You remember in school how we would have to write a paper about "What I Did This Summer?" I used to hate that paper. I don't know whether it was because it was the end of summer and I had to think about all the fun I wouldn't be having or because what I did that summer wasn't particularly interesting.
The best part of summer is the freedom so associated with it. Even today when I don't get a three month holiday from school, I do get a break from the day to day demand of the Mini's schedule. I don't have to get up early every day nor do I have to be in bed by a certain time every night. Summer is also hiatus for a lot of television shows, but it's also a time for new favorites to make their debut (thank you Beverly Hills 90210 the original brand for giving us fresh programming in the summer months). In addition to all of these things, summer is about the big movies and big book releases--it's about entertainment.
What Did I Do This Summer?
It was a crazy year in the Long household (though I guess every year actually qualifies, but since we're not talking about every other year...) I had seven new releases this summer, eight if you include the beginning of May! First up at the very beginning of May was the second book in my Chance Monroe series, while it was a re-release, the book underwent significant editing and I wrote additional scenes for our hedge witch from Northern Virginia:
|Plan Witch From Out of Town|
That was five Marines:
|Always a Marine|
Yep, I said five! From Matt McCall's book to Derek Green's - I had a Marine for everyone and boy did I love these stories!
What else did I release? We had the second book in the Soulgirls series:
|Taking the Stage|
Anthony and Roseatre cracked me up and we had white tigers...sorry, I was thinking about the cats. And last, but certainly not least was the fifth, and highly anticipated Fevered Hearts novel Raising Kane. Kid Kane's book is one I have been wanting to write since I first introduced the character and I think I fell in love with him all over again.
Whew. Sorry, it's getting a little warm in here. Like I said, it's been a really crazy summer. You throw in trips to Atlanta and Savannah for RWA and Authors After Dark respectively, and the crazy just keeps on coming! Overall though, I can't complain, at least this year's what I did last summer was interesting!
As we dive into autumn here in Texas, it's still sweating weather outside and hard to get into the harvest mood. I gaze north with great envy for all those unpacking their sweaters and huddling on the chilly nights. Still, Halloween is right around the corner and after this summer--I bet it's going to be just as crazy.
What did you do this summer?
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