Posted by Beth Andrews Jul 31 2012, 4:00 am in Alison Stone, Summer Fun, Too Close to Home
Please help me welcome Alison Stone to the lair. I first met Alison when I attended my first Romance Writers of America chapter meeting in Buffalo, NY and I’m thrilled to have her with us today!
Squeezing Every Last Bit of Fun Out of Summer
I love summer. I live in Western New York where summer can arrive as late as June and slip away come late September. But for the months in between, we have the most glorious weather. In order to squeeze as much fun out of the warm months as we can, we:
1. Take an adventure. My two youngest and I hopped onboard an Amtrak train to New York City. We visited the American Museum of Natural History (think Night at the Museum, I know my kids did), American Girl Doll Store, Coney Island, and the New York Aquarium. To complete our visit, we walked for miles around Brooklyn enjoying the development along the water as well as a carousel ride in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). As a suburbanite, I was fascinated with the number of restaurants, businesses and entertainment all within walking distance. I never grew tired of the view of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. We put a lot of miles on our sneakers and created a lasting summer memory.
2. Become tourists in our own backyard. After we got home from New York City, I promised my kids we’d continue our summer adventure closer to home. Last week I took them to an amusement park I had frequented as a child. As I watched them ride the Pirate for the third time, I felt like I had traveled back in time. I vividly remembered riding that exact amusement on a school field trip years ago. However, now I’m happy to stand on terra firma and watch. Other adventures on our list include local parks, historical sites, and natural wonders. Did I mention I live within a short drive to Niagara Falls?
3. Hang out in our own backyard (literally). One of my all-time favorite activities is to hang out in my own backyard. Years ago we put in a swimming pool. Some people might call us crazy—we only have about three, maybe four, good swimming months. (But remember the part about squeezing every last bit of fun out of the summer?) There’s nothing better than grabbing a book and sitting poolside and watching my kids swim. Inevitably, when the green winter cover goes on in early fall, my youngest will look out longingly at the pool and say, “I can’t wait for summer.”
Ah, but for now, there’s still more summer ahead of us.
What do you do to enjoy the warm summer months? Speaking of lounging by the pool with a book, one lucky person who leaves a comment will be selected at random to win the ebook format of my debut novel, Random Acts.
I’m thrilled to announce my second release, Too Close To Home, due out August 7th. Here is the blurb:
They say you can never go home. If you do, better watch your back.
Ten years ago, after her father’s gruesome death was ruled a suicide, Kathryn McNabb left her hometown, vowing never to return. And never to let anything—business or personal—break her heart.
Now an overachieving manufacturing engineer, she thrives on order, control and solitude. But an unexpected inheritance makes her the co-owner of the company her father founded, forcing her to face the ghosts of her past. Including Ben Nowak, childhood friend, secret crush, and son of the man who ruined her father.
Ben hadn’t planned on returning home either, but with his own father’s death it falls to him to continue the family legacy. When he learns Kathryn plans to sell the plant out from under him, his quest takes on new urgency—Midport Industries is the main source of jobs in town.
Butting heads strike sparks of attraction that entangle business and pleasure into a hopeless knot. And someone is watching. Someone with a darker reason to prevent the deal from going through. Someone desperate enough to kill…
Warning: Beware of the shadows, disgruntled employees, and childhood crushes all grown up.
BIO: Alison Stone graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. After working in Corporate America for a number of years, she retired to raise her young family. Soon the writing bug bit. After years of conferences, critique groups and writing, Alison achieved her dream of becoming a published author. She claims it was easier to earn her engineering degree. Too Close to Home is her second novel. To learn more about Alison Stone please visit www.AlisonStone.com. She’s also chatty on Twitter @Alison_Stone.
