I don’t know about you but I’m sort of taken aback by how the holidays crept up on me this year. One minute I was planted in my desk chair enjoying fond memories of Labor Day weekend while finishing the manuscript for THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT, and the next, CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH was released, and it was already the middle of October. Halloween came along seemingly the next day and now even the Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone. Which is only a problem because I so enjoy this time of year and don’t want it all to go so fast. I loved having our sons home from college in November and I’m already counting the days until they’ll be back. More and more each year I cherish the time spent with friends and family. So here we are in December. Already Atlanta has grown far chillier than this former Floridian might like, and I’m happy to be snug inside working on revisions and day dreaming of the Keys where the new book is set.
Being deep into revisions has another advantage. It’s much easier for me to avoid spoilers floating across the pond about Season 4 of Downton Abbey when I’m immersed in my story and characters. I’ve done pretty well so far so please don’t say a word about what you may have heard or any sneak peeks you’ve enjoyed. The good news/bad news is that the way time is going, it will be January 5th in just a few minutes and all my avoidance of Downton plot developments and characters will pay off big time as I settle in on Sunday nights to spend time with the Crawleys.
On the book front, WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY is, I’m happy to say, in its seventh printing and, on December 29th it’s going to be published for the first time as a mass market paperback. For those who haven’t had a chance to read it, I hope you’ll check out the excerpt and other info here on my site. It’s the story of three very different people and the British concierge of their Atlanta high rise who are brought together by weekly Downton Abbey viewing parties.
Also, CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH, which is my first novella and my first e-original, has received a really nice response from readers. It’s been gratifying that others have enjoyed catching up with the women of TEN BEACH ROAD as much as I did, and fun teasing about where the gang is headed next (Florida Keys!) and for whom (think rock star!) for the next installment of their reality show, Do Over. THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT will be out in July next year. Here’s an early look at the cover.
To celebrate the holidays, the new season and the mass market release, my current contest offers two prizes to two different winners. You can enter for a chance to win all three seasons of Downton Abbey (UK edition!) plus an autographed copy of WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY. And, in the spirit of the holidays, another winner will be chosen to return with me to Pass-a-Grille to visit Bella Flora with the e-edition of CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH and autographed copies of both TEN BEACH ROAD and OCEAN BEACH as well as a “taste of Pass-a-Grille” basket of Florida’s famous citrus delivered to their door.
After you enter the contest, you may also want to join my email list for occasional notes about events and new books, register your book club or join me on Facebook, where I share news and enjoy the conversation with other readers and writers.
I have a feeling that 2014 is going to arrive before I’m ready just like the holidays have. In the meantime, I wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season filled with all good things and lots of great books!