his god and put his tasks aside after centuries of celibacy to make love to her? If they fell in love, how would he commit to her and reconcile the distance between heaven and earth? My questions formed a story idea that became a manuscript.

In my new release, HER IMMORTAL VIKING, Gunnar of Alfheim is a warrior unjustly cast into eternal servitude and made a Light Elf by an angry god. When he falls in love with Penelope, a modern day mortal, he must find a way to link heaven and earth and cross the divide of a thousand years to clear his name and claim her.

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Summary:

Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”

In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.

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What reviewers are saying about HER IMMORTAL VIKING:

“Once again, Adele Downs creates the perfect love story.” 5★ ~Girl With Pen

“Downs’ clever mash-up of Viking elements and contemporary romance (and oh, the hot, hot Viking!) make this novella an absolute winner.” 5★~Words, Words, Words

Buy HER IMMORTAL VIKING on Amazon!

Carpe Diem, Read a Book

Have you read a good book lately?

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Celebrate Spring! Original Photographs

Happy Spring!

After the horrible, terrible, long and miserably cold winter we had, including the surprise snow storm on March 20, the first official day of spring, I couldn’t be happier to see the seasons change. The sun is out in Pennsylvania! To celebrate, I thought I’d share some of my favorite springtime photos, taken with my Fuji digital camera.

Enjoy! Carpe Diem!

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(Original photos copyright Adele Downs.)

Cinderella 2015, Film Review

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If you’ve been on the fence about going to the movies to see the new Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, here’s my unbiased, purely subjective opinion: get off the fence and go. I loved it, and I think you will, too. Everything about this film is sumptuous and beautiful, and even though we know the story by heart and can follow along, this version makes the tale feel fresh. The gorgeous costuming, outstanding acting, and stunning visual effects are nothing short of magical.

As a romance author, I’m naturally drawn to fairy tales, but I particularly wanted to see this movie because it stars Kate Blanchett, arguably one of the greatest actors of our time. (If you missed her Best Actress, Academy Award winning performance in Blue Jasmine, rent the film. She’s amazing!) Blanchett is fabulously evil as Cinderella’s stepmother, though one of the things I liked best about her character was the glimpse of Lady Tremaine’s backstory and motivation. Maybe someone in Hollywood will write a script for her, because I think the stepmother’s story could be the most interesting of all the Cinderella characters.

The mean stepsisters, Drizella and Anatasia, played by Sophie Mc Shera and Holliday Grainger, were both terrific in their roles, as was Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. The leads—Cinderella, played by Lily James, and Prince Charming, played by Richard Madden, were both so breathtakingly beautiful it became impossible to look away, especially when they waltzed at the ball. Both characters brought tears to my eyes during their scenes with their dying parents. Screenwriters Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna added strokes of emotional depth with these touching goodbyes. And the wedding scene—wow! Major kudos to the costume designer and the superb hair and makeup designs. I see Academy Awards in their immediate future.

Cinderella 2015 is a story for everyone, young and old, male or female. I went to see the film at the local IMAX theater with my husband, my Prince Charming of nearly 30 years, and we didn’t feel the least out of place. We did hold hands through much of the film, though. Cinderella and her prince had that effect on us.

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Fantasy Photos of Alfheim, Original Photographs

Alfheim, the place between Heaven and Earth, in the west beyond the seas, and the celestial home of Gunnar, the hero of HER IMMORTAL VIKING, has its roots in Norse mythology.

What does Alfheim (Elf Land) look like? My imagination sees it this way.

Here are some original photographs taken with my Fuji digital camera. Enjoy!

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“Once again, Adele Downs creates the perfect love story.” 5 Stars! ~Girl With Pen

Buy HER IMMORTAL VIKING on Amazon!

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Also available on Smashwords and All Romance eBooks

For More Information: Boroughs Publishing

HER IMMORTAL VIKING Blog Tour, March 9-17, #giveaways!

“Once again, Adele Downs creates the perfect love story.” 5★! ~Girl With Pen

Celebrating new release HER IMMORTAL VIKING with giveaways that include a Starbucks gift card and several free books by Adele Downs. Follow along, join the fun, and enter to win!

