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Welcome to the hop, everybody! Lots of romance for discussion on this one, huh? I love romance novels and I've always been a sucker for a love story. Be sure and check out the other blogs and enter for chances to win great prizes. See the photo of the swag pack! In fact, I even have a prize for you myself: an advanced reader e-copy of The Sky Pirate's Wife which won't be available to the public until September 17. The other prizes available are:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The Swag Pack!


Today, in keeping with the usual bid-ness around here, I'm presenting you with The Friday Five - Five Quotes About Love. Here we go:

"Love is everything it's cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for." - Erica Jong, O Magazine, February 2004

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." - Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; 
Doubt that the sun doth move; 
Doubt truth to be a liar; 
But never doubt I love." - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Hamlet, Act II, sc. 2 (Bonus points* if you tell me which character said this. *Bonus point have no real value toward anything.)

"Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination." - Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

 "Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river." - Malagasy Proverb

Okay, if you've stuck through my mushy loves quotes, I have a quick scene from The Sky Pirate's Wife to share with you and then you can leave a comment and enter for your chance to win an AReC of the book before it hits Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Ready?

Coming September 17, 2012
        “Come, Sophie. Stand here.”
Where you are?” She shook her head. “No, I think I'll stay here and watch.”
I insist. Consider it your first lesson in flying.”
We'll crash. I'll mess up the instruments,” she warned. “I don't want to be responsible for bringing down an entire airship.”
I won't let that happen.” Van Buren let go of the wheel and captured her hand, pulling her closer. She had no hope of resisting and didn't try very hard. He put his hands on her shoulders, positioning her in front of him. “Left hand at ten o'clock, right hand at two o'clock.”
She did as he asked, feeling awkward and jittery. “Like this?”
Grip it harder. Firm, but comfortable. It will pull a little when they set us free from the lash lines.” Van Buren placed his hands over hers. His chest brushed against her back.
Sophie's breath caught in her throat. He wouldn't try to kiss her where everyone could see, would he? A spicy bay rum fragrance surrounded him; the scent of a man who spent his life carrying exotic cargo. His hands almost engulfed hers, gentle but firm enough to ensure she wasn't about to flee. As if she could force herself. She tried to toss the thoughts out. Surely he was focused on flight, not on her.
I don't think this is a good idea,” she whispered.
You'll be surprised.” He sounded so confident. A rumble started behind them and the ship shook under her feet.
Her heart was in her throat. “What is it?”
The propellers. You'll get used to it. Now, hold tight.”
She didn't have a choice, because his hands still covered hers. The wheel tipped to one side and he straightened it. The ship groaned and Sophie's heart leaped when she saw the dock slip past them.
We're moving!”
That is the idea.” His mouth was next to her ear. From the corner of her eye she saw his smile. Wonder filled her as the ship drifted into midair. It bobbed a bit, dropping a few inches before popping back up. “The balloon isn't as full as it is when we're in open air. It will take a couple of hours to fully inflate then we'll gain altitude.”
They floated above a level field where long grass grew. In the distance, two ships were coming in, but no one else was leaving. Alone in the sky, they climbed higher steadily.
What do the gauges do?” she asked.
Van Buren removed his right hand from hers and pointed at the leftmost dial. “This one is air temperature. Right now, it's seventy-eight degrees. The one on the right of it is the wind speed; it's about fifteen miles an hour. That's good because we're going against it. We don't have to use much force to push through. This one is our speed. Three knots until we're safely away from the city. And the compass to make sure we're headed the correct direction.”
Like on a sea ship.” She beamed up at him, proud she had some knowledge to bring to the helm.
Aye. This little box is just like the 'gram machine in the office. We program it to the nearest dock and they report the weather to us so we know what to expect.”
What are we expecting?” The idea of storms made her nervous. She'd never traveled in bad weather before.
He pulled open a drawer beneath the helm and flipped through a logbook. “We chart the weather in this. It helps us figure average temperatures throughout the years. Whoever received the last weather report wrote down sunny for today, overcast tonight. Maybe some rain tomorrow, but nothing more than light showers.”
Sophie looked at the book in his hands. No one held the wheel but her. “Alwin! You let go.”
He grinned. “You're doing fine, zoete. Keep her steady, she's climbing on her own.”
It wasn't the idea of being the only thing that stood between them and another flaming airship wreck that made her tremble. It was his smile. The kind that all women yearned to receive from a handsome man. “You should really take the wheel.”
My hands are full.” He waved the logbook at her, but replaced it and remained standing beside her. “You're doing very well.”
Are you certain?” The wind blew her hair and snagged her skirt. The horizon filled her line of sight and she suddenly understood the thrill of piloting a ship. It was like having the same freedom as a bird. She could point the ship in any direction and go wherever she pleased. Nothing had ever made her feel so alive. Except kissing Van Buren. Her head turned his direction like it was on a spring. She covered the sudden movement with a laugh. “I think I'm in love with your ship.”
His eyes darkened from icy gray to the shade of wet concrete. He lowered his mouth to her ear again and put his hand on her back. “Flying is a great deal like making love, Sophie.”
She nearly melted at her name on his lips. “W-why do you say that?”
It's instinctual. The mind and body work together, creating a moment of beauty. The first time is a little frightening, but once you find the rhythm, the proper technique, you have something very enjoyable on your hands. Something that you feel deep within your soul. Something that you never want to give up. With the right person, the kind of relationship you'd die to protect.”
Sophie couldn't find her voice. She stood stock still, staring straight ahead, too embarrassed to look at her husband. His hand moved up her back, over her shoulder until he cupped her jaw and turned her head so that she was looking at him. Their lips were so close together, she thought he'd kiss her again. So much for the idea that he wouldn't attempt to seduce her in front of the crew.
He cocked an eyebrow. “Nothing to say, Sophie? Your heart is racing.” 

