A Summer Sun Award!

A few days ago, I woke up to find a little notification on my phone, letting me know I'd been tagged for a Summer Sun award by Aurelia B. Rowl, who is a total sweetheart for thinking of me! She's gearing up to start hyping a new book AND she's planning to skydive for charity! Awesome huh?

As part of the process, I'll be answering a few summer-themed questions, and then I'm going tag/challenge some other authors to participate! Let's get right into it, shall we?

Favorite song with "summer" in the title or lyrics:
I love this question ... there are so many great summer songs, and I am one of those people who loves music in such a wild way. It might surprise you then, that my song for this question (the first song that came to my mind) was a Kid Rock song. Now, I know a lot of people out there really love him and his music, but I generally don't. I'm sorry, Kid Rock-ers, but I just can't get into his hippy-rocker-country man combo thing over the years ... I just can't. But I still love "All Summer Long." I can't help it.

Favorite book about summer:
Just This Once, by Rosalind James. This book was so fun to read, and even though it wasn't really "about" summer, it definitely had an active, sunshine, summery feel. For me, at least.

About The Book: Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn’t looking for a sexy fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn’t do casual. But maybe just this once ...

As much as he’s shared with Hannah, Drew Callahan has kept one very big secret: that he's the captain of the All Blacks, New Zealand's international rugby team, not to mention the best-known rugby player on earth. And learning the truth, now that she’s back home again, has made Hannah warier than ever. Drew knows that she’s right for him. But how can he convince her to let down her guard enough to explore what they could have together?

(Want to read it? Click the cover photo to pick it up from Amazon!)

Favorite hot summer film:
Dirty Dancing - for sure! And it's not just about summer either, or romance ... it's a magical combination of sensuality and innocence paired with good moves and the inspirational message of a girl finding her own way in the world. This is among my top ten favorite movies. Of. All. Time. And I think it probably always will be.

About The Movie: "Baby" is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer. (From Google)

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Favorite Summer Memory:
I'm not sure I have a favorite summer memory ... I'm not generally a summer person. Typically, I prefer the milder temperatures of Spring and Fall, but if I had to have a favorite summer memory, it'd have to be a collection. A few summers ago, I used to spend a lot of time driving back and forth to my cousin's house with the kids. We'd have a mostly quiet drive there, a good long day playing in the sun, and then a long drive back home where my oldest daughter and I would have lots of long and serious talks while her little sister slept off the sun exposure. Those drives were good for my soul, and the times spent with my cousin watching our kids grow up together are among my favorites.

Favorite Summer Holiday Destination:
We aren't big travelers in my family because it's expensive and tedious - and usually more costly than most of my family can afford - but I grew up in Central Florida so I think my ideal summer destination couldn't help but to always involve the ocean. There's just something about the beach that brings peace to me, and even looking at photos or videos of the ocean still brings back the salt smell of the water and ghost memories of what it sounds like when the waves crash along the shore.

What Books Will Be In Your Suitcase This Summer?
Most likely, the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I have literally read the entire series several times, but am currently rereading the books in impatient anticipation of the next book coming out soon.

What's Your Likely Destination This Summer?
As mentioned above, we don't travel very much, and living in Knoxville keeps us away from the beach for long periods of time. That said, my family does enjoy the local sights when we can. For the most part though, my "destination" is my laptop. I'll be working on finishing Fighting For Freedom and getting it released, moving into Wrestling Harmony (which is book three in the Kingsley Series), and then I have a few other projects lined up and patiently waiting.

What hottie would you most like to be sharing the hot days and long nights with this summer?
Oh, wow, talk about a hard question! But the first one who came to mind was the undeniably delicious Jensen Ackles. But should he find himself unavailable, Jared Padaleki wouldn't be a waste of either, eh girls?

And that's it, my summertime favorites! For my nominees, the rules are:

  1. Display the summer sun logo and link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions as listed above.
  3. Nominate 8 people to participate, one for each ray of the sun on the logo.
Good luck! My nominees are a little short of eight because a lot of the people I know have already been tagged, but my nominees are:

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