Friday, May 13, 2011

Trip Around the World: Mega Author Blog Hop: Ticket to Paradise!

TOUR RULES:
1) Have fun!
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, May 16, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, May 23, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!
5) 5) PARTICIPATION AT EVERY BLOG IS RECOMMENDED. BUT REMEMBER: THE MORE YOU HOP THE MORE CHANCES YOU HAVE TO WIN EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GO!



Welcome to those of you who've hopped here from Tricia Schneider's blog. Shake off the jet lag from the fast ride from Germany and welcome to Cornwall. Home of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table at mystical Tintagel. Did I mention it was the home of Daphne Du Maurier? We also boast world class surfing beaches along with fabulous food like clotted cream, Rick Steins seafood restaurant at St Ives and even a a mystical beast haunting the wild moors of Bodmin. Not to mention smugglers and if you were a Poldark fan... well need I say more?
That's why I couldn't resist setting Making Waves there.
Making Waves by Nell Dixon Astraea Press
Also available from Amazon in Kindle format, Smashwords, B&N and other reputable e-tailers.
Cassidy Jones needs a holiday and her friend's cottage in New Bay sounds perfect. The beach could heal the bruises from losing her job and her fiancé. Perfect for some time alone to gather her thoughts and heal her broken heart.
Josh Parker is also looking forward to a much needed break after eighteen months of non-stop work. His out of town friend offers her cottage and Josh thinks it would be just right for some time to let his hair down and revive his social life with his old surf buddies.
One cottage, two unsuspecting occupants, a recipe for romance or disaster?

An outside table stood empty in the far corner near the seawall under the shade of a gaily striped umbrella. Cassidy took a seat and pulled off her hat, dropping it on the table. She ruffled her hair with her hands in an attempt to restore some bounce to her smooth auburn bob.
The pretty blonde waitress was busy taking an order from a group of surfers crowded together on a couple of tables near the outdoor service hatch. Cassidy sat back in the shade to wait her turn.
The male surfers were all wearing black or blue wetsuits, unzippered and rolled down to the waist. Pretty girls in tiny bikinis laughed and chatted as the group placed their orders.
One of the guys with his back toward her seemed strangely familiar. It was something about his stance and the untidy mop of dark brown hair. Cassidy sat up straight, willing him to turn around so she could see his face. Her heart thumped in a mix of fear and anticipation as she watched him chatting to the girls.
The waitress came toward her with a pad and pen in hand. Cassidy ordered a fruit juice, her attention still focused on the man with his back to her. Then, just as the waitress left to take Cassidy’s drink order inside the café, he turned around.
“Cassidy? Cassidy Jones?”
Her heart sank. It looked as if she had been wrong about not meeting anyone who knew her here in New Bay. Of all the people she hadn’t wanted to bump into,
“Hello, Josh, what a surprise to see you.” Josh Parker was definitely one of them.
He crossed the paved area between the tables to come and stand at her table, a bewildered expression on his face. “What brings you here? I thought you and Ethan were supposed to be headed for the Seychelles.” He looked around as if he expected Ethan to suddenly materialize beside her.
Cassidy bit her lip. It looked as if her famously work-obsessed boss hadn’t heard the news.
“I didn’t get married.” She tried not to sound terse. In her head she’d practised how she would tell people and explain to them what had happened. Now, confronted in the last place on earth she had expected to see someone she knew, all her carefully chosen phrases deserted her. “Ethan dumped me.”
Josh looked confused. “So, you’re not married?”
Cassidy clenched her teeth. “No.”
“Oh.”
She did a mental eye-roll. For a supposedly intelligent man who’d built up a thriving dotcom marketing business, Josh could be mystifyingly dense. “Are you here on holiday?” She prayed he’d say no, that he was just a day tripper. He hadn’t taken a holiday to her knowledge for over a year.
“I’m here for three weeks. I’m staying in a friend’s cottage.” He made a vague gesture in the direction of the cliffs.
Cassidy’s heart sank. Not only was he staying in New Bay, but her cottage was on the cliffs overlooking the sea, too.
© Nell Dixon 2010
http://www.nelldixon.com
Romance with Heart
Look out for Dangerous to Know and explore the English Lake District – also from Astraea Press
To be in with a chance to win a download of Making Waves - leave me a comment telling me about your favourite holiday memory and I'll draw a winner. Enjoy your next stop on the blog hop in the Roman Forums of the 1880's.Elizabeth Amber

42 comments:

Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

Favorite vacation memory... my brother's wedding in Grand Junction, Colorado. The mountains were beautiful!

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Sherry Gloag said...

Used to visit Corwall as a child. Loved it.
Thanks for sharing.

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Cornwall is a gorgeous location, defo should be on anyone's schedule when visiting the UK!

kathleenball said...

I enjoyed reading your blog

Kim Bowman Author said...

Beautiful, lady:)

IandSsmom said...

Wow looks great!! Never been! Now I want to tour Europe!!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!
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Sharon said...

Well one of my favorite family holidays was one of our trios to Disneyland. We have had many but this on my daughter turned five and had a little button telling everyone it was her birthday. It was the end of January so parks we not very full and every where we went they sang happy birthday to her. My most favorite were the security guards at California adventure there were four and you could have sworn they were one of the musical acts. They made her day most memorable!

Sharon said...

Well one of my favorite family holidays was one of our trios to Disneyland. We have had many but this on my daughter turned five and had a little button telling everyone it was her birthday. It was the end of January so parks we not very full and every where we went they sang happy birthday to her. My most favorite were the security guards at California adventure there were four and you could have sworn they were one of the musical acts. They made her day most memorable!

