It’s Spring! Hoppy Easter Bloghop!

 

What does springtime mean to you?

Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop! Leave a comment to enter my contest for your choice of a download from my backlist, plus a $10 All Romance Ebook gift certificate, and be sure to check out all the other Hop participants and their great prizes at this LINK. For another chance at an ARE $10 gift certificate, sign up for my newsletter on the link to the left.

Spring came way early to the normally cold and blustery part of Iowa where we live. I was nervous all March long as daffodils poked up and erupted into full bloom and even tree buds swelled and started to pop. I’m still worried we might get another hard frost or snowy blast of winter, not uncommon here any time in April. But meanwhile hubs and I have reveled in warm sunny days for long neighborhood walks, I’ve puttered in my flowerbeds and we’ve both appreciated the somewhat cooler rainy days that seem to make it all possible.

My love for flowers comes from my mother, who learned it as a young school girl, hand in hand with her father through long walks in the woods at springtime. He taught her the names of all the plants he knew, and she passed along the names and the love to me. She and he are both gone now, but hubs and I like to carry on the tradition with a spring hike along the river trail in a nearby nature center. Here are some of the treasures we found last Sunday.

        

Virginia Bluebell    White Trout Lily     Wood Violet

So it’s no surprise that we write lots of characters who also love flowers and the great outdoors. One of my favorites is Melissa Hopkins, the art student who stars in Smoldering Passion. We blogged about her in a favorite New York haunt a while back at this LINK.

Return to Purgatory PointToday we thought we’d give you a peek at another one of our favorite outdoorsy heroines, Natalie Bjorg – Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Guide, in Return to Purgatory Point. Here’s the blurb, cover and the opening lines:

BLURB

Natalie Bjorg has carved out a satisfying existence at the edge of Northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters – part time canoe guide, proprietor of an upscale art and craft shop, and new owner of a snug lakefront home on Purgatory Point. What’s missing? Romance – either gender will do.

World renowned photojournalist Eric Hudson has come home to claim the woman he’s always craved, but with a hitch – his brother and sister-in-law recently moved to Purgatory Point. Will Susan seduce Natalie before Eric even has a chance? What if Todd and Susan together sweep her off her feet? Will Natalie consider joining their long established threesome?  And how will she react when she learns Eric has travelled through time with a tribal shaman’s daughter?

The possibilities seem endless in this torrid saga of transcontinental and time travel pursuit.

CHAPTER ONE

Huddling against a late night chill, Natalie Bjorg sat on a boulder at the Boundary Waters campsite she’d set up for her most recent clients. She tried to focus on the blanket of stars that seemed to hover just above the water. Maybe that would help her ignore the noises coming from her clients’ tent.

“Oh God, I’m coming again!”

Natalie shuddered. Did Susan Rawlins have any sense for how sound traveled in the still night air? Natalie hugged herself. It wasn’t that she disapproved. If anything, she was a little envious. After all, Susan’s husband was Todd Hudson, who had been her teenage heartthrob. Three years ahead of her in school, he’d hardly noticed her existence.

Only recently had he returned to Ely with his wife. They’d bought the oldHopkinsplace on Purgatory Point and were turning it into a bed and breakfast. Apparently it was a labor of love as well as an investment. Still working part-time with an investment firm on Wall Street, Todd frequently commuted toNew York Cityto meet with clients. From the grapevine and the local paper, Natalie knew Susan had had a rather successful career in dance. According to a news article, she’d suffered a career ending injury. That along with Todd’s desire to return to the area that had held his heart since a teenager brought them back to Ely and to their dream of a bed and breakfast. The newspaper didn’t comment on Susan’s apparently quirky voracious sexual appetite.

“In my ass, Eric. Todd has my pussy humming. Hurry.”

Natalie couldn’t deny the pooling of her own juices as she failed to block out images of what was happening less than thirty yards away. She squeezed her eyes shut briefly. She’d been involved in three way sex, but never with two guys.

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…So springtime means getting outside and enjoying all that nature has to offer – even if it’s not going to deliver quite the adventure that’s in store for Natalie. To enter our drawing for a free download (winner’s choice) plus a $10 All Romance Books Gift Certificate, tell us what spring means to you!

 

55 Responses to “It’s Spring! Hoppy Easter Bloghop!”

  1. Spring means sun! Yay! Though not too hot like summer. I love the flowers and all the animals that come out too.

     
  2. I love the Spring…my favorite season… flowers, not too hot nor cold…running outside…
    Happy Easter.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

     
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  3. Spring means that we are that much closer to summer…I do like spring, the garden looks pretty with all the flowers and no more heavy clothes.

