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This week’s winner is Susie! Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Stay tuned for more giveaway fun next week! 

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What is it about the word “sale” that makes us perk up our ears? When I hear it, I automatically give whatever is on sale a second look. This happens most frequently in the stores I love–cooking supply stores, like Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. Something in my brain pings a little and I think insane things like, Wow, I could really use that extra ball of kitchen twine, or It doesn’t matter if I have a perfectly good cheese grater; that one has three sides!, or Another KitchenAid utility stand mixer won’t take up *that* much room on the counter.

And then, typically, I end up coming to my senses and not buying the thing I think I might need. And Mr. B is very happy with me because he is all about uncluttering our home and frugality and having counter space.

So, I’m pretty good about sales. Except when it comes to books. I always buy those, especially if they’re on sale.

I only mention this because Long Simmering Spring is on sale for 99 cents for the next couple of weeks, and you should definitely buy it (if you haven’t already, which, if you’re reading this blog, you probably already have) because Cole is super awesome, and Cole and Julie together are h-o-t and that is all I will say about that because you should just go read the blurb already.

Did I mention Cole is super awesome?

Also, did I mention I’m doing another giveaway? Gotta get things uncluttered for Mr. B! Talk to me about uncluttering your space. I know it’s a little early for spring cleaning, but I need inspiration! Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win! This week, I’m giving away a copy of A Rogue by Any Other Name by the amazing Sarah MacLean. You want this. Contest ends Thursday, January 16, at 9pm Pacific, and winners will be announced on Friday. US only, since this is a paperback.

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Thanks to all who left comments! The winner of the paper copy of Long Simmering Spring is Sue G.! If you didn’t win, there will be more chances, starting . . . now! I’m doing a Goodreads Giveaway of two paper copies of the book, so please friend me on Goodreads and enter the giveaway! Have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll see you next Monday!

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So here we are in September. Wow! I’m kind of in shock myself. As you may have gathered from my last series of blog posts, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone for the past month, thanks to work, school, Mr. B’s travel, the family, and everything else life has thrown at me. I’m not complaining. Everyone’s healthy and doing well. It’s just that there has been a lot going on, writing included.

As I was preparing the final blog post for my Slow Summer Burn blog tour (at Fresh Fiction next Sunday), I started thinking about how summer kind of ended before I even realized. And then I started thinking about this really awesome song by Stephen Sondheim called The Girls of Summer. It’s an anthem to regret. To not letting go, only to realize at the end that’s exactly what you wanted. It’s really hard to capture how sad the song is (in E minor and the sweeping lines of it just gouge your heart out) so I’ll just post the lyrics here, and I’ll encourage you to search for someone singing it on YouTube.

The Girls of Summer
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

The girls of summer get burned
They start the summer unconcerned
They get undone by a touch of sun in June
Plus a touch of the moon

The girls of summer get fooled
’cause soon the summer heat has cooled
And come September they can’t remember why
Things were hot in July

Not me
It’s too easy to fall
The moonlit sand, a faraway band, and that’s all
Not me
I don’t easily thrill – Never did, never will

The end of summer’s at hand
I thought the summer was grand
And here I am with the same undamaged heart
That I had at the start

The girls of summer forgot to run
The girls of summer were bound to lose
The girls of summer have all the fun …
I have nothin’ but blues.

So once I started thinking about the song, I started thinking about whether there was anything I regretted not doing this summer. Well, yeah, sure. Plenty. Not spending as much time with Mr. B as I’d hoped. Not getting a chance to truly get away with my family. Not reading as much as I would have liked. And the list goes on.

There was plenty of stuff I did get to do, though, so don’t cry a river for me. I got to spend tons of time with my kids, grilled plenty on the barbeque, hosted some really fun parties, attended RWA, and launched Slow Summer Burn. There’s more, of course.

What about you? Did you get everything done that you wanted? Any regrets? One commenter (who’s also a newsletter subscriber, so sign up here if you’re not yet a member) will receive a rare, RWA Exclusive paper copy of Long Simmering Spring (which was nominated for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards – keep those noms coming, please!). Contest closes Thursday, September 5 at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Friday. It’s a paper copy, so US and Canada only, please!

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Whew! It seems like it’s been an eternity from last Monday to this Monday when in reality, it’s only been a week. Yet in that week, a lot has gone on.

First, Long Simmering Spring released on May 13! If you’ve read it, thank you! I’ve been thrilled by the response it has gotten. Folks have been saying some very nice things, indeed! Guilty Pleasures gave it five stars and had this to say:

Long Simmering Spring will keep you off balance while completely drawing you in to an irresistible romance you can’t help but love.

And Kindles & Wine gave it an A- and said:

Long Simmering Spring is another great installment in the Star Harbor series from Elisabeth Barrett! The romance is perfectly paired with action and subplots. If you enjoy some contemporary romance with a few twists and turns along the way, you’ll enjoy this one. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for?! Do it!

To celebrate my release, I’ve been doing some blog appearances. Today, I’m visiting Harlequin Junkie with a post called “Missing your Home Town,” and I also did an Interview at with Ruthie Knox at Ruthie’s Reality. I’d love it if you stopped by and showed me some love. Plus, I’m giving away a copy of Long Simmering Spring at HJ, and Ruthie is giving away one of each of the Star Harbor books on her blog, so it’s definitely worth the (virtual) trip.

If you missed my earlier blog posts, here are the others:

Romance Junkies, “What His Car Says About Him

Romance @ Random, “Believing the Truth” and USA Today’s HEA, “Small Town Spring and Summer

Kindles & Wine, “World Building in the Real World

Guilty Pleasures, “Small Town Living

So yes, there have been some serious goings-on at the Barrett house!

