What We (Were) Into This Summer

Today’s post by Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon | @MarybethWhalen and @ArielLawhon

Founder's Collage.jpg

Three things have occupied our minds in August: preparing and planning for Triangle Reads (Our first live event! We’d LOVE for you to join us, but hurry, registration ends September 10th), getting our kids back to school, and finalizing our picks for fall. We can’t tell you what our fall selections are yet–but check back tomorrow!

We appeared together on camera— gulp!– talking about why being a mom who reads is important and why we’re so excited about Triangle Reads. Y’all the lineup of authors at this event is SO amazing. Do NOT miss it!

But since we didn’t run one of these posts all summer we thought we’d give you a glimpse into the things that we loved about this summer.


August is always a busy month for me. My husband and I celebrated our 24th anniversary with a getaway to lovely Savannah Georgia. Dinner at The Olde Pink House was divine, and our strolls along the picturesque streets and squares were romantic and inspiring. We also celebrate our first and last children’s birthdays in the month of August. Our oldest turned 23 and our youngest turned 10.


This month meant sending our older three back off to their respective college and young adult lives, and getting our younger three back into the classroom. Our fourth started a new high school. Our fifth has taken up cross country for his middle school and is loving it. Our youngest is back to her art lessons which makes her happy. Life is slowly becoming more routine—much as I personally hate to let go of the lazy, hazy days of summer (my favorite season!).

Marybeth's Summer


My husband and I had not been on a proper vacation in nine years. NINE YEARS. But we were finally able to remedy that this summer by going to Cozumel. We decided to take our older children because they’re both in Middle School this year and we felt like they needed some time alone with us before this big life change. And it was wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. We swam and ate and lounged around in the sun for five whole days. Our boys went on a plane for the first time. They chased iguanas for the first time. They went out of the country for the first time. And we were able to connect with them in ways we’ve been able to before.

Cozumel Collage

I finished FLIGHT OF DREAMS! (I’ll show you the cover next week) I turned the book in at the end of April but much of this summer was spent editing and then line editing and then copy editing. And then, after that, going through first pass pages. The making of a book is a long, arduous process, but I’m so glad that it will be out in the world in a few short months.



In getting back to school, posts like this have been helpful. Though we like getting back into a routine, we don’t relish packing lunches!

And we love this list of 18 movies book lovers should watch. Yes, please!


RISING STRONG by Brene Brown

SIMPLY TUESDAY by Emily Freeman



DISCLAIMER by Renee Knight

THE FALL OF PRINCES by Robert Goolrick

3 Responses to What We (Were) Into This Summer

  1. Lindsey September 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Simply Tuesday was wonderful. I’m not a big page folder, but my copy is rather dog-eared.

    Can’t wait to see and read Flight of Dreams!

  2. Leigh Kramer September 5, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Such great updates from both of you! Love seeing the FOD spine, Ariel. I can’t wait to read it!

  3. Angela Williams September 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Ariel & Mary Beth,
    Billie Brinkley told me I needed to get in touch with you, that you’re thinking of having something like Girlfriend Weekend in Texas.
    Just came out with HUSH NOW, BABY in May and looking for ways to spread the word. Want to be connected to goodreads.

Leave a Reply

Site by Author Media