Friday, September 13, 2013

Research: Business and Pleasure!


Thanks so much for having me here today! I'm super thrilled to be celebrating the release of my first category-length novel, REFORMING THE COWBOY. One of the best parts about this series is the legitimate need for in-depth research. In South Beach!

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a quick day trip, there are five places I recommend putting on your Must Do list.

1. Sushi Samba - If you're looking for the perfect atmosphere for an after work happy hour, a casual working dinner, or a delicious after dinner drink, then don't miss Lincoln Road's Sushi Samba.

2. Palace - People watchers won't want to miss Palace, Miami's first and only gay restaurant/bar on Ocean Drive. The dancers and singers are amazing and incredibly talented, and when they dance in the streets, traffic stops!

3. The Betsy - The Betsy's rooftop Wellness Garden and Spa is a must! My recommendation? The Sex and The City (New York) spa package! "I want to wake up in the City, that never sleeps..." (Bernstein).

4. Clevelander - Not only is this iconic hotel a must see, it's also a must stay! The rooms are renovated and it's in the heart of the Art Deco District!

5. L'Occitane - No trip to South Beach would be complete without browsing this refreshing boutique. "Fragrances evoke memories, excite moods and enhance the spirit."

Have you been on a weekend getaway or a day trip recently? Where did you go? What do you recommend as must sees?

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. If she couldn’t express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. Perhaps because she married her best friend, her adult romance novels focus on playfully naughty relationships developed through friendship and family-oriented values. She believes romance novels are the perfect “how to” books, because no matter the obstacles, the characters keep working toward their happily ever after. She loves to connect with writers and readers.

Book Title: 
Reforming the Cowboy: A South Beach Book
Imprint: Entangled Indulgence

Country singer Billy Hardy needs to get back on the charts. His manager assures him headlining the opening of a cafe in South Beach is his best chance at getting back to the big time. If he fails, his career is over for good this time. 

Lacey Durant can't believe opening night includes the country singer she crushed on through college. And her customers agree he's dreamy. But his playboy reputation threatens her cafe's image and she can't afford that. She insists Billy stay with her so she can keep an eye on him, and thwart overenthusiastic fans. 

Billy's charms and Lacey's sexy curves prove more than either can resist, but she refuses to be just another lyric in his well-known songs of heartbreak.

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  1. Great post...quick and interesting! Here are my must sees for people who visit Palm Springs, CA.

    1. The Living Desert
    2. Aerial Tram
    3. Agua Caliente Indian Canyons
    4. Palm Springs Aerial Museum
    5. Deserts Springs Marriott Gondola

    - Carl Prude

    1. I can't wait to visit CA! Hubby said we would do the wine tour soon. :) I'll keep these in mind!

  2. My most recent research trip was to Hazard County, Kentucky...maybe not quite as glamorous as South Beach, but definitely interesting--
    cool things I saw:
    1) Bear proof trash can holders next to the road
    2) confirmation that there is a WalMart EVERYWHERE
    3) commercial brands, like Monster and Mc D's all have "We support Coal" they have "We support alternative fuel" posters elsewhere?
    4) Lots of furniture stores, and convenience stores in the mountains...but not much else
    5) people's houses sit really, really close to the road, because there's not enough flat land to have much of a yard.

    1. Definitely interesting! This was research for a book? I can't wait to read it!

  3. Interesting post! I haven't taken a weekend getaway or daytrip in quite some time but just returned from a trip from Australia (reason why no weekend getaways this year) so I'll list some highlights:

    1. Steve Irwin Australia Zoo
    2. Sunshine Coast
    3. Botanical Gardens (Sydney)

    1. Australia, for me, is like a lifetime trip --- all my day trips combined into one gigantic adventure! Lucky!!!! I can't wait to make it there. :)

  4. My Mom lives just north of Miami - I'll have to put these things on my To Go list next time I visit her. Thanks, Marisa!

    1. I love Miami! :) I would be there all the time if I had somewhere to crash. Hehehehee. :)

  5. My husband and I were in PA for a couple weeks with the family. One day we sneaked away, as we do every trip there, to spend a day at Lake Chautauqua. It's so beautiful and so laid-back. I love to browse through the little shops there, and we always eat at the Italian Fisherman. It's right on the lake. If you go, be sure to take a ride on the Bemus Point Ferry, in operation since 1811.The Hotel Lenhart (133 years old) is a great place to stay. The porch is lined with colorful rockers overlooking the lake. The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center is in Jamestown, NY, just a stone's throw away. Wonderful get-away.

    1. Oh! I haven't been to PA is soooo long! Perhaps a road trip is in order. :)

  6. Awesome post! Now I can't way to hit Florida up again. Last weekend getaway I took was Disney Land in Anaheim. Fun stuff.

    1. Hmmm... I've never been to the Disney in Anaheim. That might go on my bucket list. :)

  7. Thanks so much for hosting me!


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