Welcome to July! How is it possible that half the year is already gone? And, we’re less than six months away from starting a new decade! In Australia, my teens are starting their winter school holiday break. Our winters in Canberra are cold, although not cold enough to have seen any snowfall this year.
Many of our readers are sweltering through summer in the northern hemisphere. And, our US readers may also be enjoying an extra long weekend after celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. I’m looking forward to summer and beach weather later this year.
I live in Canberra, and it’s a two hour drive east to the closest ocean beaches on the South Coast in New South Wales. Canberra is a young city, being just over a century old. It was the site chosen as the national capital due to its location between Sydney and Melbourne – our two largest Australian cities. Lake Burley Griffin was formed by damming a river, and the Ngunnawal people are the traditional owners of our land in Canberra. We’re part of the British Commonwealth, and the British monarch is our head of state. The question of when and how Australia gains full independence and becomes a republic is a political debate we’ve been having, on and off, for thirty plus years. It may happen during my lifetime, lol.
My knowledge of the US Independence Day celebrations was gained primarily through reading books and watching movies. Have you learned about holidays in other countries by reading or travelling overseas? Did you celebrate the fourth of July last week?
Winners this Week
If you’re a winner, you should have received an email from the author in charge of the giveaway. If not, please email us at: prizes at inspyromance dot com.
Sally Bayless’s winner was Pam Whorwell!
Alexa Verde’s winner was Lila Diller!
Our gift card winners for June were AusJenny and Linda Hogue!
Don’t forget… every comment you make qualifies you to win one of the monthly Amazon card giveaways!
Specials this Week
Operation Fireworks by Elizabeth Maddrey is 99c through today!
Did you know Inspy Romance hosts a Christian Romance Reader Gathering group on Facebook? Join us… but don’t forget to answer the questions for admittance!
Join us on Friday, July 12 from 7-9 pm Eastern US time when Janet W. Ferguson takes over! It’s always a fun time of discussion and prizes.
Have you seen our Back List Book Club in Christian Romance Reader Gathering? During July we’re featuring books from Jaycee Weaver and Ginger Solomon.
Last Week on Inspy Romance
On Monday, Ginger Solomon discussed mentoring relationships and how to Help me Help You
On Tuesday, Marion Ueckermann talked about her experiences at My Big Fat Greek Reception
On Wednesday, Melanie Snitker shared her love for Photography: A Source of Peace and Inspiration + Giveaway
On Thursday, Inspy Romance was closed for 4th of July.
On Friday, Liwen Y. Ho shared a character interview including 20 Questions with Firefighter Darren Spark + #Giveaway
On Saturday, Heather Gray talked about how 1 Baker + 1 Florist = Romance (& a #Giveaway!)
Next Week on Inspy Romance
Monday: Julie Arduini
Tuesday: Jolene Navarro
Wednesday: Lindi Peterson
Thursday: Merrillee Whren
Friday: Jan Thompson
Saturday: Toni Shiloh
Starting Anew (Life Unexpected 3) by Melanie D. Snitker
Call You Home (Savannah Sweethearts 10) by Jan Thompson
At First Spark (The Spark Brothers 4) by Liwen Y. Ho
Seized (Murrells Inlet Miracles 5) by Laurie Larsen
A complete list of Inspy Romance books by our authors is always available on our BOOKS tab. Find our audiobooks, our permanently free e-books, and our thank-you gifts for newsletter subscribers there as well!