This summer I've been up to our lake place--a lot. But haven't had much time to enjoy the lake. That's because the plumber who was supposed to winterize the place--FORGOT. Picture broken pipes, toilets, pumps, washer, dishwasher and all 3 bathrooms a mess.
But I have had some fun and having Prosecco on the dock is always a highlight. So is 4th of July. I've fallen in love with the lanterns.
I'm also getting ready for my August release of Book 3 in the Fitzgerald House series.
|Avril's writing nook - Do Not Disturb!|
This year, me and my hubby celebrated our 30th anniversary with a river cruise on the Rhine.
This was the vacation of a lifetime!
The boat docked in Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Some of my favorite times were when we cruised the river and did "castle-watching." We toured a castle built in the 14th century that is pretty well intact and furnished with items that are true to the period.
One of our stops was in Cologne (Germany), where our guide took us on a tour of some very interesting artifacts. Gothic artists were paid to do sculptures of important people that were displayed in and on public buildings like this one. They had "free rein" for what they put on the base or pedestal. Apparently this artist had a racy sense of humor (see "bottom" of statue to the left).
The traveling didn't stop when we returned. I made trips for birthdays, family gatherings, taking our daughter to camp and visiting with my mom.
Amidst the whirlwind travel schedule, I did some writing. My latest book in The Bride Train series, Tempting Prudence, will be out Aug. 11, and the audiobook Victoria, Bride of Kansas will release that same week.
Victoria, Bride of Kansas made the finals for the 2016 Booksellers' Best Award and is in the semifinals of the Kindle Best Book Awards. I really love how narrator Liisa Ivary has interpreted the characters and told the story. More on that soon!
Have a great rest of the summer!
Hi Friends! It's been a wonderful summer of camping and conferences for me so far. In June I spent a week in upper Michigan on the south shore of Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with hubby and our big blue tent. Even tho' we're grandparents we still love to tent camp and we're big hikers--so this was a heavenly getaway. The scenery anywhere along Superior is stunning (we live in Minnesota and the North Shore is one of my favorite places. Pictured Rocks, however, is exceptionally beautiful.
I also got to meet a TON of wonderful new reader friends and authors, and hang with my favorite girls (like our Angi at the Japanese Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego) at the Romantic Times convention in April and RWA's annual meeting just last month. I learned a lot and planned a lot and I have some super fun projects to take me through the end of the year now! (Watch for the fourth Brides book and a super special novella to tie my two book series together!)
Finally, our biggest blessing of the summer will come to us in December when my daughter gives birth to her first babe, our second grandchild but first grandson!! We're having fun watching him grow as he already goes running and horseback riding with his athletic, veterinarian mama before he's even born!
Have a safe, blessed rest of the summer, everyone!!
|My daughter and our soon-to-be Granddaughter|
|Son 3 & 1 and the Hubs in a watermelon seed spitting contest|
And just like Lizbeth, I'm also anticipating our first grandbaby, due to arrive in October! A sweet baby girl from my only daughter. About time we females start evening out the balance around here.
Stay cool for the rest of the summer!!!