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!
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