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  1. Emiliana25

    I have very fond memories of the ocean, we went with my roommate and some friends to the ocean after our first semester and it was a lot of fun, so a bit cold for swiming in the ocean itself and not the pool, so tree of us fell into the ocean by accident, when we sliped on the wet stones alongside the beach. :)

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  2. Mary M.

    My hubby is a Maine native from Bucksport, and when we first met we spent time walking along the rocky shore in Ogunquit and even went swimming at Sand Beach (the water temp was actually above 59 degrees that day!) We spent our honeymoon on a schooner out of Rockland, so yes, very fond ocean memories!

  3. I love the beach. I was born to be near the ocean, walk along the sandy shores and sit for hours just watchig the waves. I’ve incorporated the beach/ocean into a few books too.

  4. Catherine Lemanski

    My memory is not at the ocean beach but a small lake beach that my husband and I fooled around in the water at. I didn’t realize that we were attracting so much attention until my friend said something. Boy, was that embarrassing!

  5. Susan W.

    My husband and I were on a cruise and took a snorkel tour in Cozumel which was his first. He was so amazed at how clear the water was. Now cruising is his favorite way of taking a vacation. Works for me because I love the water!

    • Susan – I’ve had the fortune of snorkeling in the virgin islands, Hawaii and in key west, the water was amazing … and the sea life? So beautiful!

  6. Kelsey S.

    My most fond beach memories are of the pink sands in Bermuda. My husband and I honeymooned there (many years ago) and the water and sand were so beautiful.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

  7. I live in Michigan so I am surrounded by beautiful fresh lakes and sandy beaches. I did experience the ocean during my High School Senior Trip to Mexico many, many years ago, lol. That was fabulous. Loved your excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Jennifer – If I can’t be near the ocean I’ll take a sandy lake any day! There’s something so peaceful and calming about water.

      Thanks for mentioning the excerpt. I love Ayden and Deirdre’s story.

  8. Rosanna Leo

    Mr Nina- love it! And love that excerpt! Good show!

  9. I definitely have some fond memories of the ocean, and my favorite one is maybe too naughty to write here. But suffice to say it always makes me go weak in the knees whenever I think of him. :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    cunninghamfan AT outlook DOT com

  10. You know I love that excerpt. I don’t get to go to the beach that often. I would love to live near one and wake up each morning to take a walk as the waves crash. I’ve only been to the beach maybe a handful of time.

    • Savannah – I spent 20 years living away from the ocean (and even a good swimming lake). I’m sooo happy to be living in the ocean state where I can get to the ocean in less than 20 minutes. I hope I don’t have to move away again. My dream is like yours … to live somewhere where I can smell it and hear it by just opening the window!

  11. I’m not a beach girl. Sand is not my friend lol I do love lakes and rivers, though. Nothing better than to sit on a huge rock formation next to a waterfall and watch the neverending rainbow in the mist. I think that’d be my idea of heaven. ^_^

    Great excerpt, by the way! Thanks for sharing.

    • Alianne – Mr. Nina’s not to keen on the sand part of the beach. And both of us would take a rock formation at a river any time. Sounds heavenly! (Glad you enjoyed the excerpt.)

  12. Victoria Zumbrum

    I dont really have a favorite memory. We didn’t get to go to the beach when we were little. I have been on a beach when I got older and I love walking through the waves and sand. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  13. Trix

    I live about 15 minutes from the beach, but I don’t go very often (and never swim in it because it’s way too cold). The ocean does soothe me, though, and I can’t really imagine living somewhere landlocked.


  14. Carin W

    Mr Carin is from San Diego and going to the beach with him after we were first married is a great memory. I would have thought Maine was to cold to hang out on the beach much but I guess its what you are accustom to. Thanks for sharing your excerpt, Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

    • Carin – I’ve never been to a California beach, but it’s on my bucket list. I did put my feet in the pacific ocean off the coast of Washington … it was freezing! Maine waters can be cold for sure, but most of the summer it’s not too bad!

  15. SheriV

    I’ve always wanted to visit the coast of Maine. To be honest I love the forest, especially a Redwood forest. The beach was never my favorite.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

    • Sheri – I spent a lot of time in the forest. I love the smell! I have yet to see a redwood. I can only imagine how it feels to be dwarfed by their magestic size.

