Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hot Summer Nights Blog Hop

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Congratulations to RleeSmith, winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and shared summer memories!

Welcome to the Hot Summer Nights Blog Hop! 
When I think of hot summer nights, I imagine a collage of images, sounds and smells made up of the memories of summer past. There are the fireworks in my town, where we go and sit in lawn chairs watching colors explode on air.  And  teenage summers spent at dances by the lake, the music loud while a thousand stars sparkled overhead. And another, earlier memory of the same lake when I was a little girl, my mother slathering me in suncreen, the water cool and inviting on a hot day. There is the ocean beach, with a kaleidoscope of umbrellas and the smell of hot dogs and suntan oil mixing with the smell of ocean salt. And over there are the sunsets on Cape Cod Bay, my husband's arm draped over my shoulder as we watched the sun sink into water, the sky painted the most amazing shade of rose and lavender. 

What's your favorite summer memory? Tell me about it in a comment here between May 22nd and May 29th  for a chance to win a $10 Amazon card. (Be sure to include an e-mail where you can be reached if you win) You'll also be entered in the Hot Summer Nights contest, with a chance to win some wonderful grand prizes including a Kindle Fire and $100 Amazon gift card. Make sure to visit all the blogs along the hop. The more you visit, the better your chances of winning! 

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  1. my favorite summer time memory is having picnics with my family on the beach

  2. summer with the whole family on the beach were always so much fun ^_^

    rosemchallen [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. Hot summer nights? I remember hot summer nights in the Guyana jungle that included scaly iguanas, mosquitoes, muddy toads the size of dessert plates and glimpses of long sinewy shapes, the fading light flashing off their gold and brown fur as they swung through the branches of our huge mango trees. Noises from the trees, howling and indescribable, made us stir uncomfortably as we sat under the palm thatched roof of our side porch. My mother's lit cigarette end, pulsing a red arc from her lips to the heavy crystal ashtray. The clink of ice cubes in my father's cocktail glass. The distant putt-putt of our gardener's idling motorcycle, as he let himself out of the compound for the evening.

  4. I remember that after huge rainstorms playing in the flooded street and having a ball.

    susanmplatt AT Hotmail DOT com

  5. Summer means the beach. Always so much fun.


  6. I love every time I play outside with my kids. We love BBQing & relaxing.

    ncprincess96 at yahoo dot com

  7. My husband had never been camping before he met me. The first time we went to the mountains, a hurricane blew in. His only pair of shoes got soaked, and he tried to dry them by roasting them like hotdogs over the campfire. So funny!
    Kimberly Comeau
    casey 446 at hot mail dot c o m

  8. My favorite memory is going to my grandma's and spending the whole summer with her.


  9. Making homemade pizzas after coming home from the beach.
    Thank you for taking part in this hop.
    Irene Rosa

  10. Summer? In the UK? That would be nice... I hope it arrives soon...

  11. No stories. Hate summer and I stay inside with the a/c.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  12. This summer, for me, features two weddings and although I'm not married nor do I plan on getting married, it's always fun attending a summer wedding. There is something sweet about them that inspires the imagination to think happy thoughts.

  13. There are so many good summer memories it's hard to pick just one! Let's see... One great summer memory that I can recall is going to the New Jersey shore, which was really cool being in the mountains of PA usually, with my cousin (I can't recall which beach exactly) who was a lifeguard. It was the first time I was left to my own devices. I was so excited but, being the nerd I was, the first thing I did was find a book store. At the time I was into Sweet Valley High books and found a new on that I hadn't found near home so I was thrilled! Next I went and got a big ol' container of boardwalk fries (or boardwalk awesomeness) and a big giant soda followed by a huge thing of fudge (hey I was a teen, calories stayed a way and I actually had a metabolism, unlike now). I sprawled out on a towel in the shade (I burn looking at the sun) and stayed there all day long. It was great!!

    Thanks for the giveaway chance and I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a great summer.

    Shelly H.

  14. My favorite summer hot nights were spent trying to cool off. We always went to the beaches in San diego to do that. What fun!

  15. Packing a picnic and going with my best friend to watch fireworks.


  16. This year I'm going to Wyoming for a family wedding. It will be spent with BBQ's and games and just being in the company of love ones. It is going to be the best ever.

  17. Thank you and GL to everyone! jmelter(at)gmail(dot)com I love swimming and bbqing

  18. MY favorite summer memories are from the beach in south carolina neonangelwings(at)yahoo(dot)com veronica vaughn

  19. My best summer night was when my fiance proposed on the deck of a ship overlooking a gorgeous glimmering bay :)

    Thanks for sharing the giveaway! such a generous prize!!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  20. My favorite summer memory is just hanging out with my family and playing games :)


  21. My favourite memories are associated with the summers I spent living with my grandparents. So many good and funny times I will never forget


  22. My favorite summer memories are all about trips and love. In a hot summer night 3 years ago I met the man of my dreams. The scenario was perfect, there was french champagne and a paradise and exotic beach. It's hard to believe, but it was a dream come true.
    alifeamongbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  23. My favorite summer memories are long, lazy days spent reading at the beach.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  24. Visiting my parents in Australia.


  25. Going to the summer Fair - games, rides and elephant ears!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  26. My best summers were spent going camping with my Dad, just the two of us (and in a family that routinely had between six and thirteen kids, that was saying something). His special place to take us was waaaaay off the beaten path at a place we just called The Dunes. Not another car for miles. Stars so big and bright, you could see them reflected in the water down where we would fish. If the moon was full, the coyotes would come out and dance in their crazed way. In the daytime, you could see sidewinder tracks in the sand and sometimes the pawprints of some wandering dune cat. We would fish for hours and then go back to camp where he would read or play the guitar and I would cuddle up in a sandbank and play with the beetles that lived there. I loved those beetles--huge in my little-kid hand, all shiny-green-black-purple with itchy little legs and pinchy pinchers. I suppose there must have been other summer things we did back then, but I can remember none of it. Summers will only ever be three days, two nights, the moon and the sand and the beetles.

    purplhouse AT yahoo DOT com

  27. My favorite summer memories are of swimming at my grandfather's lake cabin.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  28. My favorite summer memories are spending time with my family swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. favorite summer memory was 2 years ago when i spent a month in Jamaica!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. My favorite summer memory is going to Disneyworld. Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Camping overnight with friends and a bonfire.

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  32. Summers to me is having my daughter home, sleeping late, and grilling a lot.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  33. Hi! Sounds like a great book! One of my favorite summer nights was when my cousins, siblings and i camped outside, we stayed up all night, scaring each other, telling stories, playing board games, etc. We even stuck away to the park and played on the play ground for awhile. My parents were very, very strict. Getting away was so much fun and freeing! Its one of my favorite memories! Thank you for taking part in this awesome hop! Its so much fun! Its wonderful meeting and seeing so many great people! :)

  34. Love having summer bonfires with family and friends.

  35. Thank you all for coming by and sharing your wonderful summer memories!