Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Washington Loves Readers Luncheon - Spotlight on Mackenzie Lucas

Reminder - I have a special giveaway for August at this link.

The Washington Romance Writers (WRW) are hosting their annual Reader Luncheon (link) on Saturday, October 8, 2016. I look forward to chatting with Mackenzie Lucas:

Mackenzie Lucas is a small-town country girl with a world-traveler’s heart. She grew up in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and she’s lived in Dublin, Ireland, within spitting distance of New York City in Long Island, and now in the Washington, D.C. area. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Dickinson College and received her M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She’s currently an author, a writing coach, a mother, and a wife.

Learn more about Mackenzie and her books at

I am giving away a copy of ESSENCE, set in one of my favorite towns from my home state: 

All Haven Jameson ever wanted was to own a little piece of paradise. Now, she does, having established a successful luxury spa in St. Augustine, Florida. But when the property next door is sold to a mega developer and his pro-golf celebrity brother who design trendy, bustling playgrounds for the rich and famous, she fears her dream could slip away. Confronted by her late husband’s infidelity, Haven learns everything she believed about her marriage was a lie; so she finally sets aside her grief and opens her heart to loving the widowed pro-golfer who is her biggest professional competition. In the end, Haven discovers that living a safe, loveless life is far worse than embracing passion and taking a chance on a man who’s vowed never to love again. And that, sometimes, no matter how high the risk, the best paradise of all can be found inside our own hearts.


To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about seaside towns like St. Augustine ... do you have a favorite?  What do you enjoy about them?  

For me, St. Augustine is seeped in Spanish history with gorgeous views of the Atlantic ocean.

2. Comments are open through Saturday, August 20, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 21.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Castillo de San Marcos
National Park Service (link)


  1. Coolum Beach, QLD is my all time favourite beach town. It's a great family destination.

  2. The only seaside town I've ever been to was St. Augustine.....I love visiting the old fort.

  3. Visited friends in New Bern, NC a few times, they live right near the beach.

  4. We spent a spring break there and absolutely loved it. Makes me think we need to go back!! I'll admit that after a Midwestern winter, St. A in March was heaven to us!

  5. I love the quaintness and the seemingly care-free feelings that they give.

  6. St Augustine , the history alone is so interesting.
    Carol L
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  8. I've enjoyed visits to Charleston, SC - and the small town right on the beach Isle of Palms, SC

  9. Have not visted

  10. Don't have a favorite, but would love to visit Brighton in the UK.

  11. I love seaside towns including my own!

  12. I enjoy visiting Charleston, SC and Wilmington, NC.

  13. We don't have any particular favorite seaside town. We enjoy the variety we find in the different regions. The coasts are different and the cultures are all a bit different. We love the New England coastal towns. The coast around Cape Breton Island in Canada is remote, beautiful, and has an "old" feel to it.