  16. Lona Stringer

    I love bringing the dogs to the beach, so they can swim after the balls. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  17. I live in the land of 10,000 plus lakes, so a shore is never far from me. Unfortunately, they seemed to be frozen over or too cold for half the year.

    I agree with seeing men’s feet….well, except for when they have troll feet lol…something about them makes a man seem vulnerable.

    • Stacey – LOL! Yep, nothing worse than having all that water and beautiful shore frozen over! (I feel your pain. I lived in N. Maine for 20+ years.)

      Oh, maybe it is the vulnerability they’re showing when they’re feet are exposed … hadn’t really thought of it that way.

  18. susan platt

    I loved the beaches in Jamaica(went there on honeymoon)! Though I have to say I am not a fan of sand much at all. Don’t like the feel of it on my toes. Loved the excerpt and will tell no one about spin the bottle!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  19. Rae M.

    I’ve only been to the beach and ocean once. And that was 10 years ago. And it wasn’t nearly long enough! Hopefully if I make it back to one, I’ll be able to have a weak in the knees moment!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Rae – The ocean is definitely a magical place. And here’s hoping you can add an ocean romantic moment to your memories!

  20. Stephanie

    My best beach memories are of renting condos with friends after finals ended. There were enough of us for 2 or 3 condos and we would just relax and have fun after tough exams. This was in NC, I believe it was Carolina Beach.

    • Stephanie – My neices live in Maryland … they did the same thing for their senior year in highschool. A sort of extended graduation party. They have fond memories of spending the week at the beach with their friends.

  21. jennifer mathis

    I have never seen an ocean plan to one day though . All we have around me is streams and those are rocky and cold . Ill just have to stick to my hot tub :)


  22. Anne Clark

    My favorite memory of the beach is going to Ft. Walton the summer after I graduated from college. Couple of girlfriends and I had a condo lent to us by family friend. We soaked up the sun all day then danced all night. I had the best time flirting and walking on the beach with my beach boy friend..good times.

  23. Christine S

    It was only about 13 years ago that I visited the ocean for the first time. We had just moved to Ft. Stewart, GA and went down to Jekyll Island with the kids and some friends. I was in love and didn’t want to leave.


  24. books4me

    The best memories I have of the beach is when I was a kid and we were in Florida with my grandparents. It was my first time to the beach and we spent hours walking, jumping waves, picking up shells, and exploring.

  25. That was a great excerpt! :) And the beach has never really been my thing, I think. I live on the coast so I suppose seeing it frequently takes the appeal out of it for me. I prefer the mountains I think. :) Thanks for the giveaway.


    • Melissa – I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I love Dee and Ayden. And my sister believes people are either ocean people or mountain people. I think she may be right.

  26. Mel Bourn

    My memories of the ocean are with my grandparents on South Padre Island, TX. I used to visit them when I was in college. I do miss them dearly.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  27. I want Ayden!
    Great excerpt – just enough to tease :)

  28. Donna/BLHmistress

    I honestly love the beach, when I was younger I spent summers there then just a few years ago we moved near Savannah and I got to go to that beach . I was like a kid in a candy store. Watching the waves crash against the beach is so mesmerizing .


    • Donna – When I was a teen I would sit on the rocks and just watch the waves for hours. There was something so cleansing and relaxing about watching the tide ebb and flow.

  29. Tamsyn

    I love the ocean! We used to go the the beach when I was a kid with my family so I have fond memories of them.

  30. Angie Adair

    I agree..a shirtless man in jeans and bare feet…YUMMM! Thanks for the Hop!

  31. Beverly G aka SiNn

    i spent first 8 yrs of my life in pa so i went to the shore often durring the summer my dad would bring boots to the shore mainly because well i had a thing with f illin them with sea shells the sun didnt like me much so pale but the night time was fun i loved the shore at night its soo beautiful

    ty for the chance

    mortalsinn at yahoo dot com

  32. Jessica Jordan

    I love the ocean so much, but since I don’t live anywhere close to one I have to settle for the Rocky Mountains. My favorite time is at night because the stars are so clear.

