Most of us don’t need a designated day to think about the people, places, and things we’re thankful for. Still, the October and November Thanksgiving holidays provide a timeout to take a spiritual gratitude inventory, but it’s also fun to think about the quirkier things that add a special flavor to our lives.
For me, this year I’m all about YouTube. I know, I know, people make fun of the pet trick videos and such, but go ahead and laugh. When I needed an update on refinishing wood trim on boats for Love, Unexpected, YouTube provided a quick refresher course. Education aside, though, most of all, I enjoy the music, which maybe too often are trips down memory lane, one click leading to another and another, and oops, that was quite a concert that lasted all evening.
Then there’s ice skating. A category unto itself. I can watch performances from the Olympics in the '90s or from Skate America and Skate Canada, each a few weeks ago. Skating brings out the dancer in me, and dancing is the path to romance. So, when you match Canadian Olympic champion ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir with Ed Sheeran singing his own song, “Perfect,” this is the magical result:
As it happens, the theme of “Perfect” goes along with the theme of All in the Past, Book 1 of my new Harlequin Heartwarming series, Bluestone River, coming in 2019.
Tragedy—and a scandal—drove Ruby Driscoll and Mike Allouez away from Bluestone River, and from each other. Now, twenty years later, they’re both back and crossing paths. Mike is home to stay, but Ruby has other plans, or so she thinks. Mike and Ruby must try to heal the wound that drove them apart—a wound that had nothing to do with them in the first place.
I hope all the holidays drawing this year to an end are filled with all the blessings and fun you can pack in.
An author of both fiction and nonfiction books, Virginia McCullough writes about characters who could be our neighbors and friends struggling with everyday life issues. The final book of her Two Moon Bay series, Love, Unexpected, was released in May of this year. Now she’s immersed in Bluestone River, Illinois, a town that has seen better days, but could be making a comeback! She’s working on Book 1, All in the Past, a reunion story.
Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has moved around a lot, mostly by choice, and now lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she enjoys hanging out with other romance writers, walking on trails, and downing mugs of dark roast at local coffeehouses. Her other award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Hear Heart, Amber Light, and Greta's Grace.
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