Mary Burton – The Romance of Sharing Joy

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The Joy of A Perfect Day

I love the beach.  Nothing gives me greater joy than to walk along a sandy beach, feel the ocean breeze and hear the seagulls. So when my beach friend called and invited me downbe afraid to her beach house for the day, it didn’t take much coaxing.  It was a stunning day with not a cloud in the sky and almost no humidity.   Shortly after I arrived, my friend and I were on the beach soaking up the sun as we strolled alone the shoreline.  In the afternoon we visited an open-air farmer’s market, and visited several art shops.  We were having so much fun, she quickly organized an impromptu gathering of her beach friends.  All the ladies agreed and each brought something to share (I found the most delicious chocolate at the market!).  We sat around the table on the deck overlooking the water just as the sun was dimming.

The talk turned to jobs and when I told everyone I was a writer the discussion turned to favorite books.  The reading choices ran the gambit but all the ‘keeper’ books shared similar traits.  Readers confessed their keepers made the time fly.  A keeper insured dinner would be a delivery order of pizza instead of home cooking.  A keepers lured their readers to stay way up past their bedtime until they reached The End.  No mater what the genre, all these gals were swept away from their everyday lives union streetby stories that captured their imaginations. 

All readers and, yes writers, want to be enthralled by great characters.  We want to scoot to the edge of our seats, our hearts racing, when the hero and heroine experience tension and turmoil or share their first kiss.  We welcome the chance to laugh, cry, and celebrate a HEA.  We want to care, because in the caring, there is great joy.

As I drove back home, I had not only experienced a stunning day at the beach but I had visited with women who, like me, love great food (and chocolate) and love to read and discuss great stories.    Sun, surf, food, and friends created a day of pure joy.

Mary recommends:

A WEEK AT THE LAKE, Wendy Wax ( )

ROGUE SPY, Joanna Bourne ( )

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

One of the top ten moments in my life was the CALL.  It’s been sixteen years but I still cover your eyesremember the moment.  It was the first business day of the year in January and the kids (kindergarten and first grade) were back in school after a long, snowy holiday break.  When the phone rang I thought it was the school but it was my agent.  So nice to hear, “You have a sale.”

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My place of peace and joy is the beach.  Nothing beats waking up to the sound of waves and the smell of the salt air.  I love taking my morning coffee down to the beach and watch the sunrise.  Those are moments you try to bottle and remember when life gets crazy

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Music brings me great joy.  I always have my phone loaded with songs so I can crank the tunes while I’m at the gym, hiking or driving.  Nothing like a great song to bust any kind of gray mood and generate sheer joy.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

My favorite book this week is Daisy Cakes Cookbook.  I just made three different cakes for different occasions in the last couple of weeks and all have been hits.  I love reading her recipes, which remind me so much of my grandmother’s cooking.  She also has  family stories that really speak to my southern roots.  BTW, the carrot cake is to die for!  🙂

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

This one is very tough.  But if I had to chose it would be Chris Pine…I’m a huge friend of Star Trek and I love his redo of Captain Kirk.

Mary is generously giving away her latest releases including a signed copy of the romantic suspense novels, COVER YOUR EYES and BE AFRAID and my women’s fiction AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET, which she writes under the name Mary Ellen Taylor. To one US reader (apologies to international friends).

Mary-Burton-Head-Shot-2015-hi-res-300x281New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the highly praised author of twenty-six published romance and suspense novels and five novellas. Among them are her latest, Cover Your Eyes and Be Afraid.  She also writes women’s fiction (AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET) under the name Mary Ellen Taylor

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  • The ocean/beach is the BEST! Most relaxing thing ever to just stare at the waves and hear them crashing. 🙂

    • Mary Burton

      Now, I’m really missing the beach! 🙂

  • Susan Craig

    I lov ethe beach too – especially if I have a good book to read on the beach blanket!

    • Mary Burton

      Doesn’t get better than reading a book at the beach!

  • Mary Burton

    Thanks for having me today!

  • Jennifer C

    I love the beach, and your description really has me wanting to hop in the car. You described it perfectly. I love romantic suspense!

  • Molly

    I haven’t read one of your books yet but I will be looking them up.

  • catslady

    I don’t get to a beach very often but when I do my favorite thing is to read while enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.

  • cheryl c.

    My favorite place to read is at the beach! I don’t get to do it often, but I look forward to those peaceful moments.

  • jcp smith

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Terrific prize! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kareni

    Interesting conversation about books with a friendly group of women on a deck overlooking the ocean AND chocolate? That sounds heavenly! Thanks for a fun post.

  • Debbie Fuller

    Girlfriends are great and I love the discussions, it’s always a safe place to talk about anything. Thank you for sharing and posting and the author recommendations.

  • Linda Henderson

    I love discussing books with other people. It’s always nice to get other peoples views on the same books, it’s always different.

    • Mary Burton

      I do too!

  • Christyna

    The beach is one place I wish I could have a writer’s cottage. It would be so peaceful and productive!

    • Mary Burton

      Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

  • LSUReader

    A cookbook recommendation–and cakes, at that! Cheers to you, my dear. Sounds like you’re have a fun summer.

    • Mary Burton

      Love this book. Best cakes!

  • Carol Luciano

    If I could I’d spend everyday at the beach reading. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Mary Burton

      Me too!

  • mariannewestrich

    What a wonderful day! Surrounded by the ocean, good friends, good food and good books!

  • Mary Burton

    I loved reading the comments today! Thank you for posting!

  • Pamby50

    Thank you for taking us to the beach with you. Good conversation, pizza and chocolate. Sighs

  • Erin F

    Sounds like you had the perfect day!!! I totally agree that all of my keepers are books that even though I’ve read them numerous times, I can still pick them up and get lost 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Joan Varner

    I agree that the most joyful day is experienced at the beach.

  • Diane Sallans

    I’ll be at the beach in a week – can’t wait to smell that air (and read books!).

  • Aleen D

    I’ll have to check Daisy Cakes cookbook out! 😉 I’m always on the lookout for new recipes.

  • Bernadette Long

    Your day at the beach sounds perfect!

  • Dawn Anderson

    I love your book covers. I can guarantee that if I saw that bridge I would definitely cover my eyes.

  • Texas Book Lover

    We got to spend some time at the beach this summer and really enjoyed it too!

  • Sue G.

    What a great day at the beach with your friend. Sounds awesome!

  • Amy Medeiros

    Can’t wait to read your newest one when it comes out 🙂 so far I’ve loved all the Morgans of Nashville and Texas Ranger series

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love the beach and being near water. I find it so calming. A good book can do that too.

  • Sheila M

    I loved Rogue Spy as well.

  • Carol Sigle Doscher

    I love the beach. The summer is just not long enough here in New Jersey. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Deana Dick

    The beach is a great place to just sit and listen to all the sounds around you. To me it is a tranquil place to be.

  • Kai W.

    I’m like you. I love to load my smartphone with songs I love and play it as a booster. Lately I have been downloading audiobooks for long trips, commute, and for work-out.

  • kirsten west

    Love the Daisy Cakes Cookbook!