Thursday, October 2, 2014

We Can All Use a Little (More) Romance Giveaway

Somehow my reading lately has been comprised of mostly very somber mysteries and I decided I needed something a lot more fun and upbeat, perhaps a romance, for my reading life. I found myself escaping dark mysteries and the daily headlines with a visit to Lucky Harbor, a lovely small town in Washington. What a great getaway. There were no plane delays and no missed connections, just romance and fun. There are enjoyable characters, a beautiful setting and a little heat as well. Lucky Harbor is the "place where love happens."

I'd like to share a little romance with a giveaway for Jill Shalvis' "Lucky Harbor. This is a collection of three of the Lucky Harbor books -- actually four, five and six -- and is great getaway reading. Just be a friend on Google Friend, Google+ or BlogLovin' and leave a comment about your idea of romance. Entries close at midnight next Sunday, October 12 and I'll post the winner on Monday, October 13.

My idea of romance...honestly, I don't think about it much anymore. I'm wary of meeting someone online. Although I've met terrific women friends via social media I am much more cautious about meeting a potential romance this way. But I am taking two classes this fall at my synagogue and that is a good way to meet people. I've also noticed the gym program I joined has lots of men. Actually it seems one of the few places where there are as many men as women, and people seem very friendly. Could there be romance one day between the elliptical machine and the treadmill?  

My focus today was the gym. I've enrolled in a twelve week program and am learning to use the different weight machines. It's computerized and my progress is tracked with each visit. There is also a website so I can look at my progress at home. I've wanted to do strength training for quite awhile and I can actually see the potential for making progress. After my gym visit I walked over to Whole Foods, which is a quick four blocks away. Today seemed to be sample day and there are a few pumpkin treats I tried -- and loved -- that I'll be sharing in Foodie Friday tomorrow.

As always, thanks for visiting and have a beautiful autumn Friday!


Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Carol, I'm a follower of yours by Google Friend Connect! I love reading mysteries too and romance novels. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I will be married for 23 years in November! My idea of romance is spending time doing things you both enjoy such as the movies and going out dinner together. This is what we usually do when we have time to go out alone without my daughter! Wishing you a wonderful fall weekend. Thanks again for the giveaway.
Julie xoxo

Theresa said...

I seriously need to get in the gym with you:) Looks like great reading! I am more of a Romance lady vs mysteries:) Have a blessed and beautiful day dear friend, HUGS!

Maggid said...

A Gym is such a terrific idea . . i have some work out videos here at home . . of course, the city is set up easier to get around, get connected . . (I KNOW I've shared how great it is to visit your blog and be reminded of life as i once knew it . . thank you very much.)

Romance??? yep, I'll choose a good read and leave it at that . .

May 5775 Be A Very Good Year!!!
love & love,

Nellie said...

It is good to take a little break and read a romance now and then.

I have a bit of envy that Whole Foods is so near to you. There is one slated to open here early next year, but it is more than a ten-mile drive - on the Interstate!

It sounds like you have some excellent things underway with the gym and classes at the synagogue.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Better watch out at the grocery store, too. I've heard of people meeting there. I actually met my husband at's a sweet story! lol Thanks for the giveaway. You know I love books! Hugs, Diane

Deanna said...

I tend to read dark mysteries as well, very few romance novels ever end up on my Kindle....but I did watch Outlander on Starz these past few weeks and it was very romantic. Got my skin a tingling!!

Susie said...

Buttercup, I used to read those light hearted romance novels to just have a wee escape. LOL. I think if you can meet men at your synagogue, you know something about them already. You know they are interested in religion. They have nice clothes:):) Some times at a certain pals are more fun to travel and run with. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie


Nothing like a little romance to give you a nice feeling deep down inside. glad you enjoyed the book.

Ida said...

Ah "Romance"'s whatever you want it to be. Like last night even though other people were around it was romantic just spending time with hubby listening to music at home together. I like silly romance novels, they are entertaining and easy to read. - I follow through Google and by E-Mail.

McKim said...

My idea of romance is caring about your partner's well-being and showing it.

Trisha McKee said...

I am following you on google connect as trisha mckee.
My idea of romance is paying attention to the significant other and learning and knowing the little things about them, about their personalities and what makes them tick and responding to that favorably.

Thank you,

tridingermckee at gmail dot com