Friday, January 3, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

And I'm doing a Fabulous Giveaway!!
Because you know what?
It's cold outside, and there is nothing like cold outside to made a booklover want to read...that's a given. But this year, I broke out from my mold.

This year, I did something I haven't done since I was in my teens.
I ice-skated! [and despite the photo, I was doing it without holding on! haha] That's my wee, sweet daughter, Darla.

It was absolutely addicting. I worried that I wouldn't be able to do it. That it wasn't like riding a bike, ya know, and I'd fall flat on my ass a few hundred times before the hour or two were up.

But I didn't. It was awesome. I even smoked the old man, who is determined enough to learn something new in order to keep up. ;) :D Actually, he's quite athletic and a runner, so I wasn't surprised at all that he caught on so well. A few more outings with him, and I'm sure he'll be passing me by! 

So, tell me, what's one thing you did as a kid [and this includes even the younger crowd!!] that you haven't done in years? Sledding? Ice skating? Skiing? 

Are you living in the south and it's been years since you roller skated? Bowled? 

Leave a comment!! I'm giving away a $5 Amazon Giftcard, randomly selected from everyone who visits the crazy fun Baby-It's-Cold-Outside Blog Hop put on by

And if it's still January 3rd, you've blasted through the blog hop, and you're bored, I'll be on Facebook, doing another giveaway, being hosted by my publishing company on their page as I chat about my new release, Letters From Home. Come on and join the fun.


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Zack finally caught Lena’s gaze from across the table, and he lifted a brow as if to ask her, what is this?

Not that he didn’t enjoy spending time with the family. As a matter of fact, until the holidays had come around, there’d only been a few dinners since summer ended. School, work, and life had taken precedence.

Lena shrugged and a slight flush rose on her cheeks.

“Lena, you and me, at the pool table for a game.” When it looked like she might refuse, Zack stood and went around the table.

“I play winner.” Juan called out.

“Oh, no. I can’t. I stink at pool, Zack. You know very well how badly I play pool.”

“Come on. Smart girl like you should have no problem setting up a table and sinking a few balls.

Practice, that’s all.” Zack tugged on Lena’s chair. He took her hand and was surprised to feel a slight tremble in it. He tightened his grip. “Relax, I’m not going to bite. It’s just a friendly game of billiards.”

She laughed, almost nervously. He let her hand go when they reached the little cove with a table in it.

They were just hidden from view, enough to be able to talk privately, or make out. But that was just his imagination running away with him.

They both took a cue, and Zack set the table. Her silence put him on edge. Usually he knew what she was thinking, now he felt out-of-sorts. He’d asked her out on a date—hadn’t he?

She’d come with an entourage.


He looked up and found her waiting for him. He made the opening break and nodded to her. “Your turn.”

She stared at him with a blush rising on her cheeks. “Where do I start?”

He relaxed, smiled at her, then studied the table, looking for her first move. “Over here,” he started and took her arm to guide her around to where the cue ball sat. “Go for the solids. You can hit the four in, no problem. Easy peasy.”

She stood behind her cue and leaned over the table.

“No. Not like that.” Zack moved in behind her.

The idea hadn’t started out as a ploy, but now that he was here, breathing in the delicious scent of her perfume, he enjoyed the heat of her against his skin where his arms met hers. They were hip to hip. He cupped her hand in his and rested the cue stick on top of it. She fit perfectly under his arm and against his body.

He cleared his throat as lust shot straight through his bones. “Ready?”

She turned her head and eyed him suspiciously. Her gaze fell to his lips for a fraction of a second, but she turned back to the table and took her shot. The light bracelets at her wrists chimed, and the purple ball rolled into the corner pocket. “Okay.” She grinned, turning into his space. His hands went to her shoulders where they met skin, supple and smooth.

“That wasn’t too hard at all,” she whispered. Her breath seemed caught in her throat, as if maybe, maybe she felt something too.

Zack stayed where he was, absorbing her warmth, the happiness that seemed to roll off her. This was what he’d wanted for her when he asked her to go out with him. Just a chance to have some fun, remember what it was like when they were younger.

He brushed strands of her hair from her face, the touch making his heart stutter. The urge to kiss her overwhelmed him. “Lena.”


With his thumb, Zack traced a line along her collarbone. He tunneled his hand under the thick weight of her dark hair. Her eyes were wide with wonder. When he dipped his head to taste her, her lips parted, and she sucked in a breath.

Zack’s heart was pounding. Like the staccato of his M16, beating against his chest.

The kiss was soft and slow, and at first she didn’t respond at all. On the verge of letting her go completely, he felt her hands come up and grip his waist. Her lips moved against his.

Nothing in his entire life had felt so right before. He sank into her.

“Hey guys…Whoa!”

Zack groaned at the intrusion. Lena broke away, sucked in another breath, this one filled with shock and what-did-I-do?

His eyes slid shut. Damn it.


