Thursday, June 26, 2014

What Do You Like about June?


                       

"Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." ~Al Bernstein 

What do you like about June? Summer starting? School out? Swimming pools filling up? Flowers blooming? Gardens growing? Family vacations? Bible School? So many things to love about June - that sweet time between spring and the hot days of July and August. 

For me, the last few years, June has been a time to celebrate a new book out for readers. This year follows right along with Love Comes Home available in stores and on-line. Reviews are beginning to show up on some of the on-line book sites and in some of the book review magazines. That can be fun but also a little scary. I wrote the story and made it the best I could. Editors at the publishing company helped me polish and improve and gave the book a beautiful cover. And now I have to wait and see if readers are excited about going back to Rosey Corner to see what happened next. 

One kind Amazon reviewer, Robin, wrote words I was glad to read about Love Comes Home. "I love visiting Rosey Corner. It has become like home. A sweet vacationing spot. These characters seem like family." That's what I want a reader to feel when they go with me to Rosey Corner or to Hollyhill or even my Harmony Hill Shaker village. Come take a trip with me back into storyland. 

June also means I get to celebrate those new books by giving some things away. Some of you have already entered my Celebration Giveaway. If you haven't, you have until the end of June to enter to win one of these prizes along with one of my autographed books. The details are here. Plus I'm picking five winners here on my blog only contest to win a copy of one of my books (winners' choices). The way to get your name in that hat is to leave a comment on a blog post here in June with a way to contact you. Each new comment on a different post gets an additional entry. Or since some of you have had trouble commenting here, you can message me on my Facebook page or by e-mail, annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com, and say you want to enter the blog giveaway. 

I love hearing from you and finding out what's going on in your world. So what do you love about June?

P.S. I'm having my Hometown Book Launch this Sunday, June 29, at 2:30 p.m. at my hometown library here in Lawrenceburg, KY. Come on out and help me celebrate if you are in the area. We'll talk books and there will even be door prizes. Not quite like the ones above, but still fun.

P.P.S. I'm never going away, am I? :) But wanted to remind you about the Goodreads giveaway for Love Comes Home. Still time to enter there if you are a Goodreads member. Now I'm going away - I promise. At least until next time. Keep reading! 

20 comments:

  1. I love June! My wedding anniversary and birthday are in June. My grandson is out of school and I can pick him up early to go on an adventure.

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    1. You've got some good reasons for loving June, Jeanette. Maybe if I can get my book finished before June next year, I can enjoy June too. I enjoy it anyway, but have to spend plenty of time at my desk too. Not complaining though. I love having books out there for people to read.

      Hope you and your grandson have some fun adventures this summer.

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  2. That's a great quote, about God inventing June. June mornings make me think of that poem "The morn is up again, the dewy morn, with breath all incense and with cheek all bloom, laughing the clouds away with playful scorn and living as if earth contained to tomb." June has been beautiful here, this month. What I'm currently loving is the profusion of flowers... my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin were coming to visit before leaving for Florida, and we needed flowers to decorate the table. We walked down a local dirt road and picked the biggest bunch we've ever gathered at one time. Fragrant yarrow, pure white shasta daisies, brilliant golden cosmos.... It was lovely!

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    1. Thanks for sharing the poem, Faith, and your flower bouquet. Sounds beautiful and has a good fragrance too. :) I love flowers you can pick and bring inside to brighten up the day.

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  3. I finished reading Love Comes Home last night, so sorry to leave Rosey Corner. It was my favorite place! This is one of my all-time favorite series!
    I have the Heart of Hollyhill series ready to read, can't wait to start!!
    You are a gifted writer, please keep writing!

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    1. So glad you liked visiting Rosey Corner, Laura. It's one of my favorite places with lots of favorite people to write about. Wouldn't mind going back again someday. Maybe when Lorena gets a little older. Hmmm! Hope you enjoy Hollyhill too.

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  4. This is such a beautiful cover on your new book Ann I would love to read it. Thanks for doing the free giveaway. I love reading :) keep up the hard work
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Got you entered, Danie. And thanks for checking out some of my pins on Pinterest. Always fun to hear from reading friends wherever. Thanks about the cover. Revell Books does a great job on their book covers.

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  5. I live in Texas - June is warm and sunny generally but not so hot that being outside is unbearable. I think of it as a soft month.

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    1. I like that, Annette. A soft month. Here in KY June is generally less humid and can have some absolutely gorgeous days, but then it can hop up to very hot too. This year we've had a nice mix, but right now it's sort of dry. Need a little rain.

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  6. Love June for having the longest day of the year with warm sunny days. Can't wait to read the new book.

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    1. That longest day is fun, Ola. Gives Oscar and me extra time to walk in the late evening when it's not quite so hot. I hope you'll enjoy going back to Rosey Corner for a visit.

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  7. Kristy Robinson HorineJune 27, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    June has changed in meaning over the years. It used to mean eternal summer. You know, that time when you are a kid and you don't realize the translation that "summer" means eight to ten weeks.

    June used to mean splashing rainbows into the air above Green Creek, catching crawdads, frog gigging to the song of crickets, the first round of hay cut and learning how to wear long sleeves and long pants during that harvest to save arms and legs for God in church. Then, college years when June meant summer jobs at the book warehouse. Then, early adulthood when I don't remember what June meant at all, I just survived. Looking back, survival defined my days.

    And this, my new season with a new-ish husband and a baby and three teens, June means rest from the running and waiting for the Pawpaws and the pears and the tomatoes. Now, June, like every month of the year, means a deeper grace, just different clothes in which to recognize it.

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    1. Love your thoughts here, Kristy. The way we look at summer or any time does change as we go through different stages of our lives. You have such a poet's voice and let us join you in your memories with such great images. Thanks for your comment. Hope this new June with your baby has been wonderful and that July and August will be lovely too.

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  8. In June the vegetable garden begins to yield abundant harvests. I am roasting, blanching, freezing, eating to my heart's content. Wouldn't mind taking a break, however, to read your newest book should I win a copy. Thanks, nancylohr@charter.net

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    1. That sounds like a great break for both of us, Nancy. So good luck in tomorrow's drawing. Sounds as if you'll have some good garden harvest all year long.

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  9. June is the time my flowers bloom and my garden is growing. My tomato plants & cucumber plants are starting to bloom and that means I'm closer to getting to eat them.
    I hope that you are enjoying your June. Sharma Darby

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    1. Love the flowers blooming, Sharma, and those cucumbers and tomatoes are good too. We already picked a little cucumber, but it'll be a while before we get to chow down on tomatoes. Always good to hear from you, and I appreciate you reading Jocie's blog too.

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway, Ann, such a great question too! I get excited about the month of June because my nephew is done with school for the summer and that means we get to spend more time with him, everything is better when he's around :) Blessings on your summer as we approach July!
    Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom

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    1. Sounds like one lucky boy to have an aunt ready to help his summer be more fun. So glad you enjoy the month of June, Kara, and I hope July will be just as good or better.

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