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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Surf, Sand and Books Event with Robin Bielman


When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas.

She is a 2014 RITA® Finalist, loves to frequent coffee shops, and plays a mean game of sock tug of war with her cute, but a little bit naughty dog, Harry. She cherishes her family and friends and loves to connect with readers. Get the scoop on Robin, her books, and sign up for her newsletter on her website at robinbielman.com.


Top Ten Favorite Things About Summer

Hi RFTC readers! I’m so happy to be here to celebrate summertime and books—two of my favorite things. And the surf and sand? My favorite place to be! Thanks so much for having me today, Dani, and for hosting this EP event.

This week is an especially happy one for me: my tenth book released on Tuesday. So to honor that number, I thought I’d do my Top Ten Favorite Things About Summer.

1) Ice cream. Yes, you can eat this any time of year, but I’m one of those people who is always cold, so I love when it’s hot outside and I can have some mocha chip without shivering.

2) Sleeping in. Since I don’t have to worry about getting my youngest up for school, I can sleep a little later. For a night owl like me, this is a good thing.

3) Summer movies. I can’t wait to see Jurassic World, Mission Impossible, The Fantastic Four, and if I must, Magic Mike XXL. ;)

4) Strawberries. I love them and they are especially yummy in California in the summer.

5) Days at the beach. I’m fortunate that I get to spend lots of days at the beach all through the year, but they are especially nice on warm summer days spent with my hubby.

6) Lazy days with my family. Sometimes the best days are when we do nothing.

7) Baseball games. A night with the Dodgers or Angels, eating hot dogs, doing the wave, and standing for the seventh inning stretch is always a perfect summer night.

8) Outdoors eating. Sitting outside in the fresh warm air for breakfast, lunch or dinner is one of my favorite things. (As is eating. But that’s a 365 days a year occurrence.) 

9) The Surf Rodeo. This is one of my favorite July activities. It’s an amateur surf competition where the contestants wear different bright-colored cowboy hats out in the water. There’s food and music and last summer there was even a surfing dog!

10) Beach reads. One of my all-time favorite summer reads is Jenny Han’s Summer Series. Oh, how I love those books. Another one that has stuck with me: The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells. This book made me cry like I’ve never cried before while reading a book. And more recently I really loved Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton. Right this moment, though, my favorite summer read is BLAME IT ON THE KISS.

What is your favorite thing about summer and what book(s) are you most excited to read in the coming months? Let’s dish in the comments!


The one guy she shouldn't want...

Honor Mitchell has lived with guilt and regret for a long time, so when she promises to do the things on her dying best friend's wish list, she's determined to follow through and do something right for a change. But when she's thrown together for wedding duties with the one man who complicates her vow--just by looking at him--she has to put her faith in Bryce Bishop's pledge to help her, no strings attached.

Bryce's near one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's best friend a few months ago might have been a mistake, but helping the beautiful, free-spirited Honor with her promise isn't. His trust in women is shot, but he can't help but play his best man card to his advantage and help Honor tick off the items on his ex's list, even if it puts him in a no-win situation. Because his assistance might get Honor what she wants, but suddenly being the do-good guy puts his plans--and heart--in serious jeopardy.

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42 comments :

  1. I love sitting in the sunshine with a romance novel & a glass of homemade lemonde the most about summer.

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    1. Hi Jo! That sounds perfect! Do you ever make strawberry lemonade? That's my favorite. And uh, I may put sugar around the glass rim to make it extra sweet and yummy. :) Happy summer!

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  2. I love the sun and the warmth. Here is Cleveland, OH we don't have much of that during the winter so it is a nice change. I'm most looking forward to Carly Phillips' Dare to Rock book.

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    1. Hi Sue! I'm a sun and warmth kind of girl, too. I hope you gets lots of both this summer! Carly never disappoints - I love her books, too! I've read the first in the Dare series. I need to catch up on the rest!

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  3. Hmmm, Baseball games, BBQs, Camping, Icees, Ice Cream, Road Trips, Gardening, and reading outside.

    I'm looking forward to reading SunKissed Anthology, Jesse's Girl, Wicked Ride, Ride Steady and the Duke Can Go to the Devil.

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    1. Hi Sophia Rose! I love your list! *jots down Icees on mine* Happy reading and happy summer!

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  4. I love sleeping in and not having the morning chaos of school. I love the heat, going to the pool and 4th of July. My birthday is also in the summer, July 11th. I am looking forward to reading When You're Back by Abbi Glines, Again by Elizabeth Reyes, Secret by Kindle Alexander, Grey by E.L. James, Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst, and Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye. I could go on and on. lol

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    1. HI Marcy! Happy early birthday! Yes, mornings without the chaos of school are sooo great. :) Happy reading this summer! I hear you on the long list of reads. I always say I really need more hours in the day!

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  5. Enjoying our pool, visiting local attractions, eating local produce!

