The Season for Reading

Photo: Bill Lapp (Creative Commons Flickr)

Add hot tea, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book. Perfect! Photo: Bill Lapp (Creative Commons Flickr)

Ah, autumn. Bright days, crisp evenings, and the tang of fallen leaves in the air. I love everything about this season.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, autumn marks the return of gray skies and rain. And that means it’s time for staying home with a book.

One of my very favorite things is coming in out of the wet to find a bright fire on the hearth. The drumming of rain against the windows, the welcome warmth of a cheerful fire, and an engrossing read. Such a comfortable combination.

Even guys like this book! Here, my sons lend a hand with promotion.

“Wait, Mom wrote THAT? Aw, Mom, what the heck?”

I’ve heard that October is one of the best times to release a book. Due to a frenzied school schedule–I’m teaching a high school class after all! –I can’t guarantee that the Mercy’s Embrace relaunch will happen next month, but I’m trying.

Speaking of reading, there’s a Darcy By Any Other Name giveaway at The Calico Critic. Bless Laura Hartness, she took on Darcy–all 662 pages–along with starting graduate school. “I applaud Laura Hile’s work,” she wrote, “and am so glad I said ‘yes’ to reviewing Darcy by Any Other Name!”

My all-guy fan club

My all-guy fan club. Otherwise known as my sons: Ben, Michael, and Nathan

Come by, read Laura’s wonderful review, and enter to win a Kindle edition. Here’s the link. Her giveaway ends October 8th.

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7 thoughts on “The Season for Reading

  1. Gayle Mills

    So looking forward to autumn and cooler temperatures. Even though it’s here, it’s not HERE. Enjoy your rainy days and comforting fires, Laura. Snuggle up and let God wash His peace over you and through you.

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  2. Betty Campbell Madden

    Beautiful greyhound by the fireplace. She looks much like one of our five. And all of them liked having a bed there. We have a gas log for environmental reasons and the pilot light is always on, so it was a cozy spot for them. Now our three cats enjoy it, but I miss at least a couple of the greys and would like to have another if we didn’t travel so much.

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  3. Robin Helm

    Chloe, Mel’s dog, is a cuddler. I’m going to miss her when they take her back. We’ve had her since June.

    I love wrapping up in a blanket with a cup of coffee and a book. You’ve probably surmised that I’m a slug.

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    1. Laura Hile

      Let’s call them “Slug Moments.” There’s no way any slug can work five part-time teaching jobs like you do and still manage to consistently produce books. Cuddle to your heart’s content, and don’t omit the dose of caffeine.

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