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#ShirtlessMan in #MondoKayo on #MardiGras Day for a #BlogHop

Shirtless man in Mondo Kayo parade on Mardi Gras Day.

    Shirtless and barely clothed men can be so lovely to look at even if they aren’t paid models.0valentinesbh300x200 

I have a on going series of photos that I take of shirtless men that I happen to see when I am out of the house. I know it isn’t a post about love or romance, but y’all it is a barely clothed man. Doesn’t that make you think about love of one kind or another?

If you leave a comment, tell me about one thing that makes you think about love. I’ll choose three comments at random to receive a pre-sale copy of Basically Bad, my short story about a couple going through a difficult time. It’s hot, and it’s my husband’s favorite story that I’ve written so far. (Granted, he hasn’t read the past two of my stories.) Tell me what makes you think about love. Go. (And then visit all the other great authors participating today.)

 

Blog Hopping for the 4th of July

The Winner by random number generator is Fiona! I’ve emailed you. Email me back. Congratulations!

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Welcome to my part of the 4th of July Blog Hop. I’m giving away a copy of Behaving Badly, my new release from The Wild Rose Press, and a $15 Amazon.com gift card. (click the graphic to go back to the blog hop home page)

I tend to ask a question of those wanting a chance to win what I’m giving away. I’ll be with family for Independence Day, and I have no idea what we’ll be doing. I have memories of going to our town’s square (Yep, it had one!) to listen to music and enjoy food before settling down on top of my parent’s car to watch the fireworks over the water. So, that leads me to my question:

What do you like doing most on Independence Day?

(I’ll close the comments at midnight on the 4th of July if I am awake. Central time, because it is where I live. Comment away.)

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!

****UPDATE****

Contest Closed! I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, 2/16. Thanks for all of your thoughts on Mardi Gras! It was fun reading them. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

This weekend, the Carnival parades begin to roll, which means that I won’t write at all between now and Feb. 21, or Mardi Gras Day. Too many people visit, too much food to prepare, and too many rooms to keep passably clean as the craziness begins here along St. Charles Avenue.

I know that everyone has her/his own idea about what it means to Carnival and what New Orleans is like on Mardi Gras. Most of you are probably wrong as to what the reality is, but that is the beauty of Mardi Gras. It can be a day of seeing friends and no parades, or you can be the parade yourself in some crazy, glittery costume as you wander from your neighborhood to the center of it all–Le Vieux Carre. You may know it as The French Quarter.

For this Valentine’s Day blog hop (Click on the graphic to see the event page with all the other authors participating. There are tons of prizes.), I’m giving away a $20 Amazon.com gift card. It’s going to be a random drawing, and all you have to do is tell me what you think of when someone says Mardi Gras.

I write about contemporary New Orleans and some fictional denizens. Dani and Guy met at a festival, and my next three releases (Bascially Bad is out Feb 17th!) feature characters from New Orleans as well. We’re a diverse lot, but we all, at some time, let the good times roll.

So, what do you think of when someone says Mardi Gras?