Beach Book Blast & For The Love of Reading

Beach Book Blast & For The Love of Reading

If you read my post from earlier today, I mentioned that the geese and ducks were gathering. I’m not ready for winter, but I’m sure ready to leave the gardening, painting, and building behind. So for a few days, I’m dreaming of vacation and taking part in the WG2E Street Team’s Beach Book Blast. To find out more about the event, go to the Beach Book Blast website at Prizes include a Kindle Fire, ebooks, and more!

In honor of the Beach Book Blast, I’m reposting the very first blog post I ever wrote … For The Love Of Reading.

DadI inherited my nose from my dad. I also inherited his calves, his easy going personality and his love of reading. He died in 2009 but my all time favourite picture of him shows him sitting on the beach in a lawn chair, a book in his hands with the sun shining down on his head.

The first book I remember holding was a beautiful hardcover copy of Cinderella, filled with strange words I couldn’t read and beautiful pictures I adored. Once I learned to read, I worked my way through Dick and Jane, on to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and in between, the back of every cereal box my mom ever bought.

When I ran out of reading material, I would sneak into my dad’s book stash, which he wisely kept in the garage, and read his Harlequin romances. He also had some racier novels there, stories with – gasp! – sex, and if my mom knew I was reading those books – heck, if she knew my dad was reading those books – she would have banned them from our reading material.

These days I’m allowed to read whatever I want and I want to read a lot. In fact, I want to read more than I have time for and I’d rather buy books than food or clothes.

Shortly before my dad died, he gave me the book Volcano by Richard Doyle. When he told me I had to read this book, there was a tone in his voice that I recognized so well. It was awe and wonder for a can’t-put-it-down story, emotions I too experience whenever I fall in love with a story or an author’s voice. Although I have yet to read the book – I’ve become more of a love-to-laugh-out-loud reader – Volcano will forever remain on my keeper shelf because it was the last time my dad shared his love of reading with me.

This is how I will always remember my dad, on a lawn chair on the beach with a book in his hands and another waiting to be read. This is, hopefully, how my children will remember me, too.

So who did you inherit your reading gene from? Who are some of your favourite authors and books? And if you had to choose, would you rather spend your hard earned money on books or food and clothes?

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And make sure to check out the Summer Launch Event page where all the books highlight during this event are listed.

See you there!

My Heart Burns by Marlene Renee

My Heart Burns by Marlene Renee

Today is the middle of August and up on the Canadian prairies, the geese and ducks are gathering. Will this be an early winter? Part of me looks forward to a break from the gardening and painting and building we’re doing this summer. The other part of me thinks blech, I’m not ready for snow and cold and winter coats and boots.

So while I’m mulling over the fact that I’m ready, but not ready, for winter, let me introduce you to Book 24 in the Bandit Creek series, a western historical titled MY HEART BURNS by Marlene Renee.

Marlene has a degree in Education and her love for exciting and romantic stories lead her to start crafting her own. When not working on her latest project, Marlene enjoys reading, running, watching movies and travelling.

And now for the MY HEART BURNS teaser:

A woman’s got to do what her heart tells her – that’s become my motto. I’m Mackenzie Delaney and I realized that fact – and acted on it – before it was too late. Instead of marrying the man my parents had chosen for me, I answered the calling in my heart and headed west to Bandit Creek to fulfill my dream of being a doctor.

Sheriff Dan Wilson added a twist to my dream. Strong and true, he was intent on keeping the peace in his town – by fighting off bandits and keeping women of debatable reputation out.

He succeeded with the bandits.

He found me more of a challenge.

Let’s just say we came to a compromise.

I’ve only had time to read the teaser for this book, but I’m hooked. Check out the links below.

Read Carla Roma’s interview with author Marlene Renee, an excerpt from MY HEART BURNS, buy the book and join the Bandit Creek authors for the Facebook release party.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

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The Middle of Summer

The Middle of Summer

While Christy Hayes faces The End of Summer, up on the Canadian prairies, we’re smack in the middle of our summer season. And it’s been a hot, humid summer with temperatures close to 90 degrees F (30 C).

I know. Some of you are laughing at me right now. But to this Canadian, the 90 degree temperature is as bad as minus 40 in the middle of a winter blizzard.

This year on Seabrook’s pond, there’s no time to dilly-dally and hide from the heat. We decided to spruce up our duck pond by adding a fountain.

To read the rest of this post, join me at the Women Unplugged blog.

The Ghost and Christie McFee by Suzanne Stengl

The Ghost and Christie McFee by Suzanne Stengl

After taking a short break from my computer and all things internet and email related, it’s time to get back to work again. I’m writing a book tentatively titled Sex, Lies & Family Ties. It’s about a woman and a man. Probably will have some sex in it. Will definitely have lots of lies. And of course, what’s a Sheila Seabrook story without quirky family members?

It’s fun, it’s exciting, and I haven’t started to bang my forehead against the keyboard yet. Maybe by next week. 🙂

I’m looking forward to the August 1, 2012 release of the next Bandit Creek novella. This story not only follows WEDDING FEVER in release date, but it also follows—and hopefully reveals—the truth behind the Lost Lake treasure.

So without further ado, I’d like to introduce Book 23 in the Bandit Creek series, a contemporary story titled THE GHOST AND CHRISTIE MCFEE by Suzanne Stengl.

Suzanne started her storytelling days when she shared a bedroom with her three younger sisters and used to tell them stories until they fell asleep. After getting a degree in Commerce, she discovered a local romance writers organization and “found” her people.


When Christie McFee reads about the gold hidden at the bottom of Lost Lake, she decides to put some adventure in her life by diving for treasure. But when she meets Gaven St. Michel, the Divemaster on La Bonne Aventure, she starts to think that treasure can be whatever you want it to be.

If only Christie could figure out how to deal with the two ghosts who are haunting her—one of them wants her help, and the other wants her dead.

I’ve only had the opportunity to read the excerpt posted on the Bandit Creek website, but I’m hooked and can’t wait for the release of this book. Check out the links below. I’ll wait.

Read Carla Roma’s interview with author Suzanne Stengl, an excerpt from THE GHOST AND CHRISTIE MCFEE, buy the book and join the Bandit Creek authors for the Facebook release party.

On the first and fifteenth of the month, check back for more new Bandit Creek books. There’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!

Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Plus, sign up for emails updates from this blog through the Subscribe link on the right sidebar.

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

It’s that time of year, when people head out on the road for some family fun. But with our children grown, we stay at home during the busy summer months of July and August. It’s a good time to catch up on yard work, especially since we have such a short growing season in the Canadian north.

So while others fight the crowded roads or beaches, this is what I’m doing.

I’ll be back in August with a post to tell you all about the back breaking work on my summer vacation. It’s going to be beautiful … someday. 🙂

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer. I’m enjoying ours.

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