The Last Dip of the Summer (+ Giveaway!)

Update on A Summer in Europe t-shirts: Congrats to Anita Y. and Jane on winning the t-shirts!! Please email me (marilynbrant AT gmail DOT com) with your mailing address, and I’ll get them out to you right away!

Little Black Dress update: Susan McBride said she had such a great time visiting yesterday, that she chose TWO winners! Kathy Holmes and Donna S., you both win an autographed copy of LBD (congrats!), so please email me (marilynbrant AT gmail DOT com) with your mailing address and I’ll pass it along to Susan!

To me, having been a teacher in the Chicago suburbs for almost a decade and also being married to a teacher for almost two decades, the month of September = Fall. It doesn’t matter that it’s actually 95 degrees outside and I have the A/C blasting… No, because in our Midwestern town school has started, people! After this long Labor Day Weekend, summer is over and autumn is beginning — and I don’t care what the calendar says about waiting for some Equinox on the 23rd to make it official. :razz:

However, being that I could still get a tan if I wandered around outside for an hour without sunscreen and being that I’ve been daydreaming all week about taking a dip in the local pool on their last open weekend and being that I still have three tubs of ice cream (cookies-n-cream! spumoni! moose tracks!) in our freezer to help us cool down…I’m not exactly behaving like it’s fall yet. I mean, where’s the pumpkin pie? The warm vegetable soup? The cornucopia of produce? Hmm?!

My characters, Cait and Garrett, in my brand new (just out this week — squeee!) contemporary romance ebook, DOUBLE DIPPING, are in south-central Wisconsin at the start of the school year, and they’re not quite ready to plunge into the fall months ahead either. They don’t know it on the first page of the novel, but they’re about to spend September, October and November battling each other over their community’s beloved autumn festival — the Harvest Hoopla — and fighting their attraction to each other, too, all while trying to solve a little caper in their small town and learning a bit about making homemade ice cream. (I’m a big believer in “write what you know,” LOL.)

In honor of this new book being out — and also in celebration of my first digital release, ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE, being chosen as a “Hot Pick in Self-Publishing” by RT Book Reviews (very excited about that October issue!) – I’m giving away a couple of cool summery t-shirts with the cover of A SUMMER IN EUROPE on them (Kensington, 11-29-11)! Two commenters below will each win one, and I’ll post the winners names here on Sunday.

I’m also sharing with you a recipe that I think is the perfect blend of summer refreshment + fall flavors: Pumpkin Ice Cream in Chocolate-Dipped Cones! Check out the Better Homes & Gardens recipe here: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/recipes/pumpkin-ice-cream-540785/ YUM!

So, tell me, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere like me, what do you have planned to celebrate the end of summer? Or, for our friends south of the equator (*waving to Michelle Diener!*), what have you got on tap to mark the end of winter?? Any fun weekend activities? Picnics? Beach excursions? Bike rides? I’d love to hear what you’re all doing!  ;-)

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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24 Responses to The Last Dip of the Summer (+ Giveaway!)

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    This is definitely a Double Dipping day in southeastern Wis. I bought your book a couple days ago and am eager to read it. This is perfect timing with school starting here, too. And what a cool giveaway!

    We’re going to my sil’s on Sunday. Today I’m writing, hoping to finish a short story and do some other writing-related work.

    • Thanks, Edie!! I hope you’re able to get a lot of work done today! I’m looking forward to doing some writing this afternoon, too (I have a few more errands to run this morning), but it’s so hot out!! I step out of the house and start sweating immediately… ;)
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Congrats to Susan McBride!

  2. Misty Evans says:

    Congrats on the new release, Marilyn! I loved On Any Given Sundae and I look forward to reading this one too.

    We’re having a heat wave, here, so it’s pool time, burgers on the grill and lots of ice cream (of course, I eat ice cream anytime of the year!). My kids have been back in school for weeks, so they’re looking forward to the long weekend and so am I! We’re heading to the lake to do some fishing (I’ll be reading) and to enjoy the last days of summer fun.

    • Misty, I read when my husband and son go fishing, too!! I’ve never gotten the hang of catching anything… And thank you for the congrats and for reading Sundae — I so appreciate that! :) Wishing you and your family a relaxing weekend at the lake!
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Congrats to Susan McBride!

  3. ann hengst says:

    a big cookout and a day with the family to end the summer is our plan

  4. Anita Yancey says:

    The only plans I have is to catch up on some reading. This book sounds wonderful.

    • Anita,
      Thank you!!!! It was a fun novel to write, and I put a lot of love into it. I hope, if you read it, you’ll enjoy it ;). And have a great time relaxing with your books this weekend! I’m going to do a little of that myself, too…
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Congrats to Susan McBride!

  5. Robin says:

    Hi, Marilyn! I’ve got Double Dipping on my Kindle and am looking forward to reading it! Congrats on all your self publishing success!

    It’s going to be a warm weekend where I am, too. We’re having a bunch of friends over on Sunday for brunch and swimming. I’ll be doing a lot of cooking tomorrow and Sunday morning – I love making brunch food.

    Happy weekend to everyone!
    Robin`s last blog was …Harry and Me

  6. I’ll be celebrating the end of summer by formatting my next book for its soon-to-be release. *squeeeeeeeeee* Oh, yeah. There’s Monkey Joe’s with Little Bit, fixing the bathroom faucets, and putting a kitchen island together, but I’d prefer to concentrate on the “me” things. ;)

    BTW, congrats on your own release. I LOVE that cover!

    • Marcia, thank you!!
      Kim Killion designed the cover, and I thought she did a great job with it. The model who plays Garrett is *very* much like how I imagined him. :razz:
      And congrats to YOU on getting your next novel ready for release — yippee!! I’m looking forward to hearing more about it!
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Congrats to Susan McBride!

  7. Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Marilyn. We always started school after Labor Day. I don’t have anything planned for the end of summer. I’ll probably stay home and watch some DVDs.

  8. no plans to celebrate the end of summer, but I sure am looking forward to the end of October! Vacay time for me!

  9. I’m from N. In, but in the south now and I sooooo miss fall! Its just not the same down here.

    • Lori, the fall has always been my favorite season. I’d miss it, too, if we moved away, but it just doesn’t seem to last long enough. It’s usually still SO hot in early/mid-September, then we have about 3 perfect weeks, then it gets rainy and weirdly unpredictable, and then there’s a cold snap and it’s suddenly winter. ;) I’d love to have the full 3 months of fall!!
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Congrats to Susan McBride!

  10. Cynthia Eden says:

    Congrats on all your great news!!!!

    I had planned to bid the summer farewell with one more trip to the beach, but it looks like the tropical storm in the Gulf has other plans for me. So I’ll just write this weekend–and pretend that it’s fall.
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Scavenger Hunt

  11. Liz Kreger says:

    Let’s see … I plan on spending a little more time playing in the gardens, making jam and salsa with the fruits and veggies that I grew. Try to get in some bikeriding … whatever I can squeeze in during these last few temperate months.

    • Liz, that’s SO cool that you make your own jam and salsa!!
      My mom was always great with jam, but I’ve been too afraid I’d do something to ruin it…or to poison us ;). The salsa, though, I’m really tempted to try… We have most, if not all, of the ingredients in the garden, and it’s a food I really love. Hope your weekend is wonderful!
      Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Congrats to Susan McBride!

  12. Liz says:

    Quiet weekend, doing some more hurricane cleanup. Luckily just branches etc.–no real damage.

    Best wishes for success of Double Dipping.

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