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The following book bloggers are my gracious hosts for the tour:

March 8: (Pre-Tour Kick-Off)

Romance Books 4 Us  Guest Post

March 9:

Here is What I Read

Inspire To Read

March 10:

Smile Somebody Loves You

First Page to Last

March 11:

Mythical Books

A Dirty Book Affair

Author Sandra Love

March 12:

Here Is What I Read

In The Pages of a Good Book

March 13:

Padme’s Library

*Lanie’s Book Thoughts  Review

Romantic Reads and Such

*The Hoarding Readers Corner  Review

March 14:

My Family’s Heart

March 15:

My Family’s Heart Blog

March 16:

Muffy Wilson Literotica

*Life With Two Boys  Review

*girlygirlbookreviews  Review

*Kimi’s Medieval Author Interview Blog  Review

Harlie’s Book Blog  Review

Ravyn Rayne

Inner Goddess Forum

March 17:

*Words, Words, Words Review

*Wanda Loves Books  Review

*Girl With Pen  Review (reposted)

*Cat’s Reviews  Review

The Book Nuts

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Buy the book on Apple iTunes!

Also available on Smashwords and All Romance eBooks

For More Information: Boroughs Publishing

Winners! HER IMMORTAL VIKING Book Blast

WINNERS of HER IMMORTAL VIKING Book Blast:

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Winner: Sharon E.

Kindle gift copies of NATURALLY YOURS by Adele Downs

Winners: Brandi D, Sarit, Beverly O.

Kindle gift copies of KISSING HER COWBOY by Adele Downs

Winners: Raeline P., Janet L., Shelley S.

I will contact each winner individually regarding your prize.

THANK YOU to the winners and to everyone who participated in my Book Blast!

Book Blog Tour begins Monday, March 9! Lots more prizes to give away March 9-17, so please join me on the cyber tour! A complete list of participants will be posted on this blog Monday morning. Follow along!

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Buy your copy of HER IMMORTAL VIKING today!

Available on Amazon, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks.

HER IMMORTAL VIKING Book Blast–March 2,3,4–CONTEST!

HER IMMORTAL VIKING Book Blast, March 2-4!

“Once again, Adele Downs creates the perfect love story.” 5 Stars! ~Girl with Pen

Check out the tour stops for chances to win a Starbucks gift card and free books from author Adele Downs via Rafflecopter!

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Here’s the list of awesome book bloggers spotlighting the event:

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HER IMMORTAL VIKING, Amazon Top 100 Fairy Tale

HER IMMORTAL VIKING hit the Amazon Top 100 Fairy Tales category on release day and has received outstanding 5 Star reviews! Thank you!

If you would enjoy reading a modern day take on Norse mythology, I hope you’ll give the book a try. Here’s a little about the story:

Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”

In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.

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NEW Release! HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs

It’s New Release Day!

For an author, release day is like Christmas and a birthday party rolled into one. Help me celebrate and spread the news!

HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs is a contemporary fantasy romance from Boroughs Publishing and available now!

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HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs

An original contemporary fairy tale inspired by Norse mythology

Divine intervention. That’s all Penny asks. Freedom from overwork and mountainous debt. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, all hoping to draw the attention of someone—anyone—“up there.”

In the west, beyond the seas, from the place between Heaven and Earth, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a renowned Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god. Now, while Penny sleeps, he comes to Earth to grant her wishes. But Penny is about to wake up, and so is every desire she’s ever known. To claim their fairy-tale ending, Gunnar must find a way to clear his name. Not only must his sword arm and courage stay strong, but their powerful love must cross the divide of a thousand years.

Excerpt:

He smoothed her hair and rubbed a thick tendril between his thumb and forefinger. “I am Gunnar.” He pronounced the name Goo-nar.

An emblem of the sun, surrounded by a circle, had been branded on the back of his powerful hand. Penny touched the scar while he held a length of her hair, recognizing Freyr’s sacred insignia from her textbooks. “The pain must have been excruciating.” Without thinking, she lifted the old wound to her mouth and laid kisses along its perimeter before pressing a kiss to the icon inside.

Tremors vibrated across her lips when they touched the ancient symbol and her body tingled with the contact. The brand grew warm and then hot against her mouth, though it did not burn. She ran her tongue over the thick scars to erase the heat, and then licked the center, finishing with a tiny swirl.

Gunnar’s gasp of surprise was the last thing she expected when she lifted her head. He released her hair and drew away.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know what got into me. Have I offended you?” She’d always been popular with men, and comfortable around them, but her behavior with Gunnar was bold, even for her. She sat up. “Am I under some kind of spell?”

