posted on July 19, 2016 by Jeanne Devlin

Summer Loving

Writerspace - Let's Talk Books icon.inddFew things are as special as a summer love.

Set against a backdrop of water, sun, and idyllic weather, summer love is the equivalent of a love vacation.

And maybe that’s what makes it so different . . . and so intoxicating.

Because like when we’re on vacation, we leave our worries, our inhibitions, and our routines behind—determined to experience something new, determined to bring our most free-spirited selves to the table.  The same recipe that makes a vacation more than a business trip or a trip to grandma’s can also make for love unexpected.

For summer love isn’t about looking for love in all the right places but in all the places you normally wouldn’t look:  on the dance floor, in a canoe, on a Ferris wheel or a tent.

Authors who write love stories know that most of the rules fly out the window when writing about summer love, if only because summer love was never supposed to be forever love.  No by its very nature, summer love is supposed to last for a few weeks or a few months at most.

Yet, it is not like a relationship gone bad fast.

Instead, it is a love you will always remember fondly, a memory cocktail of soft kisses, sunburn, and fireflies.  No less important because it was fleeting.  In fact, summer love is maybe more important because, like a moth caught in amber, it is frozen perfect in time, like our first love often is.

Ah oh, that summer love.

May you find it or remember it well.

 —Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub. A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.

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