Ava Hayden on Her Favorite Vacation Destination – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Ava Hayden to celebrate the recent release of The Valentine’s Day Resolution.

Ava Hayden on Her Favorite Vacation Destination
Thanks to Long and Short Reviews for hosting me today and giving me a chance to talk a little about my new release, , and tell you about a place I love.

I can’t honestly say I have a single favorite vacation destination, because I have a long list of places I loved visiting and want to visit again. But I can say that there’s one spot in the world that keeps drawing back me almost as if I have some kind of homing instinct for it, and that place is Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

In The Valentine’s Day Resolution, Paul loves to vacation on Vancouver Island, but his favorite spot is Tofino. It’s just one of many beautiful towns on the island, and it’s known as a surfing and storm watching destination.

If I tried to talk about every single locale I love on Vancouver Island, this post would run really long, so I’m sticking to Victoria, the capital city. Here are my top five things to love about Victoria, BC.

1) The Royal BC Museum. I scheduled two of my trips to Victoria just to see special exhibits in the Royal BC Museum (Vikings and Mammoths). The permanent exhibits are always worth a repeat visit as well. And if you have a few hours before your flight or ferry, you can pop in and watch an IMAX flick or two, something I seem to end up doing every trip.

2) The inner harbour. Victoria harbour is gorgeous, and there’s always plenty to see: quirky and unique houseboats, busy waterways and the marina, float planes landing and taking off non-stop, eateries on the water. I like to walk a big loop all around the harbour, which requires a water taxi transfer, and the water taxis are totally adorable and fun to ride.

Adorbs! Okay, one more:

Victoria BC water taxi. #vancouverisland #victoriabc #victoria #canadaflag

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3) High tea. Victoria has a reputation as being one of the most “British” cities in British Columbia. You can find high tea all over. The most famous high tea is served at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, but my favorite so far is the Big Muckle Giant Tea for Two at the White Heather Tea Room. Oh, yes, gentle reader—we ate the whole thing (and I hope to do it again soon).

4) Rebar Modern Food. I have a friend who eats at Rebar every day when she’s in Victoria. Located in historic Bastion Square, Rebar is liquid nitrogen levels of cool without the attitude. Among its greatest hits: Classic Almond Burger. O.M.G. If you have never had one, you probably think almond burger? What’s the big deal? I know, because that’s what I thought until the first time I ate one. I repeat, O.M.G. Everything else is good too, just for the record.

5) Okay, I’m having a hard time narrowing my list down, but I’ll go with Murchie’s Fine Tea and Coffee. (Sensing a theme here?) Just try not drooling.

Eat up. Drink up. And then go for a long walk around the harbour!

Huxley carries invisible scars from a near-fatal car accident. He sleepwalks through a job at his father’s company, marking time until he can quit and pursue his own dreams. Everything changes the moment he makes eye contact with a stranger while riding to work. It’s as if he’s been shaken out of his stupor, and Huxley vows to find the man.

Thanks to a thieving ex-lover, Paul’s florist shop is on the brink of closing down. He needs to milk Valentine’s Day for all it’s worth—and the irony that a day dedicated to love might help undo the damage of a failed relationship is not lost on him.
When Huxley finds Paul at his shop, both men feel an instant attraction. Before long, they’re falling hard, but Huxley holds back. If Paul knew all the baggage he’s carrying, he might run.

Paul’s gut tells him Huxley is hiding something. Huxley looks like a keeper, but Paul can’t go through another disastrous romance.

When Valentine’s Day arrives, will they have anything to celebrate?

About the Author: Ava Hayden lives and writes in Alberta, Canada. When not writing, she loves reading yaoi manga and gay romance, baking, seeing plays, hearing live music, and hiking (even though she once came face to face with two grizzlies on a trail). Most of the time her life isn’t that exciting, and that’s fine by her.

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  1. Victoria sounds like such a beautiful place to visit. Those cakes at Murchie’s Tea & Coffee look delicious, too!

    Congratulations on your new book.

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