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Birthday bash - day 2! C.M. Mayo's summery favorites...

June 9, 2009
birthday bashC.M. Mayo stops by to share a summery drink and top 5 beach reads! Read on...

Tepache* Colada

-Splash tepache into the blender (how much? depends on you)
-And a few handfuls of ice
-A couple of palm-sized chunks of coconut (fresh is best)
-Honey to taste (multiflor organic from Chiapas is best, but if you use a lot of tepache you probably won't taste the difference in flavor from common super market honey, in which case, use whatever)
-sprinkle with chile powder (if you're feeling brave) or cinnamon (if you're not)


C.M. Mayo's Top 5 Shiverrrrry Beach Reads

Seal Woman by Solveigg Eggherz
The Far-Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown
Summer at Little Lava: A Season at the Edge of the World by Charles Fergus
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins

P.S. If you prefer tropical beaches, I say, the hotter the weather, the colder should be the subject; it works like your own personal aura of air-conditioning.
Don't these just sound absolutely delish? =)

She was also kind enough to answer a few questions pour moi!
  1. What is your idea of earthly happiness? Simultaneously: books, coffee, a quiet corner with a comfortable chair, and nice chunk of time.
  2. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Nothing to read. (I SO get this!!)
  3. Who is/are your favorite heroine(s) in fiction? The wife of Martin Guerre.
  4. Who is/are your favorite heroine(s) in real life? Animal communicators.
  5. What sound do you love? Windchimes.
  6. What sound do you hate? I don't dwell on those. (Seems like this would make for a more peaceful world...)
  7. The quality you admire most in a man? Integrity combined with a sense of humor.
  8. The quality you admire most in a woman? A sense of humor combined with integrity.
  9. If not a writer, you would be a painter (but a frustrated pundit).
  10. What is your favorite swear word? I swear only in French, or so I claim in the most hackneyed way which is maybe funny but probably just sort, excuse my French, effing silly.
Thank you for the time & effort put into this lovely post!!

Giveaway time!
I have up for grabs, one gently-used copy of the ARC for C.M. Mayo's The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire...(click on the link for my review)

To enter, comment and share your favorite summer drink... It doesn't have to have alcohol in it! =) +1 entry for followers, +2 for sharing this with everyone you know (and beyond!)... I will draw winners after 6:00 pm on June 16th (yes, these are short giveaways!), so don't delay!


gautami tripathy said...

Hope you like people from India dropping in! I gotta check out CM MAYO!

And I loved iced tea in summers!

Am I eligible to enter?


tina werner said...

thanks for the chance to win!

my favourite summer drink is iced tea, or a nice cold beer!

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

tina werner said...

oh, i'm a follower and i have you linked on my side bar :)

Llehn said...

I like freshly squeezed lime juice with a sprig of mint! Very refreshing!


KR said...

I just love's sweet tea flavored vodka. It's made in Charleston SC. I mix it with lemonade. Try some!!!

I follow.


drey said...

gautami~ Yes! This one's international--I'm shipping the book...

Melissa said...

THanks for the giveaway! Fave summer drink is raspberry rum with sprite. It's fruity and light. Blue Margaritas are also good.

I follow :)

nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

nfmgirl said...

Whoops! My original post seems to have disappeared!

My favorite drink is a Ruby Relaxer (from the Ruby Tuesday's restaurant). When I make one at home, it has vodka, rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry. One of those and I am as relaxed as I can legally get!

+1 I follow

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

Great contest Drey...I would have to say my favorite summery drink(and all year long) would be a strawberry blended margarita! YUMMY!
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

scottsgal said...

My fave summer drink is called a Love Connection - it's a swirl of pina colada and strawberry daquiri - yummm

+1 also a follower

msboatgal at

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer drink is a non-alcoholic Pina Colada :P

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I follow

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I put the link on my sidebar

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Gaby317 said...

my favorite summer drink is a watermelon shake or a very tart lemonade with Equal!

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

+ 1 I'm a follower

thanks for the entry!

Fokxxy said...

My favorite drink is a ceasar!! Yum.. extra hot sauce please!

And if I am chossing a non alcoholic drink.. A nice cold glass of pepsi!


Annie1 said...

My favourite summer drink is Ice Cold Water with a Squeeze of Fresh Lemon and sometimes I drink Water with a tiny splash of Vanilla!

I follow



Kat Bryan said...

I'm getting some good drink ideas here. :-) My favorite is ice tea unless it's hotter than hot and then I like an ice cold Coors Light.

Kat Bryan said...

I am a follower/subscriber.

Anonymous said...

My fave summer drink is my homemade iced sugar..just lemon.

thebun at personainternet dot com

I subscribe by email.

Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted this on Win A Book. Keep it up, Drey!

Unknown said...

