Wow, it’s January already! Where does the time go? The holidays are behind us now, and 2017 is here.
Show of hands: How many of you have put your wreaths, Christmas trees, and garlands away until next December? Not me. Here’s the little tree in my bedroom, still glowing every night.
And the mantel, ditto, complete with flameless candles.
And on Christmas Eve, since I would be home to celebrate the holidays for the first time in roughly ten years rather than traveling, I finally decided to put up the big tree in the family room after all. But I don’t look forward now to “un-decorating” that tree or anything else. Maybe I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.
One year I put a string of lights on a tall century plant I had at the time, which resembled a cactus, and I liked the effect so much I kept it lit all year. Every night, even in summer, it looked so pretty I couldn’t bear to “undress” it.
I didn’t hang a wreath this season, though. Why? Because last year a pair of Carolina Wrens made a nest in it. In fact (notice a theme here?), I left that wreath up until spring not to disturb the birds that had decided to winter there. Who cared what the neighbors might think? The wrens were snug and cozy. Still. There might have been mites or other critters in that nest too so I finally threw it away. I just ordered a new wreath, pre-lit and cordless, for next season. Love those after-holiday sales!
While Christmas was happening, and New Year’s, I was also on deadline with my next book, which has a new title and pub date. Last Chance Cowboy, the second in my Kansas Cowboys series, will come out in May, and the book is now “in the can,” as they say in the movie business. Cover reveal soon. My heroine, Shadow Moran, gets her happy ending with Grey Wilson (Think Scott Eastwood).
And I’m working on the third book. Writing first draft is my favorite part of writing so I’m having fun! My working title is Cowboy on Call. I do love January when the sky is pearl gray here, the fog sometimes creeps up to the window and encloses me in a creative cocoon, and I can stay home to work in my own private world instead of racing out to buy last-minute gifts.
The first in this series, The Reluctant Rancher (October, 2016), is still available.
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The happiest New Year to everyone!