Today is beautiful...isn't it? I hope you are as blessed with such gorgeous weather as we are. We have beautiful blue skies and a crisp breeze blowing gently through the air. The past two days have been dreary but today is a new day.
Today after our morning coffee, my husband and I set out to go buy his Christmas gift this year. We had decided on a new flat screen TV...like the one he bought me last year. After a disastrous day yesterday, we found his 60" Samsung with all the specs he wanted. Me, I don't know the difference in the LED and the plasma. His, like mine, is the LED but a little bigger. It works for me. And don't you know, now that everyone is getting 55", 60", 70" screen TVs, kids watch movies on their iPhone, or iPad, or Kindle Fire. Shrink that down to 5", 10", or 13" if they are lucky. What a world? We never seem to be satisfied. I know my old eyes love the big screen. When my friends send me an email or text on my phone that you download and watch...I wait until I can pull it up on my lap top. Oh to be 16 again. Not really. I am so happy to be where I am, the age I am, and the life I live. God has blessed me in so many ways.
I hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving. Did you eat the traditional turkey? Or did you go for the ham? Either way, I'm sure you filled up. Aren't we blessed. America...what a nation!!
Christmas is around the corner and then before you know it, it will be 2013. Time flies. Have you bought the gifts you want to give, as God gave us Christ? If money is tight this year, give extra love to a friend or family member. By love, I mean give of your time. Do something special for them or make something for them. Or if you have a big family, instead of buying for each and every one, draw names for the adults of the family. For the kids, look around. You'll find something that fits into your budget. Just remember what Christmas is all about. Not about what you get or what you give...but that you give. Mostly, give of yourself -- meaning your time and energy.
Our lights are up on the outside, tree on the inside. I love the feeling of Christmas. Christmas gives us hope for eternity. Take time to enjoy the season. Don't get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world. We've all been given the gift of God's Son. If you haven't taken the opportunity to accept your gift, do so now. God is waiting. He loves you.
Although I'm not doing anything in the month of December (such as signings and talks and interviews), I will be back in January of 2013. I want to give everyone a chance to buy my two new books...Testimony of Innocence & Crime in The Big Easy. Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge will be doing a signing for me for my latest book -- Crime in The Big Easy. If by January 5th you haven't purchased it yet, be sure and come on down. I'd love to see you.
For those who read the eBook form and have a Kindle, Testimony of Innocence and Crime in The Big Easy are available. I posted it on Facebook and on my website. www.author-deborahlynne.com. I know several of you asked when they would be available in eBook.
As most of you know, I'm a member of ACFW and have been for many years. If you write Inspirational fiction or nonfiction and are not a member, you need to sign up. They give so much help year round, through the magazine, the courses taught on-line, and contests. All are great ways to improve your art of writing. I was blessed to judge the Genesis Contest earlier this year and am now judging in the First Impressions Contest. What an honor! I'm loving it! Entering contests are a great way to grow your craft.
This past month has been a busy blur, but for the next few weeks I'm devoted to working on book 3 of my Samantha Cain Mysteries and my stand alone for 2013. Also I was intrigued by my grandson, Scotty. I'd been out and about with both boys (Koby & Scotty), and on the ride home a bright spot light waved back and forth in the sky. Well my oldest grandson saw it and with a few words spoken, he had me thinking on a plot for a young adult fiction. This will be new to me, but I'm so intrigued. In fact, the idea was for one story, but thoughts of it becoming a series churned in my head. I love when that happens. Needless to say the first couple of chapters have now been written followed with notes on the rest of the novel, but it had to be set aside. First I must finish, The Truth Revealed, and After You're Gone (wip) for my stand alone if OakTara picks it up too.
Have a merry Christmas. Take care and God bless you all!