Dreaming of Fall, Y'all

It’s still 100 degrees and I would probably sell my soul for weeks of sustained sweater weather.

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We had a lovely little week in August where it was rainy and in the 70s/80s, but I knew (I knew!) that it was just a cruel, cruel tease. We’ll have another month—at least—of me scheming to find places to work that have parking garages so I don’t have to face the wrath of a hot seatbelt buckle. Another month of “dewy” complexions and sweaty ponytails and topknots. And with the State Fair of Texas, there’s usually another sunburn coming my way, even though I’m obsessive about SPF.

Honestly, I don’t remember wearing anything more than a light jacket or sweater all last winter. I’m not saying I want a repeat of the snowpocalypse like we had when Dallas hosted the Super Bowl that year, but I really would like to have a nice, crisp autumn in North Texas. Is that too much to ask?

Probably.

The good news is, I won a week in the mountains last year’s Buns and Roses silent auction, so in September, I’m packing up the Jeep with tons of sweaters and hot tea options, Max the 16 ½ year old poodle, and my mom, and we are going to be gloriously chilly for seven whole days and nights. (More if you count going to Denver for a few days before so we can acclimate to the altitude before climbing up to 10,000 feet!)

I’m planning to do nothing but read on the porch and/or by the fire—okay, I’ll be working too, but that’s not a hardship—and totally unplug from the world. Doesn’t that sound like an absolute dream? (Although, you know me, I'll probably post to Insta.)

But even that will be fleeting as I’ll be spending the last week in September in Houston (aka the armpit of the world…sorry, H-town peeps) where it will probably still be 90 degrees and 80 percent humidity. But I’ll be at the Romance Mastermind with a bunch of brilliant romance writers chilling out at the Four Seasons (wahoo!), so don’t feel too sorry for me.

I cannot wait for the crop of 2018 holiday romances to come out, but until then, these are a few new releases I have on my radar for Fall 2018. Click on the cover to add them to your pre-orders...

Let’s compare notes. What’s on your list?

Psssst…don’t forget that Lindsay Emory and I host #ReadWritePlan in September for romance readers and writers…or readers and writers in general. It’s always a lot of fun to peek inside someone else’s planner and get new ideas. I’d love for you to join us.

xo

Lexi

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