Christmas Countdown Post by SMJ

Christmas Countdown, Behind, But Still Trying!

I know, I’m lagging behind again. Sandra’s been writing like crazy and won’t let me near the keyboard! She also isn’t done with her holiday baking or shopping. That’s the only reason I don’t feel TOO bad. Actually, she just pulled four mini loaves of Cranberry Orange bread from the oven. I might have to see if I can sneak a piece after I finish this. With my luck, Lil Sock will beat me to it, though. That kid has a terrible sweet tooth. It doesn’t hurt that he lives with Sandra, too. Sock Mittens & Shovel

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a peek at the outside here. We got a little more snow last night. Here’s a pic of my buddies, the Mitten Sock twins. They just finished helping Sandra shovel the driveway and sidewalk. They don’t get out much except in winter. Sandra loves how they keep her hands toasty warm in the winter though. They’re her favorites on cold days that she has to go outside.

HeBirdhouse & sidewalkre’s a shot of the sidewalk and step to the front door. I think they did a pretty good job, how about you?

They worked extra hard because they wanted it to be safe for the mailman/woman, or any other folks who might be delivering packages. Those folks all work so hard. They shouldn’t have to trudge through snowy and slippery sidewalks. Sock Munkees salute all the U. S. Postal Service men and women for the extra hours and friendly greetings they share during this super busy time. Hats off to UPS, FedEx, and all the other delivery service personnel who try so hard to get everyone’s packages to them before Christmas. I added some links to these folks so you can check holiday dates and deliveries.

For now, Sandra’s clammering to get back to work. She’s almost done with the Valentine’s Day novella. Yeah! Anyway, here are a couple of more pictures of our snowy day here in Colorado. It’s not so much cloudy today (though it looks like it) as still foggy. If you don’t have any snow, you can use these pics to make it feel more like Christmastime for you.

Catch ya later!   SMJ

Hidden moutains

This is to let you see how the mountains have disappeared in the fog. Sorry about the screen being in there, but it didn’t really matter. The Rocky Mountains can’t be found. LOLSMJ

backyard snow

The view from our backyard toward the big field out back. This one is to show you how foggy it is. Those tracks in the snow are from Rudy playing.

front porch shot

Here’s our front patio. Since we don’t use it in the winter, we don’t shovel it. The foot prints are from fixing the fireplace vent. 🙂

 

 

 

Meet the Characters from Colorado Skies

Harlan5Let’s start with the hero from my newest release.

Name:  Harlan Granger

Real or Fictional – Harlan is a fictional character,  although he’s very real to me.

When and where is the story set? This is a contemporary novel. Harlan comes from Bluff’s Corner, Colorado. (also fictional)

What should you know about Major Harlan Granger?

He is the oldest of four children (2 brothers & 1 sister). He had a great childhood and his parents are still alive. He always wanted to be a soldier and became a Major in the U.S. Army. He spent time in Afghanistan and was recently discharged. That is a fact that bothers him almost as much as the fact he could be paralyzed at any moment. However, his biggest problem is keeping the reason for his discharge a secret now that he’s home. An soldier takes care of others, he doesn’t deal well with pity.

Or, he thought that was the biggest problem. It turns out his brother’s neighbor, Rilie is making him remember he’s not a monk. With paralysis hanging over his head, he can’t do anything about it. Can he?

Throw in someone causing trouble for his brother’s bar and Rilie, and Harlan’s tension level goes through the roof.

All Harlan wants is to repair his parents’ home that was damaged in the flood, save his brother and Rilie, and quietly disappear before the shrapnel in his back ends life as he knows it.

If you would like to read more about it, click on this link: CO Skies Excerpts.

Harlan’s Haven was released on Veteran’s Day, November 12th, 2014. A portion of all sales will be donated to Hope for the Warriors in honor of all of our veterans.

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Now, let’s have some fun with another author. I’m tagging a fellow romance writer, Margo Bond Collins. TAG – You’re it, Margo!  Next week, Margo will post a blog about one of the characters from her book, Sanguinary.

Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She has published a number of novels, including Sanguinary, Taming the Country Star, Legally Undead, Waking Up Dead, and Fairy, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

Website: http://www.MargoBondCollins.net

Blog: http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Book: Sanguinary by Margo Bond Collins

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