What to Do This Summer by Tara Randel


It’s that time of year. The kids are out of school, the mercury is rising and we’re finding ways to fill the summer months with fun. If you’re like me, I’m always looking for ways to beat the heat while still enjoying the season. 

I'm usually at the keyboard coming up with new stories, which I love to do, so that alone is like a vacation, but here are a few suggestions to settle into the summer.

1. Read a book. Always my answer, no matter where or when. I’ve constantly got a TBR pile that grows and grows, especially when authors I love have new releases. Give me a tall glass of iced tea and a comfy chair to curl up in and I’ll escape for hours!
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2. Try new recipes for the grill. I’m always on the lookout for ways to make mundane meals more exciting. This summer I’m going to experiment more with vegetables and maybe even try grilling fruit. 

                                               
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3. Check out summer blockbuster movies. Okay, Avengers Endgame has already been released, but we have Spiderman to look forward to. There are always the streaming services which have some pretty good movies as well. Grab a big bowl of popcorn and hang out on the couch. 

4. Walk the mall. Or make more visits to the gym. Seriously, it’s too hot right now for long outdoor walks. (At least where I live!) If you’re in the air conditioned mall you can window shop along the way. Win-win if you ask me.

5. Take weekend trips. I’m always up for an adventure. This year I’ll be attending the Romance Writers of America conference in New York City, so I’m excited to get back to Manhattan. It’s been a few years since I visited and this year I’m going with a good friend, so we have our tourist to-do list ready. But even if you don’t have a trip already planned, going away for a few days can cure the doldrums and you might discover new places right in your own back yard.  

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I live not far from this lovely beach and when I take the time to go there, I feel like I’m at an exotic locale. 



I’m sure I’ve left something off the list, so chime in if you have ideas to share. And while you’re at it, enjoy the summer!

Here's a peek at the cover of my August 2019 book. 



Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…



 Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. Family values, a bit of mystery and of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, TRUSTING HER HEART, available August 2019.  Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TaraRandelBooks. Sign up for Tara’s Newsletter and receive a link to download a free digital book.

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  1. I'll look forward to meeting you in New York in a few weeks. We also share a release month in August. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer--we'll have to compare our stack of TBR books! Thanks.

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    1. I look forward to meeting you! NYC will be lots of fun!

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  2. Tara, what a beautiful cover for your next book. Looking forward to it landing on my TBR stack. I actually only have 3 books on it now. Been reading when maybe I ought to be writing. Our summer in AZ is heating up way fast. By next week 105. Definitely too hot to be out long. Can't go to RWA this year. You all have a great time.

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    1. Thanks, Roz. I also have been reading when I should be working! But my TBR pile is down to half a dozen books going into the summer months. Not as hot here as in AZ, low 90s which is way too hot! We'll miss you at RWA!

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  3. I'm with you on the short getaways--they do wonders for the soul! I love that cover, Tara!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. As writers, we need those short getaways to refill the well and create new story ideas.

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  4. Good suggestions. Fortunately, it's not too hot where I'm at yet, so I'm still taking walks outside. The book cover looks great. Have a good summer!

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  5. Sounds like fun! Our summer includes a couple of house projects, so that's likely to take up much of our time, but I'm hoping for a few quick trips as well. No RWA for me this summer, but I'll look forward to hearing all about it. Have fun!

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  6. Thanks, Beth. Enjoy the summer!

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  7. Your book sounds great, Tara! Summer movies are on my list too. But with small children the "must see" films are Toy Story 4 and The Lion Kind. Someday in the near future I hope to catch a grown up movie in the theater, lol.

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