A Number’s Game #mgtab @NatalieAnn1212

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to numbers. Maybe because I’ve spent the last 25 years of my life working in finance.

When I do something and a number is attached, it almost always has to end with a 0 or a 5. If not my eyes start to twitch and my fingers want to grab a red pen like a teacher and start adding or subtracting until I get the desired total.

With that thought in mind, I’m going to focus on the number 5.

Today, on August 15th, it’s my 45th birthday. Last week, I published my 25th book which happened to belong to my Fierce Five Series. Did you notice how I made five comments with the number 5 in it in this post?

All those 5’s and I’m just one happy girl.

Here’s a peak at Fierce-Mason. By the way, Mason is a bit of a geek too, and though he doesn’t talk about numbers like his sister Ella does, I bet he has a fascination with them just like me.

 

A Different Vacation–in Japan by Mona Risk

I had the unique opportunity to visit Japan a month ago. After a twenty-four hour flight from Florida to Illinois, a four-hour layover in Chicago, and an endless flight to Tokyo we finally arrived TWO days later–because of a thirteen-hour time difference–under a pouring rain.

Tokyo is a perfect example of modern capital, with more highrises than Manhattan and as many Toyotas and Hondas! Our organized tour around the huge city revealed a few surprises. Did you know that Tokyo has a Statue of Liberty offered by the US? And an Eiffel Tower taller than the original French Eiffel Tower?

The imperial palace is not open to the public, but we visited a reproduction newly inaugurated in April. Painted in bright colors on a golden background, all the walls slide open in such a way that you can have several small rooms converted into a large one. No furnitures encumber the rooms. People spread their futton mat at night and remove them in closets during the day .

The real old Japanese flavor survives in the temples boasting the vivid red colors favorite to the Japanese culture and the shrines hidden in caves overlooking the ocean or on top of mountains. To reach that particular shrine, Nichinan, we climbed down 400 steps. The problem was to climb them back up!!!

We visited gorgeous parks with incredible displays of colorful flowers. We walked around for hours, others navigated by train. Weddings are often held in these parks.

The blend of old and new is present everywhere. Every mall, airport or public place offers two types of stalls in the rest rooms, the very old style–a whole in the floor surrounded by ceramic. You don’t sit. You crouch low or stand and aim right! The other type is the expensive Toto type with a set of push buttons to spray water when you are sitting. A detailed set of instructions is affixed on the restroom door. 

 

 

In addition to all sort of suchi, we tasted new food, even new ice creams flavors: Green tea ice cream, gold or platinum ice creams: vanilla covered with a gold leaf or a platinum leaf. You pay double price for these.–$8.

 

 

 

 

Our tour guide explained that school children of all ages have one month of vacation in summer and one in winter. In addition to clearing their desks, the children must clean the class, the class restroom and the hallway in front of their classes. 

 

 

 

 

 

We visited the geisha area, fought the samurai, but didn’t ride in a pulled rickshaw.

It would take too long to relate all the highlights of this incredible journey to the other side of the world. Maybe one day I will use it as a setting for a new book.

Meanwhile let me offer you my newest book:  FOR SARAH’S SAKE

 

A broken marriage.

Second chance at love.

And a precious little girl trying to escape danger and hatred, to get herself a loving family.

Mona Risk

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist.
Mona Risk’s name has often been posted on the Amazon.com 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher’s Weekly.
Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.
If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.
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Girls just want to have fun!

A couple weeks ago, my three best friends, more commonly known as my sisters by other mothers, and I got a chance to hang out. We do this once a year in Cape Cod and from the time we leave each other until the next July, we look forward to doing it all again! One of Melissa Foster’s (Melissa is the one up front on the right) assistants created this for us the first day we arrived and it was all over social media. What a blast! The other two featured in the photo are Amy Manemann in the back, and Natasha Brown to the left side. #Besties

Now we don’t do anything super special while we are there, except hug each other, laugh until we cry, sometimes we just cry, we talk, we plot, we shop, we watch movies into after midnight, we eat yummy food, and then we plot some more! We all are writers after all! It’s a time for us to rejuvinate, really catch up with each other and unwind. It’s a time to just be. Its one of my favorite times of the year.

