Award-winning author Lynne Silver lives the life of a suburban soccer mom, volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.
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Off the Beaten Path in Washington D.C.
Heated Match, the first book in my new Coded for Love Series is set just outside Washington D.C. Having lived here since college, I’m pretty familiar with the area. Since it’s summer and major tourist season in D.C., I’m offering up an off-the-beaten-track list of places to check out while in D.C. Who knows, maybe you’ll even run into one of the genetically enhanced soldiers from the Program!
- The College Park Aviation Museum- http://www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/home.htm This is a small cozy museum, just a few miles away from where I set the Program campus. It has lots of hands-on stuff for kids and will definitely not be as crowded as its larger cousin- the Air & Space Museum Plus this has the bonus of being an actual small airport, so one whole wall of the museum is a glass window to the runway!
- The National Building Museum- http://nbm.org/ The building itself is worth a look-see. Lots of organizations throw major parties here, and you’ll see why as soon as you get here. It’s a huge open space with amazing architectural details. This is hands-down the best museum for kids because it’s one of the few with hands-on activities. There’s a Lego exhibition and a brand-new indoor mini golf course, and there are scavenger hunts that take you all around the building looking for clues.
- American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery- http://www.npg.si.edu/inform/visit.html This is another building that’s worth checking out for the architecture. My favorite part is the ginormous atrium that houses a lovely little cafeteria. (It’s $$$ so maybe pack a picnic or grab something from the Subway across the street to bring inside) The portrait gallery is really cool, and even my young boys liked it thanks to the entire hall of portraits of famous athletes. One night a week the museum is open late at night, and I think the atrium lights up in rainbow lights. Not 100% sure about that though.
- Strathmore- http://www.strathmore.org/ If you’re a music person this is a great place to head to hear a concert. There’s a little something for all music tastes from folk to opera. They often have free children’s concerts on the lawn.
- Washington Capitals Practice- http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=42973 If you show up around the end of August, you’ll be just in time to head inside (hey it’s a cool place in steamy DC) to check out the Washington Capitals practice on the ice at Kettler arena. Most practices are free and open to the public.
- My last tip is to avoid the line at the famous Georgetown Cupcakes. Yes, they’re delicious, but not worth the line. Walk two blocks to Sprinkles, or three blocks to Baked & Wired (benefit, you get to walk along the canal- & you should definitely take the ride in the barge) If you absolutely must try the Georgetown Cupcakes made famous by the TLC channel show, DC Cupcake, skip the line in Georgetown and head up the Metro red line to Bethesda. There’s another G-town cupcake location there and the longest I’ve seen the line is 3 people. Here’s a hint- follow Georgetown cupcake on Twitter to get the free flavor of the day. The first 100 people at each store to say the name of the free flavor get a free cupcake. My fave flavor is chocolate salted caramel.
A few last hints for when you’re at the major tourist spots:
- Don’t eat at the Air & Space Museum, unless you like Mc.Donalds. Head next to the National Indian museum. The food in the cafeteria rocks.
- See the monuments at night- they are lit up beautifully, and it won’t be quite so hot. Be safe- and stick to a group. Some unsavory folks have accosted tourists at night, but the Park Police are very vigilant since that happened.
- The fountain at the Hirshorn art museum splashes liberally over the sides. It’s a great way to cool off, especially since they don’t let you stick your feet in any of the other bodies of water.
- There are often cheap last minute deals for Nationals baseball tickets. Check livingsocial. Eat dinner at Nat’s park, the food is an amazing sampling of some of DC’s best restaurants.
A lead byline and a cover story were what journalist Loren Stanton wanted most. Until she meets genetically enhanced soldier, Adam Blacker. Team leader of a top-secret covert ops group, Adam never wanted to search for his genetic match, but whenever he gets close to Loren, things turn hot quickly, making him forget every reason he had for retaining his bachelor status.
After a scorching night together, neither is in any doubt they are connected at the DNA-deep level, although both fear the high stakes of what it means to be together. Loren gives Adam two weeks to prove he is bred for more than war. He must show he is coded for love.
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