The Sweet Dregs of Summer #mgtab

The last mouthful of a glass of iced tea is sweeter than the rest because the sugar settles to the bottom. Summer is like that too. The first weeks stretch, long and leisurely, full of lingering golden light. At the beginning of the season, eons of time seem to lie ahead.

Then August hits. Then the end of August. The light is still glorious, but it fades earlier and earlier each night. The air is still warm, even hot, in the afternoons, but a crispness beneath the heat whispers rumours of fall. The days are sweeter, more poignant because they’re the last sips of summer.

And just like I tend to slow down midway through a drink, not wanting to finish it before I absolutely have to, I find myself trying to fend off September, spending as much time as I can outside, and allowing myself more breaks to soak things in, knowing—hating—that the bright months will be over soon.

This year I had the treat of houseguests to help me squeeze extra juicy goodness from the month. They stayed a few weeks and while I worked every morning because hey, we gotta eat and pay the bills and all that, I took off big chunks of time, too. We went on more than one day trip and stopped to look at things that I’ve always meant to, but hadn’t got around to yet. (That’s why you should always invite summer guests. It forces you to stop taking the place you live for granted and to get out and play in your home terrain with new eyes.)

As ever, I marvelled at the things to see here. We drove the crazy-bumpy, jungle road down into the Kitimat River where an expanse of round white stones stretches along the brilliant blue-green river as far as the eye can see. I posed by a fallen tree whose roots alone made me look miniscule.

We went to the fish hatchery and saw a mind-boggling amount of chum—so many, so close together, that the aqua river looked black where they huddled and churned, fighting to get up a pipe so they could spawn.

I finally explored an ancient looking set of moss covered stone steps out near Alcan. Apparently they once led to some now-no-more Hudson Bay Company building. I prefer to think they mark the entrance to a long forgotten castle.

Me, the wood nymph! Photo credit: Vello Sork

We camped at Furlong Bay and if there’s a more beautiful campground anywhere, I don’t know where it is. The light playing through the dense, mossy trees was amber and magical. I saw a massive Great Horned owl. The beach was practically empty. Best of all, however, were the huge, rotted out tree stumps we discovered. They were like doorways into other worlds.

We meandered along the highway to Prince Rupert and got lost in the varying shades of blue, blue, blue—blue water, blue sky, blue mountain vistas. Then we were dizzied by all the greens. We daydreamed about the tiny islands. We oohed and ahhed over fresh halibut and salmon being cleaned on the dock and savoured the fishy-salt scent of the ocean.

And one evening, I came across this quote from Henry David Thoreau: I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least, and it is commonly more than that, sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.

I don’t usually get four hours outdoors per day—I wish—but I so relate to his sentiments. Even as I type, the sun’s dipping lower. And as you read this, the days are growing shorter once more. Quick! Pour one more iced tea and head outside. Drink up every last sweet dreg of our gorgeous summer.

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“The Sweet Dregs of Summer” by me, Ev Bishop, was originally published in the Terrace Standard, June 25, 2014 as my monthly column “Just a Thought.”

Ev Bishop lives and writes in a remote small town in wildly beautiful British Columbia, Canada—a place that inspires the setting for her cozy sweet romance series, RIVER’S SIGH B & B.

Book 1 in the series, WEDDING BANDS, is FREE right now, so go to your favorite eBook vendor and grab your copy today!

Ev also writes and publishes under the pen name Toni Sheridan.

In addition to writing novels—her favorite form of storytelling!—Ev is a long-time columnist with the Terrace Standard and a prolific scribbler of articles, essays, short stories and poems. To see her ever growing body of work, please visit her website.

When Ev’s nose isn’t in a book or her fingers aren’t on her keyboard, you’ll find her hanging out with her family and dogs, or playing outside with friends, usually at the lake or in some garden somewhere.

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Hello and happy Friday!

It’s been super chilly where I live—unseasonably so, in fact. (Like 2 degrees at night; that’s barely above freezing! Brrrr!) Today, however, the sun finally popped out for a bit.

Between the delicious (unfamiliar!) brightness and heat and a week of new release fun and craziness, my brain is totally addled, LOL. So much so that I nearly forgot it was my day to post here, lovely Author Billboard fans. Ooops and so sorry. That would never do!

If you were watching for REELING and missed it somehow, like I mentioned above . . . it has launched and is ready for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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And if you’re looking for a little more Friday fun, pop by evbishop.com right now and comment for a chance to win the great prize below! (Just click the previous website link.)

 

 

And that’s it for me today. In honor of the warm balmy evening and my impatience to get back outside and enjoy it, I’ll keep today’s offerings short!

Wishing you a lovely sun and book-filled weekend,
😊 Ev

Ev Bishop lives and writes in a remote small town in wildly beautiful British Columbia, Canada—a place that inspires the setting for her cozy sweet romance series, RIVER’S SIGH B & B.

Book 1 in the series, WEDDING BANDS, is FREE right now, so go to your favorite eBook vendor and grab your copy today!

Ev also writes and publishes under the pen name Toni Sheridan.

In addition to writing novels—her favorite form of storytelling!—Ev is a long-time columnist with the Terrace Standard and a prolific scribbler of articles, essays, short stories and poems. To see her ever growing body of work, please visit her website.

