Had a wonderful Christmas with all the family. I love it when we can all get together. Our daughter's girlfriend took over most of the cooking--I did the roast but Amanda got everything else together except the mashed potatoes, which 14 year old Luca handled like a pro. The kid loves mashed potatoes and gravy, and I think he's finally discovered that the best way to make sure there are enough is to make them himself. (He did give me orders to double up on the gravy...)
This is the whole crew--I'm the shrimp in the middle, our son is on the far left, daughter is on the right with the red scarf, and Luca, the maker of mashed potatoes is on her right. Amanda the cook is between me and Sarah, and Doug, the very patient spouse, is holding me in place. It's so much fun to get all six grandkids actually looking at the camera without making faces...
I'm not really all that small, and neither is my husband who's around 6'4", but every time we get together, I'm reminded that we raised a tall family. (uhm, the three kids in the back are standing on a rock wall...I need to try that!)
We got through New Year's, and Doug and I took off for an overnight escape in the motorhome. We spent the night at Wright's Beach, between Bodega Bay and Jenner. It's one of the few campgrounds where you can park a motorhome right on the beach. It poured rain and the waves were huge, and it was wonderful! I had barely started Jayne Ann Krentz's SECRET SISTERS, so I took it with me and absolutely lost myself in the book while my spouse went out with his camera (and him) wrapped in a big, black garbage bag to take pictures of the weather and waves.
Perfect mini vacation break for both of us!
I highly recommend SECRET SISTERS--I honestly think it's one of JAK's best in romantic suspense, and that's saying a lot because I love her RS! Wonderful characters, terrific setting, and a truly beautiful romance. (I do love a good romance...) It made for the perfect beach read--even though I couldn't go out on the beach. Even better, there was no wifi or cell service, so all I could do was read...
I still don't have my author copies of GROWL which has my ebook story, Feral Passions, in this really gorgeous print version that also includes AC Arthur's story from Claimed by the Mate, and a really great new one from Eve Langlais. Once I get my copies, I'll be able to hold a couple of contests for them, so please be patient. In the meantime, I've got a few copies of Hot Alphas to give away, so please don't forget to fill out your entry in the form marked CONTEST ENTRY. Do NOT enter your personal information in the comments section. Not only is that dangerous for you to have that info out on the 'net, it's not going to get you entered, so pay attention. On a computer, the entry form should be at the lower right, on some mobile devices it's at the end of the post, PAST the comments section. Make sure you enter in the correct spot.
A couple of notices for those of you living within driving distance of Sonoma County--on February 12--
at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa
Friday, February 12 6:00pm
Jennifer Ryan: The Montana Men series
Carolyn Jewel: The My Immortals series
Kate Douglas: Redemption & Intimate
A Special Presentation with Spice Sensuality Boutique
775 Village Ct.
Santa Rosa, CA. 95405
Sharon has set up a Facebook page where you can sign up and find out all about the event and which authors will be attending. Please check it out, and if you think you can make it, let me know! February in wine country is usually just gorgeous--the wild mustard is blooming, and the color is absolutely phenomenal. Coppola Winery is spectacular, and they're going all out to make this a truly special event for us. I've roped my husband in as our photographer (I'm not quite sure he realizes what he's getting into yet...) and I'd love the chance to meet any of you who can make it. The link above is live, and so is this:
I don't have any books other than JAK's Secret Sisters to recommend because I'm deep into reading entries for a contest and have eight full-length novels to finish ASAP. So far, they're really good, and a reminder that there are some truly talented romance authors in this biz!
I hope the weather isn't getting you down--I refuse to complain about rain after four years of drought, though it was truly wonderful to see the sun today. Doug set up my mountain bike on a stationary wheel in my office so I can get my exercise even when it's yucky outside. I've never used one before, and it's actually pretty cool. Amazing how fast you can work up a sweat on one of those things!
Stay well, stay safe, and don't forget to take time for you. It's way too easy to worry about everyone else and forget that you're just as important as the rest of the folks and/or critters you take care of. Biggest bit of advice? Find time to read a good book. It makes the real world (and politics! I'm already tired of politics, and we've got a LONG way to go...) go away.
My very best to all of you,