I don’t know about your family, but once our daughter was grown, holidays in our family became more of a moving target. Our daughter and her husband now spend every other Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving with his family.
To further complicate matters , we have to take into account my husband’s siblings and their children. As their kids have entered into relationships, finding a time to all get together is different every year…and it seems it’s rarely on the exact day of the holiday.
This year on Thanksgiving Day, we will celebrate with my husband’s mother and his mother’s good friend (a widow with children who live out of state). Instead of one of us cooking a big meal, we’ll go out to eat and enjoy food, conversation and no clean-up!
It may not be the traditional Thanksgiving but I know it will be good food in a relaxed atmosphere.
In honor of non-traditional Thanksgivings, I thought it might be fun for all of us to get together for a virtual Thanksgiving day feast today.
I’ll furnish the turkey…and because this is virtual, you can be guaranteed it will come out of the oven wonderfully moist, golden brown and perfectly cooked.
No need to dress up. All I ask is that you bring a favorite dish. By letting me know what you’ll be bringing (in the comments), you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Baby on His Doorstep, a e-novella that takes place in Harmony, Idaho. This book is set in the same town as my next book that will be out on November 25: Love at Mistletoe Inn.
And, just in case I haven’t made it clear before….I’m thankful for YOU!
When the Wallflower Spoke Up
By Jennifer Delamere
Have you ever heard a writer say they had intended some course of action for a character, only to have the character “tell them” they fully intended to do something else?
Well, believe it or not, writers are not (entirely) crazy. I used to scratch my head in disbelief whenever I heard this. Until I became a writer.
Lucinda Cardington, the heroine in A Bride for the Season, is just such a character. She made her first appearance in my debut novel, An Heiress at Heart. I had intended for her to have a mere “walk-on” role, so to speak. She was simply one of many young ladies being set out by eager parents as marriage bait for the hero, Lord Somerville. But she was not right for him.
Lord Somerville went on to find his happy-ever-after with the book’s heroine, Lizzie Poole. And that was supposed to be the end of it for Lucinda.
And yet, she kept tugging at my elbow.
And my heart.
Here was a woman who was a classic wallflower: she was not considered a beauty, and she was painfully shy and awkward in a crowd. And yet Lucinda was also gentle and kind, an accomplished pianist, and had a subtle wit and a keen interest in science—including the brand-new invention called photography.
What’s not to love?
By the time I had finished writing An Heiress at Heart, I knew Lucinda would be the heroine in a future book. In A Bride for the Season, James Simpson discovers (as I did) that behind Lucinda’s reserved exterior there is a combination of tenderheartedness and tenacity that is indescribably appealing.
As I developed the trilogy, Lucinda also let me know that her fascination with photography was going to be the key to bringing her together with James.
Yeah, I know—Crazy Author Alert!
But wait, there’s more. I was well into writing A Bride for the Season when one day my husband casually said to me, “Do you know that the name ‘Lucinda’ means ‘light’?”
Needless to say, it stopped me in my tracks! I researched the name, and sure enough, many sources give its meaning as “light,” “bright,” or “born at daybreak.” How perfect, then, that this should be the name of a heroine who is so drawn to photography, an art form that uses light in powerfully creative ways.
Yes, I’d say Lucinda was trying to tell me something all along.
My personal subtitle for this book is “The Wallflower and the Rogue.” I loved writing a story about how two opposites attract. Have you ever gotten to know someone and discovered they were completely different than you expected? Or has some personal interest or hobby brought you together with someone you might otherwise never have met? I’m giving away a copy of A Bride for the Season to one commenter. North American addresses only.
(Jaunty reminds you to check back on Sunday to see if you’re the winner!!)
BOOK BLURB FOR A BRIDE FOR THE SEASON:
London’s most amiable rogue has finally met his match.
Lucinda Cardington doesn’t care that she is close to being “on the shelf.” She has more serious pursuits in mind and is perfectly content to leave dreams of romance to silly young ladies like her sister. Yet when her sister places herself in a compromising situation with London’s most scandalous bachelor, the entire family’s reputation comes perilously close to ruin. Suddenly Lucinda is in the limelight…and in need of a husband.
James Simpson’s rakish ways have finally caught up with him. Snared in a scandal that for once is not his doing, he is forced to do the honorable thing and offer marriage to the lady. But her father won’t agree to a dowry unless James can also find a suitable husband for the lady’s elder sister—quiet, reserved Lucinda Cardington. As James gets to know the vibrant, charming, and passionate woman behind Lucinda’s shy exterior, he comes to the distressing realization that he doesn’t want her in anyone’s arms but his own…
A history fan, travel lover, and outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer Delamere writes sweet romance with plenty of joy and sizzle. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award, and her follow-up, A Lady Most Lovely, earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGillUniversity in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. You can find out more about Jennifer’s books at www.jenniferdelamere.com.
