This is my first post here, so I'll make this my introduction and a chance to get to know you all. My husband and I live out in the country in the Upper Midwest, on an acreage with our three horses, Elmo the dog and five friendly barn cats.
We've usually got snow on the ground by Thanksgiving--sometimes even by Halloween. I adore heavy snowfalls and sitting by the fire with a cup of cocoa and a good novel while a heavy blanket of white builds up on the trees outside. The silence of it--the incredible beauty--just takes my breath away. Of course, when it's time to go out to do my horse chores or help clear the driveway and I'm bundled up like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man (anyone remember the movie Ghost Busters?) then maybe it isn’t quite as fun! But this year we're still enjoying warm weather--today is a balmy 62 degrees. When I finish writing this, I'm going outside to saddle up a horse and enjoy the sun!
What are your favorite Christmas memories? I would so love to hear them! I guess my own favorite, hands down, was the Christmas Eve when our son Brian was born unexpectedly early. His brother wasn't quite as excited at finding Christmas and Santa were delayed because of a baby!
Our two youngest kids are now married (both in 2012--a busy year!) and live close by, and the oldest lives with his young family five hours away. I feel so blessed, knowing that my family will all be home this holiday season--with a new grandbaby! --and because another year has passed with all of us in good health. And I also feel blessed to have had another year of doing the things I love most--enjoying the beautiful countryside on our horses, writing my books, pursuing my dreams. I love writing romantic suspense! With over thirty books published, only three have not been a suspense. And believe me--it took a lot of concentration to change gears and try to weave those three stories without the usual suspenseful twists and turns. My editor is a wonderful and very patient woman! :)
If you post a comment, with contact info, you'll have a chance to be one of the three people to receive free books. I'm offering each winner copies of my recent releases: Duty to Protect and When He Came Home (or two different books from my backlist if you've read those two.)
My wish for all of you is that your holidays, in whatever way you celebrate them, are happy and that you have a wonderful, successful and joyous New Year.
Peace to you all,