Wednesday, July 1, 2009

One More Day / Polynesia

Ten years ago we flew to Tahiti and cruised the Polynesians Islands. [Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Tahiti has beautiful beaches and a lot of souvenirs (made in China) to offer.

These little uninhabited islands are called Mu-Mu.

We reached them by small boats and spent a few hours on the beach swimming before the native served us a delicious lunch.

  • Bora-Bora is the most famous island. It was used as a USA base during WWII.

  • The color of the Pacific Ocean is a deep indigo blue changing to turquoise near the shore.

  • We were able to visit one the fancy straw houses that are built on pillars right in the water. In the middle of the living room, the floor has a glass square that allows a direct observation of the ocean life.

  • Can you believe we swam in a natural pool among baby sharks and stingrays?

The rain forests and luxuriant vegetation are another attraction of the Polynesian Islands.

Back to reality:
Today is my mother's birthday. I bought a bouquet of roses and a chocolate cake and went to visit early in the morning. Later on, my granddaughters came, beaming in their new lovely dresses, their hair neatly pulled in ponytails. They brought their art work, sang happy birthday, Mémé, and we all ate the cake. After the girls left with their mother, I opened my laptop, answered emails, and posted comments on various blogs, then stopped at noon to grind Mom's food and feed her. In the afternoon I munched on pistachios as we were out of chocolate.

I made the resolution that next week-- when I am relaxed and happy--I will start a serious, very serious diet.

Tomorrow BABIES IN THE BARGAIN will be on the market. I will post the link as soon as I have it.

The winner of contest #7 about the baby's name is: Chey

Since I am in a celebrating mood, I went back and picked up winners from previous posts. These names came out: Patricia Barraclough-- Estella-- Cherylol-- Jane-- Silvermage--

All winners, please email me with your address and choice of prize. The prizes are in a previous post.

During the Fourth of July weekend I will have a big extravaganza contest to celebrate with you the release of BABIES IN THE BARGAIN.

Short Synopsis:

With only one year left to complete her medical training in Neonatology, Dr. Holly Collier vows not to let anyone mess up her sacrosanct schedule. Especially not the drop-dead gorgeous Dr. Marc Suarez who broke her heart seven years ago.

When a tragic accident transforms the carefree playboy into a dedicated but novice father to his nephew, Holly gives in to her maternal instincts and turns her structured life upside down for the orphaned preemie. But can she learn to trust Marc again and believe in true love?

Tomorrow I will be the featured author at

and at Lindsay's Romantics

If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy my international romances. I will take you around the world through stories that simmer with emotion and sizzle with heat.


Jane said...

Thank you. Congrats to the other winners. Lovely pictures. I've been wanting to visit Tahiti for a while now. Maybe I'll get to go soon. My cousin has been to Bora Bora and she loved it. The water is so beautiful. Happy Birthday to your mom. Congrats on the new release.

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Congrats to all the winners!

Wow love the pics and you are so lucky to have visited all these beautiful places.

Happy Birthday to your mom and congrats on your new release!

Eva S said...

So beautiful pictures... I've always wanted to see Bora Bora and the other islands in Polynesia, maybe someday!

Congrats to all the winners!

Molly Daniels said...

Beautiful pics! One question: Where were the shark parents? (shudders) I don't think I'd be up to swimming with even the babies! And singrays (stingrays, hahaha) thank you, unless they stay on the bottom and my feet don't get close to them!

Molly Daniels said...

Happy birthday Mom!

Mona Risk said...

Jane, the water color was incredible as far as I remember and the whole atmosphere different with these cabanas built on pillars just above sea level. You can sit in a living room, look down and see the corals, fish, and the marine life. But they were incredibly expensive. We were told that Senator McCain went to rest there after losing the presidential campaign to Bush.

Mona Risk said...

Razlover's book blog: I am getting tired of traveling so far. Now I realize we have so many beautiful places here in the US.

Mona Risk said...

Eva, maybe somdeday you can take a long trip and relaize your dream.

Mona Risk said...

Molly, the stingrays swam around mme and touched my legs several times. It's a weird feeling. No parents shark around. The babies were raised in a special pool and were safe.

Mona Risk said...

Thank you for your good wishes for my mother.

Unknown said...

Mona--the photos are gorgeous! The places call out--come, have an adventure. So lovely, thanks--Celia said...

Hello the pictures of the beaches are really beautiful. Congrats on babies in the bargain coming out soon. Congrats to all of the winners to. I very much enjoyed your ebook french peril.

Mary Ricksen said...

Love the pictures Mona.

Mona Risk said...

Celia- glad you like the pictures.

Silvermage, you made my day by saying you like French Peril a lot.

Mary, glad you are back. Good to see you around.