Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The dog days...uh, cat perhaps...of summer!



By Lizzie Turner from A Killer Read,
an Ashton Corners Book Club mystery.




Yikes!  I have only a week and a half of summer holidays left. Where did the summer go, I ask you? Sure, it’s been hotter than normal, so we really know it’s been summer. That’s a good thing if you like it hot but it’s sure played havoc with our local farmers. It breaks my heart o hear about the crop failures and that some are even contemplating giving up farming. I try to show my support by shopping at the outdoor farmer’s market set up in Glendale Park each Saturday morning. I also to it for myself – nothing beats the flavor of fresh tomatoes, corn and my favorite, sugar snap peas.

But I digress. One week to go and I haven’t even left town. I usually try to get away for a couple of weeks – someplace really special. I’ve been to London and Paris – I just love the beauty of the centuries old buildings. I’ve even tried a week on the breathtaking coast at Monterrey. But somehow, this year’s planning just slipped by. I think I’ve had too much of a certain police chief on my mind. Since Mark Dreyfus and I started dating awhile back, I must admit to developing a bit of tunnel vision.

Mark and I have managed to get away for the odd weekend – which I’ve loved. But since I’ve just finished getting all my prep work done for the new school term, I’m in need of a real holiday. One week away. But where?

Since I’ve left it so late, it needs to be on this side of the ocean and country. I’m not a beach bunny but I do love the ocean; I also like small scenic villages with lots of cultural events; also, hiking around the countryside.

 Can y’all give me any suggestions? What’s your idea of the best summer holiday?


A Killer Read, #2 on the Barnes & Noble Mystery Bestseller List
 Visit Erika at www.erikachase.com and on Facebook. Also found tweeting at @erika_chase. 
Read and Buried coming Dec., 2012 from Berkley Prime Crime, available for pre-order.

7 comments:

  1. A good scrounge around every vintage market and dealer I can find!! THAT'S a great vacation!

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  2. Come to my hometown, Charleston SC. We have history, gardens, and great eating! Or if you want to get away, Callaway Gardens in GA will help you relax. Have a great vacation. I have a feeling you're going to need it!

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  3. A week at the lake with my kids and grandkids gets me going. I just got back from doing that. My all time favorite vacation spot has got to be Kauai. It's like being in the Garden of Eden.

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  4. That's tough, Lizzie. I have the same problem. A quaint town on the beach would be nice.

    ~ Sophie

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  5. What terrific ideas...thanks, everyone. Sophie...if I find the ideal location, I'll give you a call. Maybe we can slip away from our authors for a break.

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  6. I love San Francisco this time of year.

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