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Monday, August 24, 2015

END OF SUMMER BLOG TOUR: Guest Post with Author Christie Ridgway + CONTEST!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to another exciting week here at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're kicking things off with a VERY special treat courtesy of TLC Book Tours.  It's the last hurrah of summer and to send it off with a bang we're bringing you the END OF SUMMER BLOG TOUR!  Woo hoo!  What makes this tour special?  The better question is what doesn't but seeing as that answer wouldn't be NEARLY as much fun to share, I'm going with all the razzle dazzle coming your way!




First off, the tour features six (that's right, SIX!) fabulous authors and their works available from Harlequin Books.  They all feature romance in some fashion or another and would make great additions to round out your summer reading list.  Secondly, THE TOUR has been making the rounds of the blogosphere bringing you reviews, author interviews, guest posts and more, so this stop should not be your only stop as there is more fun to be had.  Thirdly...well, we'll get to that one in a few as it involves you and a chance to win and something or other.  Oh, I've got your attention now don't I?  Don't worry, the details will come soon enough, but FIRST, let's jump into MY stop on this tour.

Though all the titles have potential, one drew my attention just a smidge more than the others.  Curious which one?  Your interest is my command.  Feast your eyes on the title with the most magnetism...



by
Christie Ridgway
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (June 30, 2015)

Welcome back to charming Blue Arrow Lake as temptation sizzles in a glittering new romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway
Blue-collar landscaper Brett Walker has no interest in the Hollywood vacationers flocking to his hometown in the California mountains. But the scarred ex-soldier does have a duty to protect Blue Arrow Lake—and the family ski resort—from a serial burglar. So when he suspects a break-in, he takes action…and ends up catching sinfully tempting down-on-her-luck heiress Angelica Rodriguez. She reminds him of trouble, but he can’t deny her a safe place to stay—in one of his cabins.
Angelica has plenty of reasons to distrust—losing her money to her father’s legal woes being one of them. Getting up close and naughty with rough, tough and sexy Brett tempts her out of her comfort zone and into the arms of a man who’s not from her wealthy world. She’s after safety and he’s chasing justice, but the fire between them might reveal that all they want is each other.


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Sounds good, right?
So far, I most certainly agree!
I am currently reading through it myself (come back tomorrow for the review!) and thus far, thoroughly enjoying it.  Brett and Angelica are an explosion waiting to happen while Glory and Kyle are the unexpected pair with surprises of their own to be revealed.  Can't wait to see how it all plays out, and speaking of played out...


This tour is celebrating the last days of summer, right?  It's filled with Contemporary Romance titles and authors that should know a thing or two about making the most of the fading summer sun...am I right?  Well then, it'd only be fitting to get THEIR opinion on the matter...and that's just what we did.  Author Christie Ridgway was kind enough to share her take on making a few more summer memories to take us right through the winter all toasty and warm.  Guys?  Pay attention.  Gals?  Choose your favorites!  Please join me in welcoming, author Christie Ridgway!



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Hot Days, Hot Dates
by USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway

As the end of summer approaches, it’s time to wring out all the romance you can from the sunny days and starry nights. I live in SoCal and consider myself a sort of expert on summer because we have so much summer-like weather. So I’ve gathered together some of my favorite romantic date ideas for you to consider…that is, when you’re not stretched out in the shade with a good book.



If you and your man enjoy the out-of-doors…

Pick up some tickets to attend a baseball game. There’s nothing that gets a guy out of the house faster than the prospect of a cold drink, a bag of peanuts and a chance to cheer on the home team together. At the end of the game, share a kiss to celebrate or commiserate—either one will do!

Is there an outdoor theater nearby? Grab a blanket to snuggle under and watch a play beneath the stars. Maybe there’s an old-fashioned drive-in around, or the local municipal pool sponsors evening movies you can enjoy while floating in inner tubes.

Have you taken the opportunity to watch the sunset this summer? Find a great vantage point and bring your fave beverage along with some cheese and crackers. Toast to the season and the beauty of the world.





If your guy and you want to expend a few of those ice-cream-cone calories…

How about an early morning hike followed by a breakfast at your favorite omelet-and-pancake
place? Start out before it gets too hot and you’ll glow with good health and well-being all day long.

Take your significant other to your local waters (ocean or lake) to try paddle-boarding. If that feels too daunting, I love the kayaks that are fitted with pedals. The paddle-only kind are fun, too, and provide great practice in romantic cooperation—you get in sync or you go in circles.

If you want to dial down the strenuousness, have you tried boccie ball or croquet? The sets are inexpensive and you can use them at home or take them to the park. Pack a lunch and it’s a great date.




When it’s too hot to move…

We often have an at-home movie marathon. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a good choice or fit as many of the Star Wars franchise movies as you can into your day. Of course, there’s the binge watching of a new-to-you television series. When the temps are high, turn on the AC or the fan and find togetherness in another world.

Share music! We play a game where we alternate pulling up videos of songs we love. This is fun to do as a couple or with others, as well. Parked in front of the flat screen with a pitcher of something cold and internet access, you can hum away the torrid temps.

Speaking of a pitcher of something cold… When the thermostat is edging upward, now is the time to visit that shady sidewalk bistro that has always caught your eye. Get a glass of wine or a tall lemonade and watch the world go by. Or is there a new brew pub you’ve been meaning to try? Your man will love the idea of the two of you bonding while taste testing a flight of beers 



Whatever you do, remember that romance (the reading of it or the experiencing of it) is perfect for any season!  Do you have any other summer date night ideas? Share with us in the comments section below!




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About the author...

Christie Ridgway is the award-winning author of over forty-five contemporary romances. Known for stories that make readers laugh and cry, Christie began writing romances in fifth grade. After marrying her college sweetheart and having two sons, she returned to what she loved best—telling stories of strong men and determined women finding happy ever after. She lives in Southern California. Keep up with Christie at www.christieridgway.com.


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Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to bring this promotion to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on the titles, authors, or publisher featured here today, feel free to click through the links provided above.  Be sure to stop by the other sites participating in THIS TOUR for more chances to win and explore the titles featured, all of which are available now via Harlequin Books.  Speaking of those titles, how would YOU like a chance to WIN them?  Yes, I mean ALL of them...and then some.




Courtesy of TLC Book Tours and Harlequin Books, ONE lucky reader will have a chance to win an AMAZING prize pack featuring...


- - ALL SIX TITLES on the tour
- - a LIMITED EDITION Harlequin notebook
- - a $50 VISA gift card



Sound good?
I thought it might.
To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

DISCLAIMER...
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Purchase or acceptance of a product offer does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes opens 8/3/2015 at 12:01 AM (EDT) and closes 9/1/2015 at 11:59 PM (EDT).  Enter online athttps://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/82ae250c9/Open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada who have reached the age of majority or older.  Void where prohibited by law. Void in Quebec.  One (1) prize available to be won consisting of: one (1) print copy of each of Back to You by Lauren Dane, Finding Glory by Sara Arden, Taking the Heat by Vitoria Dahl,Can’t Fight This Feeling by Christie Ridgway, and Second Chance with the Billionaire  by Janice Maynard; one (1) e-book copy of Riding Dirty by Jill Sorensen; one (1) Harlequin tote bag; and a Fifty dollar ($50.00 USD) VISA gift card (Total ARV: $92.00 USD). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.  Full details and Official Rules available online at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/82ae250c9/. Sponsor: Harlequin Enterprises Limited.





Until next time...GOOD LUCK...and happy reading!


2 comments:

Tracy Terry said...

Wow, someone is going to have some great reading ahead of them.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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