I’m also feeling flush today because things are cooking over here in writing land. You know about the release, but what you might not know is that I finished up additional edits on Slow Summer Burn (release date August 12) and finally completed my Tahoe manuscript, about which I’m just pleased as punch. It went off to my fabulous agent this morning, and now I just have to wait to see if she likes it!

To celebrate all this good stuff, I’m doing another giveaway: Emily March’s Reflection Point, a book I recommended in my USA Today post. In the comments section, let me know something interesting that happened last week in your life, and I’ll choose one random commenter to win! Please don’t forget to leave your email address – I’ve had a bit of trouble contacting people lately, and I don’t want you to miss out!

 

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I’m thrilled to announce that Long Simmering Spring, the third Star Harbor book, is available today!

Cole Grayson, featuring his abs.

Cole Grayson, featuring his abs.

Here’s the official copy:

Spring comes to Star Harbor, bringing unexpected passion for a sexy sheriff, as the next Grayson brother finds love with the town’s beautiful doctor.

Julie Kensington grew up in the same small town as the Grayson brothers and remembers when the boys were nothing but trouble. As teenagers, Cole’s rugged sex appeal set Julie’s heart ablaze, but she did her best to ignore it. Now a grown woman with a medical degree, Julie still can’t resist her searing attraction to the roughest, toughest Grayson. He’s ex-military, tormented, and sexier than ever, but are his wounds too deep to be healed by her loving, gentle touch?

Even back in high school, straight-arrow Julie had a way of making Cole think twice about his bad-boy lifestyle. When Julie decides she’s finally ready to embrace her wild side, Cole knows he is just the man to show her the way, unleashing years of pent-up desire. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but when Cole’s demons threaten to derail their relationship, it’s up to Julie to show him that together, they can overcome the past . . . and build a future.

Also, if you haven’t read the super sexy excerpt posted on Scribd, you can read it here.

For those of you who’ve pre-ordered the book, thank you! If you haven’t yet picked up your copy, you can buy the book everywhere e-books are sold!

Here are some links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple | Google | Other Places

And if you’d like to follow along on my blog tour for the book, I’d love to see you. Today I’m at Romance @ Random and USA Today, but you can check out the other stops on my tour here.

Oh, happy day! Thanks for celebrating with me!

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My blog tour for Long Simmering Spring kicks off today at Romance Junkies, where I’m talking about the Grayson men of Star Harbor and their cars. Join me for some fun and a giveaway!

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday for release day!

 

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Last week was very work and writing-heavy for me, and it was a good, productive week. I worked through the final round of line edits on Slow Summer Burn, and I finished the first draft of my Tahoe book, which ended up close to 50,000 words – short for me, but a heck of a lot of fun to write. We’ll see what my beta readers have to say about it. Over the weekend, it’s virtually impossible for me to work, except at night when I’m so bone-tired, I can’t really contemplate working unless I actually have to. Still, that doesn’t mean I didn’t *do* anything. Here are the highlights. This weekend, I:

*Marched in a big parade with my three children in ninety-degree weather

*Went to a birthday party with one of my children and played in the sandbox

*Did five loads of laundry (and it wasn’t even laundry day)

*Swam with my children and Mr. B in a lovely, warm pool

*Made homemade guacamole and orzo salad to go along with my grilled chicken and corn-on-the-cob for our Sunday night dinner (not very Cinco de Mayo of me, but the fam loved it anyway)

So, yes, I did a lot. In other news, later this summer, I will be heading to the big RWA national conference. What this means is that I really need to clear the decks of swag from last year’s conference to make room for the inevitable swag I will get from this year’s. So one lucky commenter will receive one audiobook of your choice from my stash (I’ll give you a choice). Just let me know what you did this weekend! Also, I know Friday seems to be the giveaway day of choice for most folks, but Monday works for me for a bunch of different reasons so I’m thinking I’ll keep the giveaways going on Mondays, at least for a while.

Finally, in just one short week, my third book, Long Simmering Spring will be released! So far, people have been saying some very nice things about the book (thank you, thank you!) and my blog tour for Long Simmering Spring starts this Friday. I hope you’ll join me for giveaways and fun over the next few weeks to celebrate! I also have a little excerpt for you to whet your appetite. Just to give you a bit of set-up, Cole and Julie are on their first date and the past starts to bleed into the present.

“After what I’ve done, I can guarantee I’m not the same guy I used to be.” He shook his head. “Maybe not all my change is for the better, but it’s no surprise you’ve turned out to be someone incredible.”

It seemed that it was confession time. “There was another reason I slapped you.”

“Yeah?” he asked, his gaze steady, as if readying himself to take whatever she dished out. “What’s that?”

“I thought if I gave you the chance—if I let you in, even for a second—you’d break my heart. And I couldn’t let that happen. Not then. Definitely not now.”

A terrible look of sadness flashed across his face for just a moment, before he composed himself. “That isn’t me and that isn’t you. Not anymore.”

Long Simmering Spring (c) 2013 Elisabeth Barrett

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you haven’t received an email from me, please check your junk/spam folders and email me at ejbarrett15 (at) gmail (dot) com with your full name, NetGalley username, and NetGalley email.

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Today is my birthday, and in honor of this special day, I’m giving away free preview copies to the first 50 people to fill out and submit this form. I’m also well aware that it’s tax day, so hopefully this should ease the pain a little bit.

So sign up . . . you know you want to!

I’ll close the form when I get 50 entries, so if you can see the form, the giveaway is still open and you will get your book! Once I get all the entries, I’ll send out an e-mail with details (so watch for it and check your junk mail folder if you don’t get anything).

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