As a tour host for Buy the Book Tours I was invited to join this awesome blog hop! We're trying to recreate a summer block party atmosphere online, so, since it is also Fabulous Fact Friday, I thought I'd share some fun summer facts.

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop

So sit back and pour yourself some ice-cold lemonade and relax, because you deserve to. It's summer!Then enjoy these interesting facts about the season--->

I always thought that The Dog Days of Summer were those late hot days, after it has already cooled down and the weather turns summery for a few days. Or I thought people used that expression for the hottest days of the year, when the dogs only move to snap at bugs that are bothering them. But it actually refers to the time period between July 3rd and August 11th which are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major. Ancient Romans and Greeks blamed Sirius for everything that happens in those late days of summer. From the extreme temperatures, to sickness and drought.

Mosquitoes, summer's worst pest, have been around for more than 30 million years. Scary, huh?

Watermelon is summer's most popular vegetable. That's right, vegetable! It is part of the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash family. The average American eats 15 pounds of watermelon a year. Our family has to be pulling those stats down because we rarely have it.They are made up of 92 percent water. Our bodies must desire them to offset the loss of fluids when sweating. 

Thank you for joining us and please come back for some more fabulous facts next Friday. If you leave a comment below with your email address (so that I know where to send your prize) you will be entered to win a copy of my summer release, DAMAGE DONE! 

Here's a blurb:

When an unhappy youth leaves him damaged, will Teddy Mckee be able to find love?

“Teddy Passmore McKee was born in Cork, Ireland, with a limp and a chip on his shoulder that threw his balance off all the more.” When he falls in love with the dark haired beauty born of an Irish father and a Spanish mother, will Gabrielle Quinn be able to restore his balance? And what about the charming Sean Hennessey? When Gabby catches his eye, too, will Teddy’s playboy best friend cause his own damage?

Fourteen years later, will Teddy and Gabrielle’s son be able to overcome the damage done to him in his childhood?

“Even through bloodshot eyes he could see she was different.” But can Michael leave behind the bottle, and his womanizing ways, to win over the lovely Tess Flanagan? Tess has sustained some damage of her own. Can she and Michael overcome the terrors of the past and learn how to love each other?

And if they do, will they be able to elude those after them who want to create their own damage?

On the run after an altercation leaves their boss in a pool of blood, will Michael and Tess be able to stay one step ahead of their pursuers? Or is it simply too late to correct the damage that has been done?

Now join some other rocking authors on the Buy the Book Tours' Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop and see what kind of summer time magic they have up their sleeves!


  1. Love your "facts", MJ. I'd forgotten about the real meaning of dog days. Best wishes on the new book.

  2. Thank you, Diane! I always love hearing interesting little tidbits like that! Hope you enjoy your dog days!


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