My Favorite Time of Year
I love everything about this time of year. It’s the coziness of the season that appeals to me. Everything is so vibrant and crisp. It’s a feast for the senses.
The outdoors literally glows as it reflects the reds, yellows, and oranges of the brilliant leaves. When they fall to the ground, they crunch beneath your feet or skip along the pavement as the wind scatters them.
Pumpkins, gourds, apples, haystacks, cornstalks, and mums appear. The plentiful harvest provides even more color and some yummy treats as well. It’s the season for apple picking and apple pie, caramel apples, and hot apple cider. Crunchy pumpkin seeds are just as good as spicy pumpkin pie.
The shorts and tank tops get put away and out come the jeans and hooded sweatshirts as the days and nights get cooler. With the sun setting earlier, it’s the perfect time of year for a night-time fire, complete with gooey s’mores and camp chairs gathered around.
Fall also holds some of my favorite holidays. Halloween is a cozy time for me, not a scary, macabre time. I like cute pumpkins smiling from the windows and friendly ghosts dancing around the trees; kids dressed up as princesses and pirates and superheroes; and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.
And then there’s Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday. It’s a time of year to sit back and think about all of the wonderful things in your life. And it literally has some of the best comfort food of all time: succulent turkey and gravy, stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, sweet corn, and tart cranberries, not to mention all of those fabulous pies.
With this time of year being my favorite, it only made sense to not only use this season as the setting for several of my books, but to incorporate the holidays as well. An Unexpected Blessing is a Thanksgiving story about coming home and facing the demons of the past. My latest release is The Vampire and the Vixen, a tongue-in-cheek is-he-or-isn’t-he vampire story for Halloween. Vampires are some of my favorite romantic heroes, so it was inevitable I would eventually include the theme in one of my own stories. In keeping with my personal taste, my story is sexy and romantic, not bloodthirsty and vengeful. Both stories are available from The Wild Rose Press and on Kindle and Nook.
To celebrate the season, I’ll be giving away an e-copy (your choice of format) of both The Vampire and the Vixen and An Unexpected Blessing to one commenter who tells me what’s your favorite thing about fall. I’ll also be giving away a swag pack of bookmarks and postcards to two other commenters. Be sure to leave your e-mail addy in order to be placed in the drawing.
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Debra St. John has been reading and writing romance since high school. She always dreamed about publishing a romance novel some day. Her dream came true when she started writing sultry contemporary romance with sexy heroes and spunky heroines for The Wild Rose Press. Although she’s a country gal at heart, she lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, who is her real life hero.
She is the author of The Corral Series, which includes her debut release, This Time for Always, a Champagne Rose and Rosebud bestseller at The Wild Rose Press. The second book in the series, This Can’t Be Love, was Love Romance Cafe’s Best of 2010 Contemporary winner. This Feels Like Home will complete the series when it releases in January.
Her holiday stories include A Christmas to Remember, An Unexpected Blessing (Thanksgiving), and The Vampire and the Vixen for Halloween. Wild Wedding Weekend completes her bookshelf.