Today is the 4th of July and frankly, I can’t believe it. For us in the Mid-West, winter was charcoal grey, foggy and very long. I thought I’d never see a flower again. Then suddenly April appeared. Where it, May and June went, I have no idea. I started to put my sweaters away to make room for gauzy blouses and the nighttime temperatures sank back to 50. Excuse me, but that’s one degree from 49 and that is comforter weather and a barometer of autumn when I’ll hunker down with half a dozen novels, which I will admit to reading more than one at time, UNLESS the book is so good, I can’t put it down.
July is supposed to be that month when I sit on my patio after futzing in the garden, with a glass of iced tea and yes, a book, to take a break while the sprinkler spits water across my lawn. I don’t have an in-ground sprinkler system, so I am the “system” who must rotate and move my faulty sprinkler from area to area. Yes. I’ve bought a new one, but each year I swear the manufacturers cut back on parts for the sprinklers and they never reach as far or as wide as this old sprinkler I’ve had for about twenty years that is held together with wire and zip ties. You can call me crazy. I’m a writer, after all.
So, while I’m either reading under the comforter or in a patio chair, weather depending, I want you all to know we have some spectacular selections for July.
I have read Kate James’s HOME TO STAY and those 5 stars I gave it have a lot of glitter on them to make them stand out. (I’m partial to glitter.) And the book is truly, a STANDOUT!
Here’s the cover blurb: She's bringing his son home
A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans's son safely home is more than a job. It's a mission she can't fail… But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist.
I can’t wait to read Syndi Powell's AFRAID TO LOSE HER. I don’t know about you, but balloons and fireworks always make me smile. Love the cover, but I know I’ll love this book as I’ve enjoyed Syndi’s other Heartwarming releases.
They're in this fight together
Border patrol agent Desmond Jackson would gladly take a bullet for his partner. Instead, it's Detroit border patrol agent Sherri Lopez who ends up wounded in a drug raid…then blindsided by a shocking diagnosis.
The woman Dez secretly loves is a warrior now in a fight for her life. Strong and independent, Sherri won't let anything defeat her—or let herself rely on Dez. Doesn't she realize how good they are together? All Dez knows is he can't lose her…or the friendship that's slowly evolving into something even more precious.
THE CHARM OFFENSIVE is Cari’s debut book with Heartwarming. I’m really anxious to read this one because the premise of falling for Private Investigator who is tracking the heroine’s father is intriguing to me. And the heroine is a pet store owner? Come on! I’m so hooked.
Winning her over means winning everything
Sophie Callahan is PI Brad Harrington's best lead to tracking down the man he's been hired to bring to justice: Sophie's own thieving father. But when Brad arrives at The Pampered Pooch, just behind a litter of stray kittens, the pet-store owner is the big surprise. This scrappy, huge-hearted woman with charm to spare gets to Brad in a way no one has ever been able to before. She spends her life finding—and making—homes for others: abandoned pets, her young niece. He'll have to tell her why he's really here. Which means he'll have to choose between his sail-away dreams and the chance to build a forever home—with her.
Oh, I almost forgot my book!
He’s ready to settle down…with or without her--
Scott Abbott has always loved Isabelle Hawks. And he’s always been her rock. Patient, dependable, strong. But lately, she’s been acting like that rock is weighing her down. With her art career taking off, Isabelle has been spending less and less time in Indian Lake…and with him. Scott isn’t even sure what they are to each other anymore. They might be friends with a history, but it sure doesn’t feel like a future. Maybe it’s time for Scott to set her free and focus on his own dreams. A real home. A family. All the thing he had hoped to share with her…..
So, if you haven’t picked one up yet, pop over to Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, or www.harlequinbooks.com and order a copy. If you check out our July 1 blog, you’ll see our giveaways and chances to enter. Kate James has a Prism Book Tour starts on July 8th. (www.prismbooktours.blogspot.com) Mine ends this week, so you have a few more hours to win that $50 Amazon card or my pretty tote and books. I love the pink color and it has a zipper inside. The canvas is really strong---for lots of books. (Do I sound like a tote salesperson now?) I'm giving away a copy of FEAR OF FALLING and SOPHIE'S PATH.
So, my question is, where do you live and what is going on with your weather? Can you go to the beach for the 4th of July? Stay home? Barbeque? Go to a parade? Do you spend it with lots of family—lucky if you do! Or do you keep it small? And when the weather turns bad, what do YOU do with all those 4th of July plans?
Happy reading everybody! You can follow me on Twitter @cathlanigan or on Facebook. My website is www.catherinelanigan.com