Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Runaway With Me by @JoanReeves

I started writing today's post and thought I should call it the Cranky Report because I sound so...well, cranky.

The Cranky Report brought to you by an author who needs a vacation!

(Giveaway Alert. Details at end of post.)

You see, I'm growing mildew from all the rain and continued flooding in Houston.

I've spent the last 4 1/2 months as companion to my daughter while she recovers from 2 surgeries so I'm behind on every single thing I do and am tired just thinking about playing a summer-long game of Catch-Up.

My kitchen is in Week 3 of a 2-week renovation project. I'm seriously tired of eating Marie Callender Chicken Pot Pies, sandwiches, and fast food because by the end of a day of having my ears bombarded by hammering, sawing, drilling, and pounding, I'm too tired to go to a restaurant.

Yes! Lovely Beach. Soothing ocean sounds.

What To Do?

Escaping this madhouse to a tropical beach is #1 on my list of what to do and where to run.

Yes! The sound of the surf, the spray of the water, seagulls wheeling in the sky and diving, blue skies, blue ocean.

I chose to use all of those elements in a short video I made a few years ago.

Watching it just now made me feel good because this is as close to an ocean as I'm going to get for a while.

This video must make others feel good too because HIT THE BEACH: Sand, Surf, & 4 Romantic Comedies has over 4,200 views! Watch it now and tell me if it lifts your spirits.


To win an audio edition of one of the books mentioned in the video, just leave a comment with your email address and tell me what's your favorite kind of escape? This Giveaway closes at 8pm CDT on June 14. See Details below.

Bonus Giveaway

Click YouTube on the video player above to watch on YouTube. Then click the red subscribe button on my YouTube Channel and leave a comment on HIT THE BEACH. That enters you in a Swag Bag Giveaway that includes a T-shirt, flashlight pen, memo book, and other goodies. Subscribers to my mailing list/NL WordPlay, and those who comment on designated blog posts will be entered in this Giveaway which closes at midnight June 27. See Details below.

Giveaway Details

(1) Winner selected by random draw and notified by email no later than 1 week after giveaway closes.
(2) Bonus Giveaway Swag Bag is awarded if winner is in continental U.S.
(3) If selected winner of Bonus Giveaway is abroad, Smashwords coupons for ebooks will be given.
(4) Giveaways close as indicated above.

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  1. I'll go! Waving madly from my slightly mad life and needing a vacation soon. I hope we can find our way to the beach!

    1. Cool. That Beach Boys song is resonating in my brain this morning. Think I'll go find it on InfiniteLoop and let it play all day.

  2. Replies
    1. So we are the 3 amigas so far. I did put Kokomo on InfiniteLooper. Here's a link if y'all want to listen along. Love that song. It's so summer.


  3. I watched the video. It looked so inviting and I even hit the subscribe button. Id love to go to the beach as an escape. I have never been on a beach and would love to go !!

    1. Thanks. Inviting was just what I was going for.

      Leave your email if you want to be entered in both giveaways.

  4. I am lucky enough to live a stone's throw from a beach. Definitely my go to place to feed the soul.

    1. Once I lived on a rocky cliff overlooking the East China Sea. A winding path led down to the beach--not sandy at all but wonderful nevertheless.

  5. Well, at least you're getting a remodeled kitchen! That's pretty cool.

    1. I thought about it ever since we bought the townhouse 3 years ago. The previous owner had just finished remodeling it--beautiful cabinetry etc. but traditional floor plan, completely closed off from rest of downstairs. It's turning out great! Guess I'll have to thank my French publisher because last year's French royalties are paying for it.


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