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Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Monday, March 28, 2011

Whirlwind by Robin DeJarnett: Review and Interview

Welcome, Author Robin DeJarnett!

I had the pleasure of reading Robin's novel Whirlwind, and gave it 5 stars! Here's my review:

Whirlwind is a debut Romantic Suspense novel by Robin DeJarnett, featuring Melissa and Jason, two twenty-somethings who meet at a wedding. Sparks fly when they first touch, but romance isn’t the only focal point of the story, as later in the evening a woman is murdered.

Turns out the murderer might now be after Melissa. The book summary includes a great line: “Cinderella lost a shoe—Melissa could lose both her handsome prince and her life”. Ha! This subtle humor pervaded the story and was one reasons of many I adored Whirlwind.

I’m a practical woman, so the idea of love-at-first-sight made me a bit skeptical when I started this novel. By the end, Robin DeJarnett completely convinced me of the realism and beauty of a whirlwind romance! What made me a believer? 1) Melissa and Jason created emotional intimacy before their explosive physical chemistry had a chance to bloom, 2) Their character development was gradual and complex, and 3) The characters maintained their own independence and personalities without becoming enmeshed or losing themselves in each other. But the most compelling reason was Robin’s writing style. It was smooth, sexy, and suspenseful.

I found myself really liking both Melissa and Jason, and the supporting cast was also richly drawn. This is a novel about many kinds of relationships, including romance, friendship, and the deep bonds with our parents. Melissa’s insight about her relationship with her deceased father was poignant and meaningful.

My only complaint: Why oh why did Jason have to attend the University of MICHIGAN? As a resident of Columbus, Ohio, I was very dismayed by that choice but I did have to laugh when his brother named his horse Buckeye just for spite. Go Mitch!

I DEFINITELY recommend Whirlwind, and I eagerly anticipate Robin’s next novel. Bravo! And here's my interview of Robin.

Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, Robin! What's been your favorite aspect of being a published author so far?

Robin DeJarnett (RD): Thank you so much for inviting me, Jen. Hmmm, it's hard to say what my favorite aspect is, but I can tell you that I've been blown away by the support of my friends - both online and in person - for the book.  It makes me giggle when my friends ask if they can get a picture with me (they see me all the time!). One friend even made a party game involving the book!  Their interest and support has just been overwhelming.

JL: Your Goodreads author bio says you're a former "engineer, computer administrator, and saleswoman". I've befriended another author, Belinda Kroll, who has a similar background. That fascinates me how seemingly disparate those experiences are from writing romances. What differences/similarities have you found between your former careers and writing?
RD: At first glance, you wouldn't think there'd be much similarity between working in a power plant and writing a romance novel, but looking back now, I see that in all the jobs I've held, I've always looked forward to the little creative projects that came along. Writing isn't something that most people associate with applied sciences like engineering or computer science, but the truth is you don't work in a box by yourself, you have to communicate with others clearly and succinctly. I also got involved in training and teaching others when I got the chance, and was able to stretch my creative legs. One really fun project involved writing the script for a silly little training video about when to call tech support - it involved a rat (made out of rubber) chewing through computer cables. (Sorry, that was pre-YouTube...I'm not sure my VHS still works!)

JL: I enjoyed Melissa's character because she wasn't a girly-girl. What sports are you into?

RD: I'm a fan, mostly.  I love football, baseball (especially minor league), and if you follow me on twitter, you know I love my San Jose Sharks hockey team. The one sport I do play from time to time is golf.
The sports focus in Whirlwind is rodeo, and most of the inspiration for that came from my cousin, Wendi. She participates as an amateur in a sport called penning, which involves a team of three and a herd of cattle. Every cow has a number painted on their back, and when the whistle blows, three numbers are shouted out. Wendi and her teammates have to cut those three cows out of the herd and put them in a pen - in a matter of seconds.  I find it fascinating watching them work. Most of the time Wendi is just along for the ride - once her horse, Jalapena, knows which cow they want, she corners it without any direction from her rider. It's pretty amazing!

JL: How did a "love at first sight" story originate for you? Have you experienced a whirlwind romance yourself?

