End of Summer
I admit to mourning the end of summer. But not for long. The fall in Sonoma County is absolutely beautiful. Time for a writing weekend at the Kenwood Inn and Spa. Expensive, but worth it, I have a gift certificate from a grateful client.
We usually rent a room up top, where we walk out of the heavy metal doors, can sit out on a tiled patio and overlook about 300 acres of turning vineyards. My favorite time of year here. The days are warm, the nights starting to chill but still sweater weather, and the colors of the valley floor are spectacular.
We usually leave the heavy curtains over the door, but leave the door open so we can hear the waterwheel churning all night long. We ask for extra wood for the fireplace. When I’ve stayed here by myself, I write sometimes all night. It is the setting for my time travel romance. I have a steamy scene in this very pool which finaled in an erotic contest in 2010. My heroine goes for a midnight swim in the nude, comes upstairs to her room, and watches the man of her dreams materialize in the mist at the pool’s edge.
Some places are just conducive to writing. Some are not. And it changes, for me.
This time around, I’m going to focus on finishing Fallen SEAL Legacy. The story is really starting to excite me again. I love it when loose ends start being clipped or woven into the story, and the whole piece becomes a rich tapestry.
I love the great quote I just got from award-winning author of SEAL Team Twelve series Marliss Melton:
“Fans of Navy SEAL romance, I found a new author to feed your addiction. Finely written and loaded delicious moments, Sharon Hamilton’s story-telling satisfies like a thick bar of chocolate.”
This means a lot more to me now that chocolate is no longer in my food plan. Did I tell you how much better I feel without flour and sugar? It has literally changed my life. But I get the quote. Being compared to rich chocolate is not a bad thing at all.
Yes, I will mourn the loss of summer. Time to get ready for the deluge of plans I have for the new release. A book trailer coming up. We’re trying to organize a trip back east to be with my son and his family there. Want to visit the SEAL museum in Florida and maybe rent a house on one of the outer islands for a week.
Lightening up our load here in California (getting rid of the chickens, the koi and being less fussy with the gardening this year) has given me more free time to do other things. Writing is one of them. Like an old friend, it welcomes me. And now I have a best-selling book to boot. Accidental SEAL has been in the top 100 Amazon Kindle Store for 6 weeks in a row. I’m stoked.
Life is good. Very good!
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Oooo, I'm jealous! Enjoy! 🙂 Really, I'm happy for you. I hope you have wonderful visits, both Kenwood and Florida. Congrats on the top 100. WHOOHOO!
We all love our work, but to have it sell, meaning others like it too, that is so affirming.
Congrats, Sharon. I'm so happy for you!
Thanks, Julia. You know it is a nice feeling…
Those are beautiful pictures! I wish I could go there and relax right now.
Nutschell, we could do a writing retreat when we all hit the lottery!! If one of us becomes Nora, or some such wonderful fantasy.
Love seeing you here!
Congratulations to you Sharon. I've been away traveling and now I'm back ready to visit everyone and to be visited. I absolutely love the "Valley", and I've never gone, just dreaming from the views of others right now.
Debra, you and I would get into great trouble, and some time when you can come to Northern California, we'll inspire each other with a great writing day! I feel very blessed to live here, all things being equal.
The traveling sounds fun! I'll have to find out what you were up to. thanks for coming back!