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Thanks to everyone who commented. Michele and bn100 are the winners, and I’ll be emailing you shortly to get you your prizes!  

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Last week, the universe conspired against me. If you look at my Google calendar, it’s totally crazy–booked solid from 8am-10pm every single day. Needless to say, I got pretty much zero personal stuff done, zero sleep clocked (but a ton of work done, of course) and by the end of the week, I just wanted to curl up and cry.

This will have to change.

Other things have to change, too. Like the exercise thing. And the eating right thing. And the taking time for myself thing. I think there are too many things, which seems daunting, but I’m going to start making lists, and hopefully everything will be better once I have my lists. I like lists. And friends. One of the things that made me feel better about the week was that S and T, two of my best friends, came over on Friday night and I served this delicious roasted lamb with carrots and potatoes, and white beans and French string beans and S brought a giant salad and T brought chocolate-covered brownies (!) and we drank some Pinot and it was good. Here are some pics of the feast:

The Roasted Lamb

The Roasted Lamb

White Beans

White Beans

Haricots Vert

Haricots Verts

And speaking of good friends . . . when I was at the RWA National conference this year, I was fortunate enough to attend the literacy signing. We were all seated alphabetically , and I was at one of the “B” tables with some truly remarkable and lovely authors. Sophie Barnes, Marilyn Baron, Ana Barrons and Christi Barth were all at my table (as Barrett, I had the honor sitting dead center). They all gave me some great swag. Sophie donated an awesome totebag, Marilyn gave me a SIGNED copy of Under the Moon Gate along with a cool bookmark, Ana offered a SIGNED CD copy of Betrayed by Trust, and Christi handed me a beautiful bookmark.

Swag From Some Lovely Authors

Goodies From Some Lovely Authors

So how about I divide up the swag into two groups? I’ll give it away to two lucky winners who leave a comment (and are on my mailing list – sign up here) telling me a good, recent friend story. Contest ends Thursday at midnight, Pacific time, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday. U.S. only, please, but international commenters are always welcome!!

Last but not least, I’m blogging with Fresh Fiction today, so hop on over there, leave a comment, and you could win a digital copy of Slow Summer Burn. And since everyone here’s probably read it, I’ll send it to a friend if you win!! Also, I’m doing a Goodreads Giveaway of two paper copies of Long Simmering Spring, so please friend me on Goodreads and enter the giveaway!

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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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Hi, all, and thanks for your patience! The winners of the amazing Slow Summer Burn bookmarks are Kathleen O, ButtonsMom2003, and Pat Egan Fordyce. I’ll be emailing you shortly. Thank you to everyone who commented, and just so you know, I have a couple more of these beauties lying around, and I’ll do another contest in the future to give them away!

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Wow! What a crazy Monday! I was expecting things to settle down after last week’s  successful release of Slow Summer Burn (thank you to all who came out to show your support, and the blog tour is still going on!), but no. Things were even crazier this week, thanks to three kids doing three different move-ups to new classrooms/grades/schools. It’s been brutal, and I predict the mayhem and madness in the Barrett household will continue at least through the end of next week.

But . . . over the weekend, a little package arrived. A totally awesome game-changer. Because look what was inside:

Slow Summer Burn Bookmarks

Slow Summer Burn Bookmarks

Yes!!!! SLOW SUMMER BURN BOOKMARKS!!!! These little beauties were made for me by Michele, one of my incredible fans. I got to meet Michele in person at RWA this year in Atlanta and she was just as lovely as you might imagine:

With Michele at RWA 2013

With Michele at RWA 2013

The bookmarks are about 10 inches long (26.5 cm for you metric folks), and the craftsmanship  is amazing. Here’s a detailed picture of the beadwork:

The beautiful beadwork

The beautiful beadwork

And there are little pictures of Val at the top of each one! That alone made me smile!

Tiny Vals

Tiny Vals

Michele, I can’t thank you enough!!! You have made my rough week a jillion times better.

And so, in case you hadn’t figured it out, this week’s giveaway is for three (3) of these incredible Slow Summer Burn Bookmarks by Michele. To win, you need to be a newsletter subscriber (sign up at the bottom of the page here if you’re not already), and leave a comment about how your week is going! Contest ends Thursday at midnight, Pacific time, and winners will be announced on Friday!

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Thank you all for the amazing release day support! I’m happy to let you know that the winners are Joanne B and angieia! There are still chances to win copies of the book at Romance@Random, Kindles & Wine, and Under The Covers! Good luck, and stay tuned for another giveaway next Monday!

 

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Slow Summer Burn is out today, and I am extremely excited to share Val and Cam with you all. I know many of you have been waiting a long time for the oldest Grayson brother to get his HEA, and I’m happy to say that day is finally here!

Final Slow Summer Burn

Here’s the official copy:

As the sizzling Star Harbor series concludes, the fourth sexy Grayson brother, a dedicated DEA agent, shows a high-society beauty the true meaning of love.

Cameron Stahl has everything, so why does she feel like her life is incomplete? A beautiful Boston socialite and a successful entrepreneur, she’s just opened her second boutique in Star Harbor and business is booming. But one searing look from Val Grayson sends fire through her body and shows her exactly what’s missing from her life: a real man who doesn’t play games and who makes her feel like the most desired woman on earth.

DEA agent Val Grayson has always looked after his brothers. Now it’s his turn to find love—though Cam is the last sort of woman he ever dreamed he’d fall for. When courageous Cam realizes she has the insider connections to help Val take down a major drug player within Boston’s political elite, he can’t stop her from putting herself in danger. But as the drug bust of his career looms, all Val cares about is saving the woman he loves before it’s too late.

People have been saying some very, very nice things about the book.

