Talking Travel with Guest Dee J. Adams + a Giveaway!

Hi everyone! I’m super happy to have my friend Dee J. Adams here today. She’s talking about travel (something I so wish I got to do more of) and she’s got a giveaway. Take it away, Dee…

Are You a Traveler?

Some people love to travel. They live for it. They save for it and plan their life around it. I envy those people since I’m not one of them. It’s not that I don’t enjoy new experiences or exploring historical/amazing places, I’m just not a fan of all the details that go into getting there.

Take for instance my recent visit to Texas (from Los Angeles). I’m not adverse to flying and let’s get real, the flight isn’t even four hours long, yet on arrival home after a short weekend visit, I spent the whole day cleaning, unpacking and dealing with all I’d missed in 2.5 days. It was only a weekend people, but I still found myself totally exhausted trying to get life back in place.

Then I remind myself that this little excursion came 10 days after a giant 9 day vacation in Hawaii. (Suddenly it sounds like I’m jet set and I’m really not!) This was a mammoth vacation. I’d never spent that much time away from home. Talk about loads of laundry. Jeez.

It’s not like all I did was worry about the actual travel part (the turbulent planes, long airport waits and rude travelers), or the massive amount of clean up/laundry on the back end, but I find those things so annoying that it really puts a dent in enjoying the actual travel experience.

I think one of the reasons I enjoy reading so much is that my brain gets to travel while my body gets to stay at home. I get to visit other locals and meet new people and none of it requires that I pack a bag or do laundry at the end of it. (Although that’s kind of not true, because a good book will take me out of my usual routine when I can’t put it down and then I’ll inevitably fall behind and low and behold… it’s almost like I really did take a vacation because I’ve got so much to do when I finish the book! But I guess a good book is like a good vacation. You fall behind in the day to day stuff, but it was worth the ride.

If you’d like to take a vacation, I’ve got the perfect getaway! Time is running out to snag your copy of Eight Nights with a Hero. Eight romantic suspense novels for only 99 cents. The book disappears Jan. 31 so grab it now!

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What about you? Do you love to travel? What’s your favorite thing and least favorite thing?

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for Dee and two random commenters will be chosen to win Eight Nights with a Hero! Winners will be selected Sunday morning and their names posted in the comments.


The Thundermans Production PhotosDee J. Adams was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television before transitioning behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms. Her experience in show business led her to narrate most of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series (Carina Press) for

Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.


Excerpt from Imminent Danger:

She was twenty-four years old and never had a boyfriend.

He must have looked skeptical because she continued.

“You heard me right.” She folded her arms across her chest and watched him. “I’ve never done a lot of things. I’m pretty useless when it comes to any type of relationship knowledge, so you’re better off knowing that now and…you know…moving on.”

Her body language said hands off, but her eyes looked wistful, like a woman who knew she was missing out on something, but didn’t know how to get it. She looked over his shoulder and the longing on her face had him following her gaze. A young couple had set out a blanket beneath a nearby tree and the kiss they currently shared might’ve gotten them arrested if a cop walked by.

“Has anyone ever kissed you, Ab?” he whispered the question.

She looked at his lips as she shook her head. She’d started breathing harder and he hadn’t touched her.

“You look scared and interested at the same time,” Blake said, reading her expression.

“I guess I am.” She met his gaze and struggled with something. “If I’m being honest, I’m afraid I won’t ever share a first kiss with someone.” She uttered the words so softly that Blake barely heard her.

“We could fix that right now, if you want to.” He didn’t dare get his hopes up. “You know I won’t ever hurt you, right?”

Her eyes widened. “I didn’t mean now. Here. God, how embarrassing. Blake…” She trailed off, but the look in her eyes changed to something closer to optimism.

“We can start small. An Eskimo kiss,” he blurted.

Her brows pulled together. “What?”

His confidence spiked. “An Eskimo kiss. You know what an Eskimo kiss is. No lips.”

She looked suspicious and he smiled.