  33. Gabrielle

    I love the beach/ocean but I also love the outdoors and think the mountains and forest make beautiful and romantic places as well. I think my all time romantic place would be somewhere with a waterfall. Now that is something that makes my knees go week.


    • Gabrielle – I’m with you on the waterfall. (My first book “Healer’s Garden” has a beautiful waterfall that stars prominently in the story.)

  34. Cheryl Lynne

    I’m a Maine beach bunny, too! I love the ocean and Green Lake. I have a lot of great memories of summer at the beach with my family. cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  35. I also am a beach lover – we go to the Florida gulf coast all the time. I want to know why Deirdre was crying. I’ll have to read Deceive with Desire.

  36. Julianne

    Fantastic excerpt, I really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing. My fondest memories are when I was a kid and we’d go to St. Petersburg Beach in Florida every year. I loved playing in the sand and hunting shells. I did get in the water sometimes too. But I just had fun with my mom watching. One time we even drove the car on the beach. That was just so super awesome. I loved it.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

    • Julianne – I haven’t been to a beach where you can drive your car, but it’s on my bucket list. It sounds so awesome!

  37. elaing8

    The first time I ever saw the ocean was 2 years ago.Nothing romantic about it.I was with my sister and her family and we went out east.
    Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

  38. It’s fun reading about your start, and seeing your excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Jessica B

    My fond memories of the ocean would be just spending time with the family, relaxing and enjoying the water and sand. I hope that you have a great weekend and Thank you for being a part of the hop!
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  40. Belinda

    Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of the hop. I am having fun so far. I am glad that I stopped here Nina. You were entertaining. The blurb was a bonus. Take care!

  41. Ann Q

    The beaches here in Australia are beautiful,as they have white soft sand. I certainly have fond memories of the beach, especially up in the sand dunes. Yes it is worth having the sand in uncomfortable places.

    • Oh, Ann, Australia is on my bucket list. LOL! on the sand dunes. I hope to say I got the white soft sand in “uncomfortable places” some day too! Thanks for stopping by.

  42. BookAttict

    I was born and raised on Long Island, New York and later moved to Florida — both places with no shortage of fantastic beaches! Most of my life memories have something to do with the beach—-my first kiss was at a dock party on Cedar Beach, a bunch of us took a little boat across the Long Island Sound to this little island only accessible by boat to watch the 4th of July fireworks…after any prom, homecoming, etc, everyone headed for the beach…

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  43. laura

    Ive never been to the Ocean or a beach. I always have wanted to go to one.

  44. wanda flanagan

    I love the beach spent most of my summers growing up playing and swimming the beach,running on the boardwalk and fishing .


  45. Renee B

    As i lived near the beach as a teenager, my friends and I would go to “Venice Beach” California every day during the summer. We would spend hours at “Gold’s Gym” (an open air gym in the middle of Venice Beach)and ogle/drool over all that muscle on display. then we would go spend hours more laying in the sun in those tiny bikini’s trying to get that perfect tan. Venice beach on the weekend during the summer is like no place else on Earth. there is ALWAYS something going on there and always some eye candy to drool over. Alas, I had to go to college and get a job and married, so no more long days spent at the beach. (that was over 20 years ago) Now I only go to Venice beach if someone comes from out of town and want to see it.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

    • Renee – Now that sounds like one heck of a beach experience. I would love to have had an open-air gym when I was a teen. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.

  46. Julie Newberry

    I love the ocean and beach but unfortunately I live to far away, we did go to Mexico Puerto Vallarta for our honeymoon and the hotel was sat right on the beach but like I said it was our honeymoon, so we didn’t see much of the beach then either, lol, x x

  47. Tina B

    They sound like wonderful memories that you have of the beach! I got married on the beach! I really enjoy it and love to sit on the sand and watch the sunset. Thank you for the great giveaway and sharing that fabulous excerpt! ;)
    trb0917 at gmail.com

    • Tina – That sounds like a lovely wedding. I was at a beach hotel once where the bride walked right by our table before her wedding. I wanted to go watch … by restrained myself.LOL!

  48. Kimberly Wise

    Thanks.. I love Miami Beach… since that is where I was raised

  49. CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTORIA of Pennsylvania … she was chosen at random to receive “Healer’s Garden” and the Amazon Gift Card. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and joined in the fun … don’t be strangers!