Favorite Shopping Places

This week’s Listify Life for summer is my favorite places to shop. First, I’m not a big shopper. I’m not one of those people who enjoy wandering aimless around a store waiting for something to catch my eye. I know this is a shocker! With my shiny object disorder, you would think this would be an excellent activity for me. Bouncing from shiny object to object. But not so much.

I do however have a few stores that I can spend close to loitering amounts of time in. My top three for don’t enter unless I can be MIA for at least two hours are…

Kickin’ Kitchen – is a locally owned one of a kind kitchen store. There are rows of seasoning. Fun kitchen gadgets like this guy. Gourmet foods. The list goes on it’s just the place a foodie like me loves.

The local Barnes and Nobles. Not a lot more to say here but stacks and stacks of shiny books.

Dollar General. This is my favorite ‘dollar’ store that isn’t really a ‘dollar’ store. They have cute journals I like to use for my writing projects. They have things for my office at the crazy day job and writing office. They have good prices on some food items. It’s a place I’m bound to lose at least an hour in once I enter.

My next favorite place to shop, isn’t so much a time drain as it is a money drain.

Bath and Body Works. There has been talk in my family that I maybe a lotion addict. I deny this whole heartedly. My two bottles a month habit just means I’m concern about skin not addicted (eye rolling). I also change scents for the seasons/holidays/I-like-it. Currently, my scent of choice is Love and Sun but I’ll be changing it after the fourth to something fruity.

Amazon – you just can’t beat their deals.

My last two favorite places to shop are also local shops….

Lakeside Emporium – a candy shop on steroids. They have nostalgic candy, fudge, homemade ice cream, homemade gummies, homemade seafoam, homemade turtles. This store is about 10 blocks from my house. If anyone needs proof, I do have some self-control. This store is it. I do NOT visit here daily or even weekly, although I would like to. I save this for ‘special’ treat moments.

HodgePodge Bakehouse
while Lakeside Emporium is proof of self-control, Hodge Podge Bakery is the contradiction to it. But they have things like this….
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So these are my favorite places to shop. What’s your list?

Tourist Tuesday

These were taken last summer at one of my favorite ‘escape’ places. It’s a little mostly forgotten park about five miles from my house. Nothing like tons of wild flowers, animals, birds, and butterflies to spark murderous thoughts 😉

Something like this….Chloe stood at the trails edge. she should be admiring the deep green foliage, pastel purple flowers, and the vibrate orange wings of the butterfly but instead she stared at the lifeless body submerged in the undergrowth.

Where are some of your favorite escapes?

Summer All Year

I’d like to welcome Em Petrova to my blog. She’s talking about keeping it Summer All Year AND has a great excerpt from EM_SpurredOn_coversm (3)

AND is offering a give away from her backlist 🙂


The kids are out of the house and back to school here in backwoods Pennsylvania. For a mother of four elementary-age children, I have reservations about fall.

I love when the house is quiet and I’m able to work uninterrupted for 6 hours a day. Then again, I hate homework, packing lunches, signing stacks of papers, and shuttling kids to after school activities. Sometimes I just want to keep the kiddos home for an impromptu week of summer. “Sorry, teachers, we’re on hiatus.”

All of our lives are so busy with work and family that sometimes we forget to play. Here are a few things I might do to stay relaxed and find my inner “summer” no matter what time of year it is.

• Go to a concert
• All-day movie marathon (in our house, it’s Harry Potter)
• Pack a picnic—even in the winter, you can do a carpet picnic
• Find a new trail to walk or bike
• Shop online for some frivolous summer item—like flip flops or a swimsuit
• Buy a scented candle that reminds you of summer
• Romp with you kids/pets outside
• Do yard work. You’d be surprised how fun gardening is in late autumn right before snow hits
• Research next year’s vacation spot
• Do a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast
• Read all day

These are just a few ideas. What can you come up with? I’d love to hear how you hold on to summer in your life and slow things down. Leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of e-book from my backlist!

Read on for a quick, hot excerpt from SPURRED ON, my latest release from Loose Id.


