I have to tell you that I love January 1st. I'm a firm believer in lists and resolutions and giving yourself a day to reset. (To be fair to the rest of the calendar, I'll also reset myself every quarter and every month. Wipe that slate clean!)
2020's resolutions went out the window with the Covid-19 pandemic. 2021's were very small because it was still raging. I hope that 2022 will be the year I reemerge from my social distanced cocoon and introduce a whole new me to a brand new world.
Who do you want to be in 2022? What are you going to do to make it happen?
I'm not going to lie. These last couple years have been rough! Hopefully we are over the hump, and 2022 will be a year of getting fully back into the world while continuing to practice what we've learning about being good neighbours.
I wish you all the best in the New Year! Start it off with a bang!
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration held in the United States that honours African heritage in African-American culture.
To my friends who celebrate it, I hope this Kwanzaa brings you the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of family and community.
From my house to yours, I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas. May it be full of light and love.
If you are in the Holiday Spirit and are looking for some for inspirational holiday romance, I've got a great collection of family-friendly, heartwarming romances that you could win (including my North Pole Unlimited Collection 2), and a new e-reader to read them on!
Or, if you're more of lean more towards sweet, Hallmark-style romancing in a Winter Wonderland, you could win my North Pole Collection 1 and more than 40 other books in this contest.
All you need to do is enter your email.
PRO-TIP - don't unsubscribe from these new authors right away. Many of them will offer a free book in their first few emails, so stick around and try their free sample. At the very least, you'll get a bunch of free books to read over the rest of the winter!
There are a lot of Christmas romances out there – I know, I released two this year – but never fear because I’m here to help!
If you want to restock your “love in the holidays” shelf, here is a convenient list of Christmas romances sorted by price, genre, and type of book! (You’re welcome.)
Canadian Christmas Romances under $5 – See how Canadian authors like me celebrate Christmas! FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! Almost all of these books are set in Canada. I know for certain that we represent Vancouver, British Columbia on the west coast, southern Manitoba, two in Ottawa, Ontario, and a bunch in southern Ontario. We have dragons, LGBTQ+, hockey players, cowboys and more. And they’re all under $5! So check out some authors from north of the border and add some Canadian snow-mance to your life.
Paperbacks: My third North Pole Unlimited Collection is out in print today, but only the first book is listed in this promo. They are great for people who prefer paper books to e-books.
Box sets: But I only bought one book! Christmas romance box sets are a great bang for your buck! And they are a fabulous way to get introduced to new authors who you might also love. (I found one of my favourite authors in box set; I bought it for a series I recognized and now 30 books later, I’ve worn out author #2’s stories.) This promo includes “A KEEPSAKE CHRISTMAS” and at 75¢ a story, you can’t go wrong.
New releases: All these Christmas romances are brand new and just released for the 2021 holiday season. Make sure you’re up to date with your favourite sweet romance writers.
Small-town Christmas – sometimes you just want a book that’s like a Hallmark Christmas movie, with small town communities cheering the latest holiday romance towards a final kiss under the mistletoe.
Free e-books: Another great way to meet new authors. All the Christmas books in this promo are free, but you will have to sign up for an author newsletter to get them. FUN FACT: don’t unsubscribe right away! A lot of authors – me included – offer a free book to new subscribers, so if you stick around, you could score two free books out of the deal and find a new series to read.
All my North Pole Unlimited romances are novellas, which means they are a little too short to print effectively. But now you can get these three collections in paperback, including the most recent - Frank and Ginger. It's the same great North Pole Unlimited romances you've read on your e-reader, but they're now in print. Wouldn't you like to find one of these under the tree on Christmas morning?
Check your home country's Amazon pages to see if it's available there. UK and Australia, it is for certain.
Collection 1 US and Canada
Collection 2 US and Canada
Collection 3 US and Canada
(Shamrocks and Surprises - US and Canada - and Pumpkins and Promises - US and Canada - are also available in paperback.)
Wishing my Jewish friends a happy holiday on the first night of Hanukkah.
