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.
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!