Friday, February 01, 2013
What Makes You Smile? Annie West
You see, even so early in the year it's been a little tough. Not so much for me but for a number of people I know. They have begun 2013 with bad rather than good news. That made me even more conscious of how lucky I've been that my new year has been so positive.
It also made me think about the things that lighten my heart. Not necessarily the big things, like health and having my family around me, but the little unexpected things that make you glad. I thought I'd share just a couple of those with you. I won't bother describing this series of photos as I think they tell their own story. But believe me, I was grinning from ear to ear as I snapped these shots.
As I write this I'm listening to the sound of rain on the roof. Not a thundering storm likely to damage anything but set-in solid rain that rejuvenates the garden after a blistering hot week (I live in Australia where it's mid summer). The sound is soothing and a wonderful relief after our recent scorching temperatures.
Last night too, as I worked on my current book, the aroma of roast lamb wafted in to me from the kitchen. Roast lamb that I hadn't cooked! Is there anything as decadently delicious to a woman than a meal she hasn't had to cook herself? Truly, having a man about the house who not only can but does cook from time to time (and cook well) is a treat that always makes me smile.
Of course I had to mention food, didn't I? One of my weaknesses. If I mention the fact that I've recently enjoyed both Lindt passionfruit chocolate and rich vanilla soufflé with a delicious tropical fruit sauce, I'm sure you'll realise I'm smiling as I write this.
I haven't just been working and eating. I've also been investigating a possible vacation. The sort of overseas trip that stays with you a lifetime. Recent news means it probably won't happen this year but I figure the planning won't hurt. In the meantime I've had an absolute ball checking flights, hotels and a river cruise where I'd have to do nothing but enjoy myself and stir occasionally to get off the boat and visit some of the places I've dreamed of seeing for years.
In between my writing I've also been fitting in time for more reading than usual, especially since my Christmas included a whole stack of fascinating books by new-to-me authors. Authors whose work I've discovered I want more of. Is there anything better than reading a new author and discovering you want more AND there's a whole backlist waiting for you to investigate? Sigh.
How about you? What are the little things in life that make you smile and feel better about your day?
I'll give away a signed book from my own backlist to one person selected at random from those who leave a comment here. Just check back tomorrow to see who the winner is.
One other thing is making me smile at the moment. Last year I wrote a book that grabbed me from the moment I thought of the premise. It swept me up in a lovely surge of excitement that didn't end till the story was written. That book, CAPTIVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT will be released in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand in March. In fact the American edition is released on 19 February and is available to order now, plus that edition includes free another of my full length romances: BLACKMAILED BRIDE, INNOCENT WIFE. Romantic Times gave CAPTIVE a wonderful 4 star review. For more details check out your favourite bookstore or visit my website.