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05 July 2012

1NS Bl0g H0p ~ Day 1 ~ Las Vegas ( @crmoss @decadentpub #1NSHop )

Most people who know me know that I love living in the Las Vegas valley. One of the main reasons we moved from the Northeast to the southwest was because of the weather. The snow and rain and humidity got the better of us back east, and we couldn’t stand it anymore. People who know DH and I have often wondered and asked us about this considering we were born and raised in the north. Shouldn’t we have been acclimated to it all? Well, yes, once upon a time we had been, but right after we were married, we moved to Texas for a few years. It was there we realized we liked the warm weather and lack of snow, but circumstances had us returning to the northeast. After several more years back where we grew up, we knew we had to get out. Another big reason for our move, which was tied into the weather aspect of our decision, was that, at that time, my husband was into duathlons and triathlons. He was serious about his training and his goal was to make it to Kona, HI for the Ironman tri (Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles -- Ironman). So one hot, muggy, awful August day, I asked
him if we should move to a location that had better weather. He said yes, and less than a year later, we were in Las Vegas…enjoying the sun, the blue sky, the dry climate. Training was better for him since he didn’t have to contend with rain, snow, humidity…
   I was part of his support team, going to races as a spectator and volunteer, helping out on training runs and rides, acted as moral support in our home. Many mornings we were up at the crack of dawn…sometimes out the door by 4 AM to get to a race by 5 AM (yep, ‘two fives in a day’ and one is much too early for this ol’ girl. LOL!) One time here in town for the marathon, I spent close to four hours standing by myself near the finish line, guarding a bag of gear and goodies. It’s a good thing I have an imagination and know how to entertain myself!

   So, how did hubby and I decide on Las Vegas as a place to live? We traveled here for a number of vacations, then when we finally made the decision to relocate, we came out over a Thanksgiving weekend to look at homes. Talk about turkey overload. Hubby and I went to two different buffets that day! The first one was around lunch time. We ate at the Carnival World Buffet over at the Rio. Lots of food, great seafood and of course we had our share of the Tom bird. Later that day, actually into the evening when we realized we were hungry again (yes, hours later…lol!) we went to the buffet in the hotel we were staying in and had a second Turkey day meal. I’m amazed we didn’t pass out at the table or have to be rolled out of the dining area! Did you know that there are races here in town called Turkey Trot and Catch the Gobbler? They’re races between 5K and 10K and the events also offer 1 mile walks. We also came out one year for the marathon. This used to be when it was held at the end of January, beginning of February. The marathon is now held in the beginning of December. I’ve even written a couple of stories incorporating Las Vegas and the races.

So you might be asking ~ What does this all have to do with the 1NS series and my 1NS books? Well, I like using Las Vegas as a location and some of my experiences here in my stories. My first Decadent Publishing release, Sunset Desires, though not set completely in Las Vegas has a character from the area and the story ends in a Las Vegas casino. The second book, Sunset Seduction, is set in a hotel room (similar to one hubby and I stayed in when he was in the marathon) in Las Vegas and the last two books I’m planning will be set in and around the city. I’m excited about being with Decadent Publishing and being a part of their 1NS line of stories. For more info and to purchase Sunset Desires visit Decadent Publishing & For more info and to purchase Sunset Seduction visit Decadent Publishing. Keep tuned here on my blog during the next few days for more on my 1NS books!
   Along with the great main prizes being given away for the hop (see the list here: Blog Hop Info) I'm also giving away an E copy of Sunset Desires in celebration of this hop. So be sure to comment and leave your name and email with it to be entered in my drawing and the main one. For the e-book, I'll draw a random name from all the compiled comments on my blog today and over the next few days and contact the winner on the 9th.
   Now go visit these other wonderful authors and say hi on their blogs! ;)


Happy Reading!
C.R. Moss

40 comments:

andieleah said...

Hi C.R.! I really love that cover of Sunset Seduction...its hot!!! Thanks for ths great giveaway!

andieleah78@gmail.com

Barbara Elsborg said...

I've been twice - no three times to las Vegas. One of the hotels we stayed in has now gone - a pile of rubble - but the weather - lovely all three times. It's a great place to set stories!! So much inspiration.

Yvette said...

I love the cover of your book! I am from the east and I know what you mean about the weather. Right now we are going through a heatwave of 95' and above and for a person with curly hair, well there goes the frizz.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Jessica Subject said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop! I absolutely love your covers!

As much as I complain about the snow, I would miss it if I moved away. Though in Canada, there are few places to live that don't get snow, if any. LOL :)

Jlhmass said...

I completely understand your move. I live in the Northeast and every year the snow and cold seem worse and worse. If we didn't have family here DH, the family and I would move someplace dry and warm. Thanks for the giveaway!

jlhmass at yahoo dot com

Tamaria Soana said...

