What is it about winter time that turns me in to a hopeless romantic?
It certainly isn’t the temperature. I detest it. When the first cold snap hits in mid-October I swear I won’t be warm again until May. Then I spend the rest of the season bundled up in layers of clothing and wear my electric blanket as a cape, moving from room to room with the little electrical cord dragging behind me.
Then there’s the cold and flu season. An entire season dedicated to coughing, sneezing and the dreaded snot-snuck. I’m woozy just thinking about it. Phlegm noises make me irritable and I tend to shout irrational things like, “Blow your nose or I will come use the baby snot-sucky-thingy on you, I don’t care if you are 46 years old.”
Yet here I am, ready to launch another romantic winter tale, Next Left.
Maybe it’s the snow, the way it glistens under a full moon or the way I still get enchanted by Christmas lights that twinkle on trees and hang from roof tops. I saw a fancy set the other night that looked like blue dripping icicles. LED wonders never cease to amaze me. Some are so dazzling I can’t help but stand and stare. . . till the neighbor comes out and politely asks me to get out of his yard because I’m freaking out the children.
I also blame Hollywood for putting romantic winter notions in my head. Movies like It’s A Wonderful Life, Love Actually, The Holiday and New Year’s Eve stir my inner Jane Austen, who actually looks more like Tina Fey.
In Next Left, available this weekend for $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, Amanda Scott is a broken-hearted New Yorker who travels back to Kansas to attend the New Year’s Eve wedding of a long lost childhood friend. Over the course of the weekend she has to play nice with Stepford bridesmaids, suspects the rental car GPS might be trying to kill her and makes a pit stop for coffee she’ll never forget.*
*Pssst. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how you can win an e-copy of Next Left and a $10.00 Starbucks Gift Card.
In celebration of winter time and snuggling down with a good story, my publisher, Buzz Books is sponsoring the Sleigh Read Tour 2012! For a limited time you have the opportunity to buy one of our books or stories, then get one free for yourself or to give as a gift. We’ll do all the work for you. Complete details can be found HERE.
My novelette, Next Left, as well as my first story, No Place Like Home (Sleigh Ride Anthology) are both included on the tour.
To win an e-copy of Next Left and a $10.00 Starbucks gift card, leave a comment and tell me about the movies or songs of the season that make you feel like holding hands with your sweetie or kiss perfect strangers.
One lucky book-lovin commenter wins!
November 28, 2012 at 2:04 am
My favorite song of the season is with out a doubt Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing little drummer boy.
November 28, 2012 at 8:20 am
John, I agree, that’s a good one. Hard to believe a smooth crooner and a glam rocker could collaborate and make a Christmas song!
November 28, 2012 at 6:36 am
You are so funny. Sometimes when I read your blog, I laugh until…well, I’m 60 so you can imagine what happens….same thing with sneezing or coughing! 🙂
November 28, 2012 at 8:22 am
Debbie, I consider “laughing till incontinent” to be a pretty fantastic compliment! Thanks, Miss.
November 28, 2012 at 11:52 am
Great post Dani! After doing some dumpster diving and reading an early draft I can say you did a wonderful job with this story. I must add though that your penchant for canned spray cheese is worrisome.
November 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm
Thanks for agreeing to be one of my early readers, Mark. Your input was very helpful. Can’t wait for you to read the changes and new additions. You’re mah boy, Blue. . . err. . . Purple! 😉
November 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm
I am so excited to read “Next Left”!I have alway’s loved your humor,however,never realized you wrote books,blogs,short stories etc…I look forward to reading this book,as well as all future books you write!
As far as favorite Christmas movie’s go, I will alway’s be a huge fan of “A Christmas Story”!Little Ralphie
is simply too adorable to ever forget!Another would be “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”!I do believe
whether or not one’s willing to admit it,we all have an “Uncle Eddie” in all our families!!!!Hehe
Lastly,Favorite Christmas song would have to be Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.Oh my,what
that song does to me when I hear it!Make’s me want to dress up in a Lil’ Mrs.Claus Suit and sing at the top of
my lungs,frolicking around in some pretend snow,passing out candy cane’s and spiked apple cider to all the
lil’ elves out in the world!I maybe a (happily single mind you) divorced mother of 4,however,can’t a girl still
be a little naughty from time to time? 🙂 Again,I look forward to reading your book!Congrats Dani,this is truly
wonderful to see your dreams come true!Take care and God Bless my friend.
November 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm
Dawn, You’re a doll. Thank you. Yes, I can definitely see you in a Mrs. Claus suit, and girl you would do it justice. 😉
November 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm
Can’t wait to read it.. Hold on.. I feel like I know the coffee shop guy!! Feel like I have met him myself!! So proud!!
November 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm
Jason – Can you believe that guy? We were funny and charming and he was having none of our shenanigans. “I’m obligated to tell you we’re together but we’re not TOGETHER.” That was some of our best material. 😉