“It’ll be completely painless. I promise. Want to try?” It took her a few seconds to think about it, but when she gave him a slight nod, an instant bolt of heat shot through his gut. “Keep your eyes open, okay. Watch me.” He leaned in slowly, clued in to her uncertainty by the rising of her chest. “Eyes on mine,” he whispered as he closed the distance. He grazed the side of her nose with his as they stared at each other. Their lips so close together, he felt the warmth of her breath across his cheek. He continued to softly nuzzle her nose. First one side, then the other. His skin tingled all over with electric energy. It took every ounce of will power he possessed to keep his hands stuffed in his pockets, to keep his lips from joining the party. Just his nose, brushing against hers in a playful little two-step. God, she smelled like fresh lemons. Finally, he pulled away but not too far. He had something else planned. “Not bad, right?” he asked.

She swallowed again and shook her head. “No.”

“I’ve got another one for you,” he said.

“Another Eskimo kiss?”

“A butterfly kiss,” he told her. Before she said no, he leaned in again, his nose grazing hers before he fluttered his lashes against her cheek. He felt her smile, felt the warmth of her lips a fraction of an inch from his skin. After a few seconds, he pulled back. “Not so bad, right?” She lowered her gaze and shook her head. “How about we go for a small one. If you don’t like it, you can bail and I won’t mention it again. Deal?”

She looked skeptical. “I don’t know.”

“Have I steered you wrong yet?” he asked. “No, but…”

“Are my hands still stuffed in my back pockets?” he asked. Touching her would only send her running.

She smiled at that. “Yes.”

“Then…? What do you say? Totally up to you.”

Her tension ratcheted up about ten notches before she said, “Okay.”

All he wanted to do was take away the fear. “It’s all right,” he whispered. Blake moved in slowly and nuzzled her nose again with another Eskimo kiss. He wanted to wrap her up tight in his arms, put his lips on hers and kiss her forever, but if he did that he’d lose her. Slowly, he let his lips brush against hers in a barely there kiss. She was as soft as he imagined. Hell, softer. Her plush lips begged for more, but he kept it simple, kept it sweet. Back and forth, so slowly. Her breath washed over his mouth in short gasps and Blake pulled back a fraction.

She opened her eyes and he saw a mix of surprise and panic. He wanted to touch the smooth skin of her cheek, wanted to run his hands through the softness of her hair. “That wasn’t so bad,” she said.

His heart lodged in his throat and he nodded, tried to find his voice. He gave her reassuring grin. “See? Your first kiss and you survived fine.” He let her process that. “Wanna try another one?”

Shyly, she nodded and swallowed again as her gaze fastened on his lips. She looked more ready to do battle than kiss.


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37 Responses to Talking Travel with Guest Dee J. Adams + a Giveaway!

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Dee,

    Welcome! Oh, those travel hassles 🙂 Definitely books have the advantage over lines and travel sickness and lost luggage. Lol. Congratulations on the upcoming set! Imminent Danger sounds absolutely delicious!

    • Dee J. says:

      Hi Mary,
      Thank you! There are definitely two sides of a coin when traveling. I do love a relaxing vacation. (Of course, they include a good book or two!) But lost luggage is the worst! LOL. The set is out, but only for another 9 days! Thanks for dropping in!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Dee, I love your kiss scene. I’m definitely buying this. A great bargain!

    I flew to the UK last fall, and was there for two weeks. When I returned home, I had a really bad jet lag. It took me a week to feel somewhat better. Though I had a lovely time and I’m glad I went, I’m not sure if I’ll do another trip like that. Shorter trips, maybe.

  3. robena grant says:

    Good post, and I love your books Dee J.
    I love travel and have done so much of it in my life (I was once an airline stewardess) that I’ve developed three systems, pre-trip, in-trip, and after-trip. If I stick to the plans things go so much more smoothly. Way back in my early days of travelling from the US to Australia (which I do every eighteen months) my mother used to do my entire laundry and pack it for me, then I’d get home and the clothing would be so wrinkled I’d just shove it into the washing machine and do it all again. Ha ha. Now I travel back with a bag full of stinky clothes.
    If I had more disposable income I’d make at least two trips a year. Sadly, I have to count my travel pennies.

