Favorite things to do in winter

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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.

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

TAGGING: SPECULATIVE WRITERS UNITE!

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).

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.