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The Dog Days of Summer

Summer is upon us. It’s one of my most favorite times of year – fresh tomatoes from the garden, flowers blooming, and fireflies at night. I wish these shoe-optional, butterfly-chasing, long days would last forever. The neighbor’s cat has come over to hunt butterflies in our garden, and we’ve had a lovely break in the weather that’s just perfect for gardening. This year, we’ve had all manner of pollinators moving in – honeybees, carpenter bees, bumblebees, cabbage butterflies, swallowtail butterflies, and painted ladies. We even had our first hummingbird moth this year, which was the first one I’ve ever seen!

We often call these the dog days of summer, but did you know why? The ancient Greeks and Romans observed that the dog star, Sirius, would rise just before the sun this time of year.

And, like all good things, summer will vanish. And I’ve got a couple of limited-time events I’m participating in with giveaways and goodies.

First up is the Bewitching Book Fair – check it out for the chance to grab some free and discounted books, including a copy of my YA horror novel, FLESH. This is a fun one – one of my most favorite characters, a flesh-eating dachshund, makes an appearance. Details are here:

And I’m also participating in a new Wolf Pack Giveaway. It’s a great chance to follow some awesome authors and get introduced to some new books. Deets are here:

I hope that your summer is going swimmingly and that you’re getting the chance to relax and recharge your batteries. I’m heading out to read on the patio – I hope you’ll do the same!

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