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The Happy Ever After series #8

We’re halfway through this wonderful month and it isn’t slowing down one bit. Look! I have a cover for my new novel! And here’s the series, all three books.

Now, if you’ve been following along, you will remember that when I wrote A Jingle Valley Wedding back in 2015, I hadn’t thought a lot about a sequel. But a number of people did remark that when the book ended, they were not ready for the story to be finished. I kept that in the back of my mind, even as I wrote Villa del Sol and even as I wrote April in Galway. At the end of April, our character April Tweed has an idea – to be married at the wedding venue her old friend Julie Tate had created on a farm in western Massachusetts. By this time last year, I knew I’d be combining both A Jingle Valley Wedding and April in Galway into a new novel. And, in a first for this author, there’s a happy ever after. Imagine that!

Cover All's Well in Jingle Valley SERIES Book 3

All’s Well in Jingle Valley won’t be released until December 2, and print copies will be available at the 7th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo, on Saturday, December 7. But you can pre-order it now! Just click HERE and the ebook will magically drop into your Kindle on December 2. I’ve never done a pre-order before, so I don’t know whether it’s a brilliant marketing tool or not.

Meanwhile, my novel Bits of Broken Glass is just 99 cents to download through the end of this month. In November, I’ll discount the first two books in The Happy Ever After series, so you can catch up before reading All’s Well. 

And if you’re on Facebook, please join me in the Wicked Good Hop starting this Monday, October 21, where you can win books and prizes. And again next month, join in at the Rhode Island Authors Showcase November 18-24, where the Grand Prize is a $250 Amazon gift card! Yes, both of these events are Facebook-only events.

Following this blog is not only smart, it can save you money!


Living through November

I was inspired to write about November after reading an old friend’s post on Facebook this morning:  “…I hate November…Is there anything (other than Turkey Day) good about November?”

Isn’t that a shame?! Here we have thirty days that my friend sees as nothing but lost daylight, cold temperatures, and dead leaves.  I see November as magical.  After Hallowe’en, folks keep their scarecrows and corn stalks and hay bales in their front yards, splashed with color from pumpkins and mums.  Those fallen leaves, until raked up, carpet the grass with orange, yellow, red.  A gray sky and cold wind only make coming home that much cozier.  And the smells!  Apple pie with cinnamon, pot roast with onions, wood stoves and fireplaces sending fragrant smoke into the air.

An occasional Indian summer day (we will have one tomorrow, says the weatherman) is a gift.  Office workers will head outside for lunch, grabbing a dose of vitamin D.  Children will shrug off the coat they wore at the bus stop that morning, and run around the schoolyard as if it’s early September.  Snow is an anomaly in November (yes, I know we had a freak snowstorm at the end of October, but that rarely happens – snow usually holds off around here until after Christmas).

There’s Veterans Day on 11/11.  This year it’s 11/11/11 – that has to be lucky somehow!  It’s an opportunity to thank someone who served, a chance to show gratitude.

And finally, as November closes, families, no matter how distant or dysfunctional, come together at Thanksgiving.  There’s too much eating, and sometimes too much drinking, and talking and laughing.  Grandparents  see little ones and think about time passing much too quickly.  People with enough to spare provide for those who don’t have even enough.  Giving thanks for life, health, love, family, and stuffing.