    Happy Easter

     
  4. Spring….ahhhhh!!! I love Spring….fresh air, sunshine, getting rid of the winter coat, watching all the snow melt in the bright sun. Watching the trees bud and the grass turn green and the lilac bushes coming into bud…….nothing more wonderful than the scent of lilacs…… ahhhhh…Spring!!

    Gayle

     
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  5. Love Spring. I means warmer weather and I can be outside more and can see all the beautiful flowers.

    mythic021@gmail.com

     
    • Vanessa N.
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  6. Living in south Florida, there is greenery year round, so spring means temperature is getting much warmer & preparing for summer.

    Lisa
    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

     
    • Lisa
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  7. Love spring, more sunshine and warmer temps, with all the pretty flowers starting to bloom
    Jean
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

     
    • JeanP
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  8. Spring means putting away winter coats and getting the lawn mower ready to go! New flowers and new animals, and an end to miserable cold!

    Happy Easter!

    Julie
    shelley_runyon@yahoo.com

     
  9. Spring means fishing!! I can’t wait to go fishing with my hubby. It gives us quality time after a long week of work. It also means it is warm enough to BBQ! yummy! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Easter!

     
    • Kaylyn D
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  10. spring is the bloom of flowers, fruits and everything good! it’s time to enjoy the wonderful nature that GOD has given us. I would like to take time to walk around the parks so that I can enjoy the wonderful nature and flowers that starting to bloom.

    thank you for the wonderful giveaway & Happy EAster Day!

    Jessica
    jessica_klang(at)hotmail(dot)com

     
    • Jessica
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  11. I love spring because it means that I can take the grandkids out to play without having to put a hundered pounds of clothes on them.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

     
    • Sue Sattler
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  12. MMmm, I’m loving all these spring comments! We’re about to get an April blast of cold, it looks like – silly plants, to think they could count on no frost so soon! On the other hand, we’ve already mowed the lawn (usually not till May) and daffodils are pretty hardy. We’ll see!

     
    • Adriana Kraft
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  13. Spring time means flowers and baseball/teeball to me. Living in a house with a hubby and two sons means every season brings some sort of sport. And right now beside my 1 year old everyone has some sort of practice 🙂

    savannahm1987@gmail.com

     
    • savannah miller
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    • Yay for baseball! How could I forget to mention it!

       
      • Adriana Kraft
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  14. I LOVE spring! I get to spend more time outside when it’s not unbearably hot (I live in the south where the summers can get too hot). I can work in the yard, go hiking, go camping…there’s just so much to see and enjoy in the spring.

    morris.crissy@gmail.com

     
    • Crissy M.
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  15. Snow is fun to a point, but I prefer warmer weather that comes with spring. I like flowers, too, but more than that, I look forward to seeing (and smelling) green on the trees and ground when I go out.

     
    • Rain
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  16. I hate cold weather so Spring is always a welcome sign for me. Means hot days ahead. Yippee!

    Shannon Leigh
    author_shannon_leigh at hotmail dot com

     
  17. Have just been planting spring bulbs in my garden – lovely blue muscari and narcissi. A spell of good weather had caused me to order a load of new plants. Of course, as soon as I did this, it snowed!

     
    • Avalie
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  18. I live in the midwest so Spring is the one season that the weather doesn’t completely suck 😉

    sionedkla@gmail.com

     
    • Kassandra
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  19. Also from the midwest, March and April weather are reversed this year…love the spring, planting season…Happy Easter!

     
    • Suzy R.
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  20. Spring means beautiful flowers and no more snow!! Happy Easter and thanks for being part of the blog hop!

    flava_sava_chick@yahoo.com

     
    • Brandi S.
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  21. Springtime means that I get to dig in the dirt and fill up all my empty flower beds with gorgeous flowering plants.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

     
    • Cathy m
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  22. Blog Hopping! Woohoo! Hoppy Easter Everyone!

    What a great way to discover new authors/blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!
    Living in Southern California, spring means the weather is warming up and the days are getting longer LOL
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

     
    • Renee B
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  23. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I get to put away the winter stuff and make my feet look pretty again.

    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

     
    • Mel Bourn
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  24. I love flowers too. When spring has sprung it is great to see the many varieties of them blooming. Great excerpt.

    Ebonysbbwnikki@yahoo.com

    Nichelle

     
  25. Thanks for being part of the Hoppy Hop! Count me in, please! I always think of baby chicks at springtime! And baby bunnies… I went to a petting zoo as a child!
    OceanAkers(at)aol(dot)com

     
    • Juliana
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  26. Spring brings sneezes, wheezes and watery eyes. I look through the window at all the pretty flowers.