She drew so close he could have simply lowered his head to claim her mouth. The hairs on his body prickled with awareness. The need to lash her to his body and beg her with his tongue to give him a second chance boiled his blood.
He clamped his hands into fists.
When Zoe Beth took a step back, she helped him reclaim some of his sanity. He needed to keep his distance from her, or he’d land himself on the other side of the Cole Ranch boundary—on his ass.
She raked her fingers through her silky hair and stole his mind all over again. “I heard the guys talking. You need to act normal.”
He shook his head. “Normal? I haven’t said anything about the other night—”
“Shhh! You ass, be quiet before someone hears you!” She curled her hand around his forearm, sending a spike of want straight to his cock. It stretched instantly.
“What are you talking about?” His tone was harsher than he wanted—gritty.
“I heard some of the guys talking. They said you were flighty. Prowling the ranch at night and not sleeping.”
“That’s because of you, dammit.”
“If you’re not careful—” Her eyes flared wide. “Because of me?”
“Yes, goddammit. I can’t think of anything but that night with you in the barn and how I should have finished it. How much I want to finish it.” The roughness in his voice changed pitch, burning low to match the cravings of his body.
“I…I’m trying to save you from losing your job.”
Sinking in the depths of her eyes, he closed the last fraction between their bodies and hooked an arm around her. She tried to wiggle away, but he planted a palm on her ass and held her.
“I’m not going to lose my job for working hard day and night, which is what I’ve been doing, sweetheart. The only thing that’s going to get me kicked off the ranch is this.” He claimed her mouth.
The first brush of her lips stole all rational thought. Suddenly he didn’t care that they were out in broad daylight right behind the house where anyone could spy them. All he wanted was Zoe Beth’s sweet mouth, her tongue moving with his.
She reacted by swaying into his kiss, opening her mouth to his invasion. But at the first sweep of his tongue, she yanked free. Stumbling away a few steps she raised trembling fingers to her lips. “No. Just no,” she whispered.
He closed the gap between them again, catching her around the waist. He nuzzled her throat. “I shouldn’t have walked away from you that night. I’ve regretted it every second since.”
A shiver coursed through her. “Every second?” Her voice rushed past his ear, a weak version of her usual throaty tone.
He closed his eyes, filling his head with her delectable scents. “Every…” He licked her earlobe. “Damn…” Ran his tongue down the column of her throat. “Second.” Flicked a path along her collarbone.
She melted in his arms. “I’ve thought about it every damn second too.”
A growl left him, and he lifted his head to capture her lips once again. The kiss spiraled out of control, a carnal meshing of tongues and lips and teeth. He rocked his erection against her pussy, raising a moan from her. He walked her backward and trapped her against the wall of the house.
Bracing his hands on either side of her chest, he continued to plunder her soft lips.
“Stop,” she murmured.
“You don’t want that.”
“No, but there are things to be said.”
“And we can’t do this here. Now.”
She’s right.
He pulled back. As soon as she was free, she paced away from him until they stood about ten yards apart.
Across the sun-dappled lawn, they stared at each other. “Tonight,” he said.
She nodded. “At Five Feet’s stall.”
A grin stretched across his face. “The calf’s doing well.”
Joy flitted across her features. “She is.” Tripod wandered into the backyard and ran up to Zoe Beth. Darting a glance at the dog, she said, “I’d better go.”
He gave a nod. “Go but don’t think about standing me up. If you do, I’ll come into the house after you.”
She spun on her heel and flounced farther away. “You try it, and I’ll sic my dog on you.”
As she walked away, he watched her round ass sway, then allowed his gaze to travel down each tanned leg. “I’m not afraid of your dog, sweetheart.”
“Not now that you know you won’t need rabies shots.” She turned the corner, out of sight. But she was still within earshot.
“Zoe Beth!”
Her reply was muted. “Yeah?”
“Every damn second.”

Em Petrova
~hardworking heroes—in bed and out~

Thanks for stopping by Em!

Sunday Six

We had our first ‘dusting’ of snow…so in rebellion I’m featuring six from my ‘sizzling’ summer novella – Spike

In the summer our local beach is flooded with volleyball players…

Setting the water on the sand, Rae looked to her left. Treyvon and Brody stood signing autographs and posing for pictures. They had changed into swim trunks and wore mirrored sunglasses.

She hadn’t talked to Brody since their meeting outside the trailer hours before. There really wasn’t anything left to say, except, oh since I’m swallowing all my pride here, would you bend me over this chair and fuck me? Rae thought her libido had kicked into overdrive earlier but seeing both men without shirts ignited fantasies that had her panting.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day and enjoy all the Sunday Six at http://www.sixsunday.com/

Summer Time

Tomorrow is the first day of summer.  I know for some people ‘summer’ season doesn’t really make much of a difference in their lives except they run air conditioning instead of heat. Well, for me – it has always been a major ‘shift.’ My EDJ that just ended permanently was with a school so I always sort of had the summer months off, not completely but enough. But that wasn’t the reason I truly have always celebrated summer. As a person living in Northern Michigan, I feel spring and fall are really just different levels of winter. Summer is a time for bright pink fingernail polish, shorts, frozen drinks and the beach!  I live less than two miles from Lake Michigan and two inland lakes, so it’s just a matter of which direction I turn leaving my drive-way to what beach I’ll spend my day.


My slice of heaven…

One of the other things that change with summer – is what I read. Really, I’m a seasonal reader so therefore I’m a seasonal writer.  I like ‘scary’ (prime Heather Graham reading time) in the fall leading up to November than I do some Christmas but I generally tend to like suspense through the ‘serious’ winter months.  Nothing like a good serial killer stalking a heroine while the wind rearranges the six inches of snow outside my window and the power flickers.


My upcoming release Spike, part of the Boys of Summer, reflects my taste in for summer reading/writing. I want ‘light’ issues and hot sex. Some of my reads for the upcoming beach time – Legally Hot – an anthology, I want Candy by Susan Donovan, and Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane.


So do your reading taste change in the summer? If you’re a writer does your writing reflect the seasons?