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Saturday, October 13, 2012



Adora Smutz Interviews Tara Mason, heroine of Love Lost and Found by Jean Joachim and Ben Tanner.
Adora: Good morning, Tara. Come on in. Have a bagel or croissant.
Tara: Good morning, Adora. *crosses and recrosses legs*
Adora: I want to know all about that hunk, Mick. This is just us girls, so you can be totally honest with me. *leans in closer and whispers*, what’s he like in bed?
Tara: Just us girls? I thought this interview was going out over the Internet? That’s what Jean told me.
Adora: Well, it is…still, we all want to know…share the intimate details, will ya?
Tara: Didn’t you get enough of those in the book? I asked Jean not to be quite so explicit but she wouldn’t listen. She never does. Do you want me to take a picture of his private parts or something? Really, Adora!
Adora: A picture? If I post that, Facebook would close me down, but if you want to send me one, privately…
Tara: *blushes* That was a JOKE, Adora! Geez! Why don’t you ask me about how masterful he was during our survival?
Adora: Masterful? I didn’t know he was into bondage. Tell us more. Handcuffs on a deserted island? *wiggles her eyebrows*.
Tara: *blush deepens*, No, no, no. He’s not into bondage…not that there’s anything wrong with that. I mean how great he was at saving us…survival and all…you keep twisting my words!
Adora: Hey, you’re the one who used the word “masterful”, honey. Don’t put that on me. So come on, Tara, we all want to know…is Mick really as good a lover as he is portrayed in the book? *Adora inches closer*
Tara: Better. *lowers her thick lashes, drops her gaze to the floor.*
Adora: *squeaks* Better? He was smokin’ in that book. How could he be better?
Tara: That’s private.  
Adora: Jean said you’d be candid with me.
Tara: I am. He’s better. *zips her lip*.
Adora: Why don’t you send him over to my place for a night…so I can see for myself.
Tara: *bursts out laughing*, You have some sense of humor, Adora!
Adora: Who was kidding?
Tara: I never expected this…JEAN! JEAN! Where are you? Come out here! You lied to me. You said this interview would be fun. HAH! Some fun, she wants to steal Mick.
Adora: I never said “steal”, only “borrow”…okay that wraps up this interview. Please come back for my interview with Mick. It should be…interesting…maybe we'll do it in the buff...
Tara: Interview with Mick? Wait a minute.
Adora: This is Adora Smutz bringing you more “Love Talk” with Tara Mason. Please leave a comment. Jean bases my salary on the number of comments I get...I need to join a gym if Mick is next!
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Thursday, October 11, 2012


Something to brighten up your day, a few fun state facts. I bet you didn't know...


1. California raises more turkeys than any other state.
2. Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation. 
3. The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff. 
4. The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902. 
5. The first person to personally receive a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood was actress Joanne Woodward. She received it in 1960.   
6. There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually. 
7. During his engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Otis Redding stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito. While there he wrote his last song and greatest hit: "The Dock of the Bay." 
8.  The Country Store in Baker has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any outlet in the state. 

1. Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south. 
2. The Saint Johns River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south. 
3. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed. 
4. The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater. 
5. Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers. 
6. Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways. 
7. During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country. 
8. DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round lakes in the world. 
1. Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team. 
2. Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department. Akron was the first city to use police cars. 
3. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton. 
4. Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens created the popular dining dog. 
5. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
6. Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879. 
7. Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. 
8. Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938. 
Please tell me which fact surprised you the most in a comment. Thanks for stopping by.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Welcome, Christina Cole!

