Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! How are you celebrating? If you want to send someone a cute and healthy Facebook message, check out these Valentines from St. Luke's Health System

If you want something a little spicier, check out the fantastic (and sexy) photos from Michael Stokes. Yowsa!

Whatever else you do on Valentine's Day, I hope you'll have some time to enjoy a good book. (An excellent plan for every day, or at least a few times a week!) If you'd like to grab some free books and possibly check out new authors, stop by the Valentine's Day Romance Reads Extravaganza:

To show our love and appreciation for you, our readers,
we are offering 14 fun, flirty, fabulous FREE Romance Reads.

All you have to do to claim your free books is click on the links below.
But HURRY, giveaway ends on Valentine’s Day!!

You'll find a variety of romantic settings, from beaches to prairies to mountains, plus sub genres including historical, paranormal, and contemporary, and a variety of heat levels.

I'm giving away The Mad Monk's Treasure. If you don't already have a copy, you can go directly to that Instafreebie giveaway here.

Or if you prefer, it's also at BookFunnel. (If you have trouble, just tap the Help Me link at the top of the book download page and their support team will help!)

Of course you are under no obligation, but if you do read and enjoy any of these books, honest reviews are always appreciated.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

#RomanticTravel – Romance and Relaxation in Truth or Consequences

My husband and I always spend our anniversary weekend in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Although T or C is small, it has several good restaurants and many spa services. We like to stay at the Fire Water Lodge, where each room has its own tub fed by geothermal hot mineral water. Each room is different, and you can see the specifics for each room on their website. Fire Water is one of the more funky/less expensive lodges. You can also find high-end luxury lodging.

There’s not a ton to do in T or C – which is part of what makes it relaxing. You can wander the small town and poke around used bookstores and art galleries. Nearby Elephant Butte provides three short hiking trails as well as a ten-mile trail along the lake, if you’re feeling ambitious. You can also sit on the beach, fly a kite, watch birds, or fish. At night, be sure to look up at the sky – we prefer to do this from our Jacuzzi tub – at a dark sky filled with stars.

We were just there at the beginning of February and temperatures hit 70 degrees, so this is a great winter getaway. The temperature drops at night, making an outdoor hot tub delightful.

For more Southwest travel, check out the Labels for posts on different parts of the state.

The Mad Monk’s Treasure is available free on Instafreebie or Book Funnel

A legendary treasure hunt in the dramatic – and deadly – New Mexico desert....

The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends – a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.

When Erin, a shy history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life—and her heart?

“The story has it all—action, romance, danger, intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship....”

“The action never stopped .... It was adventure and romance at its best.”

“I couldn’t put this book down. You’ll love it.”

Fans of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Terry Odell will enjoy these stories of love in the wild, from a New Mexico Book Award-winning author.

The Mad Monk’s Treasure is the first Southwest Treasure Hunters book, followed by The Dead Man’s Treasure and The Skeleton Canyon Treasure. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This contemporary romantic suspense series mixes action and adventure with sweet romance.