Inspiring Love

Real Locations in Breaking Love

Dear Lovely Reader,

I hope this finds you well and keeping warm wherever you are. It is a chilly – 20 degrees Celsius here today (or -4 F), and it’s supposed to get colder from here. No wonder I’ve been finding myself looking up vacation rentals in Maui…

Anyway, last month, I promised you a tour of all of the real locations in Breaking Love, and here it is.

Luc Chevalier had a rather large …. ahem… budget, and he used it to take Megan out on some pretty spectacular dates.

louvreeiffelWho can forget their rendezvous in Paris, France?

Then sunset on top of the Eiffel Tower.

Followed by a private dinner cruise on the Seine. Happy sigh…




Or when he whisked her off in a private jet to San Francisco to go to the opera…


eac512e723d508b28e15dcee3b010cf3bc73e0b5e20a4c4ac0b942fb7d85b02dWhat you may not know is that the dress Luc bought for Megan (with Harper’s help) was a real Carolina Herrera designer gown, pictured here…


Isn’t it lovely? I can just picture Megan in it, walking up the steps of the opera house with Luc at her side.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour of Breaking Love!

All the best to you and yours,



Celebrating Women

Dear Reader,

I hope this finds you and yours happy and well. Last night, I had the honour of reading at “You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down”, a film festival to celebrate International Women’s Day. Spending an evening surrounded by creative, intelligent, courageous women was an absolute inspiration.

We watched Suffragette, a heart-wrenching and important film about the women’s suffrage moment in England in the early twentieth century. It really drove home for me how fortunate we are to be living in modern times, and it made me feel extremely grateful for those who have gone before and fought the good fight.

You can check out the trailer here:

We still have a long journey ahead to create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for women everywhere, but we are most definitely better off than we once were.


As always, I wish you love and happiness,


Valentine’s Day Rescue

Make it Unforgettably Romantic without Breaking the Bank

A lot of people object to Valentine’s Day, and for good reason. Roses that will cost twenty dollars next week will be forty this weekend. Booking a restaurant can be a harrowing experience, and once you’re there, you may be hurried through your meal in time for the next seating of romance seekers. Jewelry stores push hard this time of year for sales, often causing fellows around the globe to feel sheepish if they aren’t bringing home diamonds.

Add it all together and the commercial push has many people opting out. I get it. I honestly do. However, I say, let’s not allow the pricey side of Valentine’s Day to prevent us from celebrating love. Choose to take this one day to show that special someone how much he or she means. Because, really, are there ever too many opportunities in life to say how you feel?

Here are a few fun, free ways to keep things sexy:

  • Write a Love Note, including:

– What first attracted you to him/her,

– A list of attributes your significant other has that drive you wild/make you feel all warm and fuzzy

– The moment you knew you were in love


  • Cook his/her favourite meal, or better yet, cook together:

– light a few candles and make sure to linger over dinner. Talk. Make eye contact. Laugh.

  • Make a special dessert
  • Curl up together and watch a romantic movie
  • No Tech Night

– No screens of any kind. Just think of how much more attention you’ll each give each other.

  • At-home Spa:

– Light some candles, add soft music and turn your bedroom/en suite into a private spa

– Bath/shower for two

– Turn up the heat and give each other a nice, long massage


5 Terrific Blog Posts with more Thrifty Romantic Date Ideas:


Have a wonderfully romantic weekend!



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Join Me At The Romance Help Desk!

I want YOU to have the best Valentine’s day EVER, so I’ll be making an appearance at Chapters Westside, Edmonton, on Saturday from noon to 5pm. If you (or your fellow) might need some pointers/gift ideas, make sure to stop by!

200px-Chapters_Logo.svgChapters Westside has called in back up! We are bringing in an expert to help make your shopping painless and help make your Valentine’s day unforgettable. Who better to take romance advice from than a romance author?
Join us this Saturday February 13th, as Bestselling Romance author MJ Summers visits our location to discuss her favourite topics, Love & Romance! She will be signing all of her books in the Full Hearts series and promoting her most recent book “Breaking Hearts”.
Location: Chapters Westside 9952 170 Street, Edmonton
Time: Saturday, Feb 13th from Noon to 5 pm.
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