Heroes and Heartbreakers gave it a lovely “first look” review and it was an August recommended read at Contemporary Romance Café!

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

Amazon | Barnes & NobleApple | Google | Other Places

I’m also (blog) touring, and I’d love for you to join along. Today, I’m at Romance@Random and USA Today’s HEA, so please stop by and say hi! The rest of my schedule is posted here. There will be giveaways galore, including here!! For release week, I’m giving away digital copies of Slow Summer Burn to two newsletter subscribers who leave comments (if you’re not a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up here). And if you’ve already gotten your copy, I’ll send it to one of your friends! Contest ends at midnight on 8/15 and I’ll announce the winners on Friday!

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And we have winners! Laura Kaye’s As Hard as it Gets goes to cristina arpin and Kristan Higgins’s The Best Man goes to Kirbi Smith! I’ll be emailing you soon! Thank you all who commented. I can’t wait to see you on Monday for release day and a giant giveaway!!

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We are one week out from the release date for Slow Summer Burn and I am chomping at the bit to release it into the wild. People have been waiting a long time for Val, and I think (I hope) he is worth the wait. To whet your appetite, here’s a little snippet from the book. In this scene, Val has come to pick up Cam to have some takeout. When he shows up at her place, she’s ready for more than takeout:

“I’m ready to go,” Cameron said, enjoying the way he drank her in with his gaze. That this rangy, beautiful man with the proud stance did a double-take when he saw her made her feel desired. Wanted.

After a few long moments, Val shut his mouth. “You’re not dressed for dinner,” was his only statement, his eyes locked on hers. A muscle ticked in his jaw.

“No,” she said slowly. “I’m not.” After coming home, she’d put on a pair of slim-cut jeans and a soft T-shirt. She’d even managed to find a pair of boat shoes from the back of her closet. Of course, everything was designer, but Val didn’t need to know that.

“May I ask why?” His voice was unfailingly polite, even as the words seemed like they’d been unwillingly dragged from him.

“It sounds like Seb can use all the help he can get.”

“I see.” His jaw clenched, and he gave her one more look, from head to toe. “Where’d you get these clothes?”

She crossed her arms under her breasts. “I own them. Any other questions?”

“Yeah,” he said, after a while. “Do you like pizza? Because that’s what we’re having for dinner tonight.”

“Of course,” she responded, raising an eyebrow. “Doesn’t everybody?”

He pursed his lips together, as if he were trying hard not to laugh. Except he didn’t look like he was going to laugh. He looked stern, and intense, and, Lord help her, completely hot. He was wearing worn jeans that were snug in all the right places and a short-sleeved tee that skimmed his body just so, stretched slightly over his chest, looser down by his waist. He was wearing those work boots again, which must have given him an extra inch of height—not that he needed it. “Not everybody,” he murmured. What she supposed he meant was that he didn’t expect her to like it.

The man was in for a few more surprises.

“Hold on a minute.” She pulled a double-layer cotton jacket out of the hall closet and threw it on. Then she picked up her toolbox and walked back to the front. He was still there, having moved not an inch.

“What’s that?” he asked, nodding his head at her toolbox.

“What does it look like?”

“It looks like I might have been wrong about you.”

(c) Slow Summer Burn by Elisabeth Barrett

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And of course I’m doing another giveaway (newsletter subscribers only, so if you’re not one yet, please sign up at the bottom of the page here)! This time, I’m giving away a copy of Kristan Higgins‘s The Best Man (awesome), and a SIGNED copy of Laura Kaye‘s Hard As It Gets (not releasing until November, so ZOMG!). In the comments section, tell me about a time you might have been wrong about someone, and I’ll choose two random commenters to get these gems. Contest ends at midnight on 8/8, and I’ll announce winners on Friday.

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Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! I’ll be sending an email out soon with the details!

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The release date for Slow Summer Burn is less than a month away, but I’m giving away free preview copies to the first 40 newsletter subscribers to fill out and submit this form. If you’re not signed up for my newsletter, you can do so at http://www.elisabethbarrett.com (just fill out the form at the bottom of the home page).

You *really* don’t want to miss this one, folks.

I’ll close the form when I get 40 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).

Final Slow Summer Burn
Val. Yes.

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So I did something absolutely awful to my back. So awful, in fact, that I can barely move without wincing in pain. It’s this lower-back sharp pain/muscle spasm/really-I-have-no-idea, but it’s bad. The worst thing is, I don’t know what I did. It’s not like I felt something tear, or someone jumped on me or I helped a friend move and now I’m paying the price. I just woke up this way one morning late last week. The kids now know my refrain of “Mommy’s back hurts,” and say it to each other when one asks for something from me that would require me to lift. Or stand. Or sit.

When the pain first kicked in, I stretched out, did some yoga and took some Advil. When that didn’t work, I went to get a massage. All that succeeded in doing was in turning my lower back the colors of a dark rainbow. I think at this point, I just need to rest it, because nothing’s helping. I have, however, experimented with body positions and determined that I can work mostly pain-free by lying a certain way on my back on the bed with my laptop balanced over me. This works until I stand up.

Sigh.

On a happier note, I’m cooking along with Slow Summer Burn. As of today, I’m 60K words in and chugging towards the finish line. And today I’m also being hosted by the wonderful folks over at Kindles & Wine, where they’ve reviewed Deep Autumn Heat (and said some lovely things about the book), *and* asked me all sorts of interesting questions which I hopefully answer in interesting ways. Join me over there, leave a comment, and you could win a print copy of the book. Yay!

That’s all I have for today. If anyone has any good suggestions for getting rid of lower back pain, lay ‘em on me. I BEG YOU.

 

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