Technically March 20 is the first day of spring, but as I write this post (on March 10), we have several feet of snow on the ground and a thin layer of ice covering everything. Last week the temperatures were below zero. This week, we should be above freezing.

With this kind of weather, it’s hard to remember flip flop days and bonfire nights. It’s also hard for me to relate to fictional characters who step outside into a wall of sticky, suffocating humidity (instead of freeze-your-nose-hair wind chills). That doesn’t stop me from reading summer-themed books though. If anything, it makes me anxious to open my windows and get back to the beach!

But I don’t always feel that way. I cannot read Christmas books in the summer. Maybe it’s because our summers are so short that I don’t want to rush the snow (even in my imagination), but I can’t read winter books in the summer—I have to wait at least until school starts so my mind is in the right place to even acknowledge that winter is on its way.

To be completely honest, though, I have occasionally picked up winter-themed book in the summer (usually in August, when it’s 90+ degrees and 90-percent humidity). That’s just not the norm.

What about you? Are you able to read outside of your reason? I hope so, because I’m about to shamelessly plug my debut novel, Summer Plans and Other Disasters! It released in September, and THIS week I’m celebrating its six-month birthday/anniversary, but it takes place during the summer on a beach, so you need to get in the mood for it!

To celebrate, you can get the Kindle version for 99¢ this week! I’m also giving away an Amazon gift card on Friday, so stop by my Facebook page, and earn an extra chance to win by signing up for my newsletter.

Not sure if this is the book for you? Here’s what people are saying:

“Romance sprouts all over these pages. We get to stick our toes in the water of Lake Michigan, venture around a lighthouse, and savor the summer sun. Callie is young, which really shows in the way she makes up the worst-case scenario for every situation. Her story is sweet, though, and guaranteed to give you a smile!”

“I loved this book! The characters are so much fun that you’ll keep reading to see what they do next. From Callie’s lists planning her life, to brother Jack being afraid to commit, this story is definitely worth the read. Lighthearted and an easy ready, it still teaches us that our best plans don’t always work out.”

“The romance is sweet. The action is hilarious. Ugh, how many times have I been in Callie’s shoes?! I don’t know much about the Michigan coast, but the author paints a beautiful picture that makes me want to visit. You won’t be able to put this one down and you’ll be begging for the sequel.”

So how’d I do? Pretty smooth transition, eh? I hope you’ll celebrate with me, and let me know—what’s your favorite beach book?

Karin Beery – Writer. Editor. Novelist. Karin writes contemporary fiction with a healthy dose of romance. Represented by literary agent Steve Hutson at WordWise Media, her debut novel, Summer Plans and Other Disasters, released September 15, 2018.

When she’s not writing fiction, she’s editing through her business, Write Now Editing. And when she’s not doing either of those, she teaches Substantive Editing for Fiction and Romance Editing through the PEN Institute. Karin is also the Managing Editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, where they publish stories that entertain, encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

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