5 Reasons to Break Up…With Your Phone Service

Forty-four percent of Americans are afraid of commitment…to long-term phone contracts. For personal relationships, the number is higher — 57%.

Strangely, the two have a lot in common. Complaints about phone carriers sound a lot like complaints about significant others:

#1: Expensive (25%)
#2: Unreliable (e.g. my calls drop a lot) (10%)
#3: Unpredictable (e.g. my bill changes from month to month (9%)
#4: Possessive (e.g. they locked me in a contract) (9%)
#5: I can’t trust it (e.g. they have hidden fees) (9%)

That’s something to think about when choosing a mate or, for that matter, a phone service provider.

This Valentine’s Day survey was conducted by VoIP service provider Ooma [http://www.ooma.com].

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Weddings – American Style

Wedding costs are up, guests are down and June was eclipsed by autumn. That’s a summary of 2016 weddings in America, from The Knot’s just released report.
Some other tidbits:
• Average cost of wedding (not including honeymoon) $35,329
• Average number of guests: 141
• Popular Colors: Dark blue, gold and pink
• Most popular Month to get engaged: December
• Average duration of engagement: 15 months.
• Average spent on a wedding dress: $1,564
• Average age of bride: 29
• Average age of groom: 31

Flirting’s for the Birds! Really!

When it comes to romance, our feathered friends have it figured out:

Penguins give a rock to their lady love. If she accepts, they begin collecting addition stones to build their nest. Humans typically give another type of rock: diamonds. Then they begin their homes.

Peacocks flourish their tail feathers and strut their stuff. Could the human equivalent be the pool-side saunter?

Blue-footed boobies show off their feet, picking them up and putting them down hoping the right female will be impressed and join in. We’d call that dancing.

Such moves aren’t only the prerogative of males, of course. Females of many species take time to preen to ensure they’re looking their best. Flamingoes take the extra step of using oils to bring out the richness of color in their feathers during mating season.

So, in the coming year, be your flirty best. Put yourself out there. Shake your tail feathers. Look your best. Give your loved one something special. Have a wonderful year!

Christmas is Coming

…And that means it’s time for Christmas Romances. Carolers, long walks amidst the evergreens, the happy feeling nothing else describes.

For Kayla Barent, in my just-released novella Granting Christmas, it’s a time to get away from the Christmas hubbub to polish her research grant proposal.

For Austin Fox, this Christmas is his chance for the rustic holiday he craves before throwing his heart into the company he’s starting in the New Year.

But, when they both choose the Blue Spruce Lodge…well, you get the picture. Will they have they Christmas they want, or the Christmas of their dreams?

Join them at the Blue Spruce Lodge in the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest, for a Christmas Romance. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Inktera and other online booksellers.

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On Sale: Home to Glenhoolie

Rainforest Press is pleased to announce that the modern castle romance, “Home to Glenhoolie” debuted September 30, 2016 on Amazon.

What challenges will American professor Claire Agnew find in trying to fit into Scottish castle life?

Why won’t she set a wedding date?

Who’s sabotaging the laird’s windfarm?

Is noted ecoterrorist Avery O’Connell friend or foe?

If you crave adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery, check it out at http://amzn.to/2cIS8Dg

Pre-Order Home To Glenhoolie

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A Modern Scottish Castle Romance

Alec’s heir to Castle Glenhoolie. Claire’s an American journalism professor. They’re a world apart. Literally.

Getting to know each other isn’t without its perils, but while they’re figuring out each other, they also must deal with the threats to his family’s windfarm – a major investment – and Claire’s determination to talk with the eco-terrorist behind its possible collapse. Their competing ideas of duty could be their undoing.

How can they find their balance in this stand-alone sequel to The Winds of Glenhoolie?

Available for pre-order now: http://amzn.to/2cIS8Dg

On sale at Amazon September 30, 2016.

Last VCR Maker Halts Production

The last manufacturer of VCRs stops making them this month. Are print books far behind?

VCRs revolutionized the way the world watched TV, freeing us from the need to be home Friday evening to watch StarTrek, and eliminating the decision of whether to watch the last episode of Dallas or attend a coworker’s engagement party. Now, it’s been replaced by digital recording options like TiVO. The world marches on.

A similar revolution has occurred in the publishing world. Books that once required yards of shelf space now are downloaded onto tablets, smart phones and e-readers. The world of literature is at our fingertips. We can read tomes by Diana Gabaldon and J.K. Rowling easily while traveling. We can flip among romance, sci-fi, fantasy, espionage, courtroom dramas and anything else we care to load with just a finger swipe, and our traveling companions will be none the wiser.

I hardly ever read a print book anymore. I have them. They’re waiting on my side table. It’s just so much easier to pick up my tablet. I’m not alone. Readers at a recent book fair told me the same thing. Writers at the same fair said they produced print books as a secondary market – a marketing tool for their e-books.

Despite the e-books portability and ease of reading (you can adjust the font, size and paper color), print books aren’t substantially threatened.

You hear reports that e-book sales are falling – 13% in 2015, according to digitalbookworld.com. Perhaps that’s because so many are now available through libraries and through discounters like BookBub, which offer some titles for free.

All that’s academic, for me. It’s summer. I want to lose myself in a great book. There are plenty out there.

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