Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Beat Your Winter Blues Blog Tour!

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the tour at this link and keep leaving comments to win the grand prize!

It’s the Beat Your Winter Blues Blog Tour! I’m Heidi Cullinan, your co-host this week, and thanks to ZA Maxfield for putting us up on her blog. This is a very late February getaway, which is my fault because I got caught up in stuff. So it’s a March getaway now.

I’ve been dealing with food issues, so I’ll send you all to a magic restaurant where you can order anything you want, it won’t upset your body/tummy/system, and you won’t gain any weight. You’re welcome!

Andrew Grey: If it’s a getaway, I love to send my readers to someplace warm, sunny and tropical.  I love cruising so I generally choose on board ship.    Although I have an idea for a story, so readers will be transported to Australia at some point.

Kate McMurray: I'd have everyone come to New York City. But not the tourist-y parts; the way to really get to know a city and its people is to spend some time in the quieter residential neighborhoods, which are maybe less sparkly than Times Square and less cool than the West Village but, to my mind, no less wonderful. The photo is of a row of brownstones on 3rd Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 

JL Merrow: It’s a bleak, grey time of year here in Britain, so I’d like to get away to an Austrian summer.  I just love how lush and green the mountains are in Austria’s Salzkammergut, and the profusion of wild flowers and butterflies you find there. The region is perfectly set up for mountain walks; there’s no need to wear yourself out climbing the slopes; you can just take a cable car up and wander round the tops, enjoying the scenery.  On the way down, perhaps, pick some wild blueberries and eat them—or stop at one of the many mountain Alms for an Almdudler, the Austrian answer to Coca-cola. Perfect!

Marie Sexton will send you to Iowa, because that’s where she’s going right now, coming to my house!


Be sure to check out the people who are on time this week: Clare London hosts and the March authors talk about St. Patrick’s Day.


Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there.  When she isn’t writing, Heidi enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music.  She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats. Find Heidi on the Web: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and her website.

Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle,, Pennsylvania.  You can find out more at www.andrewgreybooks.com , on facebook, twitter, or email him at andrewgrey@comcast.net

When Kate McMurray is not writing, she works as an editor with a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She has a BA in English lit that she’s still amazed translated into an actual career. Among other things, Kate is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her at www.katemcmurray.com.

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea.  She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again.  Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway. You can find out more about Marie at http://mariesexton.net/.


  1. Except in the really hot part of summer (which runs from about early May to mid-September) I really love just getting away to the next town over, Savannah. When it's really hot, there's no place better than Jekyll Island; there's always a breeze off the ocean, and at high tide, we almost always see dolphins swimming along the coastline. :D

  2. I love to get away to do something different. Top of the wishlist at the moment is an African Safari.

  3. Getting away is a bit complicated - I have depression, don't travel well and don't cope with lots of people. But I would like to spend a week or so with friends somewhere quiet with good walking - hopefully North Wales as I've been there before and it is beautiful. If we could rent a cottage for a week then that would be nice :)

  4. I have the strange urge to see Sacramento for the first time (but not in the scorching summer!)...the Citizen Hotel sounds awesome (and has some very sexy themed rooms, from what I've heard), and one of my favorite chocolatiers has a boutique there. Plus, as I discovered at the Barista Competition on Sunday, there's even an excellent coffee spot. Oh yeah, there's the state capitol and all the historical stuff, too.

    --Trix (vitajex[at]aol[dot]com)

  5. I would love to get away to Hawaii right now :)

  6. This summer we are going to the beach :) We didn't get to go last year because my youngest was only a few months old So I'm really looking forward to it this year..... Plus I finally can get a tan and stop looking like Casper the ghost :)


  7. I would like to go to Australia with Andrew Grey. I think that would be a wonderful trip. My daughter visited there several years ago and loved it.

  8. My cousin took a trip to Costa Rica recently. She said it was beautiful. She enjoyed seeing the pretty birds and feeding monkeys while on a riverboat. Sounds like fun to me!


  9. Juliana
    I am doing a study abroad in the summer and will be spending a month in Italy! A dream vacation! Three weeks in Florence and a week in Rome. I will be spending the whole time looking at beautiful art!

  10. Have just been enjoying a few days of lovely Spring in Austria :)

    Had lots of fun and good food

  11. I would love to go to Scotland to see where my ancestors are from. I'd love to see the openness, the greenery and the castles.

  12. I'm a little behind, but am glad to see you were still able to participate in the BYWBB tour. I hope things for you and yours are looking a bit more promising this month. As for my spring getaway, I'd be happy just not having to go to work every day even if I don't have a destination trip. I'm saving that for next year when I head to Japan as the cherry blossoms are at their peak.

  13. I would travel anywhere right now where the food is not too expensive, is plentiful, and the drinks are flowing! Oh, and the weather shouldn't be too rainy! That sounds wonderful! I like the idea of the cruise!