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Let’s Redefine the Summer Beach Read

Sometimes I’m a little slow. It took me awhile to work out that calling a book a nice summer beach read could be construed as a backhanded compliment. I like beaches. I like reading on them. I didn’t get it. It took someone really spelling it out for me to catch the insult.

I think their exact words were, “It would make a nice summer beach read, but it could have been so much more than that.”

Wait…what? So suddenly the books we choose to lounge on the sand with are set by default as casual? Not serious literature?. Hmm. I guess they’ve never checked my to-read-on-the-beach list.

You see, I’m a mom, a home school teacher, and an author. Like all moms everywhere, my time is full of activities, play dates, homework sessions, doctors appointments, conferences, scouts, 4-H, recitals, birthday parties and all the other stuff that goes along with the job. When I have a second free, as an author, I naturally fill it with putting words down on paper. Reading is a rare luxury, one I know I should do more often, but one that often gets shoved to the bottom of the list.

Until summer. Once mid June rolls around, one of my jobs falls away. I get the spring fever just as rabidly as the children. I’m free, free, free, and out comes the reading list. The summer beach reading list, I’ll have you know, and it is full of things the commenter above would be very surprised at I suspect.

I take offense at the idea that the books we choose to read in our leisure are by default casual or deficient in some way. I’ve read Shakespeare on the beach, and yes, the odd Harlequin too. I’ve read classics and scifi and romance and satire. Somehow, I doubt the presence of a deck chair made any of them less literary.

I’ve read humor in fancy places too, literary places, and I’ve read romances on the train. The point is, the point as I see it at least, is that we are spending our free time reading. Hurray for that. Because no matter where you are or what you choose to read, the fact that you did choose to read is the point.

So I say, in a world of arcades and shopping and internet apps and streaming television, music, movies and video games…we should celebrate the Summer Beach Read for what it is. A choice to read.
Whatever book you like. Whatever way you like.

Hurray for reading and beaches and having the time for both.

frances pauli DogsofWarVertigo (2)A modern day accountant with a level head and her feet firmly planted in ordinary reality, Genevieve doesn’t believe in past lives, demons, or true love. All of which seems like a perfectly practical approach to life until the thing that killed her in World War One decides it’s time to try again…

Genevieve Oliver doesn’t break the law. She doesn’t take risks, and she definitely doesn’t believe in anything weird. So getting pulled over for speeding on the way to pick up her new dog wasn’t exactly on her to do list. Even more surprising, the cop who shows up at her window seems familiar. She’s never seen him before, and yet, just looking at the man makes her want to cry. But Viv has her head on straight.

She shakes off the encounter and heads to the dog breeder only to have an old magazine photo trigger a full blown, past life flashback. Not only do the soldiers in the picture look like her and her mysterious cop, she remembers them, a memory that holds as much danger as it does passion.

Now Viv is bouncing between two lives and being stalked by something evil in both of them. As the love story of two soldiers unfolds, her own heart opens for a man who may not even be available. Not that she has time to worry about minor details. If she can’t figure out the demon’s identity fast, Viv could lose more than just her life. She could lose everything she never believed in.

About the Author: Frances Pauli writes speculative fiction, usually with touches of humor or romance, which means, of course, that she has trouble choosing sides.

She’s always been a fan of things outside the box, odd, weird or unusual, and that trend follows through to her tales which feature aliens, fairies, and even, on occasion, an assortment of humans.
More information on her work and upcoming releases can be found on her website.

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  1. The blurb for your book sounds very intriguing.
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  2. Thanks Jean! Good luck on the drawing. 🙂

  3. Thanks, Jean! Good luck on the drawing. 🙂

  4. I love dogs and fantasy, a combination of the two sounds awesome. Some of my favorite books are time travel ones, this sounds so interesting.

  5. Nice blurb

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  6. Thanks so much for commenting everyone. bn100 wins the extra copy of Dogs of War: Vertigo. 🙂

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