I’m a September baby, which means that my favorite time of the year is the fall. It’s the time of year when life settles out. The kids go back to school. The garden gets pulled out and cleaned up. The flowerbeds get one last trim before the winter freeze sets in.
And everything slows down to a snail’s pace again. There’s time to breathe, time to sit and reflect, time for just me.
In our fast paced world, we like to cram every moment with busyness. It makes us feel productive, worthwhile, important. I know because I’ve been there, done that, tried to be the center of the universe for everyone but myself.
What I know for certain is that time never stands still, but we can. So grab a few precious moments from your day to enjoy your guilty pleasure, whatever it is. Relax in a hot bath. Read a great book (and may I recommend one from here?). Or stare at the ceiling and simply let your mind drift where it will.
This time is your gift to yourself. Enjoy it always.
This summer, I’ve been writing a lot, working on book three of the Caught Between series. When I’m not typing away on my MacBook Air or scribbling on my sticky notes, I’ve been outside playing in the flowerbeds, riding my bike around town, and basically enjoying the summer heat. But it’s cooling off here now, which means more indoor time and more reading time, and I have some great reading material lined up for September.
Looking for the perfect beach read? Then I highly recommend 🙂 the newest release in the Caught Between series!
Stephanie Goodwin has never met a prince who didn’t turn out to be a frog, but she’s never allowed her personal feelings about men and relationships to interfere with her job as a wedding planner. Instead, she focuses on giving her clients their dream wedding, a magical day to get them through the trials and tribulations of the years ahead—before everything turns to dust.
Hotshot divorce lawyer, Stone Kincaid, has an aversion to marriage. His experience has taught him that wedding vows only lead to a broken heart that never really heals and an empty bank account. But when he returns to his family’s Serendipity Island estate to stop his irresponsible sister’s wedding, he encounters the wedding planner from hell—the gorgeous, sexy woman he met and bedded a month ago.
Can a woman with a history of picking the wrong kind of guy find a forever kind of love with a man who fears commitment almost as much as she does?
This story includes a marriage-phobic wedding planner, a hunky divorce lawyer whose attitude toward wedded bliss—and family—is about to change, one really big OOPS, afternoon naughtiness, peanut butter cookies, messy family relationships, and a battle-of-the-sexes secondary romance.
Want to take a behind-the-scenes peek at my writerly life? I’m over at Cheryl Cooke Harrington’s Stillpoint blog today with pictures of my office and a look at what I’m working on now. Come say hello so I’m not lonely!
My Goodreads Challenge this year was to read 52 books. I’m a little behind due to the release of my latest book, Caught Between a Lie and True Love. Plus, we had an early spring here, so I’ve been outside without the heavy shackles of winter boots, jacket, mitts, and toque. Totally lovely!
I’ve planted all of my annual flowers, and the early perennials are already blooming. And these days, as I type away, I’m able to open the office window and let the fresh air and sounds of the outdoors in. Right now, bees are buzzing around the screen window and the birds are chirping from their lofty position in the nearby spruce trees.
A good deal of my time has been spent at the youngest’s farm which he purchased last spring and took possession in mid-August. Due to some issues with the old farmhouse, we’ve spent the last nine months tearing out the inside guts of the house: insulation, electrical, flooring, and the last thing to go is the plumbing. But that’s all a story for another day. 🙂
We’re here to talk reading, so here are my June reads.
What are you reading now, and do you already know what you intend to read in the weeks ahead?