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Come On In Outta That Heat, Don't Dawdle, The Air's On.

Great googly-moogly! Today is the first day of summer. I hope you're all enjoying the hop and are prepared to win stuff from some of your favorite authors. If you're lost or out of the hop loop, you can access it from here:

Not that kind of peeper.
Summer is my favorite time of year. Tan lines, flip flops, shorts, sunshine, and sweet ice tea. Okay, sure, it's practically sub-tropical here in the Midwest, but I love the long days (shh, don't tell me they'll start getting shorter from now on, I don't want to hear that), quiet evenings spent on the porch around the citronella candle, and the sounds of the peepers and cicadas.

You're getting a two-fer today. Let's start with a tie-in with the Friday Five, since the hop is running all weekend, I'm going to spout off five facts about the solstice. So settle in, pour you a lemonade, prepare to learn and read, and maybe even win something.

 The Druids celebrated the Summer Solstice as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", thus resulting in the belief that June is a lucky wedding month.

The solstice coincided with the flooding of the Nile in ancient Egypt. They believed it was the goddess Isis mourning for her deceased husband Osiris.

 Pagans built bonfires and jumped over them, believing their crops would grow as high as they could jump. (Is that where the saying "that really burns my ass" is from?)

 In ancient Greece summer solstice was the one month countdown to the Olympic games.

 Scholars believe Wyoming's Bighorn medicine wheel, built by Plains Indians, aligns at sunrise and sunset and was a sight for the sun dance, which began on the solstice.

And for your reading pleasure, a steamy first kiss from the steampunk romance novel I very recently decided not to release this summer, The Sky Pirate's Wife.

He brushed his fingers along her jaw, toward the back of her head where her neck and skull met. A series of hairpins held her curls up. With one or two quick movements, he slipped them out, letting them fall to the floor. The bottom of her hair tumbled down around her shoulders, creating a veil over the creamy skin of her neck.
"Ah, Sophie. You are a vision." He wanted to bury his nose in her hair. He wanted to sweep her up and carrying her into his room, watch the dress slide into a puddle at her feet and bare her skin.
She didn't seem to notice he'd ruined her hair. Her face tipped up to his. She wanted to kiss him. Her tongue ran over her lower lip, moistening the skin there. Hemmel help him, he was going to do everything he'd just considered if she didn't step away now.
Sophie,” he said again.
Her hands curled into this jacket. It wasn't enough force to pull him down to her level, but he went at the tug of cloth anyway.
Kiss me, Alwin. Right now. If that will get you out of here, if you won't be satisfied until you kiss me, then do it.”
Hardly the words he wanted to hear. He liked flattery as much as the next man, but he smiled at the challenge. “You are something else, meisje. I haven't figured out what. Aye, I want to kiss you, and when I do, you will forget everything except that kiss, do you understand?”
Her eyes widened and she leaned in closer. Tempting him. She'd realize his attraction now for certain. But if she did, she didn't raise the point.
Do you believe that you can resist kissing me?” Sophie's voice was soft, a mere whisper against his face.
Of course I can.”
For a few long seconds, they looked into each other's eyes, each silently daring the other to make a move. They relented at the same time, a meeting of desire and hot flesh. Van Buren's tongue parted her lips. One hand crept into her hair, stroking the soft tresses. Firm breasts pressed against his chest. His other hand slid down the silk dress to cup her bottom.
Sophie didn't struggle. She was almost boneless, pliable against him. Her hands gripped his coat as though she couldn't turn loose. The hot, dampness of her mouth urged him to kiss her with hunger he hadn't realized he'd possessed.

Eventually you'll have the opportunity to read the rest. But for now you'll have to be satisfied with something else. To kick off summer here at Have Novel, Will Edit, I'm giving away a pair of earrings. Sorry dudes, unless you're into dangley angels. Your prerogative entirely. You could always give them to your S.O. or sister. They're super cute, handmade, little angels with white glass bead skirts. I have a pair of green ones that I wear. Very awesome. Honestly, I bought the set specifically for the white ones, but I got the green ones as a bonus gift and I loved them right off the bat. I swear I've never worn the white ones. I was just waiting for a blog hop to give them away. If you want, I bet I can nip the ends off a toothpick and super glue horns on one of them. That would be a conversation starter, huh?

For a chance to win, leave me a comment and preferably your e-mail address. Happy Summer, y'all.


  1. Ooohhh, if I win, I def want the modified version :)

  2. I'm really sorry The Sky Pirate's Wife won't be coming out this summer, but the consolation prize is wonderful! Thanks, Allie!

    Jenna Jaxon

  3. Nice kiss!! Summer is my favorite of the seasons, too...Yep, it's hot, but I still love it!

  4. I so love Summer as well, Allie. Loved your excerpt.

  5. Thanks for the excerpt and the facts!

  6. I'm sort of sad it won't release this summer. I loved the excerpt!

  7. Intriguing facts! Thanks for sharing! I'm not a huge summer person, I much prefer cooler, fall weather. But I love being near the water in summer. Wish this book was being released this summer! Darn! Great post!

  8. Nice excerpt. Guess I've got to wait to read the rest - Oh, the anticipation!!

  9. What a great excerpt! Thanks for sharing and happy solstice! =D

  10. I enjoyed both the excerpt and the Solstice facts...thanks! The earrings are very pretty.


  11. Been to stonehenge. It is amazing. The earrings are stunning.

  12. great kiss! :) thanks for teh hop stop!

  13. Man, I just love your blogs. And your facts are always so good--stuff that really interests me.
    And I loved your excerpt. Sorry Sky Pirate's Wife won't be released this summer, but I'm hoping for the fall...

    I WANT those earrings!

  14. Awesome Facts lists

    ninajanke at gmail dot com

  15. Love the SPW! Love the earrings! Love summer solstice.

  16. fun facts!! Great excerpt and I'm going to fight Brenda for the earrings... LOVE THEM!!!

    Flowerlady_23 at yahoo dot com

  17. Those are gorgeous! I have a huge collection of earrings and would love to add this to my set. My name is Heather and my email address is:

  18. Well, I can't wear the earrings if I win them (my holes grew over and at the age of 69, I'm not going to re-pierce them), but I have a granddaughter who would like them.

  19. Firstly I have to say how awesome I think it is that you say Great Googly Moogly? And here I thought I was the only one!

    So thanks for the chance to win this!

  20. I love me some tan lines, Allison!

  21. I love the earrings. Very cute.

    lmjtgm at

  22. At first I though his name was ALVIN (not Alwin)...and I thought, ALVIN is not a very sky piratey kind of name. Alwin is much better! LOL.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  23. Thanks for the fun facts!
    I will be looking for Sky Pirates Wife to come out I enjoyed the except. my email is tied to my name here:O)

  24. I loved the little bit from your book that you shared. I'm sure when you decide to release it, that it'll be a hit.

    Those earrings are really pretty! The skirts they are wearing look like a flower, to me at least.

    tiffanykrepps @ gmail . com

  25. Great excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.


  26. happy solstice and thanks for being part of the blog hop

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  27. That was a wonderful excerpt. Thank you for sharing it. :) Beautiful earrings.
    trb0917 at

  28. Thanks for the fantastic excerpt & giveaway!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  29. Great excerpt! I love the earrings! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  30. Your book sounds great! Thanks for sharing and for the fun hop! And thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  31. Enjoyed the excerpt, the wait for the book to release will be hard, but I've got an extensive pile of titles on my TBR list to keep me busy until then.



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