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    1. Hi Linda! Sounds lovely! Say hi to Mickey and Minnie for me if you hit Disney World. :) Happy summer!

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  6. I'm really excited for the release of Melanie Moreland's book Over the Fence. Maya Banks' new Slow Burn book should be coming out soon, too, and Laura Kaye's Hearts in Darkness sequel called Love in the Light.

    Thank you for the post and giveaway! Fingers crossed. :-)

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    1. Hi Lindsey! Oh my gosh! Laura has a sequel to Hearts in Darkness coming out? Squee!! I didn't know that. Super excited now. Thank you for stopping by! Happy summer and happy reading!

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    2. Yes, her sequel should be released in August, so YAY! Can't wait to read that. :-)

      Happy Reading to you, too!

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  7. I love having extra time with my boys--they grow up so fast!

    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise! Oh my gosh, is that true. My oldest is graduating from college tomorrow and I swear he was just in kindergarten. Enjoy the summer with them! How many do you have?

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  8. I like having extra daylight to do things with my son. I look forward to reading Lori Foster's Buckhorn Summer, Melissa Foster's Healed By Love, your It's in The Kiss, Marina Adair's Sugar On Top, Kristen Ashley's Ride Steady, Maya Banks Darkest Before Dawn and Bella Andre's Breathless In Love--so many more😉

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I like the extra daylight too. Your reading list sounds great - enjoy!

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  9. I like the more relaxed atmosphere that summer brings.

    Besides your new book ;) I'm really looking forward to reading Hard To Let Go, part of Laura Kaye's 'Hard Ink' series.

    Marcy Shuler

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    1. Hi Marcy! Aw, thank you! Summer is definitely more relaxed, which is sooo nice. I hope yours is very happy, too!

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  10. I'm looking forward to vacation weekends in NY and VT and a week at the Cape with family. I'm look I'll ng forward to Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins and Jill Shalvis' new books...as well as this one!

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Oh, your weekends sound wonderful! I have to ask, are you a Yankees fan? I haven't read anything from SM (yet), but love KH and JS! Happy reading! And thanks for including me on your list! :D

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  11. I love the beach in summer, but hate the heat. In summer I just read what ever takes my fancy from my reading list.

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    1. Hi Mary! You know, I think I read the same way you do. I have so many books in my TBR pile that I usually just pick the one that fancies me at that moment, too. Happy summer!

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  12. hi robin! I love the greek islands and the green blue sea with their amazing sunsets! I devour icecream and I love to stargaze, in the summer the stars are so bright! I cannot wait to read the song of david by amy harmon

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    1. Hi Elena! Now you've really got my wanting to visit Greece! Happy summer and happy reading!

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  13. I love the beaches and picnics with my family during the summer. The heat not so much! Hahaha! Not sure what books I'm looking forward to this summer. A lot of my favorite authors will be releasing new books throughout the summer.

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    1. Hi Jane! Beaches and picnics sound perfect to me. I hope it doesn't get too hot where you are. Me? I love the heat. The hotter the better. :) Happy summer and happy reading!

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  14. The warm sunshine and picnics. I look forward to reading Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

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    1. Hi Joy! I hope you get lots of both this summer! And happy reading!

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  15. I love the sunshine, not the humidy though, snow cones, fresh juicy peaches, lazy days (to read), hammocks and floating on my back in the pool. :) I'm looking forward to reading Hazel Gaynor's Memory of Violets and whatecer else that catches my eye. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750. (at) all (dot) com

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    1. Hi Carol! Peaches are a favorite of mine, too! Actually, your entire list sounds heavenly! Happy summer!

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  16. My favorite part of summer is the sunshine and blue skies. It's so pretty when it's just a beautiful summer day.

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    1. Also looking forward to reading Jill Shalvis' Second Chance Summer and Susan Mallery's Kiss Me.

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  17. the beach; shards of hope

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    1. Hi bn! Happy beach days and happy reading!

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  18. I love the warm weather after a harsh Ohio winter. I'm looking forward to reading Sand Dollar Cove by Nancy Naigle.

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    1. Hi Brooke! I hope you get lots of warm days! Happy reading - I love the name/title Sand Dollar Cove!

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  19. I like that me and my family & friends can have more time at night to BBQ's and just set around doing more things.In Tucson the day is just to hat to do much so I really like to do the midnight summing. As for books there are so many books that have come out or are coming out plus off of my trl that it is so hard to choose sometimes. I get Book Over Load.

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    1. Hi Felicia! I hear you on the book overload! LOL Have a happy summer!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by everyone! I really enjoyed reading your comments! (And have added to my TBR pile!)

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  21. My favorite parts of summer is the hot weather and ice cream. I'm looking forward to reading what's on my TBR pile.

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  22. Love going to the beach. Looking forward to books by Lora Leigh and Doris O'Connor.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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