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My New Author’s Website and Summer Book Promos!

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Woohoo…well, I finally have an author’s website!

A project that was long overdue. 

You can read all about my new site and upcoming eBook promos for June, here.

Happy Summer and Summer Reading! 


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My Two Favorite “Summer” Books

Every summer, I re-read these two books.
They are two of my all-time fav books and perfect for summer reading.
Here are my mini-reviews of these classic summer/beach reads:               

The Quest for an Authentic Life

Beachcombing at Miramar by Richard Bode.

I bought this book several years ago and after reading it once, proceeded to immediately buy numerous copies to give away as gifts. I was that impressed.

One close friend carried this book around in her purse for weeks. When she needed a ’stress break’ she would pull it out to enjoy a peaceful page or two. Another friend stayed up all night, not able to put the book down until the last page was enjoyed. I can relate, it really is that good.

For me, this was a life-changing book and one that touched me deeply.  The story of Richard Bode’s journey from the rat race to a peaceful and contemplative life on a California beach at Miramar. A dream that for most people remains just that. Bode went for it. Gave up his high-paying, high-pressure job and left behind the life he had always known (including a marriage that wasn’t working any more) to find himself. To live out his dream of a life filled with meaningful and one- of- a -kind “memory” days.

Beautifully written, this is a book you will never forget. A rare glimpse and chance to share an extraordinary life transition along with the author. I highly recommend this book to add to your summer reading list. In case you haven’t read it already.

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Summer's Lease

Summer’s Lease by John Mortimer

If lighter reading with plenty of laughs is what you are looking for; perhaps this next one will be more your cup glass of iced tea…
One of my all-time favorite summer novels is John Mortimer’s: Summer’s Lease

This is the travel journal of an English family. Mother Molly: plump, disillusioned with her marriage and the demands of motherhood; decides to respond to a rather cryptic newspaper ad for a Italian vacation rental. She takes a rather bold step (for her) and rents a “villa” in Tuscany for the summer and so begins the tale…

As one reviewer on Amazon so aptly put it: ” A delicious Italian dish; sun-drenched and garlic-scented novel” .

I won’t spoil the story. If you are looking for a fun, entertaining and well-written summer novel with a touch of suspense, romance regained and even strange water-shortages abounding….. you may want to give this one a try.

I’m looking forward to another visit to Tuscany this summer!

Happy Reading and DO share some of your favorite summer books in a comment.

I’m always on the lookout for a good read, I bet you are too! 😉


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End of summer and the reading is breezy…

Wanted to share with you, two of my all-time favorite summer book choices. Hope you enjoy my reviews and also share some of your personal favorite pics. for relaxing and memorable summer reading!
                                                       
Beach, sand and iced tea to accompany; optional but highly recommended LOL   Happy reading!      😉

The Quest for an Authentic Life

Beachcombing at Miramar by Richard Bode.

I bought this book several years ago and after reading it once, proceeded to immediately buy numerous copies to give away as gifts. I was that impressed.

One close friend carried this book around in her purse for weeks. When she needed a ’stress break’ she would pull it out to enjoy a peaceful page or two. Another friend stayed up all night, not able to put the book down until the last page was enjoyed. I can relate, it really is that good.

For me, this was a life-changing book and one that touched me deeply.  The story of Richard Bode’s journey from the rat race to a peaceful and contemplative life on a California beach at Miramar. A dream that for most people remains just that. Bode went for it. Gave up his high-paying, high-pressure job and left behind the life he had always known (including a marriage that wasn’t working any more) to find himself. To live out his dream of a life filled with meaningful and one- of- a -kind “memory” days.

Beautifully written, this is a book you will never forget. A rare glimpse and chance to share an extraordinary life transition along with the author. I highly recommend this book to add to your summer reading list. In case you haven’t read it already.

Summer's Lease

Summer’s Lease by John Mortimer

If lighter reading with plenty of laughs is what you are looking for; perhaps this next one will be more your cup glass of iced tea…
One of my all-time favorite summer novels is John Mortimer’s: Summer’s Lease. I’ve probably read this book for the last 5 or more summers. 

This is the travel journal of an English family. Mother Molly: plump, disillusioned with her marriage and the demands of motherhood; decides to respond to a rather cryptic newspaper ad for a Italian vacation rental. She takes a rather bold step (for her) and rents a “villa” in Tuscany for the summer and so begins the tale…

As one reviewer on Amazon so aptly put it: ” A delicious Italian dish; sun-drenched and garlic-scented novel” .

I won’t spoil the story. If you are looking for a fun, entertaining and well-written summer novel with a touch of suspense, romance regained and even strange water-shortages abounding….. you may want to give this one a try.

I’m looking forward to another visit to Tuscany this summer if I can just get Joe to find the ‘right’ book box. At this time, too many of our books are still in storage.       

PS: Just finished reading: Eat, Pray, Love.

Yes, I know. I AM the last person on the planet to read this book LOL.

Enjoyed it for the most part; there were some important thoughts and life- questions to ponder from it. But this book was not up to the media hype and reviews it continues to generate, in my opinion. The author also seems so immature to me, in her reactions to many ordinary and regular occurrences/challenges in life.  

 What did you think ?