Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Blog Hop

School is nearly finished and summer is right around the corner! Time to start making those plans for picnics, walks in the park, days at the beach, or just relaxing in the shade with a good book to read. In fact, I have plans to do some day-trips with my family this summer. We want to visit Hershey Park and Knoebels Grove, both amusement parks near where I live in Pennsylvania. Getting to the pool would be great. I’d love to teach the kids how to swim. And every year my husband and I visit Gettysburg. It’s a charming little town that saw a tremendously bloody battle during the Civil War. During the summer there are many re-enactments and plenty of knowledgeable people to talk to about what life was like back then. But, let’s face it; I’m there to see the ghosts! I’ve been visiting every year since I was 10 years-old, and I still haven’t found any. Maybe this will be the year! 

As always, I have a growing list of books to read. My summer fun books! This year I’m participating in a number of challenges over at GoodReads, so my reading list is quite long! Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich, Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes, When I Fall In Love by Lynn Kurland, Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Darkfire Kiss by Deborah Cooke, The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe, and The Viking Takes a Knight by Sandra Hill, just to name a few. And, because I need to watch the budget this year, I’m reading Novel Destinations: Literary Landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West. This looks like a great book to sweep me around the world with only the price of a book! I’m hoping to have some nice relaxing summer days to kick back, sip some home-brewed iced tea, and lose myself in a romantic adventure. Now, all I need is a baby-sitter for the kids, and I’m set!

What’s on your agenda this summer? Any summer traditions or new experiences planned for this year? How about your summer reading list? What do you read during the summer?

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  1. This summer is my traditional nerdy vacay with my father we go to comic con. Were both comic book, movie and book fans and I always meet really awesome authors there too. Its a week long and this will be my 10th year going.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. My agenda this summer to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Life has been stressful with college and work lately, and now with classes over, I plan to spend some time at the beach with a good novel and a cool drink by my side. Two days in July, I'll participate with my family at the World Championship Domino Tournament in Andalusia, AL. We've went since I was seven, and I'm 25 now. In the summer, I seem to like to read romance novels, but I do hope to read some Jodi Picoult novels.

    Thanks for the giveaway... this story sounds right up my alley... I liked the excerpt... good choice!

    GCF - Joanna Ward

  3. I think we are just going to try and relax this summer. My husband has just retired, planning on travelling next year.

    I am a follower-GFC-judy


  4. My reading list in summer tends to be lighter. More romance ,paranormal, historical or contemporary.
    We will be taking our grandchildren on picnics and outings to give their mums a bit of peace in the school holidays !

  5. I'm planning to read safe haven by nichlas sparks as the films out next year
    MY GFC name is Marie
    marieevans1990 at rock dot com

  6. I plan to do a lot of reading and go see some of the movies that are coming out. I want to see Green Lantern, x-men, Captain America, and the new Pirates movie.

  7. Plans: Going to Spain and spend some days with my family and friends... and the beach... I'm dying to swimm!!! xD
    I already have your novella, I won it a couple of weeks ago so I just wanted to say Hi^^ and... I loved it!!! So, whoever win this giveaway, enjoy it!



  8. I think this summer my family and I are going to the Wisonsin Dells.

    I have way too many books in my pile to read for this summer..i just hope i can get thru them!!

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at winco dot net

  9. My agenda is to read, read, read!! I too have a growing stack of books to read. With summer break looming ahead, it's going to shrink, so I'll also be needing new books.

    If possible, I'd love to travel, but that doesn't seem possible this year. Maybe the next!

    GFC Follower: Sakira
    elfdrop AT gmail DOT com

  10. I haven't gotten anything specifically planned for this summer. I would have had one sketched out but my husband left for deployment unexpectedly. We don't normally have any summer traditions but would love to have a few BBQ's with the family and friends. I can't wait to read Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer it comes out in July, and as for my reading list. Mostly I need to finish all the reviews I recieved and a releases for my own personal wants =) Hope you'll have a GREAT summer!! -_^

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for participating in Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop!! Nice to meet you!!

    SpadesHigh @
    TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] com

    Im a new follower !!! =) If you wouldnt mind, would you follow me as well? ^_^

  11. Thanks for the giveaway. I don't have any special plans for the summer. I have a lot of books that I want to read but haven't had time yet. I read romance books anytime I read.

    GFC Follower - Sherry S.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  12. Nice to meet you, Tricia. Don't have a lot of plans for the summer, but yes I do have a growing pile of books that I will be reading.

  13. Here in a few weeks I'll be taking my niece to Vegas!! It's going to be great.


  14. What a great giveaway thank you so much! I want to spend some time reading this summer I have a big to read pile! Thank you for the chance to read your book!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway:) I'm a follower: Identity Seeker.

    I just spend the summer lazing around with books and catching up on my favourite TV series. I plan on reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Matched by Ally Condie, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Paranormalcy by Kierstin White and Across the Universe by Beth Revis this Summer.

  16. I can't wait for Disney!! Thanks

    Hollybwright at comcast dot net

  17. I'll catch up with my reading list!

    GFC = Crystal C

  18. I'm going to relax this summer :) Been going to full time school and I need a break! I'm going to get a job and it looks like I'll have one in a bookstore *squeals* XD GFC: Chelsea Rafferty :) email swtlilangel4jc at yahoo dot com thanks for the giveaway :)

  19. Thanks everyone for the comments! Some very interesting plans this summer!:) Sorry for the delay with announcing the winner for this blog hop. Sometimes life has a way of changing plans. I selected the winner by using And the winner is...Identity Seeker! I will e-mail your prize to you. For everyone else, please check back often. I have many plans for contests this summer and I've already signed up for a number of future blog hops. As they say, stay tuned! :)

  20. You know I'd follow you anywhere...except out into the mall. I could get in trouble for that! ;^)

    As the proud owder of copies of both of your books, I have to say--I love your style. You really bring out the witch in me! Of course, witched loom on the horizon for my Book Three so expect a call. I'll need guidance from a master.

    Good luck, Trish! You are definitely one of my favorites!

  21. You're so silly, Ash! I can always count on you to make me smile! And, I cannot wait to read your novels! I've read your shorts and I love 'em!!! Count me in as one of your many fans! :)