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Hello, Sedona!

We left the Grand Canyon last night before getting snowed in. Traveled to Sedona, and you know, maybe I could put up with this view. Every single day of my life.  Our breakfast patio view was only the beginning!

Rain was pending but we ended up with a remarkable day before the skies opened up. First stop, hiking up Cathedral Rock.

View from the base of Cathedral Rock.

The clouds and impending storm just made the view that much more dramatic.

Then it was on to Red Rock State Park, with some wonderful hiking and even more fabulous birding in their hummingbird garden.

Raven preening his partner. They were chatting the entire time, it was adorable.

Have I mentioned I love ravens? Such interesting birds. So clever.

We tried not to disturb this napping mallard, but on looking at my photo, I don’t think I was successful. Sorry, sweetie!

The next few shots are from the hummingbird garden at the park. I’ll have to get my western birder guide to find out who’s who.

Any western birders who want to fill in these blanks, please do!

I know this is an Anna’s Hummingbird. Loved watching him.

Not sure about this fellow. He looks like the western version of our Juncos.

Enjoying the western cacti as well!

From there we traveled up to Sliding Rock State Park, which closed early due to the impending storm. We made do with a marvelous waterfall view.

Back to Sedona in time for a lovely meal as the rains came. Thank you for a lovely one-day adventure! I’ll be back next week after my conference for some solid writing time. If I can tear my gaze away from the view.

Grand Canyon…Day 2

Unbelievable day!  Started with a helicopter ride through the canyon, then out to Hermit’s Rest. I’ll just let the photos do the talking. Scroll for a brief gallery of today’s adventures. If only they could begin to do it justice!

The Colorado River, helicopter view.

So many colors…

Me & Youngest…and the View!

Majestic Elk…(thank goodness I had my good camera with the zoom!)

Spectacular moment, and that backdrop!

Panorama…

I love the ravens!

Just a boy…and his elk.

Munch…munch…

The Colorado…and a condor nest. (In that black hole in the rock face. I need a pointer!)

Mountain Bluebird…

A new vista around each corner…

On top of the world!

Next stop? Sedona!

The Canyon is Grand!

Started the morning with snowcapped mountains in Williams, Arizona and a few inches of fresh snow.

Couldn’t resist a mug of delicious Mexican hot chocolate and sweet roll at Pine Country. Then we packed the Jeep and headed north!

My first time visiting the Grand Canyon (South Rim) and there are no words or pictures that could adequately describe this view. The snow lining the rocks made it that much more majestic.

We had hoped to take a helicopter tour but the weather wasn’t conducive and all flights were cancelled for the day. (No mule rides this time of year.) Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

Helicopter ride or no, today alone has already exceeded any expectations I could have. So much yet to explore.

Connections here in the park are…challenging, via computer/wifi (both of which I need for these blog posts.) Posting via phone is easier, which I am doing on other social media. For those of you one FB & Instagram (@donnakauffman) catch up with me there for more as-it-happens adventures!

One more photo from today and we’re off to dinner!

Adventure Time!

Youngest and I have headed west on a fun adventure! I’ll be posting here and on FB & Instagram (@donnakauffman) as our jaunt progresses.  Whee!

We took off yesterday morning from northern VA, westward bound.

Picked up this sweet ride at the airport and headed to the mountains!

  

Two flights and three hours of driving later, we landed in the fun little train town of Williams, Arizona.  How did two happy but weary travelers end the day? At the Pine Country restaurant indulging in their amazing pie!  So.Much.Pie.


Woke up this morning to snow! We’re heading back to Pine Country for a hearty breakfast while the roads get cleared. Where to next? The Grand Canyon!

More to come! (Subscribe to this blog and get alll the posts delivered right to your inbox.)

Merry Christmas Giveaway WINNER!!

Wow, thank you ALL for helping me spread some holiday cheer!

The gift bag winner is: Michele Galindez!  Michele. email me at donna@donnakauffman.com with an address and your goodies will go out to you!