Posted by Donna MacMeans Jul 30 2012, 12:53 am in Donna MacMeans, Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland
Hi All! Did you miss me? You probably didn’t know I was gone , but I left July 18th for a week in Scotland. The good news is that I took lots of photographs. The bad news is that when I tried to transfer them from the camera to the computer, the program automatically deleted the images from my camera (I didn’t click anything to do that) AND transferred the photos into a non-existent program. Sigh. Technology is great when it works…not so good when it doesn’t. So I’m working to recover some photos into this computer to
Posted by Susan Sey Jul 29 2012, 12:10 am in RWA conference, RWA12, Susan Sey
You know how that one goes, right? All good things must….come to an end. What goes up must come down. RWA 2012 Anaheim has come to an end. I’m flying home as you read this–exhausted, worn out & happy. I’m probably snoring on the guy beside me or reading one of the new-to-me authors I picked up at the conference. It’s possible I’m happily scribbling away on a fresh inspiration I took away from a workshop, or texting my new besties. Because it’s not a conference unless I’ve found myself a new bestie. Not that she’d ever replace my
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Jul 28 2012, 12:26 am in Air Conditioning, Crickets, Power outage, RWA National goodies, Silence, Storms, Suzanne Ferrell
Power! Electricity!! Storms!!! Recently I’ve had the pleasure or not of having no power for at least 24 hours…TWICE! What a reality check that was. Amazing how I’ve come to depend on electricity for so much in my daily routine. First and foremost… AIR CONDITIONING!! Which given that I live in Texas, is very, very, very important to my ability to sleep! Given I sleep during the day for work at night…this is a necessity, not a frivolous item. My dh, the smart alec, said “Didn’t you use to sleep at night with no air conditioning? Just open windows?” Duh,
Posted by Trish Milburn Jul 27 2012, 12:03 am
Yeah, you read that title right — hick lit. Lindsey Brookes’ new book, Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore, debuted earlier this month, and if you’re looking for a hilarious read then you’re in luck. I’m happy to host my faboo friend Lindsey today. Give her a big ol’ Bandit Lair howdy! Jimmie Joe Johnson: Manwhore — now that’s a title that has to have a story behind it. Do tell. Lindsey: Jimmie Joe comes from a long line of ‘hound dogs’. His granddaddy, his daddy, and now Jimmie Joe. It’s ‘g-netic’. Or so he thinks. But one sexy, sassy female named
Posted by Nancy Northcott Jul 26 2012, 12:30 am
I’ve never been much for celebrity gossip. I used to read People if there was a profile of someone who interested me (I had a major serious crush on Mark Hamill but at least was old enough to know it for what it was). I haven’t done that in years, though, likely because I don’t feel as though I have time for it. For a year or so, I regularly watched Dr. Phil, but that grew old. I’m mostly too busy trying to make sense of my own life to worry about those of strangers, famous or not. Last year,
Posted by Kate Carlisle Jul 25 2012, 12:05 am in bibliophile mystery, dream house, Kate Carlisle, peril in paperback
I had so much fun writing my next Bibliophile Mystery, PERIL IN PAPERBACK, which will be out on August 7. In it, Brooklyn is visiting the remote Tahoe mountain mansion of her neighbor’s eccentric Aunt Grace, a self-made billionaire with a vivid imagination. A billionaire. A millionaire a thousand times over. (Did I do that math right?) It’s hard to wrap my mind around that number, a billion. But basically, having more than a billion dollars in your bank account means that you have money to indulge every whim – and to do it in style. And Aunt Grace is
Posted by Christina Brooke Jul 24 2012, 12:07 am in A Duchess to Remember, antiques, Apsley House, china, Duke of Wellington, Reader mail
As writers we are always told to kill our darlings, which means if there’s a passage of prose that we particularly love, we must strike it from the story–it’s likely to be there as an indulgence rather than to serve the story. When I wrote A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER, I wrote a scene that probably ranks among the most sentimentally romantic I’ve ever written. This scene combined my love of china with my love of epic once-in-a-lifetime romance. At her request, the Duke of Ashburn has taken Cecily to see his china collection. In the Regency era, most noble houses contain
Posted by Nancy Northcott Jul 23 2012, 12:29 am
“It’s too quiet around here.” Demetrius snagged a beer from the Lair refrigerator. Sven looked up from piping cheese straws onto a cookie sheet. ”That’s because several banditas are in Anaheim for RWA and many of the rest wish they were.” “I didn’t realize conference time had arrived.” Demetrius eyed the cheese straws with new interest. ”Those for us to munch on, then? Are they sharp cheddar?” “No and yes. I’m taking advantage of the quiet to prep snacks for when the conference-goers return. They’ll come back inspired, hole up in their caves, and want munchies.” Sven popped