Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer love!

This Saturday will be the “longest day” of the year – meaning the one with the most hours of daylight -- and the official start of summer. This is just about my favorite day.  After a grumpy hibernation during this long, tough winter, I’ve been overjoyed by the longer days and the warm weather. I love all the standard stuff of summer: cooking outside, ice cream cakes for birthdays,

stopping to smell those roses, watching dogs and my neighbor’s cats dozing in the sun.  This is the week that I first find fresh local strawberries at our neighborhood stand.   

 Yum! I’m planning a chicken salad with fresh strawberries and toasted almonds tonight.  We’ll eat in the screened porch as the mosquitos are also enjoying the season. Forget the mosquitos. It’s all good. Have I mentioned sandals? No closed shoes for this gal from April to October. 
I love the night sky on these short summer nights and I should mention that around here we all find even more time to read in the summer.   

Daisy's reading about conquering cats (as if), but I prefer mysteries.  If you caught Dru Ann’s report this past Saturday, you know, there are some wonderful cozies coming our way this summer.  Here’s a special shout-out to our own lovely Cozy Chicks who have been busy being mysterious for your summer reading pleasure. Lorna Barrett aka our Lorraine Bartlett’s Book Clubbed, her new hardcover, will be here in July! 

Get in on the pre-order action by clicking:

 And more good news: the paperback edition of Not The Killing Type hits the shelves in July too: 

You’ve been waiting, haven’t you?  All you have to do is click the link to preorder. This helps you and helps your favorite authors too.  We’re all in this togetherPre-order HERE

It’s a doubleheader on August 5th with Ellery Adams launching a terrific new series with Murder in the Mystery Suite (when does she sleep?)  It's available for pre-order HERE

and Leann Sweeney is back with the sixth in her beloved Cats in Trouble series with The Cat, The Vagabond and the Victim. 

Click HERE to preorder that. Your cat insists too!    

September’s still summer in these parts, some of our most beautiful weather.  Our own Mary Kennedy presents the first in her fascinating new dream club series with Nightmares Can Be Murder.

Keep the light on, but preorder here:HERE

And as Victoria Abbott (half of, I'll be sharing my major crush on Archie Goodwin in The Wolfe Widow., the third book collector mystery.

Oh yes, and people die. You can find it  HERE
The list of books and summer enchantments goes on. I may still be talking about my love affair with summer (and summer reading) this time next week.

What about you? Do you celebrate the summer solstice? The ‘longest day’? The many joys of summer?  Do you read more mysteries in summer? Dish, my friends, and, yes, that may mean an ice cream dish!


AJ Blythe said...

Sadly, this Saturday is the shortest day for me (DownUnder in Oz). The silver lining is that at least we're already nearly a month into winter (our seasons are based on months, not the solstice, so winter is June/July/August).

Will think of you with envy on Saturday.

Mark Baker said...

I love summer! Even now, they still seem like lazy days to me. I still have just as much to do, but something seems simpler. Plus I love to swim. And I love ice cream. I couldn't do without Christmas, but once that is over, we can skip right back to summer as far as I am concerned.

Aurian said...

Lovely list, most of those are pre-ordered, and I do want to try out that first book in a brandnew series! Thanks for the headsup on that one. Enjoy your summer solstice. I always read lots, be it winter or summer, so no change there. I've bought some lovely radishes last weekend and I just keep forgetting to eat them! They'll keep for a while though.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Not sure where you live in Oz, Anita, but I love your climate. Spent a very happy three weeks there in December a few years back. Love your flowers and the birds!



Mary Jane Maffini said...

I'm with you on that, Mark!. I love snow right until Jan 2nd. Then bring on the next season!

Thanks for coming by!


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Aurian, we always know we can count on you to read cozies! Glad to know it's no matter what season. Eat those radishes before they eat you! Oh wait, that' sa different genre.



Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Hi MJ, thanks for the lovely blog on summer and for the shout-out on my September release!!! I think I want summer to last forever (but I'd have to leave the northeast for that to happen :-)

Anonymous said...

I love to add books to my TBR pile. I'm not so sure my checkbook is as excited though. Oh well. Tough. :)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You are very welcome! I am so looking forward to your new series and wherever you find where summer lasts forever, I'm coming with you.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Your checkbook will probably 'lady up' and cope! I am a book addict too and I get it. TBR piles. Lovely!



Lorraine Bartlett said...

Thanks for the shout out about my Booktown Mysteries, MJ. You're a peach!

Mark Baker said...

Snow? No thank you. This California native will take plenty of rain, however. I dream of a wet Christmas, not a white one. :)

Duffy Brown said...

what a great summer find. Thanks Mary Jane for letting us know.

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