Please join me in welcoming today’s guest blogger, Jenna Rutland. Sit back, grab a cold drink and enjoy the visit…as always, all comments are entered for a chance at our monthly drawing, so don’t be shy!
I’d like to thank Bethanne and all the wonderful women here for their very generous offer of allowing me to be a guest blogger today!
I was excited to hear that the July theme is summer! We are smack dab in the middle, although here in SE Michigan the weather has been chilly the last few days with a hint of fall in the air. Of course, it doesn’t help when the stores are touting their back to school sales.
As a kid, we took one vacation every year. It was to a little place in Northern Michigan right on the Canadian border called Sugar Island. It was a family vacation, but centered on my father needing his much-earned two week vacation from work. It was a fishing vacation, which I learned to love. At an early age, I could even bait my hook and remove my own fish, it if wasn’t too big.
My family knew that even though I enjoyed being on the boat, I wasn’t a diehard like the rest of them. My mom let me take my best friend every year and that made all the difference. We spent time exploring the woods, sitting on the dock working on our tans, and the best part of all—reading late into the night, anything and everything romance. We didn’t care if it was historical, contemporary or suspense. We would read until the wee hours, and there were times that we’d barely gotten to sleep when the adults were up and getting ready to go out fishing and we’d sleep in.
Even though our annual vacation wasn’t going to Disneyworld or sightseeing in a foreign country, we looked forward to those two weeks every year. I can truly say that those summer vacations by the lake rooted my love of reading romance, and for that I will always be grateful.
Living in the north, there are things we get to experience for only a small part of the year—windows wide open to catch the smell of fresh-cut grass, digging and planting in our gardens, and eating outside at cookouts with friends and family.
When I began writing this story, I knew I wanted to include some of my favorite things so it didn’t take me long to decide to set it in the summertime. And guess what? My characters enjoy the same things I do about summer! At the last minute, my book title was changed to the current, Just for the Summer. I fell in love with the title immediately and am so thankful my publisher came up with this great title. Hope you enjoy reading about Dani and Matt’s unforgettable summer.
Take care, and enjoy the rest of your summer!
xoxo – Jenna
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Jenna Rutland lives in a small Michigan community with her husband, son and senior cat. Her daughter and son-in-law have recently given Jenna the awesome title of grandmother!
While her days are spent working as a medical transcriptionist, her nights are filled writing contemporary romance—stories of love, laughter and happily ever after. Guess which occupation is more fun?
She is a member of RWA and is active in her local chapter. After several years on the MVRWA board, she now chairs the group’s annual fall brainstorming weekend as well as acts as food coordinator for several other events.
Jenna takes pleasure in spending time with her family. She also enjoys reading, gardening and loves the challenge of a new recipe.
She welcomes the chance to connect with writers and readers. Head to her Connect page to join her on Facebook or Twitter, sign up for her newsletter, or e-mail her.
His temptation. Her secret. Their summer.
Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbook and take a breather. After the year she’s had, she deserves a summer retreat to reevaluate priorities and make peace with past decisions. But from the moment single dad and sheriff Matt Reagan shows up, she has a hard time convincing herself that a life away from Lake Bliss could beat the life she might have here.
Recently divorced Matt is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart. Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?
JUST FOR THE SUMMER is available as an e-book from the following retailers:
Thanks for stopping by today and visiting with us and our guest! We’d love to know your favorite childhood summer memories and every comment gets entered into our monthly drawing!