There goes summer… #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from Brenda Margriet’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week we’re talking about summer. It’s winding down (boo) but there’s still little warmth in the air. So we’re going to share our favorite summer activities. 

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When I was a child it felt as though summers stretched into forever. Long days were spent playing in the fields with my friends, or laying in the grass reading a book. I’d get through at least 20 books over the 6 weeks we had away from school. I was intimate friends with our local library. And through my very rose-colored glasses, I have to say I can’t remember feeling any stress at all. Just the wide open sky of opportunity that arched over my head.

Nowadays, summers are a little less easy. I’ve spent half of it being Mom’s Taxi Services, ferrying my daughter around from social engagement to social engagement (whatever happened to building forts in the fields?). Plus I also have taken on the new role of Human Alarm Clock. That one’s for my son. Somehow over the course of a summer he’s become nocturnal, sleeping all day and staying awake all night. It doesn’t bode well for his first day back at school!

But in the middle of all this, there’s still my love of reading that keeps me going. And my favourite summer activity of all is to take a book and a glass of something cool out into our beautiful garden, and spend an hour in the easy chair reading under the blue sky.

That’s the beauty of reading. You can do it anywhere, anyhow, and somehow it’s perfect for every season. I love being curled up under a blanket and reading my book as the rain beats on the window, and I love reading a wonderful story as the multi-coloured leaves fall down from the trees. But my very favourite place of all to read is the beach. It’s not something I get to do very often, but when I do I can spend all day doing it. And this year I got to read all day on a lovely beach at Caorle, on the Mediterranean coast of Italy. It really doesn’t get much better than that!

Now let’s hop over to Jenna Da Sie’s Blog to find out her favourite summer activities.

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 Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Photo credits: Depositphotos & authors own.

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Canada Square – 99c sale plus a giveaway!

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Summer’s coming to an end, but to cheer us all up, I’ve put Canada Square on sale for 99c. It’s never been this cheap, and won’t be at this price again in 2016, so grab it while you can! Sale ends on Friday 24th August, when it will be back to the usual price of $3.99.  

So if you love a forbidden office romance, with a sexy Scottish hero, grab Canada Square today.

Amazon: http://mybook.to/CanadaSquare

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/canada-square/id1090859640?ls=1&mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/canada-square-1

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152775969

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carrie_Elks_Canada_Square?id=F82xCwAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB

Summary:

Secrets have a way of coming out…

Amy Cartwright isn’t sure who she’s supposed to be anymore. Her family thinks she’s flighty, her ex believes she’s a walkover (the bastard) and her friends think she’s plain crazy. But there’s a different side to her that nobody sees, nobody but the cool, sexy Scotsman who just happens to be her boss.

Callum Ferguson isn’t looking for excitement; he’s had that and it almost ruined him. He likes things calm and predictable – everything that his new PA turns out not to be. But from the moment she walks through his office door it’s as though the light has come back into his life, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

Fighting against the inevitable, they both try to ignore the attraction, but the flame of desire is too bright. They’re soon drawn into a steamy love affair that they have to hide from everybody, knowing the revelation could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard for, as well as each other.

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Release Day Blitz – Politically Incorrect by Jeanne McDonald.

Today I’m delighted to take part in the release day blitz for my wonderful friend, Jeanne McDonald. I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Politically Incorrect, and I loved it. Read on for more information about the book, and your chance to win a signed paperback!

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Young couple flirting with legs at the restaurant under the tableRelease Date: August 16, 2016

Synopsis

Sex. Lies. Greed. Power. Scandal. Politics. Political strategist, Elizabeth McNeal has been called a lot of things throughout her career—bitch being at the top of the list—but she doesn’t let it get to her. She’s bold, she’s blunt, and she takes orders from no one. This is how she’s survived working in a man’s world. She’s the master of diversion, and her specialty is winning an election—no matter the cost. That is, until she meets her new client, Democratic candidate, Congressman William Baxter. Kind, considerate, insanely handsome, honest, and ten years her junior, he’s a unicorn among politicians. He infuriates her. He challenges her. Most of all, he makes her see past the scandalous world of politics and helps her to discover the heart of the woman inside her. With sparks flying between them and the election rapidly approaching, the last thing either of them need is to be caught in a compromising position. Some lines are meant to be crossed and some rules broken, but for Elizabeth and Liam is it worth the cost of being politically incorrect?

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One of Two Signed Paperbacks of Politically Incorrect by Jeanne McDonald

 

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About the Author

Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love. When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in literature. A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

 

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Expanding my Horizons

image I’ve spent a lot of time gazing at the horizon this week. It’s a happy side effect of being on holiday: the ability to lie on a beach and just be. Staring at the line where the sea and the sky meet sparks an excitement inside me which seems timeless. I imagine it’s the same excitement that caught the imagination of long ago explorers, ones who looked beyond the lives they had right there and then, and imagined ‘what if…’

The funny thing about horizons is they can both limit you or offer you endless possibilities, depending on your outlook. So many people probably looked at that same line and just accepted that was where the world ended. They didn’t question, didn’t wonder, just went about their day and lived within the limits of the land.

But then there were the dreamers. The brave people who had no idea what was beyond that infinite line, but hoisted up their sails and journeyed to find out anyway. For all they knew there was a cliff drop into nothingness, or a land of monsters that swallowed them whole. In spite of the dangers that lurked just beyond their sight, their need to know outweighed any peril. Their courage outweighed their fear.

And that’s what I try to do every day. In my writing, in my parenting, in my life, I try to push myself beyond the horizon. I try to venture into new lands, knowing that I may stumble and fall. But the endless possibilities draw me still, always so much more exciting than a life that is limited. It is definitely scary, and often perilous, but the rewards are always worth the risk.

So how about you? What things lie beyond your horizons? Are you brave enough to discover them too?