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How Is It December?

I can’t believe it is the LAST month of 2019.

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I can’t believe it is the LAST month of 2019. This year started with our almost never-ending renovation—which did end, at least for now. Neither of us has the heart for diving in again just yet, even though I think about the last thing we’d like to do (add a foyer on the front of the house that would eliminate a crazy choke-point). 

Looking back, I can’t believe I managed to write Maestra Rising in the midst of all that chaos. Headphones helped, but they did result in me jumping several feet in the air when someone had a question and had to touch me on the shoulder. (I don’t think they enjoyed my jump of surprise either. Lol) I look around me now and marvel at how much has changed in such a short time. 

When I was younger, I swear years were longer. I know they felt longer. The school year felt ENDLESS. Summers, they whizzed by, but the days of summer felt long and mostly lazy—at least in my imagination. Christmas time, well, that was like we went into a special kind of time loop. Each day of December was painfully slow. I know teachers tried to teach me, but I don’t remember learning. Lol 

My only “school” memories around Christmas was the last day when we’d march out of school and make the walk to the Hyart Theater for a movie. I don’t remember what we watched—just that we weren’t in school—and then when the movie ended, we lined up to get a small bag of peanuts and candy from Santa Claus. Then we’d march back to school and disburse for home, where my and my siblings’ anticipation became my mom’s problem for the last few days before Christmas. 

The days between school’s out and Christmas were LONG, but not nearly as long as Christmas Eve. My mom dealt with our exponentially building excitement by giving us jobs to do and/or kicking us outside to play. There is nothing quite like the snow to cool over-excited jets. Lol

Now that I’m (mostly) grownup, December seems to fly by at the speed of light. It is ironic because I mostly move at the speed of sludge. I’m sure there is an equation that would explain this phenomenon. Maybe it is the way the universe balances the energy of old and young. 

I just know that suddenly I’m juggling pre-holiday preparations with working on my latest novel, which is causing me some attention-deficient problems. On the other side of this (a new year!!!!), we’ll see how it all works out. Hopefully with both words and presents arriving at the correct times and in the correct places. 

If you’re looking for a quieter way to spend your Christmas season, reading is always a great option. And I even have a holiday read, currently selling at half-price (until December 25!). Read on to find out more!

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Unexpected guests come bearing gifts. This interstellar Christmas will be one for the ages…

Gini won’t let her bickering family or the incoming blizzard dampen her holiday spirits. But nothing could prepare her for the uninvited houseguests. She’s not sure if she’s ready to exchange gifts with the man who broke her heart or the little green aliens on the roof. 

But the intergalactic visitors have a gift for Gini… a taste of the youth and love she left behind…

Jane MacKenzie has never opened a Christmas gift that transformed her world. At least, not until she accidentally opens a box to find a man who was lost in a blizzard over 100 years ago. Jane isn’t sure how to handle the strange visitor and his otherworldly agreement…

But the Christmastime encounter may just open her heart to a love that can stand the test of time. 

Open With Care contains two sci-fi romances inspired by the spirit of gift-giving. If you like simmering chemistry, snowy Wyoming settings, and family drama, then you’ll love Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones’ festive story duo. 

Buy Open With Care today to discover why love isn’t alien at Christmas!

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Today and tomorrow, Relatively Risky is also on sale for an amazing .99 (or you can get it for free by signing up for my newsletter). I’ve got a new installment in this series releasing next month, so now would be a good time to get caught up on the whole Big Uneasy series! 

It’s starting to look like Christmas where I am! How about where you are?

Perilously yours,


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