I’ve gotten quite a few new followers – here and on social media – over the past few weeks so I want to say thank you! I’m not very good about typing blog posts, though I do try. 2016 has been a difficult year for me in the real world for a variety of reasons and that keeps me away from here as well. I won’t bore you with the details but reading my last blog post will give you a bit of an idea of what’s been going on in my life. I will say that 2017 can’t get here soon enough.
Hey, I published a book. 🙂 I know, I know, I annoyed the heck out of you guys about Blake the Rogue Reindeer & His Cocky Human and then kinda disappeared on release day. While I already suck at self-promo, I do have a couple of valid excuses for not pushing the story more when it was officially released. There was a medical emergency with my mother Halloween night and then other issues arose in the following days that I’m still dealing with. I kinda feel like I’m in a fog, to be honest. I’ll be fine, but writing and reading – two things I’ve always done – have taken a backseat. I’m hoping to get back on track with everything soon.
Thanksgiving officially starts the holiday season in America. Normally I do a lot of baking and the family converges on my home. This, after going to the in-laws for lunch earlier in the day. This year will be different. My husband is working out of town so I won’t be doing the family thing at my house. My youngest has to work that day, which sucks, but we celebrated early with a nice lunch a few days ago. I’ll be traveling to see my husband and my two older sons for the holiday. If you all celebrate I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.
The Saturday after is a big football game for my ‘Bama boys. We play our biggest rival, Auburn, and that’s always a nail biter. Those who’ve been with me from the beginning know I’m a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan and this is my favorite time of the year. You’ve never experienced anything until you’ve experienced my state during the Alabama/Auburn game, also known as the Iron Bowl. We don’t watch college football in the South. We live college football in the South. The entire season is always a big event. It’s a good excuse to eat a bunch of junk food and have a few adult beverages. 🙂 My drink of choice for this season is 1 part Creme de Banana, 1 part Malibu Rum, and 1 part pineapple juice. I found the recipe on Pinterest and I love it. I’m not a big drinker but I do have at least one of these during every Alabama game. Oh, and Alabama is the #1 team in the country right now. 🙂
I could devote an entire blog post on nothing but current events in America but I’m not. There are 3 subjects I refuse to discuss publicly and politics is one of them. If you’ve followed me at all you know my thoughts on equality. Hell, I write mostly gay romance. Since the election I’ve been dragged into conversations I didn’t want to be part of and even accused of being part of the final outcome simply because I live in the deep South. I’ve done blog posts in the past about the silly southern stereotype so I won’t do that here now. I will say this – not all southerners are racist and homophobic. I cheered right along with the rest of the world when same sex marriage became legal in the United States and typed a long blog post about it on my old Blogger site. I’m just as concerned as everyone else is over the outcome of the presidential election. That’s all I’ll say about that.
Congrats to Dre, who won the giveaway at On Top Down Under Book Reviews last month. Dre was one of my very first readers so I was thrilled that she was chosen as the winner. Congrats again to On Top Down Under on 4 years!
I have a couple of magnets (pictured) from that giveaway left over that I need to figure out what to do with. I was thinking maybe doing my own giveaway here that will also be pushed on Twitter and Facebook. What do you guys think? Granted, some might not want a magnet of an elf mooning the camera, but those who’ve read the series just might. I have one on my fridge. 😉 When I was ordering swag for that giveaway my best friend insisted I create something with a Willy butt head quote. If you’ve read the books you know that Willy calls people (mostly Santa Claus) that often. I had a blast creating it and I’ve been asked by some readers about making them available. So, why not a giveaway? I’ll decide the particulars and update on here when I get back in town next week.
I can’t end this without thanking everyone for reading Blake and Seth’s story. I know the season is still young but I’m in awe over the amount of pre-orders the story had and how many people have already read it. Not just ‘Blake’ but the first two in the series as well. When I wrote Willy the Kinky Elf & His Bad-Ass Reindeer I never dreamed that anyone would like my warped version of the North Pole. There are no words for how thrilled I am each time I get a message from someone saying they’ll never look at Santa and his elves and reindeer the same again. The true story of the North Pole had to be told by someone, right? 😀
To celebrate the official start of the holiday season, all three of the ‘Willy’ books will be half-price on Wednesday (the 23rd) and Thanksgiving day (the 24th) at All Romance Ebooks (ARe). The sale price will only be at ARe, not the other e-tailers. The links will not show the sale until Wednesday but I’ll be traveling that day and likely unable to promote at all until much later that evening or the next day.
That’s enough for now. I hope everyone is doing well and thank you also for the kind words I received after my last blog post. I have the best fans in the world.
Until next time,