Summer Loving!


Every time I think of “Summer Loving” I get the image of John Travolta in “Grease.” Scary, I know, because it was an unbelievable four decades ago. The memory of summer and that song will be forever linked in my mind.
It’s a classic movie, just like there are classic books that bring similar memories back for readers.

We all know what summer brings…heat, sweat running down the back of our necks, drinking enormous amounts of liquids (occasionally with a splash of alcohol), and minimal clothing. Maybe that’s the appeal—shedding our “winter skins” and soaking up the warmth of the sun. However, instead of being curled up under a blanket with a book, we’re stretched out on a towel or a lawn chair with our favorite romance.
Perhaps summer earned its reputation as the time of love because, even as kids, we couldn’t wait for the end of school. No more homework, no more teachers, no more rules…basically freedom to sleep in, hang-out with friends, and for many of us, catch up on fun reading, the kind they never allowed in school. I’m sure many of you must have some of those memories when you found that battered paperback on your bottom bookshelf, complete with suntan lotion thumbprints on the cover.

Could it have been a Kathleen Woodiwiss romance? Something steamy by Bertrice Small? An early Jude Deveraux? Or perhaps you were leaping into the Old West with Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove,” or a Sue Grafton thriller. I tended to dive into some sci-fi or “Garfield the Cat” books.
Of course, you could have been one of those masochistic people who  actually signed up for summer school. We all knew them. They used to be called nerds or geeks. Now you see them running Fortune 500 companies with more money than they can ever spend. One wonders what their summer reads might have been…
Sorry, getting sidetracked again.
Along with summer come the stories of love affairs that start during the heat of the year. The beach romances that still flood our reading lists as spring gives way to summer. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded with all the things that heat up (external and internal) and can deliver as the days grow longer.

Read the entire interview in the June 2018 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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