There is snow in our forecast this week, and I really hope the weather guessers are right for a change. We had an unexpected snow on Wednesday, but it didn’t last even a couple of hours. It sure was pretty coming down, though. Since I’ve been working from home, the desk I work from for the day-job faces windows (which is nice, since at the office, we’re nowhere near a window), so being able to see outside all day is a lovely bonus. The snow on Wednesday started as just a few big flurries, and then within ten minutes, it looked like a blizzard white-out in the back yard. Another ten minutes later, it was done. This week, we are supposed to get some snow from a Nor’easter, and I’m hoping our forecast is right about the amount. We haven’t had a good snow in a long time, and the last few years, winter has kind of sucked. it would be good to have a nice snowy winter for a change.
I am working hard this month on the second book in the shifter series I’ve been writing for a while. I don’t think that series is going to be part of next year’s release schedule, but I do want to have most of the first five ready to go before 2021 is over, but we shall see. Before I get back to work on this one, I have a little snippet for you from Light the Way Home, which is out right now.
Lucie didn’t argue when Nate refused her help with the dishes. Her insides still quivered from the realization that he was attracted to her.
“I’ll see you in the mornin’, Lucie!” Hayden shouted, hopping on one foot.
She smiled as she put her sweater on. “Yes, you will.” They’d already decided Hayden would join her after breakfast so Nate could cram in a few hours of work before he headed to the hospital to see his dad–and try to get his mother to come home rather than sleep on the less-than-ideal pull-out chair-bed in his dad’s hospital room again.
She wasn’t sure that was a battle he would win, but she understood his concern.
Hayden gave her a quick hug and then ran back to his book in the living room.
“I really do appreciate this, Lucie,” Nate said from where he stood at the sink.
“It’s nothing, Nate,” she said lightly. “Keeps me from having to spend endless hours on job search sites and getting more depressed than I already am.” She kept her head down as she buttoned her sweater up to her chin.
“It isn’t nothing to me.”
His firm, quiet tone snared her attention, and her mouth went dry. The shadows in his brown eyes made her curl her fingers around the edges of her sweater to keep from reaching out.
“I’m not accustomed to asking for help.” He cleared his throat. “I appreciate it.”
She swallowed. “It’s no problem,” she whispered. Dammit–hot, attracted to her, and vulnerable. Shit, that was trouble. She took a slow breath. “I’ll see you in the morning then.” She inched toward the door.
A hint of awareness darkened his eyes, but he stayed where he was. “Good night, Lucie.”
She took two more steps, clearing the doorway to the mud room, and a little relief sank into her belly. Until she heard footsteps behind her.
Within reach of the back door, she whirled. He stood at the open doorway of the kitchen, undisguised desire in his eyes this time. Her heart skipped a beat, and she felt a quick rush of excitement that she tried to squash as he stepped into the mud room. She held her breath as he took another step. One more. Until he stood a foot away, and her breath rushed out.
He studied her face for a long moment, and she wondered what he saw, what he was looking for. Impulsively, she moved closer to him, noting the way his eyes rounded, and she stretched up to brush a kiss on his mouth, lingered for a second, then stepped back.
“Good night, Nate,” she whispered, reaching behind her for the doorknob.
If you like that snippet, you can click on the title link above and it will take you to any of the major booksellers online so you can pick up a copy to read the entire story.
Now I’m heading back to writing a bit more before I call it a day. Then I’m going to try to relax a little–the next two days at the day-job will be pretty hectic again.
What are you doing this week to give yourself a break? Reading? Baking? A favorite holiday movie? I’d love to know!
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