Falling in love is easy. Staying there is the hard part.

David and Susan Matthews are surrounded by their family and friends to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary, Susan can’t help but reflect on the blessings and trials she and David have been confronted with on their journey together. 

As their granddaughter prepares for her wedding, she is seeking her grandparent’s advice to achieving the perfect marriage like theirs. To Betsy’s astonishment, she learns their marriage has been far from perfect. In fact, twenty years ago, it almost ended.

All eyes are on Nana Susan as she walks back in time, through the laughter and tears sharing the life she and David built together through better or worse.

FOR BETTER OR WORSE releases March 19th.

Feeling Sentimental

I have always felt December 26th is one of the most depressing days after all the hype leading up to Christmas. Suddenly, its over.

This year I am feeling particularly sentimental. Our youngest is leaving for university next week. The baby is flying the nest, and we – her Dad and I (more sho Daddy) are struggling with this next stage of life. We are so proud and excited, but it is our baby duck. In today’s world, I’m more than a little afraid for her, but you can’t let fear hold you back from life. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Change happens whether you are ready or not. I’ve experienced a lot of bumps this year with my writing. Life interruptus as I refer to it. We moved to a new state, I started a new job a year ago, and our daughter and two children moved with us, one of which is autistic. If you follow me, you know how special family is to me and how much I adore being a Nana. Elijah holds a very special place in our heart. Nana Bear is a beast when it comes to feeling protective over him. It has been a difficult transition moving for him, and we are all adjusting.

So, the writing was pushed to the back burner, quietly simmering and waiting for the flavor to be just right.

With the new year approaching, I am feeling a peace and contentment I haven’t felt in quite some time. My creative flame is glowing and my writing mojo is flowing. I’m excited to sit down at the keyboard once again.

So today, instead of feeling melancholy, I’m feeling excited about the upcoming changes in life and writing.

I’m working out the book release schedule as I type this. You will see what I hope are some very exciting new things from me including a revival of SL Michaels and the #Stonewall gang in my young adult series as well as my first Women’s Fiction. I have two surprises up my sleeve I’m not quite ready to share, but hopefully soon.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. I wish you all a Happy New Year.

XOXO,

Savanna

Christmas Cookies

Young family making cookies at home.

December is a paramount month filled with so many wonderful traditions. I find myself giddy with the merriment of expectation. Yes, I said giddy.

I have four grown children with children of their own now. One tradition that has withstood the passing of time is making cookies at Christmas. They aren’t what you might imagine. They aren’t the traditional sugar cookie or gingerbread men.

This cookie tradition actually began many years ago with my grandfather, who made these cookies with his children (my mom and her siblings). She then passed in on to my brother and me. When she came out for Christmas each year after I had children, she taught them how to make these cookies.

We are blessed that Gigi (because my mom would never consider herself old enough to be a great grandma…lol) has been able to share this tradition with my three grandchildren.

We call these cookies Poor Man’s Christmas Cookies because my grandpa’s family didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but they made do with what they had. What they had was enough with a lot of love sprinkled on top.

Today the tradition of making Grandpa Edwards’s cookies is one of our most treasured activities during the holidays.

So, here’s the recipe:

  • You will need one box of graham crackers. This will be your top and bottom of the cookie sandwich.
  • You make the icing below.
  • Spread icing onto one graham cracker and place another graham cracker on top. Allow drying.
  • Decorate the top of your cookie with colored icing.
  • Enjoy

 

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Do you have a favorite cookie recipe?

Christmas Card Preparation

One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is sending out Christmas cards.

Do you still send them? With so much communication occurring electronically, a lot of people no longer send cards.

I do!

I love opening the mailbox to find cards from family and friends. We tape up our cards around the entryway for all to see.

I’m updating my mailing list through the end of November, so if you’d like to receive a Christmas card from me, please click on the link below and sign-up.

XOXO,

Savanna

Savanna’s Christmas Card Sign-up

RWA Shenanigans

All work and no play…we do play – I mean network.

Today is the last day of the Romance Writers of America Conference.

I was honestly leery of attending. This is my first time (haven’t said that in a while).

My brain in on processing overload. I am so happy I made the decision to attend.

I’ve met many, many authors – some I believe will be friends for life.