RD: No, I've never experienced love at first sight. My motto is "Happiness is being married to your best friend." I knew my husband for quite a while before we actually went out.  It wasn't until our first date that I really got to know him - and fell for him. So for me it was "love at first know."
Whirlwind actually came about because a friend challenged me to write a SHORT, spicy sex scene.  Intimate scenes are very hard for me to write...I needed to know why the couple was together, how they met, and what attracted them before I could put them in bed. Since the original story was supposed to be a short story, I hit upon the idea of love at first sight. Little did I know that instant attraction didn't mean instant story! As you know, it took me six chapters to work up to the big scene, and by then, I knew the rest of the story. Completed, Whirlwind was novel length, and here we are!

JL: Clearly you chose the wrong school for Jason to attend. ;-) Tell us about your interest in the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the University of Michigan Wolverines.

RD:  Hahaha! Now I really have to thank you - I can imagine how hard it was for you to read about my true BLUE hero and interview a Wolverine fan! :-D

My husband was born in Michigan bleeds blue (of course!), so it was natural for  Jason to have a tie to U of M (Jason is not my husband, btw). My husband didn't attend the U of M, but my good friend, Killian McRae, did. :-) I do love the Wolverines, and have visited the campus and Big House a couple times.

JL: It seemed like Melissa's tattoo had some significance to you but I think I missed that. Care to elaborate on the tattoo?

RD: Melissa's tattoo is very special to her - it's a permanent tribute to her father. It's something she came up with, I just wrote it down.  I don't have any tattoos and will be having dinner with both my parents on Friday.
JL: I'm looking forward to reading more novels written by you! What are you working on now?
RD: I'm currently working on finishing the first draft of Quicksand - the sequel to Whirlwind. You're going to get a big dose of M Go Blue in that one! I get to indulge in my love of minor league baseball as well.

I don't have a blurb for Quicksand yet, but the story will revolve around Melissa trying to fit into Jason's life and facing his past...including that almost-fiancee mentioned in Whirlwind. When Melissa suspects Jason's best friend may be involved in something nefarious, Jason has to decide if he's going to trust her instincts or his experience. Let's just say our happy couple has a few issues to work out...

I'm also working on the outline for book 3 in Jason and Melissa's story.  Mitch (Jason's steer-wrestling brother) has a starring role in that installment.

Thank you, Robin!

You know what time it is! Time for Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop, hosted by Lisa Sanchez. You've just met Robin, now meet other authors on the hop.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Congratulations, Winners!

Congratulations to Junaid and Niamh, winners of the Goodreads giveaway!

Just like Charlie Sheen, you're both WINNERS.

It's great to have one international winner and one American winner--a nice balance. Signed copies of Bad Behavior are headed your way.

Don't forget to check out the video trailer for Bad Behavior, and have a great weekend!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Cuffs Come Off

Feeling naughty? Make sure to enter the Goodreads giveaway for The Conduct Series #2: Bad Behavior. There's less than a week left to enter, and this time the cuffs come off!

I'm very excited to reveal the video trailer for Bad Behavior! Thanks to Micha Stone from Omnific Publishing and my Aunt Nancy for their help in creating this baby.

Syrah and Chardonnay exhibited some really good behavior by hosting me for an interview on their blog Chick Lit & Wine. I had a lot of fun with those two!

It's Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop, hosted by Lisa Sanchez. The hop's a great way for authors to network and for readers to identify new authors.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hidden Threat by Sherri Hayes Review and Interview

Last night I attended the touring production of Les Miserables, a story about a parolee who desperately tries to overcome his past to become a good man. Hmm, wonder why I loved it so much? ;-) Don't forget to enter the Goodreads giveaway for Bad Behavior, a story about my favorite parolee Grant Madsen.

Today it's my pleasure to feature the wonderful novel Hidden Threat by Sherri Hayes! Sherri and I met on a website where we posted our stories, and it was so fun to discover we both lived in central Ohio. Since then we've become friends.

Here's my 4 star review of Hidden Threat from Goodreads:

I loved this book!

Hidden Threat by Sherri Hayes reminded me why I like the romantic suspense genre so much. Sherri created a compelling story about two singles meeting in unexpected circumstances, both drawn to each other but trying to deny their feelings to avoid an ill-advised office romance.

Cali Stanton is a physician returning from Africa to help out her father, the owner of a pharmaceutical company who has to take leave from his position due to an accident. She reluctantly agrees to take over in his absence though she’d rather continue her healing work for Doctors Without Borders.

