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Hey Hey, romance junkies,

You know how I love freebies, so read on about AMANDA IN THE SUMMER by friend and fellow author, Brenda Whiteside. It’s FREE today through Saturday!

Gorgeous cover, Brenda. Take it away, sweeetie, and tell us a bit about your release, please.

I loved the mailman for years. It’s hard to put an exact date on when he fell from my graces, but it has to be around the time cell phones and texting entered my life. I don’t believe he’s delivered a letter to me in many years – so who needs a man who never brings you anything but junk?

Amanda in the Summer, told through letters from three generations to a friend, took me back to my letter writing days. The letters span fifty-seven years. They begin with the whimsical, romantic 1940’s, through the groovy 1960’s and culminate in the modern 2000’s. What fun I had playing three different characters in three very different eras.

Three generations of women…and the secret that strengthens their love.

A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations. Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain—each pouring out her heart in correspondence with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins in their sorrows.

But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years—beginning in post-war America and following through to modern day—the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.

I’m excited to tell you Amanda in the Summer is FREE today on Amazon. Don’t you love FREE? Please spread the word and be sure to get your copy today!

An Excerpt:

August 24, 1968

Dear Tilly,

A few days of bliss with no one to talk to but the

seagulls. I have you to thank for this. I’m so glad you

popped back after Amanda, Robert, and Mother left. The

strain I put on all of us while you were here would’ve

dragged on for who knows how long if you hadn’t

returned. Once again, Tilly, you read the tea leaves and

righted things.

My moods have been so ragged of late. Jealousy of

all things. Jealous that you could talk to my daughter,

get along so lovely with her, which I’ve had difficulty

doing these last few months. Jealous of your longer

running friendship with Robert than with me. I’m not

sure if I was jealous of him or you. You’re both mine.

And angry that the two of you are uncomfortable around

each other after so many years and not making sense of

that. When Robert left, I tried to give him the blue

swimsuit you had left behind and asked him to drop in

on you to return it. He said no, I could do it when I got

back. This was so unlike him and did more to unsettle



About Brenda:

Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all her books revolve around those two facts.

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6 Responses
  1. What a cool blog you have, Mackenzie. Happy to be here today!

  2. I miss receiving “real” letters and look forward to birthdays and the winter holidays and sending/receiving cards. Although, I still get a little bit of a hit when I wave at my mail woman as she drives past -

  3. Thanks for having me today, Mac!

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