We have had the most spectacular fall so far, if you can actually call it that. After one of the hottest, driest summers on record, we’ve transitioned into a lovely Indian Summer (can I still use that term or is it rude—apologies if it is). And—just in time for Thanksgiving on Monday—the rain is going to strike and the temperature is going to drop. Of course. But that’s okay because we’ll all be inside hunkered down over turkey (including we vegetarians) and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Can’t wait. Plus, we’ve got a 50-50 chance that it’ll be one of those maudlin smoochy family gatherings or one of those leave-as-early-as-you-can because somebody has ticked off somebody else gatherings. It varies year to year, doesn’t it?
Anna J. Stewart’s post on Wednesday made me smile because I just came off a long weekend of wine-tasting, theatre-going and spa treatments ($$$$) with a couple of my good buddies. I’m not sure if it was all the wine or what but Sunday night we were emailing back and forth sloppy “I love you all…” “You’re wonderful…” “I’m so glad we have one another…” emails. Speaking of a little help from your friends.
I’m hoping we have that kind of a sloppy, huggy family Thanksgiving dinner Sunday!
And that brings me to Harlequin’s Series Editorial Director Joanne Grant, who is returning to the UK today after a grand tour of the New York and Toronto offices. She is such a positive force to be reckoned with, I’m glad she’s on our Series Team! She even inspired a couple of hugs among the Toronto editors. (We are notorious for no hugging; the UK is notorious for much hugging. Not sure where the NYC editors stand.)
The best thing that came out of Joanne’s several meetings with her editors? The knowledge that she is one of us: She LOVES series books. Heartwarming authors are among a group of amazing writers who tell beautiful, uplifting stories that to some readers are the equivalent of that “little help from your friends”. And it’s never a 50-50 thing. These stories give us that warm satisfying happy ending.
Going into the Thanksgiving weekend, I’m grateful for the Heartwarming series! Thank you to the authors and the stories…and, of course, the readers.