Over There! #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge Week 17

28 April, 2017

Hello, and welcome to another installment of the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge.

This week's question is: The Top Five Places I'd Like to Visit

I've included a Linky at the end of this post so you can visit everyone's submission to this week's Hop.

I know it sounds ridiculous to say I Love to Travel because, let's be honest, who doesn't?

A more accurate or realistic remark might sound more like this: Who Can AFFORD to Travel?


Not me!

But, dreams are free and here is mine.



Home to the Ideon Cave, which was the birthplace of Zeus.

But also for the food, the atmosphere, and especially the photo ops standing near all of the white buildings with blue awnings/rooftops/shutters... and with the Mediterranean as a backdrop.

I learned in one of my Linguistics classes that there is an island off the coast of Greece where the language is so obscure that even Greeks have trouble understanding it.

Fascinating stuff, so I'd like to hop over to that place as well, just to look around and LISTEN for a time.


Brighton, England

Just for the day.

Because while there, I'd like to see ALL of England, Scotland, and Wales, but I watch a lot of YouTube channels, and one of my favorite channels hails from Brighton.

She does a lot of walking/driving around in this city, and it has fascinated me to the point of wanting to step inside the quaint, tiny shops, take a lot of pictures of the ancient buildings and colorful side streets, and to be able to say I stepped out on the famed pier.

Just not during peak summer tourist season, when this same beach becomes overcrowded to the point of not being able to see sand for skin.

No thanks.


St. Petersburg, Russia

And, speaking of Architecture, Ancient, and Colorful, nothing seems to hold a candle to this place for me.

My sister-in-law is from here and still possesses a cool accent after ten years, and I studied Russia from high school onward when she arrived to make me feel less than knowledgeable but no less fascinated.

Her father is my best bud; a delightful old man with a wonderful smile and with about as much thirst for knowledge of America as I have for Russia, and we both love to watch Tennis!

We hit it off right away.

Her mother is my babki and a font of ancient wisdom in the health food/home remedy department, which I'm told a lot of Russians seem to prefer over institutionalized medicines.

So now I have a special fondness for carrot cream, birch bark, and Kefir.

The history, the culture, and the people are why I'd be delighted to say I've been there, done that.

Not so much for the food, but I know I wouldn't starve there, either.

This is probably my answer to everyone else's Vietnam choice.



Until my son had to do a Poster Report on this state in 6th grade, I hadn't ever shown the slightest interest in it, but as he and I got into the research details about the flora, fauna, climate, elevations, history, the natives, etc., my mind started to switch gears.

Then came Northern Exposure (which, I know, was filmed in Washington, but...), one of the first TV series I got hooked on and watched every single episode of, helped to add fuel to a simmering fire inside of me.

Later on, when my Fantasy Romance novel idea struck, it was set in this largest State in the U.S., so I began my research again, forced myself to sit in front of a television to watch a few History Channel and A&E programs located there, and then follow an Alaskan page on Facebook.

I'm hooked despite the cold and desolate feel of the place.

And for the past few years, my Michigan has suffered far worse winters than Alaska, so climate change is more of a reality for me than it is for others.

There is just way too much to see, do, and experience in this humongous state NOT to want to say you've been there at least once.

I just want to see the Northern Lights, a glacier, and some real wildlife.



More Auroras!

Actually, I'm able to see them right here in Michigan 😊

But, I can't say sigur rós is from here!

A 2010 episode of Top Gear had Jeremy Clarkson cruising around the smooth-as-silk roads in a Ferrari F430, and James May drove a modified Toyota Hilux pickup toward a live volcano, which actually went Kaboom a week later!

courtesy Top-Ten Worst Things About Iceland (ironically)

The imagery just took my breath away as I watched that episode (a mere five years after it originally aired) but I've enjoyed sigur rós much longer than that.

The two combined make for one mighty intense urge to want to go there, see everything, touch as much as I can get away with touching, and film until I can't find anything left to film.

Then find someplace warm and snug at night to lie down on my back and stare up at the night sky, which is sure to amaze even more.

Well, in-between all the shopping, sightseeing, tourist-trapping, food eating, and hot-springs soaking, that is.

I think when some people go to Pinterest in search of the perfect Inspiration photos for their Fantasy novels, they'll land on something from Iceland and stop to stare before thinking... Yep, this is it. This is what I'm going for in my story.

