Friday, August 29, 2014

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Blog Hop and Giveaways
Summer Vacation ... now that's something I haven't physically experienced in a LONG time. A big thing about being an adult - means working! So this year, my 'summer vacation' wasn't a trip to the Bahamas, or a jaunt down to Corpus Christi. It was a get away inside a novel.

I have done A LOT of reading over the last few months. More than I have done in a very long time. One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to take a little time off of writing and do more reading. And I have really enjoyed it. I have traveled to loads of places. Met hundreds of people. And experienced emotional ups and downs like I never thought I would.

And all from my pajamas!

Reading is the best vacation - the best gift we can give ourselves.

Today (about a week before this post goes live) at work I had a lengthy debate about Americans and their enjoyment of reading. The guy who works with me said Americans have become lazy and don't read anymore. So I did a little bit of Googling and saw that about 76% of Americans read at least one book each year.

And he was right - that is VERY sad! 100% of adults and children should be reading. What an easy way to put ourselves in other people's shoes and experience life.

The argument also made me think of not only my reading audience for my books but for my blog as well. And that got me thinking about my husband. Maybe people aren't reading books as much as they used to but I think people are still reading. Reading news papers and blogs. Even listening to Pod Casts in an attempt to gain knowledge.

So maybe my co-worker was right that there is a decline of reading on the horizon but maybe I am right too. People do still want to read and become educated. Or escape their realities, even if just for a few hours.

Hopefully next summer I will have a more adventurous post to talk about but until then I am going to leave you with this series. It is a must have if you need a quick get away! I've done a few reviews of it and just loved it and when I think about summer, this series screams at me.

Also, don't forget, make sure you enter in the Blog Hop rafflecopter giveaway for $50.00 Amazon gift card and also enter my little giveaway. The gift card is sponsored by Christina Cole Romance. Whose books I also love!

And for a special bonus if you like my page, and a few others I have in here in my rafflecopter one lucky winner will receive a signed free copy of Special Assignment by my alter ego, Niki Becker. (US residents only for print book. Non-US will be an ebook copy)

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  1. It's hard to know what statistics to believe, isn't it? Book sales on Amazon are off the charts, and yet ... people aren't reading? Then who's buying all those books?
    The "Paradise Series" looks like a great series of books and perfect escapes for days when the weather turns dreary and drippy. I'm sure they'll find their way onto my Kindle.

    1. I hope you check it out each book gets better and better. I am really excited that Deborah Brown the author of those books has agreed to do a blurb for my next Maverick Touch book for the cover. She is a fantastic lady!