  1. I haven't gone sledding in ages, and as a kid and teen and even young adult, I loved winter, didn't care how cold it was, I'd ski, skate, sled, snow shoe, but now, it has to be a lot warmer to get me on those hills. LOL

  2. I was always a lousy roller skater, but I think it's been even longer since I've ridden a bike...


  3. I haven't been sled riding in years.

  4. Play hockey!

    sabai30705 at yahoo dot com

    1. my kids want to play! of course, they have to learn to skate first... haha

  5. Haven't been roller or ice skating in years

    Hubby & I were just talking New Years Eve we need to go play pool again like we used to

    Your books sound really good

    1. That does sound fun. Hubby and I used to play pool occasionally...nights out in college. That kind of thing.

      It's a great way to stay young. Keep in touch with our pleasures. We could stay home...alot. LOL probably too much! And we'd be watching television, not doing fun stuff--if you know what I mean. ;)

  6. I do not like the cold and haven't been ice skating in years! I would rather curl up on couch with blanket and read a book!

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

  7. I don't mind the cold as it means you can wrap up warm in plenty of layers unlike the hot weather when we can't exactly strip off

    1. So true, Bobbie! We can only take off so much! haha.

  8. I haven't been skiing or tried to ice skate since I was a kid. We don't get much snow in West Texas, and haven't traveled to any of the ski areas in many years.


    1. I skied when I was 19. LOVED it. Skied when I was....later, ha. maybe 20something? Didn't like it! But I had kids by then, so...I think there was more on the line. :D

  9. I was just telling my sons about ice skating at the local rink every winter. The high school hockey players would work and flirt with us silly girls. Ah... good times. Love the excerpt!

    1. Oh yes...the days of ritual. :D We can't forget that! No ma'am! Loved those days even when I love the love of married life better.

  10. For me its rollerblading. But now my kids have them and want to go out blading with me - so now I'm getting nee rollerblades and preparing to fall down alot 😊

  11. After raising 6 kids and are baby is 16 1/2 and were in are late 40's and now raising grandbabies so we just got snow dumped on us so we took them outside ages 2 and 4 and did a little snowballing because we were doing the pretend snowballing in the house for awhile now and needless to say it was fun but not for the 2 year old.

    1. oh yeah! I love snowball fights. :D Wonderful job, raising 6 kids. The memories must be so precious. I have 5 kids. We all wish it would snow a bit more here on the plains of Colorado Springs. :P Just so dry here!!

  12. I'd love to go skiing again.

    nswoodhouse at yahoo dot co dot uk

  13. I grew up in the warm humid south - roller skating was the thing then… I've taken our kids several times. We are in the Pacific Northwest now and they all love ice skating… I spend a lot of time with a cold wet backside although everyone finds that hilarious!

  14. Ice skating is something I haven't done in at least 15 years... I learned how to ice skate when I was little and we lived overseas in Italy... When My dad retired my parents bought property in WI that had a pond (it froze over in the winter) so we did a lot of pond skating and in town at he hockey rink... My son asked about it not long ago so I am thinking might have to get back on the ice. Thanks for being part of the hop.

    1. that sounds like heaven! I grew up in MI, so I understand the pull of those cold midwestern winters. :)

  15. I have not done any winter sports in years. I am a big klutz. All my siblings ski and skate, but I would learn to do flips down the hill or on the ice. I say God did not put those on my feet, not doing it. Even though my mom had us in lessons when we were young. Both my kids ski and skate though. I am not a winter person!

  16. I haven't rode a bike or roller skated since I was a teenager! Kinda miss it now that I think about it, lol! thanks! :)

  17. ice skating

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  18. Nice excerpt!
    My childhood activity of choice (other than reading) was roller skating. These days, I'd probably break a hip, lol.

  19. Congrats on the release of Letters From Home! I'm so proud of you! :)

  20. I too have not ice skated since I was in my teens, not that I really want to. I was horrible at it then and I am sure Id be just as bad now but I really want to take my kids.

  21. I haven't any of that in the last couple of years (the cold and arthritis aren't very friendly...)

  22. Never tried to ice skate even as a kid. But I loved sledding. I teach kindergarten so I'm outside enjoying the snow all the time. I even did a butt plant!

    daringzoey at

  23. We went ice skating over break as well! I was a little wobbly, but managed to stay on my feet :)

  24. I haven't been sledding in years. I loved going sledding when I was a kid. It sure was fun!

  25. I grew up in the country in Upper Michigan,and our favorites thing to do in the winter was build snow forts and go ice skating on the neighbors pond. I live in Arkansa now, no skating or snow forts here.

  26. Sledding!! Took the kids a few times years ago but never got to go down the hill myself. Haven't since I was about 8 or 9.
    Travel too. Last time I traveled more than three hours from home was back in 1988. And that was visiting relatives, not as fun as just taking a vacation.

  27. Well skating is something that I have not done in years... never tried skiing... used to go sledding... oh what fun!
    greenshamrock AT cox DOT net

  28. I've never been skiing or ice skating bu I used to love sledding. We actually would take an old car hood and pull it behind a old truck around the pasture. Not the safest but sure was fun! Thanks for being part of the hop.

  29. I haven't been sledding or ice skating in years. I miss it!

    Happy New Year!

  30. I took my class ice skating years ago and they loved it. I fell so many times my thigh was black and blue. I don't think that was my thing. However, my son plays hockey and I do love watching. I will stick to be a spectator.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  31. I'm a little too NONathletic. I'd much rather sit and read than spend time in the ER.


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