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Through My Lens: Christmas on the Road

I've spent many Christmases NOT at home. That's what happens when you have lots of family. You shift houses from year to year, you trade your family for in-laws. But I've never spent it camping...at least not until this year. And when I say "camping" I'll happily concede that we didn't rough it in the 26' camper. (LOL) 

We spent a lot of hours driving straight to the campsite. It was everyone's first time to visit Roswell and were very sad that everything closed before 6 pm. Cosmic Campgrounds was awesome. "It is one of only 10 certified IDA Sanctuaries in the world. International Dark Sky Sanctuaries are lands possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights."  I can tell you it was worth the drive. No lights for 40 miles and only 6 campsites. There were so many stars !!! Definitely worth it--especially with Tim's telescope. 

Our next stop was the Catwalk on the west side of the Gila National Forest near Glenwood, New Mexico. This short hike is extremely easy since it's paved almost 100%. A lot of history here and accessible. It was cool, but no wind kept it bearable. 

We spent Christmas at the Mesa Campgrounds in the national forest. Lovely, quiet...and then it snowed. Just beautiful. It was truly the first WHITE Christmas for Tim and my daughter. It might have snowed on Christmas in Dallas before, but nothing like this. 

We left Gila and traveled through Emory Pass, heading for Alamogordo. The Pass is a beautiful drive--especially in the snow. I would rather have not made it towing the trailer (pretty frightening at times).

We dropped the trailer at the campgrounds and spent the day after Christmas visiting White Sands Monument (NOW a national park as of 12/29/19). O.M.G. !!!  

White Sands is amazing.  I've been wanting to go here for years (okay, a couple of decades). My mom and dad visited in the 90s and his description and impression piqued my interest waaaay back then. I'm so glad Tim and I had the chance to visit. VERY impressive.

I hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright!!
AND I hope you have plenty of books to ring in the new year !

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Susan Carlisle Does It Again !

First Response, #1

When the best-laid plans…
…go up in smoke!

In this First Response story, with his impending promotion, hotshot fire captain Ross Lawson has no time for romance. Until stunning paramedic Sally Davis starts work at his station… Even if she wasn’t his best friend’s recently divorced sister, a workplace romance is out of the question. But their blazing attraction burns bright and deep and soon becomes one fire Ross might not want to put out!


SUSAN CARLISLE’S love affair with books began when she made a bad grade in math in the sixth grade. Not allowed to watch TV until she brought the grade up, Susan filled her time with books. She turned her love of reading into a love of writing romance. Susan has currently authored more than twenty-five books for the Harper Collins Harlequin imprint medical line. Her heroes are strong, vibrant man and the woman that challenge them.

In her past life Susan has been a full time mother to four children, a high school substitute teacher and now when she isn’t writing she is busy being a fun grandmother. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband of over thirty-five years. Susan loves castles, traveling, cross-stitching and reads voraciously.


ANGI: What would your book couple do for Valentine’s Day?
SUSAN: Ross would invite Sally out to dinner. They would ride the horses out into the pasture of his ranch. There Ross would build a small fire and cook Sally a meal. Afterwards they would snuggle under a blanket, talk and look at the stars.       

ANGI: What’s your favorite Romantic Movie?
SUSAN: I love the movie Chasing Liberty with Mandy Moore and Matthew Goode. I’ve watched it over and over. The daughter of the President finds love during an adventure in Europe. It’s a great story.  

ANGI: Which of your heroes is your favorite book boyfriend?
SUSAN: Haha. The correct answer is all of them. I can’t make them jealous! Truthfully I have loved them all.

ANGI: Have you done anything romantic lately?
SUSAN: Not really. My husband and I aren’t very romantic people. We been married for 37 years so we must be doing something right. My husband has been known to surprise me with fresh flowers. I do love fresh flowers.

ANGI: What is your favorite Valentine’s Day candy?
SUSAN: Chocolate kisses. The individual original ones. If they are any larger it takes away for the true essences of the chocolate. Sad that I know and think this. 

ANGI: What is your favorite Valentine’s Day gift?—given or received
SUSAN: I’m not a big fan of holiday cards but I do like one on Valentine’s Day. One with the most thought put into it is my favorite. I have a number of them saved in my bedside table. I also like a pound bag of chocolate kisses. No, I don’t share them.  

SUSAN’S ANSWER: James Bond. I’m a big fan. I know, I know he is a womanizer but for me he would change his ways!     


Pups That Make Miracles Happen #1
A chance to mend her body…
A doc to heal her heart?

In this Pups that Make Miracles story, search-and-rescue worker Cassandra Bellow arrives at Heatherglen Clinic injured and reeling from the loss of her faithful rescue dog. But a Christmas romance with the gorgeous clinic manager, Dr. Lyle Sinclair, along with Heatherglen’s adorable therapy dogs, restores Cass’s lust for life. Except soon she must return to America—unless guarded Lyle asks her to stay…

From shy Cinderella…
To convenient princess!

For sensible Dr. Laurel Martin, heading up a new lab for royal doc Sheikh Tariq Al Marktum is the chance to conduct the study of a lifetime. But to protect Laurel from the scandal her presence in his palace will cause, Tariq has his own condition—a paper marriage! Swept into his desert kingdom, passion overtakes the convenient couple, but can Laurel find her place in Tariq’s world—and his heart?

