Gin’s Book Notes: Fall Reading & Giveaway

September 24th, 2014 Kimberly Giveaway, Guest Post 44 Comments

24th Sep

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Caffeinated is being taken over by other bloggers this week and today we have Ginny @ Gin’s Book Notes to share a post on fall reading.She is also offering a fabulous giveaway! Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy. Ginny is a multi-talented woman who not only blogs, but is also a graphic designer who works with authors and more. She discovers amazing indie authors, and reviews adult and young adult in all genres. Thanks for being here today Ginny…

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Fall Reading

I live in south Alabama where the seasons don’t really change but meld. Hot as hell melds into slightly less hot and slightly less hot might occasionally slide into cold. But when/if cold arrives, it will soon be followed by a teasing day of spring and then, with a snap of your fingers, we will be right back to hot as hell again.

I explained all of that as a way of justifying my obsession with fall. The glimpses of it I have experienced have been few and far between so my idea of fall reading is presented more as a dream than a reality. Forgive me my indulgence as I imagine the perfect fall reading atmosphere and don’t burst my bubble because I am convinced that it does exist.

The fresh crisp air blows through the cabin’s open windows. The light blue curtains capture the breeze and release only the chilly bits that hint at the approaching season back into the air. It’s those chilly parts that make it easy to guess that fuzzy socks, leggings, and long sleeves will be enough to keep the cold at bay for another day.

As I brush my teeth, I hear the click of the coffee maker, and in minutes, the air is filled with the aroma that makes me smile. I wait for my toast to finish and decide that my first book of the day will be read in the hammock that is nestled between the brightly colored trees. At lunch, I will go down to the lake to read. I can pack a picnic, walk the trail that leads to the lake, and enjoy a book by the lake. On this day, there are no reading lists just a stack of great titles that I am able to pick from at will.

The lake was beautiful but the sun will soon be setting. I return to the cabin. It’s filled with the smells of home and my stomach rumbles in anticipation. The beef stew that I left simmering in the Crock-Pot is ready and the apple pie that I baked earlier has added a layer of sweetness and cinnamon spice scent to the air.

A fire in the fireplace will be the perfect way to end the day. I settle into the big overstuffed chair, stare into the crackling flames, and reflect on the books that I have read. The young adult fantasy at breakfast transported me to magical worlds and into an epic battle. The romantic comedy I read at lunch left me with a smile and a sigh of contentment at the happily ever after the couple achieved at the end.

I’ve decided to end my night with a murder mystery. The cover depicts a cozy cabin surrounded by trees. As I examine the cover a little more, the details start to look familiar. The same wind chimes that I can now hear jiggling in the wind are pictured hanging precariously from the corner of the cabin porch in the photo. The words “Murder Returns in the Fall” are boldly slashed across the center of the idyllic setting. Could it be that the cabin I now find myself sitting in was used as the inspiration for this fictional tale? I laugh at my silliness and ignore the tiny prickles of apprehension that tingle along my spine. I’m still chuckling as I skip the introduction and turn to page one; completely missing the based on true life events write up that would have served as my warning that all is not as it seems and that life may indeed be “stranger than fiction.”

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Take a moment to visit, follow and stalk Gin’s Book Notes. Ginny is one of the friendliest bloggers I have ever met, and does impressive thing for the Indie book world. Her reviews are honest and fair. Ginny offers design services for authors from book covers to movie trailers. She is currently hosting a huge facebook event called Good-Bye Summer Hello Fall Party. All throughtout the month of September you can chat and enter to win prizes. Join the party on Facebook and check her blog daily for grand prize entries.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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44 Responses to “Gin’s Book Notes: Fall Reading & Giveaway”

    • Ginny

      Yuck for bad weather already. I hope you get some clear skies and a few none bad weather days soon. 🙂

  1. Christy

    Nice story! That was seriously good. Mmmm but now I want to bust out the crock pot even though it’s in the 90s here.

    • Ginny

      (blushing) Thank you Christy. It was fun to imagine. 🙂 I pulled out the crock pot last night….even though it’s in the 90’s here too. LOL…it’s supposed to be 87 today. (sigh)

    • Ginny

      Thank you Melliane. I really wished we had more of the fall atmosphere here. Although I am thankful that it is now in the mid 80’s instead of near 100. 🙂

  2. Finley Jayne

    Love this post 🙂 I live in MI and we do have an amazing autumn. Temps have been in the 60’s and the leaves are just starting to change colors. It’s my favorite time of year!

    • Ginny

      Thank’s Finley Jayne. I had a lot of fun writing it. You are going to have to post some pictures on your blog of the amazing autumn leaves. I’m so jealous. 🙂

  3. Mary Anne Edwards

    Loved the story! I could envision walking down the path, the fall-colored trees, brisk air nipping my nose as I settle by the lake to read. I could hear the fire crackling, feel the warmth of it’s flames. Now I’m craving beef stew and apple pie.