     
    • Nancy S
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  27. To me springtime is a time of renewal, and forgiveness.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

     
    • Krysykat
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  28. spring means to me the new season of changing where I can enjoy the Mother’s Nature’s Gift and of course spring cleaning as well making it my season to hate since it’s a major chore to do as well…

    jessica
    jessica_klang(at)hotmail(dot)com

     
    • Jessica
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  29. The excerpts for your books look very interesting. I hope to win.
    Happy Easter

    Ronnie Halvorson
    d3a4n5@yahoo.com

     
    • ronnie Halvorson
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  30. Gambolling lambs, tulips and daffodils.

    murphy(dot)dawn(at)gmail(dot)com

     
    • DawnM
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  31. Spring means warmer weather and flowers and trees are blooming. Everything is so pretty in the spring.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

     
    • Sherry S.
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  32. Sring means I won’t be freezing my bum anymore soon. I do not have a green thumb like my mum but I can grow corn and beets well, oh and children…I have 9. I also like to look at others gardens and the dogwood blooming and all the animal babies
    Happy Easter.
    Z
    Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo.com

     
    • Z
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  33. Hi. Well springtime means freshness/light. I love it because I can open my windows. You can smell the difference in the air. I can hang my laundry out to dry. I can start my garden again with the excitement of all of the color that will be soon gracing my front yard.
    Have a great weekend.

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

     
    • Christine Eagles
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  34. Springtime… everything is green again, my grass and flowers are back, there is an abundance of babies being born and I get to air out my house with thtat awesome smelling cool breeze : )Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter this year!!

    Laura
    CelestialMama@hotmail.com

     
    • Laura Buschmann
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    • Thanks for commenting, Laura- we were able to open our house up very early in March, and the extra oxygen made us heady all day!

      Adriana

       
      • Adriana Kraft
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  35. Spring to me is the return of color with plants sprouting new greenery, the reappearance of flowers & the pollen that makes my eyes itch, my nose run & generally makes me want to hide indoors.

     
    • Kathryn Merkel
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    • Congratulations, Kathryn – the Google Random Number generator has picked you! I’ll email you with instructions, and thanks for stopping by and commenting – hope your allergies settle down!

      Adriana

       
      • Adriana Kraft
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  36. Warm weather, colorful flowers, and working my butt off mowing lawns that are neither flat nor easy. LOL

    Happy Easter and thank you for the giveaway!

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

     
  37. Spring means allergies and sinus trouble. It means work–yard work and indoor spring cleaning. It means tourist season in my area and crowds at the big spring festival. It means no seeums and mosquitos. Spring…UGH!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

     
    • Catherine
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  38. I love spring. It brings my spring flowers and my garden colors just lift my spirits.

    Happy Easter!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

     
    • JoAnna B
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  39. Spring means September for me as I live in the southern hemisphere, so it also means you can start thinking about the end of the year! Plus it starts to get warmer, but usually August’s not too bad.

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

     
    • JessS
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  40. To me, spring means new beginnings. It is a time when new flowers grow, trees & plants grow and bloom. Baby animals are born. It is also a time to break out the capris and sandals, lol!

    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

     
    • June M.
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    • Oh, I signed up for your newsletter 🙂
      June

       
      • June M.
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      • Super, thanks! And of course now you’re entered in both contests!

        Adriana

         
        • Adriana Kraft
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  41. Spring means gardening! I love working in my garden, and around january I start getting itchy to play in the dirt:)

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

     
  42. Spring means the pool will be warm enough to actually get into very soon 🙂

     
  43. Spring to me, is a new beginning. The weather heats up, plants grow and bloom. Colors splashes everywhere! The sky is a bright blue and the clouds are billowy and almost touchable. 🙂 The spring is a chance to relax and enjoy!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

     
    • Shadow
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  44. Spring means the days getting longer — more time to be outside after getting home from work!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

     
    • Elizabeth (BookAttict)
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  45. Spring means green-ness and rain… and sourdough bread. 🙂

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

     
    • Ashley E
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  46. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love seeing all the flowers bloom! Chapter one was great.

    hthurmeier @ gmail.com

     
  47. Hot excerpt! Happy Easter!
    Spring, to me, doesn’t mean much considering where I live it is warm pretty much year round. When I was younger, it meant smelling flowers blooming, more sunny days and a vacation from school.
    Thank you for the giveaway and participating in the HOP!

    trb0917 at gmail.com

     
  48. Spring is renewal and hope, and a chance to enjoy the warmer weather. It’s also a time for new things 🙂 Hope you’re having a great Easter weekend!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

     
    • Fedora
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  49. Spring means the Stanley Cup playoffs!

     
    • Trix
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  50. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the
    pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

     

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