Happy July 4th!

Happy 4th of July to all my American readers!  I can’t believe it’s already the 4th…summer is definitely rolling right along!

I’m back in Honolulu after 6 whirlwind days in New York for the annual RWA conference.  As some of you know from Facebook, I arrived in NY sick and unfortunately got sicker…requiring a visit to a doctor and antibiotics and steroids to try to kick my system into gear.  I’m still not 100% but I’m back in Hawaii where the warm fresh air will certainly help me boot the last of these infections.

Considering I wasn’t at my best in NYC, I still really enjoyed this conference…perhaps more than any other in years.   I was able to meet with my two new editors Cindy Hwang and Sheila Hodgson, and visit with my dear friends.  I had my reader get together and presented the Rita award for best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements during the glamorous Rita and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony.   AND I got to wear three gorgeous beautiful new dresses for the Penguin Group party at the famous Sardi’s, the Harlequin Black & White Ball at the Waldorf Astoria, and then the formal Awards Ceremony in the hotel ballroom.  I can’t help loving dressing up for the special events.  My life with Ty in Hawaii is so casual, so full of swimsuit cover ups and sarongs, that wearing a fancy dress and heels and sparkly earrings is a treat!

My son Ty arrives in Hawaii tomorrow for 10 days and I can’t wait to see him.  It’s been three weeks since I left Bellevue and I miss my big boys.  Jake stays behind as he continues to train and compete in polo tournaments as they prepare for the JO’s in Southern California end of July, but Mac will be so excited to have one brother arrive tomorrow.   He misses having the big brothers around, too.

Mac’s just woken up and I need to go do mom stuff but before I go–I’m kicking off July with four weeks of  great summer contests!  Every week from now until early August, I will be giving away a special beach tote packed with books, gift cards, and fun summery treats.  This week’s contest starts today and ends Friday, July 8th at midnight.  I’ll post the winner’s name on Saturday.  So tell me what you’ve been doing these past couple of weeks and/or what your plans are for today and you’re entered!  And then be sure to check back Saturday to see if you’re the winner for this week’s Beach Tote with Books & Fun.

Happy 4th.  Enjoy your day!!

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