Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas Collection

Just in time for the Holiday Season! Check out these wonderful original Christmas stories from Prism Book Group, all priced from .99 - $3.99, with an additional discount if purchased directly from the Prism Book Group website 
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!



Thursday, November 28, 2013

Let The Holidays Begin


I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. And, for those who plan to kick off the holidays by joining the post-Thanksgiving shopping free-for-all, good luck, be patient, and have fun.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Panama

A journey through the Panama Canal is an amazing experience. It is indisputably one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world. Opened in 1914, the 51-mile canal cuts across Panama.  The canal shortened the sailing distance between New York and San Francisco by over 7,000 miles, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, forever changing world commerce.  More than a million ships have traveled through the intricate lock system, which consists of three sets of locks, Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores locks, which rise and lower ships and boats of all sizes from one ocean, across land to the other ocean. 

Much of what you see along the canal is industrial, but no less interesting. The magnitude of the accomplishment is simply awe-inspiring. There is also some beautiful jungle scenery and wildlife to view. We saw many birds, a few crocodiles on the Atlantic side, and a small group of coati during this amazing experience.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review of Autumn Blessing

After reading the first page of Autumn Blessing by Dvora Waysman I feared this novella was going to be a tear-jerker, but thankfully I was wrong. Autumn Blessing turned out to be an uplifting story about dealing with moving on and trying to find happiness again after the death of a soul mate. I doubt many people could read this book and not find something to relate to in their own lives, whether from direct experience or from witnessing a widowed parent try to cope. This was a great story and not one tear was shed in the reading of this book.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FREE Ebook – Desperate Dreams

Desperate Dreams is available for free for your Kindle from Amazon, today through November 21. Download your free copy at

Desperate Dreams is a Futuristic Romantic Adventure. To most, America has become a safe, orderly, predictable place, but to a few, like Nyla and Ethan, it has become a prison. Inseparable since childhood, but now faced with being torn apart, they are determined to change the course of their future. As Nyla struggles to understand her deepening feelings for Ethan, they embark on a desperate journey for freedom through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. With their two best friends in tow they attempt a daring border crossing to chase a dream few would understand, and only the most courageous will dare to challenge the new order and embrace forbidden love.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Costa Rican Wonders

Costa Rica is one of the few places, other than the U.S., that I could actually picture taking up residency.  Sure, it’s got some rough areas, but what country doesn’t? After several visits, it still seems as if the positives far outweigh the negatives, the biggest negative being the large number of extremely poisonous snakes (a particular phobia of mine). The country is endowed with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse environments, wonderful people, and great coffee. From active volcanoes, to lush mountains, to stunning beaches, it’s got something for everyone, and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review of The Captive Bird

The Captive Bird by Clair Sanders is an inspirational and romantic story. The author did an exceptional job handling a complex and delicate subject. She crafted an inspirational story of healing and forgiveness, which unfolded against a backdrop of developing romance. The main character drew me in with her courage and strength, making the book difficult to put down in anticipation of a desperately deserved happy ending.  

Although this novel is outside my preferred genre of adventure and suspense, it is the second book I’ve read by Claire Sanders, and I look forward to reading more because she’s just that good.

For more on Claire Sanders and her other work please visit

Friday, November 8, 2013

Adventure Scrapbook - Chile

Sometimes I get so caught up in book announcements, events, reviews, blog hops, etc. that I forget why I started this blog in the first place, to Embrace Adventure. The word adventure means something different to nearly everyone.  To some, adventure may be trying a new restaurant or hairstyle, and to others, true adventure can only be defined by climbing Mount Everest or rafting the Colorado River.  To me, adventure is somewhere in between.

Through my writing I strive to explore the gamut of adventure with a spattering of actual experiences tossed in with stories of survival conjured from my imagination. In life I have an intense craving to see as much of this fascinating world as possible.

To maintain my focus and stay true to my heart, I’ll be sharing my favorite memories and adventures on a more regular basis in a little segment I’ll call, “Adventure Scrapbook.” So, without further ado, here are a couple penguin chicks hanging out in Otway Sound, Chile. I love this photo. Every time I look at it, I can’t help but smile.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Exciting New Release

Exciting new release by Jacqueline Hopper, The Gingerbread House, is now available. Check it out at 
To find out more about Jacqueline visit her blog, Head Into The Clouds, at

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Better She Live By Judy Baker

I’d like to introduce Judy Baker. Judy lives in the beautiful western state of Utah. Though she’s a southerner at heart, she loves the surrounding mountains and the desert valleys. She and her husband enjoy their home with a spoiled ninety pound Airedale named Teal’c. They have three wonderful children that have given them four beautiful grandkids. When not writing the stories that fill her head, she enjoys RVing with her family, stargazing through one of her many telescopes, digging in her wildflower garden, and golfing, or just swinging on the patio while plotting her next story. 

Her latest novel, Better She Live, is the second book in the Silver Sage Creek Novel Series. Please enjoy the blurb and exerpts below.  


Ruby Thornton, the proprietor of the Silver Sage Saloon is a business woman, not a prostitute. But, because she runs a saloon, the proper folks of Silver Sage Creek treat her as such, until the wealthy Richard Webster moves into town. His reputation of being a gentleman and a lucrative railroad businessman has the entire town smitten, including Ruby.  

When a cowboy named Jesse Stryker comes along, working for the wealthy Webster, Ruby is torn by her conflicting emotions. His angry eyes contradict his proposition for a night of pleasure. She’s tempted. Only, she isn’t a prostitute. 

Ruby’s first instincts about a person is usually right, until now. Who’s the shrewd and fiendish man, the wealthy Webster or Stryker? Caught up in a charmed life, Ruby’s backed into a corner of kidnapping and murder, putting her life and others in danger. Who can she trust? 


Ruby’s head jerked back. Springing to her feet she stomped to the edge of the porch. Her wide eyed glare aimed at him. With her fingers curling into a tight fist, her infuriating voice spat out her words, slowly, “Mr. Stryker, if I had a pistol in my hand at this moment, your condescending ass wouldn’t be sitting on a horse. I’d shoot you down. Your assumption that my business is a place of ill repute couldn’t be further from the truth. Now, I suggest you ride on and not step one boot inside of my establishment again.”
Secret Cravings Publishing:

Silver Sage Creek, book one, Better She Die, is also available:

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Smashwords, Kobo 

For more on Judy and her writing, please visit:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween and Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who visited The Romance Studio from October 25 through the 31 for the 4th Annual Spookapalooza. I hope everyone enjoyed the posts and possibly even won a prize, and I especially hope that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween.