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Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer of Love Blog Hop

***UPDATE Monday, August 19***

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the Summer of Love blog hop!
  • Laurie is the lucky commenter who will receive a gift e-copy of Just Beyond the Garden Gate.




From August 12 through 18, I’m participating in the Summer of Love Blog Hop and gifting one e-copy of Just Beyond the Garden Gate to one commenter who leaves a comment describing their favorite summertime memory. If you wish to join in the fun, include your email so I can contact you if your name is drawn from the straw hat. Feeling shy? Email me at Dawn at DawnMarieHamilton dot com instead.




 
I’m a Leo. Summertime has always been special for me. What better time to fall in love? Oh, the summer nights! Visiting the boardwalk at the Jersey shore or the local firefighters’ carnival. Holding hands with a special guy while walking the beach at the lake, watching fireflies—lightning bugs as we called them—in the trees.
 
 
 
 
One such memory inspired a scene for Just Beyond the Garden Gate...

She stared in awe. The faerie knoll was a mysterious place. Hundreds of small dazzling white lights flickered around them. The sparkling lights hovered near the ground and up high, in the grass atop the knoll and in the nearby tree branches. The scene reminded her of her childhood, of watching lightning bugs, little glowing fireflies dancing in the night. She thought the sight amazing, and beautiful.

“This place is known as the Sithichean Sluaigh. Legend has it the knoll is a habitat for faeries. I have heard the old folk say beams of brightly colored light are seen here on starless nights,” Patrick said with a dancing twinkle in his eyes.
 
What is your favorite summertime memory? Leave a comment below for a chance to receive an e-gift copy of Just Beyond the Garden Gate. Please remember to leave an email addy.

Then click Here for a complete list of participating blogs.

~Dawn Marie


 

18 comments:

  1. Hi Dawn Marie,
    Keep up updating us on your tour stops.One of my favorite summer memories is the drive-in movie theatre. Went when I was a kid and took my children to the same theatre.

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    1. Hey, Morgan! I loved going to the drive-in. We'd play at the playground before the show started then change into our jammies. Such a great family outing. Shame few still exist.

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  2. My favorite summer memory is spending time at the beach. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hello, BookLady! I loved the beach too. I grew up in New Jersey and had family at the Jersey shore. Great memories. :)

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  3. I did a lot of traveling during the summer when I was younger. Those are some of my favorite memories.

    pjmillion(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hi, Pam! Traveling is so exciting. We traveled cross-country (US), twice, when I was a kid. It was great! Can you imagine traveling back to a different time?

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  4. My favorite summertime memory is traveling in the Smokey mountains with my family. It's almost like another world over there.

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    1. Hello, Jodi. I've spent a bit of time in the Blue Ridge. I bet the Smokeys are eve more remote. Love the mountains.

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  5. My favorite summer memory is spending time at the beach. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi, Laurie! I love the smell of an ocean breeze. During college, I hung out at the beach with friends in Belmar NJ. Beach blankets and chairs with barely room to walk between. Great fun!

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  6. donna(dot)durnell(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    Actually, I think my favorite summertime memory is when my daddy would take us camping and fishing. iI can remember our family of 4 going with my mother's sister's family of 4 to the northern mountains in NM. We four kids had a ball together, playing, hiking, fetching water, etc. Of course, we weren't the ones doing the work of setting up the camp or cooking on a campfire.

    That's many years ago - My sister & I and our 2 cousins are now all grandparents! Our own parents have been gone for several years, and my younger sister is now the *glue* between us cousins. :)

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    1. Sounds like a great memory, Donna. My family camped also. We had a pop-up trailer and traveled and camped at a lot of the National parks and local state parks. Our pop-up wasn't like the ones they have today. It was a canvas tent on a metal base. Great fun!

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  7. My favorite memory is going to Rehobeth Beach as a kid with my parents. That was always the best. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Carolinewaddell1985@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Caroline! The beach seems to be a big hit with our memories. I recently moved to Southern Maryland and we sometimes listen to the Delmarva NPR station. They often mention Rehobeth Beach. :)

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  8. My favorite summer memory was when I got to spend the entire summer with my grandparents, I usually only got to see them once or twice a year. My grandmother taught me how to quilt and my grandfather took me fishing. I had the best time ever. Thanks for sharing the hop and the giveaways. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Such a wonderful memory to have, Eva. Very special.

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  9. going to the beach with friends

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. The beach seems to be a big hit with many of us. :) Now that I'm older, I'm not sure how I took so much sun.

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