So far the Washington Metro area has felt like Seattle, WA, and now we are aiming for Phoenix, AZ. We have had close to 12 inches of rain in the last month alone, and that doesn’t seem to be letting up as we head towards the middle of July. Really, folks, nothing like 100 percent humidity for a smokey Fourth of July. Now the heat wave that baked the western states has hit here as well. Temperature is rising to 98º today. Now add to that the fact that the ground squishes with every footstep and a high humidity….well, it is little wonder I expect to see monkeys swinging from the maples at any time. It is downright tropical outside. Well ok, we did see a runaway red panda last week that escaped from the National Zoo (now safely back home after a trip to Adams Morgan, a very trendy place). And a couple of teenage black bears that decided to tour downtown Washington for a suitable condo to live in. I am betting air-conditioning and a pool were on their list of must haves! So I am seeing a day spent inside knitting and reading on the agenda for the rest of the day. I did get my coleus and caladiums bought on sale planted yesterday, as well as some yanking of smartweed but anything else will have to wait until the temperatures go down.
Now on to the exciting week ahead. Kendall McKenna’s latest release, The Final Line is just out. It is the another book in her wonderful Recon Diaries series. On Monday, Kendall McKenna will be here with a guest blog and a book contest. We will be giving away, courtesy of MLR Press, a copy of The Final Line to one of the people who comment on her blog and my review, which will be posted the next day. Here is the blurb for the book:
Staff Sergeant Corey Yarwood is an instructor at the Basic Reconnaissance Course. His last deployment ended in horror, but he can’t remember those events. Battling severe PTSD, Corey’s drinking is growing out of control.
Sean Chandler walks into a dive bar, and into Corey’s life. An actor and a musician, Sean has the empathy and compassion to sooth Corey’s pain, and the strength to support him as he struggles to heal.
Corey’s lost memories are pivotal to a civilian murder, and a military investigation. Remembering could mean salvation, or destruction. Will the truth be too much for Sean to handle?
So mark your calendars for July 8 and 9 for your chance to win a copy of this wonderful book! And thank you, MLR Press and Laura Baumbach for the copies of The Final Line. Now here is the week ahead in reviews:
Monday, July 8, 2013: Guest Blog with Kendall McKenna, author of The Final Line
Book Contest. One copy of The Final Line will be given away
Tuesday, July 9, 2013: Review of The Final Line, last day to comment for the contest
Wednesday, July 10,2013: Pickup Men by LC Chase, winner of contest announced
Thursday, July 11, 2013: Changing Planes by Karenna Colcroft
Friday, July 12, 2013: Fever Anthology by M. Rode
Saturday, July 13, 2013: In Pursuit of the Bang On, Well Done, and apparently Endangered Short Story
So that’s our exciting week ahead. I will leave you with a picture of Winston, recently groomed. He has settled into our family as though he has
always been there. And here is a recipe for a drink to keep this hot weather in its place! This cocktail is called appropriately Adios Motherfucker or AMF. I have included the recipe as well as a link to the video on how to make this delicious drink. A great way to say goodbye heatwave or anything else to want to get rid of:
Scale ingredients to servings
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz rum
1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
2 oz sweet and sour mix
2 oz 7-Up® soda
Pour all ingredients except the 7-Up into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes. Top with 7-Up and stir gently.
Read more: Adios Motherfucker recipe http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink735.html#ixzz2YHs7Z756