Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Silver Heart by Victoria Green

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Title: Silver Heart
Author: Victoria Green
Date of Publication: July 25, 2013

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…

For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents' carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.

So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.

But then her past catches up to her—in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.

Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he's standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.

Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn't believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?

Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan's world will never be the same.

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Guest Post

The traditional “Dinner and a Movie” may be the go-to first date for many couples, but is it always the best way to get to know someone? Dinners at fancy restaurants can carry a lot of pressure for constant conversation, while movies inside a crowded theater allow for none.

Dylan and Sawyer’s first date involved bungee jumping. Talk about pressure (and fear of dying!) While I don’t suggest going to that extreme with your new crush, I wanted to poll the characters from Silver Heart and find out their suggestions for date ideas that are both fun and out of the box. They came up with a variety of unique dates that can help reduce some of those first-date jitters.

Without further ado, here's Maddie's suggestion!. *Cue Law and Order sound effect.*

Maddie Evans is Dylan’s best friend, one of the most fun-loving characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing. Leave it to Maddie to spice up “boring dining”. I just hope she sticks to the rules and doesn’t turn this into a sex column. Take it away, Mads!

Dine and Dash

Don’t look so terrified, I’m not talking about skipping out on your bill! My version of “dining and dashing”  is to pick some of your favorite restaurants or hotspots you and your date have always wanted to try out and got to all of them! Yeah, you heard right! Every. Single. One.

Start off with an appetizer at one place, get the main course somewhere else, move to a different restaurant for dessert, and finally finish off with drinks at that hot new bar you wanted to check out. If things go well…maybe that won’t be the end of your night. *wink*

Instead of the usual twenty-course meal at the same old boring restaurant, this keeps you moving. I’m sure Adam is going to talk about the medical benefits of digesting your food and all that boring stuff, but for me, it’s all about fun. And this kind of dining is fun!

You can keep it all in the same family of restaurants: for example Italian or Japanese, or mix and match. Maybe you love spicy, sexy, hot Mexican…uhh…food and have a place you’ve wanted to try in mind for the main course. Or perhaps your partner is in the know about the best crepes place that has a wide variety of whipped cream that would be perfect for…dessert. Right!

*Stay on track, Maddie.*

You can control the price—you don’t need to spend a lot of money or go to fancy restaurants for this to be exciting and adventurous. Maybe even decide on a budget and see what kind of cute places you can find that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Or be frugal about the first three courses and splurge on the drinks at a martini bar you’ve always wanted to visit.

This is also fun because you can take public transit instead of driving from place to place, which will give you a lot of face-to-face time and opportunity for conversation. But there’s no pressure for constant eye-contact like there would be if you were sitting at one place for two whole hours. Not to mention, it takes the heat away from “who is going to pay”? You can offer to pay for one meal, your date for the next, and so on…

You can learn a lot about each other this way, and you can also learn about the area you live in. Perfect for new couples, but also a way to spice things up for couples that have been together for a long time and need something different. Thought for that, I have some other suggestions that could work just as well, but would involve doing things with food that I was forbidden from talking about on this blog...

*Okay, Maddie, mind out of the gutter and back on the restaurants.*

Hope you enjoyed this hot date suggestion! Go out there and have some mouthwatering fun! You’ll have plenty of time to stay in after if this guy/girl turns out to be a keeper! ;)

About Victoria Green

Victoria Green is an NA Author writing for those suffering from unspoken love and believing in second chances.

Will work for chocolate. And puppies.

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