 

One of the things that Amy and I worked on this year was our co-authored series called The Twisted Love Series. It’s romantic suspense/police procedural. Currently, the first two books in the series are available (right now exclusively on Amazon and in KU). These two books are single authored, and back stories about our female detectives centered in Philadelphia.

Amy’s book, Love Lorn, is about her character Detective Evie Harper. She’s new to being a detective, and paired with a man who get’s under her skin.

My book, Love Torn, is about Detective Kali Mann. She’s been a detective for a while but she has major issues, including a total love-them-and-leave-them attitude that keeps her from getting close to anyone.

The third book in the series, Love Inked, will be released this fall (that’s what Amy and I were working up at the Cape) will bring these two detectives together as partners – and then all hell breaks loose.

Amy and I are having a blast writing this books. We even have a fan group on Facebook called Twisted Love Addicts where we give insight into the books, characters, plots, and Amy and I read chapters live. In fact when we were at the Cape, we read chapters 1 and 2 of Love Inked together. It was so much fun! If you want to join the group, we’d love to have you! Just click here to join and make sure to download Love Lorn and Love Torn so you know what we are talking about in the group!

To purchase a copy of Love Lorn or read for Free on Kindle Unlimited Click HERE

To purchase a copy of Love Torn or read for Free on Kindle Unlimited Click HERE

Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.

5 Favorite Summer Things To Do by Stephanie Queen

Like a lot of us, I find I have more leisure time in the summer. Work slows down, days get longer and energy goes up. Maybe it’s all a mirage, but suddenly there’s more time for the fun stuff in life.

Here are my top 5 fun summer leisure loves:

  1. The Beach. Breathing the salt air. Splashing in the ocean waves. Walking in the warm sand. Any of it. All of it! One of my favorite all time beaches is Gay Head Beach on Martha’s Vineyard (pictured above), a small island off the coast of Massachusetts and top summer vacation mecca. When POTUS vacations there, you know it has to be hot!

Speaking of which, POTUS plans a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in my latest Beachcomber Investigations novel, Beachcomber Danger. The problem is there’s a credible threat to his life. But my hero and heroine, Dane & Shana will do their part to foil the threat. Of course, nothing is that easy and nothing good happens without a cost. Find out the price Dane has to pay when you read the book…

  1. Summer Theater. Maybe I’m a geek, but I love seeing those small productions done in all the vacation spots well off Broadway—mostly in the mountains. Revivals of long ago favorites like South Pacificor My Fair Lady, or my very favorite The Pajama Game. I’m heading up to the mountains in New Hampshire to see whatever they’re showing!
  2. Shopping. I know, I know. This is a great leisure activity any time of year (think Christmas) but it’s extra special when you can cruise the boutiques and shops in a vacation town, especially one that’s on the water, and duck inside for special sales and AC when the sun gets too hot. My favorite spot is in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, closely followed by Wolfeboro, NH on the shores of Lake Winnepesauki. Or any water front harbor town along the coast of Maine, like York or Kennebunkport.
  3. Ice Cream. I know it’s not an activity. Not strictly speaking, but eating ice cream cones, visiting shops or outdoor stands, especially if they’re along a beach or at a carnival, is classifiably a FUN activity! I enjoy the beach side stands at places like Old Orchard Beach in Maine or Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts among many, many others (closely followed by the stands that sell ‘Beach Pizza’!)
  4. Reading a Beach Book. This is the ultimate leisurely activity in the summer. Laying around with nothing to do but read for hours on end. On the beach or in a hammock or poolside. Or maybe in bed late at night, or before you get up in the morning because you have nowhere else to be. The ultimate definition of leisure activity!

If you’re looking for a great Beach Read, check out my romantic detective series, Beachcomber InvestigationsIt’s on sale now for a limited time for $.99!

Stephanie Queen

About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen
A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen has the enthusiastic soul of a cheerleader. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win. Although she’s lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and her (real or imagined?) chauffeur, Myren.