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Traveling is over-rated!

So here we are in the months that bring Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lots of family, lots of love, lots of expenses...well, I could've left that one out, right?

We just returned from a hurry-up trip to California, where we 1) attended the funeral of a dear old friend; 2) visited lots of family and loved ones, in a nice-to-see-you-sorry-gotta-go kind of way; and 3) purchased a couple of vehicles my husband had been looking at before we moved to Texas. The first, a 1996 GMC pickup, belonged to a sweet friend who now rests in the arms of the Lord. The second (MINE!), a 2003 Trailblazer, we purchased from my niece and her husband.

I ended up driving the Trailblazer home, although the plan all along had been to pull it with the pickup, or vice versa. Turns out, neither of the vehicles was legal to pull the other, so we weren't able to rent a tow dolly. Needless to say, since I'm still gimping around on that broken knee I told you about in the last newsletter, I did NOT look forward to driving several hours a day, but God (as always!) is good -- all went well, we're back home in Texas, and I experienced only a minimum of real pain throughout the entire trip. The absolutely stunning desert sunsets we witnessed during the ride almost made it worth it.

Almost.

That said, if I don't have to get in another vehicle for another long ride for a very long time, you'll hear no complaints from this gal!


Still waiting on a release date for OH BABY. The other novel I thought was releasing has 
been re-scheduled for December 2016.

I'm still working on book #2 in the Paradise Pines series, SUMMER DREAMS. Still jamming to meet deadlines, and running into blocks and interruptions every other step of the way...that quickie trip to California, for instance. Thank God for an understanding and patient publisher! Have I mentioned that I LOVE Pelican Book Group, and Nicola Martinez?

A huge welcome to my guests for this edition, Marian P. Merritt and MarAynn Diorio. They're both part of the Pelican Book Group family, excellent writers, and wonderful women who love God. Be sure to check out their posts below.


Are you the drawing winner this time around? I can't wait to give this month's "pretty" away to someone...

Unless I have a wonderful announcement between now and January, you won't hear from me again until then, so...I hereby wish you
Happy Thanksgiving
and
Merry Christmas
just a wee bit early! Remember to keep Jesus the Reason for EVERY season!

Until next time...

My honey's "new" toy.

Southern Home Again...the Smells, the Memories, the Feelings

Marian P. Merritt

As a writer of Southern Women’s Fiction and Romance, it feels good to be living in the South again. My husband and I recently moved back to the south after living in Colorado for eight years. While I’ll miss the Colorado Mountains, the crisp low-humidity air, and the white Christmases, I love having access to fresh seafood, being closer to family, and soaking in that famous Southern hospitality.

Coming home is a theme in many books and movies. Maybe because there’s no feeling quite like returning to the place where you grew up. Even if you spent your whole childhood trying to figure out how to leave that very place. The thought of home conjures different feelings for each of us. I hope your feelings are good ones.

The sense of smell, more than any other sense, is the most closely linked to our memory. Maybe that’s why the smell of sautéing onions in flour brings back all my childhood Thanksgiving and Christmas memories of growing up in south Louisiana. My mom always made Gumbo or Pork Stew for those holidays. I usually make an effort to incorporate this in my stories. It’s a great way to bring the reader in and let them experience the moment with the characters. Is there a sense of smell that evokes a strong memory for you?

Smell is also capable of eliciting strong emotions. Case in point, the essential oils, perfume, and fragrance industry. Scents can create an emotion from relaxation to energizing.

Our new home has one acre and is laced with pine trees. The pine scent reminds me I’m back in the south. Not to mention the gardenias and jasmine. Nothing says southern like gardenias. Another staple to add into the storyline, especially for books set in the south. But it’s also fun to add the local flora into stories set elsewhere. Every place has its own unique flowers and scents.Is there a scent that reminds you of someplace special?

One thing used often in romance stories to show the attraction of one character to the other, or disdain for a character, is the sense of smell. Does the character smell good? How many times do we meet someone and capture a scent emanating from them? If it’s pleasant we might want to take in a deep whiff to bask in its goodness. If not, we may inconspicuously hold our breath. So the sense of smell can play a large part in the attraction of one person to another. I love using this to show how my heroine or hero responds to other characters in the story. In my latest Christmas novella, The Christmas Bells of Cavazzale, there are both good scents and bad. I hope you read it to find out how these are used.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season filled with new memories of faith, family and home!



When Charleston Charly Maynard loses her job just weeks after her fiancé calls off the wedding, she decides to visit the cottage in the quaint village of Cavazzale, Italy she’s inherited from her grandmother. She’s hoping the time there will help her to decide what to do about her future. When she meets André Lagneaux, a handsome man from Bayou Country, who is visiting his brother in Cavazzale, Charly ignores the attraction. After all, she's not looking for romance. When André Lagneaux’s parents set up a family trip to Italy, André is eager to spend Christmas with his brother and godchild. Meeting the beautiful American woman at the airport adds to his excitement. He'd loved to get to know her, but her cool demeanor tells him she's not interested. Will she let down her guard and allow them to get to know one another? When Charly finds a prayer in her nonna’s diary that makes her realize God may have His own plan for her future, she must learn to trust. But, what if His plan includes the dark-haired Cajun?


Marian Pellegrin Merritt writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her tagline, Where the Bayous Meets the Mountains, grew from both loves. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women's Fiction Writers Association. This Louisiana native writes her Christmas romances and Southern women’s fiction with a Louisiana/Colorado connection from her home in Texas which she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle. Connect with her through WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitter
Marian P. Merritt's Readers Group. Purchase links to Marian’s Books: http://www.marianmerritt.com/#!/cnec

 What Are You Thinking About?

 

MaryAnn Diorio

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.          
                                           ~ Philippians 4:8


When the son of a friend of mine was three years old, she walked into her living room and discovered him staring out the window. “What are you doing?” she asked.

Without blinking an eye, he said, “I’m thinking about what I’m thinking about.”

My friend marveled at the profundity of her son’s words. Although he likely did not realize the full meaning of what he had said, his words dug deep into her spirit and lingered there for a long, long time. Eventually, they became a guiding factor in her life as, day by day, she asked herself, “What am I thinking about?”

What are you thinking about today? Are you thinking thoughts that are “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable”? Or are you thinking thoughts that are false, dishonorable, wrong, impure, ugly, or detestable?

Although not a Christian, Mahatma Gandhi had insight into the power of thoughts. He wrote:

        Watch your thoughts, for they become your words;
        Watch your words, for they become your actions;
        Watch your actions, for they become your habits;
        Watch your habits, for they become your character;
        Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.


Thoughts eventually lead to destiny.  What a sobering thought!  Even more sobering is the truth that our thoughts determine our destiny not only here on earth, but also in the hereafter.  Make sure that the destiny you choose is one that glorifies God and uplifts others, both here on earth and for all eternity.

It all starts with asking yourself a crucial question: “What am I thinking about?”

Father God, help me to think only good thoughts, thoughts that glorify You and bless others. Help me to remember that what I think about affects the course of my life and the lives in my circle of influence. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

              Copyright 2015 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA.  All Rights Reserved. 
      

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author and former Professor of Fiction Writing. Her riveting books explore the deepest issues of the human heart. Her latest work is a children’s picture book entitled Who Is Jesus? MaryAnn may be reached at maryann@maryanndiorio.com or via her website at www.maryanndiorio.com.

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