Matthew Anderson is the head of security for Stanton Enterprises. He and his brother have been called in to sniff out a saboteur hijacking pharmaceutical shipments. The “hidden threat” is the very reason Cali’s father needs someone he trusts to take his place. Matthew is loyal and determined to neutralize the threat, though when he first meets Cali he’s hit by feelings that are anything but neutral.

How can he fall for the boss’ daughter? Matthew is full of integrity, but the attraction he feels for Cali makes it difficult for him to remain professional. Cali’s just as attracted to the blue-eyed hunk, though she’s quite confused by his hot/cold behavior toward her. Meanwhile, the threats to Cali’s safety intensify, and Matthew will have to call on all of his skills to try to keep her safe.

The angst about killed me in this story! (In a good way.) Sherri Hayes did an awesome job writing unresolved sexual tension.

“A deep blush crossed Cali’s skin, and Matthew almost lost it. This woman was driving him crazy. He wanted to touch her, to crush her to his body, and kiss her to within an inch of her life. Instead of doing any of those things though, he took a step back toward the elevators.” (p. 124).

Arghhh! Kiss her, Matthew. Do it.

I liked when they were watching a football game with another couple, trying to hide their amorous feelings for each other, and Cali was studying Matthew. It’s evident she loves him on the inside too:

“She found she was more mesmerized by watching Matthew than the game. That really shouldn’t have surprised her though. Matthew was captivating. He was brilliant and disciplined. His sense of humor was quick when he came out from behind the mask he wore. And he was sweet, warm, and loving.”

I want my own Matthew. *pouts*

Sherri’s writing style is clean and concise. Hidden Threat is a wonderful debut novel!

And now onto my interview of Author Sherri Hayes.

Jennifer Lane (JL): Thanks for visiting the blog, Sherri, and Happy Birthday! I loved Hidden Threat. How did you come up with the idea for the story?

Sherri Hayes (SH): The idea actually stemmed from a story that had been rattling around in my brain since I was about 14. Back then Cali's character was a queen and Matthew, a commoner who fell in love with her. Obviously, the story changed quite a bit as it developed over the years and then into what is now Hidden Threat.

JL: Wow, I didn't know about Cali originally being a queen in your mind. As Lady Gaga sings, Don't be a drag, just be a queen. You are evil with the sexual tension in this novel. ;-) What strategies did you use to develop such maddening tension?

SH: I always love good angst as long as there is a pay off in the end. Plus, I've never been one to like stories much where the two characters jump into bed without knowing each other. I felt the sexual tension in Hidden Threat really fit the mood of the story. It helped keep Cali and Matthew on their toes, plus gave the reader something to look forward to once they got together. As far as the development, that's simple. Everytime the mystery part of the storyline started to pick up, I threw in some more sexual tension, a tease if you will. That way the relationship moved right along with the mystery.

JL: And you sure teased me, baby. How has publishing your first novel affected your life?

SH: Well I am a lot busier now. lol. There always seems to be something to do whether it is writing for my blog, posting on my Facebook or Twitter accounts, working on my next novel, or preparing for book signings. There is never a night anymore where I can say, hm, I have nothing to do.

JL: I know your family has faced some painful times lately with the death of your father. How are you and your family doing?

SH: Yes, we have. My family and I are adjusting. Dad was sick for a long time and all of our lives, in various ways, revolved around that. Now there is space where there wasn't before. It's only been a little over a week, so we are all still getting used to it. I've mostly been helping my mom transition by making phone calls, helping her deliver and mail death certificates. There's a lot of work to do and many people to contact that you don't think about before someone dies.

JL: Please tell us about your upcoming series, starting with Slave.

SH: Slave will be the first novel in my Finding Anna series. It is the story of Stephan, a young Dominant, and Brianna, a slave he purchases. He has never wanted a slave, but when he finds out Brianna is most likely being held against her will, he feels compelled to rescue her. The only way to do that is to buy her from her Master.

Once he has her in his home, however, he realizes he has no idea what to do with her. She is broken and barely does anything beyond breathing without permission. He decides to help her in the only way he knows how, through the lifestyle that helped him find balance and control after his parents death.