I want to let each of you know how much I appreciate your enthusiasm and good cheer! I hope we all keep spreading our joy every day, everywhere we go. A very BIG group holiday hug to you all.

There is JOY in this world. And you all are proof of it! 🙂

Merry Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Merry Ho Ho Ho! It’s Christmas Day and in this Season of Giving, I want to give YOU the presents!

How about a chance to win this festive holiday bag, all the trimmings, and BOOKS! The winner will receive a signed copy of Lori Foster’s WHEN YOU DARE along with a copy of her Body Armor series book, UNDER PRESSURE…AND signed copies of my Chisholm Brothers anthology, BAD BOYS IN KILTS, AND my current release, A SEASON TO CELEBRATE! I know!

Read on for more about each book and learn how to enter to WIN!

When You Dare

Book 1 in the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series

The tougher they are, the harder they fall…

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he’ll take the mission he’s offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who’d had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare’s tempted to combine work with pleasure.

Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she’s uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…

For an excerpt, click HERE.

Under Pressure

Book 1 in the Body Armor Series

He can protect anything except his heart

Leese Phelps‘s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job—working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.

What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honor. He’s the last person she expects to trust—and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough…

For an excerpt, click HERE. 

MAD. BAD. (BARELY) IN PLAID

You know those Scottish bad boys . . . they don’t wear anything under their kilts, and who would want them to? Now USA Today bestselling author Donna Kauffman introduces the Chisholm brothers, three of the sexiest lads ever to leave a woman hungry for moor . . .

BOTTOMS UP

Rascal Brodie Chisholm has more charm than the law allows, which is a good thing given that he’s bailed out of university to run the local pub. Brodie loves everything about the pub life: the community, the darts, trading barbs with the lads, flirting outrageously with the lasses – except for Kat Henderson, of course. She’d probaly kick his ass. But Kat’s about to show Brodie that the woman of his dreams might just be the tomboy next door and that billiards tables can come in handy for games other than shooting pool . . .

ON TAP

Reese Chisholm is a definite man, sure of his ideas and strong of opinion about running the family distillery – until American Daisy MacDonnell shows up. The red-headed beauty has a lot of fancy ideas about promoting his family’s whiskey on the Web, singing their praises (very embarrasing) or something. Not that Reese can remember what she says when she’s sitting in front of him. He’s too busy fantasizing. Moors. Heather. Frolicking and rolling and moaning and . . . No. Reese Chisholm is all business. He knows what he wants. And what he wants is Daisy . . .

NIGHT WATCH

Tristan always felt he’d been born a century too late. He was a sheepherder, both by profession and desire, with a poet’s heart and a need to share a deep, hungry passion with one special woman. Bestselling author Bree Sullivan has come to Scotland looking to escape the paparazzi. Now a surprise rainstorm has her stuck in the middle of nowhere, rescued by the world’s hunkiest sheepherder. And suddenly, being alone is the last thing on her mind . . .

Go on . . . Tartan up your sex life . . .

 

Unwrap your heart . . .

Make it a merry Christmas with four stories of the special way the holidays warm our hearts . . .

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING * Fern Michaels
Former Air Force Pararescueman Kevin Matthews is back home in Texas, working at his family’s Christmas tree farm while deciding his next move. Or maybe he won’t move at all, if sparks keep flying with the town’s new orthopedic surgeon, Kate Stafford. They just need the magic of the holidays to shed a little light on the situation . . .

AN UNEXPECTED GIFT * Kate Pearce
Billy Morgan has finally emerged from the shattering loss of his wife. He only wishes his grown children still needed him. Good thing his longtime friend, Bella, does. She’s planning her son’s Christmas wedding and Billy is happy to help. Along the way they just might discover their own occasion to celebrate . . .

