‘Summer Begins’ Blog Hop


Thank you to all who stopped by to share what smells remind them most of summer. I enjoyed chatting with all of you! And now thanks to random.org we have a winner – congratulations Pam Mayes! Check your email for an email from me 😀 

Welcome to the Candlelight Reads ‘Summer Begins’ Blog Hop! 
There are giveaways at each hop, so make sure you visit them all!

The theme is: Summer has just begun! What’s your favorite thing about summer? What kind of trips do you take? Anything special happen when summer begins for you? 

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been excited about the start of summer. When my children were little, we would count down the days until summer vacation. I don’t know who was more excited – them or me. Now my youngest has finished up another semester at college and I was still excited for the last day of college. You’d think I was the one breaking free from school lol.

What I love most about summer is the lazy, laid back feel. Life seems to slow down. It’s all about spending time outdoors in the sun. And books. Everyone seems to be searching for those great beach reads.

Though my book doesn’t take place during the summer, it does take place during my favorite time of the year – autumn.  Danna runs away from the altar and her own small town only to end up in another small town – with the groom from another wedding! One thing after another keeps them tied together and it seems everyone else knows what’s best for them before they do.



Off and running! In her frenzied quest to escape from a groom her father has chosen for her,Danna Rashba ‘borrows’ a limousine parked on Main Street. The last thing on her mind is finding a groom from another wedding in the backseat. What are the chances that the bride and groom from two different weddings running from the altar on the same day? The last thing Danna wants is a hostage as she tries to escape from her nuptials.

The last thing Eric Harmon wants is to be saddled with yet another spoiled, needy woman.He’s furious about this wrench in his plans, he accuses Danna of stealing. He wants to send her home in a cab as soon as they get to the nearest town, but Danna refuses. Much to Eric’s frustration, one thing after another seems to keep them tied together.

Soon the generosity of a local shopkeeper and several people in town have them mistaken for newlyweds. Danna and Eric find themselves stepping into the role as husband and wife leading them to realize they just may be each other’s ‘match’. But will Danna be able to stand up to her rigid, old fashioned father and choose her own husband?

Available at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Husband-For-Danna-Christina-Lorenzen-ebook/dp/B00MTACNG8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-husband-for-danna-christina-lorenzen/1120159014?ean=2940150676497

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-husband-for-danna

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/a-husband-for-danna/id910744337?mt=11


***     And now for the GIVEAWAY!     ***

For a chance to win a $5 and a pdf copy of A Husband for Danna, all you have to do is comment below and tell me which smell reminds you most of summer. 

You’ll need to give your e-mail address to comment, but it won’t be published!

The winner will be drawn on May 26th and contacted by Christina soon after.

Now hop on over to these other blogs and have a go at winning their prizes, too!


1. Dreaming Awake 2. Barbara Cool Lee’s Beach Summer
3. Bonnie Blythe’s Pure Romance 4. Heather Gray, Inspirational Romance
5. Sharon Kleve Romantic Ramblings 6. Amber Daulton
7. Jennifer Chambers 8. laurenmariebooks
9. Joanne Jaytanie 10. Grace Augustine
11. Natalie-Nicole Bates 12. Christina Lorenzen
13. Angela Ford – Romantic Escapes 14. Krysten Lindsay Hager, author
15. Musing About The Writing Life 16. Helen Pollard – contemporary romance
17. Orsayor @ Book Referees










24 thoughts on “‘Summer Begins’ Blog Hop”

    1. Ah, that smell of salt water. The perfect scent to go along with a good book and hours on the beach. The birds have been singing here for the last few weeks and it’s been such a welcome sound after a long cold winter 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Lynn and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

    1. Oh, Jonella, how I wish we had lilacs in my yard! Now that’s a scent I would love to have just outside my window. Looking forward to lots of grilling and watermelon this summer 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

    1. Judy, freshly cut grass seems to be the most popular summer scent. After a long cold winter I’m happy to hear the buzzing of lawn mowers in my neighborhood 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

  1. Awe summer! Love it! I love the smell of cut grass and approaching thunder storms. When i smell either, i always think, summers here! lol Thank you!

    1. Oh, the best part about summer is thunderstorms! I just love watching a good lightning show from the safety of my house 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

    1. Kathy, I thought I was the only one who loved the scent of sunscreen. Just says summer to me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again!

    1. The smell of the ocean is both relaxing and invigorating to me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Stop by again soon!

    1. Rita, after the winter we’ve had I am so looking forward to warm weather. I too love to read on the patio and this year I have a swing that will make it even better. Enjoy your summer and thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

  2. I love the smell of fresh grass. But, summer smells around me are typically masked by the heat. I live in TX, so that is associated with heat.

    1. Another vote for fresh grass! Dawn, I’ve heard about those hot Texas summers. Don’t know if I could handle that heat. I hope you have an enjoyable summer and thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ll stop by again soon! 😀

    1. Hi Tina! Fresh cut grass has been the most popular scent so far but lilacs are in the running too. I sure wish I had a lilac bush in my yard to enjoy that scent. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

    1. Cassandra I agree with you. I love the smell of fresh cut grass wafting into my windows during the summer months. Just another reminder to enjoy all these scents before the next season rolls in. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon! 😀

  3. Because I spend so much time in the yard during the summer, I think the smell of dirt makes me think of summer. (You didn’t say it had to be a good smell. :))

    1. Hi Pam! No, I didn’t say it had to be a good smell lol. But actually I like the smell of dirt. Takes me back to my childhood when I would spend days with my grandfather digging in the dirt to plant strawberry plants. I like the smell. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

  4. Kathy Heare Watts

    Smells that reminds me of summer is fresh fruit and vegetables. I love it. We have a garden and I enjoy picking, eating and even canning the vegetables. I love all the fresh fruit you get this time of the year, just had our first cantaloupe and it smelled and tasted so good.

    1. Oh yes, Kathy! There is nothing like growing your own fruits and vegetables. I love going out to the garden and bringing in what we’ve grown to eat at our table. Right now I’ve got peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant, zuchini and carrots planted. Can’t wait to go out and pick a harvest. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

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