The series will follow these two as Brianna not only finds herself again, but also finds there is more to life and love than what the outside world can understand.

Slave will be available for pre-order on June 30th, 2011 through my publisher's website

JL: I feel lucky I live near a fellow author like you. How do you enjoy living in Ohio?

SH: I love living in Ohio. There is a small town feel, people are friendly, and you still have many of the big city conveniences a short drive away.

Thank you, Sherri! Now go check out Hidden Threat.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Indivisible by Jessica McQuinn: Review and Interview

I'm intrigued by all things military, especially Men in Uniform. When I heard fellow Omnific author Jessica McQuinn wrote about a hunky Navy SEAL, I knew I wanted to read the story pronto!

Here's my review of Indivisible from Goodreads:

Are you participating in “Romantic Suspense” or “Men in Uniform” reading challenges in 2011? If so, have I got the book for you!

Indivisible is Jessica McQuinn’s second novel, featuring a young married couple facing the danger and forced separation of life in the military.

Charlotte “Charlie” Cooper (I love that name) is finishing her college degree and savoring the last moments of togetherness with her Navy SEAL husband Gideon before he leaves for six months on assignment. They’ve only been married one year and she’s feeling scared and bereft about his departure.

Gideon is a muscled bo-hunk whose heart is almost as big as his biceps. I loved when he knows he’s made a mistake with Charlie and goes about his bumbling yet charming way of trying to apologize. He’s smarter than he looks!

Gideon had me giggling several times, like when he was at a briefing for the mission and Charlie was sending him naughty text messages. He bounces his knee so hard he knocks the table, spilling coffee and drawing his superior’s negative attention. Later in the story:

“He sat with the phone to his ear listening to the horrible Muzak crap. ‘Like a Virgin’ was never meant to be instrumental. Despite his annoyance, he found himself tapping his fingers to the song, which irritated him even more. Then he started singing along, trying to comfort himself.” (p. 258)

I can totally picture the humorous scene of a Navy SEAL humming a Madonna song.

I enjoyed learning about Gideon and Charlie’s unconventional engagement via flashbacks throughout the first section of the novel. I also liked the complexity of Gideon’s family. Jessica McQuinn did a wonderful job creating vivid and layered characters for the Cooper family and their partners. What I liked most of all was the plot. The summary on the book jacket describes an “ordeal” Charlie endures during Gideon’s absence. I was expecting one thing but was quite surprised by what actually happened.

I’m intrigued by the military and I’d prefer more chapters devoted to Gideon’s adventures, but I realize the focus of the novel is more on the family drama at home.

I definitely recommend this novel as a sweet and realistic love story. You will cheer for Charlie and Gideon to remain "Indivisible!"
And now it's my pleasure to host Jessica McQuinn for an interview!
Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, Jessica. How did you get started writing?

Jessica McQuinn (JM): Thanks so much for asking me to be here.

I know that it is the common answer, but I really have been writing all my life. When I was in high school, I would write stories for creative writing that already set the tone for my writing now. There was always that plot twist or that moment that the reader would go..."Wait?" And then have to go back and read to see what they missed the first time. I love that.

I have always kept a journal and probably have hundreds of plots and half stories in it, but it wasn't until I found a writing community a few years ago that I really started to think that this was something that I could do. (Though to be honest, if someone were to ask me what I do I would still say I'm a Stay-at-home mom.) Now those journals have plots and storylines that I'm hoping will one day see the light of day.

JL: How'd you get interested in the military?

JM: Well, I've always had a thing for a man in uniform. In high school I dated a Marine, and had posters of half dressed military men up in my room. My husband was actually in the Navy when we got engaged. I even emabarrassingly said out loud while watching Top Gun that I wanted to marry Tom Cruise. That's since changed for more reasons than I can count, but my affinity for a man in uniform hasn't.

Add to my teenage crushes the fact that for the past 15 years, we have lived and worked in the military community and I have developed a deep respect for what they do for our country and the sacrifices that their loved ones make. I think that we sometimes forget that all of those men and women serving their country voluntarily are leaving someone at home whose life will be changed forever if they don't come home. That's what makes what they do all the more amazing.

And, let's be honest, for a hero...there's nothing better than a big strong guy who is willing to sacrifice everything to protect not only those they love, but total strangers as well.

