Officially Summer!

Hi all –

Monday was the official start of summer, or at least the longest day of the year.  What does summer mean to you?

GulfI’d like to say that to me it means long stretches on a beach with the sound of waves thundering nearby, but Ohio isn’t close to an ocean and I’m not fond of swimming in a lake so that aspect is more of a fall activity in our household.  We wait till school is back in session and the beaches aren’t as crowded when we go on a vacation.  This was the beach along the Flordia panhandle in January.

For me summer is the sight of flowers blooming the garden and lazy sprinklers swirling in the early evening, and the sighting of fireflies lighting upflowers and angel the night, drawn by the water.   The smell of a charcoal fire with steak and chicken, or just hamburgers, sizzling on the grill.  The feel of the attic fan pulling cool air through the house.  (I’d rather run the attic fan in the house than the air conditioner because I LOVE open windows.  My family, however, overrides me when the temps reach to the 90s.) The memories of my family crowded around the table on the patio eating outside because it’s too hot inside.  Water aerobics in the evening after a hot day at home.  The water is so refreshing and the sun, while still warm, isn’t quite as glaring as mid-afternoon.

And writing, of course!  I love to write in summer because I can sit outside on the porch.  I can’t stand to be in my office on a beautiful day.

And walking because I’m not hindered by snow or rain.  I try to get 10,000 steps in a day.  Some days are more successful than others 🙂

Charming the Professor finalAnd the Romance Writers of America convention because it’s always in July.  This year it’s in lovely San Diego.  Hoping to see our West Coast bandits and bandita buddies at the literacy signing.  I’m up for two awards this year – the Reader’s Choice award and the Prism award.  Next month, I’ll do a recap and let you know if I won…or not. 🙁

How about you?  What says summer to you?  Any plans you’d like to share?

Let me know and I’ll send on person leaving a comment a copy of In a Heartbeat that I plan to release on July 6th.InaHeartbeat_3D[1]  Shall I say it’s a firecracker of a book 🙂  Hehehe…



  • Helen says:

    Hi Donna

    Your summer sounds fabulous but I am not fond of all of that hot weather that is of course unless I am at the beach on holidays LOL but of course it is winter over her in Oz and has been fairly mild (as always0 although they are predicting really cold weather this weekend and we are going to the football this time an Aussie Rules game so I think I am going to have to rug up to keep warm.

    Have fun at RWA I am going to the Australian RWA in August can’t wait I am going to help out ARRA with the book signing we have 🙂 maybe one day I will get to the American one fingers crossed

    Have Fun

    • Helen, congrats on snagging the GR! I hope he’ll behave.

      It would be great to see you at RWA. Maybe someday I’ll get to ARRA.

    • Yay!! My computer is working again!

      Helen! I am a friend of Fiona Love on Facebook and have seen her posts about it being so cold. It just seems so odd here 🙂

      Like Nancy, I would love to go to ARRA one of these days. Fingers crossed.

      • helensibbritt says:

        Oh Donna and Nancy

        It would be awesome if you could make it our next one in in Melbourne Feb 2017 what fun we could have 🙂

        It is so cold here at the moment it is snowing in The Blue Mountains about 1 1/2 hours drive from my place 🙂

        Have Fun

        • The beauty of the ARRA is the timing. I’d love to escape cold February here to go to warm Australia! But I don’t think it’s in the cards for this coming February. Especially as my new grandson should be here 🙂 Too many “firsts” to enjoy. 🙂

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Donna and have fun in San Diego. Summer usually means big blockbusters and barbecues. Always excited to see the big budget movies coming out at this time of year like Tarzan and Suicide Squad.

    • Jane, I’m also interested in Tarzan. Still have not seen Captain America: Civil War but am hoping to do so soon.

    • Hi Jane!

      Blockbuster movies – Oh yeah! I love that part of summer.

      I have the release date for the new Star Trek movie on my calendar (and wasn’t that awful about Anton Yeltsin! So young and such a promising actor). We might go to the new Independence Day film but I’m waiting to see some reviews on that one. trying to think of some of the other new ones. I’d go to see Tarzan just to watch Alexander Skarsgard 🙂 Haven’t heard about Suicide Squad. Is that a good one?

  • Mary Preston says:

    Summer usually means running my errands early in the day because later on the heat is a killer.

    I do LOVE all of the summer fruits. All of the stone & tropical fruits. Ice cold watermelon is a life saver on a hot day.

    • Love watermelon. I could live on that stuff 🙂

      So far the summer hasn’t been terrible in terms of heat. Leaving for water aerobics now (grin).
      Gotta love summer!

  • Donna, things have been so nuts for us that summer blitzed into town before we knew it! For me, the harbingers of summer are lightning bugs, tomato sandwiches, and watermelon. Saw lightning bugs and had watermelon, but I’m still waiting for the tomato sandwich.

    Congrats on the upcoming release!

    • Nancy –

      Yes, this summer has been incredibly hectic! I’ve been seeing more lightning bugs which is so magical. Last night I saw lots of the actual lightning (Yikes!). I guess that’s another side of summer – violent thunder storms.

      The tomato sandwich sounds great, but you have to way till those good homegrown tomatoes ripen. Those are the best. We have our plants in and can see the green ones growing. Can’t wait!

  • Colleen C. says:

    Congrats on your nominations! Wishing you the best with the awards! For me, summer is enjoying BBQs and ice cream… going to a few family b-days, etc… no actual travel plans for me.

    • Colleen –

      Yum! BBQ and ice cream. What’s your favorite flavor?

      To be honest, I wouldn’t mind a little less travel this year as life is pretty hectic.

      • Colleen C. says:

        Fav flavor… depends on my mood, LOL. Lately I have been eating one called mint cookie crunch, yummy!

        • If it’s store -bought, then my favorite is mint chocolate chip – so we’re pretty much in agreement there 🙂

          If it’s Graeters – the better quality ice cream shop in town – then I like mocha chocolate chunk which is a coffee ince cream with huge chunks of chocolate.

          But more likely we go to Dairy Queen for a blizzard – soft ice cream with a candy added. I like chocolate with bits of snickers. Yum..

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats on being in contention for the awards, Donna and on the upcoming book. I’ll be on the watch for it.

    I adore summer. Like you, I keep the windows open and ceiling fans spinning for as long as I can. There will be lots of pool time, some beach time, a trip north for a high school reunion and to visit friends and family, and a week in Virginia Beach for the granddaughter of the heart’s final national dance competition before she heads off to college.

    This is also the time of year when I happily indulge in the fresh fruits and veggies of the region. I picked up some early season peaches at a farm recently and, oh my goodness, so good!

    • PJ

      Fresh, early season peaches – YUM!

      Sounds like you have a busy summer! I just returned from water aerobics at the local outside pool. It’s a real treat in the summer. Wish we had beaches handy, but we have to travel for that. Sounds like you won’t be in San Diego this year. I’ll miss seeing you at Nationals. Stay cool, Pj – but then, you always are.

      • pjpuppymom says:

        I’ll miss seeing everyone at RWA too, Donna. I had planned to attend but dance nationals is the same week and that takes priority this year.

        Hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Shannon says:


    Summer is a little cooler in the UK than in DC, and the days are much, much longer. I have learned to ignore the threat of rain and just get myself going. I had a lovely walk to lunch and back, with just three raindrops. So summer is walking this year.

    As for water, no beach this summer. I do have a day cruise scheduled. Does that count?

    Enjoy all the splendor of a good long summer.