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Let’s Go to The Hop!

Not that kind of hop it’s a Blog Hop to a Crimson Wonderland! The Crimson authors are taking you away to a Crimson Wonderland with dozens of giveaways and 3 grand prizes!! One Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift certificate for $100!!! And two gift certificates for $50 each!!

Every blog comment you leave during the hop is entered into a draw to win one of the grand prizes. So please don’t just stop here. Visit all the participating blogs and leave comments for your chance at a grand prize also!
So what are we getting all hopped up about? Well, the Crimson authors what to know: When you read a book, do you feel like you’ve escaped to another world?

I know when I read I sure want to feel like I’ve escaped for a while even if that book is set in the here and now. I love a book that takes me away from my every day even if it’s just for the few brief moments here and there that sometimes have to steal away to read when life gets a little hectic.
That escape to another world feeling is what I hope I achieved when I took Mika and Alejandro to their almost deserted island paradise in Through The Lens. Who knows maybe at the time I was in need of a little island getaway myself. The sun on my back and sand in my toes. It was a cold winter when I was writing Through The Lens and at the time it was sure fun to imagine warm tropical breezes drifting across glistening skin as the threat of December snow was right outside my door.

Tell me what are some of your favorite escape destinations? Is it the tropics or the big city? Do you like to go back in time? Or is a futuristic fantasy world more your speed? Please share. One lucky commenter will win a 20.00 Amazon or B&N Gift card! U.S. & CA residents only. Winner will be announced on November 23nd. Please leave your email in the contacts so that I can get in touch with you in case you win. Thanks!

Now please go and visit the other fab Crimson Authors for your chance at more great prizes and more chances at the grand prize!


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  • pve

    All of the books that I have loved have taken me far away, yet all to simple spots. Charlotte’s Web to the barn, Little House on the prairie to a simpler time and then Beatrix Potter to a garden. I think of all the places I love to go, it is coming home. When I am away, I dream of coming home. Something about my own bed, my own smells, my own coffee.
    Exotic locales do entice and inspire but in the light of all the loss recently due to the Storm Sandy, I think coming home is always where my heart is.

  • Kathy

    I loved escaping to the tropics in Through the Lens….made me realize I need to read more romance and also that my life is pretty blah! lol! Have a great weekend!

  • Kim Brooks

    I love any book that gets me away from the “mommy, mommy, mom, I am talking to you” routine I experince daily, please don’t get me wrong I LOVE my family, but sometimes you just have to get away even if it is for 5 minutes. I am more of a small town kinda girl so that’s where I like to escape but it is nice to have a big town near by to run to in the story from time to time.

  • Sharon Clare

    I can’t wait to read Through the Lens. As the days turn colder here in Canada, I’m yearning for a tropical destination. Interesting that you escaped while writing your escape, so to speak.
    It’s wonderful to be a writer!

  • Dawna Newman

    I love going back in time, as well as one big city I love to visit is New Orleans. All the magic surrounding that city fascinates me.


  • Belinda G

    Oh yeah, if I’m not transported in the story, it’s a disappointment. I treat each book as if I’m a bystander watching the scences as they unfold. I like to see in my mind’s eye the people, surroundings, and emotions. I know I’m engaged when I can’t put the book down until I’m done. The story has to have all the elements of a good story to hook me. If not, I feel cheated. I’m an avid reader and know the good, bad, and the ugly….

    Wonderful hop! Thanks for the opportunity to share.

    Belinda G

  • Renee B

    If I’m not hooked on the story in the first few chapters, I put it down. I need to be sucked right into the story. I am a sucker for the Happily Ever After. Romance books almost always have the HEA and I love them because of it. I especially like the PNR books with hot sexy alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines and they usually get me hooked from the very first chapter. They can be futuristic, or go back in time, or be contemporary. As long as they have some type of paranormal elements in them I will give them a try. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Carole-Ann Vance

    If I do not have a book, or two, or three on the go all just does not feel right with the world! Love the title of your book Through the Lens…the tropics always calls for romance doesn’t it! I always imagine my writing nest way up in the top apartment of an old building in Paris with floor to ceiling windows and a white curtain that loves to play with the Parisian breeze…sigh…it’s so easy to drift away!

  • April

    I love blog hopping because it adds new books to my to read list!


    My favorite getaway destination is the library! lol

  • Shannon G.

    I have never been to my favorite escape destination but I hope some to to go to the Seychelles. I always see the beautiful pictures and hear about it and it seems the best place. For an escape that I have been on would be the Loire Valley in France.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  • Beckey

    I like a mix of small city or wooded secluded area. Futuristic or time travel. A little mystery and romance.. and ending with HEA

    Thanks for being a part of the hop and sharing the post


  • ki pha

    I would love to go back in time. Love a great historical romance novel!! Or any great stream punk is good too.
    Thanks for the hop!!


  • Jenny

    I read pretty much all sub-genres of romance so I like escaping to all different destinations. If I had to pick a favorite I would probably pick regency England. I read historicals before anything else and they have a certain magic to them.

    JYL22075 at gmail dot com

  • Eva

    I’ve always wanted to go the Maldives for an exotic vacation!

    But domestically, I think New Orleans is amazing — a total escape and completely different from where I live!


  • Jeanette Jackson

    I like escaping (by book) to exotic locations mostly. Not only the location but I like reading about interesting occupations too.
    lindahl at rogers dot com

  • Sue Sattler

    Books have always been my escape and a tropical, deserted island with my kindle has always been my dream. But for now I’m happy wherever I can read a good book, even if it’s Dr Seuss with my grandkids. 😀


  • Trix

    Montreal and the Maritimes sound good to me, but any locale can be interesting if it’s depicted well!


  • Nikkie Locke

    Your blog looks great!
    If we’re talking about real life escapes, I LOVE New Orleans. It’s my favorite vacation place. New Orleans is just beautiful and the people are even more so. In a novel, I love going everywhere! Some of my first romance novels were Julie Garwood’s Highlander novels. Love those Scottish men.

  • Mel Bourn

    I don’t have any particular destination. I just love the few brief moments of not having to think about dinner, dishes, laundry, work, etc….But I do love to escape with cowboys!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  • Erin Richards

    I’d love to go back in time to Scotland and Ireland, and then follow the timeline to the present to see how it evolves! As for real life escape, I love the beach and would love to visit some of the popular tropical sites!

  • Brittany

    I love escaping to all over but tropics are definitely at the top of my list.

    Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

    bme722 at gmail dot com

  • Melissa L

    I’m a bit partial to the cabin retreats in the mountains. I suppose I feel like I can get more in tune with the hero and heroine that way since it’s typically quiet and secluded. That’s just one of my favorite escapes in my novels. As for real life, I’m perfectly okay with a nice quiet cottage in the Highlands. Oh yeah, fully stocked with a Highlander. 🙂 Thanks for participating in the hop. Happy early Thanksgiving. 🙂

  • Michelle B

    Books are the sanity to my life, so yes I feel like they take me away to a different place every time I read one. I don’t really have a favorite escape destination but I imagine it would be secluded and quiet.