Michelle Bledsoe said...

My favorite vacation was a church youth choir trip to TN. We had so much fun and made some great friends.

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25kati said...

Looks and sounds beautiful!
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Kerry said...

My all-time (once in a lifetime) favorite trip was to London. I used to think the history was incredible where I live in Boston, MA until I stood near the Tower of London staring at a bit of the original Roman wall that surrounded London! Now that's history!
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Leanne109 said...

My favourite holiday memory is when I was 15, the Ferris wheel worker at the park I went to wouldn't let me off the ride until I agreed to a date with him, my mother heard and Bopped him on the head and told him to let me off right now. LMAo I'll never forget the guys face :D

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merriedth said...

My favorite memory would be a christmas spent with my mother...we stayed up late that night putting presents under the tree and fixing up the stockings and the watching the little drummer boy...one of my favorite holiday memories...
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Toni said...

Ireland. I went last October and loved and would go back in a minute, no make that a second.

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dawnmomoffour said...

I loved to go visit my grandparents in my hometown after we moved. A ton of good memories there in Brockville, Ontario Canada.
My dream vacation would be Australia...with my hubby!

Felicia said...

I've never been to Europe but as I follow this blog I want to go more and more.

Thanks for sharing.

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Sandy Nachlinger said...

Thanks for posting a sample from your book. Sounds like a fun story and one I'd enjoy, especially set in beautiful Cornwall. I've always wanted to go there.

BrittanyGale said...

My favorite holiday memory would be going to North Bay Ontario with my family. So beautiful there. I loved it

Kary said...

Nice post. Your story sounds like a fun read.

June M. said...

My favorite holiday memories are of going to my grandparents at Christmas and listening to my grandfather reading to the family. Everyone from the smallest child to the adults woud be completely silent and I would give anything to have those times back now.

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Katrina W said...

Tasmania hobart !! I loved port arthur historical site !! so many memories.. and wonderful sites to see, My very first vacation with my girls, well big vaccation.. We walked took pics and had a great time !! I love the idea of cliffs overhanging the ocean !! But me being height challenged not sure Id venture to far !! Thanks for the tour !!! and the giveaway !!!

:) kat

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Katrina W said...

;) hmm not sure my post worked so Ill try again !! my girls and I visited Tasmania it was beautiful !! scenery,, and the port historical site !! we had a wonderful time ;) I can imagine the view from the cliff not something Id venture into as Im scared of height but i can imagine the view !! Thanks for the tour ! and giveaway !!
kat
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rhonda said...

my favorite vacation memory was this past April. My family and I went to Pigeon Forge, Tn. we stayed in a cabin on a mountain, it was also my 10 yr anniversary. thanks for showing us the lovely photos!
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rhonda said...

I made a comment but it didn`t show up. My favorite vacation was a trip to Pigeon Forge Tn. in a cabin on the mountains, it was my 10 yr anniversary gift.
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Tricia Schneider said...

Such a beautiful location! I love reading the gothic romance novels set in Cornwall. I'd love to visit to see it for myself!

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Carlyn McKechnie said...

My best memory is the first holiday with my daughters! At three and one they got so excited about everything!

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Kristi said...

my fave holiday memory my first christmas with my son who is now three.
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Jen B. said...

My favorite holiday memory is not from one holiday but a little from a lot of different holidays. I love just hanging with my family and eating our favorite foods. It's so much fun!
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shadowestr said...

Another place I want to see! Doesn't matter WHICH part but I want to see it!

My family or at least in part, is from there.

shadowestr said...

My favorite memory is Santa Cruz. I spent my summers there! I miss the beach.

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inga said...

There are so many books describing the wonderful surroundings of Cornwell. Never been there. Yet.

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Rachel said...

Another place to add to the list of places to see! Love it!

mmbourassa said...

Favorite holiday memory is stepping into the ocean at the farthest tip of the western coast of the country off Vancouver Island, and picking up shells & starfish. Was a fun vacation
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Lisa Kumar said...

Nice pics. I have so many good memories of vacation, but if I have to pick one, I guess it would be walking a beach in Kona, Hawaii, after sunset.

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Reanna said...

My of my Favorite trips was when i took my 2 little girls to Montana we went to the Lewis and Clark Caverns and they absolutely loved the caves it was such an awesome experance to have with a 7 and 4 year old my youngest was the biggest fan :)~

shirley said...

my favorite vacation was to Myrtle Beach with my husband, on our honeymoon 17yrs ago. He`s past away 2 yrs ago now, so I cherish my memories.
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krysykat said...

My favorite vacation was when the whole family got in the car and with no destination drove forever, stopping along the way at any museums or local historical sites we came upon.

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Alexandra Roxana said...

Vacation memory... going to Cuzco, in Peru. When I stoped to look the sightseeing of Machu Pichu I felt like being part of something bigger and magic. And that is one of my most treasured memories.

Thanks for the tour, by the way, hahaha. And for the giveaway too!

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Amanda said...

Cornwall plays such a large part in Autherian legend that I have always been intrigued by it.
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Melissa said...

My favorite vacation memory.. hmm probably Australia, I went to spend my summer holidays with my cousins and had great fun!!!
Cornwall is a fantastic place to visit!!
thanks for the giveaway!!
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Temperance said...

2 christmases ago..We went to my husbands parents house and the whole family was there..It was so fun to have us all together like that!!
Love the pictures

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Sassy said...

My husband and I took our children to Evan's Head which is in NSW Australia the beaches were just gorgeous and it was a wonderful holiday, until my son became ill.

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