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I have a fabulous prize for one
lucky commenter, so don’t forget to
leave your email address!
Among other goodies, my swag pack includes
bookmarks and pens.

Living minutes from the beach, my
natural inclination is to escape the heat and head for cool coastal breezes. I
live on the central coast of California, exactly half way between San Francisco
and Los Angeles. It’s beautiful here, and the beaches are pristine.

However, there’s one little problem
with visiting the idyllic beach on Independence Day. 
It becomes a volatile warzone!

Not a place for a family picnic, eh?

Most beaches in California won’t get
this crazy on July 4th, only the ones that allow fireworks or have pyrotechnic
displays of awesomeness. 

We usually trek to a small, sleepy
beach community, population 3,100.

On a clear night, we can see the
firework show happening farther down the coast, where the partiers are launching
cherry bombs and bottle rockets at each other. But this is a family beach where
aromas of charcoal briquettes and bbq mix with the sounds of crashing surf and laughing
children.

What are your plans for Independence
Day? I’d like to hear about them!

Remedy Maker – coming July 27, 2012,
from Ruby Lioness Press.

Blurb:  

Man
by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.

He’s
the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress
disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then
a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his
secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.
Patience
is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works
as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.
Environmental
pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is
slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out
to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught
her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He
doesn’t push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.

When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability
to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares,
and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint
venture into a deadly bout.
Will their love endure when
survival hinges on trusting each other?

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