SUMMER VACATION

When I was young, my family didn’t take summer vacations. Fall, winter, and spring vacations weren’t on the list either. My dad worked super hard to provide for his family, and that’s pretty much what I remember about him as a kid. He worked a lot.

Growing up in the Midwest means I was land locked and hundreds of miles from the ocean. The first time I remember seeing the ocean was a Christmas trip to Galveston, TX my senior year of high school. It was chilly, but I thought it was the most gorgeous, amazing thing I’d ever seen. The first time I actually saw the ocean, I don’t remember it. It was another Christmas vacation to Galveston and I recall getting a cowboy hat and touring the battleship Texas, and loads of kids sleeping on the floor of my aunt and uncle’s house.

The sound of ocean waves rushing the beach is an instant relaxer for me. Water has that effect on me in general, but sitting on a beach listening to the friction between the wind and the surface of the water create hypnotic music. I’ve always been drawn to water. The cliffs in Summer’s End … that was a real place I enjoyed as a teenager.  Fox Creek is actually a small creek not far from where I grew up (I don’t know the real name of the creek).

One summer, some friends and I cruised the countryside on 4-wheeler ATVs. We spent all day driving around. At one point we drove alongside that creek and found a deep pool of water (the current is very mild) and jumped in with our shoes and clothes on to cool off. It was a blast.

Summer is my favorite time of year.  The heat and the long sunny days are what I like most. But, I also love to hear frogs of all kinds, cicadas, the smell of fresh cut hay and grass, the smell of mature wheat being harvested, and the taste of tall field corn in the air at the height of humidity. If you haven’t experienced the Midwest countryside in the summer, you really have missed out.

I’ve already shared a couple video clips on Facebook and Instagram of my families summer vacation, so go on over there and check them out and make sure you say hi!

What’s your favorite Summer Vacation?

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

Sally Henson - writer
May 30, 2017

Summer YALovin

Start your Summer off right with epic fun and lots of fabulous prizes.

When I say epic, I mean 140 authors from An Alliance of Young Adult Authors EPIC.  The starting flag wave is June. You’ll get to meet great YA authors and have the chance to win great prizes from each author. The grand prize is pretty epic too.  Here’s a heads-up for how to hunt like a scavenger.

(WARNING: this scavenger hunt may blow your mind and could lead to an addiction of authors and their books.)

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed short story HERE.

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, Amazon credit, and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

TREASURE MAP (list of participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Efken  
  11. Meredith Rose
  12. Lara Ann  
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson  
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long 
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil  
  26. Jo Schneider 
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis 
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker 
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane  
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo 
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe  
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan  
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa 
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose 
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan  
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett 
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert  
  105. Rachel Medhurst 
  106. Tee G Ayer  
  107. May Freighter 
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman  
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Tom Shutt
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson  
  120. J.L. Hendricks 
  121. A.L. Knorr  
  122. T.M. Franklin  
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. Felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen 
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy
 For rules, updates or troubleshooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

 

TIMELINE

We’re set for June 1st!  All you have to do is show up that day, get the keyword from each author and find your story to enter for the grand prize.  Be sure to enter to win prizes at each author stop on the hunt.  A couple items I’m giving away are T-shirts, eBooks,  and print books.  Some of the books will be mine, some are from other YA romance authors.

Join Sally’s Insider Email Notes … punch in your name and email address and tap the PUSH ME button.  You’ll find fun facts, new releases, discounted and free books, AND sneak-peeks in my notes to you.

Indie Book Connect Features Summer’s End for Book Box

Sally Henson
April 1, 2017

Summer’s End will be featured in Indie Book Connect’s monthly book box!

Sally Henson joins forces with Indie Book Connect.

Book lover, send yourself a surprise gift every month with Indie Book Connect’s book box.  I love to come home and see that beautiful box, tattered and marked up, waiting for me to scoop it up and run into the house.  The groceries can wait.  I grab my scissors and slice through the tape with the care and precision of a scalpel.    My chest swells.  I moisten my lips and gently unfold the flaps.  Breathe, I forgot to breathe.  I peek over the top and gasp with delight.  My eyes dart around the room to make sure no one is here to see my gem.  Air whooshes out my lungs and across my lips.  I swallow and savor the thrill of anticipation dancing beneath my sternum.  I can’t, not yet.  The groceries, the milk, there’s no time to enjoy.  So I force myself to hide the gorgeous torn up box in my closet.

I love to come home and see this beautiful box, tattered and marked up, waiting for me to scoop it up and run into the house.  The groceries can wait.  I grab my scissors and slice through the tape with the care and precision of a scalpel.    My chest swells.  I moisten my lips and gently unfold the flaps.  Breathe, I forgot to breathe.  I peek over the top and gasp with delight.  My eyes dart around the room to make sure no one is here to see my gem.  I’m not ready to share it.  Air whooshes out my lungs and across my lips.  I swallow and savor the moment as the thrill of anticipation dances beneath my sternum.  I can’t do it, not yet.  Homework, groceries there’s no time to enjoy such a gift.  So I force myself to hide the gorgeous torn up box in my closet.

Later, after the chores of the evening are complete, I lift my prize out of the closet and hide in the bathroom to unravel what I began earlier.  The thrill of waiting has me on the edge of the tub.  My mouth feels like I’ve been out in the desert heat all day.  I peer inside the box and pull out another beautifully wrapped present.  Slow and steady, I unfold the flap.  My pulse races through my veins and my breath quickens.  Angels sing and a bright light fills my eyes.  Books and candles, and bookmarks, Oh my!

This is only a glimpse of how it feels, what it’s like to receive your Indie Book Connect box of goodies!  You can get your book box HERE!

 

 

Your SUMMER’S END Fix

Sally Henson
February 21, 2017

Do you know what your name means?

Sally Henson
January 31, 2017

Regan Stone Series: Summer’s End

Here’s a fun fact about Summer’s End character, Lane Cary.