Good morning, everyone!
Happy June! The weather is finally nice here in Toronto, and I’ve been taking advantage by riding my bike to work on Fridays. We’re fortunate enough to have a big ravine system in the city, which borders our office, so even though I have to navigate some city streets, a good chunk of my hour-and-twenty-minute ride is spent on car-free, tree-lined paths like this one:
|Taken moments before I rode through a cloud of midges...a more innocent time.|
Cycling is one of my favorite ways to clear my head and make room for new ideas and inspiration. The warm sunshine, lush June leaves and bright flowers don’t hurt, either!
Speaking of nice weather, we’re getting into the summer reading season, and this month’s Heartwarming books are surely destined for hammocks, docks, beaches and verandahs in the coming weeks.
Appropriately, Marie Ferrarella’s Safe Harbor starts on a beach—but it’s not a carefree summer day for the heroine, who comes across a mysterious man washed up on shore….
Two of our books this month are set in Texas—Mae Nunn’s Fatherhood 101 and Cindi Myers’s What She’d Do for Love, and they’re both deeply emotional reads (pro-tip: you have “sunscreen” in your eye). In Cindi’s story, the heroine has to choose between her beloved hometown and the engineer who wants to build a highway through it. Mae’s story features a single mom going back to school and getting a crash course in romance…but will it outlast the semester?
And what better way to cool off after a hot day than with Mary Anne Wilson’s Flying Home, where the hero and heroine get stranded in the snowy Colorado mountains after their plane goes down during a storm.
A big portion of my June reading will likely be the entries in our Write From the Heart Contest, a pitch opportunity for aspiring Heartwarming authors that opens on Monday. Entrants will have until Sunday, June 15 to submit the first page of their Heartwarming novel to Dana Grimaldi and myself, at which point we’ll start reading and deciding which authors move on to round two. Full guidelines can be found here, and you can follow us on Twitter @cpmcaldwell and @DanaGrimaldi.
What do you all have at the top of your summer reading pile? And how are you celebrating the start of the season?