Summer in Florida

Hot Summer Nights Giveaway. Check out Four Foxes, One Hound every day for chances to enter for a grand prize worth over $150! It includes autographed books, a $75.00 gift card and so much more!

Guidelines:  Contest runs from Monday June 20th to 10pm (Pacific time) Friday June 24th 2011. It’s restricted to US residents. The winner will be announced on Saturday June 25th, so be sure to check back to see if you’re the winner!

Having spent my entire youth and a good chunk of my adult life in some part of theSunshineState, I have a certain fondness for summer nights.  Sure, it’s hot and humid and your make up practically slides off your face, to say nothing of that frizzy mop on top of your head–no thanks t o humidity, but I LOVE my summer nights.  Heck, I love summer.  Being a native Floridian, to me summer means sand in my toes, the smell of sea air, shirtless hot guys playing beach volleyball or tossing a Frisbee, the abundance of outdoor music festivals, afternoon thunderstorms, no school or homework, blockbuster movies and a good book.

 I remember the summer of 2005 when Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince came out.  I was late to Harry and that was my first midnight book party.  I stayed up the entire night reading it.  Two years later when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, we were days away from moving from Florida to Texas and I read it in between packing and doing last minute errands.  (Don’t get me started on how my husband interrupted me no less than FIVE times on page 743.  Go ahead, look it up.  I could have avada kedavra’d him!)  And while I was late to Twilight as well, I recall the summer release of Breaking Dawn.  I didn’t go to the midnight party for Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay, the final story in The Hunger Games trilogy, but I got my copy on release day.

 One book I’m really excited to read this summer is the third book of Simone Elkeles’s Perfect Chemistry series, Chain Reaction.  It doesn’t release until August, but I loved the first two novels.  Perfect Chemistry won last year’s Rita award for Best Young Adult Novel and its sequel, Rules of Attraction is nominated for it this year.  So naturally my expectations for Chain Reaction are high, but I have faith that it will be awesome.  Plus I got to meet Simone last year at RWA and she’s super cool.  (Gosh, I hope I don’t come across as too fangirl-y to where I’m banished from the cool kids’ table.)

 Anyhow, what about you?  What book are you excited to read this summer?  Leave a comment below for an entry into the Four Foxes, One Hound summer giveaway.  Come back each day for more chances.

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11 Responses to Summer in Florida

  1. danicaavet says:

    I can’t win, but I’m eagerly looking forward to Envy by J.R. Ward which comes out after Labor Day. I know, not exactly summer, but that’s what I’m waiting for. The rest of the books that have me on the edge of my seat in anticipation don’t come out until winter *sniff* Why do they do this to me??

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  2. Lara Adrian’s Deeper Than Midnight. Hunter is my second favorite of the warriors (Teagn #1) and it comes out on the 28th! Not very long to wait!!

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  3. Tonette says:

    I am going traveling for the first time in more years than I want to tell you, traveling to relatives that my sister and I have not seen since we were children, and with her daughter who only met one of them when she was four years old. There is one cousin who may be traveling from a few states farther south to the impromptu reunion who we know only through a very old photograph ; he did not know that we existed until a few years ago.The cousin throwing the luncheon had forgotten meeting us, as had another, also hoping to join us,driving in from yet another state, north from her home. This is quite possibly our final chance to see our last remaining aunt, indeed, probably even the older cousins.I am looking for light reading,more what-to-keep-the-traveling-light read-/aloud-talk/about with other adult women/sometime writers who will be in the car with me for many hours.We will be gone during the contest, but I will tell my fellow travelers your story, as we all are Harry Potter geeks…it will amuse them, be a conversation starter…and maybe be a warning , if I decide to curl up in the backseat with a good book.

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  4. I can’t win either but I’m looking forward to reading- just reading!! ANYTHING- even the cereal box. LOL! I’m so tied up in getting a couple of manuscripts polished to submit that I haven’t even read the paper in a week!

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  5. wyndwhisper says:

    i am looking forward to “Quinn” by Iris Johanson. it is the 2nd book in a trilogy that is related to her Eve Duncan series. it is coming out in July and i can’t wait . the last book left me hanging with alot of questions and biting my nails. LOL!
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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  6. jeff7salter says:

    I have several books in my growing TBR pile and plan to read the shortest one first (ha). But the ones I’m looking forward to are two I don’t even have in my hands yet.
    Two new releases by Tonya Kappes which I hope to acquire next month at a book-signing in Nichollasville — Carpe Bead’em and The Ladybug Jinx.
    Both are already available in e-format, but i don’t have a reader. Plus, I want my copies inscribed and autographed.

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  7. Ciara Knight says:

    Harry Potter came out while I was on a cruise ship in Alaska. I made my hubby walk all over a small town trying to find a copy. LOL. It is the only book I’ve ever stood in line and searched for. I couldn’t wait to read it. There are so many great books coming out I don’t know how I would choose. 🙂

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  8. I read Deathly Hollows in less than 24 hours. I was actually with Jillian Chantal picking up that one at Midnight. Jillian’s Redemption for the Devil is actually one of the summer reads I am looking most forward to reading. Fun post. Good memories of the Harry Potter and Twilight series.

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  9. Deborah says:

    Oh, I miss those warm Florida summer nights! Not the days–too hot and humid, but once the sun sets out at the beach, it’s just perfect. Sigh. What am I looking forward to reading this summer. . . I have a stack of mysteries I’ve been waiting to read, Cara Black’s series set in Paris, Donna Leon’s in Venice–I’ve been on a mystery kick lately!

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  10. Julianne says:

    Being a native Floridian myself, I count summers as starting, oh, early May, so this is definitely midsummer for me. And way too darned hot. Summer nights, as summer days, for me are best spent curled up with a good book. So what am I looking forward to coming out? The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind, Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn, and Little Black Dress by Susan McBride.

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  11. JoAnna B says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Taken by Fire by Sydney Croft. Releases next week and I can’t wait. As far as books in my TBR pile, I plan on taking Wolf Tales by Kate Douglas with me to the beach to read.

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