What to Read on a Hot August Day?

August is hot in Martha’s Vineyard. The sun is high, the days are long. Year round residents drag out the fans and take it easy when the sun gets high — unlike the tourists. There’s nothing residents like more than to relax with in the shade with a good book.

August’s book choice was an easy one: Fred, who wishes the Summer Olympics happened every year, chose a thriller with an Olympic twist. Here’s why, in his own words:

The Summer Olympics should be held every year. Who doesn’t have a thrill watching those athletes compete for the gold? Next best thing is reading a book about an Olympic athlete. Especially one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If I’m going to read a romance, it needs to have a CIA operative, a gold-medal Olympic gymnast, and an action-packed mission to keep me interested. Bet Mudge will like this one, even with the romance.

Pick it up at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, or Kobo.


Have you read More Than Gold yet? Yes? –proceed scrolling for some very real comments by the members of the BBG.

If not, download it before you proceed.

There may be spoilers, otherwise!


Blythe (proprietress of Blythe Cove Manor): Oh Fred, I loved this book. Morgan is so strong and determined. Her heart is big and her courage had my heart beating so hard I had to turn the fan up a notch. To think that a brave act twelve years in the past could put her life in danger in the present makes me hope this isn’t based on a real gymnast!

Helen (director of the local library): Fred, I had not tried any of Shirley Hailstock’s books before. The Capital Chronicles taps one of my favorite tropes — government intrigue. Even better, it has government intrigue involving two different governments, plus a jaded CIA agent ready for true love. I ordered the whole series for the library.

Mudge (excursion boat owner/operator): Okay, Fred, you got me. Yes, it has a steamy romance, but the intrigue is even steamier. And the Olympic behind-the-scenes stuff was great. If summer wasn’t so important to my business, I’d suggest you and I book a trip to the next summer Olympics.

Aggie (owner, Sandpiper Restaurant): There’s something to be said for a plot that twists and turns and keeps surprising me. There were times when I actually got so caught up in the story, a customer had to remind me I was supposed to be bartending.

Fred (island taxi driver): Another win from Fred in the reader satisfaction column. Can’t imagine what I’ll pick next time…

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Fantasies are Us – on April Fool’s Day

by Shirley Hailstock

Pranksters Must Apply

The first day of April, April Fool’s Day, is for pranksters, jesters, sophomoric hijinks and practical jokers. April Fool’s reminds me of fantasies, not like the things that go bump in the night. There’s another holiday for that. This month is for things that are unreal and often funny, but not hurtful. Like Mardi Gras, it’s a time when you can step out of your comfort zone, do something out of the ordinary, and you’ll have something to blame when people ask, “What were you thinking?”

 What One Thing Would You Do?

Don’t you have something you’ve always wanted to do, something from your goal list, or your bucket list. It doesn’t need to be something huge like skydiving unless that’s one of your goals. It could be something that’s a baby step. Whatever it is, give it a chance. You might find that you are comfortable there.

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