I was thinking about the summer of 2020 and decided to come up with three positive things going on in my life right now. Despite mostly staying home and wanting to remain healthy, I found it wasn’t that difficult to come up with my happy list.
1. I started the first book in a new four book Heartwarming series. I’m excited to go back to the town of Golden, which was featured in previous books in the Meet Me At the Altar series. It has been so much fun creating new characters, getting immersed in the romance conflict and adding to the footprint of this small mountain town. I have a virtual vacation every time I view these pictures for inspiration. You can see why I'm imagining I’m there right now!
I love jumping into a new story and so far this book has been a dream to write. After this I will write a romantic suspense, then back to the romance series. And most exciting? I’m going to have a Heartwarming Christmas story in the future. Already getting into the festive mood now!
2. When I walk outside in the morning, I get to see new
flowers blooming in my yard. I’m don’t have much of a green thumb and I definitely
don’t have a stately garden—or any kind of garden—but seeing these colorful blossoms
just makes me smile.
3. Camping. My husband and I bought a camper last fall. We've been getting away for long weekends and we love it. While many vacations might be on hold this
summer, campgrounds are busy. I guess people want to be out in the fresh air.
Whenever I look for vacant sites, so many are already booked in the places we
enjoy visiting. Thankfully there are many campgrounds within driving distance
that are lovely and always feel like a new adventure. My husband, daughter, and her dog, are off in a week to unwind
and enjoy visiting with friends who are camping with us.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I don’t need a whirlwind European tour to make me happy, although I wouldn’t pass one up. Being with family and good friends, seeing beautiful flowers every morning and doing what I love—creating stories readers can enjoy— is enough for me.
So this summer, sit back with a tall glass of iced tree, grab that book you've been wanting to read, and spend a few hours getting lost in a story. To be honest, that sounds like heaven to me.
What positive things are going on with you this summer?
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 Harlequin Heartwarming
romance, ALWAYS THE ONE, available now.
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