I’m rejuvenated and exhausted. Basically, I’m an oxymoron.

Best news for my followers? The score of wonderful books I’m bringing home to share.

Hugs!

2000 Women

What happens when 2000 romance writers converge together?

Magic!

I am currently at the Romance Writers of America annual conference soaking up the greatness surrounding me.

Plotting new ideas and making new friends.

I’ll be sharing more with you next week!

Ten Things I Hate About Summer

I can’t be alone in my dislike of this season. Please tell me I’m not. Of all the four seasons, summer is at the bottom of my like list. Today, for example was a heat index of 109 in the Carolinas. What?!?!

Here are ten reasons why I hate summer.

  1. Boob sweat – yes, I went there. I abhor a wet bra! Just, no.
  2. Swimsuits – Unfortunately, shorter clothing and less of it is not flattering to my short, round figure. The height I can thank my parents for. The size, I only have me to blame, but still not my best look.
  3. Mosquitoes, flies, spiders, ants, wasps and any other insect you can think of. Oh, can’t leave out snakes. Need I say more?
  4. Hot cars – It doesn’t take much to stretch the imagination to understand what a lobster must feel like when it is dropped into a boiling pot of water. Just get into your car on a day like today. I fairly certain I felt my skin melting.
  5. Flip flops – This is a love/hate relationship. I love the shoes. Their are so many styles to choose from. My feet on the other hand – or my toes- do not love flip flops. I have ugly toes. Is there such a thing as toe transplants?
  6. Make-up – is pointless.
  7. Hot flashes – increase in frequency and level of hotness (not in a good way).
  8. Allergies – I have not met a Flonase, Zyrtec, Benadryl or Sedated that helped.
  9. Utility bills – I do not do hot; therefore, my house stays cool – very cool. My power company loves me. My wallet – not so much.
  10. Gas prices – anyone else notice that gas prices tend to get jacked up when everyone is planning their vacations?

95 days and counting until the first day of Fall. Until then, I will enjoy not only writing but reading in the comfort of my air conditioning.

Shock without the Awe

The feeling you get when something happens to a favorite character on a television show or in a book…you know the gut-wrenching, heart-sinking feeling I’m talking about. It’s akin to real grief – well, as real as it can be for a fictional character you love.

Just such an event occurred last night – at least we think it did. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a #Heartie – a big fan of Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart. Last night’s episode left viewers with the assumption that Jack is dead.

Hearts were heard breaking (mine included) and Twitter lit up with messages from shocked fans outraged at the possibility their beloved Mountie Jack could be gone.

Why do we care so much about someone who isn’t real?

Why do we watch movies? Why do we read? It’s a break from a sometimes bleak reality to find joy in the stories the writers weave so beautifully. When the joy is taken away and replaced by sorrow, we tend to walk away. To much like real life, isn’t it?

I have no idea what will happen on next week’s season finale, but if Jack has truly been taken from the #Hearties, I fear the shock will have left the committed fans who are so enamored with Jack and Elizabeth in little awe of the season’s outcome.

I’m hoping the citizens of Hope Valley and all of the #Hearties receive a more positive outcome.

 

♥ Highly Anticipated Event ♥

If you’ve been following me or read my books, this will not be a news flash for you. I’m a hopeless romantic!

I swoon all over Hallmark movie heroes and heroines. Corny? Maybe, but it’s that short-lived escape from an all-to-unkind world as-of-late that warms my heart and inspires me to write stories that make people feel the way those movies and my friends’ books do for me.

Hope. Kindness. Love. Excitement. Trials. Frustrations. Joy. Sorrow.  All the feels exist, and tonight I’m among the other “hearties” eagerly awaiting the wedding of the year. No, I am not talking about the upcoming Royal wedding, although this couple is considered royalty among their friends in Hope Valley.

I am referring to the long-awaited nuptials of Jack and Elizabeth on When Calls the Heart. Did you hear my audible sigh? Thank you Janette Okes for writing such an amazing story that started it all.

I’m deep in the writing cave today, but I am excited and will pause to celebrate the union of Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher this evening.

Thank you Hallmark for bringing us lovely entertainment and to the cast of When Calls the Heart – you have truly captured our ♥.

Happy Wedding Day, Jack and Elizabeth.

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