Where did the summer go? August is arriving this week so thoughts of Fall is trailing in its wake. I have seen ads for Back to School already, and even (hides my eyes) a few for Christmas. Really, people? Christmas? Sigh. I am still working on my gardens and the work progresses with the weather. Like the tides, the work and I flow in and then out. Cool weather? Then I can work outside and still breath. Hot and humid? The typical Washington, oh right we are surrounded by water and were built on a swamp, DC summer? Well, that sees me inside, knitting,reading, writing, and grateful for air-conditioning.
Surprisingly, this summer has been pretty good, better than good, so far. Yesterday barely made it into 80 degrees. It was lovely and appreciated by all here, including the terriers. Today humid and 90’s. Tomorrow more of the same and then down again. A rollercoaster approach that I will take over weeks of constant 90 degree heat or higher.
It’s also been a wonderful summer so far for books. New authors, old favorites, and a new perspective on authors whose new stories I have really liked. The Pulp Friction 2014 series, Elemental Connections, is off the charts in terms of great plots and even better characters. I have been reading lots of books with Fae in the plots, and guess what? All terrific! Angel Martinez’ Semper Fae? Unbelievable! Rory Ni Coiliean’s SoulShares has me hooked too! On the contemporary side, Lou Sylvre’s Vasquez and James? Love, love, love them. Shira Anthony has a new Blue Notes story coming out, Dissonance! I have two in line from TJ Klune waiting to be read. I will need more boxes of tissues for those I am sure. What a happy reader I am these days!
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Now on to the week ahead at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords:
Monday, July 28:
- Review: Hard as Stone by Rory Ni Coileain
Tuesday, July 29:
- Riptide’s and Z.A. Maxfield’s Home the Hard Way Book Tour/Contest
- Book Blast: Jennifer Cie’s Down the Other Street Book Tour/Contest
- Review: Home the Hard Way by Z.A. Maxfield
Wednesday, July 30:
- Book Blast Book Tour: Silvia Violet’s Unexpected Trust
- Review: Unexpected Trust by Silvia Violet
Thursday, July 31:
- Virtual Book Tour: That You Are Here by Meredith Allard
- July Summary of Reviews and Best Covers of the Month
Friday, August 1:
- Review: Hero by Heidi Cullinan
- Review: Gale Force by Rory Ni Coileain
Saturday, August 2:
- Ink and Flowers by J.K. Pendragon (removed)
- The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs
Now stay cool, everyone. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here’s a summer cocktail to try out!
1 paper-thin, lengthwise slice of European cucumber, for garnish
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped dill, plus 1 dill sprig, for garnish
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice (see Note)
1/4 cup chilled club soda
Press the cucumber slice against the inside of a chilled highball glass and add ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chopped dill, agave syrup, lemon and lime juices and 1 tablespoon of water until the syrup is dissolved. Add ice, then add the cucumber juice and shake well. Strain into the prepared glass and stir in the club soda. Garnish with the dill sprig.
NOTES Cucumber juice is available at juice counters. You can also make it by pureeing peeled cucumber chunks in a blender and then straining the puree through a fine sieve. One large cucumber yields about 3/4 cup of strained juice.