- It's way too hot to think about roasting
chestnuts when my own chestnuts are sweaty.
- I haven't lost the 12 pounds I gained from
last year's Christmas cookie extravaganza.
shouldn't be played any month of the year.
So for all those reasons and a plethora of more, I vote there will be no Christmas in July. Ever. Period. And amen.
But I heartily lift a mug of eggnog in honor of Christmas in August, especially since I just signed a contract for the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series! Yes indeedy, 3 brand spankin' new books coming at you in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Here's a blurb:
On a stormy night 2,000 years ago, a baby was born and a coin was forged—both the bearers of a second chance. The God-man returned to heaven, but the coin yet roams the earth, passing from hand to hand, hope to hope. THE ONCE UPON A DICKENS CHRISTMAS series follows the path of that coin as it touches three different lives in Victorian England.
Story 1: TWELVE DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR
Imprisoned unjustly, BENJAMIN LANE wants nothing more than freedom and a second chance to claim the woman he loves—but how can CLARA CHAPMAN possibly believe in the man who stole her family’s fortune and abandoned her at the altar?
Story 2: TEARDROPS FOR CHRISTMAS
Pleasure seeker WILLIAM BARLOW needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and MINA SCOTT is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?
Story 3: THE LITTLE MATCHMAKER GIRL
Recently widowed BELLA WHITE is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome EDMUND ARCHER, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.
Thankfully it's not July because I'll be yanking out my Christmas tree and tinsel, decking my halls, and blasting Jingle Bells for inspiration as I sit down to channel my inner Dickens. Stay tuned for updates as I have them.