A Note from Danielle for July ’12

Dear Friends,

I always love the summer months, for a number of reasons. I take a break from writing (or try to), my kids are home—although briefly now—and we take a vacation together every year. Everything is shorter now. When they were at home and still in school, we had three lazy months to spend together, without the pressures of homework and school. Now we take a week-long holiday together in July, and get together in August for my birthday. But I am grateful for any days we share. My summer writing break dates back to their school days, too, so I could be free to play with them. It made me work that much harder during the winter months, but it was worth it. And now I still try to take time off in the summer, and develop new ideas for books.

I have two books coming out in July. The paperback of Happy Birthday releases this month, and it’s a really fun book about three people hitting landmark birthdays on the same day (30, 50, and 60), how they feel about it, and how their lives are entwined. I hope you love it!

And the hardcover and eBook edition of Friends Forever will be out in July, too, about five young people who become friends in kindergarten, and stay close. The book follows them into their mid-twenties, and it explores all the challenges they face, how their friendships evolve, and ultimately their very different lives. I hope you love this book, too.

July 4 means it’s really summer, with picnics, barbeques, parades, and fireworks. Even in Paris, I usually give a July 4th dinner every year for close friends. And I get to celebrate Bastille Day too, usually in the South of France, with my kids.

I hope you have some time to relax, enjoy the season, celebrate, and get in some beach time as the summer begins. I hope it’s off to a great start!


Danielle Steel

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