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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Winter Comes to Texas by @JoanReeves #SmartGirlsReadRomance

With these reminders, how did I forget to blog?
When I was a kid, if I didn't move fast enough, my grandparents would say, "You're as slow as Christmas!"

Well, that's me lately. I've been crazy busy for about 2 weeks so it was inevitable that something important—like writing my monthly post—should fall through the cracks.

Even worse, I realized I hadn't written my Smart Girls Blog about 4 hours ago, but I was handling another crucial issue so I couldn't drop everything and write it.

Until now. So let's talk about Winter in Texas. If you have to have a winter, then the ones we have in Texas are tolerable.

Winter? Brrr!

Yep. I don't care much for winter. I spent a year living in South Dakota, and I spent a couple of winter weeks many years ago in South Korea—truly one of the colder places on the planet. Both those experiences left me with a lasting disregard for cold weather.

Bronze mums with still-blooming lantana.
Still there are some pleasant aspects of this less desirable season. Mums spring immediately to mind.
I love chrysanthemums of every hue.

When I lived in Japan, the flower lady came by every week with a dishpan full of pom pom mums on her head. I bought from her every week even though the flowers lasted for several weeks.

For years, I've bought a pot of mums from my local supermarket at least once a month. They grace my living room coffee table until they begin to fade. Then I cut them back and plant them in my yard.

I have just about every color of mum growing in the yards of both of my houses. They defy the Texas winter.

Holiday Books and Box Sets

Winter brings the wonderful holiday romances and box sets that I love to read and to which I love to contribute.

First up this season is a brand new box set, Christmas Shorts, a collection of 18 holiday short stories.

I totally love this cover. Isn't it  adorable?

Stories in Christmas Shorts

Christmas Runaway by Mimi Barbour, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

The Captain's Christmas Leave by  Mona Risk, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

Christmas Games by Stephanie Queen, USA Today bestselling author.

Second Chance Christmas by Jen Talty, USA Today bestselling author.

Meeting Sam Klaus by Melinda De Ross, USA Today bestselling author.

Stuck On The Naughty List by Joan Reeves, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author: Can the new Police Chief mend Cassie's broken heart?
I love this cover too!!

A Match Made in Mistletoe by Leanne Banks, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

Candy's Christmas Rescue by Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author.

A Christmas Creek Caper by Rachelle Ayala, USA Today bestselling author.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Taylor Lee, USA Today bestselling author.

Peter Elph by Dani Haviland by USA Today bestselling author.

Christmas Cupid by Nancy Radke by USA Today bestselling author.

A Love on the Edge by Jennifer St. Giles by USA Today bestselling author.

Because We're Snowflakes by Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today bestselling author.

A Magical Christmas by Jacquie Biggar, USA Today bestselling author.

A Chance of Snow by Alyssa Bailey, USA Today bestselling author.

Holiday Pickup By The Sea by Traci Hall, USA Today bestselling author.

A Chocolate-Box Christmas by Josie Riviera, USA Today bestselling author.

See Capitola in the northwest corner of Mason County?

I wrote this story and set it in Capitola, Texas, a town which exists only in memory now.

Capitola is one of more than a thousand ghost towns in Texas. I seem to have formed the habit of creating fictional towns from these ghost towns.

I loved the characters so much that I could not say goodbye when I finished the story.

So I decided to make this story the beginning of a series about this town that was named by the town's postmistress for the heroine of her favorite novel, Capitola the Madcap.

Add Christmas Shorts To Your Romance Library

For only 99cents, you get 18 holiday romance short stories, including mine. You're bound to find some stories you love!

JOAN REEVES—Keeping Romance Alive...One Sexy Book at a Time!
Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Joan lives her happily-ever-after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State. They divide their time between a book-cluttered home in Houston and a quiet house at the foot of the Texas Hill Country where they sit on the porch at night, look up at the star-studded sky, and listen to the coyotes howl.

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  1. I'm not much for winter either, Joan. But I don't like really high temps either. Summer heat sets off hot flashes way too often. Then, in the winter, a hot is triggered every time the central unit comes on during the night.

    They will make the connection between AC/heating units and hot flashes some day. I am not the only woman who is bothered by this same strange dilemma. Lol

    I enjoyed your post. I didn't realize Texas had so many ghost towns. Are they mostly in West Texas? Interesting.

    1. Hi, Laurean. Never heard that about AC/heating triggering hot flashes. Interesting. Ghost towns in Texas are scattered throughout the state. Capitola was in Mason County which is right next to Gillespie County where Fredricksburg, a popular tourist destination, is located. More ghost towns probably are in the still sparsely-populated counties of the Panhandle and southwest Texas. I've breathed life into other ghost towns by using them as settings in some of my books.

  2. "Christmas Shorts" looks like it would be a fun read. Putting it on my To-Be- Read list for the holidays.

    1. Thanks, Judy Ann! With 18 stories, there should be something for every reading taste. *g*


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