by: Joelle Charbonneau
Happy Sept. 1st.
Now, if you're like me, you're looking back at the summer and wondering---where did it go? I mean, didn't June just begin? How is it September already? Between the unusually cool July and August here in Chicago and all the deadlines I had to hit, I kind of feel like I missed summer. Although, the weather this past week has clearly been trying to make up for that cool streak. Still, while part of me feels like I never really got a chance to frolic and play in the summer sun (which would more than likely burn my VERY pale skin to a crisp anyway), I am excited for the things that the upcoming change of season will bring.
First off, there is school! The kid started his first official week of kindergarten last week and had a blast. He can't wait for this week's class to begin. I'm so happy for him and his anticipation of seeing friends, and learning. It's awesome.
Then, of course, there are all things FALL! Fall is my favorite season. I love the changing of the leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving and pumpkin spice Lattes at Starbucks. I admit being a little trepidatious about my first Fall in the new house since we have a LOT of trees and no doubt a lot of raking to do, but something tells me we'll make it work.
And finally, I am terribly excited to say that one month from today (October 1st) SKATING UNDER THE WIRE, the fourth Rebecca Robbins novel, will hit shelves. Hurray! Rebecca and the gang are very dear to my heart. I love Elwood the Camel, Pop and the newest addition to the clan - Homer the raccoon. (You're going to have to read the book to meet Homer!)
And in case you want to know what Rebecca and Company are up to, here is the jacket copy of SKATING UNDER THE WIRE:
Rebecca Robbins has pulled the rink she inherited off the market. She's decided to stay in Indian Falls for good. Rebecca is certain that if she can get her maid of honor duties fulfilled and Thanksgiving dinner cooked, life will finally settle down to normal. But when Rebecca is hired to look into a string of home invasions and a dead body turns up at the bridal shower, she is forced to put aside her hopes for a quiet holiday season. With the help of her Elvis-loving grandfather and her sexy, commitment-seeking large animal vet boyfriend, Rebecca has to track down thieves that have eluded the cops for years, solve a murder, get her friend safely married, and somehow cook dinner for an ever expanding guest list without getting herself killed.
So to celebrate the start of this new month and the upcoming release of SKATING UNDER THE WIRE, I am giving away an advanced reader copy to one commenter below. (US and Canada only - sorry to all those in other parts of the globe!) Please leave a comment containing your e-mail address and something you're looking forward to in the upcoming months between today and Sept. 8th. On Sept. 9th, I will have the kindergarten kid pull a name out of a hat and announce a winner.
And before this month gets too crazy, I want to say thank you to everyone who writes for and reads this blog. Your support of me and my work continues to honor and amaze me. You are all THE BEST!