Friday, January 1, 2021

January's Winter Wonderland by @JoanReeves #RomanceGems

Happy New Year!

I've never been so happy to see an old year end—hopefully taking with it CoVid19, unemployment, ill health,  depression, hopelessness, and unhappiness.

CORRECTION: If you read my post before 1pm today, you probably noticed I mentioned Giveaway Alert and then the sentence fragmented. I was very tired last night after midnight (go figure) and didn't go to the top of my draft post to eliminate that sentence. I decided just to giveaway books instead of having anyone jump through hoops on a day when we're probably all a bit, uh, tired. *g* Happy New Year!

Hello, 2021!

You are already loved by just about everyone in our world.

In space, Earth looks like a glorious blue and  white planet, a beautiful blending of our oceans and ice caps. Since it's winter, most of us get to see some of that ice and snow.

Winter Wonderland, Our January Theme

I'd like to share some images of Texas in winter. Texas is such a big state that we have everything from winter Plains weather to sunny Gulf Coast winters with mostly mild temperatures. The picture above are trees on a Texas hillside.

If you ever think about moving to Texas, you can pick the climate you want. At right, you can see the Chisos, a mountain range located in the Big Bend area of the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. It may seem odd to you to see snow on cactus, but that's the way we roll. 

As I write this, Darling Hubby and I are at our house in the country, located at the foot of the Texas Hill Country. 

The day is sunny and in the high 60s, but the wind is blowing hard. Clouds scud across the robin's egg blue sky, and it's pleasant sitting on the porch.Here at the ranch, we often have ice and snow in January or February.

In Houston, there have been winters so mild that we heated the pool all of December to take the chill from the water so we could swim. The kids loved that! 

The snow scene on the cover of LuvU4Ever, free at most Kindle shops, is actually downtown Houston. It doesn't snow often so it's really fun when it does.

From the Panhandle to South Texas, from El Paso to the piney woods of east Texas, there's every variety of land and climate. If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait an hour, and it'll probably change.

January Author Spotlight

The talented Karen Whiddon is our spotlight author this month.

Karen, a longtime author for Harlequin, has had a remarkable career, and that career is in full bloom. Be sure and visit the Author Spotlight Page and read more about Karen and see her new release.

My 2021 Goals

1. Worry less.

2. Workout more.

3. Spend less time working.

4. Use my work time more effectively.

5. Spend less time on social media relationships.

6. Spend more time on real life relationships.

7. Focus less on my imperfections.

8. Focus more on what I can contribute.

9. Write with Joy.

10. Live each day with Joy.

LAST CHANCE NEW YEAR, Free Until Jan. 4!

This is Book 2, A Moment in Time Short Story Romance Series, and it's FREE, Jan. 1 until Jan. 4, midnight CST. 

Make sure the price shows as free because some retailers are slow to reprice. Find it at these booksellers:

Apple

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Scribd

Smashwords

You can get it at Amazon, but it will cost you 99¢ because they refused to discount it!

On Sale until January 4, THE KEY TO KRISTINA

This book is getting rave reviews. Be sure and get it for only 99¢ before it returns to regular price.

"The Key to Kristina is a simmering, not-until-it’s-ready, slow-burn romance, one of my favorite kinds. No “insta-love” here. Thankfully. It helps that the main characters Kristina and Wyatt are relatable, worth getting to know as a reader, as they get to know each other. Add to that a clever and intriguing mystery, and you’ve got the whole package." —CRich Review

"Brilliant!! Fantastic book. Very hard to put down." —Janine Reviews

Wishing all of you a 2021 SO much better than the CoVid year. Let's all wallow in optimism and read romance, the hopeful genre. What do you think? Leave a comment and let's talk about our hopes and dreams for the New Year.






19 comments:

  1. I like your list! Happy New Year, Joan. Wishing you all that's good in a year of blessings.

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  2. I, for one, am very glad for a new year. Even though it will take a while for Covid to go away, at least there is light at the end of the tunnel and it doesn't appear to be an oncoming train! stephaniesuesansmith at gmail.com

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    2. Let me try my reply again, Stephanie. CORRECTION: No need to leave an email addy for the giveaway. If you read my post before 1pm today, you probably noticed I mentioned Giveaway Alert and then the sentence fragmented. I was very tired last night after midnight (go figure) and didn't go to the top of my draft post to eliminate that sentence because I had decided just to give away books instead of having anyone jump through hoops on a day when we're probably all a bit, uh, tired. *g* Happy New Year!

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  3. Texas seems to have the best of all worlds. I wish I'd done more than drive through it, which wasn't a short drive. Now I know why. Happy New Year, Joan. May all your wishes turn into realities.

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  4. Happy New Year Joan. I leaned a lot about Texas and it's various temperature moods. Your 2021 goals are worthy. I never make resolutions. I create a vision board for the year. Will definitely incorporate some of your goals into my vision. Have a fantastic New Year!

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    1. And hope you have a fantastic one too, Marcia.

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  5. Interesting post about Texas winters! I never really thought about it but it is such a big state. :) Here's to 2021 - I hope the year is kinder to us all. Happy New Year!

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    1. Toasting you, Maddie. May the year be full of blessings.

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  6. Great goals!! Wishing you the very best in 2021!

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    1. Wishing you the same, Kari. Looking forward to more wonderful books from you and the other authors.

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  7. Happy New Year, Joan, and all the RomanceGems and our loyal readers and friends.

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  8. I like your list of goals. Happy New Year.

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    1. Happy New Year, Kathleen, and congrats again on hitting #1 bestseller for your box set.

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  9. Having a lot of hope for 2021! And Texas is the most beautiful place I've ever laid eyes on. (Ok, I'm biased, but God bless it!) And I just finished reading The Key To Kristina! Loved it!

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    1. Same here, Kara. Going to really focus on the positive. I agree about Texas. My Darling Hubby is a Texan through and through. I wasn't born here, but, like some wit said, "I got here as soon as I could." Thank you for the great review. I'm so glad you liked The Key To Kristina which I set in what some consider barren West Texas. I think it has a subtle beauty of its own.

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