Today's Guest: Vivian Arend

Today’s guest is the lovely, wonderful and talented Vivian Arend!

Holidays—that chance to kick back, take it easy, and drink as many fruity alcohol-laced concoctions as we can. Right?

I wish.

Lauren’s got the right idea- and I’m still trying to follow her example and figure out the “relax and take it easy” part of the holiday deal. For the past umpteen years, anything involving the words ‘holiday’ and ‘travel’ has meant my feet were going to be involved. Whether stuffed into snowshoes, ski boots, hiking shoes or water shoes, the relaxing part comes at night when my head finally hits the pillow (made out of extra clothing bundled together).

Wilderness anyone?

My husband and I have traveled over the Rockies, along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and down the Yukon River. When the kids arrived, we hauled them along. Even when we did make it to Hawaii we took a side trip along the Napali Coast to Kalalau Valley. If you watched ‘The Perfect Getaway’, you’ve seen the location we made it back to, although our version was sans the psychos.

In spite of most of my adventures being breathtaking instead of relaxing, I still love them—the thrill of getting caught in the kayak on the Pacific Ocean. Lost in the back woods of Wales. Still…

Someday, I’m going to go to a place with cabana boys, and they won’t be waving from beside someone else’s poolside as I hang glide past.

These elements have no desire to be tamed…

Pacific Passion, Book 1: Stormchild

As the new traveling doctor for the Pacific Inside Passage settlements, Matthew Jentry balances dual roles for his water-shifter people—caring for their health as a human-trained physician, and for their spiritual needs as a shaman.

Distractions of the female kind are not on his agenda, but his magical bloodline makes him a target for every marriage-minded woman within range. There’s something about the mysterious Laurin Marshall, though, that he finds far too enticing. It’s just as well that it’s time for him to move on.

Laurin thought she had perfected her guise as a mild-mannered teacher, but the sexual fireworks she and Matt touch off are threatening to blow her cover out of the water. Luckily it’s time for her to catch the boat to her next assignment.

When she discovers she’ll be sailing with Matt, she realizes there’s only one thing more dangerous than their unforgettable one-night stand—being trapped with him on a boat that gives “riding out the storm” a whole new meaning…

Warning: Contains strong sexual currents and powerful waves of desire that break down inhibitions. Recommended only for those able to navigate through extremely steamy situations, on land and at sea.

In honour of Pacific Oceans and watery fun, I’ve got 3 books to give away set on the coast. To enter to win, let me know what place you’d simply love to go for an ADVENTURE holiday. Because the Cabana boys are busy…

28 comments to “Today's Guest: Vivian Arend”

  1. Susan C.
    December 27th, 2010 at 9:36 am · Link

    I’ve always wanted to boat down the Amazon. The thought sort of freaks me out (I mean there are lots of scary creatures there!) but for some bizarre reason that’s been my fantasy adventure for a long time.

  2. azteclady
    December 27th, 2010 at 10:37 am · Link

    😀 Well, if I weren’t so lazy, I would definitely envy your holidays even more than I do!

    Where would I like to go for an adventurous holiday? Does driving on the wrong side of the road count as adventurous? If so, I’d love to spend a couple of weeks driving on Scotland, looking for out of the way ruins to explore.

  3. Kelly Thrash
    December 27th, 2010 at 11:31 am · Link

    I would love to go to Ireland or Norway. I’m part of each (the two palest nations had to make me!!! I am practically see through! lol) :mrgreen: I hope you are having lots of fun on your road trip! 😎

    kittykelly28 @ hotmail.cim

  4. Barbara
    December 27th, 2010 at 11:56 am · Link

    Your adventures sounds wonderful! My adventures would include spending time storm-chasing or traveling abroad and getting behind the wheel on the Autobahn!

    Whew, my inner adrenaline-junkie is getting excited! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  5. elaing8
    December 27th, 2010 at 12:01 pm · Link

    For an adventure holiday I’d like to go to Australia.Go to the outback,The Great Barrier Reef

  6. Stacie
    December 27th, 2010 at 12:42 pm · Link

    Last February my husband & I stayed on the North Shore of Oahu. He did all of the adventure stuff while I stayed in the shade reading. I think I would like to go back and learn to surf like he did. Believe me, THAT would be an adventure (and probably suicide LOL).