Okay, to enter, leave me a comment and your e-mail address. I'll give you a holler when the hop is over and we'll have ourselves a winner! Good luck and happy weekend to all!

Comments

  1. I love the quote by Erica jong

    all the best

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  2. those are some wonderful quotes you listed on your blog today

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  3. Hamlet ... I ♥ that quote.

    Of course - I love e.e.cummings as well..

    thank you for participating..

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  4. Terrific quotes :) I'm definitely one of those people who spend a lot of time looking up quotes online, and often they are about love! :)

    Thanks so much!
    Liz
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  5. Loved the quotes. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great story.
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  6. Wonderful post full of enthusiasm.
    bidelia78@yahoo.com

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  7. Thanks for sharing those quote as well as the book

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  8. What a great hop! Grand prizes, old friends to visit and new ones to meet… and chances to win at each stop too. I’m in Blog heaven!
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    I’m a sucker for the HEA. All my favorite authors give me a great story line, characters I can identify with, hot love scenes and a perfect HEA!
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
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  9. Thank you for the giveaway!

    Diana
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  10. I love your quotes! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
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  11. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! The Sky Pirate's Wifes sounds great!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

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  12. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  13. Sounds like a great book. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  14. Thx for chance to win..thanks for finding the quotes I will be using one. I love to use love quotes esp from older romances or my fav old hollywood movies. marshteal@gmail.com

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  15. Great excerpt. Now I want to know what happened. lol Thanks for the giveaway.
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  16. I would very much like to read The Sky Pirate's Wife. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Crystal Craig
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  17. Love the quotes!!

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  18. Thanks for the quotes! And for the chance to win. I'd love to read The Sky Pirate's Wife!

    Barbara
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  19. I love all the quotes you found. Love is even better than chocolate donuts--and you know how much I love donuts!

    Wonderful excerpt. The Sky Pirate's Wife is a winner!
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  20. .J.F.A
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    hi just commenting!hope i get entered in the giveaway!

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  21. LOVE THE QUOTES!
    Jesse
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  22. What a fun hop! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo

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  23. Oh yummy, yummy romance. Nothing beats romance books for enterainment.

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  24. What a great excerpt, enough to get people interested without giving too much away.

    Adria
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  25. Re: Doubt thou the stars...
    Hamlet wrote it to Ophelia in a letter, but Polonius is the one who recites the words. I've seen/Stage Managed that show so much it's stuck in my head.

    Samantha Jane
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  26. Great interaction between Van Buren & Sophie.
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  27. Thank you for the giveaway!
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  28. Lovely excerpt!
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  29. Thanks for the awesome & amazing giveaway!
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  30. For me, romance is all about the trust and respect built between the characters. Since I write BDSM, these elements are very important.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop!
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  31. Thanks for the chance, I love discovering new authors.
    Great post!
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  32. It's part of a letter Hamlet wrote to Ophelia. I think Polonius is reading it.....LOL......Fun Hop! Love the blog! krystalshannan@yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaways! This is so much fun! Thank you! My favorite thing about romance is the romance. lol I love the characters, the plots, the HEA's, the love. I love it all!
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  34. I love the chase and the HEA.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
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  35. I love reading romance books because it is an escape away from real life, knowing in the end that the girl gets the guy and they live happy ever after....I have met my Love and we do have a Happy Ever After...

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway.
    As for as romance goes grand gestures are great in the beginning, but after spending years with someone its the little things that count.

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  37. Love the hope! Its fun checking out new authors to me.
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  38. Great post!!! I love romance books but they must have HEA’s! My favorite are series because I love seeing the characters again in other books!!

    thanks for the contest!!
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  39. I love the beauty and the happiness and of course the HEA in a romance story.

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  40. Thanks for being part of the hop

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  41. Love the Love quotes!
    I love the escape to a HEA in romance :)

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  42. Love to read romance books because I like to know that at least someone is getting an HEA, even if the characters are only fiction! Thanks for joining the hop and the awesome giveaway!
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  43. I love the quotes!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  44. Thanks. havebookwillsurvive at gmail.com

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  45. Love the quotes. The book sounds great. Also thank you for the giveaway.
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  46. Great quotes! I am always looking for quotes to use. Thanks for being on the hop. I love discovering authors I didn't know before.
    mel
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  47. Thanks tons for the hop! I only read romance. My fav is Lora Leigh! Going to parade Monday with brothers and sisters! Should be FUN!
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  48. I love romance because it's so UNLIKE real life...LOL. It's true escapist reading.
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  49. love the HEA's - and love your blog design!
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  50. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I hope that you have a great labor day weekend! Your 5 quotes about love made me think of those 'love is. . ' comics.
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  51. Thank you for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. :)

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  52. Thanks for participating! Congrats on your upcoming release.

    AnnaM.
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  53. Love your blog header - had to stop and read them all before reading the actual post!

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  54. Nice post.

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  55. Great blog hop, sayings & the snippet...
    Thanks :)
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  56. thanks for participating in the hop. I'm visiting so many new blogs and plan on returning
    Happy Labor Day
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  57. This sounds like a great book Thank you very much for sharing!
    What a great blog hop love romance!
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  58. Sounds like a great read. Thank you for being part of this romance hop!
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  59. Sounds like a very good book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  60. The book sounds awesome! It's going on my to read list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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