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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Book Excerpt - CHRISTMAS AT THE GRAND HOTEL by Amie Denman & May Williams plus Giveaway!

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Christmas at the Grand Hotel: White Pine Island Novellas #1 and #2Christmas at the Grand Hotel
(White Pine Island Novellas #1 & #2)
by Amie Denman & May Williams
Adult Contemporary Romance, Christmas
ebook, 179 pages
October 1st 2016

Welcome to White Pine Island! Just a few miles off the coast of Georgia, this island is accessible only by boat, plane, and your imagination. Many residents call the island home year-round, but day visitors and tourists bring plenty of excitement with them. Like other resort islands, there are quaint shops, cool restaurants, and friendly bars. There are several resorts on the island, but the queen of them all is the elegant Grand Hotel on a bluff with an ocean view. Owned by the extensive, multi-generational Phillips family, the Grand Hotel offers elegant service, five course dinners, and plenty of romance.

Ned & Bethany by May Williams

Sometimes the heart hits a hole in one…

Bethany Hinkle arrives at White Pine Island’s Grand Hotel for her sister’s wedding and to do a little environmental snooping. She snaps pictures of the hotel’s pristine golf course to ensure its compliance with EPA standards. Soon, she realizes that the course’s manager is as attractive as the course he so carefully protects.

Ned Phillips feels the weight of family expectations squarely on his broad shoulders. The Phillips Family has owned and operated the Grand Hotel for three generations. For now, he manages the hotel’s golf course and makes plans for its future—plans that could be destroyed by Bethany’s spying. He gets close to the lovely environmentalist to watch for her next move until he gets too close to let her go.

Ellen & Pete by Amie Denman

What happens when you fall in love with your best friend just when it’s too late?

All her life, Ellen Phillips has loved working for her family’s Grand Hotel on White Pine Island. Flying the hotel’s airplane and piloting the island ferryboat while knowing someday she will inherit the luxurious resort is a fairy tale existence she has no desire to change. She’s always loved Pete McCormack, too. After all, he’s her best friend, confidante, and playmate. Until she suddenly sees him in a different light just before Christmas.

Pete McCormack has made sacrifices for his family’s golf cart rental business on the island, choosing to stay home and run it instead of pursuing his dream of his own career on the mainland. When his parents announce their plans to sell the business so Pete can leave the island, he has to choose between the future he thought he always wanted and his newfound love for the woman he would be leaving behind.

Book Excerpt

White Pine Island: Novella Two: Ellen & Pete by Amie Denman
“Maybe this can work,” Ellen said to herself as she handed off the paperwork and the responsibility of running the island ferry to her partner. True to his word, Pete waited for her on the dock with a golf cart.
Ellen swung off the ferry, feeling lightness in every step. She took off her captain’s hat and freed her hair from the band holding it back. Stripped off her captain’s shirt to reveal a Grand Hotel t-shirt underneath with the signature logo of a green pine tree and a gold GH.
Pete stepped out of the golf cart. “If you’re going to strip on the dock, I’m going to have to fight off other men,” he said.
Ellen grinned, wadded up her shirt and hat and stowed them on the back seat of the golf cart. She noticed a blanket and several bags were already on the seat. “I don’t want other men,” she said. “I chose you to spend the day with.”
They sat next to each other on the white vinyl seat.
“Do I kiss you?” Pete asked.
“I’m still getting used to the idea,” Ellen said. Certainly he could hear her heart thudding with anticipation.
“Is that a yes?”
She kissed him on the lips, a quick kiss that promised more to come. Pete cleared his throat and put on his sunglasses. Although they’d known each other forever, this felt like a first date. As if they were treading carefully on sacred ground.
“We’ve got several hours of daylight left,” he said. “I have a rough plan.”
“Unless it requires special clothing, you can surprise me.”
Pete took off his sunglasses and turned to her. His eyes were like green fire and she’d never seen him look more serious. “It does not require clothing,” he said. And then he laughed and peeled out of the ferry parking lot.
With one hand draped over the top of the wheel, he drove them to a beach on the south side of the island that only the locals usually visited. They called it the “secret beach” because it had escaped being on the tourists’ radar, but it wasn’t necessarily a secret. It was just off the beaten path.
“Hungry?” Pete asked as he parked under a tree.
“Did you bring birthday cake?”
“No, but I brought your favorite chips and cookies from the market downtown. And cream soda.”
“A man after my heart,” she said.
“Of course I am.” He stroked her cheek with two fingers. “I’d like to think I may already have it.”
You certainly do, Ellen thought. But where do we go from here? Instead of speaking, she put her hand on his leg and gave his thigh a gentle squeeze. He slipped an arm around her and pulled her close. He kissed her neck and followed her jaw line to her lips.
“Can you believe I’ve never made out in a golf cart before?” he murmured.
Ellen pulled back and smiled. “We have a whole beach waiting for us.”
She kicked off her shoes and left them in the golf cart. Pete did the same and they crossed the white sand, hand in hand. They sat on a log by the ocean and Pete handed out snacks from the grocery bag.
Ellen balanced her can of soda on her knee. “Do you think this could work?” she asked.
Pete let out a long breath. “You mean us being more than friends?”
“I hope so. Because if I have to go back to just friend status, it’ll take me a long time to forget the way you kiss.”
Ellen leaned closer and kissed him, a deep soft kiss that lasted long enough for a dozen waves to crash onto the shore near them.
“You mean like that?”
“Exactly like that.”