  7. Cecile
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:13 pm · Link

    I would love to go to Canada for winter adventure!!! I have some friends up there that I know would help me *stay out* of trouble, lmbo!!!
    This sounds delightful, please include me in!

  8. Lillie H.
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:18 pm · Link

    *waves hello to Vivian*

    I would love to do a safari in Africa. And, definitely visit Victoria Falls while I was in the country. The only downside is that I’m not good in the heat, so my backup is the Scottish Highlands for winter sport-type activities.

  9. Sabrina D.
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:20 pm · Link

    The Great Barrier Reef…it’s my dream trip!

  10. Estella
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:23 pm · Link

    I would love to go to the Australian outback.

  11. Chelsea B.
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Scotland, most definitely 🙂

  12. steph j
    December 27th, 2010 at 1:49 pm · Link

    I would love to go to Iceland. I have been to the Big Island of Hawaii and I loved the lava fields there. So Iceland would be my choice.

  13. Diane Sadler
    December 27th, 2010 at 5:04 pm · Link

    My first choice is a cruise and my husband’s choice would be a cruise to Alaska; why not?
    My second choice is England; my husband’s mother came from there so did my grandfather.

  14. infinitieh
    December 27th, 2010 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I’ve always wanted to visit the Great Barrier Reef in Australia even with all the poisonous octopi and other creatures in the water. And the sharks.

  15. lorenet
    December 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm · Link

    I’ve always wanted to see the Pacific North West.

  16. Kris M.
    December 27th, 2010 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Adventure… well i am not very adventurous, I leave that to my stories 🙂 But if I got up enough (money and gumption) to do it, I would like to either backpack through Europe, or go on safari in Africa.

  17. cait045
    December 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm · Link

    I backpacked the Napoli Coast when I was in college. It was the best adventure vacation ever. Sleeping on the beaches if Hawaii instead of a hotel was freaken beautiful. Next adventure I am thinking Brazilian rainforest.

  18. emmad
    December 28th, 2010 at 12:18 am · Link

    I’d love to go horse trekking somewhere. Maybe in the Rockies if they do such a thing.

  19. Sabine
    December 28th, 2010 at 12:08 pm · Link

    I’d love to go for skiing anywhere in the Rockys or surfing at Torrey Pines State beach 🙂

  20. Pamk
    December 28th, 2010 at 12:52 pm · Link

    would have be New Zealand. Man that scenery rocks. Or maybe Hawaii.

  21. Mariska
    December 28th, 2010 at 8:46 pm · Link

    Egypt !! i would really like to experience it 😉

  22. Tammy
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:14 am · Link

    Alaska or New Zealand. I thought about it for a couple of minutes but could not decide which one to go with.

  23. CrystalGB
    December 29th, 2010 at 1:02 pm · Link

    My choice would be the Australian Outback.

  24. Laney4
    December 29th, 2010 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Gee, how about to Gilligan’s Island for a three-hour tour – a three-hour tour!

  25. Debra Thomas
    December 29th, 2010 at 7:28 pm · Link

    I am not very adventuresome, that is why I read. LOL If I did, however, have the chance it would have to be Alaska. As a child, my family had a chance to move there, but my mother decided it would be to cold. I have always wondered what it would have been like to grow up there. How would my life be different, who I would have met, the things I would have done and who I would be today. Yes, it would definitely be Alaska.

  26. Jessica B.
    December 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am · Link

    I’d love to go to Australia and have an adventure in the outback! Sounds like a wonderful book Vivian! Happy Holidays!


  27. Joanne Bozik
    January 1st, 2011 at 1:34 pm · Link

    For my adventure I’d have to be 18 or 19 again, find a hot lover and journey through the woods of Washington State. Even though I’ve never been there. And to find a log cabin, build a fire, and make passionate love all night and day long………

  28. Dawn
    January 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 pm · Link

    I’d love to go to Italy.. I want to see all the history and feel all the romance 🙂