It starting to get chilly out, officially sweater weather here and we are getting in the fall spirit today along with the authors of the FALL INTO LOVE Anthology! Check out their favorite autumn things below and enter to win an ebook copy of this anthology at the end of this post.
I love the Fall. I think it’s my favorite season. Here’s my top 5 list.
- Changing leaf colors. I love the drive from my place in the valley to the coast and looking at all the beautiful colors on the trees as they change.
- Halloween! My daughter was born on halloween so it’s been a favorite holiday in my family for a long time. We go crazy with the decorations, each year getting a little bit more crazy.
- Cooler weather. I do enjoy summer and getting to swim, but man do I love it when it cools off and I can sit outside with a nice breeze with the leaves falling and the weather inspiring me for new ideas on writing.
- Family time. I really get into cooking this time of year and spend hours researching new recipes, especially soups and comfort foods. I will write a lot more cooking scenes in my books in the Fall and we have more family dinners as we all settle down from Summer.
- Thanksgiving. This is the end of Fall and the beginning of entering a new season. I love having all the family sitting together enjoying a great meal and laughing and getting excited for more holidays to come. I think I love the beginning and ending of seasons as it’s also new beginnings in life.
- The grin on my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels’ faces as they run through the fallen leaves. They’re both middle-aged now, but when they hop into a pile of orange and yellow leaves, they transform into puppies again.
- Sipping a hot beverage around a fire on a cool night all cozied up in a blanket, reading a good book or watching my favorite TV show that came back on the air.
- I love decorating with them, carving them, admiring them, but most of all I love to cook with them. The scent of pumpkin bread baking in the oven warms my heart and the taste of spicy-sweet pumpkin pie with a gingersnap crust soothes my soul.
- College football. As a university professor, there’s nothing quite like seeing school pride displayed around campus on a game day.
- Texas State Fair at the historic Fair Park. Hands down the best state fair in America with its crazy fried food concoctions (deep fried sweet tea or fried pumpkin spice Oreos), Big Tex statue, carnival rides, and the scent of Fletcher’s corny dogs wafting through the breeze. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that locals and visitors alike must try.
- Cooler temperatures – I’m not much of a summer person. I love the cool, crisp air.
- Watching the leaves change color. It’s like seeing a painting come to life each year!
- Pulling out the big, cozy sweaters.
- Sipping apple cider (extra points if it’s while reading a good book or writing a new one).
- The first snowfall of the year. It always happens in the fall, and it’s always a magical moment (I’m so very Lorelai Gilmore).
- Red wine. In the summer, I’m pretty faithful to my favourite Sauvignon Blanc, but once the weather turns chilly, I always find myself reaching for a bottle of Malbec when I want to curl up in front of the fireplace and relax.
- Using my slow-cooker to cook absolutely everything. Fall is the season for long-simmering comfort foods and my slow-cooker makes the house smell delicious all day.
- Taking my kids to the pumpkin patch. Every year, we get together with a bunch of friends for this annual tradition. Our local pumpkin patch is pretty epic with a petting zoo, corn maze, pirate ship play structure, and hayrides, so it’s easy to spend the better part of a day there.
- Taking long, hot, relaxing baths with my e-reader.
- Autumn sunsets. Living on the West Coast, my family spends a lot of time at the beach. And while it’s beautiful anytime of year, the way the setting sun hits the ocean is nothing short of spectacular.
- Fresh apple cider! The local orchard makes their own and its is SO GOOD.
- The colors of fall. I live in New England and the leaves are stunning this time of year. I love sitting in my back yard just looking and…
- The smell of Fall. I love that crispness that fills the air when it starts getting cooler out.
- Fires in the fire pit. Yes you can do this in summer too, but I love bundling up in a thick sweatshirt and sipping apple cider with a fire crackling.
- Beef stew. Its one of my go-to meals when it starts getting colder out and I look forward to that first one all year long!
Released: October 17th 2016
Published by Pocket Star
Cuddle up and fall in love with this collection of five wonderful romances. Whether you’re in the mood for saucy or sweet, small town or big fame, sports or cooking, this anthology has it all, featuring a novella from New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne and your new favorite debut authors: Sara Rider, Samantha Joyce, L. E. Bross, and Rachel Goodman.
Once Taken by Melody Anne: A new lodge has opened in the hills of Montana and its owner, Jenna Pine, just wants to make it through another lonely Christmas. One night she says a prayer out loud on her balcony, never imagining that anyone would be listening, or that she’s about to get more than she could ever hope for.
For the Win by Sara Rider: What happens when you fall for your biggest competition? Sara Rider scores with this charming romance about soccer stars battling their tough opponents and playing the field of love.
Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce: Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in her own skin.
Right Where You Are by L. E. Bross: In this smart, snappy romance—the first in the Second Chances series—a college senior finds herself sentenced to community service, where she happens to meet a bad boy who might just be exactly what she needs.
From Scratch by Rachel Goodman: This critically acclaimed novel, hailed as “smart, sexy, and funny” (Publishers Weekly) is a down-home, feel-good Southern romance that explores one woman’s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn’t quite suit her tastes…