I've read Sunset Desires and can't wait to get and read Sunset Seduction. I live in Buffalo NY, you know the place that it snows all the time.

tamariasoana@yahoo.com

Erykah Wyck said...

Beautiful Blog :) Weather right now is crazy Not loving it at all.

Happy Hopping

Erykah.Wyck (at) gmail dot com

Brenda Demko said...

I've never been to Las Vegas but would like to. Where I live in PA we get some of everything. Right now it is etremely hot! I prefer the weather in the fall. Thanks.
brendem7@comcast.net

Drea Becraft said...

I've never been to Vegas but I would love to go one day...that is when the kids get old enough to be left for a few days.

~*Drea*~
dreabecraft(@)aol.com

Arlene said...

I used Vegas as the setting for a novel of mine and loved the background it offered. I'm so glad you and your husband love where you now live and very cool it's been an inspiration for fantastic reads.

kimmyl said...

Loved your post and the excerpt was great. Thanks for a chance at winning an awesome prize.
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Carin said...

I have family in the Vegas area and they love it, I grew up out West and now am in the North East I must have had to come replace you or something LOL!
What a good woman you are to support your hubby so, my body only recognizes on 4 and it isn't am :O)
Carin mawmom@gmail.com

Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

Thanks for the chance to win your book! I love Vegas. The Hub & I go out there at least twice a year to visit his family.
vanessa (at)thejeepdiva(dot) com

Tracy said...

My son and daughter-in-law are moving to Vegas for three years while she works on her doctorate at UNLV. I hope I get to visit them there and see what the area is like. I like the idea of a romance set here, where magic can happen on a one-night stand.

Tracy said...

Whoops, Tracy again, rivawriter(at)yahoo(dot)com

Melissa Keir said...

I'm excited to read your stories. I love the one night stand series.

Melissa
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Lucky said...

Wonderful blog hop ! Love it !

Lucky
luckybooks12@yahoo.com

Lucky said...

Love the Sunset Desires cover !

luckybooks12@yahoo.com

Anne said...

My parents visited the Vegas area and stayed for a few months each time, but ultimately ended up in Tucson for the nice weather.

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Buffy Kennedy said...

I look forward to checking out your books, thanks for the chance to win!

BK
buffykennedy[at]gmail[dot]com

Kerry said...

I've never had Vegas on my list of places to go, but the more I read, the more I am intrigued. :)

thanks for the hop!
vail(at)mindspring(dot)com

C. Moss said...

Thanks everyone who's stopped by so far! Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for the compliments on the covers! :)
I'm going to have more Vegas goodness over the next couple of days and a brief excerpt from Sunset Seduction on Sunday so be sure to check back in while the hop continues.
=)
Happy Reading!
C.R. Moss

V.S. Morgan said...

Hi C.R.

Just stopping by to say hi to a fellow DP author. Your books will definitely need to be added to my TBR pile.

Anonymous said...

In March, I visited Las Vegas and ate at the Carnival World Buffet. I have fond memories of the food. Thanks for the giveaway.


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StacieD said...

I moved from Chicago to Seattle mostly due to the weather. Yesterday Chicago had a record high while Seattle was in the 60s.

Geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com

elaing8 said...

Beautiful covers.
Thanks for the giveaway
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

bas1chs said...

I agree - beautiful covers! I really want to read both of these.
Thanks for being part of the hop.
bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

Cathy M said...

I am a California girl myself, born and raised. And while. I've had fun visiting other States, I love getting back home.

Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

Vanessa N. said...

Great post. Love the cover for Sunset Seduction. Thanks for the giveaway.

mythic021@gmail.com

Susan W. said...

I've been to Vegas 3 times and had a great time! The best thing for me was the lack of humidity!

Thanks for the giveaway!

suz2(at)cox(dot)net

Sue Sattler said...

I love the 1NS series, with so many different authors, you never get bored.

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ashlynn monroe said...

Sounds fantastic!

Julianne said...

I really like the 1NS series idea. There are so many to choose from and the covers are fabulous.
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Amy S. said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy Smith
amysmith98@gmail.com

Toni said...

Vegas is our usual vacation spot. We own a timeshare that you can use around the world, but we always go to Vegas. Nothing like it and we don't even gamble.

Thanks for participating!

tsteinerid(gmail)

Catherine Lee said...

I have never been to Vegas. I'm looking forward to my first visit. I know that my professional organization is having its annual conference there within the next couple of years so I will go then. I know it will be an experience!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Viari Rose said...

The Cover for Sunset Seduction is beautiful.

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Eva's Flowers said...

Vegas is just a short drive from my hometown of Phoenix, done it quite a number of times...thanks for the opportunity at reading your stories :)

Eva
evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

JoAnna said...

I haven't been to Las Vegas. I hope to get there someday. Thanks for the giveaway!
Beckerjo at verizon dot net

Shadow said...

I would love to read your book! Thank you so much for the giveaway and the awesome hop!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com