Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Winner! Endorsments! Another Summer Read Giveaway!

Congratulations to Daisy over at Compost Happens!  I know you'll enjoy Mary Petrie's book, At the End of the Magic!  You know the drill, email me your mailing address and your book will be in the mail, STAT!  And if you didn't win, I hope you still check out Mary's book.

Speaking of winners, I need to brag up my own big win:

That, friends, is the loot from Blog This Mom and Gary Rith--chocolate and pot!  If you're not the proud owner of any Gary Rith pottery, get thee to his website forthwith!  I already have bought mugs and bowls on a few occasions, gorgeous, durable, whimsical stuff.  LOVE it.  I can't wait for a cool evening so I can whip up a fancy pot o' gourmet chocolate ...

What am I saying?  I live in Wisconsin.  I can wait for a cool night.  It's summer--the best season in the year!  I've neglected this blog because I've been playing outside.  Team Testosterone and I went on a canoe trip last Friday, we've been biking, swimming, hiking, picking stuff out of the garden, reading in the hammock, enjoying the hot sunshine and bare feet.  Mr. T's working on his Eagle Scout project, Mr. B started football ("real" football this year, with pads and a big helmet), the boys make regular trips to the gas station to buy firecrackers and soda pop, they're building a new bridge and fort in the Back Forty.  We spotted the first Monarch caterpillar on a milkweed yesterday and the crickets sing us to sleep every night.  Life is full of sweetness right now.  The hot chocolate can wait.

But books can't wait and here's another summer read I'm giving away:

Suzanne Casamento  has a new YA novel ready for her audience, Fingerprints.  Here's the back cover summary:

When her mother remarries and their house is invaded by her new stepbrother and stepsister, Savanna is extra grateful for her amazing boyfriend, David. But as his thoughtful ways become increasingly controlling, Savanna seeks help from her mom, only to find that she's too wrapped up in her new family to care.

Left to deal with an abuser on her own, Savanna turns to her best friends, Jane and Tally, for help. What was supposed to be a fun summer for the three best friends turns into a series of twists to break free from a stalker.


Sound good?  I'm a fan of the YA novel, they're usually heavy on plot and story, light on long stretches of description. 

Every comment is a chance to win Suzanne's new book.  I'll pick a lucky winner next Monday and I've got three more book giveaways up my sleeve to keep summer rolling--stay tuned!

Spill it, reader.  Your favorite part of summer, before things get cold out there.

© 2014 Melissa Westemeier All Rights Reserved


  1. Best part of summer? The lazy days with no schedule, no place to be and not always something to do...

  2. I like the sound of that book and well done on your win.
    You should come visit us, there's plenty of cycling (it's flat in Norfolk), canoeing (lots of water ways) and hiking (plenty of nature trails) - that is when it's not raining! I just love the long school holidays when there's less moaning from the kids and lazy days, no packed lunches to make, just picnics when we fancy it.

  3. As soon as I saw the pot I said "Gary made that!"
    My favorite part of summer is that my daughter the teacher is home and always up for a beach day or TV show marathon.

  4. Fun days. This summer has been laid back for the first time and I have enjoyed it. The book sounds really good and i will say the cover and title made it a book that I would pick up. :)

  5. Congratulations to Daisy and you! Wait! Please tell me that the chocolate tea was also in the bag!

    It sounds like a sweet, sweet summer indeed.

    In addition, and finally, dude, I would like to win Fingerprints, thankyouverymuch.


  6. A New Book! Fun! I emailed you my mailing address. If you'll be in the area, I can give you a first hand tour of the garden. :)
    "fingerprints" looks like a very valuable YA story!

  7. Hi! Thank you so much for doing a Fingerprints giveaway! You rock.

    I, too, am enjoying Summer! Just being outdoors and always having the windows open and driving with the top down has been so refreshing.

    Summer is also the perfect time for family! I'm very excited because my brother, his wife and their three girl gaggle (All 5 and under!) are coming to visit tomorrow. Which reminds me, I need to find my earplugs. ;)

  8. Sitting on the patio watching the kids in the little pool or on the swingset, and after they are in bed, sitting in the screen porch with Troy, listening to the Brewers and reading a book. I'm making this summer as relaxing as I can...perhaps that's why this baby is taking so long to show up! :)

  9. I'm Daisy's mom, and she agrees that our small summer garden of seven large pots on the patio is a gorgeous celebration! Bright colors flourish, and two very tall tomato plants add the vegetable component. We love it.

  10. Favorite part of summer is camping/outdoor cookery/gardening/warm summer evenings and cooled off mornings ... road tripping through WI ... my list could go on and on.

  11. I should have been reading more YA fiction in preparation for school, but I couldn't resist tackling some titles on my OWN list. Keep recommending so that I can add to the list I keep for my classroom library!

  12. I love your win! His pottery is fantastic!

  13. Okay, you just gave me hope that I can use the last bit of this summer properly. I have been fretting over the lost summer (because of too cool weather, too much baseball, not enough adventure) but there is still time! Thank you for that!
    I love all the activities you and your boys do. That is exactly the kind of stuff we like to do around here too.
    I hope the rest of your summer is just as fantastic!

  14. You won! Hooray!!

    Good luck to Mr. T. SnakeMaster needs to get started on his own pretty soon.


Spill it, reader.