Thursday, January 17, 2013

Girly Book Blog Hop!



Welcome to the Girly Books Blog Hop! This one is all about location!!! Some books take you somewhere sexy and exotic while others whisk you to a snow-capped mountain. Big city, small town, secluded beach...lot of great places to lose yourself!

I tend to mix up my book settings. The newest book I just finished is set in a small town...where everybody knows everybody and that really becomes a burden on the main character...even though she loves her quaint home town. My Karma series takes place in New York City. It's bustling vibe and never ending excitement was the perfect backdrop for Lexi and her wild and crazy plans. Paradise Cove took place in Cancun. The warm breezes and heat really set the scene for a sizzling romance! Check out an excerpt!




Shelby woke the next morning, and after her eyes adjusted to the blinding sun, her gaze moved to the sliding patio door of the resort room she’d taken up residence in. She’d left the glass open to allow in the soft breeze and the lullaby of crashing waves. Was this for real? The tattered linen curtain danced as the salty scent of the ocean drifted in and she knew she would always enjoy these simple moments.

With the Espinozas having moved to their new casita, being alone at The Paradise Cove felt quite surreal. It was no longer a resort she vacationed at--it was her resort.

Shelby stretched and sat up, recalling the events of the night before. She’d lit candles and played soft tropical music.

After a dinner together on the patio of The Paradise Cove at sunset, Mr. and Mrs. Espinoza took one last stroll to the ocean’s edge. They’d held each other and kissed, as Shelby had sat by, watching them give a tear-filled goodbye to the home they’d known for nearly five decades.

Shelby hoped they were happy with their decision and vowed to make them proud of her and what she did with the place they loved. 



Hope you enjoyed that little scene!! I want to know what your favorite book location is! Do you like being swept away to somewhere tropical, or do you like fast-paced city settings?? All commenters will be entered to win a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card!!! Woo Hoo! Just comment below WITH a valid email address. Comments without an address will not be entered to win. :( Sorry. Earn extra entries by being a blog follower, Twitter follower and/or Facebook follower! :) Just let me know!

And hop around to all the other participant's blogs!! TONS of great prizes! Every comment will be entered to win the awesome grand prize!!! So many cool things in that!!! (Read above in the pic!)

25 comments:

  1. Great post and nice excerpt! Since I'm a participating blogger, I'm not going to enter the giveaway but I wanted to stop by to say "hello"! (And to your answer your question, I like tropical settings, big city locations, small towns - anything goes - as long as the story is compelling.)

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  2. Great post! I have to say I'm a fan of tropical locations-anywhere steamy and the opposite of the dreary rain I'm used to in real life.

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  3. I like locales I don't know personally...the escapism is fun!

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  4. I have to admit that I prefer venturing off some place tropical. I think it's because I will never actually get a chance to visit any place like that but I am so desperate to leave this cold New Hampshire weather behind. I love escaping even if for only a few hours in my mind!

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  5. I am fine with any place as long as the characters connect and the romance is hot! However, I do love Ireland and Scotland. At least for the escapism.

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  6. I'm open to different locales. It depends on the plot, time period and characters.

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  7. Fabulous post, Stephanie! And what a lovely excerpt. I can totally picture myself there. Which is most likely due in part to wishful thinking, haha. I desperately need a vacay...

    I'm not sure if I can pick just one type of location as a favorite when it comes to reading. Cities, small towns, islands, snowy mountains - as long as it's an interesting story with characters I can relate to, I'm follow them on their journey anywhere. Paradise Cove sounds excellent - another one for my TBR list. :-) Thanks so much for participating in the hop!!

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  8. Great post, Stephanie! I really love your book cover for "Paradise Cove," and it's going straight on my TBR list.

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  9. i like a nice isolated cabin in the woods for my settings
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  10. I really enjoyed the scene setting in Paradise Cove. Thanks, Stephanie! What a fun blog hop this is. Nice to meet you!

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  11. Oh, I would love to visit Cancun :)

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  12. Shannon R @zoya513January 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I am originally from a beach town so I enjoy the tropical settings.

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    So glad I discovered your blog!

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  13. I like so many different locations, often if I've been to them before, the book means more to me, as I can envisage myself there. If I haven't been, often it makes me want to go. I do, however, love reading about NYC, San Francisco, Italy and Sweden. Sooz
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  14. I've been on a scifi kick so most of my recent reads have taken place in space or on "other" worlds.

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  15. I love a nice tropical location!!
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  16. I prefer books set in a bustling city with lots of things to do and even more going on. Growing up near Chicago, that feels like home for me. I followed the blog via Networked blogs and also liked your Facebook page. I tried following on Twitter but it isn't working for me today. :( I will have to ask around and see if others are having trouble or if it is just mine!

    Thanks so much for sharing today. I am loving the location hop.

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  17. I like being sent away to somewhere I've never been - getting to know a new local is a bonus with a great story.

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  18. And the winner is: Tiffany Drew!

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  19. I'm definitely a fan of mountain or beach towns.

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