Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek


During my long journey of learning about relationships and publishing, I’ve come across some great resources. 


Relationship Authors

  • Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages

Chapman suggests we all express and receive love in different ways.  Find out if you’re expressing your love in a way your sweetheart understands.  Chapman’s Five Love Languages are merged with Zalmanek’s Romance Pyramid in The Art of the Spark. 

  • Greg Godek, author of 1001 Ways to be Romantic

There are lots of books that list romantic ideas.  Greg Godek’s popular books set the standard by which all other books of its type are measured.  

  • Barry and Janae Weinhold, author of  Conflict Resolution: The Partnership Way

The Partnership Way of resolving conflicts embraces conflict as an opportunity for deepening the love connection between people and advancing their consciousness.

  • Charles and Caroline Muir, authors of The Art of Conscious Loving

The Muirs offer weekend seminars across the U.S. and vacation seminars that teach physical, spiritual and emotional methods of achieving ecstasy in lovemaking. 

  • Leon Scott Baxter, author of A Labor with Love

Couples Committed To Love is the site for couples who are committed to keeping their relationships strong, fun, loving and romantic. In A Labor with Love, Leon Scott Baxter has written a thoughtful, practical guide to loving women during pregnancy. His week-by-week suggestions are priceless.  

  • Janice Hoffman, author of Relationship Rules

Janice Hoffman offers practical advice for creating a love that lasts.  

  • Julie Pech, author of The Chocolate Therapist

A relationship author?  Sure!  Here’s her prescription for Lack of Sexual Desire: “One entire bar of dark organic chocolate, shared with a partner in bed while reading poetry by candlelight.  Optional activities when finished medicating.” 

Romantic Lodging

  • Kokopelli’s Cave in Farmington, New Mexico. 

This 1,650 square-foot luxury cliff dwelling is carved into the face of a sandstone cliff wall, 70 feet below the top of the mesa and 280 feet above the La Plata River.  Beyond the basics, the extras will amaze you, including a cascading waterfall-style shower, a flagstone hot tub, and a kiva replica.  It’s perfect if you want privacy more than pampering. After the host checks you in, you’ve got the place all to yourselves.   

  • Vista del Valle Plantation Inn near San Jose, Costa Rica.

Private villas sit on the edge of the dramatic Rio Grande Canyon.  Nowhere in the world can you enjoy such an exhilarating view while washing your hair in the outdoor shower in the Mona Lisa Rancho.  Delicious meals are served on site since you won’t want to leave this captivating paradise even a minute before you have to. It’s perfect for you if you want the lush setting of a rain forest. 

  • The Blue Skies Inn in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Blue Skies is a charming bed and breakfast with 10 guest suites.  You can tell this inn is a labor of love.  The owner, a talented artist, hand painted the uniquely themed murals in the bedrooms and tiles in the bathrooms.  In addition to a large bedroom, each suite has a sitting room and spacious bathroom, some with jetted tubs or showers for two.   You’ll love having the choice of a full hot breakfast delivered to your room in a picnic basket or eating in the Secret Garden. 

  • Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tennessee.

The 2004 Zagat Survey rated this 44-room luxury hotel as the #1 Small Hotel in America. Surrounded by 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s perfect for you if you want exquisite pampering.  You’ll love their gourmet meals, and if you want to learn their secrets, their cooking school is world famous. 

  • Château ÉlanWinery and Resort, north of Atlanta, Georgia

This jewel is nestled in 3500 acres in the north Georgia foothills just 40 minutes north of Atlanta.  Leave behind the busy city and savor the Southern hospitality.  Whether you stay in a hotel room, golf villa or guest suite in the spa, you’ll enjoy every convenience. 

  • Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington

What strikes your fancy, a room at the historic Hotel de Haro, a McMillan suite, a condominium or cottage? If you want a seaside vacation, and you’re willing to forego palm trees and warm water in favor of pine trees and whale watching, Roche Harbor is perfect for you.   If you plan to spend time in the water, leave that string bikini at home and bring a wet suit instead.  

  • The Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, CO

Since 1893, this grand hotel has been host to President Theodore Roosevelt, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, and countless not-so-famous but just as satisfied customers.  This old world hotel has kept pace with the times, and you can choose a classic room or a themed suite. Experience the romance and adventure that only a small town can offer.   

  • Golden Haven Hot Springs, Calistoga, California

The natural hot springs in Calistoga are another reason to come to Napa Valley’s wine country.  After a day of touring the wineries, the couple’s mud bath or any other spa treatment would be a great way to unwind. It’s perfect if you’d look forward to the mud baths as much as the wine tasting. 

  • Rusty Parrot Lodge, Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson has the feel of the old west, but you know those cowboys never had it this nice.  At the Rusty Parrot, there’s pampering in every detail.  It’s perfect for you whether your interests include fly fishing, skiing, sightseeing or shopping.  Jackson Hole has something for everyone. 

  • Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel, England

From the window of your hotel room you can view the ruins of Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur.  Relax in the Great Hall on the comfy sofas or take a seat at a replica of King Arthur’s Round Table.  It’s perfect for you if you have an interest in British history or small towns in southwest England, but don’t expect this 1899 “castle” to be a modern-day palace.  Rooms that have been refurbished are nice, in spite of the small bathrooms.  The owners promise the restoration will be completed soon.  Its close proximity to Tintagel Castle and the Cornish Coastal Path make it worthwhile.     


Publishers Organizations

Speakers Organizations (a must if you’re an author) 

Book Shepherds

In The Self-Publishing Manual, Dan Poynter describes book shepherds as “a particular kind of consultant.  They specialize in taking a book project through all the necessary steps that include editing, design, typesetting, locating the right printer, getting a distributor, marketing, and promotion.”


Cover Designers