  4. Hi Dee J. & Robin,

    Dee J., I love your post, but I love that teaser even more. 😉

    I do enjoy traveling, (for pleasure. Traveling for business was never nearly as much fun). My favorite thing is probably the anticipation…planning the itinerary, looking at the hotel online, checking the weather forecast. My least favorite thing is doing the post-vacay laundry.

  5. I used to love to travel in my twenties.
    No more! I’ve turned into a homebody.
    Glad you’re getting out and about. Have fun!

  6. Hi Dee J, I love to travel and did more of it before I had kids and hope to do more of it when they get out of the house! I love the planning and anticipation almost as much as the trip. I’ll be spending a week in NYC this summer and I’m already looking into the Broadway shows and the tickets to Ellis Island. The worst part about travel is boarding the pets (currently one dog); otherwise, I don’t mind the laundry and mail pile-ups. Love your excerpt and Eskimo kisses! 😛

  7. elena k says:

    hi girls! I love to travel and see new places although I love being at home too! this is a great sale, thanks for the giveaway

  8. Amy R says:

    Hi Dee! I do like to travel now and then. I enjoy the comforts of home too much to do it on a regular basis. I agree that traveling via books is the way to go! Don’t put me in the drawing for this set because I have it already. I so can’t wait to read Imminent Danger. It will be my first book of yours. 🙂
    Amy R`s last blog was …Review: UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

  9. Marie Miller says:

    Hi Dee & Robin
    Traveling is a large part of being born and raised on the island. I still have to travel to see families and to be part of big important family events.
    Traveling to New Zealand is a long haul…about 13-14 hours and to Samoa 10-11 hrs depending on which route to take so books is a must to bide that long flight away. I still have yet to visit Australia…where I have families all over the place, soon….
    My major dislike is the packing as I have to think of all I need to pack for relatives etc. and with the minimum allowance that the airlines give you, it becomes a headache…oh well!
    Dee can’t wait to dig my teeth into Imminent Danger….sounds yummy! Got a kindle for Christmas from my nieces so no excuses. Enjoyed the posting. Hugs Girls!

  10. I do love to travel when I actually commit to it. But first comes the “Do I really want to do this?” Last year I traveled more than I wanted. Like you, Dee, Texas and Hawaii. Hawaii was for a memorial service. I also went to Michigan three times, Chicago for a wedding, Burlington Vermont for a graduation and Seattle to visit my sister.
    Last night my younger son called and asked if I wanted to go with them to Italy this year. My first thought is “NO!” But I bet I change my mind.
    Susan B James`s last blog was …Meet Debut Author Linda O’Connor.

    • Dee J. says:

      Hi Susan,
      I’m usually in Texas 3 times a year for family stuff, then there’s the work travel. But I would NOT say NO to Italy! Haha. We’re actually talking about doing an Ireland trip this summer before the daughter goes off to college. Wow. I have to wrap my brain around that, but I know I’d love it while I’m there. You have to go to Italy for those of us who aren’t going. LOL. And have tons of fun!!
      Dee J.`s last blog was …You Heard It Here: Happiness Is…

  11. Hi Dee, post travel jet lag and catch up kept me from commenting sooner *g*

    Welcome to MM and your book sounds wonderful! I just spend nearly a month away, and while we had a great time, we are definitely happy to be home. The jet lag isn’t pleasant, but I think it’s worth it.

  12. I love travelling. I love hotels. I even sort of like airports. At one time I wanted to be a stewardess (yes, THAT long ago), but I was too short. If not for a couple of inches, I’d have been a paid jet-setter. Oh, and that ambition was because of a book, Coffee, Tea, Or Me.

  13. Happy Sunday! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment for Dee! The winners of her giveaway are Elena K. and Marie Miller. Congratulations, ladies!! Please email me at robinbielman AT gmail DOT com so I can hook you up with Dee. 🙂
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …A little tease to warm you up

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