We have a winner! COLORS OF ME has won the copy of Emily Bryan's PLEASURING THE PIRATE! Colors, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail so I can send the book out to you. Thank you everyone who entered!
And please, keep Emily in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow as she goes into surgery.
I'll be giving away another book, a copy of my first Nocturne, THE EMPATH, at Harlequin's special open house this Thursday. The Nocturne chat is from 9 to 10, so stop by to say hello and have your chance to win my book and goodies from other authors.
Times are hard for many people this holiday season. So this year, DH and I decided to do an open house to offer holiday cheer.
We're running the trains. All of them. This is Dolce wearing his reindeer antlers, looking woeful as he sits in the circle of the first track, which is an O gauge. Inside that circle we'll put a G scale gauge.
You see, we don't just have a cute train beneath the tree. Nope, that's for AMATEURS.
When Frank and I bought our house years ago, we looked for a house that had a sizeable back yard. Reason? The trains. We knew we wanted to do a garden railroad, and we needed property. Frank built an outdoor layout. After Hurricane Wilma wrecked the back yard in 2005, we remodeled the back yard and he added MORE track.
This is the two-level layout. He'll probably run the circus train and maybe one of the smaller locomotives on it.
But having trains OUTSIDE wasn't enough for my darling husband. He decided, on the advice of friends (friends?!) to put trains inside our house.
So he built a train layout that goes over the kitchen cabinets, into the living room, into the garage, into the attic. Kids love seeing this train run, and "vanish" into the attic.
One time I was doing the dishes and the train derailed into the sink. Good thing I was fine. Can you imagine the 9-11 call he'd have to make? "Hello, my wife has been hit by a train. In the kitchen."
The trains are loads of fun. Sometimes when I'm in the back writing, Frank will be running the trains and I'll have the Coca Cola locomotive (one of my favorites) chugging by as I'm typing away on the laptop.
I don't know why trains fascinate me so much. Maybe it's the little kid still deep inside. Or the fact that the engines fascinate me with the gears and the power.
Or maybe I just like toys.
So that is what we'll be doing this Saturday. We'll have rum punch, and goodies and lots of trains. I may post photos next week of the trains actually running.
Have a great week, everyone!