CHRISTMAS IN BLUE HOLLOW FALLS * Donna Kauffman
Attorney Moira Brogan expects her brother’s Christmas wedding to be a peaceful affair. She doesn’t expect to be cornered by an unwanted lothario, much less rescued by gorgeous Aussie chef, Hudson Walker—still less be swept off her feet by said chef. Still nursing a broken heart, the last thing she wants is a new romance. But Hudson has other ideas . . .

HOLIDAY HOMERUN * Priscilla Oliveras
Event planner Julia Louisa Fernandez dreams of a life in Chicago. But her family in Puerto Rico expects her to take over the catering business. Former pro baseball player Ben Thomas knows what it’s like to forge a different path—and when they meet, he might be the one to inspire a winning strategy, just in time for the holidays . . .

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HOW TO ENTER: Easy! Leave a comment below spreading some holiday cheer and you’re in! Hop over to my FB Page for more entries!

WINNER: Winner announced tomorrow 12/26 at 6PM ET. (Subscribe to this blog and get an email when a new post goes up, with the post right there in the email. ALSO, make sure to follow my FB Page so you don’t miss a thing!)

Contest open to readers around the world. Feliz Navidad! Happy Diwali! Festive Hanukkah wishes! Merry Kwanzaa! Holiday Happiness and Joy to readers everywhere! ????????

Annual Owl Tree…Now with More Llamas!

Many of my readers know that I also run a craft business from the cavernous industrial space below my mountain abode, which also houses my studio. Each year, I put up an owl-themed tree (and string lights all around the whole space.) Over the years, I’ve add to the menagerie, and I treasure all of the owls (and other woodland creatures) that my readers send to add to the mix.

Why owls? I am a hobbyist photographer and birds are a favorite focus of mine, owls in particular. Back when I lived along the Potomac River outside DC, I went on evening owl hikes every summer and have shared numerous owl photos over the year. (The one above is of a young barred owl.) I found a few owl ornaments one year I just couldn’t pass up and set up a little tiny tree in my studio with my feathered friends. And…that has grown over the years to a bigger tree and more owls. (Who doesn’t love more owls?)

This year I’ve been so tickled to receive llama ornaments from readers from all over, who’ve been inspired by Dexter, the Very Special Llama who plays a running role in my Blue Hollow Falls series. (And yes, I confess, I have picked up one or two myself. They are just so cute!)

So I just had to share a photo of this year’s owl & now llama tree with you all. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my writing world (and my craft business world!)

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

Tote Bag, Book, & Charm GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

So….YES on totes, then? WOW you guys! Sorry for the delay in posting the happy winners, but 400+ entries? I LOVE IT!!  It took me a bit to read all your comments and enjoy all the photos and stories you shared. I can’t tell you how much I love this reader community. You all are the BEST!

I’m SO glad it’s not JUST ME with the tote love. And I learned the hard way today that I’m definitely not the only one who loved this particular tote.  I thought I could easily scoot back over to my JoAnn’s and snag another handful of these, but no. GONE!

HAVE NO FEAR, tote lovers! I am on a mission now! But it may take me a few days to hunt down allll the totes. (Yeah, what I drag. I have to go TOTE SHOPPING! For DAYS!?)  The winners not go tote-less!

AND because of that little snafu AND all these entries, I’m picking EIGHT WINNERS! (More totes!) I KNOW!

ALL 8 winners get the book and bookmark charm AND a tote!. NOW, on to the WINNERS!!!

Renee True

ToniAnn Sprouse

Marti Wilson

Beverly Metcalf

Rachelle Young

Marguerite Guinn

Thelma Sparks

Diana Bjarko Fahrenbruck!!

How to claim your prize: WINNERS, email me at donna@donnakauffman.com with a mailing address and as sooooon as I lay my hands on the rest of the totes, your goodies will go out in the mail to you!

Thank you all SO MUCH for making this such a big giveaway party! Stay tuned! I’m not done yet.

Make sure to subscribe to this blog (and follow my FB Page) so you don’t miss out. There might be more totes. And there will definitely be MORE BOOKS!)

Ho Ho Happy reading!

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