Me, too!

Thank you SO much for joining me today and experiencing a journey I'd love to be able to take some day.

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Moments of Joy (Moments to Remember Book 1) by Ysa Arcangel #Release Blitz

25 April, 2017

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Book Title: Moments of Joy (Moments to Remember, Book 1) 
Author: Ysa Arcangel 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: April 25, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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With her family history of Alzheimer's and at great risk of acquiring the disease, Brandy Curtis always plays safe. She had always avoided commitments like the plague.

However, everything changed when she met Ivo, a gorgeous doctor with irresistible charm. He was just supposed to be another hookup, but he quickly became so much more.

It started as a one night stand which was followed by another, and another. The more nights they spent together, the more Brandy felt that life had given her something to live for.

The timing couldn't be worse. As her heart gets closer to Ivo, her memories begin to fade.

Will Brandy be able to actually have moments of joy with Ivo against the odds of losing herself into the recesses of her tangled brain?


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Ysa Arcangel, in real life, is a Spanish speaking GDS Consultant and mother to three amazing kids ages twelve, nine and six.

Her alter ego is an attention seeking and a hopeless romantic author who melts over a tattooed hero with 6-pack abs. Underneath her rhino skin exterior lies layers of insecurities. She is a perpetual doubter of her own creation but extremely proud of her works. Her alter ego is extrovert and a social media junkie. And just like in real life a coffee addict.

She is the author of Underneath It All and Love at First Sit. She has also written an urban fantasy novella, “Nexus Series Book 1: Anathema”. She is a Filipino author based in Manila and a loving partner to a very talented chef. She is also a tattoo fan, giant dog lover and an extreme sports enthusiast.

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The A Love for Romance #Release Blitz by Various Authors

24 April, 2017


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Do you have a love for romance stories? 

Included in this anthology are stories that will have you intrigued; make you swoon; all the while warming your heart. 

Fifteen SBR Media authors present to you: A Love for Romance. 

♡A preview of Trading Yesterday by USA Today Bestselling Author Kahlen Aymes 

♡ The Break (Breaking Free, Part 1) by USA Today Bestselling Author Debra Presley 

♡ Always Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer 

♡ Until the Stars Forget to Shine by Amber Garza 

♡ The Only Chance by Magan Vernon 

♡ Awakened: A Leila Marx World Novella by Amber Garr 

♡ Do You Mind? by Freya Barker 

♡ Cock-Blocked by W. Ferraro 

♡ What Happens on Spring Break by R.C. Stephens 

♡ Always There by Elizabeth Hayes 

♡ Falling for Lindy by Ashlee Taylor 

♡ Burning the Midnight Oil by Elison Grace 

♡ Babysitting for the Biker by Sammi Starlight 

♡ Chasing Love by Misha Elliott 

♡ Spellbound by Ashlee Sinn
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Title of Book: Trading Yesterday
Author Name: Kahlen Aymes
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Contemporary

About the Book:

"Professional soccer superstar, Chase (Ace) Forrester, receives a test message from the one woman who broke his heart. His life is on a fast track now, and after years of trying to forget Teagan Tesler, he can finally breathe without wanting to rip his heart from his chest.

Faced with a dilemma that threatens to screw up everything he's worked for, Chase must decide if seeing Teagan will give him the closure he needs, or crack him open all over again. His head tells him to shut off his phone and ignore the six words screaming from the screen, but his heart tells him to get on a plane, no questions asked.

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Title of Book: The Break (Breaking Free, Part 1)
Author Name: Debra Presley
Genre: Thriller/Suspense

About the Book:

"Like a best friend, you'll root for Rachelle until the end."-- New York Times Bestselling Author Avery Aster

Rachelle wants nothing more than to be free of her husband, Dr. Trey Wellington III.

After one terrible night, she decides it’s time to break free from his abusive, controlling ways. However, her plan goes astray and she finds herself in the fight of her life.

Will Rachelle be able to break away? Or will Trey keep her captive in the hell she’s been living?

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter. 

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Title of Book: Always Too Late
Author Name: Micalea Smeltzer
Genre: Young Adult Mature

About the Book:

Mathias Wade may be the lead singer of Willow Creek, but he didn’t start out that way.

Once upon a time, he was simply a boy that loved a girl, but their story ended in tragedy.

This is the beginning.

