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Everyone loves a quiz! That got me thinking about the heroes in my books… Let’s see which of my summer book characters you’d fall for! Are you more Summer at Oyster Bay’s Charlie Peterson, Summer by the Sea’s Jake Buchanan, or Love Me for Me’s Pete Bennett? Good luck!
(a) tucking them under the legs of your man
(b) curling up under a quilt
(c) travel somewhere warmer
(d) all of the above
(a) visiting an island
(b) flying to a beach
(c) kicking back in your back yard with good friends
(d) They all sound great!
(a) be with your family
(b) see a good band and have a few drinks
(c) start a project around the house
(d) I’d like to do all of these at one point or another
(d) Any of these!
(a) a cookout
(b) a home cooked meal, made by your significant other
(c) take-out from your favorite restaurant
(d) All of these are totally fine by me.
(b) co-piloting a plate
(c) horseback riding
(d) They all sound fun.
Tally up your A’s, B’s, C’s and D’s. Which number was the highest? Check below to find your book boyfriend!
Mostly A’s: Pete Bennett – Love Me for Me
Mostly B’s: Jake Buchanan – Summer by the Sea
Mostly C’s: Charles Peterson – Summer at Oyster Bay
Mostly D’s: All 3 of them!
This coming Thursday, June 9th, my sixth book Summer at Oyster Bay will be released! If you remember Libby from Love Me for Me, she’ll be making an appearance, as Summer at Oyster Bay is set in the same location, Virginia’s Northern Neck peninsula. Why do I have two books set there? Because it’s one of my most favorite places.
I visited just the other weekend, and snapped a ton of photos that looked as though they’d jumped right out of my mind while writing the book! So, to whet your appetite, I thought I’d share a few pictures from the novel! Hope you enjoy them! If you’re a fan of Pinterest, I have an entire board dedicated to each book and there are lots more images to see for Summer at Oyster Bay! Here’s the link: www.pinterest.com/jhaleauthor/summer-at-oyster-bay/
Wouldn’t you agree that life is better with sand between your toes?
I am delighted to share with you the details of my latest novel! It will be released June 9th, but is available right now for preorder. The links are below! Introducing SUMMER AT OYSTER BAY!
They say falling in love is easy. But what if you know it’ll break your heart?
For Emily Tate, returning to her charming childhood home Oyster Bay is like coming up for air after the fast pace of her city life. At the farm her grandfather built, surrounded by sister Rachel’s chatter, Gram’s buttermilk biscuits, and the soft, white sand, Emily is reminded of exactly who she is and what she holds most dear.
When Emily starts work at elegant Water’s Edge Inn, Charles Peterson, the handsome new owner, asks for her help. He wants to expand and needs Emily to teach him the local ways, so he can convince the planning commission. Emily vows to make him fall in love with her hometown, just the way it is.
At work, Charles is reserved and serious, yet once Emily has him kicking off his shoes in the sand and sailing across the glistening Chesapeake Bay, she sees another side to him, and their easy rapport feels like the start of something big.
But when it becomes clear Charles’s plans for the inn involve bulldozing Oyster Bay, Emily is heartbroken. Will she lose her home and Charles all at once, or can she save Oyster Bay, and give true love a chance?
Summer at Oyster Bay is the perfect, feel-good summer romance, about the importance of home and family, learning what love is, and living in the here and now.
Why do I have cookie baking in Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses? To me, Christmas is mostly about love and how that love is shared with friends and family. Growing up, we used to bake an old Amish family recipe for sugar cookies. My mother remembers her aunt baking these cookies when my mom was a child, and then she made them for me when I was growing up. We’d cut them into different shapes, add icing, sprinkles—all sorts of things. Since it was my mother’s family recipe, I asked her if I could share it, and she agreed. After all, Christmas is about sharing, right? So, from my family to yours, happy holidays!
Aunt Mary’s Amish Sugar Cookies
In Bowl 1: Mix together 6 ½ cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Separate bowl (Bowl 2): Mix together 1 cup soft butter, 3 cups sugar, 2 eggs unbeaten, 3 tablespoons vanilla, 1 cup sour cream (Fun fact: It was originally written “commercial” sour cream because the Amish got their cream from their milk and the recipe was rewritten for us.)
Add flour mixture (Bowl 1) to Bowl 2 and beat or mix with hands until well mixed.
Place in refrigerator and chill for one hour or longer.
After that, roll out dough, cut cookies, and add to well-oiled cookie sheet. Bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.
My three Christmas books are set in Richmond, Virginia, so I thought I’d share photos of Christmas decorations from Richmond! I think Abbey in Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses would love these! 🙂