College football season, at our house, means a lot of television. And a lot of television means a lot of commercials. A lot of commercials means….ARGHHH! Head explodes!
Mostly I try to tune them out, because they’re so irritating. If they’re not about medicines, with ¾ of the time spent listing all the ways the medicine might kill you, they’re about how my money won’t last till I die. Yikes. Neither of these topics is my idea of Saturday afternoon fun.
Every now and then, though, commercials come along that are so annoying I have to watch just for the pleasure of complaining about them. Here are the top two stinkers for me this season:
1) The Buick commercials, in which clueless people look straight at a car, with the insignia right on the front, and say, “I couldn’t possibly figure out what kind of car that is….” The implication, I guess, is that the car is so much cooler than a Buick used to be, but I always end up thinking the people aren’t very bright. This is especially weird when the guy trying to identify the car is a VALET. He races around, saying, Buick, Buick, passing back and forth in front of the Buick half a dozen times. Now…if the valet parker can’t tell one car from another…
But the absolute worst iteration of this Buick series has a couple standing at their kitchen window watching the neighbor couple come home in their new car. Oooh, the guy must have gotten a promotion, they speculate as the husband tries to identify the car by checking it out through his handy-dandy binoculars. “Good for him,” the husband says. The wife looks thoughtful as the handsome neighbor waves at them, and she finally murmurs, “Good for HER.”
Yuck on soooo many levels. Is the lady drooling over the guy or the car? And why is it good for the wife that the husband got a promotion? Is this the sixties, when it was normal to say that behind every successful man stood a “little woman” cheering him on because success would bring home more money for her to buy mommy-toys and bonbons with?
Or…maybe she’s just jealous because that other woman is not married to a weirdo who keeps a pair of binoculars in the kitchen so that he can spy on his neighbors at a moment’s notice.
2) The “ED” pill commercial in which a random sultry Australian blonde is lying on a beach softly cooing advice to men who are having love trouble. Is this any way to solve a genuine medical problem? It always reminds me of that hilarious line from Monty Python, when someone insists that Arthur is king because the Lady of the Lake gave him Excalibur: “Listen — strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!”
And, just for fun, here are two print ads from long ago that fall somewhere between hilarious and infuriating.
How about you? What commercials or ads make you insane? Have you ever muttered, “I’ll never buy that product” just because of a sales campaign?
I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate to one randomly chosen commenter today!
I’m on deadline working extra hard to finish my book before Thanksgiving. But I wanted to pop out of the writing cave today for some fun with my friends in the Jaunty Quills community.
How about we play a round of Five Things? I’ll tell you five things about me, and then you tell me five things about you. Here goes…
1. I have a corgi named Samantha. I call her the ambassador of all dogs because she made me love dogs. I was raised with cats and hadn’t had much experience with dogs – except for our neighbors’ dog, Missy, who bit me and pushed me firmly into the cat-lover camp. Then Sammy came along and changed everything. I still love cats, but it’s ridiculous how much I love my dog.
2. My favorite hobby is art journaling. Because I use a lot of found objects in my journal creations certain people close to me have accused me of being a hoarder. I am not. Yes, I need fifteen different shades of blue paint. And that ripped corrugated cardboard box? Don’t throw that away. I can make something beautiful out of it. Really, I can.
3. Oh, no, now you think I’m a hoarder, don’t you? Actually, one of my quirks is that I find cleaning very therapeutic. So, I’m a clean hoarder. And I won’t let you make me feel bad about it.
4. When I was young, I used to be able to lay on the floor, rise up into yoga cobra pose and touch my feet to the back of my head. Yeah, I can’t do that anymore.
5. Other than writing, my dream job would playing Eponine on Broadway in the musical Les Misérables. However, since I can’t sing I’ll stick to writing and torture my family with my heartfelt rendition of On My Own.
So, how about you? I’ll give a $5 Amazon gift card to one person who shares Five Facts about him- or herself.
RT Book Reviews gives Nancy Robards Thompson’s A CELEBRATION CHRISTMAS 4 stars and says, “Thompson takes us back to Celebration, Texas, to check on old friends and create new memories.” Harlequin Special Edition, November 2014
Congratulations to Mary Anne Landers, Lianne, and eap, who were the winners of Beth Andrews’ giveaway on her blog, The Times They are a-Changin’.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to make Beth feel so welcome! Mary Anne, Lianne, and eap, if you’ll email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org, and give her your addresses, she’ll get the books out to you soon!