Already following

chey said...

I like unsweetened iced tea with lemon or lime.

chey127 at hotmail dot com

lingeorge said...

Wow, my favorite summer drink is the good old Margarita! Sometimes a good cold Corona with lime works great too.

Yes, I follow.

housemouse88 said...

My favorite summer drink is sweet iced tea. I'm a follower.

house_mouse88 at yahoo dot com

Belinda M said...

Please include me in the giveaway. My favorite drink in the summer is peach iced tea

L said...

My favorite summer drink is ginger ale.

I'm a follower.


Chris said...

My favorite drink, summer or no, is rum and coke. Which fits a tropical theme, I think.


Becca said...

In summer I like a nice cold beer. I would also like this book so please enter me. Thanks

Becca said...

I blogged about it here:


Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

In the summer lemonade is the way to go.

Nicole said...

I enjoy iced coffee with some Splenda and a little flavored creamer.

I follow.

Sue said...

Diet Coke. Maybe with a little squeeze of lemon or lime to make it summery. Thanks for sharing~

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

ossmcalc said...

My favorite summer drink - or any time for that matter - is Diet Dr. Pepper. A little squeeze of lemon or lime adds that extra little zing.

Thank you,


ossmcalc said...

I am a follower.

Thank you,


PS My birthday is on June 16th. Hint. Hint.

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer drink is a Shirley Temple. I don't drink alcohol.

Thanks for the giveaway.


Linna said...

I'm a citron tea addict. I can't live without it.
linna.hsu (at) gmail (dot) com

Kaye said...

Crystal light raspbery ice is a fave in my house. Also gin and tonic around 4 pm is a big hit.


Kaye said...

oops . . forgot to remind you that I am a follower.


Irene said...

My favorite summer drink is an icy cold gin and tonic. I have one about once a month during summer. Otherwise, it's icy cold water with lime/lemon wedge.

cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT com

Terri said...

I love a nice cold mojito! It'd be great to drink one while reading the book, too!

Jo-Jo said...

Somehow I think I forgot to leave an entry indicating that I am a follower.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Jo-Jo said...

I also blogged about your contest here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Desert Rose said...

Please enter me if this is open internationally :)
I'm a follower, and tweeted about it here
and I posted about the giveaway on my sidebar here..

my email: desert(dot)rose598(at)gmail(dot)com

Desert Rose said...

Forgot to tell you my favorite summer drink :) well they are two.. Lemonade and Iced Tea mmmmm

Kat C. said...

My fave summer drink: mango shake!

katch05 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello My favorite drink is Mike's Hard lemonade. It even comes in different flavours. Yum.
polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail Dot com

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite summer drink is sweet ice tea. Please enter me. Thanks for having this giveaway.


mindy said...

lemonade without a doubt thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

LittleEagle said...

Enjoyable interview. I have to try that drink. My favorite summer drink is a bloody maria made with tequila instead of vodka with a pickled green bean.

jemscout425 said...

strawberry lemonade and every once in awhile a little gin thrown in for good measure

budletsmom said...

I would love to win. My favorite summer drink is unsweetened ice tea.


Lady Roxi said...

I would love to read this.

I love lemonade!



clenna said...

We love Bullfrogs - limeade and vodka - very refreshing!

Lisa said...

Peachtree schnapps & cranberry juice over ice; tasty and refreshing.

Lisa said...

I am a follower of course.

Cindy said...

My favorite summer drink is iced tea, unsweetened with lots of fresh lemon!

I am a loyal follower of your blog!


Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter too. My username is Soccermom213

I tweeted about your giveaways today!


Sarah Z said...

I love sweet tea from McAlisters!
believedreamcourage (at)

wendy wallach said...

Good old fashioned sun tea is my favorite summer drink.

madamerkf at aol dot com

Libby's Library said...

Cherry Limeade (Sonic's, during Happy Hour).


Libby's Library said...

I'm a follower - thanks. libneas[at]aol[dot]com

Unknown said...

Unsweetened Iced Tea with a slice of fresh lime or lemon!

I subscribe via RSS

kolists [at] gmail [dot] com

Sandra K321 said...

My favorite drink is strawberry lemonade.


Sandra K321 said...

I subscribed via google reader.


Unknown said...

My fave summery drink is the mojito! I grow lots of mint and I'm thinking of throwing a mojito party (if someone else brings the rum!!) lol!

ParkingGoddessFTW at gmail dot com

Nickolay said...

There is nothing better than a ice cold Coors Light sitting by the lake after a hard days work


sharon54220 said...

My favorite drink is coffee. I drink coffee year round. But if it has to be a summer drink, it would have to be iced tea.

sharon54220 said...

I am a subscriber.

kathy55439 said...

fav drink is Pink Lemonaid... I am really simple I guess

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