I am happy to share a guest post by author Sara Ohlin, who answers my question...
ELF: What would be your dream place to visit and why?
SO: I love to travel! I’m still trying to figure out how to travel (with 2 kids and a husband) and get paid for it. Years ago after I graduated from college I went on a seven-week long backpack trip across Europe with a friend of mine. After three weeks, he got homesick and went home. Not only could I not afford to change my plane ticket to leave with him, I didn’t want to. I still had Ireland to explore! I still had two days in Rome on my way home! I am forever glad I decided to stay. I conquered my fears and traveled by myself, sometimes meeting wonderful people to hang out with, sometimes it was just me, but the experience was amazing.
One country I didn’t get to on that trip was Portugal. I long to visit cities like Porto and Lisbon. I’d take my husband and we’d have a long, lingering vacation mixed in with sight-seeing to see the gorgeous architecture, take the Lisbon trollies up old narrow streets, learn about the gorgeous blue tiles or azulejos.
We’d start our mornings at alfresco cafés with rich, creamy coffee and the pastéis de nata or a savory crepe. Of course We’d visit a museum or two, some historic buildings, but mostly we’d stroll around and eat and drink our way through the cities. We’d people watch and visit the famous food market in Lisbon, Mercado da Ribeira. Eat lunches as the small neighborhood places (tascas) with chilled wine wine. Lazy afternoon naps are a must. Then it’s on to dinner where I can eat local fresh seafood and fish to my heart’s content. And chocolate cake for dessert with local red wine, maybe some port to go with my cake. Mmm, I can practically taste it all now.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog!
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
What’s a sexy rancher to do when an uptight accountant falls into his lap?
Already reeling at having inherited the family farm on his father’s death, photojournalist Cruz Brockman returns home to the Oregon town of Graciella to receive another blow—accountant Miranda Jenks is there to audit the books because the IRS suspect his late father of tax fraud. To their astonishment, sparks fly between the passionate Cruz and the career-focused Miranda upon first meeting, and the heat rises with every encounter.
Threatened with losing everything his family has worked for, Cruz has no choice but to be completely open with the uptight Miranda, something that doesn’t come easily to him, just as focusing on her own needs is foreign to her. She’s buried her own desires all her life, but the longer she spends with the captivating rancher, the more she wants to dive into a passionate affair with him.
An intense, toe-curling physical connection is one thing, but exposing their hearts is another. As Miranda finishes her audit and the clock counts down to her leaving, can the reluctant rancher and the shy accountant conquer their fears and fight for their love?
Shouldn’t things seem easier between us? He’d apologized. They’d cleared the air on that whatever-it-was that had happened in the library. ‘Kiss’ was too mild a word. He’d practically blown all the fuses in her brain. He’d devoured her. Nothing felt easier. Instead the space seemed to shrink and she felt as though someone had sucked all the oxygen out of the barn. She started walking backwards toward the barn door.
“I should go.”
“I need to get—”
They spoke at the same time. He laughed and let a breath out as he faced her. “Miranda.”
“Yes,” she said, caught in his gaze.
“I’m not sorry for that kiss,” Cruz said, his face serious again as he pinned her with that look of desire. He took a step toward her. “I’m sorry for being rude, for putting you in an awkward position.” He continued walking closer. “But I’m not sorry for that kiss, for feeling what I felt. You confuse me.”
“Bossy accountant not your type?” She tried to joke, but the words came out jagged.
His strides were long. In an instant he’d caught up to her so their bodies were almost touching. “I don’t know what my type is.” His voice deepened. “I haven’t been in one place long enough or spent enough time trying to figure out if I have a type. The only thing I’ve ever been sure of is my work and this land, the farm, the people.”
He tucked a stray hair behind her ear. The intimacy startled her more than his gaze. She felt raw inside with need. She only had to stretch up a little to meet him. Her lips could be on his again. That delicious fire could consume her, which was exactly why she took a large step back and kept going.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Puget Sound based writer, Sara Ohlin is a mom, wannabe photographer, obsessive reader, ridiculous foodie, and the author of the upcoming contemporary romance novels, Handling the Rancher and Salvaging Love.
She has over fifteen years of creative non-fiction and memoir writing experience, and you can find her essays at Anderbo.com, Feminine Collective, Mothers Always Write, Her View from Home, and in anthologies such as Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak about Healthcare in America, Take Care: Tales, Tips, & Love from WomenCaregivers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Although she’s the author of many essays about life, grief, motherhood and the connections we make through delicious food and shared meals, Sara loves creating imaginary worlds with tight-knit communities in her romance novels. She credits her mother, Mary, Nora Roberts and Rosamunde Pilcher for her love of romance.
If she’s not reading or writing, you will most likely find her in the kitchen creating scrumptious meals with her two kids and amazing husband, or perhaps cooking up her next love story.
She once met a person who both “didn’t read books” and wasn’t “that into food” and it nearly broke her heart.
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