|With these reminders, how did I forget to blog?|
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.
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.|
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.
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!|