In my opinion, June 1st is the start of summer. I always get excited at the end of May in anticipation of warm weather and outdoor adventures. Summer means fireworks, vacations, concerts, growing a garden, freaking eat when the bugs destroy my garden, getting endless mosquito bites, and drinking a beer around my fire pit.
Yes, it’s usually only one beer and not more because I’m a lightweight. But I digress.
In preparation for this most enjoyable of seasons, I asked my husband, “What plans do we have this year?”
Last year involved a visit from a friend overseas, a family reunion, a short vacation, and a few concerts. I was ready to mark my calendar and see what I had to look forward to this year.
“Um…” he replied. “We got nothing.”
WHAT?!? Nothing in three whole months? Well, that was no good at all.
“No concerts?” I asked.
“Nope. No one we like is touring this year.”
“Okay. No vacations?”
“I’m not renting a house for a week because it costs more than a mortgage payment. Stuff is getting too expensive.”
“What about camping for a weekend?” I learned how to build a campfire all by myself and I wanted to use my skills.
“Too much work. The dog just cries all the time because she’s a titbaby, you freak out about ticks, and I end up doing all the work setting up the tent and cleaning it when we get home.”
I couldn’t argue that because those were all valid points.
So I got nothing. Instead of worrying about the whole season all at once, I could focus on ‘right now.’ I asked one last question.
“Fine. Are we doing anything this weekend?”
“Yeah. I’m making pancakes. We gotta try that new maple syrup I bought.”
Just to clarify, we usually get Mrs. Butterworth with a lot of ingredients like ‘corn syrup’ and ‘high fructose corn syrup’ and ‘sodium hexamatphosphate.’ As I get older, I try to avoid ingredients that sound like they might bring on the rise of the zombie apocalypse. Well…now that I really look at that word…HEXAMATPHOSPHATE seems more like a Harry Potter Curse. However, we splurged at the grocery store last week and got 100% PURE MAPLE SYRUP. So I totally have something to look forward to on Sunday now. Wahoo!
Just because my summer isn’t shaping up to be one for the record books, doesn’t mean I won’t be able to escape into a good book. I also have some great deals on some books for you…
(That was a slick intro by the way, kinda proud of myself)
If you need to fill up your kindle, have I got some suggestions for you! Some of these I’ve actually read….
1) Lucian by Dawn Doyle. Currently $2.99 on Amazon or Free with Kindle Unlimited Subscription.
Usually I only do newsletter swaps and feature authors that feature me in their newsletters. However, I’ve read Dawn’s books before and I just picked up her newest release with high hopes of enjoying the story. I mean look at the dude on the cover…he’s HOT! I can honestly say the story sucked me in right away. The main dude had a posse of crazy friends, the sex scenes were off the charts passionate, and (most importantly) the characters always used protection. I get pissy when I read books where the lovers just hook up and no mention of condoms are used. Yeah, I’m weird about that. So I highly recommend this book because I personally read and enjoyed it.
2) Everything Undone by Wysteria Wilde. Currently FREE on Amazon.
Again, I’ve personally read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a love story with plot twists and turns around every corner. You get angst, steam, villains, a great best friend that deserves his own spin off, and a very sexy male lead.
3) This is a whole page full of books that are on sale or FREE with a Kindle Unlimited Subscription.
They range from a 1 to a full 5 on the steam meter. I highly suggest checking them out!
4) Seraphina’s Awakening by Sheena Hutchinson. Currently FREE on Amazon.
This author applied to be in my newsletter via a newsletter swap and I haven’t read her book but it has a LOT of great reviews on Amazon and it involves good versus evil. Here’s the blurb: For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever. She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night. Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together.
Amazon Link: https://www.bookboast.com/link/6077/88734
5) Of Vixens and Wolves by L D Fox. Currently Free on Instafreebie.
I haven’t read this, but it’s free and it looks hot. You get three erotic short stories:
DIRTY DEAL- Lonely mechanic + uptight divorcee = insta love
Elle’s in desperate need of a good servicing. Lucky for her, Blake’s a fully qualified mechanic. DIRTY MIND – She’s his boss’s daughter. He’s way too old for her. But there’s no denying their chemistry… DIRTY DEUCE – A sinful weekend away turns into a scandalous affair.
There you have it folks. In case you’re stuck home with no plans for the immediate future, you can still travel to faraway lands by picking up a book! As for me, if you need anything I’ll be eating pancakes with maple syrup.
Oh, in case you were wondering, I still do write books. I’m currently on Chapter Twenty-Three of a military romance that I’m really having fun with so far. The heroine is bad-ass, the hero is definitely all alpha male, and there are more than a handful of plot twists and turns along the way. This one is going to be LONG because I’ve already fallen in love with the characters. You’ll just have to be patient. I’m probably half-way finished.
Do you want some spoilers? Okay. I can tease you a little. The scene I just wrote involves a trip to a country bar with line dancing. This required some research consisting of me google searching ‘You Tube Videos of Sexy Male Country Line Dancers.’ Sigh. A writer’s job is never done. But it’s soooo interesting!
Have a nice weekend and I’ll update you soon!