The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and the scent of burning wood fills the air. It’s Autumn, folks! And even though I’m in Texas, where the change of the seasons isn’t very dramatic (we go from green leaves to dead leaves), I am loving the new hint of chill in the air–even if it does only last for the morning.
I’m jealous of folks who live in the Northeast. Instead of just feeling the change in the air, they can see it all around them.
We recently returned from a trip to New York, and the view of New Jersey from the Cloisters was amazing. And all the falling leaves and crisp air encouraged some serious skipping and dancing and playing!
I’ve only lived in Texas and Southern California, and it’s just not the same. Though we do try. In Orange County, my husband and I once cranked up the air conditioner in November and lit a fire (why there was a fireplace in an OC apartment is beside the point). It was … nice. At least until the cats decided the next day to explore the ashes and got little kitty footprints all over the white carpet!!
Last year during this season, we had a little couch on our back patio, and every morning, I’d take our invalid cat outside and read while she explored the yard. She’d gotten too old and sick to jump the fence, but she would sit back on her haunches, lift her nose to the sky, and breathe in the smell of fall. I was right there with her. There’s something spectacular in the air when the seasons change.
This year, Tiger’s gone, but I still want to pull on my fuzzy socks and go outside in the mornings and read.
Do you like to read in the crisp air? If you do, be sure to check out my books, including Release Me, coming in January! In fact, in honor of Autumn and backporch reading and Release Me‘s upcoming pub date, I’m doing a book-oriented giveaway.
There are all sorts of things you can do to win! You can pre-order the book, or you can do fun things like cast Nikki or Damien for my imaginary movie, or you can even suggest a name for a character who will appear in both Claim Me and Complete Me!
Just check out the Rafflecopter below. BUT REMEMBER, the Rafflecopter is only for the prize for THIS blog. If you want to be entered to win the AUTUMN HARVEST BLOG HOP GRAND PRIZE, you must, must, must leave a comment on this blog entry which INCLUDES YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Remember, the Hop has THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains 10+ paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
(everything but the swag prize is international!)
The contest runs through November 12!
DON’T FORGET! If you want to be entered for the Autumn’s Harvest Grand Prizes, you must, must, must comment below AND leave your email address IN your comment!
Just got word that the LinkyLink has disappeared. Here’s the list of folks to follow for the Hop! (If LinkyLink gets fixed, these folks will show up twice. Sorry ’bout that!)
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So tell me … what’s your favorite thing about Autumn? Or, just say hi!!