When it comes to Christmas present ideas, we can all us a little help. Personally, my father has the lovable, irritating habit of calling me at the beginning of December to tell me what he bought on his latest shopping spree - all of which would have looked great under the tree. Yes, Dad, I'm talking about you!
In case you are really stuck for ideas for family, friends, or colleagues at the office, check out these selections and mix and match to your heart's - and budget's - content! They range from relatively inexpensive to higher cost. Stick with one or put together a gift basket. You may find some of these suggests come in pairs or sets of 3, which means you can split them up to cover more people on your Nice list.
I either own and love all these things, or they have been recommended by friends and they are on my Christmas list to buy for other people (or myself) this year.
These links go to Amazon, and I am part of their affiliate program, so if you end up buying them, I will get a tiny referral fee.
For HOSTS AND HOSTESSES
Flavoured oils and vinegars (Especially if you are not sure if the person drinks. They still conveniently fit great in wine bags.)
Holiday-patterned tea towels or hot pads/trivets
For GARDENERS. I own all these items, although not necessarily these brands, and would be thrilled to get any of them even as a duplicate. As a personal preference, I don't like rubber gardening gloves, so I'm not putting them on the list. Given a choice, I'd take leather over cloth. When it comes to tools, I prefer ones that don't have black handles--because I'm forever looking for them in the dirt after I've set them down to do something!
https://amzn.to/3DZNnwn or in Canada https://amzn.to/2ZcOM3l
https://amzn.to/3B4cpbV or in Canada https://amzn.to/3aZ2HNe
https://amzn.to/3vxlt7Z or in Canada https://amzn.to/3Gc1Ers
https://amzn.to/3C3yDfr or in Canada https://amzn.to/3b1eURr
3.5 gallon bucket (Sturdy with a strong handle)
Gift cards to a nursery or seed store
For BAKERS. I use all of these things regularly, although I never would have bought them for myself.
Small digital kitchen scale
https://amzn.to/3pqL1Ti or in Canada https://amzn.to/3pk7hy2
https://amzn.to/3Gc1xfL This is a ridiculous $60 on Amazon Canada so check it out on the US link and contact your local Pampered Chef representative.
Mortar and pestle
https://amzn.to/3jr5K5E or in Canada https://amzn.to/3m47Yt6
https://amzn.to/3jrDgsk or in Canada https://amzn.to/2ZiSSaI
Cooling rack (you can never have too many)
Squeeze bottles for sauce or icing (Dollar store ones work just fine)
Funnel (make sure it fits in the squeeze bottle opening.)
DOG OWNERS. Food and treats and toys can be hard because owners are picky about what they feed their pets. But check out these ideas.
Reflective vest for owners when walking in the dark or in Canada
Dog poop bags for leash
https://amzn.to/3nk0y4i or in Canada https://amzn.to/3vyxD0g
https://amzn.to/3m62fTL or in Canada https://amzn.to/3E8exky
LED collar light https://amzn.to/3bh5rpa or in Canada https://amzn.to/3nvnkGH - a friend recommended these to me. She says they are amazing because 1) people can see you and your pet when you clip them to your zipper and your dog's collar. and 2) if you dog runs away or is in a park at night, you can still see them. Ensure that you get one that either stays on, or has the option to blink or stay on, because dogs tend not to like a blinking light that is attached to them. Dad, don't you read this. And if you already have, act surprised on Christmas morning!
Yahtzee score pad - https://amzn.to/2XAT58i or in Canada https://amzn.to/3Gcfjih
https://amzn.to/3GmGCXw or in Canada https://amzn.to/3pqKtfU
Cake in a mug (3 pack)
https://amzn.to/3m4BwHm or in Canada https://amzn.to/2XFczc2
Deck of cards – highly unappreciated in this day and age.
Book of card games (do you remember the rules to Crazy 8s?)
Uno cards (original or get a specialty set) https://amzn.to/3jP2Fwr or in Canada https://amzn.to/3C8h65C
Puzzle magazines (crossword, Suduko, search-a-word)