Favorite things to do in winter


I’m joining in on Long and Short Reviews Wednesday blogging challenge with some other romance writers.  So here goes…

Snow. I’ve spent most of my life in places with little snowfall. I love seeing photos and snapshots of wintery scenes-but perhaps I’m romanticizing things. I can look at movie or film with majestic winter settings within the comfort of a warm house. And shoveling snow which looks like an experience I can live without.  Occasionally, I get the opportunity to experience a dusting of snow and I always try to go out in it, just to feel the snowflakes hit my face. I might be imagining it but it seems as if the world gets quieter for the moments before a snowfall starts.

Cooking. I’m not an outstanding cook by any means, but in winter I don’t mind. I like the smell of food cooking and cold weather soups, stews, bread, and casseroles are comforting. And cookies. This is why I always gain weight over the winter.

Hot Chocolate.  I remember as a child my mother always bought those containers of Hershey’s cocoa powder.  I can still remember opening it up and smelling the chocolate. Of course, I was a fan of mini marshmallows Regular marshmallows were for making Rice Krispie treats and s’mores. I’m picky about my marshmallow rules. Every year, my family and I go to a night illumination show. Now, I love the exhibits, but I confess part of the reason I go is because of the more expensive custom made hot chocolate on sale. Godiva even lets you choose the amount of bitter in your chocolate.


What do you think? Do you drink hot chocolate? With or without marshmallows?


I love SF, I love paranormal, I love fantasy.  Basically, when a story takes place in an alternate world I like to escape into it. I join lots of groups for the like minded and thanks to the wonderful Sci-Fi Romance group on Facebook I was tagged for a post by PJ Dean author of Felig Chronicles (and the very, very good historical romance Kindred: An American Love Story which I love for all kinds of reasons).


So I want to point out the works of Rae Lori, whose Cimmerian Stories set in a future dystopia. Wonderful heroine whose African American and First Nations and an Asian American hero. A neat combination of futuristic romance and urban fantasy. Plus it’s very low heat level for those who want to share with all audiences.
S.J. Pajonas has a neat New Adult series, the Nogiku series,  set in a dystopia-this time based on Japanese culture. It very detailed with and intriguing mix that is not to be missed. Check them all out.


And Misa Buckley’s book Tin Cat, which is a lovely read that I liked from first time I read it and still do. A heroine living with disabilities that has a real life and not a stereotype. It’s just so enjoyable.


I think this tagging event started with Pauline Baird Jones (read her books and her blog because it’s funny) and continued with Veronica Scott and her wonderful. award winning SFR series.