When in Rome by J. Lynn Rowan #ReleaseDay and #Giveaway

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I remember reading the first book in this series, and I loved it. So I was very excited when J. Lynn Rowan came to us to promote the release of the second book in her Sweet Something series! I am also looking forward to reading this one soon.  I also love to support fellow authors from Upstate New York.

Find out more about this book and then enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. You could use that to get even more fabulous romance novels to read!

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when in RomeLove isn’t always picture perfect . . .

Atlanta-based photographer Kate Miller doesn’t believe in fairytale romance or relationships of the forever kind. She’s determined to build her own happiness through hard work and professional success. So, when the opportunity arises to join an exclusive fashion photo shoot in Rome, she jumps on the chance to gain international recognition. But she’s not counting on an instant attraction to the charismatic, sexy, and irritatingly arrogant director of the shoot.

World famous, Domenic Varezzi is used to calling the shots. His clients trust his instincts and they’re willing to pay for the best. But while his career is thriving, his personal life has been lackluster at best. Hoping Kate could be the answer he’s been looking for, he’s determined to win her over. Every challenge she sends his way drives him to break through her tough-as-nails exterior to reach the vulnerable heart that matches his own.

Surrounded by the beauty and magic of Italy’s “Eternal City,” a foundation begins to form that could lead to a lifetime partnership, both in business and in love. Until Domenic’s past comes back to haunt the present and threatens to destroy everything.

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About the author:

better than chocolateLynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.

Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.

When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.

A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and the most adorable baby on the planet.

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The author is awarding one reader a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Giveaway ends on 11/19 at 11:59 pm EST

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Happy National Puppy Day!

I don’t think I realized there was a National Puppy Day. Or if I did, I had put it out of my mind, because I am currently canine-less. *sniffles* The closest I have right now is a cat who used to think she was a dog back when I still had a dog. She would always follow him around, curl up with him, and even play fetch with him. Here are a couple of my favorite pictures.

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Sorry about the crappy lighting. It’s an old picture taken with my old phone. But anyway, Fiona is the Siamese cat and Julio is the brown and white shih-tzu in desperate need of a hair cut. He always hated having his hair cut.

But he was great with her. In fact, the day I brought her home as a poor abandoned kitten, he came right up to her and started sniffing her. I was telling him how she was going to be his new sister, and he started licking the top of her head. Then BAM! He smacked her on top of the head. I guess the big brother was just letting the baby know that he had been there first. Plus, he was always getting crap from the older sister, my other cat Cassie.

cassie snuggling at computer

Sorry, couldn’t leave her out. This is one of my favorite pictures of her. But, this is supposed to be National Puppy Day and not National Cat Day. I digress.

Julio really was the sweetest puppy I could have ever wanted. Even as he grew older, he still remained what I like to call a perma-puppy, always playful and snuggly, especially after getting a haircut. He was just so damn cute! As you know, dogs give unconditional love, so we were very dependent on each other. Nothing turned a day around more than getting a lick on the face from this darling.

julio sleeping

My sister had his brother. After we moved in together, she wanted to get a shih-tzu and found a local breeder. The woman was getting out of the business and had two darlings left. My sister didn’t know which one to choose, so we ended up adopting them both, which was fine by me! They were the best of friends and double-trouble, totally legendary in our neighborhood. They would chase and play all day long, protected us and our turf, and charmed everyone who came over to see them. I was heartbroken when my sister moved and took Jefferson with her.


I think the dogs were also heartbroken. In fact, Julio used to mope a lot around the house until Fiona came along.

Julio and I were rarely separated. In fact, I usually planned vacations around places where I knew I could take him. I am not a fan of kennels and it was often hard to find someone to be willing to come over to take care of him. In fact, I only had one long trip that was over a week where he didn’t come with me, but he stayed with one of my best friends. I knew he was absolutely fine.

julio sweater

Then, a couple of years ago, he got very sick and very rapidly. I had to go to the emergency vet in the middle of the night on a Sunday at the beginning of the school year. Alas, there was nothing they could do for him, so I had to put down my baby. I don’t know if you have ever had to go through something like that, but it is horrible. The worst was when I was bawling and apologizing to him and saying goodbye, and he just kept licking my tears away. It was truly as difficult as being there with my father when he passed away. I just kept telling myself that Dad would be there to greet him, as would my other dog, Snowball, who had died a few years before at the ripe old age of 16 (pictured below). Julio was 12.


I haven’t had another dog since Julio. It’s the longest stretch in my life without a dog, as I had one from about the seventh grade on. I visit the shelters on occasion, but just haven’t yet connected with another dog. Then there’s also the fact that Cassie is now 18 years old and wouldn’t likely do well with another animal coming into the mix at this point. I don’t want to shock the poor girl over the Rainbow Bridge any earlier than I have to.

Some day, I will have another puppy, whether that puppy is truly a baby or a big, older one. Until then, I do still mourn my beloved Julio. I wish he were still here with me, but I know that isn’t possible. Instead, he lives on in my heart and my memories. I just borrow my friends’ dogs on occasion when I need some canine loving, or need to live vicariously through them for days like National Puppy Day.

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Tell me about your precious babies for National Puppy Day! I would love to see them!

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The definition of a mimosa is usually an orange juice base with champagne added to it. Some definitions also include the use of any other citrus fruit as the juice base. A popular citrus fruit juice for breakfast is grapefruit. While not my favorite fruit juice, I think that dressing it up with some other flavors would make a grapefruit mimosa an interesting alternative for brunches. I also know that many people like it a great deal, so they may prefer these versions. What say you? Continue reading “20 Grapefruit Mimosa Recipes”

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