Gunnar shook his head. “I used my powers to heal you, but your free will remains intact.”

She searched his face for clues about what to do next, because desire shone behind the wary expression in his eyes. Something else shone there, too. Gratitude. Penny waited for Gunnar’s reply without letting go of his disfigured hand.

He said, “Kindness isn’t something I’m used to finding. Perhaps you’d be less inclined toward compassion if you knew what I’d done to deserve this brand of servitude.”

She reached out and draped an arm around his neck to bring him closer. Their gazes locked and held. Gunnar’s eyes were like pools of ice blue water that pulled her in and down.

Her breathing slowed while the sound of her heartbeat rushed blood through her ears. “I am Penelope. And if you’re from Alfheim, I know who and what you are. I just don’t understand why you’re here.” How could she deserve his rare, benevolent gifts? She was just an ordinary woman from an ordinary town, barely scraping by.

His warm breath grazed her cheek in shallow rushes, lifting goose bumps across her skin. His wide, firm mouth smelled of sweet ground parsley and fresh-picked mint. “Sometimes we get what we need, simply because we ask. That’s the beauty and power of the unexpected.”

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What Gunnar’s Old Norse Alfheim Might Look Like, Photos

Gunnar, the hero of HER IMMORTAL VIKING, comes from Alfheim, the place in Norse mythology between heaven and earth, in the west beyond the seas. Though my story is contemporary and written wholly from my imagination, the gods, Light Elves, Dwarves, and demi-gods in the tale were inspired by ancient lore.

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As I wrote my novella, I imagined what Alfheim (Elf Land) might look like and painted word images on the pages. On one of my trips to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, I photographed scenes that brought my setting to life.

Enjoy my vision of Alfheim.

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Coming Tuesday, February 24, 2015!

Her Immortal Viking Arrives 2/24/15!

FIVE MORE DAYS until GUNNAR ARRIVES!

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Available wherever ebooks are sold February 24, 2015.

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Summary:

Gunnar of Alfheim is a Viking warrior unjustly cast into eternal servitude and made a Light Elf by an angry god. When he falls in love with Penelope, a modern day mortal, he must find a way to link heaven and earth and cross the divide of a thousand years to clear his name and claim her.

Buy your copy February 24!

Cover Reveal! HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs

HER IMMORTAL VIKING by Adele Downs

Coming Tuesday, February 24!

A contemporary fantasy romance.

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Viking Warrior. Immortal Slave. Freed by Love.

Summary:

Penny pleads for divine intervention from overwork and mountainous debt one desperate, lonely night. She sings songs of praise, chants like a yogi, and rubs her belly like Buddha until the crystal charm on her navel shimmers, hoping to draw the attention of someone up there.

From the place between heaven and earth, in the west beyond the seas, an immortal hears Penny’s cries. Once a fearless Viking warrior, Gunnar has been cast into eternal servitude by an angry god and made a Light Elf. While Penny sleeps, he comes to earth from Alfheim for a single night to complete her tasks. When she awakens and confronts him, the handsome immortal kisses her, sparking a night of forbidden passion. By dawn, the couple has fallen in love.

Dark forces target Penny, seeking revenge for Gunnar’s earthly misdeeds. To protect his mortal lover, Gunnar takes up his sword to defend her. Though his strength and courage are unmatched, it might be the power of Gunnar and Penny’s love that saves them both.

Available February 24, 2015

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.

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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  
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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

Cozy Mystery Author Cate Price And CONTEST!

–CONTEST ALERT!!!!–

Do you like to read cozy mysteries? I certainly do, and I love Cate Price’s Berkley Prime Crime mystery series.

I share a special connection to Cate’s books, since I read early drafts of book one Going Through The Notions and was a research source for that book, as well as book two in the series, A Dollhouse To Die For. Cate’s new release is Lie of The Needle.

When I discovered Cate had visited a New England carousel museum over the holidays, I invited her to share her beautiful pictures and experience with us. I hope you enjoy her tour.

Please welcome Cate and be sure to leave her a comment.  Residents inside the continental USA will be automatically entered to win a copy of her latest cozy mystery Lie of The Needle.

*Winner Announced Saturday, 1/24/15.

Congratulations to Laura F., winner of LIE OF THE NEEDLE!

Many thanks to all who visited and entered Cate’s contest.

