Monday, August 22, 2016

Quick Getaways Make a Vacation-less Summer Exciting

I tend to be a homebody with wanderlust; a bit of a contradiction in terms, I admit, but as a woman, I reserve my right to be complicated. By my very nature, I enjoy being in my own home. I'm one of those once in the house, I stay in the house types of girls. While difficult with two children, I do my best to get things done while out the first time. It isn't uncommon for me to change into something relaxing (i.e. pajama pants and over-sized tee shirt) in the late afternoon. Of course, I can plant myself on the sofa with my laptop or spiral notebook and write for hours, so it's not laziness. It is the comfort of being in the home I've made, knowing where everything is and being perfectly content surrounded by my family.

At the same time, I love to travel and see new places. I am frequently searching the Internet for deals on last minute getaways, my favorite being beach destinations. I am happiest with my feet buried in soft sand and the sound of waves crashing filling my head. Last month, I discussed my treasured Beach Thursdays and the once-a-week mini vacation they provide.


Last year we took a big trip to Disney World, which meant there would be no big, extended vacation this summer. However, there is no way that the wanderlust inside me will sit still for an entire summer, so quick getaways were the answer.

And We're Off! 

Our first getaway was to Cleveland, OH over Memorial Day weekend. We'd never been there and living in upstate, it was a short distance away that we could drive for a weekend. We visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, toured the house from A Christmas Story (my husband's all-time favorite movie), went to the Cleveland Zoo and found some of the most amazing eateries a city could offer. Thanks to Groupon (which I swear by) the trip was very inexpensive and a lot of fun.

Our next journey was to Saco, in southern Maine for the weekend before the Fourth of July. My husband has family there, so we were able to stay with them. A very relaxing weekend included trips to Old Orchard Beach, 360-degree fireworks on a jetty on the Maine coast, and outlet shopping in Kittery.


Still to Come...

My final getaway of the summer is yet to come, next week actually. My daughter and I along with my very good friend, will be taking a trip to Atlantic City where we are staying at a beautiful hotel on the boardwalk and plan to enjoy the beach, great food and outlet shopping. My daughter and I went a few years back and this year she proposed the girls' getaway. Definitely looking forward to relaxing before getting back into the chaos of school, sports, clubs and this year...college applications.

How did you spend your summer?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Vacations: On the Road Again

Happy August, everyone! I feel like we’re on the final countdown of the summer. I’m trying to enjoy every minute of it, even as I’m looking forward to the long, crisp autumn days. Traveling is definitely on our list of things to do this month!



We started the month off with a trip to Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This was a family reunion where my kiddos and their cousins got to ride roller coasters, splash down water slides and gorge themselves on chocolate. What more could they ask for?

Up next, a day trip to New York City. This is an all girls trip that we’ve been planning for the better part of the year. We’ll be heading into Manhattan early to window shop, have lunch, and catch the matinee of Wicked on Broadway.





And then, the trip I’ve been looking forward to all year long…the beach! Nothing but sea, sand, and surf. We’ll be staying right near the Long Island Sound, getting to visit with family and hopefully have our fill of seafood. I think a trip to the Mystic Aquarium in New London, CT is on the agenda, too. This week is all about relaxation and reconnecting. I can’t wait! 




How about you guys? Are you traveling this summer? Or maybe planning a weekend staycation? I’d love to hear about it!

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Traveling isn't all I have to look forward to this month. I also have a new release coming up! 

Bear to Love: Kodiak Den #3 will be out in late August! In the meantime, have you had a chance to read the second book in my Alaskan Den Men series? 

Bear to Need: Kodiak Den #2 is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!



Grab it here: 


Happy Reading! 
Amy Lamont








Monday, August 1, 2016

August at WVRA = Favorite Summer Vacations. #Romance

Each week, all month, we will be sharing our favorite vacations, staycations, daytrips, or weekend getaways!
 

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I've been fortunate to go on a few really nice vacations in my life, but I must say the very best one was surprising our son with a trip to Disney in Florida.


We were there for a week, yet we could have stayed for a month and still not have seen everything.




It's truly an amazing place. Even when it rained, we still had a good time. :)



Did I mention the food? Every meal was SO good!

[Bonus: I didn't have to cook or clean-up.]

We would love to go back, and I'm sure we will someday, but we'd also like to visit a few other places...especially...Hogwarts!
 

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Beach Thursdays, Birthdays & Books

Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love everything about it from the longer days to the hot temps and each year as summer approaches, I look forward to starting my annual rituals.


BEACH THURSDAYS
The first ritual is Beach Thursdays. I grew up in Queens, just a short trip to Rockaway Beach (yes, the one made famous by the fabulous Ramones - who just happened to go to the same High School that I did). Beach trips were just a part of the normal routine - sometimes we'd even go there for a picnic dinner when my mom got home from work.

When I moved further upstate New York, I moved away from my beloved beach. Then I discovered the Jersey Shore. I think I've been to just about every public beach along the New Jersey coast and while I definitely prefer some over others, I love them all. A few years back, my friend and I coordinated our part-time job work schedules to have Thursdays off - and Beach Thursdays were born. Each week, weather-permitting, we pile our chairs, umbrellas and cooler bags into the trunk of the car bright and early and head down to the shore for the day. We love it so much, that we start our "summer" earlier and earlier each year. This year, my first excursion happened in April! 

