Making the most of the new year…

Yikes, things have been rough the past two years! No matter which side of the fence you sit on politically, it hasn’t been good. Then Covid comes, Covid goes, Covid comes again with a new name, Covid with a new name becomes another new name. Masks on, masks off, masks back on again. I’m weary, how about you? But there is always hope. A human blessing for most folks. My hope for the new year is that the world calms down, Covid disappears (I did call it a hope), and everyone of you has a productive, healthy, and happy new …

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Stranded at the Inn on Christmas Eve

Stranded at an Inn on Christmas Eve by Callie Hutton Twenty miles outside of Bath, England December 24, 1885 Leaning heavily on Grayson’s arm, Addie entered the main room of the coaching inn. Thank goodness a strong fire had been built up and the place was warm. She stiffened as another pain shot from around her back to her belly. She glanced up at her husband to see if he had noticed, and breathed a sigh of relief when he seemed focused on the innkeeper who approached them. “Ah, good afternoon, my lord. ‘Tis a nasty day out there for …

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My True Love Gave to Me…

…a partridge in a pear tree… Pemberton Hall Christmas Day, 1814           She’s here. A jolt of excitement shot through Marcus, Viscount Weatherby, as spotted her after scanning the crowd packed into the ballroom at Pemberton Hall. He had carelessly tossed aside the invitation he’d received to the lavish Christmas Ball the Duke and Duchess of Pemberton hosted each year. Then when Penrose mentioned at White’s yesterday that Lady Ambrose would be in attendance, he knew nothing could keep him away. Dorothea–my Dorothea. Almost as if connected by an invisible cord, he headed in her direction, snatching two glasses of …

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An Almost Disastrous Christmas

“Oh, dear.” Eugenia, Marchioness of Devon, chewed her bottom lip as she read the missive in her hand. Her husband, Devon, lowered the morning newspaper, and regarded her over the breakfast table. “What is it, my love?” “It seems Great-Aunt Lavinia is coming for Christmas after all.” Eugenia took a sip of tea and continued to read. “She writes that her bones are feeling better, so she shall make the trip.” “Her bones are feeling better?” Devon grinned, but then quickly sobered. “Has that horrible cat she calls a pet died yet?” Eugenia shook her head. “No. I’m afraid she …

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‘Tis the Season

Even though in my last post (November 26) I maligned how everything Christmas now starts before Halloween, it is about now (Advent) that I begin to ‘get into the spirit.’ I won’t put my Christmas tree up for another week or so, but I do enjoy the music and decorations. With that in mind, here is a Christmas poem I wrote several years ago that still puts a grin on my face: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, And the author said ‘damn’ I need to get this book Into my publisher’s hands Her children were nestled all snug in their …

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Season Fatigue

So the Christmas Season is now upon us. It used to be nothing Christmasy appeared in stores until the last bit of turkey had been consumed on Thanksgiving Day, but things have changed over the years. Walmart in our town had Christmas trees up before Halloween. Ads for Black Friday and Christmas gifts appeared on  the internet not long after. A Season that was once a few weeks is now a few months. Is that good or bad? Personally, I would prefer to go back to a shorter time period. I find by the time Christmas Day actually arrives I …

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Happy Thanksgiving

The fourth Thursday of November in the USA is Thanksgiving Day. Although celebrated for many years, the day became an official federal holiday when President Roosevelt signed the resolution on December 26, 1941. If memory serves (which is questionable these days), the first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the misnamed Indians and the Pilgrims. They shared food and enjoyed each other’s company. Or so the story goes. In my family, we like to go around the table at dinnertime on Thanksgiving and say what we are thankful for. Every year it’s the same. My family, my health, my career, etc. Each …

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A fun and hard work week

HI there, dear romance readers, Early Sunday morning I leave for Las Vegas for a writer’s conference. I’m excited to visit with all my writer friends who I haven’t seen in a couple of years because of the pandemic. Fingers crossed that my flight won’t be cancelled or delayed. If anyone lives in Las Vegas, please know that our conference is having a book signing event with hundreds of authors of all genres participating. We will be at Bally’s on Friday, November 12th from noon to 4 PM. Stop by and see us! A quick reminder that Prisoners of Love: …

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HI Romance Lovers

I recently returned home from a cruise to Mexico. We had a great time, but things are still not completely back to the way they were (will they ever be?) We had to present documentation that we were vaccinated and that we had a COVID negative test within 2 days of boarding the ship. Besides all of that, we still had to wear masks in public places (which is everywhere except your tiny room!) I’ll soon be flying to Las Vegas for an author’s conference/convention. Lots of authors and hopefully readers also joining us. We’ll be at Bally’s from November …

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