When Ev’s nose isn’t in a book or her fingers aren’t on her keyboard, you’ll find her hanging out with her family and dogs, or playing outside with friends, usually at the lake or in some garden somewhere.

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Hello and happy early April greetings!

I hope spring has sprung in whatever corner of the world you inhabit. Here, we’re not so lucky (snow still covers everything—siiiiigh), but I’m bursting with energy and anticipation, nonetheless. It has to come sooooon—and meanwhile I’m keeping busy with a couple of very exciting things.

My latest River’s Sigh B & B novel is coming super soon! Like mid-May! Hooray! (Can you tell I’m excited? LOL. I think—hope—you’ll love it. 😍 ) Just to entice you, here’s a sneak peek at its gorgeous cover and back cover blurb.

Mia Grant, a one-time pop star, still bears emotional scars caused by a stalker who terrorized her for years—a person she inadvertently welcomed into her inner circle. She has come a long away in learning to manage the crippling fear and anxiety his savage attack left her with, and she books into River’s Sigh B & B to begin the grueling task of what she hopes will be the final step in her recovery. Determined to reclaim her old independence and sense of adventure and possibility, she vows to never let anyone get close enough to fool or injure her again.

The disfiguring scars on Gray Robertson’s body are nothing compared to those marring his damaged heart and psyche. A loner by nature, the brutal murder of his young wife and son made him a hermit. He lives off-grid in the wilderness of northern Canada with only his dog for company, finding isolation far easier to survive than loving people and having them torn away.

When his closest neighbor, Jo at River’s Sigh B & B, ropes him into giving self-defense lessons to some washed up musician, Gray figures it’s a safe way to make a bit of cash to see him through winter.

As Mia and Gray get to know each other, neither are prepared for the tumultuous, conflicting emotions that leave them reeling. In him, a convoluted mix of desire, protectiveness, and misplaced fury. In her, a complex stew of appreciation, longing, and apprehension.

Then a foolish decision puts Mia’s life in peril and forces a question she and Gray both have to answer. Can love heal old wounds, or are they both too damaged to risk further hurt? 

If REELING sounds like a book you’d like to read (and I so hope it does!), click here sign up for my newsletter, Ev’s News, and get notified the second it comes out. (Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I will let you know very soon after it launches. I promise. 😉 )

And one more cheery spring thing: a great giveaway! How to enter? Drop by www.evbishop.com, and post a comment about what your favorite flower is for a chance to win this month’s very fun prize! Happy April and very happy reading!

Ev Bishop lives and writes in a remote small town in wildly beautiful British Columbia, Canada—a place that inspires the setting for her cozy sweet romance series, RIVER’S SIGH B & B.

Book 1 in the series, WEDDING BANDS, is FREE right now, so go to your favorite eBook vendor and grab your copy today!

Ev also writes and publishes under the pen name Toni Sheridan.

In addition to writing novels—her favorite form of storytelling!—Ev is a long-time columnist with the Terrace Standard and a prolific scribbler of articles, essays, short stories and poems. To see her ever growing body of work, please visit her website.

When Ev’s nose isn’t in a book or her fingers aren’t on her keyboard, you’ll find her hanging out with her family and dogs, or playing outside with friends, usually at the lake or in some garden somewhere.

The world is ours!

Mrs. Rabbit goes shopping - from The Project Gutenberg ebook of Peter Rabbit by Beatrox Potter.jpg

From The Project Gutenberg ebook of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

“There is something quite delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” ~ Beatrix Potter

I’ve always loved that quote . . . as a writer and as a reader. It is, after all, the most wonderful thing about books: how they transport us to countless other places and times. Through the experiences of fictional people that we come to know as well as (or sometimes better than!) our nearest and dearest, we joke and laugh, grieve and heal, say good-bye and fall in love—and have a million other adventures. Doing all this within stories we read helps us to be able to do it in our real lives too. It’s also just pure fun! 🙂

And speaking of fun, while you’re reading this note, I’m traveling by car and plane, visiting family scattered across the huge province of British Columbia. I’m also exploring the world vicariously via a good book every chance I get.

I hope you’re doing the same, and if you’re craving a romantic getaway adventure, give my cozy River’s Sigh B & B series a try.

 

 

 

 

 

Until I write again . . . happy travels, inside the pages of a book and out!

Betty Smith quotation.

 

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Ev Bishop lives and writes in a remote small town in wildly beautiful British Columbia, Canada—a place that inspires the setting for her cozy sweet romance series, RIVER’S SIGH B & B.

Book 1 in the series, WEDDING BANDS, is FREE right now, so go to your favorite eBook vendor and grab your copy today!

Ev also writes and publishes under the pen name Toni Sheridan.

In addition to writing novels—her favorite form of storytelling!—Ev is a long-time columnist with the Terrace Standard and a prolific scribbler of articles, essays, short stories and poems. To see her ever growing body of work, please visit her website.

When Ev’s nose isn’t in a book or her fingers aren’t on her keyboard, you’ll find her hanging out with her family and dogs, or playing outside with friends, usually at the lake or in some garden somewhere.