Alison Stone and Summer Fun
Posted by Beth Andrews Jul 31 2012, 4:00 am
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.
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