JL: What are you reading now?

JM: My girlfriends and I have finally formed an official book club after years of just talking about what we are reading. We started with Indivisible (hahaha!) and for March are reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen so we can all go see the movie together (probably one of my all time favorite books). But at our last meet up we made our list for the rest of the year, and we simply went around the table and asked everyone what their favorite book of all time was, so our list is very eclectic and ranges from Nicholas Sparks to Maeve Binchey to Eric Clapton's biography.

For my own personal "to read" list, I can't wait for the end of the month when JR Ward's Lover Unleashed is released. I do love my big bad vamps!

JL: How did cowriting Passion Fish compare to the solo writing of Indivisible?

JM: Indivisible was a different experience from Passion Fish. One thing that I really loved about collaborating with Alison Oburia was that we kept each other on task. We made deadlines and were always quick to let the other one know when they were late. And having someone to bounce ideas off of who knew where the story was supposed to end up was a great advantage too. With Indivisible, it was all up to me. I had a few critique partners, but they weren't as invested as when it was a co-writer.

The other thing that was very different was the editing process. With Passion Fish, if Alison and I'd had to do the editing updates the book never would have gotten done! We tried to edit the first chapter together, but it took us so long just to do the first chapter that we had to agree to completely turn it over to our wonderful editor. When I started the editing process with Indivisible, it was a shock to my ego to open up a document and see all the RED staring back at me. I didn't like that at all! There was no getting out of it this time! (I have to say this though, I had fabulous editors who made the story so much better than what I gave to them, and I'm I love them to death.)

Finally, the hardest thing about going solo is that succeed or fail, this one was all me. With Passion Fish I could blame Alison (just kidding, Alison!!), but Indivisible is all me. So, if someone doesn't like it, I have to take full responsibility. That thought keeps me awake at night!

JL: It seemed like sibling relationships figured in prominently in Indivisible. Do you have siblings? If yes, did your relationships with them inspire any of the story?

JM: Funny enough, I actually have 10 brothers and sisters, but was raised as an only child! It's like a riddle...I have 5 step brothers and sisters from my stepdad who lived with their mom and three from my stepmom who lived with my dad. In addition I have a half sister from my dad's first marriage who lived with her mom, and finally one actual brother, who suffers from a severe mental illness and has been institutionalized for most of his life. Talk about a modern family!!

My husband, who I've been with for 23 years, however, has a younger brother and a younger sister so I've learned a lot about the dynamics from watching him with his siblings. There's a little bit of his relationship with his younger brother in Indivisible. I think that it's always hard for the younger sibling when the older sibling leads the way by being successful.

JL: Since you have a husband and young children, I figured you might like to cook? Do you have a specialty dish? Or if not, a favorite restaurant?

JM: Our life is so busy between wrestling, basketball, soccer, baseball...I could go on and on that I rarely get a chance to cook and our meals are often from a drive-thru or whatever I can heat up in the microwave (which my daughter thinks is actually cooking!). When I do get a night to cook, one of our family favorites is a baked ravioli that I stole from Rachel Ray. It's like lasagna but less work! The ravioli already has the cheese so you just mix it with my homemade sauce and top with a little bit of cheese and easy peasy!

JL: Who's your celebrity crush? :-)

JM: I'm pretty sure that this is no surprise to most people...I have a HUGE crush on Kellan Lutz. He actually was the inspiration for Gideon in Indivisible, and who I picture when I write him. (Quick plug for my blog today - Who do you picture when you are reading - I have a signed and framed picture of him in his Calvins over my desk for when I need a little inspiration...

Thanks, so much for asking me to do this Jen. I'm glad you liked Gideon and Charlie's story! And, Congrats on the release of Bad Behavior! I love your McSalior (with my Navy affinity it was pretty much a given!).

JL: Thank you, Jessica. McSailor thanks you too. :-) And now on to the Meet an Author Monday Blog Hop, hosted by Lisa Sanchez!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mark of the Stars

It's raining buckets and I just found out I have a sinus infection, ugh. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick those germs to the curb. One bright spot in my day is that I had the pleasure of Jessica Subject interviewing me on her blog Mark of the Stars today.

She's giving away two ebook sets of The Conduct Series: With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior.

