Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Good morning all! I am definitely have a lovely Spring so far! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining this little blog hop! There are some awesome prizes being given away by all the authors participating, so you should have a great time! First place is a Kindle Fire and second place is a $50 Amazon Gift Card!! So be sure that you comment and leave a valid email address so you may be contacted if you win! A list of all the authors will be listed below.  My own prize that I'm offering if you happen to stop by and read my post today will be a Kindle Paperwhite which has Wi-Fi, Paperwhite Display, Higher Resolution, Higher Contrast, Built-in Light and looks like this:
So, what do you think? Ready to play? So let's talk firsts here. First love, to be exact. That's what the Rites of Spring is all about. Fist kiss, first love, first time sex for a character... This plays in well with my current release, Dating Impossible. My heroine, Dr. JJ Jone's first love is my hero, Dr. Cruz Avery. She had a secret crush on him in high school that she'd thought time and distance had cured her of before she'd come back to town and started working with him. No longer that gangly, awkward teenager, she'd matured into a woman with curves that Cruz definitely takes notice of. Here's a snippet of JJ's thoughts when she has a moment to step back and check Cruz out:

Her childhood crush was just that. A crush. She was no longer the gangly, flat-chested, awkward girl who longed for Cruz Avery’s love and attention. Without conceit, she was well aware her beanpole figure had developed curves in all the right places and her double D’s drew a man’s notice. They had certainly drawn Cruz’s attention just now. Her lips curved in pure feminine satisfaction. About fucking time!

Unable to resist, she snuck a peek in Cruz’s direction. As best man, he stood on the groom’s side of the altar. His attention should’ve been on his brother and Roxanne, but instead, he stared openly at her. His smoky grey gaze held a definite interest. He inclined his head.

Outwardly, she knew she presented the picture of calm, but her stomach fluttered with exhilaration. The teenage girl that still lurked inside of her wanted to jump up and down, screaming at the top of her lungs. God, she would’ve amputated her right arm for him to look at her like that when she’d been in high school.

Easily six feet tall, he’d slicked his short black hair to the side in his usual style. Clinically, she continued her assessment. Chiseled jaw? Check. Sensual mouth? Check. Broad shoulders that filled out his tuxedo jacket to a perfect “T”? Double check. Heat spread across her cheeks.

Yowza! So much for clinical. 


Focused on her career, Dr. JJ Jones doesn't have time to date—and she certainly doesn't want to date the "player" of the ER none other than her girlhood crush, Dr. Cruz Avery. JJ found out the hard way that romantic relationships in the work place don't mix forcing her to relocate back to Arizona and change jobs. She's determined to spend her free time enjoying her Harley, reading true-crime novels, and learning about the new community she lives in. Dogged by the gorgeous Dr. Avery with his skillful hands, disarming smile, and hot lips, her resolve wavers. For now, she's having fun making his mission to date her down right impossible! 

To be eligible for the Kindle PaperWhite that I'm offering as a prize here on my blog--Not to be confused with the Grand Prizes of this hop listed above, please leave a comment about your first kiss or crush, follow me on twitter @Kathleengrieve , “Like” my facebook page at:!/pages/Kathleen-GrieveAuthor/251669291518939 
That’s it! Easy peasy! You can obtain a copy of my 2nd book of my Dating Series called, Dating Impossible available from Amazon here:

About Kathleen Grieve

Full time nurse, amateur cake baker, writer, and zombie obsessed, Kathleen draws a lot from the real-life medical drama she experiences as a RN for her novels. Writing romance is a creative outlet where she can effectively deal with the daily stress and sorrow, adding levity and humor to situations that provide a happily ever after when there isn't one.

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Jessica Subject said...

Hi Kathleen! Everything is set now. :) Thanks for participating!

alicia taylor said...
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alicia taylor said...

My first crush ill call it as you don't know love at such a young age but to me at the time it was love was when I was 13. He had been my best friend since we were 7 and I guess feeling grew. We're still close now and was together until we was 17 but we wanted different things in life.
Spring is when my birthday is so I love it for that reason but the main thing I love is seeing all the flowers and trees coming back to life. The smells in the air and the sounds of the birds in the trees. :) email address is

Kathleen Grieve said...

Thanks Jessica!!

Kathleen Grieve said...

Sounds Bittersweet, Alicia! The orange blossoms here in Az are blooming and the air smells divine! Best time of year to live here! Well besides Spring training baseball!!

Siobhan Muir said...

The first kiss I shared with my now husband was AWFUL. Neither of us was really ready for it and it was kinda off-center and hurried. But he got better with time and now he kisses like a dream. :) Have a great hop!


Kathleen Grieve said...

Lol. Thats funny, Siobhan. At least he's on the dreamy list now. :) thanks for stopping by!

Jean MP said...

Remember my first kiss, so many years ago, at camp, sitting around the campfire with the cutest boy I had ever encountered.
Love spring, all the blooming flowers, everything turning green.
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Kathleen Grieve said...

Awww.. cute Jean! Enjoy the weather!

JanD said...

My first crush was in 3rd grade. Lots of girls had a crush on him too but I was the one assigned to sit next to him in class. He was cute but sometimes annoying specially when I was actually interested in the teacher's lesson.
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Danielle Hoover said...

Thanks for the hop!

Kathleen Grieve said...

Jan, boys can be annoying to little girls--that's how they show interest. Lol. Good luck in the hop!

Kathleen Grieve said...

Aha! Danielle I think I owe you a book!! Did you participatebin my scavenger hunt?

Shelly Hammond said...

