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Vacation Destination OBX- Romance Writers Weekly

RWWLogoVacation destination is the topic of this week’s Romance Writers Weekly blog hop.  Member Kathryn Renard asks us to describe  a vacation destination we’ve been to and would recommend to readers.  I’m all over this as Seaside Heat Romance is my brand.  Beach baby beach baby there in the sand!

Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a heavenly sandbar on which I  basically grew up. If those lotto numbers ever hit, I’ll be moving a bit more south.

OBX, as it is affectionate called, is comprised of several small towns. There isn’t a boardwalk but a two-lane beach road known at Route 12. Along the one hundred mile strip that runs from Corolla to Hatteras, you’ll get  variety. Beaches vary from wild and untamed like the most northern beach in Carova and most southern in Hatteras, to the more commercial areas around Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Then there’s the towns of Duck and Nags Head which have a mix of commercialism and small town atmosphere.

Every year, my family rents a house in south Nags Head. After beachhouseJeannette’s Pier there’s nothing but beach houses until Oregon Inlet.  However in a couple of miles, we can be at the pier, on the road to Manteo or on the bypass heading for some shopping at the outlet mall.  We love being away, from the  hustle and bustle yet having putt putt, go carts and restaurants galore within a five to ten minute drive.

2IMG_4089_2 - CopySurfing is good, fishing is fun, plus there’s a lot history on the Outer Banks.  Virginia Dare was the first English born in the new world. Each summer at Fort Raleigh there’s a reenactment of the first English settlement. The Lost Colony is performed outside at Fort Raleigh to the backdrop of the of the ? Sound.  Pirates such a John Teach, aka Blackbeard, set up bases along the narrow strip of barrier islands. More recently, Orville and Wilbur Wright took first flight in Kitty Hawk.

The Outer Banks is more than a beach resort, it’s a way of life.  SoOBXlanding much so that I wrote a novel to to convey my feelings of home for “The Banx.” In Hot as Blazes, Jo is a small town surfer who had a shot at the big time only to be framed by a lover.  Homesick, she returns to OBX and finds the love.

Here’s a link to more of my OBX pics. Hope you’ve already visited Brenda Margriet and now on to Jenna Da Sie who’s next on the blog hop.  I can’t wait to find out everyone’s vacation destination!







Romance Writers Weekly – Summer Fun

RomanceWeeklyThis week on Romance Writers Weekly, Fiona Riplee ask authors about summer fun and how it affects our writing. Hope you’ve already visited with J.J. Devine. Now for my answers.

Your favorite summer memory. This is a PG blog, so I’ll have to go with my second favorite memory. My first kiss happened during a summer visit at my uncle’s farm. Ah, that magical time of adolescence, just walking along a sandy road fills me with memories of first love.

OBXlandingWhat you enjoy the most about summer. The week my family and I spend at the Outer Banks of North Carolina at a beach house. Over the years, we’ve become friends with the families who rent on the same street and return the same week as us. Our children have grown up together. Divorces and a child lost to cancer proves how hard life can be. It is rejuvenating to renew these friendships each summer.

How the warm days and sunshine affect your writing habits? I’d say I write more as my job goes to a four day work week, so Fridays are mine. Editing outside on the computer is too hard to see, but I enjoy writing to a spiral notebook while writing at the pool. There’s something about putting pen to paper that is freeing to my muse.

Please continue on the hop to Eden Ashe. Have a great summer!

JaceDani_HotAsBlazesMy new release, Hot as Blazes is available at all major book retailers and Kensington.

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