Sunday, September 1, 2013


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!


Mary Jo Burke said...

Summer is the fastest and busiest season. Love your skating series and The Testing!

valerie Cannata said...

I didn't realize this is a new series! I can't wait. Love your books! I'm looking forward to next Saturday, opening day of Belmont Park and what should be a very exciting race meet.

Dru said...

I'm looking forward to the new TV season (yes, I'm a TV addict).

Elaine said...

I'm looking forward to reading "Skating Under the Wire". :-)


WriterMarie said...

I'm looking forward to my son's 15th birthday later this month, your next book...and pumpkin EVERYTHING! :o)

Anonymous said...

Love the Rebecca books...and the Glee Club books...and The Testing!! Been drumming up interest for the Rebecca books on Goodreads cozy boards! And I'm really looking forward to Halloween and visiting my folks in October!

Priscilla C-B said...

I'm so happy that they boy is enjoying school. That's so important. I'm thankful for the cooler, crisp weather because that give me the opportunity to work in my craft room more. First, I am looking forward to working on the family heritage my uncle asked me to make. Then, I get to start making Christmas cards to ensure that they are ready for the holiday season. In between all the scrapping and card making I will be reading the rest of the books that I got at Malice while working on my Christmas Book Wish list.

cyn209 said...

thank you for the giveaway!!

what i'm looking forward to is my first trip to Martha's Vineyard with some friends in early October!!!
then hopefully, a quick getaway to Orlando in mid-November!!!!

Enoy your Fall!!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Linda Rodriguez said...

Aside from the newest Rebecca book, I'm looking forward to having deadlines over (for a little while) and travel over so I can dig out from under the chaos my house has become.

So glad the sweetie's enjoying school. That's so important!

Unknown said...

Looking forward to the start of school!


Unknown said...

I meant

Martie Salemi said...

The fall always reminds me of apple picking with the kids. (The "kids" are now 41, 40 and 36.) I love this weather.

Brianne said...

I am looking forward to our last trip, well for at least a year, to Disneyland in October! And this time we are taking everyone with us!!! :)

IandSsmom said...

I'm looking forward to watching my son preform with the H.S. marching band tonight at the football game!!! shannonjean14(at)yahoo(dot)com

Joelle Charbonneau said...

And after picking a name out of a hat, my son has picked Martie! Congrats! I'll e-mail you to find out where you want the ARC sent.