To me, one of the best things about summer is taking the time to read books. In the small Arizona mining town where I grew up, there wasn’t a whole lot to do, but there was a public library I visited whenever possible. Through the books I checked out, I helped Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys solve mysteries. I visited foreign countries and fought Civil War battles. All of this was possible because summer is different and it needs to be different so we can participate in activities we don’t usually have time for.In the days when I taught school and had four kids at home, summer was the time when I could spend much of my time writing – at least in between their activities. Maybe that’s why most of my books take place in the summer.
This June -- right now in fact, I’m proud to say that my first Harlequin Heartwarming is available. Her Lone Cowboy is a book I had in mind for a while, the story of a rancher, Caleb Ransom, who only wants to be left alone. This becomes impossible when he gets a new neighbor with an inquisitive four year old who is determined to be his friend. Laney Reynolds tries to keep her son Sam away from Ransom’s place but he and his dog Bertie are just too much of an attraction. Ordinarily, Laney would be too busy to spend so much time at home, giving her son the opportunity to run to Caleb’s, but she’s a teacher, so she’s home for the summer.
What do you do to make summer different?