Welcome, Christina, fellow Sweet Cravings and Tuesday Tales author and an enormously gifted writer! I'm reading your book, Irresistable, right now and can't put it down. I get cranky when interrupted! Here are a few words from Christina. Scroll down for her gorgeous cover.
 Give and Take 
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. As the days turn cool and the nights grow long, I feel my senses coming alive. When the leaves turn to brilliant golds, fiery reds, and dazzling oranges, all the world becomes brighter and more beautiful.
Each time of year has its special moments, but autumn has been especially blessed. It’s the season of harvest, and a time of thanksgiving. As the holidays approach, it’s good for us to take a moment to look at our lives, give thanks for all we’ve been given, and then reach out to share our blessings with others. 
Giving to others is one of the greatest joys in life. Our gifts don’t have to be costly ones. The gifts most-remembered are the ones that come from our hearts.
Gifts of time.
Gifts of service.
Gifts of love.
There’s another side to giving, though, and now and then, we need to consider it, as well. Giving goes hand in hand with taking. While it’s easy to be a generous giver, sometimes it’s difficult to gracefully accept what others offer.
“No, you shouldn’t have!”
“Really, I can’t accept that!”
“Please, don’t get me anything!”
Chances are you’ve uttered words like those on a few occasions. I know I have.  But when we reject a gift we’re given, we’re denying pleasure to someone who cared enough to show their generosity.
This is a lesson I learned as I wrote Irresistible, my historical romance released by Secret Cravings Publishing. The main character of the story, Rise Childers, confuses generosity with pity.   
She’s resentful when Samuel Mills attempts to woo her with gifts, even though those precious gifts -- easels, oil paints, fine sable-tipped brushes -- are the stuff of her dreams. As I wrote the story, I felt Samuel’s growing frustrations. He had a heart filled with love and wanted to share his love with Rise. By rejecting his gifts, she was rejecting him. 
 Of course, all good love stories should have happy endings. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy writing romances. I believe in love and happiness, and I believe that learning to accept love is as important as giving it. Above all, I know that love is a powerful force for good in our lives, and through the pages of my stories, I hope to share my love with others. 
Irresistible is available for online purchase at the following sites:

Monday, October 8, 2012


Here's a little mealtime conversation from my WIP, The Dating List. Janice and Delia are sisters-in-law.

 “You’re a great cook, Janice…of course you don’t know crap about fabrics or colors…but you’re an expert with food.”

 “Don’t kid yourself, Delia. I know plenty about fabric and colors. Enough to know that the supporting cast at the wedding should wear yellow. Make Carrie look good.”
“In case you haven’t noticed, Carrie doesn’t need any help looking good. She’s gorgeous. She could wear a burlap sack and still be the prettiest one in the room. And I’m not wearing yellow,” Delia chimed in.
            “You don’t have to be in the wedding, either, Delia. I mean if the bride chooses yellow…I mean, it’s her choice…”
            “Right mom. And I’m not choosing yellow. Not fond of yellow. It’s a hard color to wear. And I wouldn’t do anything to keep Delia out of the wedding party.”
            Janice made a face but kept eating.
            “The carrots are overcooked.”
            Carrie sighed.
            “What color did you have in mind for the bridesmaids?” Leah asked, cutting a piece of potato with her fork.
            “Raspberry or turquoise. Those are universal colors. They look good on everybody, right, kid?” Delia piped up.
            Carrie nodded, chewing her meat slowly.
            “You should let her decide, Delia. After all, it is her wedding. You’ve had one and from what I’ve heard…have a number of men lined up for number two.”
            Delia dropped her fork and knife with a clatter. Grey winced at the loud noise.
            “I don’t know what people have been telling you, but I’m not about to get married. No man can equal Jackson Tucker – present company excluded, of course.”
            “My brother was an amazing man,” Harv put in.
            “Not that I couldn’t have my choice of a second husband. Believe me, there are plenty of men interested…”
            “I’m sure they’ve been busy sampling the goods first,” Janice said.
            “Can I help it if I’m a desirable woman? You make that sound like a bad thing, Janice. How’s your sex life, anyway? Probably a bit dried up, I’d imagine.”
            Several people at the table gasped. Colin put his head down, focusing on his food. Leah blushed while Carrie paled.
            “Mom, Delia, please.”
            “Tell us all about it, Delia. Any pointers? I’m sure the younger people at the table would benefit from your…your…expertise.”
            “Are you asking, Janice? Because if you are, I’d be happy to give you some advice, privately. I know how to please a man. Do you?”
            “Delia!” Carrie gasped.
            “And so do you, Carrie. Obviously or you wouldn’t be about to marry this fabulous sexy man sitting here,” Delia added.
            Grey could feel the color start up his neck. Delia, are you drunk?
            “How about those Knicks?” Colin asked.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Wanted to share some fall shots I took in and around Lake Huntington with you. What a beautiful season!

The Delaware River

I didn't know pine trees shed their

 Happy Fall!!