BIRTHDAYS
Three out of four of my family have summer birthdays, including myself. We start out with my husband, who is technically late spring, but he's after Memorial Day, so we'll consider it summer. We usually do some type of excursion for his birthday, be it a NY Mets Game or a trip to the beach. This year he wanted to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. We took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend and celebrated his special day a week early. What a great trip!


My daughter is next with a July birthday - this week actually. Last year was the big Sweet Sixteen - although not as big as others we've been to - but it was nice and just what she wanted. This year she invited a "few friends" to come over for a pool party. At last count she was approaching a dozen - what happened to Sweet Sixteen is the last big birthday party??

I'm the last summer birthday in August. So close to the start of a new school year, my birthday is rarely looked forward to by anyone but me. Last year, my family took me to see Something Rotten on Broadway - which is by far one of the funniest and most original shows I've ever seen. I've seen it twice and would go again. I highly recommend it. This year, being that it falls on a Thursday, it will merge with my Beach Thursday - so that's exciting. But even more exciting is that my son is in a musical and my birthday is opening night.

BOOKS
When you write, there's always a book in the works, whether in editing, being written or solely developing in your mind - and I've got plenty of each. 



I'm working on a project that will give me the opportunity to work with several other authors and my contribution is just about ready for editing. More about this project will be posted as the release gets closer.

I'm also finishing up my newest series, The Chosen, which is my first paranormal trilogy. It's been a little delayed, but it's in the end stages and hopefully will be live by my next blogpost next month.

And last, but certainly not least, I'm getting ready to work on a new series, Faith, Hope & Joy, three standalone books. I'm hoping for a Valentine's Day 2017 release - stay posted.

What are you up to this summer?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Celebrating Summer with Family



Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all having a fabulous summer! 


There’s so much to love this time of year—sleeping in, reconnecting with family, and spending lazy days by the pool. Not to mention planning a few getaways (more on that next month!).






By far, the best part for me is celebrating the summer with my family. The school year gets so busy so fast. It feels like our schedule is always so jam-packed. And while my workload doesn’t go down in summer, not having all the other commitments means I get to chill out with my husband and daughters or plan a weekend to visit family I don’t get to see often.

Not to say we don’t make lots of plans. In fact, the next two months might be just as packed as our school year schedule. But every single thing on our calendar has only one goal—fun!




So far we’ve seen a bunch of movies, visited family in their log cabin on a lake on the edge of the Adirondacks, and spent a rainy day playing board games. We’ll be doing some more traveling, taking in a Broadway show or two, and taking full advantage of the pool over the next few weeks. And I’m sure I’ll love every minute of it, as long as my family is right there with me.


How about you guys? How do you celebrate summer? 




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One other thing I have filling my schedule this summer—lots of new releases! If you haven’t had a chance to check out my Alaskan Den Men series yet, you can find book one here:

Bear to Want: Kodiak Den #1 (Alaskan Den Men)





Happy Reading! 
Amy Lamont
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Monday, July 4, 2016

July at WVRA = Fireworks / Summer Celebrations. #Romance

Each week, all month, we will be talking about summer fun, parties, and fireworks!


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Hi there! My second book, One Good Catch, takes place in the late summer in the fictional town of Maguire's Corner.



There's a parade with floats and huge family picnic near a lake.





Meet Rhys MacGrath, pro-football player and major hottie.






And this is Kate Maguire, ER Doctor and town gossip.









 


When it gets dark there's a brilliant fireworks show over the water!





It's a little taste of small town America that I absolutely love.

Truthfully, we really do all of these things where I live during the summer, just not all on the same day!

How do you spend your summer days and nights?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Anticipation....The First Kiss.

Now I know you all remember your first kiss. I know I do. And my first kisser shall remain nameless. Suffice it to say the good news is I still remember the person, and the setting! 

I think we can all agree we've seen hundreds of first kisses on the big screen. Memorable first kiss movies-for my generation, who can forget Ryan O'Neal and Allie McGraw as Oliver Barrett and Jenny Cavilleri in Love Story. Or how about Bridget Jones Diary? And I love Hope Floats with Harry Connick Jr and Sandra Bullock.  

I could name thousands of great first kiss moments from books I've read! I think what appeals to us with first kisses is the anticipation leading up to the event. It's a dance of sorts. The heroes in the books or movies usually go out of their way to entice the heroine. Sometimes with silly antics other times using more heroic tactics. The heroine for the most part is usually not impressed and then slowly comes around. Or it could be the first unexpected scene where no one sees that kiss coming that hooks us. As readers we know we want that first kiss to lead to bigger things. In a high heat romance it could be a full on love scene or in sweeter books a tender moment that leads to lasting love.

How ever you like them, be they fictional or for real, first kisses are our first hint of what falling in love could be like. What's your favorite first kiss scene from a book or movie? Or do you have a first kiss memory of your own that you'd like to share? If so please feel free to comment below! 
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Tracey's new book A Changed Agent will be releasing on 
July 19th. 
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