Valerie here this week. We all love vacation, right?
Where is your favorite vacation destination? For me, it is the Pacific coast, hands down. There is something about the smell of salt air, the pounding surf, and the long view across the water that speaks to me deep in my soul.
My husband and I recently traveled to BC’s North Coast where he was raised. We spent a few days in Prince Rupert before traveling seven hours by ferry to the Queen Charlotte Islands, also known as Haida Gwaii (HYduh gwy). We spent several days at a guesthouse minutes from the ocean.
Most folks who love the beach think about tanning, swimming, or surfing. I’m not fond of heat, so I was happy for typical North Coast jeans-and-hoodie weather. For us, the fun of being at the shore is rocks, shells, and the creatures that get stranded in tidal pools.
Now we’re home again and back in the thick of a typical summer in the Interior, many miles from the ocean. We’re in the midst of cutting the hay, mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, picking the raspberries, and snuggling the grand-girls. But as always, part of my soul remains at the side of the ocean, marveling in the wild expanse God created.
Meanwhile, back at Inspy Romance, our bloggers are chatting up love and books, not necessarily in that order! (Psst, did you know that the arrows embedded in the side of each post will take you to the next one?) (Psst, did you know that every comment enters you in a monthly drawing for an Amazon gift card?)
Yesterday, Staci Stallings asked, “Do you have the courage love will take?” in Love as a Verb.
On Friday, Kristen Ethridge talked about The Stories That Shape Our Lives. What’s the best book you ever read?
On Thursday, JoAnn Durgin said, Bring on the Contemporary Romance! She’s giving away a paperback copy of her newest release, Moonbeams, to a commenter, so pop over.
On Wednesday, Kathleen Y’Barbo declared, Let the Fireworks Begin! If you’re curious how fireworks relates to romance novels (in more than the obvious way!) check it out.
On Tuesday, Heather Gray offered us Romance and Hot Apple Cider: Christmas in July, where she talked about her snowy title, Nowhere for Christmas.
On Monday, Lorraine Beatty confessed to being A Born Collector and tells how what she collects comes out in her stories.
Coming up next week:
NEWS AND NOTES
Congrats to our own Carla Laureano, WINNER of the 2014 RWA Rita Award for Inspirational Romance with Five Days in Skye. So happy for you, Carla!
NEW RELEASES: July 2014
Robyn’s Garden (Brides of Texas Novella) by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Redeeming the Rancher by Deb Kastner
Hope Deferred (Remnants 2) by Elizabeth Maddrey
The Best Man’s Secret by Gail Sattler
Their Unexpected Love (Second Chances) by Kathleen Y’Barbo
SALES & GIVEAWAYS
Raspberries and Vinegar
by Valerie Comer is on sale for Kindle for 99¢.
Newsletter Sign-Up and Giveaway
Carol Moncado is having a newsletter sign-up and chance to enter a drawing for an Amazon card or your choice of three books on a list made from her extensive collection – including several from InspyRomance authors! Enter through July 31.
Where do you like to vacation? Where have you been recently, or where are you going soon?