Merry Christmas, everyone! We had a different kind of Christmas at my house this year, but I’m happy to say it’s been a truly lovely holiday. So, what’s changed this year? I became a grandma! In the past, my son and his wife would divide their time between his family and hers, but babies do change things up! I didn’t want them to stress about having to do two family Christmases in two days, so this year we have postponed our big family celebration until New Years.
That said, I still prepared a Christmas Eve supper (Mexican-themed this year!), a Christmas Day brunch of BLATs (bacon/lettuce/avocado/tomato sandwiches), and a Christmas dinner of roast chicken with stuffing and all the trimmings.
How was your holiday, Janice? Did you focus on family traditions, or has there been something new thrown into the mix?
Merry Christmas to all! I had a great holiday too, Lee, in spite of having to juggle preparations and revisions for my Heartwarming novel out in 2017. Somehow I managed, though at a cost of a few restless nights! Our Christmas traditions changed slightly this year too, though not—and I say this, green with envy—due to the arrival of grandchildren.
We have two adult daughters, one of whom has a ‘significant other’ (can someone please come up with a better euphemism!) and this year they spent Christmas morning with his family, but came to us for dinner. Although I missed having her around—she’s a huge help in the kitchen!—and pretended to cry when I handed over her childhood Christmas stockings, I thought it very mature and considerate of the pair to ‘share’ Christmas festivities.
|Christmas at Janice's house, before and after|
Congratulations on your 2017 Heartwarming release, Janice! My next Heartwarming—His Best Friend’s Wife—will be available on January 3. Next week! More about that later.
I love your table setting! With Christmas behind us, I'm now planning a big New Year's Day dinner, which is something I've never done before. Will it become a new family tradition? Time will tell!
I’m not big on resolutions but I do have a few personal New Year’s traditions. The first is to transition from my current calendar/planner to a new one. I am still one of those people (some might say dinosaur!) who loves a paper calendar. I transfer my address book into the back of my new calendar. I page through the whole year, marking special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. And then I page through my old calendar—my own personal year in review.
|Out with the old and in with the new.|
I’m excited that we’ll both have a book out in 2017. Do you have a title yet, Janice? And can you share a little teaser about this story?
Lee, as someone who likes to organize, I’m definitely a novice next to you! But I did get a start on putting away Christmas gifts on Boxing Day. My husband and I are not fans of New Year’s Eve and will likely get some good take-out, enjoy some Champagne and get caught up on our latest Netflix obsession. The entertaining will be on-going after New Year’s, but only with family and close friends. Besides, I cleaned our house really well before Christmas so….
I’m excited about my first Heartwarming (and my 12th Harlequin romance) but the release date is September, which seems almost out of sight at the moment. The working title is A Man, a Boy and a Dog which came to me in an act of desperate non-creativity. The man, an army captain seriously injured in an explosion in Afghanistan but inadvertently saved by a stray dog he had befriended. The dog is transported to the States thanks to the efforts of the captain’s squad and with the help of the heroine, a photo-journalist on assignment. Circumstances interrupt the handover of dog to captain and the heroine must return to her family’s farm with the dog. The boy is the heroine’s young nephew, who has refused to speak to any adult since the sudden deaths of his parents. The hero arrives to claim his dog and the rest is….well…romance plus the healing powers of love.
Speaking of romance…I’m looking forward to reading your January release Lee and am also wondering if you have other writing projects in mind for 2017.
Janice, I can’t wait to read this book! I'm currently working on the third book in this series, as well as a proposal for a new series. Your comment about your title made me laugh out loud. I’m the worst at coming up with titles. That said, my next book is being released with my original working title. His Best Friend's Wife is the second book in The Finnegan Sisters trilogy.
A second chance for his first loveHappy New Year, everyone, and happy reading!
Paul Woodward has always known Annie Finnegan was the one. But when she married his best friend, he moved away from their tiny hometown to try to forget the woman he could never have. When her husband passes away, Paul is heartbroken and wants to be there for the love of his life—but how can he, given the way he feels? As he returns to take over his ill father's medical practice, though, it's clear that Annie and her son are the family Paul longs for. As Annie heals and their connection grows, Paul will wait to find out if love really gives second chances…
His Best Friend's Wife (January 3, 2017)
A Man, a Boy and a Dog (working title) (September 2017)