And then it started snowing. And snowing some more, and it hasn't really stopped since around the end of January. Everyone told us, when we moved here, that it was normal to get a "dusting" of snow every once in a while. However, it appears we got here just in time for a record setting snow season, which, believe me, we're not complaining about. I've posted some of Doug's pictures of Georgetown, where we live now, on my FB page. He got them yesterday morning before I was even out of bed. And if you haven't "liked" my page yet, please do! Facebook loves to remind me when no one has liked it in a while, and then I really feel like a slacker!
Snow means water for a state that has dealt with drought for far too long. The trees are soaking it up--sometimes too much as we've had a few power outages caused by falling trees. We lost a huge limb today off a cedar tree that snapped from the weight of the snow. The snow quit falling for a bit today and Doug and I took a walk in the woods. It's absolutely magical in there--some of the trees are massive and a lot of snow was falling on us because the sun had come out, and it was melting off the branches. The one in the picture is a favorite, just because of its pure mass. It's hard to tell from the photo, but the trunk is about four feet across.
Okay. Taking a break because I'm laughing. About twenty minutes ago Doug came into my office to kiss me goodnight. Than about ten minutes later, I heard him rummaging around in his camera room. It appears the snow stopped falling and the moon came out and there are SHADOWS and LIGHT, and the reflection is AMAZING. It's also about 29° outside right now. I hope he's got the electric blanket turned on because he's gonna need it when he comes in! But speaking of pictures, if you want to see what the little town we have moved to looks like, I just put up a photo album of pictures he took early this morning before the snow plows had even come through town. They're on my author page.
Yep...he's back inside, half frozen. At least I can stop worrying about him out there in the woods in the dark and cold...I'm really good at worrying! Now I can get back to the newsletter...I've got some updates. I've been hoping to have the next book ready to go by April, but I don't think I'll be able to make it. My eyes are a mess and cataract surgery isn't until early March, not that far away, but I've hardly written a word. It's taken me days to get to the point where I could do my newsletter, and I'm not used to having to work in small bits of time.
I have a title! This one is Dark Stranger. May not sound like much, but once I get a title in my head, then it usually starts to come together. I know the book is about the search for more Berserkers caught up in the illegal predator trade, and Santiago and Sofia, the maned wolf Berserkers from Dark Captive will feature, along with Leo and Asha and Remington and Shay. I even know how it ends, but it's the opening and a few of the plot points that aren't coming together for me, and until I have those, I'm unable to get into the flow of the story. No real excuses. I've even got my office somewhat organized and Internet it working most of the time. Please be patient, though I've asked that of you more than I should. Once I get into it, I'll try and post an excerpt once in a while.
I do have a contest this month, though, and I hope it's something you're interested in. During the move, I came across some of my author copies of Wolf Tales VI, VII, VIII, 9 and 10. Also found some copies of Sexy Beast II, III, and IV. There aren't too many, but if you are interested, enter the contest WITH YOUR PHYSICAL MAIL ADDRESS and which book or books you are interested in. If everyone asks for the same book, I want a secondary choice to fall back on.
I think one of the things I love most about JAK's books is just how wonderfully re-readable they are. I love nothing more than to pick up an old favorite and get swept right back up in the story, one I may have read years earlier. Her books are just that good. Link to the book will take you to her website and buy links.
I know that C.C. Hunter is NOT a young adult, but damn does she nail this age group perfectly. (I've got 13 and 15 year old granddaughters and a 17 year old grandson, so I think I know whereof I speak...)
Riley, the story's protagonist, is a teen with an unusual talent--not only does she see dead people, it's her task to help them cross over, but she's never had the spirit of a convicted criminal need her help before. Except helping him will also help save the life of a child. The convict was killed in a prison fight just before he was to give part of his liver for his daughter's life-saving transplant. Finding his brother, a notorious gang leader who might be the only possible match left will take Riley to some terrifying and dangerous places. There are even more complications that will keep you glued to this story, but read them in order.
I wish you well--I hope you're doing okay with the extremes of weather we've been having across the country. And try really hard to find some time to read. I know that's what keeps me going when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed with the world around me.
All the best,