  4. Nick

    Fall is my favorite season! I love that it’s neither too hot nor too cold and it’s the perfect weather to curl under the blanket with a book!
    This was a fun post! And I can’t even imagine how hot it is in Alabama!!

    • Ginny

      Today was a little cooler Nick. It’s actually 72 with 67% humidity which is amazing for south Alabama. Glad you enjoyed the post and I hope you have an amazing fall!

  5. Beth W

    That sounds like you’re describing Western Washington! 😉
    I’m curious about this little based-on-true-events cabin mystery!

    • Ginny

      LOL Beth. I have actually added a couple of chapters to this story. It’s been fun exploring the possibilities. P.S. I need to visit Western Washington!

  6. braine

    Thanks for a good glimpse of.what your fall day is like. I love fall too and one of my rituals is to light candles with cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, or pine undertones.

    • Ginny

      Oh, how I wish my fall days were like this. Today I did yard work and sweated through my t-shirt. 🙂

  7. Rita

    Beautiful post! Well-written and nice descriptions. I am a new follower of you and look forward to reading your posts. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway also 🙂

  8. Michelle

    I totally know what you mean by ‘melding seasons’. Georgia is mostly the same way, unless you count last year where it held onto summer for a long time and our winter refused to leave. It’s perfect outside right now, but tomorrow will probably bring the 80’s back. Gorgeous post!

    • Ginny

      Thank you Michelle. Yep, Alabama and Georgia share those “melding seasons”. I live close to the Florida and Georgia state lines. Winter was definitely different for us last year.

    • Ginny

      LOL Debbie. I hope so too. I’m working on adding more to the story. It’s taken some interesting turns.

  9. Stephanie Faris

    I’m obsessed with autumn, too. I think anyone who lives somewhere where the leaves become such vibrant colors has every reason to be obsessed. SO beautiful! For me, October is a good time to read scary books. I love ghost stories.

  10. Lauren

    I love fall, but I’ve never seemed to live in a place where it lasts for more than a day. This was such a fun post to read! Even if we can’t experience fall we can dream! 🙂

    • Ginny

      That’s been my experience Lauren. A couple of days of cool weather and then back to the heat. (sigh) So glad you enjoyed the post. Happy fall dreaming. 🙂

  11. Katherine

    Hi neighbor! I’m in North Alabama and it actually looks like we may have a fall this year. I’m very excited about it as normally we have crazy hot than a few days of weather that’s between hot and warm depending on how much of a heat wimp you are than back up to hot and then wham cold. I’m told it’s not actual cold but it feel like it to me – we even had an inch of snow last winter! Your fall reading day sounds like absolute heaven! Hope you get a day like that one day!

    • Ginny

      Howdy neighbor! 🙂 You probably get a little more of the seasonal weather in North Alabama but we definitely share the heat. One day I’m going to make that fall reading day happen.

    • Ginny

      I’ve always wanted to go to Colorado and experience the mountains and the snow but I bet fall is gorgeous.

  12. Stormi

    Wish I had a hammock..lol. Loved your story of why you like fall. I like fall because it’s cooler but I hate that it means winter is coming. 🙁

  13. Mary

    I do love fall. However, it became fall way too quickly in South Carolina! I had to turn on my heat!! And eep to the creepy cabin story.

    • Ginny

      Oh no! Heat already?! That’s not a good sign. I’m hoping I don’t have to switch to heat until December. Who am I kidding? There have been many Christmas’s spent with the AC running. You can never tell what you will get for fall and winter in south Alabama but you are definitely going to be hot most of the time.

  14. Terri M.

    Great post, Ginny. I’m a fan of fall, but I hate the fact that winter follows so soon after here in the Midwest!

  15. Lark

    Love your post – especially the hint of creepiness in the last paragraph! I’m looking forward to fall – the crisp sunny days, anyway. I’m not a big fan of November’s gloom and damp. It seems to be coming early this year, though: September has been cooler than usual. It’s usually still pretty hot in Virginia, but we’ve had a lot of lovely days in the 70s the last few weeks.

  16. Candace

    I use to say I hated fall. Growing up it meant snow was coming, which I hated. Now I live in the PNW it means the rain is coming. After 80 and 90 degree days I welcome it with open arms. As long as it’s not too windy, that is my least favorite thing about fall, the wind. I HATE wind. But a good storm once it awhile is kind of fun, as long as I don’t have to go anywhere. A few days ago it was in the 90’s, now it’s in the low 60’s. It feels like a major change but in SD, where I grew up, they’ve already had snow and then went back to 90 degree days. I’m just thankful I’m not dealing with that.
    I think this fall I’ll devour a lot of cozy mysteries. It seems to be my new favorite!

  17. Tanya

    I love Fall 🙂 Just wish the weather would cool down so it would feel like it. it is in the mid nineties today 🙁