Ah first crush! I can remember it well. His name was Tommy and I believe I had a crush on him from third grade until 6th! It was a long crush, but alas, he was always into the "popular" girls, even at the young ages! His last name started with R, mine with S, which meant for all those years we were almost always seated near each other, lined up near each other, etc. (His "girlfriend, the popular girl, her last name started with a C!) We even used to spit spitballs at each other in Mr. Johnson's 4th grade math/science class. Then one day, in 6th grade my family moved away and that was the end of that. Too funny though how much is remembered! Since that was back in the 80's, it was quite some time ago!
Dating Impossible sounds really really good! I am looking for a few new series as well!! This would be perfect and I am heading to Amazon to check out it and the second one out as soon as I finish here! I quit smoking in November and my reading has gone way up since (far better thing to replace smoking with)so a new author to check out and new series is, well, awesome!
As for the spring thing, my very favorite thing about spring is opening up the windows again. I am starting to miss the fresh air!
Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and happy spring everyone!
Shelly H.

Kathleen Grieve said...

Spitballs!! Now that is love at first sight! !! Lol. Thank you so much Shelly! I hope you enjoy my Dating Series!

veRONIca said...
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Kathleen Grieve said...

Aww. That's a first crush and first heartbreak, Veronica! Thank you for sharing! Good luck in the hop!

Karen H in NC said...

I know I have an affinity for tall, dark and handsome carried over from my junior high school era. My first crush was a guy a grade ahead of me. He was the hottest guy in school with dark hair and eyes. A real knock-out! Bet he's bald and fat now! LOL
Thanks for taking part in the hop.
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Kathleen Grieve said...

Ha! Karen that is hilarious! I hope you're right about tje bald/fat. Lol. Thx for stopping by!

magic5905 said...

It's actually both. My first crush was in middle school, we dated for awhile then he finally kissed me.
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Mary Preston said...

My first love was also my first kiss. Neither lasted very long.


Kathleen Grieve said...

Sounds very sweet and romantic!

bn100 said...

It was at school

Kathleen Grieve said...

Mary, they seldom do.

Kathleen Grieve said...

Bn100 and what happened!

Mimi Smith said...
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Mimi Smith said...

Well.. My first crush was a boy back in kinder garden. Sadly, it ended infamously with me spilling juice on his head and him throwing my stuff out the window. Those were the days :)

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Sheri Vidal said...

Oh my goodness. How generous. My first crush and first kiss are the same.I was a late bloomer and didn't find boys interesting until High school. The kiss was an accident,he went for my cheek and I moved and then a beautiful thing happened. :)

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KaryRN said...

Thank You so much for your giveaway, I followed you on twitter @tigerfly139. Facebook Kary Thornburg

My first crush was in highschool. He was a drummer in the band, and very smart. He wasn't my first kiss.. That was with my first "boy friend"... Our first kiss happened when I walked him to the corner with my little brother. So my little brother wouldn't see he said look at the squirel and than gave me a quick kiss.
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Catherine Lee said...

I was a latchkey kid--wore my key on a purple shoelace around my neck. When I was about 9 or 10, Eddie Madden grabbed my shoelace and pulled me in for a wet, sloppy kiss. It was not the kind of kiss you read about in romance novels! LOL.
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Kathleen Grieve said...

Such drama in kindergarten. Lol. Thats a fun story to retell. Good luck!

Kathleen Grieve said...

Awww....the beautiful thing...nice moment to reflect upon!

Kathleen Grieve said...

Nice way to divert your attention! LOL.

Kathleen Grieve said...

But quite the experience, no doubt. Lol

Kirsten! said...

My first kiss was in kindergarden, but I'm never sure if that counts, it being kindergarden and all. He was shorter than me and wore one of those silly coonskin hats all the time. The experience was otherwise unremarkable :P
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Bessamy said...

My first crush was a adorable friend named Kris. We called him Kringle because his last name rhymed with it. He had blue eyes with flecks of brown in one. He was so animated when he did anything that he charmed most of the girls. He was all I ever thought of in the 5th grade. He only thought of me as a friend in those days. I ended up being pen pals with him when he moved across the country at the end of the 5th grade.

Then when I was in college he came back to town for a few days for family business and we ended up going out on a real date. It was fun catching up with my first crush!

Thanks to Facebook we reconnected and still write each other from time to time.

Bessamy said...

My favorite thing about spring is everything seems to come alive again! Flowers bloom, trees bud, the landscape turns emerald green and life just feels sweeter!

Thanks for the chance! =)

Kathleen Grieve said...

That's a great story! I wonder what ever happened to my first crush??

Nicole Garcia said...

I happened to marry my first love. We have been together for 19 years now. I knew he was the one for me the first time I ever saw him. I feel in love with his beautiful green eyes and ever since that day we met, we have never been apart. He is my best friend, and I can't imagine my life without him.

Cindi said...

My first crush was with a young boy named Sean who was in second grade with me and went to my church also. My first kiss was with my next door neighbor. He was a year younger than me, a foot shorter and had asthma. I wasn't really impressed, lol.


Roger said...

MAN...what a cover. She looks hot. My wife has been reading romance lately and I have been enjoying the benefits. She said you were giving away a kindle so I had to comment. She has one but doesn't share. I think I might start reading some of these hot books to her and see what happens. Is that a good idea?
oldetownelee (at) gmail (dot) com

Daisy said...

I married my first love when I was 17. I had three babies by the time I was 21. We were married for 42 years before he left me for another woman. Some of those years were good, but I've pretty much given up on love now...except for my three little dogs. They give unconditional love. I like spring so we can get out for long walks in the park. I also love to read so a kindle would be wonderful.
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Anonymous said...

Great tease.

I don't remember my first kiss, guess it wasn't that great. But I do remember my first date with my hubby. 22 years and still going strong.

Thanks for being in blog hop.