For the better part of December I’ve shared my latest book, Christmas Reunion, so anyone who was interested could read it on my blog for free. It gave me great pleasure to be able to finish it in time and offer it to my readers as a personal holiday present.
Thank you for your amazingly kind and supportive words and thank you for taking the time to read it. I hope it was a fun, relaxing experience.
While the book will no longer be available on the blog, in case you haven’t finished reading it or might want your own copy, you can still download it for free on smashwords.com
Once again, thank you, and I hope 2023 is off to a good start for all of you.
Stay safe, everyone!
One thing I try to do on the last day of the year, especially if I don’t leave town for the New Year’s celebration, is to get out of the house and clear my head. A walk in the park or on the beach or even a short drive out of town to disconnect can work wonders – I love the holidays, but they can be exhausting. That’s why I try to have a very short to-do list for the 31st. Once those few things are taken care of, I can relax and enjoy the day. Continue reading “First… Last… Last First”
I started this blog in December, but that’s not the only reason why I usually try to do something special this time of year, as far as blogging is concerned. I try to post more, to open up more, but also offer small virtual thank you gifts to my readers.
A year ago, as I was doing a Christmas song countdown, I thought it would be fun to write a holiday themed story and share it with everyone in a few instalments. All well and good, but who had the time and energy for that, especially since I quickly realized that a short story would be too short for my idea? So off to that mental storage bin labelled “some other time” the idea went, together with so many others.
It’s been a year… I won’t elaborate, we all know what sort of year it’s been. So this autumn I acknowledged a fairly sad fact about myself. I wasn’t able to write anything fun… and when it came to reading, the whole year I’ve been drawn mostly to non-fiction depicting the sad state we’re in from various perspectives. After finishing an emotionally draining story that I felt the need to write this autumn, I understood I needed something else as well. Something light, something cheerful, perhaps something silly… So I decided to give my Christmas story idea a try. Meanwhile it grew into a short novel that I wanted to serialize on my blog, but I didn’t have much hope to finish it in time for December 1st. I refused to give up on it – writing it was actually fun – thinking that I’d finish it and if not this year, I’d share it next December.
But much to my joy and surprise, it was ready in time, even if just barely. When I hit Publish last night, I could hardly believe it. So here it is, a writing project out of character for me. Be gentle, I’m not 100% certain I was awake when writing the synopsis.
A family Christmas is not for everyone, so when Sandra suggests a singles’ reunion over the holidays, her childhood friends are all in. But what is her real reason for bringing everyone together?
Romance is in the air, but when old rivalries and forgotten feelings resurface, drama, intrigue and misunderstandings are inevitable. Bright, beautiful, successful Sandra may think she knows her heart and her friends, but a flurry of mixed emotions, funny moments and unexpected distractions will reveal everyone’s true desires.
Secrets and scars are exposed on a path to forgiveness, friendship and love, as second chances become real on Christmas.
Like I said, I will be sharing it on my blog this month and hopefully it’ll bring a sweet smile to your faces, briefly helping you forget about the doom and gloom out there. If you want the book or know someone who might like it, you can also download it for free, for now only on Smashwords.com
Hopefully by tomorrow it’ll also be available on B&N, Kobo, Apple Books, etc. as well as on Amazon (sadly, because of their pricing restrictions, it cannot be free there as well).
It may not feel like it, but autumn is drawing to an end. If not the weather, at least all the Christmas decorations popping up on our streets as well as in our stores are an obvious reminder. As for the roses… they’re still here, clearly determined to hold on and infuse some joy in these otherwise dreary end of autumn days. I don’t think they’ll give up before the first frost. I hope you’ve enjoyed the colours, textures and their tranquil beauty.
A warm thank you to all of you, I appreciate the time you’ve taken to view the roses and share your thoughts. I hope you had a nice autumn.
Don’t forget to be kind and stay safe, everyone!