I hope all my American friends had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! And...now that it's over we can turn our attention to--what else?--Christmas!
Really, while I'm not keen on the shopping madness that hits people this time of year, and the commercialization that has kind of taken over the holiday, I do love the chance to visit and celebrate with family and friends. Actually, I think we really need that to keep our spirits up during this time of cold and very short days. It's the short days that bother me more than anything. I can bundle up against the cold, but I really miss that sun. I'm never so happy as to get December 21st behind me, it means every day will be a little longer until summer.
We're not there yet, three weeks till that happens, and just a couple days after that before we can celebrate the season with friends and family. In the meantime, many of you will no doubt be doing your last minute shopping like me. Yes, I admit it, I procrastinate to the very end and then scramble to find that perfect gift for my loved ones. I'm always afraid of buying early and then their buying the same thing themselves before Christmas hits. This means, of course, that I shall be out there, tossed amidst the crowds of shoppers, battling over the last whatever, and cussing at crazy drivers....Why is it that people's driving skills seem to deteriorate at this time of year? Is it too much Christmas liquid cheer or just impatience? I suspect a little of both since they tend to get a little cranky in the stores too and it becomes something of a challenge to just make your way from the mall entrance to the store you want.
So be careful out there. There are a lot of cars, a lot of distractions and a lot of people everywhere. And if you feel like screaming in frustration at some point... either take a deep breath and visualize everyone with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of their shoes OR, worse case scenario, I guess you can try screaming. I guarantee you that if people see you screaming, they will give you a liberal amount of breathing room in which to move around in ...although you may get kicked out of the mall as well. Possibly banned. Maybe you shouldn't scream after all.
As for the latest news coming from the Sands' headquarters... Hungry For You is out! (at least it is as of Tuesday, November 30th) So it should be on display at your local bookstore. The last single Willan sister has finally met her match in Cale Valens, a distant relative of the Argeneau clan from Europe. That is if the harried Alex can take the time to notice her lifemate. The opening of her new restaurant, sudden loss of her chef, lime green walls and orange tiles may distract her from what's right in front of her.
In other news, I am now thinking about the next Argeneau stories I will write. I have had an idea for Jeanne Louise's story for years, but have been waiting for her father's life to get straightened around before writing it. Now that he and Nicholas are all squared away, it's Jeanne Louise's turn to shine so she will definitely be one of the next books I do.
Well that's it my friends. I hope you get your Christmas tree up and decorated, your shopping done and that you stay safe and sane in the process. :-)