Here on the east coast of the US, the day begins to darken by 4 PM. Add to that general dreariness and grey clouds and it is fair dim this month. Luckily it is the season of light. There is a reason our ancestors of most traditions put their light festivals in late December! As to our house, we have our advent candles out and our sturdy potted Norfolk pine is doing duty this year as a Christmas tree, covered with lights.
Challenges with Beloved’s health continue, and I am not able to keep up with writing. My Entitled Gentlemen series is two books behind, and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to pick it up or if I’ll want to start fresh when I can write again. I was also forced to withdraw from the Dukes & Diamonds anthology, sadly.
There is some good news, however:
- My story “Duncan’s Twelfth Night Miracle,” which some of you may have read when it appeared as a gift in my newsletter, will be included in the Bluestocking Belles’ Christmastide Kisses. It is available for pre-order at various retailers.
- Dragonblade’s Historical Recipe Cookbook is available just on time for holiday cooking. The print copy makes a terrific holiday gift, too. Look for my Chelsea buns recipe. You may remember the Willow and the Rose in Ashmead is known for it.
- The Sixth Henry, my Regency take on Shakespeare, which first appeared in A Duke in Winter, is out as a standalone with a lovely new cover. The passion of red—the sweetness of white. Together they may create a love for the ages.The anthology is no longer available.
Meanwhile at our house We wait in Joyful Hope! I wish each of you a joyful holiday however you celebrate.