Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Wednesday's Words, by Morgan Ashbury


This time next week, the Ashburys will once more be on vacation. It would seem that this year, we will definitely earn the moniker, "traveling fools". The next few trips will be related to my career—we plan to attend the RT convention in Chicago in April, the RWA convention in Anaheim in July, and the first ever Siren-Bookstrand conference taking place in Dallas, Texas, in August. This trip, however, is just for us.


Mr. Ashbury has wanted to travel to a warm clime this time of year for the past several years, and so we are going to The Bahamas for a week.

I consider myself very lucky to do the traveling I do, even though there's a huge part of me that would just as soon stay home. I am a homebody at heart, and never so happy as when I have my domain all to myself.

These last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity on our part, trying to decide where to go. The only criterion was that the destination had to be warm enough to swim.

Unfortunately and very sadly, one major "warm locale" that a lot of Canadians visit annually was absolutely off the table as far as we were concerned, and that place was Mexico.

One needs only to have paid attention to international news over the last few years to hear about the dozens of Canadians who've been victims of violence in that country—112 Canadians dead in the last 5 years according to the (Canadian) federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Perhaps 112 out of the million or so who have visited isn't that high a number, statistically, but it's high enough for us. My heart breaks for those whose loved ones have come to grief; and it's a shame for that historically colourful country, because Mexico and her people deserve better than to be earning the kind of reputation that they have, lately. I know many Canadians still consider Mexico a fine spot to vacation and are going there, regardless of recent events.

The Ashburys aren't willing to take that chance.

So it's off to the Bahamas, to swim, and to sun (a little) and just basically decompress. I'll be taking my laptop, of course. I'd go nuts if I couldn't write, because writing isn't so much my job as it's my passion. Being an author isn't what I do, it's who I am.

Mr. Ashbury likes to walk around and explore. Being a history buff (and convinced he was a pirate in a previous life), there's always plenty to grab his attention. With his exploring and my writing, we're always ensured of a good combination of together time and alone time that makes our vacations the best they can be.

I've been assured that I'll be able to rent a mobility scooter once I'm there, so I'm looking forward to a bit of exploration, myself. And while I don't like to shop at home, I love looking at all the souvenirs and such these places have for sale. I've already gotten `gift requests' from a couple of my grandchildren.

The winter in our neck of the woods so far has been rather placid. We did receive an unexpected dumping of a few inches of snow on Sunday afternoon—snow that is gone now. Although it doesn't take much in the way of cold and wet to attack my arthritis, Mr. Ashbury hasn't even had the opportunity to haul out his snow blower yet. Sunday he just used the shovel, and called it done.

I told him not to worry; he likely would get the opportunity to pull out that machine before spring arrives. After all, this is Canada, and winter always leaves its mark.

In the Bahamas, we'll be staying at a hotel that is very close to a beach, with high-speed Internet available. So I'll be able to post my essay on schedule and keep in touch with my family and friends.

Love,

Morgan
 
The only dream I've ever had was to be a published author. It was a dream formed in childhood, and held on to through the business of growing up. Life intruded, as life does, and my dream was put on hold. But now, through hard work, faith, and luck dream has evolved into reality.



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Love Under Two Navy Seals
by Cara Covington

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Julia Benedict fled New York City for her home of Lusty, Texas, after one unforgettable night making love under two navy SEALs. She’s fallen for them, hard. But Dev and Drew are the wrong type of men! They’re more Alpha than all the men of her family combined, and if there’s one thing Julia doesn’t want, it’s a pair of husbands who will boss her around just as her brothers have always done.

As Dev and Drew set out to court her, Julia begins to understand there’s a world of difference between bossy brothers and strong, caring lovers. But a case of mistaken identity finds Julia kidnapped. Her lovers must find her before she’s turned over to Miguel Ramos.

With Julia back home safely, the SEALs know their enemy will strike again. But as the men of Lusty gather to entrap the villain, it is the women who take the biggest stand—and the biggest risk.

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