Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Loving Chloe - Teaser Tuesday

Back in February, I read and thoroughly enjoyed HANK AND CHLOE and featured the book on my blog (here). So when a friend asked if I'd like to borrow her copy of the sequel, I jumped at the chance. Although LOVING CHLOE stands alone, I recommend reading HANK AND CHLOE first, mainly because the characters are so interesting, as are their stories. The Arizona setting and Native American connections are essential to both books and give them added meaning and depth. 

Here's my Teaser from Page 121.
Was the baby all right? She tried to remember if it had cried, but of the birth in the Johnsons' living room she recalled only bits and pieces: Corrine's soothing voice, her hand on Chloe's calf, the television on some game show, Hank's face pressed close to her own, as she struggled to push out of her body what felt like a full-grown horse.

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Length: 347 Pages (Trade Paperback)
Amazon Link: Loving Chloe

Synopsis from Goodreads:
When thirty-four-year-old Chloe Morgan appears on Hank Oliver's doorstep in Cameron, Arizona, she arrives with more than her old white German shepherd, Hannah, and a rambunctious young horse in tow. Chloe is pregnant with Hank's child, and she's as tough-talking and vulnerable, skittish and tender as when last we saw her in Jo-Ann Mapson's acclaimed first novel, Hank & Chloe. As Chloe and Hank settle somewhat uneasily into domesticity, a local Navajo legend named Junior Whitebear returns home to collect his father's ashes and renew his own spirit after years spent in the art-world fast lane. When Junior arrives at the reservation, he doesn't expect to find a son he fathered unwittingly nine years ago; nor is he looking to fall in love with Chloe and to deliver her baby girl. Both events change his life, and the lives of those around him, forever. A passionate love story, Loving Chloe explores the emotional complexity of a love triangle with sympathy, humor, and compassion.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Saturday Snapshots - Easter Treats (or Easter Threats?)

With Easter coming up, it seemed like a good time to post a few related photos. The first two were taken in Salzburg, Austria (if I'm remembering correctly) during a vacation several years ago. We couldn't believe the array of eggs filling this shop's windows. Looks like the Easter bunny worked overtime here.

And here's a blast from the past. I'm sure my parents thought we'd enjoy a visit with an Easter bunny, but those giant mutant critters are scary! We look kind of uncertain, don't we? (I'm the blonde--front and center.)

For more photos from all over the world, link to West Metro Mommy Reads, the host of Saturday Snapshot: West Metro Mommy Reads


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #5 - Mrs. Bagley

Since I've started participating in Weekend Writing Warriors, I've been introducing the characters in my book BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY. These snippets will hopefully provide a snapshot of each person. Today you'll meet a villain -- Mrs. Bagley. She's the President of the homeowners' association for Sunset Acres Mobile Home Village (for residents over age 55), and she's a major pain. Her mission in life is to make sure all the HOA rules of the Geriatric Gestapo are enforced.

By the way, I took this picture at a senior mobile home community near my home. I had fun with Photoshop, trying to make the picture look a little less like a snapshot and a little more like "art."

Mrs. Bagley is speaking first in this excerpt:

     "Our homeowners' association has a rule that young people can visit for one month, then they have to go--one month. I assume you're aware of that restriction?"
     Elly searched her mind for the right response. She wondered if the Bagley woman knew how long she'd been living with Granny.
     "Yes, ma'am," Elly answered, limiting her response to as few words as possible.
     "Well, just so you know. We won't tolerate any breaking or bending of our covenants." She fixed Elly with a glare, her forehead ribbed with rows of wrinkles.
     Elly clamped her teeth together, holding back the rude retort that came to mind.

Writers hanging out with writers -- a good time with a great group of people. Check out excerpts from other Weekend Writing Warriors HERE. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Saturday Snapshots - More Coffee, Please

When my husband and I went on a photo safari of our area (Seattle suburbs) to find more coffee kiosks, we came up with quite a few! So I'm continuing last week's post. This time we tried to capture the surroundings where the shops are situated. The photos I've posted were taken around two o'clock in the afternoon, and only one of the baristas had a customer (Sweet Cheeks Espresso). I hope these little independent businesses are able to survive. 
     (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Java 2 Go is located in the parking lot of a closed ARCO gas station. 
Heather's Coffee Shop is next to an auto detail business and
across the road from car dealerships.
Baristas "World Famous Costume Coffee" is right outside
the door of the Royal "A" Motel.
Between you and me, this wouldn't be my first choice for lodging.
We found Jump Shot Espresso in the parking lot
of a small shopping center.
There's an antique store right across the parking lot
from Sweet Cheeks Espresso. (Bikini baristas.)
On this beautiful day Mount Rainier was out in all its glory.
We never get tired of seeing it!

Here's the link to my earlier posting of coffee kiosks: HERE

I hope you enjoyed another tour of the coffee emporiums in my little area of the Pacific Northwest. One of these days I'll stop by and do taste tests of their offerings!

Link to West Metro Mommy Reads, the host of Saturday Snapshot, for connections to more beautiful photos: West Metro Mommy Reads