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Book of the Month
Dare Me

Book Two in the Invitations Series

A hotel bed, two pairs of handcuffs, coils of rope and a body builder with a naughty plan—can Kitty Maar handle it all?

Kitty Maar’s secret identity as Kelly M—the ultra-adventurous sexploitation blogger—is the result of Kitty’s overactive imagination.

Her outrageous tales of hooking up with the hottest guys in DC, attending parties at the most exclusive addresses, and joining in on spontaneous ménages at political fundraisers are the talk of Washington. So when she makes plans with Damian Markos, he’s expecting a true sexual wildcat.

Damian’s secret plan is to surprise Kitty with an evening so intense it will test even her sexual boundaries. It isn’t easy coming up with something the city’s most notorious man-hunter might not have already done, but he has connections that run deep in DC’s inner circles.

Damian is determined to show Kitty that he’s the only man she needs to satisfy her every need. Kitty is crazy about Damian, but will she be able to accept the sexual challenge he has planned for her?

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July

This summer, like most of you, I'll be staying close to home. This is giving me a chance to work on my yard, paint the stairway to the basement (been meaning to do that for a while), and organize my closet (also been meaning to do that for a while).  This is all good stuff. With the right attitude, I could even see it as exciting.

This doesn't mean I haven't gotten away at all. I've been enjoying sunsets at various beaches around Michigan. What is it about the sunset that's so compelling? Maybe its the closure of the day. Maybe its the rapid change of colors, the reflection on the water, the possibilities for the next day. Of course, sunsets are best shared with friends.

In this spirit, I've included a group cocktail recipe for this month. Its easy, and fun, the way midsummer gathering should be. Enjoy! 

Clip from an interview with Female First
Why Wander?

You are an avid traveller, so which is your favourite destination?

My favourites are walkable cities or cities with good public transportation: Boston, New Orleans, Washington, DC are some places I love. I like to start in one spot, wander, and see where I end up. About a week ago I was hanging out with a friend in Boston. We started our day at the Boston Public Library. That library has a gorgeous courtyard. It’s a great place to read, write, or people watch, so go there if you ever have a chance. We spent a couple hours there, then started walking toward The Commons. After we sat on a hill near the carousel, we headed toward Newbury Street. My friend bought a couple pairs of sandals, I read a funny book about cats, and then we ate lunch at an Irish Pub. I love that kind of day, just wandering around, seeing whatever there is to see.

Also, I like museums. It might sound strange, but I like to go by myself. That way I can stay as long as I want. Last time I was in New York, I went to the MoMA and saw the Century of the Child exhibit, a fascinating collection of toys from the past 100 years. Some of the awesome things I remember seeing are Colorforms, Globie from Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and a whole bunch of sweet wood furniture from the 60’s.I also love beaches—but who doesn’t?What I don’t like: camping, unless I’m doing it as part of a distance bike ride, and shopping.

Which person sticks in your memory the most of who you have met on your travels?

There have been a lot of them, but here’s a recent one. Last winter, I was at a Dunkin Donuts having a coffee and two chocolate frosted donuts before heading to the airport. I was sitting at a counter near the window, watching people trudge through the deep, wet snow. Everyone who passed the window was bundled up in scarves, hats, gloves and wearing boots. Everyone except one guy who was wearingboots, bulky grey sweats, and a sleeveless t-shirt. No hat. No coat. He was walking a dog, a boxer I think. He stopped in front of the Dunkin Donuts, right next to a bike rack that was mostly buried in the snow. Then he padlocked his dog to the bike rack. I’d never seen someone padlock their dog to a bike rack before and thought it was really interesting.

At what point did you decide that travelling was the answer to meeting people and finding story ideas?

I was working on a story set in the Florida Everglades and needed inspiration. At first, my plan to go visit the Everglades was a joke, but I found a cheap flight and a great place to stay. The place is called ‘Tween Waters Inn, in case you ever need to an awesome place to relax on the beach. Once I got to Florida, I bought a guidebook to Everglades National Park. I used the book to take myself on a tour. I drew plants, birds, made maps of the places I went to. Pretty nerdy stuff, really. But it worked. The experience really brought the story to life and I’ve used travelling as a source of inspiration ever since then.

The books in the Invitations series have been compared to EL James and Sylvia Day, so how does this make you feel?

Awesome! Writing books that readers love is my goal. Sylvia Day has written many books, but she consistently produces original stories. That variety is probably just one of the reasons readers adore her work. EL James, well, wow…period.

Cocktail of the Month
Pink Vodka Cocktail...for a Group

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 180 ml vodka (3/4 cup)
  • 80 ml Lime juice (1/3 cup)
  • 80 ml Cranberry juice (1/3 cup)
  • 60 ml Malibu (1/4 cup)
  • 1.25 quart (litre) Lemonade (Sprite)

How to Make:

Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher filled with ice, adding the soda last. Serve immediately.

    If you like, add 2 thin lime wedges at the bottom of each glass, muddle, then pour in the drink.

    This month's from Cafe Delites

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