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Blast to the Past: Robyn A Christmas Bride

Time for another BLAST TO THE PAST and an oldie-but-goodie, previously-released (just last Christmas) book and excerpt. Here’s Robyn: A Christmas Bride, my second book set in Noelle, Colorado. She's a free-spirited wagon driver. He's a workaholic Denver freight man—who needs the gift of true love.

Writing a historical romance Christmas story with the themes of a my-fair-lady transformation, selfless acts of love, and friends becoming soulmates is...a juggling act. It's so easy to drop at least one ball. How did I do?

“Jacqui has hit a home run with this one” - Peggy C, Amazon review.

Thank you, Peggy! Your words are the best reward an author can receive ❤️ 

But now, back to my heroine's my-fair-lady transformation. Say hello to my feisty wagon driver...

Blurb ~ Robyn: A Christmas Bride 

Who’s the perfect match for a flame-haired Welsh tomboy who loves driving wagons?

Raised by three free-spirited older brothers, Robyn Llewellyn has learned to fight for what she wants—and now she wants to transform her boss and best friend, Max Peregrine, into a lifelong partner. Determined to become the image of what a marriage-minded man wants, Robyn trades her trousers for a dress and heads to Max’s hometown of Noelle, Colorado. But changing who she is with the help of the now happily-married Brides of Noelle puts her friendship with Max at risk.

Who’s the perfect match for a work-addicted Denver business owner who loves his independence?

Defying his brother and grandpa’s wishes for him to stay with them in Noelle, Max Peregrine has created his dream job—leading a highly successful branch of Peregrines’ Post and Freight while working beside Robyn, the only person who makes him smile every day. But when she leaves without a word, Max follows her to Noelle where the choices they both must face could make it impossible for them to stay together beyond Christmas day.

Excerpt ~ Robyn: A Christmas Bride 

Noelle, Colorado—December 21, 1877

Max stood, astounded. Not by how much Noelle had changed, but by how little he had. Hovering inside Nacho’s front door with so many unenthused faces staring at him, he still felt like an outsider, a fraud, a square post in a round hole. Every success he’d earned since leaving Noelle seemed insignificant or even worse, like none of it had happened. 

He considered turning tail and heading back to Denver. As fast as he could. Then Grandpa Gus shouted his name, and he saw him, Jack, Birdie and— 

He shook his head in disbelief. 

Was that Robyn? Wearing a dress? Surrounded by a roomful of men? Men who dismissed him and pinned their gazes on her. With too much enthusiasm. 

He made a beeline for her. His brother leapt from his seat and intercepted him. Max held out his hand for a welcoming handshake, but Jack yanked him in for a fierce hug.

“You’re back.” Jack squeezed him even tighter. 

“And you’re cracking my ribs.”

The instant Jack released him, Gus hugged him just as intensely. Birdie did as well. When he was finally free, he still struggled to breathe. Their exuberant greeting overwhelmed him.

He coughed and said, “It’s good to be here with you.” He meant it even more when he saw Robyn smiling at him. 

“And what brings you here, Red Beard?” The familiar spark in her eyes when she said her special name for him, made it even harder to draw in air. Unexpectedly, her eyes darkened and her voice wavered as she said, “I hope…everything is well in Denver.” 

“Your brothers are good.” As good as he could imagine them ever being. “I’m here for you.” He forgot to breathe entirely when her eyes shone brighter than he’d ever seen. “You’re needed in Denver, Red Bird.”
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To hear more about Robyn and Max's story (read the opening scene, view my Pinterest inspiration board, and more) head to Robyn: A Christmas Bride's book page on my website.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and get to relax and do whatever you want today!
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Want to find out what happens when Welsh meets West in Colorado 1878? Read an excerpt from my September release, A Bride for Brynmor, on my website

Fall in love with a new Old West...where the men are steadfast & the women are adventurous. 

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Christmas Wishes...

And be filled with books, of course!


Merry Christmas

We're sharing a favorite Christmas Light picture
 and hope your holiday season is filled with 
lots of twinkles!!

C.H. Admirand 

Amanda McIntyre 

Jacqui Nelson 

The Get Lost Crew wishes you the
Happiest of Holidays !!


Amanda McIntyre-Special Edition IV-Stories of the Heart

12.23.19-Special Edition #4 Stories of the Heart



As another year comes to a close, I got to thinking about the many changes that have happened not only in my life, but in the world. That can get to be overwhelming were it not for my faith. No worse or better than anyone else, I find as I get older that I yearn to understand better the spirit that has guided me through the ups and downs of my life.

I also appreciate more the many blessings God has given. Family, friends, the utter delight and wonder of my grandchildren's eyes when they discover something new. And too, the precious gift of time...time to recognize and enjoy the blessings in the every day. Each day gives yet new reasons to be grateful, and I pray--whatever faith you may believe-- that you will awaken each day with at least one thing to be grateful for! 

Blessings to each of you in the coming year! May peace and kindness matter to us all in the days ahead!



One winner will be chosen at random on Dec 27 and notified via email!