Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sweet Summer Love Blog Hop


Ahhh... Summer. The season for mint juleps, sweet smelling jasmine, picnics, and summer love. We're celebrating our favorite time of year with a Sweet Summer Love Blog Hop and giveaways, sponsored by Christina Cole and Devika Fernando.  

But before you scroll down for blog hop details, join Derek and Elly from BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY on a picnic she'll never forget. Would you follow Derek into the woods? 

Derek strode around the truck and opened Elly’s door, then took a large picnic basket from the truck’s storage bin. Together they walked down a well-worn path. Winding beneath overhanging branches, they made their way through a stand of cedars. Their clean, fresh scent made Elly think of summer.
Derek squeezed Elly’s hand and whispered, “Shhh.” He nodded toward a patch of wild greens growing near the path. Leaves rustled and within seconds, an armadillo scuttled ahead of them, its armored body hobbling along on short stubby legs. It paused, studied the two humans for a second, and then disappeared into the underbrush.
Derek nodded toward the retreating critter. “A nine-banded armadillo—the official small mammal of the State of Texas.”
“No kidding?” Elly giggled. “They’re weird little animals, aren’t they?”
 “Sure are. They won’t hurt you, but they can cause plenty of trouble for landscapers, rooting up plants and digging in lawns.” He tugged Elly’s hand and led her farther down the path.
After about ten minutes, Derek stopped and pulled a red bandana from his pocket. “From here on out, you’re blindfolded.”
Elly laughed. “You don’t have anything kinky in mind, do you?”
“Not at the moment, but don’t tempt me.” He folded the bandana into a triangle, draped it across Elly’s eyes, and tied a knot at the back of her head. “No peeking.”
      Derek grasped her hand firmly and guided her along. He stopped at times, warning Elly to lift her foot for a tree root or to veer left or right to avoid a rock. At times she leaned against him, relying on his firm grasp and steady voice, giving him the trust he’d shown he deserved.
After a few more minutes, Derek stopped, took her hand, and curled her fingers around a branch. “Hold on here while I take care of a few things.”
The swoosh of wind in the trees, accompanied by the calls of birds, surrounded her. A woodpecker hammered away in the distance, and a sweet earthy scent made her wrinkle her nose. With her eyes covered, sounds and scents seemed more intense and closer than before. Even the buzz of insects seemed loud in her ears. A warm breeze brushed her cheeks and ruffled her hair. Then she smelled Derek’s clean soap scent and sensed his presence beside her.
When he loosened the blindfold, she blinked and squinted in the dappled light.
GIVEAWAYS!

Each blogger participating in the hop is giving away a prize, so be sure to visit each one listed HERE.  The GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Amazon gift card is provided by the hop hosts, Christina Cole and Devika Fernando.
  • To enter to win an ebook copy of BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY, leave a comment below this post. Be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you're the winner.
  • For a chance at the $50 Amazon gift card, click HERE and enter via Rafflecopter.
*In sweet romances, there's plenty of sizzle between the hero and heroine, but the author closes the door when they enter the bedroom. 

22 comments:

Christina Cole said...

Fantastic post! I'm so glad you've joined us in our sweet little summertime hop.

Devika Fernando said...

So happy to have you join our little blog hop. Love the excerpt! I'd totally go with the hero... ;-)

Penny's Tales said...

Hi Sandy. What a great excerpt. Thanks for being part of the "Hop".

Heare2Watts said...

I love the excerpt and yes, I'll follow, he sounds trustworthy! Thanks for being part of the hop and sharing. Love the cover.
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Flossie Benton Rogers said...

Sandra, I have just stopped by to support your fun hop! If that excerpt is not a teaser I don't know what is! Good job. I'm wondering what in the world she sees when she opens her eyes. Have fun this weekend.

Dace Pedecis said...

Wow! What a place to stop! It makes me want to read on all the way to the end. Wonderful excerpt, Sandy!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've visited each participant's blog and have enjoyed getting to know everybody better. What a great bunch of talented authors! Thanks for including me in today's hop.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I enjoyed all the pictures you posted on your blog today, as well as the description of how you spent your summers. Sounds like you read a lot of books!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. This is a great hop, isn't it?

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for stopping by, Dace. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I hope you'll hop over and enter to win the $50 Amazon gift card.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for your support, Flossie. I always enjoy your comments. Now hop on over and enter to win the grand prize.

Shanna Hatfield said...

Who wouldn't want to go on a picnic like that! Great excerpt! So fun!

BooksThatSow said...

Wow! Sounds like a page turner, Sandra.

What age group of readers would be interested in your book? I'm always looking for gifts.

Best of luck to you in the blog hop. I love your book title and teaser.

Cherrye

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Cherrye. In answer to your question: I'd rate this book PG-13. There's plenty of sexy fooling around between Derek and Elly, but I close the door when they enter the bedroom. I wouldn't recommend this story for kids.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks, Shanna. I'd definitely follow Derek anywhere he wanted to take me.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by.

Téa Cooper said...

Hi Sandra! Great to be hopping with you. Love the sound of your book - and the cover!

Ashley Nemer said...

Great Blog site really enjoyed it!! And I enjoy picnics too

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I had a picnic last weekend and enjoyed it. Before that, it had been a while. Thank you for stopping by today and leaving a comment.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love that scene! Thanks for sharing it and making me "feel" summer. I already have the book....maybe it's time to reread it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Laurel-Rain. I had fun writing it, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.