Sunset on Summer Fun: Or What Did I Do This Summer?

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You remember in school how we would have to write a paper about “What I Did This Summer?” I used to hate that paper. I don’t know whether it was because it was the end of summer and I had to think about all the fun I wouldn’t be having or because what I did that summer wasn’t particularly interesting.

Summer Fun


The best part of summer is the freedom so associated with it. Even today when I don’t get a three month holiday from school, I do get a break from the day to day demand of the Mini’s schedule. I don’t have to get up early every day nor do I have to be in bed by a certain time every night. Summer is also hiatus for a lot of television shows, but it’s also a time for new favorites to make their debut (thank you Beverly Hills 90210 the original brand for giving us fresh programming in the summer months). In addition to all of these things, summer is about the big movies and big book releases–it’s about entertainment.

What Did I Do This Summer?


It was a crazy year in the Long household (though I guess every year actually qualifies, but since we’re not talking about every other year…) I had seven new releases this summer, eight if you include the beginning of May! First up at the very beginning of May was the second book in my Chance Monroe series, while it was a re-release, the book underwent significant editing and I wrote additional scenes for our hedge witch from Northern Virginia:

Plan Witch From Out of Town

That was five Marines:

Always a Marine

Yep, I said five! From Matt McCall’s book to Derek Green’s – I had a Marine for everyone and boy did I love these stories!

What else did I release? We had the second book in the Soulgirls series:

Taking the Stage

Anthony and Roseatre cracked me up and we had white tigers…sorry, I was thinking about the cats. And last, but certainly not least was the fifth, and highly anticipated Fevered Hearts novel Raising Kane. Kid Kane’s book is one I have been wanting to write since I first introduced the character and I think I fell in love with him all over again.

Raising Kane

Whew. Sorry, it’s getting a little warm in here. Like I said, it’s been a really crazy summer. You throw in trips to Atlanta and Savannah for RWA and Authors After Dark respectively, and the crazy just keeps on coming! Overall though, I can’t complain, at least this year’s what I did last summer was interesting!

As we dive into autumn here in Texas, it’s still sweating weather outside and hard to get into the harvest mood. I gaze north with great envy for all those unpacking their sweaters and huddling on the chilly nights. Still, Halloween is right around the corner and after this summer–I bet it’s going to be just as crazy.

What did you do this summer?

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21 Comments

  1. Mary Preston says:

    We have just had Winter, so basically just tried to stay warm.

  2. Lisa says:

    My kids attended summer school (really helps reduce regression for children with autism), so there was not much of a change for us compared to any other season

    wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  3. lorimeehan says:

    I went I RAGT in June and had a fabulous time.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I attended a lot of family events, and went to a charity hockey game in July!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  5. dv8 says:

    I worked a lot this summer. I'll try to have some fun in autumn.

  6. Janhvi says:

    I just read a lot 🙂

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  7. Jean MP says:

    Pretty quiet in our house this summer, took in a Cirque du Soleil show, that was a great weekend.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. Krista says:

    Nothing exciting. Just reading for fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Mer says:

    I took a vacation to the beach. Sand and a good book, the perfect summer day!

  10. Heather Long says:

    I spent a lot of time reading, a lot of time letting my son figure out how to climb a slide. Which he can now do!

  11. Swordlily says:

    I was reading.. a lot 😀 taking in the sun.. that's about it 😉
    swordlily_girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. I spent time in the pool with my children and tried to read and review books. I also got to see my parents because my dad was sent to Reno to a conference (they live in TX), so Mom traveled with him. I live about 4.5 hours from Reno, so the children and I went to Reno. It was so good to see my parents. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

  13. Pam says:

    I went back to work this summer.

  14. JanD says:

    I tried to whittle down my TBR pile.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  15. Daniel M says:

    didn't do much this summer, to sick and broke – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  16. Veronika says:

    I spent the summer with my family! Thank you for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Dovile says:

    I went to my cousin's wedding, otherwise it was ordinary summer.

  18. bn100 says:

    go to the beach

  19. Satchmo says:

    I tried to catch up on my reading, and even went to a book fair!

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