Monday, November 28, 2016

Getting away from it all--in the pages of a book

My blog at Sweet Romance Reads is about vicarious travel available through reading. You can read the post by clicking here.

The book I'm re-reading now is pictured here, amid the few titles in non-digital format that survived our huge downsize in 2012. See on the top shelf, horizontal on the right side? Winter Solstice, by Rosamunde Pilcher.

I love it so much that I also have the digital version. Count me a big fan of Ms. Pilcher's work, which has transported me on some lovely vacations in England and Scotland.

Where do you love to visit, and re-visit, via books?


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How is your Thanksgiving list?

Have you made your list? No, not the Christmas list. I'm talking about the Thanksgiving list--and not just for those of us who live in one of the countries where we have an official holiday for it.

Giving. Thanks. That's what I'm talking about.

(No, my fellow Americans, Thanksgiving wasn't created as the calorie-intake preparation for Black Friday shopping. I know you saw that on facebook, but it's not the case. Here's a wikipedia page if you're interested in learning more.)

Call me crazy if you must, but to me, the Thanksgiving list is way more important than the one many of us are stressing over, for next month. It should also be easier, and--get this--it's free!

It seems that the speed of life accelerates this time of year. I'm already feeling it, having been to a glorious music concert and a gathering of friends around a mountain of delicious food. The calendar is getting jammed, which, for an introvert like me, is another cause of stress.

It's easy to get carried along with the holiday hoopla. Who needs more hoopla, after the way 2016 has been going? Not me.

Love, yes. Peace, absolutely. And consideration for others--I'll have some of that, too, please.

Let's take a breath, and give our minds, bodies, and emotions a break.

Take a sheet of paper, or if necessary, an electronic device, and make a list. Can you think of five things you're grateful for?

This is a great exercise that you might want to do again tomorrow. I try to make a mental list of at least five things each morning before getting up, and again (different items) at the end of the day. I began this practice when my life was the hardest it's ever been. It truly does help my outlook. I hope it will help yours, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Collision: cover reveal and a sale!

The love story of David McClain and Rebecca Mayfield has a new cover. I'm thrilled with its simple elegance! Many thanks to Elusive Dreams Designs for creating the perfect look for Christmas Collision, Book #2 of The McClains of Legend, Tennessee series.

Do you know David and Rebecca? Here's their blurb; if it doesn't sound familiar, you can read an excerpt at your favorite vendor.

Rebecca Mayfield's is a terrific attorney, successful and respected. Her personal life, however, is currently a mess. Her most recent romance ended badly, her only son is out of the country, and it’s almost Christmas. Why not accept her friend Midnight’s invitation for a small town Christmas in Legend, Tennessee?
David McClain’s Christmas Eve tradition is to observe a solitary vigil in his remote cabin, in the mountains above Legend. It’s his special time to remember his beloved wife, whose life ended so suddenly just this time of year. 
A freak blizzard intervenes, sliding Rebecca’s rental car into a snow-filled ditch near David’s cabin. Such close quarters, complete with a blazing fire could be romantic--but Rebecca and David have nothing in common. Or do they?  
The mountain magic of Legend, Tennessee does its best to weave yet another love story...

Just 99 cents, through November 30, 2016.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Shanna Hatfield's 3rd Annual Cowboys & Christmas Event

If you like cowboys, Christmas novels, ugly sweaters, awesome western boots, or any combination of the above, this party is a "do not miss."

Please join us November 10th on Facebook for some rollicking fun!

Here's the place: 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

You might be from a small town if...

...out-of-towners ask, "Which stop light?" when you give directions, and your answer is, "We only have one."

Learn about my two series of small town stories here:
Serendipity, Indiana
Legend, Tennessee


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Authors of three boxed sets have joined together on this fun giveaway. If you choose to enter, good luck!