If you read my books, you may notice that they all take place in a small town. That’s because, no matter how sophisticated and urbane I might have wanted to be when I was younger, I’m a small-town girl.
And these days I know that for me, that’s a good thing.
There’s just something I love about seeing at least three people I know every time I go to the grocery store. Something comforting about calling a city office with a question and knowing the person at the other end of the line. And something wonderful about the fact that when our son first started driving, I got secret reports from friends around town who recognized his car.
The Thanksgiving weekend, though, reminds me of a time when I probably looked like the quintessential small-town girl, bug-eyed in the big city—the time years ago when I decided to go Black Friday shopping at what I think of as a “destination mall.” You know the kind of mall I mean–the fanciest, biggest one in the whole metropolitan area.
I’d heard horror stories from my dad about the time he and my mom and another couple went to St. Louis on Black Friday. I ignored them. Surely he exaggerated. After all, it wasn’t like he enjoyed shopping when the stores were empty! I loved shopping!
So off I went, driving two hours on the highway and then navigating my Chevy into the fray of traffic near the mall. Facing off against a brigade of moms with strollers attacking the store like an army of tanks. Forging my way into aisles so crowded that the air seemed to throb with all the noise.
Maybe I should have brought a friend, or done some training, or…listened to my dad.
Luckily for me, after a decade or so, retailers invented a new thing called Cyber Monday. For a small-town girl like me, who lives two hours from a major mall and prefers to do her big-city shopping on an uncrowded weekday morning, Cyber Monday is the way to go. I can shop in my jammies and still get the deals!
What about you? Are you one of those brave Black Friday shoppers? Are your Christmas gifts all bought and wrapped?
Personally, as of 8 a.m. this morning, I haven’t even started. But, since I just sent my next book to the editor, I’m taking the day off from writing. By the end of today, I hope to have my shopping done, all ready for the elves to deliver the packages to my door. And when my list is all checked-off, instead of having to drive two hours home, I can curl up with a good book!
And—this is super important to share–speaking of good books, if you haven’t heard, or if perhaps you knew about it but got distracted by pie (which I totally respect), there’s a big book promotion going on right now. It’s so big that I’d call put it in all caps and call it a BOOK BONANZA! More than 50 Christian romance books are all free or 99c! Included in there is one of the books from my Abundance series, Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie for 99c. The big promotion ends TODAY, Cyber Monday, Dec. 2. Just click here to stock up! That way, no matter how you like to shop, you can relax afterward with a great Christian romance! Now that’s a happy ending!