Weekend reads and I'm home!

Technically, I've been back since Thanksgiving, but I finally feel like I've settled back home.  I already desperately miss my 'room of my own' out in western Massachusetts.  I got an incredible amount of writing done -- the most I've ever accomplished -- and learned a great deal about myself, my own writing habits, and the skill it takes to write a story.  My original plot line changed wildly once I went to work, which was a surprise, and I've found about two million holes I need to fill with more research.  I won NaNoWriMo for the first time in my life (I did 50K words in November) and am at about 70K words total.  All in all, I'm very satisfied!!  Here's hoping I can keep up the momentum and continue to write once I resume working; I think my chances of being a lady of leisure are pretty nil.

The weekend, I'm reading a trio of historical romances for review here or the Historical Novel Society: What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee, A Rogue for All Seasons by Sara Lindsey, and Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels. As this is my last day of sabbatical (!!), and with the crazytimes of the holiday season upon us, I'm grateful for the escapist reads. It's just what I need!  (That's some Emergenc-C with my e-reader, to stave off what feels like a cold!)

What are you reading this weekend?


  1. I always feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacation. I'm glad you're settled in. I hope you feel better soon.

    1. I know! It's silly, but it's true. And thanks -- I'm hoping it's just being overtired -- would hate to return to work after seven weeks with a cold!

  2. It sounds as if your writing sabbatical was a successful and rewarding experience. I'm so impressed that you won NaNoWriMo and wrote so much. I'm sure you'll continue writing and soon I'll be buying copies of your book off the shelves of my favorite bookshop and bragging to friends that I know the awesome writer! (I'm teasing you a bit but also 100 % serious and sure you'll be a published book author soon)

    Between your busy schedule and this crazy weather it's no wonder you feel a cold coming on...I hope you can rest this weekend and feel better soon. My husband and I don't have colds at the moment, but several of my fur kids are sneezing, sniffling and wheezing. Once when gets a cold, they pass it around & around... I hope you're kitty has recovered from her trip to the vet and illness -

    Enjoy your weekend, Audra

  3. I'm just getting over a three-week-cold myself (my entire first start to marriage! Gee, YAY), so I feel you -- and hope you feel okay as you head back into work!

    Sounds like it's going to be a nasty weekend here in Maryland, and along much of the coast . . . I think I'll follow your lead and plan to get cozy with some books on Sunday. Enjoy it!

  4. Welcome back! :) Get better soon!

  5. Congrats on winning NaNo! Hope you manage to stay healthy... the weather is so icky this time of year.

    I have to work tomorrow but am planning on curling up the rest of the time with Emma Donoghue's Frog Music (for review), which is pretty much the opposite of a warm and cozy read!

  6. Sounds like you've been very productive! Congrats on NaNo!

  7. Well done!! That is awesome. I think a couple years ago for NaNo I dropped out at about 10K words? So I am MIGHTILY impressed.

  8. You're back already?! The time flew, my goodness! I'm so glad to hear you got so much writing done - and congrats on winning NaNo!!

    I'm currently reading The Melody of Secrets and am extremely intrigued with its WWII/1960s space race backdrop.

  9. I bet this is going to be a tough transition back, but it sounds like you had an incredibly productive month - congratulations on all the work you were able to get done!

  10. Congratulations on knocking out NaNoWriMo and getting so much work done on your book!

  11. Yay! Congrats on the accomplishment! Keep up the hard work. I think tis the season for historical romances-I just finished reading By Royal Command by Laura Navarre which was very good. Loved the pre-Norman invasion setting and the strength of the historical as well as the romance.


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