Best~Adele

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The New England Carousel Museum by Cate Price

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On a recent trip home to Connecticut, I paid a visit to the New England Carousel Museum that’s housed in an old hosiery factory building in Bristol. A friendly and knowledgeable tour guide showed me and my mom around, and we started with how the horses are made.

Interestingly, they’re not carved from a single piece of wood as I’d imagined, but from many small pieces held together with wooden dowels and animal hide glue. A carousel horse is hollow inside to make it lighter in weight. Some are time capsules in a way, because carvers often hid items in the cavity, like their tools or even a lottery ticket! The heads and bodies were made separately from each other, and our guide showed us a quirky example where the head was far too big for the horse’s body.

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The museum has a large variety of antique hand-carved, hand-painted carousel horses, in various stages of repair. Some are in their original condition, but most are fully and beautifully restored. They’re not just historic examples of entertainment, but truly works of art, and there are several different styles. The highly expressive “Coney Island” style horses have flared nostrils and “peek-a-boo” looped manes, and are flamboyantly decorated with cabbage roses, feathers, jewels, and even real gold leaf. The “Philadelphia” style is more classic and realistic, with sweet faces, and then there’s the folk-art “Country Fair” horses which are smaller and built in simpler poses, with outstretched legs which made them easier to stack for transport.

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My mother loved the white English prancing horse, but I think my favorite was the little one who hadn’t been restored yet, with his distressed wood and multiple layers of peeling paint, showing how many times he had been fixed up over the years, with whatever paint the carousel park owners happened to have on hand.

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The horses have a fancy or “romance” side that is highly decorated, but the one that faces the inside of the carousel is plainer. Something else I hadn’t realized is that in America the horses travel counter clockwise. In England the horses go clockwise, so those horses were pointing in the opposite direction to show their best side. I also noticed that some had a decorative feature at the rear of the saddle, like a brace of game birds peeking out, a monkey, flowers, or fruit, to name but a few.

The museum has Menagerie figures, too, like a double-seater rooster, rabbit, cat, duck, giraffe, pig, and magnificent carved lion. The master carver on staff has created new figures, such as a lovely manatee. There are other curiosities, including an old fortune teller machine, a wooden fairy tale carriage, and a Wurlitzer band organ.

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    The New England Carousel Museum has the contract to manage the historic Bushnell Park Carousel in Hartford that was built in 1914 by Stein and Goldstein and features forty-eight hand-carved wooden horses and two lover’s chariots.

    Carousels often included open carriages to accommodate Victorian ladies’ skirts.The       museum is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration and preservation of carousels and carousel memorabilia, with a focus on educational programs. Although we didn’t have time on this visit, also housed in the same building is the Museum of Fire History and The Bristol Center for Arts and Culture.

Price of admission is only six dollars for adults (less for seniors and children), which includes a ride on the working carousel. It’s definitely worth a visit!

The New England Carousel Museum is located at 95 Riverside Avenue, Bristol, CT. 860-585-5411. They are closed in January and February, but available for private parties. www.thecarouselmuseum.org

 About Cate Price:

Cate Price is the author of the Deadly Notions mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. The third book in the series, LIE OF THE NEEDLE, was published January 6, 2015.

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 As the owner of Sometimes a Great Notion, a shop specializing in vintage sewing notions and antique treasures, Daisy Buchanan is a strong advocate of preserving the past. But when a killer strikes, she turns her attention to saving lives…

Talk about a great notion! As a fund-raiser to save a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse and stop an ambitious developer, the ladies of the Historical Society of Millbury, Pennsylvania, are producing a Hunky Men of Millbury calendar. Daisy is delighted to lend her support, and the female population of the village is abuzz with anticipation.

But after Daisy’s close friend Cyril doesn’t show up for his photo shoot and the calendar photographer is found dead, it’s beginning to look like the days may be numbered for the men of Millbury. Can a cryptic verse on an antique sampler help Daisy pin down the killer before another pinup runs out of time?

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Cate Price loves to hear from readers at her website, www.cateprice.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catepriceauthor

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SUMMERTIME Photos To Brighten Your Winter

Snow has blanketed Pennsylvania, making me long to see greenery. If you’re like me, you’re not a fan of winter and count the days until spring arrives.

Until the warm weather returns, these original summertime pictures taken with my Fuji digital camera might brighten your winter blues. Enjoy!

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