Summertime is a special time of year for me because, as a lunch lady, I'm off work! Or, at least my day job. It's a time when I feel like I finally am able to devote some good time to my writing. But, even though I am at home all summer, I still don't feel like there is enough time to do all of the things I want to do, read all of the books I have on writing and marketing, or the articles I've saved, or read my fellow authors' books. I did get two read this week though, so I'm quite pleased with that!

And one of the really fun activities I've enjoyed this summer is taking part in Buy the Book Tours' Feature Friday Summer Block Party Blog Hop! People have been sharing some great recipes, in fact, I'm trying one tomorrow, and I have added some fun summer facts to the mix. So, without further ado ~

In 1816, the northeastern United States experienced snow and cold weather throughout the summer. Scientists cited a volcanic eruption in Indonesia as the cause. We've had some very unusual weather here in the Midwest as well. Beautiful! Between the 70s and 80s. After a LOOOONG cold winter we'll take it!


The frequency of a cricket's chirps fluctuates with the temperature. If you count a cricket's chirps for 15 seconds and add 37, you will have the approximate outdoor temperature (in Fahrenheit). Or you could just look it up on weather.com. In our family we like to think of the locust sound outside as the insects arguing. "No, I didn't." "Yes, you did." "No, I didn't." "Yes, you did..."

The Folies-Bergere theater in New York began offering air conditioning in the summer of 1911 to lure audiences in to watch films and cool off. Not a bad marketing ploy, huh?

Now that you are uber-educated on all things summer, make sure you hop on over to the other authors' blogs who are participating in Buy the Book Tours' Summer Block Party Blog Hop.

Thanks for joining me today! If you leave a comment below with your email address (so I know where to send the prize) you will be entered to win an e-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 continue your summer fun by hopping over to these authors' blogs.


  1. I love your facts about summer, MJ. Like you, I'm enjoying the mild summer--esp. after the harsh winter. The excerpt from Damage Done sounds great. Another one for my TBR pile.

  2. Thanks, Diane! Yeah, I always love interesting little quirky facts. Like the cricket one, I didn't know that! How wild is it that God created insects that can keep the temperature!


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