For the September Double Trouble Contest, I’m giving away two copies of “Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime” plus two $5.00 Starbucks gift cards. If you’ve already purchased your copy of “Happy Homicides 4,” check out “the loophole” in the contest rules.
If by chance you’ve missed all the hoopla about HH4, it’s an anthology of short stories and novellas featuring twelve different authors. For this contest post, I decided to ask my fellow authors what they like most about fall. Here’s what they all said.
Joanna Campbell Slan (joannacampbellslan.com)
I love the colors. When we lived in St. Louis, the views would take my breath away. Now that I live in Florida, I love how baby turtles hatch on our beach in the fall. Watching them struggle their way to the sea makes my problems seem ridiculous. I am in awe of nature, and fall reminds me that life is a series of seasons, each with its challenges and joys.
Nancy Cohen (nancyjcohen.com)
Living in South Florida, I love the drop in humidity. Along with this change comes cooler mornings ideal for taking walks. While Northerners face early snowstorms and Arctic blasts, we have our best weather with mild temperatures and sunny skies. Balmy sea breezes, blooming flowers, and gleaming beaches summon the snowbirds who winter down here.
Anna Burke (desertcitiesmystery.com)
Fall always has this fresh start feeling to it. I suppose it’s because of all the years I spent teaching. The campus came alive as college students arrived in droves, excited to meet friends—old and new. There was such a buzz about classes and football, too, of course. Fall felt like a blank canvas ready to be splashed with color or a fresh notebook with all those empty pages that would soon be covered with words–old and new there, too, hopefully.
Carole Price (carolepricemysteries.com)
We moved from Ohio to California in January 1980. Never move in the winter. I miss the four seasons but have learned to appreciate the fall here. It’s my favorite time of the year, not only beautiful but a renewal of spirit. I feel refreshed and excited, and I adore football. I still visit Ohio, family and friends, but not sure I want to shovel snow again.
Linda Hengerer (lindagordonhengerer.com)
I always loved fall’s feeling of a new beginning. The new school year began the Wednesday after Labor Day with new clothes, new notebooks, and new shoes. I’m long out of school, but to me fall still feels like playtime is over and new work is about to begin.
Maggie Toussaint (maggietoussaint.com)
I love fall because the air has stopped being too hot to breathe. I enjoy the interplay of the thinner light and denser shadows. And unlike the other seasons, fall has it’s own unique perfume. Fall is a classy dame!
Nancy Jill Thames (nancyjillthames.com)
Living in Texas, fall means a return to cooler temperatures and a gap before Cedar Fever hits mid-December and lasts through March. I love the autumn season because it provides fun at Halloween time and lovely turkey feasts at Thanksgiving.
Randy Rawls (randyrawls.com)
I’m hard pressed to come up with anything that makes me especially look forward to fall. Living here in South Florida, three seasons (fall, spring, summer) are wonderful, and the fourth isn’t far behind. So, autumn is just another perfect season coming at me. And, since I’m bald as a boiled egg, I can’t even claim the lack of humidity is good to uncurl my hair.
Teresa Trent (teresatrent.com)
To me fall means the sounds of marching band drums at football games, frosty mornings waiting for the school bus, badly carved pumpkins that look beautiful with a candle in them, Oktoberfest and caramel apples.
Lesley A. Diehl (lesleyadiehl.com)
Usually fall is not my favorite season, but this year after the brutal hot, humid summer, fall means we can now hike the woods and lakes around here—and no crowds or screaming kids. Ah, the sounds of nature.
Now you know what my fellow Happy Homicides 4 authors think of fall. For me, it usually means the end of our foggy season and a stretch of beautiful, warm weather. Cooler, longer nights are nice because I might actually get a bit more sleep. And then, there’s the anticipation of the holidays.
The Loophole: HH4 has been out for a couple of weeks and we’ve been pushing it a lot. If you’ve already bought a copy and are selected as one of the winners, I’ll substitute an e-book copy of one of my books. You get to pick which one you want.
Double Trouble Contest
What: This month, I’ve giving away two Kindle copies of “Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime” and I’m adding two $5.00 Starbucks gift cards. Two random entries will be chosen as winners. Each winner will receive a book and a gift card.
How to enter: Choose one or more of the options below. Each option gives you an additional chance to win.
Who can enter: This contest is only open to persons 18 years of age or older.
Winners: Selected winners must claim prizes within 72 hours of notification. Verification of entries: All winning entries are subject to verification.