How I Spent My Summer Vacation

It’s late August. After a long, hot summer, the nights are starting to cool off a bit. Outside, the locusts are buzzing, reminding me that summer has not yet finished running its course. No longer is the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day lazy, like when we were kids; instead, it goes by in a blink. Yet I couldn’t let it go by without paying tribute to it.

My days were full this summer. When I wasn’t out catching the bad guys, I was busy writing. The payoff? I leave this summer with a novel in the final editing stage and a short story released this week on Smashwords. In the true spirit of celebrating summer, I wove a tale focused on the Fourth of July. Mark Blankenship, Chief of Police, makes his first appearance in print since Christmas 2009 in “Dead Holiday” (you can find my books and ebooks in my Amazon store). Against the backdrop of the spirited summer holiday, he chases down a bomber who threatens his town. Of course, I can’t tell you what happens in the end, but suffice it to say that summer in Marcona will be remembered for more than just the temperature.

So celebrate this summer and the release of “Red, White & Blood” with me. Below, you’ll find a quiz of summer trivia. Take it, then email your answers to me at by Labor Day (September 6) at midnight. If all your answers are correct, you will go into a drawing to win one of two flash drives that contain copies of ALL my ebooks, including “Red, White & Blood.”

1. What is the most popular ice cream flavor?

a. Butter pecan

b. Vanilla

c. Strawberry


2. What county fair ride was first introduced at World’s Colombian Exposition (World’s Fair) of 1893 in Chicago?

a. Carousel

b. Roller coaster

c. Ferris Wheel


3. Who won the World Series in 1969?

a. Mets

b. Cubs

c. Orioles


4. Brocade, Glitter Palm, and Dahlias are all types of what?

a. Frozen drinks

b. Fireworks

c. Tropical fish


5. A sand dollar is actually

a. Pressed sand

b. A marine animal

c. A plant

One Response to “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”

  1. I like your questions. Not sure I can answer them without switching on brain, and I think it’s rebelling at the moment. But I do like them.

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