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Archive for April, 2017

The Giant’s House, Akaroa, New Zealand #travel

The Giant’s House was build in 1880 and is made of native totara and kauri timber. The house was originally owned by a bank manager. Artist and sculptor Josie Martin purchased the house and has used the gardens as her artist canvas and created a wonderland—a fun place for both children and adults to explore. It is also a bed and breakfast.

Here are a few photos of the gardens and sculptors.

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The sculptures are whimsical and colorful and highlighted by the different plantings.  I’ll be back later in the week to post more photos of the Giant’s house. It’s a photographer’s dream!

The White Heron or Kotuku

While the white heron is common in Australia and parts of Asia, we’re lucky to see them. They are considered rare in New Zealand. The Maori called them kotuku and their white feathers were highly sought for decoration. It is known as a graceful and beautiful bird and is featured on the New Zealand two-dollar coin.

We have a resident kotuku in our area. He or she hangs out at the local pond where he wades and fishes for fish and eels. We never know when the heron will be at the pond, and it disappears for months at a time.

Here are a few photos taken during one of the kotuku’s visits.

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A beautiful bird. Have you seen one before?

New Release: Lost With Leo #paranormal

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I’m excited to announce that Lost with Leo, the third book in the Middlemarch Capture series, is now out! Purchase your copy today for 99c. Limited time price!

Here’s the blurb:

Leo Mitchell wants to contribute to the operating expenses of the new family-run Middlemarch resort, which specializes in capture fantasies for female guests. Betrys Torins offers what Leo thinks is a wonderful opportunity, but in reality is potentially deadly. He hungers for revenge. A capture might be the perfect payback…

In order to protect her son, Betrys must procure men for her alien employer Iseult Orna. She hates her job and loathes the guilt she feels at trapping the sexy Leo into signing an irrevocable contract. Even worse, she has started dream walking and sharing passionate sex with the gorgeous man. She’s smitten, yet knows they have no future, because when Iseult catches up with Leo, he’ll die.

Inside scoop: Iseult’s appetites for men are extreme. Because of that experience, shifter Leo starts out as a sourpuss, but Betrys knows he’s just the cat’s meow.

Order ebook at: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Nook |

Spring into Romance 99c Sale and Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Fill your e-reader with 99c bargains and enter a giveaway to win a Kindle Fire and Amazon gift cards.

Check out the books on sale here.

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Join the April KU Challenge & Giveaway 4/1-4/30!

Over 120 authors have come together to offer an awesome giveaway in an effort to find new readers!

Come meet your new favorite author. Read for FREE with KU. Even better, we’ve pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for reading and telling us what you liked.

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Spring Series Giveaway #IARTG #bookblast

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Welcome to the Steamy Book Bargains Spring Series Highlight and Giveaway!

Are you one of those readers who holds out on a book until there are multiple follow ups! Are you afraid to commit until you can have more than just the first story in your hands!

This is for you! All the best steamy romance series in one place! Buy one book, buy the whole series, it’s up to you. But after you check out some great reads scroll to the bottom and enter to win one of FIVE $25 Amazon GCs!

Enjoy!
Here’s the link to the giveaway page:
http://steamybookbargains.com/index.php/spring-series-highlight-and-giveaway/

Check out my Middlemarch Shifters series as part of this giveaway

My Scarlet Woman

My Younger Lover

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Romance with Muscle #smtmuscle!

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I think every romance reader enjoys a cover featuring a sexy male. I’m part of a group of authors who are doing a joint promotion with 99c and Free books. But the catch is, every cover features a shirtless hero.

Yay! You can view the selection of sexy muscles here. And just a note, you’ll find contemporary, historical, sci-fi and paranormal muscles. Something for everyone. *grin*

My contribution is Stranded & Seduced, and for a short time you can purchase this book for 99c instead of $2.99

Go forth, shop and enjoy the scenery!

Rangitoto, Auckland. The Youngest Volcano #travel #newzealand

This year we’ve had lots of overseas visitors, which means we’ve been reacquainting ourselves with the sights around Auckland.

The city of Auckland is built on on a field of volcanoes, and Rangitoto Island is the youngest one – a mere 600 years-old. The island is pest-free (a big deal for our native bird populations) and is a short ferry ride from the central city.

The fascinating thing is that the silhouette of Rangitoto looks the same, no matter which part of the city you’re viewing it from.

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These photos were taken on different days, from different parts of the city.

We didn’t have time to do the walk to the summit, but if you visit Auckland for a few days, I highly recommend it since the walks are easy and the view back to the city is beautiful.

For more information on island walks and details of travel to the island check out the Rangitoto Govt site.