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Teaser 24 

Title of Book: Until Stars Forget To Shine
Author Name: Amber Garza
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

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Mina was only a teenager when her first love Austin died tragically. Now she’s an adult back in Inland Cove. And she’s just met the incredibly sexy man who now lives in Austin’s beach house.

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Title of Book: The Only Chance 
Author Name: Magan Vernon
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Fairytale

About the Book:

Nobody meets their spouse when they're four-years-old unless they're living a fairytale.

Veronica "Roni"Chapman and Patrick "Trigg"Chapman thought they were living the ultimate fairytale, then life happened.

With divorce papers served, they thought their relationship was over.

But a tragedy brings them back together.

The only chance they may have to get back together may just happen once upon a dream.

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Title of Book: Awakened: A Leila Marx World Novella
Author Name: Amber Garr
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

About the Book:

The backstory highlighting the unusual romance between a medium (Elise) and a vampire (Gallus) who are key characters in TOUCHING EVIL. 
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Title of Book: Do You Mind?
Author Name: Freya Barker
Genre: Erotic Romance

About the Book:

A chance meeting during a routine airport layover holds a hint of excitement.

A casual lunch hints at the promise of unexplored fantasies.

A leap into the unknown has life changing consequences.

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Title of Book: Cock-Blocked
Author Name: W. Ferraro
Genre: New Adult

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“She’s gorgeous.”
“She’s perfect.”
“She’s so damn sexy.”
She’s my best friend’s little sister.

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Title of Book: What Happens on Spring Break
Author Name: R.C. Stephens
Genre: New Adult

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Prequel to upcoming release

Uptight Princeton student Sasha Landstone doesn’t mean to fall in love with the laid-back bartender Chris while vacationing in Florida on Spring Break. He’s completely not her type. He’s covered in tattoos, piercings, a man bun, and has an arrogant, condescending personality. But once they kiss it’s electric and all reason escapes them like the waves crashing along the Floridian shore. Too bad she’s his future stepsister... 

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Teaser 7 

Title of Book: Always There
Author Name: Elizabeth Hayes
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About the Book:

Taylor and Gabe were best friends. When Taylor and her fiance get into a fight it’s Gabe who she calls. Gabe is tired of seeing Taylor hurt, he decides that it’s time to tell her how he really feels. But will Taylor feel the same way or will she run back to her fiance.

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Teaser 5 

Title of Book: Falling for Lindy
Author Name: Ashlee Taylor
Genre: Y/A - high school

About the Book:

Bad boy Clinton Delaney falls for a girl he’s never noticed before, Rosalind Flannery’s newfound attention from the hottest guy in school leaves a lot to be desired. Although it feels good to have the popular jock making a fool of himself for her attention, is it worth the hassle dealing with the girls who think she’ll never be good enough for him.

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Title of Book: Burning the Midnight Oil
Author Name: Elison Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About the Book:

The first four chapter in Burning the Midnight Oil follow me on Wattpad for the rest of the story. 

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Title of Book: Babysitting for the Biker
Author Name: Sammi Starlight
Genre: Erotic Romance

About the Book:

Willow thought this was just another babysitting job. She gets a big surprise when she finds out it’s for one of the most notorious and sexy bikers in town.

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Title of Book: Chasing Love
Author Name: Misha Elliott
Genre: New Adult

About the Book:

Dylan Hevel felt that love was only something that tied and bound you to another person. After the disaster of his parent’s marriage he vowed to never make the same mistake.

After losing everything that mattered most Abigail Love picked up and started life over in the middle of nowhere Alabama vowing to never let her heart be hurt again.

When Dylan needed help for his grandmother he enlists the help of Abigail. As the two spend time together they are forced to face the undeniable spark between them.

As Dylan’s feelings for Abigail come to light, he realizes he has to let go of his skewed view of love in order to take a chance on this woman.

Will Dylan continue to believe that love isn’t in the cards for him-or will he take the leap and chase after love?

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Teaser 25 

Title of Book: Spellbound
Author Name: Ashlee Sinn
Genre: Paranormal Romance

About the Book:

Bo Callaghan has finally met his mate in Kenzie. As a witch in a clan of grizzlies, she can certainly hold her own. But when a particular problem requires her special skills, she quickly realizes just how much they all need each other.

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A Love for Romance by Debra Presley

A Love for Romance

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