Thursday, February 14, 2013

Transform Your Valentine's Day from Dull to Dreamy!!

My tulips and Valentine hearts!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hopefully, all of you reading this are planning a wildly romantic day with lots of flowers and chocolate and cuddling.  Around here, however, in the land of We Have too Many Kids in College, Hubby and I have decided to play this low-key.  He bought me lovely pink potted tulips from Neighborhood Market for $5.88.  I sent him a SUPER fancy emoticon Happy Valentine's text!!  I would say the cost was free, but considering our hefty monthly cell bill, that text probably lands in the $5.00 zone, as well.

While Hubby and I are perfectly content with our "wild" celebration--heck, the day's young, we might still go really crazy and have our fave Hideaway Pizza for dinner--for me being a romance writer, our blase plans feel a wee bit lackluster.

In honor of "Real" romance writers such Dame Barbara Cartland and Danielle Steel, I decided it might be good form to plan ahead for when the kids are finally out of school and I become wildly rich and famous--a cool $80,000,000 should suffice . . . (Listening, Writer Angels?!?!)

With bank accounts bulging, here are my Top 5 Valentine's Day Dream Dates:

Hubby and I chillin' on Bora Bora!! (Image:
  • Bora Bora--Hubby and I wake to find ourselves in the island's finest over-water suite!  We spend our day frolicking in dreamy sun-warmed water. Tonight, our toned and tanned gorgeous selves feast upon fresh-caught lobster and long, lingering looks of love . . .
Picture me and Hubby smack in the center of this hug fest!! (Image:
  • Rent a Zoo--Hubby stroll hand-in-hand through the San Diego zoo.  No one else allowed!!  A snack cart stocked with hot dogs and cotton candy follows discreetly behind us and alongside each enclosure, a zookeeper stands by to hand over sweet, furry bundles ready for plenty of kisses and cuddling!!  (I thought about taking a safari, but that would involve an awful lot of dust and bugs and actually having to find the cuddly animals!!  LOL!!)
Hubby and I debating our next move . . . (Image:
  • Treasure Hunt--OMG--a mysterious stranger arrives at our door, gifting us with a super secret mystery map that we're charged with deciphering.  In true, National Treasure/Fool's Gold style, we bumble our way to unfathomable riches in gold and jewels and priceless antiquities.  For dinner, we picnic on lavish seafood dips and sandwiches before making out atop a mound of Spanish silver . . . 
We're drinking the chocolate waterfall!! (Image:
  • Bring a Movie to Life--Hubby and I are at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!!  We're ALL OVER this chocolate river!!!!
Our castle's a tad drafty, but we're warming it with love!! (Image:
  • Skiing--Before our kids were so d*mned expensive, we used to ski.  Now that we have unlimited funds, we're upping this sport to a whole new level by skiing the Swiss Alps.  Tonight, we're staying at this castle, feasting on dreamy-creamy soups and filet mignon and twice-baked potatoes.  Flaming-something for dessert!! 
Whew, I'm exhausted, but in a good way!!  LOL!!

All right, fellow romantics, how are you celebrating your special day?   

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Trifecta…Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Book Release

Happy Belated Mardi Gras! – Happy Early Valentine’s Day!

Since my monthly blog date falls in between two holidays, I thought we should have a three day party!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Let the good times roll!  Mardi Gras, one of my favorite holidays is definitely celebrated in my family.

Even Duffy gets into the act with his Dragon Costume!

I hosted a Mardi Gras party and had the king cake flown in from Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans.  Look who found the baby!  That makes it official...I'll be hosting again next year :)

My Valentine’s Day is still a mystery but I was informed it will be "complete with pink champagne and a surprise dessert!"

Since I write romance, I am always interested in everyone's Valentine’s Day stories.  And this year I’d love to hear yours.

My favorite wasn't the day as much as it was the gift…a lop-eared bunny I named Arizona Tesla. She was the sweetest creature.  Sadly she is no longer with me, but she will always remain my most special Valentine.

What was your best, worst, funniest, most memorable Valentine's Day?

Continuing on the celebratory path, tonight I will be web chatting about my debut book, BETTING ON TEXAS.  

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Amanda Renee
Betting on Texas (March 2013)
Home to the Cowboy (August 2013)
Legacy of a Lone Star (Early 2014)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Time to Celebrate!

Ever have one of those weeks?  The kind where everything goes right?  Don't you love them?  Well, this has certainly been one of those weeks for me.

Rancher's Son hit #1 in sales of all Harlequin American Romances in Amazon's Kindle Store.  For that, I owe a huge, huge thanks to all the readers who made it happen.  Thank you, from the top, bottom and middle of my heart.  

Next, I've accepted an offer to write four more books for Harlequin American.  Squeeee! 

In the first, sparks fly when a former Minor League baseball player offers to help a young student lose the boulder-sized chip on his shoulder.  The catch?  His mom is the widow of baseball's baddest bad  boy.  She wants nothing to do with the sport...or the men who play it.  Even if one look at this one sends her heart soaring over the outfield fence.  

The next three books continue the story of the Circle P Ranch, the setting for Rancher's Son.  We're calling these books the Rancher's Homecoming series.  You'll hear lots more about them in the coming months.  

Last, but not least, I came home healthy after a week with my grandkids.  Now, that might seem hardly worth mentioning, but I get sick so often after seeing these little lights-of-my-life that I actually set aside a week to recover.  Not this time.  Hooray!

Hmmm, the way my luck is running this week, maybe I should buy a Lottery ticket.  Anyone want to suggest some numbers to play?