Love a Tree, Read an eBook blog hop April 19 to 21 Bloghops

Welcome to my stop on the Just Romance me blog hop. Hop back on the tour by clicking here.

Earth Day reminds me of what I like about living close to an urban forest with an ability to leave the sprawl of Los Angeles and be in the mountains hiking within 45 minutes to an hour, surrounded by sights that look more like the beauty of the Rocky Mountains than the dryness of Southern California.

Two of my books, Getaway and Riding Shotgun, feature the mountains prominently.

Here’s an excerpt from Getaway, where the heroine, Marcie finds joy skinny dipping in a mountain stream:


Discovering unexpected love when seeking solitude.

Marcie removed her hiking shoes and rolled off her socks, then dipped her toes in the water, recoiling from the icy grip racing up her ankles and legs—and then holding her breath, exhaling little by little until she grew acclimated.

She kicked across the surface of the water—
and then twirled with her arms spread wide; basking in her freedom to splash with no one present to judge what might have been called childish actions.

A hawk overhead caught a draft of wind through
the canyon on its feathery wings, and flew through the branches before soaring above the trees. The sun warmed her so thoroughly that she stripped off her hiking T-shirt.

Her bikini top held her breasts firmly in place; though small, they created enough cleavage to catch a man’s fancy—if any had been around. Alone in nature, public modesty could be tossed aside like a rag.

Getaway is available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Breathless Press the publisher.


About Don Simkovich

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39 Responses to Love a Tree, Read an eBook blog hop April 19 to 21

  1. Sheri Fredricks says:

    “Public modesty could be tossed aside like a rag.” Love this!! I think I need to read your book….

    • DD Symms says:

      Thanks, Sheri. I love the local mountains. I see you’re in Central California. We really like going to Avila Beach.

  2. Beckey says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing the interesting snippet… 🙂
    TBR list added.


  3. Melissa Brock says:

    thank you for sharing .
    Happy Green Day

  4. mawmom says:

    I love the great outdoors, thanks for sharing your blurb. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

    • DD Symms says:

      You’re welcome! Yep, the mountains above LA really are amazing for being so close to a huge city and the ocean.

  5. SheriV says:

    What a great excerpt. I’m fond of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they’re what I grew up with.

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

    • DD Symms says:

      Hi SheriV,

      What area did you grow up in? My short story Riding Shotgun “occurs” along Highway 395 in the town of “Sky” Pines 🙂 … I think 395 is fascinating because of the Sierras to the immediate west and the brown, dry Alabama Hills on the east.

  6. tanna4abak says:

    Nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing a little snippet with us. And thanks for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. bn100 says:

    Very nice excerpt

  8. Alianne says:

    Great excerpt!
    Thanks for sharing =D And happy Earth Day

  9. Sasha Devlin says:

    I’ll admit I’ve SEEN the mountains, but I’ve never been IN them. I’m not very outdoorsy, but I like when books can take me places I normally wouldn’t experience.


  10. belindaegreen says:

    Very nice knowing that you love the mountains. I love them too. Being here in Seattle we are surrounded by them. They are beautiful to see. Thanks for the short summary!

    Thanks for the opportunity

    Belinda G
    belgre AT comcast DOT net

  11. mygirls01 says:

    great post! 🙂

  12. jeannie platt says:

    Love the outdoors, Parents live in the country in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, We live in NC but are 2 hours from the beach and 6 hours from the little slice of heaven we visit every spring in the mountains.


    • DD Symms says:

      thanks for the comment, jeannie. I appreciate you stopping by. Yeah, there’s something wonderfully nice about being able to go up high.

  13. Hannah Almond says:

    Absolutely love the excerpt !Cant wait to read Getaway 🙂

  14. Leanne G says:

    I can use my imagination to figure out what happened next but rather not, need to read the book lol thanks for sharing!


  15. flchen1 says:

    The mountains are definitely beautiful! Thanks for sharing a snippet from your story, DD!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  16. Makes me wish for hot summer sun and cool private water.

  17. Tara Quan says:

    Skinny dipping in a mountain stream sounds very romantic…especially with the guy on your cover.

  18. Jean says:

    Great excerpt! Sounds like a terrific story. I love your descriptions, put me right in the scene.

  19. mabledsoe says:

    I love being able to go from city to country in just a little time too.
    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  20. Tina B says:

    Great excerpt! I love the idea of “the mountains”, but having grown up in them, they don’t have the same appeal to me. They are beautiful, but I prefer running water and a toilet that flushes. 😉
    Thanks for sharing.
    trb0917 at

    • DD Symms says:

      That’s funny but I also understand! Yes, they can be fun to “get away” for a little bit. But modern conveniences are so convenient!

  21. Love the excerpt! Tell me, when she tosses her modesty aside, does a handsome man walk up? lol Thank you for sharing! Definitely adding to my want list. Thanks!

    • DD Symms says:

      Ah, yes that certainly occurs. Well, he doesn’t walk up to her … he … well, let’s say the first meeting is unexpected for both of them.

  22. Lyn Taylor says:

    Ahhh .. those were the days 😀 Camping and living rough. Unfortunately Hubby (believe it or not) likes his modern conveniences 😀 So I’ll just have to make do with reading about it. Lovely excerpt!

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