Happy New Year, everyone!
Last year was an especially busy one, professionally and personally, and by mid-December I was more than ready for a short—and rather unique—break.
My husband’s brother in southern California is a talented guitarist who had gathered a bunch of other musicians, including their third brother, a drummer, to make his new album. As a special treat we were invited to join them at the San Diego studio for their recording session, and you should have heard the amazing vocalists, too (well, you can, when the album comes out in a few months). A great time—great music—and great research for any writer!
We topped off this extended-family reunion with brunch the last day at the beautiful nearby Rancho Bernardo Inn. This is their spectacular gingerbread house (not on the menu).
After that, my husband and I headed for Newport Beach overnight
then on to Los Angeles. I’d never actually been in the city before, only at the airport between flights, but I quickly learned that, as a country girl these days, I’m not a fan of the famed bumper-to-bumper traffic! This—from our hotel lobby—is more my speed.
Thank goodness, during the holidays we virtually had the city to ourselves so we could use the mostly empty side streets rather than the freeways. Our sightseeing, including Rodeo Drive (the shops were closed) and the La Brea Tar Pits, was fun, and of course, we also had to check out Malibu.
Wish I could afford a house on the beach!
I missed my kids and grandkids this Christmas, but that winter break certainly did recharge my batteries. I’m back home again in TN, it’s a brand new year and I’m ready to write.
After all, I have a ton of research information and some local color I can use—if not for the series I’m working on now. Just before my trip to California, I turned in the first book, Come-Again Cowboy, which takes place on a bison ranch in Kansas. It will be released next fall, and before that an unrelated story, Lost and Found Family, will be out from Heartwarming too in April. I can’t show you that cover yet, but trust me, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
In the meantime, what about the other Heartwarming books? We’re all so excited. They’re available in print starting this month at select Wal-Mart stores!
Looks like a good start to the New Year. What did you do for the holidays? What do you hope to accomplish in 2016?