Tagged Summertime

Reading-Photo Contest winners announced

How I loved all the entries! I planned on one prize but had to expand it to three. An independent judge chose the winners.

First-place winner: Girl on a train
First-place winner: Girl on a train

First place went to Carole J. of Calhoun, La., for a terrific photo of her friend reading on a train. The back story: “My friend Morgan T. and I were on our way to the village of Cruden Bay in northern Scotland. One of our favorite authors, Susanna Kearsley, set her novel ‘The Winter Sea’ at Slains Castle, which is just north of Cruden Bay. We took the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and then the bus from there. It was a long day but worth the adventure. Slains Castle is a beautiful sprawling ruin full of history and character, bringing the novel alive before my very eyes.”
Carole chose a $50 gift certificate to Amazon as her prize.

2nd place: A friend, a book & a dog
2nd-place winner: A friend, a book & a dog

Second place went to Lorraine L. of Benbrook, Texas, for her photo of a friend at a lake house. Dog Annie added to the photo fun. These two friends were reading Jodi Thomas’ “Harmony” books on their e-readers.
Lorraine receives a $20 gift card to Starbuck’s.

3rd-place winner: Reading takes us away ...
3rd place: Reading takes us away …

Third place went to Kimberley M. of Hornbeck, La., for her fun photo of herself reading in the hammock in her back yard. “The book I was reading was called ‘Dancing on Shattered Glass.’ It’s a book set in south Louisiana and is about a girl that finds herself in an abusive relationship although she knows it’s not pleasing to God. Also her mother prays for her throughout the story.”

This was our first-ever Kitchen Couch Summer Reading Photo contest. Photos could be shot anytime, anywhere, and all are used with permission of the subjects. We read on trains, boats, in RVs, at the beach, in hammocks in our yards, on porches …and on the kitchen couch, of course!

Now, on to our autumn reading! Tell us what you’re reading. Leave a comment below and let’s talk books!

Do you have a summertime “play” list?

“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry Jamesdownload film Kong: Skull Island 2017 now


When I was a kid, summers were eagerly anticipated, full of weeks spent at my cousins’ house in southeast Arkansas, trips to the library and the city pool, and Vacation Bible School.

Friends and I stayed out in the yard playing Kick the Can until it was so dark we could not see each other and moms up and down the street were calling for us.  Our games were punctuated with catching fireflies.

Add more playtime to your to-do list

The Henry James quote in today’s post makes those memories flit around in my mind on this hot Louisiana day.  With summer more than half over, it’s time to revisit my summertime “play” list and make time for more fun.

I want to enjoy the early sunrise and take a long walk in the park before the day gets hot. I want to sit in the porch swing in the late evening and chat with my family. I want to lie on the Kitchen Couch and read Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new novel, “The Haven.” (That’s my latest read in the Kitchen Couch Summer Reading Club.)

How about you? What’s something you loved to do during childhood summers? Can you slow down and have some fun before school starts and the busy fall schedule begins? Any good books to tell us about?

 Post a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of “Wreath,” my Young Adult novel,  just named a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award (my first time to final in any fiction contest)! And congratulations to a Georgia reader who won a signed copy of “The Guest Book” by MaryBeth Whalen and “Downtown Green,” 5th book in the Green Series, in this week’s blog drawing.

P.S. If you haven’t read my Green Series, “Gone to Green” is free today (July 24, 2012)  on Kindle, Nook and other e-reader sites. http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Green-Series-Abingdon-ebook/dp/B004GHNII4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1339177720&sr=1-1