LASR Anniversary: Elizabeth Fountain – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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I still expect summer to be different. Slower, somehow; fewer demands. More spontaneity. A break from the busy routine.

It’s been over three decades since the turn of the calendar to late June through early September meant ‘summer off’ from school, but that rhythm lives on. Truth is, when I was a kid, ‘summer off’ held a certain level of dread for me. The hot summers in my smallish town held few options for a girl like me who wasn’t athletic, adventurous, or popular. I remember many summer days spent indoors, sipping cold Cragmont grapefruit soda, reading a favorite book: Horse stories like My Friend Flicka, Misty of Chincoteague, and the Black Stallion; mysteries starring Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys; the occasional Judy Blume tale snuck home from the library.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStill, though I looked forward to the cooler days of fall and the chance to return to the routines of school, those years engrained in me the expectation that summer should be different. Nowadays, a break from the busy-ness of everyday happens so rarely, in any season, it becomes a thing of wonder. Longer, warmer days call out for a change, but seem to fill with more and more tasks so quickly. Making an adult living doesn’t offer us the ‘summer off.’

Maybe all that industry is good, but I think the kid in us, the one who expects life to slow down, has some wisdom to impart. Maybe we need to remind ourselves to grab a cold drink, find a shady spot, and open a favorite book.

And let summer be different.

elizabeth fountainyou-jane_300dpi (2)Jane Margaret Blake’s problem isn’t her drinking. Sure, she’s missing work, and forgetting she’s already fed her cat, who’s getting a little fat. But Jane’s real problem is the reason she drinks: she writes stories that come true and wreak havoc in her life. In her “fables” animals, people, angels, and the Universe itself conspire to destroy Jane’s last chance to be with her old love, or, just maybe, to bring her into the arms of a new love. Years ago, a fable pushed Jane’s best friend Charlie into marrying another woman. Now another fable shoves Charlie’s little boy in front of an angry dog  – or worse, a wicked spirit bent on getting Jane and Charlie to face the truths they’ve spent a lifetime avoiding. As her drinking and writing spiral out of control, Jane must finally discover how to write her own happy ending.

About the Author: Elizabeth Fountain left a demanding job as a university administrator in Seattle to move to the small town of Ellensburg, Washington, and pursue her dream of writing novels.  She started writing in grade school; fortunately, most of her tortured high school poetry and song lyrics are lost to posterity. Her first book, “An Alien’s Guide to World Domination,” is a tale of people, aliens, and dogs who face the impossible, and do it anyway.  Her second novel “You, Jane” was published by Champagne Book Group in June, 2014. She takes breaks from writing to teach university courses, spend time with family and friends, and take long walks while leaning into the diabolical Kittitas Valley wind. Liz strives to live according to a line from British singer-songwriter Chris Rea: “Every day, good luck comes in the strangest of ways.”

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  1. Thanks to the folks at LASR for inviting me to the anniversary party!

    Post your comments here for a chance to win the You, Jane notebook, and get started on your own happy ending.

  2. Nice cover

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  3. What a lovely post, Elizabeth! Since my kids are still school age, we do get to enjoy a break from routine come summer! It is fun to have that be part of marking the passage of time each year 🙂

  4. Hey Liz,
    I think we read the same books growing up. My daughter is now a big Nancy Drew fan. 🙂

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