Here in Minnesota the dog days of summer are in full swing. Jessica Fletcher would rather cozy up in the chair in my home office than brave the 90+ degree heat. I don't blame her. She also doesn't like the rain, construction vehicles, people in hats and skateboarders!
Last week during a walk around a neighborhood lake Jessica waded in and promptly lay down in the water. Plop. Just like that. It was time to rest and wait a while before going on.
This summer I've plopped down, too. I want a slower pace and to read more and worry less. I've given myself permission to feel good, instead of guilty when I'm not doing something "important." Instead of writing 1,000 more words before bedtime, it's okay to put fairy lights on the deck. And that's what I'm doing this weekend!
I've decided to enjoy the sun on my face rather than worry about whatever storm clouds might be ahead. I hope you can do the same. A little breather does everyone a world of good!
I'm also excited about my new Wander Creek book, plus a project I'm mulling over that I hope you'll help me with.
In This Issue
Wander Creek book two, trailer and a sale
Reader Survey: Help plan my new series!
July Featured Reader
My music playlist
What I'm reading now
Sweet and clean giveaways and reading list
Happenings in Wander Creek!
You would not believe all the activity in Wander Creek!
Disgraced socialite Abby Barrett has survived her terrible secret and her first walk across a frozen Minnesota lake
Her canoe-wielding beau is now official
Armed with a feisty spirit and collection of designer shoes, Abby is ready for whatever's next
And that's good, because she's about to face a formidable foe and make some big mistakes
GET YOUR COPY OF BOOK TWO ON SALE
Book two in the Wander Creek series is now available and on sale for .99 for the next three days. Grab your copy of A Place to Stay before Monday!
I think Millie was one of my very first readers, way back when! And I was touched when she messaged me on Facebook to tell me how much she was enjoying the first Finch's Crossing book, Autumn.
Q: How did you become a reader?
A: Harry Potter!
Q: On a scale of 1-10 how important is reading to you? (10 is most important.)
Q: What genres do you read?
A: Mostly romantic, mystery, holiday romance comedy. Some fantasy.
Q: Where is your favorite place to read?
A: In the yard, recliner in bedroom, living room sofa
Q: What do wish authors did differently?
A: I wish there were more romantic stories with seniors like Martha, or married couples that fall in love again. Nothing dramatic just plain old couple busy with life, they love each other but too busy to be in love with each other.
Q: Do you have a favorite book and/or author?
A: Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling
Q: Anything else you want to say about reading?
A: I particularly love reading a great book and then watching the book-turned-to-movie!!
My Music Playlist
I can't listen to music while I'm reading, but I love the momentum and energy it provides while I'm writing. My current faves:
Home Free:This is a Minnesota-based vocal band with all the “instrumentals” and percussion done by a beat boxer.
Chill Cow Lofi:Okay, this may seem strange, but it’s amazing mixed music that includes sounds like a door closing, a needle placed on a vinyl LP, a page turning in a book. I am hooked! Plus, if you listen on YouTube you get the added bonus of an animated video of the Lofi girl.
Big Band Dance Music:You’ll have to read the second Wander Creek book to learn why I've been listening to this!