Amie Denman lives in Ohio with her husband, sons, cats, and dog. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and playing outside. Born with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity, she's been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what's going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.

May Williams is convinced that she read every book in the public library of her hometown as a kid. Today, her house sags under the weight of books. If she’s not reading or writing, May can be found pursuing her other two passions – sewing and running. May lives happily in a little town on the shores of Lake Erie with her husband, two children, three cats, and one oversized dog.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Review - The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit and you don't have to do it alone by Dianna Bowes, Deborah Smith plus Signed Book Giveaway - 4 Winners!

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Book Review - The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: 
It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit and you don't have to do it alone
 by Dianna Bowes, Deborah Smith

Book Description
Baby Boomer women have spent decades suppressing their own wants and desires, and losing themselves in the expectations and demands of culture, parents, partners, and children, working hard to please and care for almost everyone but themselves. They've been misunderstood by marketers, politicians, millenials, most men .. and last but not least, themselves.

The time has come for these strong, beautiful, and fabulous women to discover, reveal, and honor their true selves. The time has come for them to re-expereince life as they've known it, and to celebrate life as it can be.

If you're a Boomer woman in personal crisis needing to reinvent your life, facing divorce, life-threatening illness, financial disaster, or the crushing loneliness after the kids have grown and gone, if you are asking yourself, "Now what?" and fearing that it might be too late for you and your dreams ... this book is for you.

The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience

From Dianna Bowes, visionary foundress of Fabulous @ 50, The Fabulous @50 Re-Experience is a living, breathing, sweet and sassy guide to remind you that you're not alone ... and it's not too late for you to thrive.
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Our Book Review
Are you ready for a new chapter in your life?  A new side of you, or perhaps the real side of you to finally come through?

Although not yet in my fifties I found this book quite appealing as I am approaching that age.  This was a really interesting book that encourages you whilst reading it to reflect upon on yourself, your life and situation you might find yourself in.  You will find the authors advice and guidance friendly, full of positivity, holding your hand as she guides you on a new journey in your life, willing you on.  The book includes journal areas where you can write down your thoughts prompted by the author or answer questions that she raises and also serves as a great reminder if you re-read the chapters to your original thoughts.  I found it quite amazing how, on two fairly simple questions, I didn't know how to answer, especially as the question was about me and my feelings, I literally sat with a blank expression trying to think how to answer, followed by relief to find the author had provided some suggestions in case it proved too difficult!

I did find myself smiling and laughing at the humor in parts of the book.  I also found that the book really made me think and actually confirmed certain things that I already felt but brought them to the forefront of my mind as well as realizing the one thing stopping myself reaching my goals was me! The author has split the book into stages of change and has included many true stories from other affected 50'ish 'Boomer Women' (as the author describes them) so you know your not on your own and can understand how change can happen.  You will find facts, quotes, drawings, references to other related reading as well as a really useful reference and resources guide at the back of the book.

An insightful read signposting you to a more fulfilling, meaningful, next chapter of your life, a special time for 'you'.
Our Rating

About the Author
Dianna is a shining example of how to get the most out of life as a “seasoned” woman. At a time when most of us look to relax in front of the TV, she is out in our Alberta communities creating a dynasty! And in her “spare time,” she turns her time and talents to family and friends, graphic design, painting, biking, cross-country skiing and fulfilling a host of volunteer commitments. Though Dianna is now a successful entrepreneur and inspiration to many, she had to overcome many barriers to get there. Raised by grandparents in a dysfunctional family, Dianna was shy and lacking in self-confidence as a child and young adult. She married at 20, but tragically her new husband was killed in a explosion within a year. She remarried a few years later and was blessed with two children who are the light of her life. But the marriage was rocky and further eroded Dianna’s self-esteem. A serious health problem (tumour on her vertebrae) in her 40s brought things to a head and the marriage ended. Rather than wallow in despair, Bowes decided to take control of her life. She recreated herself into the woman she always wanted to be by focusing on personal development and coaching. When her 50th birthday was approaching, she started Fabulous@50 (a community for seasoned woman) and has never looked back. Now confident and poised, Bowes is dedicated to helping other women through their life changes and challenges. Bowes has won numerous awards for her work: a 2014 Leader of Tomorrow Award from Business in Edmonton, 2011 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (Turning Point category) The 2014 New York Stevie Awards in two categories: Women Helping Women (Bronze) and Best Event (Gold). 2015 New York Stevie Award - Top Canadian Entrepreneur (Bronze).

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Adaption is a part of life, and we can accept it or fight it. It's a choice!

Fabulous@50 Experience 2014 - Edmonton 

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