Weekly at Vivi’s with Caroline Clemmons ~ My Favorite Summer

I’m very happy to have Caroline here today, telling us about her favorite summer and her new release.

Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To compensate for this illogical error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a tiny office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their two rescued indoor cats and dog as well as providing nourishment outdoors for squirrels, birds, and other critters. The books she creates in her pink cave have made her a bestselling author and won awards. She writes sweet to sensual romances about the West, both historical and contemporary as well as time travel and mystery. Her series include the Kincaids, McClintocks, Stone Mountain Texas, Bride Brigade, Texas Time Travel, Texas Caprock Tales, Pearson Grove, and Loving A Rancher as well as numerous single titles and contributions to multi-author sets. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, reading her friends’ books, lunching with friends, browsing antique malls, checking Facebook, and taking the occasional nap.

My best Summer

Vivi asked me to tell about my best or worst summer memories. I have a lot of memories of wonderful summers. One of my favorite is from the first year my husband (I call him Hero) and I were married.

Hero’s company sent him to Oxnard, California for the summer. We closed up our house and took all the things we thought we’d need for several months. The result was that traveling to California our car resembled something straight out of The Grapes of Wrath. Picture a red convertible with white top and the back seat so loaded that our clothes and household goods were level with the windows.

Once in Oxnard, we rented a furnished one-bedroom apartment in a brand new complex. I’m sure the town has changed a lot by now. At that time it was a lovely part of California and we enjoyed being there. Hero went to work early but got home around 4:30. Sunset is later there than it is in Texas, so we had a lot of daylight left when Hero came home.

One of our favorite places was Santa Barbara, less than a half hour’s drive. We loved walking on the beach. About dusk, the park department employees cleaned the sand with a giant sifter that looked like a street sweeper. Then we could walk on the beach without fear of bottle caps, glass, or any other debris. It was glorious. Keep in mind we grew up in Lubbock in West Texas, in the high plains. Access to a beach and the ocean was new to us.

The other thing we enjoyed was going to the movies, which opened at 6:30 pm with the movie shown at 6:45. The theater showed a double feature consisting of a good movie and a mediocre to bad one. The order in which they were listed on the marquee or in the newspaper had nothing to do with the order in which they were shown. We saw terrible movies several times because of that. 

The apartment took me only a couple of hours to thoroughly clean so I had a lot of leisure time. Of course I went to the library. At that time, most of the books were biographies of movie stars, not something that interested me. I found that the Goodwill store had a lot of books in genres I preferred.

And as I told you, Caroline has a new release but let me get her back, so she can tell you about it.

Speaking of books, I’m excited to tell you about my latest release. DESPERATE IN DELAWARE in the Yours Truly: The Lovelorn series released July 19. The series is a MAP, a multi-author project. I’m happy to relate that I enjoyed working with the amazing authors in this series. In this book, Mina Stapleton is the heroine who takes charge of her destiny and goes to Texas to look for a husband. She meets Austin Wright—is he Mr. Right as his name implies?

Desperate In Delaware (Yours Truly:The Lovelorn Book 11)  by Caroline Clemmons released July 7 in the Clean Historical genre.

I will wait no longer! Since my parents’ death I’ve been living with my sister’s family. I help care for her home and her adorable children. But, when will I have my own husband and children? There is not even one eligible man near my age in our small town. I hear the snickers and hurtful remarks—old maid, spinster, on the shelf. My cousin sent me a newspaper clipping from a Yours Truly: The Lovelorn’s column. Imagine my surprise when the letter to the columnist read as if I had written it. I’ll do it—I’ll follow the Lovelorn’s advice and change my location. I’ll go to Texas to visit my cousin. I refuse to watch my life disappear until I’m left with only regrets!

The Universal link is https://mybook.to/Mina

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