Okay, so I am maybe a little early celebrating Spring! Most places, the first day of Spring is considered the equinox, which will be March 20th this year.
But here in England, we’ve had a crazy winter. It only snowed once, and the only reason I knew was because I was working on a story and still awake at 4am! By the next morning, the snow had vanished. My almond tree had blossom in it in December. I saw flowers and berries and the hawthorn at the same time, which I’ve never seen before. My daffodils flowered in February. This is one, picked from the garden in mid-February.
I love Spring. It’s so full of hope and new beginnings. We have baby bunnies and hens laying eggs again and lambs jumping out in the nearby fields. We have fat just-about-ready-to-bloom bud clusters on the cherry tree, promising a good crop if the weather stays nice. Even in the city or town, we have swelling buds on trees and the chance to shed some of those heavy winter layers of clothing. The days are getting longer. We aren’t getting up in the dark anymore. Everywhere, there’s the sense of lightness of life. There’s hope. We have Easter, too, Jesus’s amazing sacrifice giving us not just new life in the garden and fields, but new life for ever.
I have two Spring stories published at present, and they are very different. tried to capture that sense of hope and new life in both my Spring stories. Forget Paris starts on Valentine’s Day and ends in April and is set in the city centres of Paris and London; A Lesson in Love is set in Edinburgh but has more of a small town feel, focused on building a church garden.
Forget Paris is currently free on Amazon until Monday March 7, and is always free to read in Kindle Unlimited. I do hope you enjoy it if you download a copy!
A Lesson in Love is available as a standalone novella, or as part of the Love Blossoms anthology of Spring themed Christian romances. I have one mobi for Kindle ebook copy of the novella to give away to a randomly selected comment on this post before midnight on Monday March 7th.
I hope where you are, Spring has already appeared, and that you aren’t knee deep in snow still, or mud and slush!
Just for fun and another chance to win a mobi for Kindle ebook copy of A Lesson in Love, visit my Facebook author page after you’ve commented here, and add a photo of the signs of Spring you’re seeing where you are in the comments there (right on the post for this blog).
I look forward to reading your comments here and seeing your photos there! :)