This news just in from Bell Bridge Books marketing department! NIGHT FALLS LIKE SILK will be $1.99 at Barnes & Noble (the Nook Store) as a digital download this weekend–December 22-24, 2102. At that price you can treat yourself to a hot cuppa and some quiet reading time with a story guaranteed to warm you up on a winter’s night.
Speaking of long winter’s nights, the reason it feels like The End Of Days up here in the Northland today is that the winter solstice really means something here. A whole lotta dark. Not quite Arctic dark, but gettin’ there. When Scandinavians immigrated to the U.S. about a century ago, they flocked to Minnesota and found it felt much like home. Deep in December back in the old country they would (I’m told) haul in the Yule log and the fresh-cut spruce tree, cover the tree and some pretty little blonde girl’s head with candles, and let there be light!
I always feel like I’m channeling my Swedish grandfather this time of year when I decorate for Christmas. I string white lights all over the place, plug them in to timers, and I don’t take them down until at least Valentine’s Day, when the days are beginning to feel longer.
I’m not much of a holiday baker, but I do love to turn the house into a fairyland this time of year, and my granddaughters have become my decorating cohorts. Last weekend’s project was inspired by—who else?—Martha Stewart. (We subscribe.) The little “Toob” penguins decorated her last birthday cake, and we already had most of the other pieces, too. Martha called for a round jar with a screw top, but the bowl worked just fine. The only part that took any time was shaping some Styrofoam packaging material and covering with “Buffalo Snow Flakes.” Voila! Fake snow globe that we can take apart after Christmas so the penguins—Piper’s 2012 favorite animal—can live to serve yet another day. We’ve used “Toob” figures for all kinds of class projects, dioramas and the like—very handy.
I’m giving forcing paperwhites another try. I’ve tried before, but mine never turn out like Martha’s. I was handed three free bulbs at the garden center when I went shopping for greenery for outdoor arrangements, and I’d just come across a no-fail recipe for no-flop stems, so what the heck? The recipe is 1 part rubbing alcohol to 10 parts water, which should cover your pebbles/glass bits/whatever just up to the bottom of the bulbs. My shoots are growing straight and tall, but the proof will be in the blooms. I’ll report back in a couple of weeks. Anyone tried forcing bubs? Got any more tips?
I just got the cover for ONE LESS LONELY COWBOY my March Special Edition (on sale February 19). If you have any pre-adolescent girls—that would be post-toddler, pre-middle school–in your life, the title might sound familiar. It’s one word off the title of a Justin Bieber (aka the Biebs) song. And that word is, of course, Cowboy. After years of struggle to put herself through school to become a teacher, single mother Lily Reardon returns to the Montana ranch where she grew up and the father who sent her away thirteen years ago. Staff cutbacks have left her with no job, no money, and no place else to go. Jack McKenzie is the best hired hand in the county, but he’s seen his share of troubles, too. ONE LESS LONELY COWBOY is a story of redemption and second chances, a favorite theme of mine.
And I just got word that there’s a possibility that one of my all-time favorites, THIS TIME FOREVER–winner RWA’s RITA Award for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance—might just possibly be available by Christmas. It’s already out as an Audible release, and I’m really excited about the brand new e-book and trade paperback formats. I should know more soon.
What are you doing for holiday decor? Tell us about your favorites. Trying anything new this year?