Skedaddle over there and leave a comment, and you have a good chance of winning! Those of you curious about Bad Behavior can also read an excerpt from the book--a scene between Grant and Roger.

I hope to be back soon with the video trailer for Bad Behavior, which was released yesterday.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The CONduct Series Giveaway

Happy Monday!

We're just one day away from the release of Bad Behavior, a romantic suspense novel featuring the adventures of parolees Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen. Sophie and Grant continue to run from the mob but this time they run from their psychologist as well. ;-)

To celebrate, Jessica Subject is hosting a giveaway on her blog Mark of the Stars, offering two ebook sets of The Conduct Series (With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior).

I'm very excited that Jessica gave With Good Behavior a 5 star review! I'm hoping she enjoys Bad Behavior just as much.

And now it's time for Meet an Author Monday, hosted by Lisa Sanchez. Please join us.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Zealand Travelogue

It's been a busy week preparing for the release of Bad Behavior on 3-8-11 (check back around then for giveaways and interviews on Jessica Subject's blog) and I'm finally getting a chance to share my trip with you.

My college roommate / swimming teammate Maggie now lives in Dunedin, and it was great catching up with her to celebrate our birthdays. Since I only had one week, we stayed on the south island.

First we started in Dunedin, on the southeast coast. It was the end of their summer and temps were in the 60's for the most part. Maggie is a champion racewalker/mountain biker and I knew I was in trouble when I saw the pace she set for our first hike around town.

Dunedin boasts the steepest street in the world: Baldwin Street. And just about every other street we walked on felt about as steep!

We went to a farmer's market where I snapped sexy veggies pics. We also visited the historic Dunedin Railway Station. There's Maggie!

The Dunedin Botanical Garden was another stop along the way. I kept seeing these funky orange flowers everywhere so I had to get a shot of them.

Next we roadtripped to Wanaka, a small town founded in the Gold Rush of the 19th century that sits on the gorgeous Lake Wanaka. There, we hiked up Mt. Iron and were rewarded with some beautiful views:

It seemed like mountains cover most of the south island! Moutains and lakes.

We then traveled to Queenstown: the Adventure Capital of the wold, home of bungy jumping. Naturally we had to watch.

I tried to upload a bungy jumping video here but it took too long so you can see the video on Facebook.

In the video the guy's practically naked. What you can't see is that he has an eyeball tattooed to each butt cheek. Definitely an attention-seeker.

Maggie has gone skydiving before but I'm content to sit back and watch the crazies.

Sadly, we were watching skydiving when the devastating earthquake occurred in Christchurch, which claimed over 200 lives. We were very fortunate not to be in Christchurch at the time, and I pray for the residents ("Canterburians") to heal from the tragedy. When I went through Customs on my return to L.A., the agent said that some travelers came through carrying only their wallets because their hotel had collapsed in the quake.

Here I am with Maggie in Queenstown. We also visited a winery, had an indulgent sushi birthday dinner, went for a swim at the Queenstown Aquatic Center (seemed like old times), and got massages. My legs were quite sore by then but Maggie wants me to tell you she wasn't the Whip-Crackin' Slave-Driver I'm making her out to be. ;-)

You may notice that it's cloudy for the most part. That changed when we traveled to the fjordlands for the most beautiful part of the trip.

It got very nice and sunny as we made our way to an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. First we stopped at Te Anau. Lake Te Anau is the second biggest lake in New Zealand.

Wow! I was drooling, wanting to go for a swim, but I'd need a wetsuit in those crisp waters. The drive to Milford Sound and the cruise were simply stunning.

This mountain was known as "Lion's Head". The only thing I didn't like was the presence of "sandflies"--an evil, smaller version of mosquitos. The plentiful bites are still itching me ten days later--too bad we forgot the bugspray.

Fortunately the little creeps were drowned out when we awoke the next morning to teeming rain, springing many waterfalls to life:

After the cruise Maggie drove us 5 hours back to Dunedin, where we spent my last two days walking on the beach and hiking down to "Tunnel Beach".

Overall it was such an incredible trip! I think the best part was the opportunity to catch up with Maggie and see what her life's like now. What a perfect location for my adventurous, spirited friend.

I hope you enjoyed my recounting of the trip. Well worth it!

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