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A Romance Reader’s Dream Summer GiveawayHow many books do you read over the average summer? Could you read 80? Because that’s how many ebooks one lucky winner will walk away with in the Books at the Beach Giveaway, including the latest titles from Nora Roberts, Catherine Bybee, Debbie Macomber, and Gena Showalter, plus dozens more. You could also win one of two runner-up $25 Amazon gift cards.

Books at the Beach Giveaway & Book Fair
June 19-30

(Sponsored by the 54 authors listed below)

Alina K. Field • Allyson Lindt • Amy L Gale • Anna Durand • Astrid Arditi • Barbara Lohe • Beverley Oakley • Bianca D’Arc • C. A. King • C.E. Wilson • Carmen Fox • Casi McLean • Catherine Kean • Chloe Flowers • Christa Paige • Constance Phillips • Cynthia Clement • Danica Favorite • Debbie White • Denise Jaden • Dianne Venetta • Elizabeth Rose • Gayle Parness • Helen Scott • Jacqueline Diamond • Jina Bacarr • Josie Riviera • Judith Keim • Karen • Michelle Nutt • Katherine Lowry Logan • Kris Michaels • Kristina Knight • Kristy Tate • Margaret Locke • Mari Carr • Naomi Bellina • PG Forte • Quinn • Raine English • Regan Walker • Sheila Seabrook • Shelique Lize • Soraya Naomi * Stacy Gold • Stella Marie Alden • Stephanie Julian • Stephanie Queen • Sydney Aaliyah Michelle • Sylvia Hubbard • Tamara Ferguson • Tena Stetler • Traci Douglass • Vicki Crum

Enter the Giveaway Here:

And while you’re at it, shop our awesome summer book fair with over 50 fantastic romance titles for you to choose from.

Recently my family and I visited Mackinac Island, a small island located north of Michigan where no motor vehicles are allowed, restricting transportation to foot, bicycle, and horse & buggy.

horse and buggy travel

It’s a really neat place and a family tradition on my father’s side of the family. In fact, we still have a few members who live on the island year round which is CRAZY — unless you like the snow. They do. :)

west bluff

This shot was taken looking up West Bluff Road, a street lined with beautiful cottage mansions where people stay and enjoy the northern Michigan summers on the island.

view from The Grand Hotel

This view is looking down toward the town from The Grand Hotel, the famous location where the movie Somewhere In Time was filmed.

view from Mackinac Fort

And another view from up top of the “mountain” (taken from Fort Mackinac) showing the beautiful harbor.

ferry boat

Ferry boats take visitors to and from the island and are quite a sight to see with their huge rooster tails besides being a lot of fun to ride!


Lilacs flourish on the island and are the focus of the Lilac Festival every June. Dipping my nose in returned a breath rich in memory as I recall the scents of my grandmother’s drawer liners and perfume.

arch rock

Arch Rock is probably one of the most photographed spots on the island. On a clear day you can see the Upper Peninsula and even Canada beyond!

clean clear lake water

And look at that crystal clear water!

harbor view inn

We stayed at the Harbor View Inn, a lovely bed and breakfast located on the east end of the island.

patio view from Harbor View Inn

Relaxing comes natural at a place where patios are lined with flowers and drenched in garden view. And then of course, there’s the fudge. Mackinac Island is known for its fudge and you can’t walk a single block without passing at least two different fudge shops. Or candy shops, ice cream… I think it’s the only tourist destination where sweet shops are more prevalent than gift shops!

 Mackinac town

It’s a dream destination for our family and the first time my kids have visited since they were babies. Both loved it and are ready to spend their summers on the island. And why not? It’s a FUN place to have fun.

rainy day on Mackinac

Even rainy days can’t keep us away!

This one’s for everyone who loves books, especially those summer reads. It’s that time of year when we browse the shelves–virtual and otherwise–to find that next great read for our vacation…beachside, by the pool, patio, garden.  You name it and we likely read there. :) To celebrate the RT Booklovers Convention and the beginning of warm weather, I’m giving away the following prize to one lucky winner…

It’s a set of four plastic glasses–perfect for those chilly beverages you’ll be craving while reading–plus matching drink stirrers, two fun lemon-wedge shaped molds for icing down those drinks and a tube of my favorite lotion, Radiance by Burt’s Bees.  This stuff is awesome because once applied, your skin will shimmer in the sunlight.  The secret is the natural mica used to enhance skin tone. You’ll also receive one of my favorite silk floral gift boxes, made by Bloem Boxes.  Not only gorgeous, but inside you’ll find sunflower seeds packed on 15′ biodegradable seed ribbons for effortless planting.  (Retail value: $45)

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What do you say?  Are you ready for your next summer read?  Ladd Springs would make the perfect addition to your TBR list.  The reviews are already coming in…

“Ladd Springs was one of those books that I couldn’t put down – at first because it drew me in with a ton of questions to be answered about the pasts of the characters, and a great story. Second because of how heart pounding it gets towards the ending!”

~~ Debbie Jean’s Blog

“I really enjoyed the fun of this book. There was a bit of steam & intensity but nothing a teen couldn’t handle. It really was a bit suspense, a bit romance, and a bit western — but completely a perfect mix!  What I didn’t like:  Sorry, nothing!”

~~ Regina Hott

And “Be the first to know” when the next installment in the series releases by signing up to receive email notifications ~ box is located in the upper right hand corner of my website.  Subscribing via email enables you to be a Bloomin’ Warrior whereby you’ll receive all sorts of great freebies and special gifts!

Pssst…  For you kindle lovers, Jennifer’s Garden — awarded 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews — is currently FREE. Enjoy!