It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, with snow photos everywhere on social media. It’s cold even here in Florida. It’s one of those times when I’d rather stay indoors, drink a cup of hot tea, and read (or write) a book.
Most of my contemporary Christian romance novels are set in the warmer months. I write about summer beaches and sometimes fall vacations, with a bit of cool winter thrown in if you can imagine winter in the southern USA.
Do you read summer books only in the summer and winter books only in the winter? Or do you read any book at any time of the year?
Quite a number of readers read Christmas stories all year round. Do you? For example, do you read Christmas books after seeing a flurry of Christmas in July promotions?
My latest novel is Let Me Hold You (Midtown Christmas Book 1), set in Atlanta, Georgia, in December. If you’ve ever been to Atlanta, you’d know that it can get cold and icy in winter, but rarely will it snow. When it does snow, the city shuts down. Schools close, businesses take the day off, and people stay home. We like our winters warmer LOL.
Oh, I remember the Blizzard of 1993 in Georgia, when snow accumulated to at least ten inches in the Atlanta suburbs. I was working downtown then, so I had to drive at least an hour each way to and from work. This was before employers texted everyone and told them not to come in. When I somehow found out I could stay home, it worked out for me because I couldn’t get out of my driveway. Overnight, snow and ice had frozen my wheels and the car wouldn’t run. The local news showed the entire metropolis blanketed in snow and ice all mixed together. It was a big mess. Way back then, there was no work-at-home telecommuting and Zoom hadn’t been invented, so we were given the day off from work.
Those of you who live in the northern states and Canada and Russia and everywhere else with snowfall every year might just laugh at us Georgians. In fact, for years after that, late night talk shows made skits to mock the poor city of Atlanta. Having grown up in the tropics, I can tell you that the blizzard was quite an unusual experience for me. I’d be happy to stay at home and read a book.
How about where you are? Does it snow? Do you ever get snowed in? When you are stuck at home in the thick of winter, what kind of novels do you read?
Before I became a published author, I was an even more voracious reader. I would read hundreds of books a year. I read all sorts of genres, from secular to Christian. Lately, I’ve made it a point to support Christian indie authors, so I buy more indie books than I do traditionally published books. That’s also because I can get all the traditionally published books I want to read from the local public library for free. However, most indie books are not in libraries, so I buy them or borrow them from Kindle Unlimited.
eBooks are such a blessing in the winter time when I don’t want to leave the house and drive to the library. Libraries rent out ebooks too. Do you read ebooks from you local library or do you borrow books via Kindle Unlimited or do you buy them or do you do all of the above?
If you’ve never heard of me and you’re new to my books, here’s a free contemporary Christian romance novella ebook for you. It’s set in the warmer months of the year and in the warmer states in the USA, notably South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. It does snow a bit in Tennessee, especially up in the mountains, but not during the timeframe of this love story.