Winter has been brutal all over the country this year; the worst in my lifetime that I can remember. When everyone else was getting the -15 below weather and heaps of snow, we here in Oklahoma had the same temperature with freezing rain. By the time that storm phase passed, it had left over an inch of ice on every above-ground power line in the state. Power went out and the weather stayed cold so the ice couldn’t melt. You couldn’t drive a car; even with four-wheel drive, and you couldn’t stand up if you had to go outside. It was miserable.
It took over three days for our power to come back on, and even longer for everything to warm up. In that time I’d burned up every stick of wood I had left in the fireplace. It was, without doubt, the most trying 3 days of my life because my poor little mother, who is a week away from 94 years old and has dementia, couldn’t stay in her room. She wanted to. It’s her world and where she feels safe, but it was too cold.
So I moved her into the living room near the fire. She had a warm blanket over her legs, and a book to read and food to eat. She kept asking me to take her home. It was confusing for her and sad for me. We’re still trying to come out of those winter blues.
But there are good things on my horizon. I have new books on the horizon.
GOING TWICE, which is the second book in my Forces of Nature trilogy is out in print and will be out in ebook on February 1st. THE CURL UP AND DYE, which is my first southern women’s fiction with Sourcebooks, will be out February 4th. I love both of these books, but The Curl Up and Dye was a great chance of writing pace for me.
THE DOVE, which is the second book in my Prophecy series following WINDWALKER, which began the Native American paranormal romance trilogy, will be out around the first couple of weeks of March.
Check them out and let me know what you think when you’ve finished reading them. They are a sure cure for the cold winter blues.