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Archive for the 'Holidays' Category

Read Carefully

. . . Because I would not want you to miss a single one of the announcements I’m going to make. I’m getting so excited for Confessions of a Little Black Gown and Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress to come out, that I just have to tell you all the news about the upcoming things you are going to find here on the blog and on the rest of the website in the coming weeks. Plus, I’ve lined up a a great guest blogger for next week, who is not only really cool, but she also brings great swag, … Read more »

Frosty Melted

Finally the snow has melted away (at least in my part of town) and I think my friend Kelli Estes is probably still digging out.  Her part of the area (and my mom’s as well) got hammered with more snow on Christmas to the point where many people lost their power and are still stranded with unplowed streets and limited access in and out. That is one of the vagaries of Seattle weather. Right now the wind is howling and the rain is pouring down, but I called my mom who lives 35 minutes away and she has blue sky … Read more »

A Quickie

Oh, get your mind out of the snowbank.  Not that kind of quickie. A quickie gift. Perfect for a stocking stuffer, something to give to your book group, local bookseller who finds you great titles, friend at work who passes along gently used books. I did these up this morning after watching my husband drive up our driveway in my car.  He made it on the third attempt. Did I say he was driving my car? Only one around here with front wheel drive and chains. Because some of us like to be prepared. Crazy notion that! So after … Read more »

Excuses . . . Good and Bad

If you haven’t noticed, I took last week off. Not intentionally, and with no good reason, other than I kept intending to get to the computer and blog, but life and the holidays kept luring me away. I don’t know about you, but I am so easily distracted this time of year.  Write? Are you kidding?  When there are Christmas cookies to bake, presents to knit, hunt down and then wrap like a contented Christmas Diva (especially if I’ve found it on sale and used a coupon)?

Goodness, I hope my editor isn’t reading this. But honestly? I never plan … Read more »

'Tis the Season . . . For Tomatoes?

I opened the mailbox yesterday and the poor thing groaned, what with being stuffed with holiday catalogs. Apparently the deforestation that went into November’s assembly line arrival of enticements wasn’t enough, and now I am getting the “there’s still time to order” versions. Next week it will be “Have it by the 24th” versions and the week after it will be “Order by the 23rd and have it on the 24th” promises.

Look at all these! In just one day. There were over a dozen of them. But I have to acknowledge that this deluge is really my own fault.… Read more »

So . . . How'd it Go?

Just a quick post to let you know that everyone here survived the holiday weekend–I’ve got to finish page proofs today–so this is a quickie blog. Pics and more to follow. We were down in Seaside again, like we did last year, and yes, DH cooked. He cooked off and on all day and after we ate the entire meal in less than fifteen minutes, he looked over at me, shook his head, and said, “That is way too much work for one meal.”

Ya think?

More tomorrow–oh, and contest winners tomorrow.  How was everyone else’s weekend? Bargains found? Turkey … Read more »

Prepare for Christmas Now, Enter My Contest

Hey all, just in case the holidays can’t come any soon enough for you, you should drop by my Contest this month and enter to win one of twelve “Days of Christmas” packages I’ll be sending out next month, which will include yummy, nummy homemade Christmas treats, autographed books to keep, and autographed books to use as extra stocking stuffers and hostess gifts from me and a number of your favorite Avon Authors including, Lorraine Heath, Julianne MacLean, Tracy Anne Warren, Kerrelyn Sparks, Sara Bennett, Alexandra Benedict, Anna Campbell, Isabel Sharpe and more!… Read more »

Getting My Irish On

Now that used to mean getting myself down to the nearest pub and . . . well, singing a lot of Irish songs into the night. And perhaps imbibing in a pint or two. (Kit, this is the point where you don’t snort your coffee all over your keyboard, nor do you comment.) But life is so very different now. This year it has turned into discovering my Irish roots in another way: Discovering the most authenticate and perfect recipe for Irish Soda Bread.

This all started about a week ago when my son’s teacher put out a call for … Read more »

It's that week . . .

I know, I’m supposed to wax poetic about this week because I am a romance writer. It is rather like carrying the standard in this business. Oh, it’s Valentine’s Day, let’s trot the local romance writers out of their caves, dress them in red and have them go on and on about the power of love. Gads, I think I am going to choke on my box of chocolates.

It’s not that I am against romance. Or Valentine’s Day–because any day where a man actually feels compelled to act on his guilt of not being romantic enough the rest of … Read more »

Happy New Year!

How exciting! It is 2008! I can’t believe the last year passed so quickly, but that just seems to be the way of getting older and more settled with your life–time seems to speed up–just when I could really use a few extra hours in the day.

Speaking of getting older, the other day my DH and I were discussing getting a babysitter and the oldest hero asked for “a boy babysitter.” My husband was a bit taken aback by this, and then I chimed in that when I was little, my brother and I had a boy babysitter, whose … Read more »

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