It's hard to believe we are already halfway through summer. Time flies when the weather is nice. I don't think there is a better way to pass the time than laying by the pool, or relaxing on the beach with an umbrella drink in one hand and a book in the other. Although those days have been far and few between, I've already finished three novels this summer: The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, The Book of Unholy Mischief, by Elle Newmark, and per the recommendation of my seventeen year old, Abraham Lincoln- Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith (BTW, I loved it).
Each of the books had unique appeal. The Lost Symbol's premise of life after death was inspiring and interesting. For the budding chef, Unholy Mischief immerses the reader in a Venetian world of culinary delights, intrigue, romance and so much more. Last, but not least, Lincoln Vampire Hunter was surprisingly gripping and interesting. My disbelief was suspended in the first chapter. The author brilliantly mixes historical facts with supernatural fiction. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Instead of placing the novels on a lonely shelf to collect dust, I decided to share the joy. I am hosting a book giveaway that includes a box of chocolates (sorry, umbrella drink not provided). Anyone who follows my blog can participate. If you are not enrolled, then sign up and voila! You will be eligible. The guidelines are simple. Since I am always looking for an interesting read, participants need to post their favorite summer novel next to their names in the comment section. Then, I will hold a random drawing and post the winners on July 18. Until next time, happy writing.