Last year my friends Theresa Romain, Vanessa Kelly, Kate Noble, and I got together to write an anthology. We’d never worked together before, but we enjoyed each other’s books and thought our writing styles complemented each other. The great thing was that our personalities clicked too. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to work with these ladies. Even when we aren’t working on a project together, we like to email back and forth and keep in touch.
It’s been extra exciting to keep in touch lately because Theresa, Kate, and I are each releasing our novellas separately this summer, while Vanessa’s will be released in the fall. Theresa’s novella, Those Autumn Nights, came out on Tuesday. I love the cover, and it’s kind of cool to see Theresa’s vision for her story.
My own novella, The Summer of Wine and Scandal, releases singly next week on June 29. Here’s my cover.
I hope it looks suitably summery. Funny story about this novella. I didn’t have an idea for the plot. The anthology follows the village of Hemshawe and the Gage family through all four seasons of the year. My season was summer. So I thought about what I liked about summer. On those sultry nights, I do like to settle back with a good book and a chilled glass of wine. And what goes with wine (besides books—but then everything goes with books!)?
Scandal, of course.
So the title became The Summer of Wine and Scandal, and the plot evolved from the title. In the story, Peregrine Lochley is a wine connoisseur who gets roped into judging the wine at the local fair. There are just two problems. First of all, he has a distinct dislike for British wines. Secondly, the woman he’s falling for is part of a family who makes wine.
There’s scandal in the story too. Caroline Martin has a dark secret. She can hardly forgive herself for her mistakes much less expect anyone else to.
The novella is up for pre-order now, and it’s only 99 cents through the July 4th holiday. Theresa’s novella is only 99 cents as well. If you’re looking for a quick read while you’re at the pool or on a plane to that sunny beach, grab your copy.
I think I’ve blogged before about running. I’ve done a number of races, most recently a half marathon, which was on top of a 10K, so I earned my 19.3 badge. I like to do things fast, and that includes moving, writing, cooking (I don’t recommend this), and occasionally driving (if my daughter isn’t in the car).
But last year my family fostered a two-year-old dachshund/pug mix for a week, and that week turned into forever. Princess Galen named her Sparkles, but I shortened it to Sparky. So this was supposed to be Princess Galen’s dog, but all of you moms know how that goes. I ended up being the one walking the pup at 6 in the morning and 9 a night. Sparky had some medical issues when we first got her, so she didn’t walk very well, and when she ran, she ran on three legs. She’s since had surgery and does much better. She’s pretty fast when she has some extra energy to burn. But for a long time, Sparky liked to walk slowly and sniff. Everything. Really well.
Initially all the starting and stopping and the moseying along really annoyed me. I would talk to Sparky as we walked. “Come on! Let’s go, Sparky. You’ve smelled that tree three times already. Yep. That’s a leaf. And that’s a rock. Let’s walk!”
But gradually I started to enjoy the slower pace of the walks. I noticed changes in the flowers blooming or the presence of tadpoles in large puddles. I spotted birds’ nests and squirrel nests and met other dogs and their owners. I also started making use of my time. When I walked, I would think about the book I was working on and plot the next scene.
I’m not a plotter, and I’m perfectly happy with my process, but my writing does go faster (there I am, going fast again!) when I have an idea what I’m writing about that day. Strangely enough, my slow walking has made my writing faster!
I guess its true what they say about stopping and smelling the roses (or the leaves or the rock or the grass). We need to slow down and take our time some days.
How do you slow down and take your time?
The winners of the digital copies of Earls Just Want to Have Fun and The Rogue You Know are Beth B and Amy. Check your inboxes for an email from me!
are Ruth and Ellie! Check your inboxes, ladies, for information on how to claim your copy of The Beast of Clan Kincaid.
It’s Memorial Day in the United States, which is also the official beginning of summer. You know what that means, right? Time to go bathing suit shopping. I try and avoid it every year, but finally my hand has been forced by the multiple pool party invites and my daughter’s pleading to go to the pool.
I hate shopping for swimsuits. I usually buy them online, try them on at home, send them back, and repeat. The past few years I’ve noticed quite a few out-of-the-ordinary swimsuits available for sale.
One of my favorite styles this year is this retro 50s style. Here it is in a black and gray from UniqueVintage.com.
What do you think? Would you wear it?
Here’s another like it in red. I like this model because she looks like a real person, not like a model.
Cute, right? I think I have an idea of what I would actually look like in that suit.
I don’t know that I’m two-piece ready, but I thought this one from Modcloth.com was pretty cute. It’s almost more like a shorts set. Would you wear it?
But my favorite so far is this swim dress from UniqueVintage.com. I like the color and the style.
Are you buying a new swimsuit this summer, relying on the old one, or avoiding the pool and beach altogether? TWO people who comment will win DIGITAL copies of both EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN and THE ROGUE YOU KNOW (must be able to read on Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, or Google Play). Winners announced and contacted Sunday.