I’ll start by saying I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and since last night was also the start of Chanukkah, Happy Chaunukah!
How many of you actually know what Black Friday stands for? It’s the day that retail stores hope to turn the tide of the year and get in the “black” and start making a profit. It’s sad to say, but profit seems to have become the main focus of the holiday season.
It used to be that the day after Thanksgiving was the start of the Christmas season. Now they are putting the Christmas decorations out on Halloween day and practically just skipping Thanksgiving. Stores are starting their black Friday sales earlier and earlier. They crept from Midnight, to Nine PM, then Four PM, this year I saw several stores that were starting their sales at 5 AM Thanksgiving Day!
I know several people who work in retail that were forced to postpone their celebrations until this weekend, because they had to work!
I’ll freely admit that I love the Christmas season. I love the trees, the packages, the cookies, the food… but mostly I love the “feeling” of Christmas. The way people are a little nicer, think of others a little more often, and smile more readily. At least in my Norman Rockwell imagination.
I don’t shop black Friday sales. Saving a dollar isn’t worth dealing with the crowds, the waits and the irritation. I hate to hear the horror stories of people fighting over the last “toy” or TV.
What do you look for when you shop? Are you looking for a bargain? Or are you looking for just the right gift? I love handmade gifts and gifts that required a lot of thought. Is this something he/she would really like. Not just the biggest most expensive thing I can afford.
Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox and try to sell you something! LOL.
I have a new release coming out on Christmas Day! Chasing Love, book 2 in the Circle R Ranch series
Chase is a thoughtful gift giver:
“She took a tiny sip and the hot liquid manna soothed her frazzled nerves. The sun was blazing through the front windows and she decided to enjoy her coffee on the front porch. When she opened the door to step outside she was shocked to find a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers laying on her doormat—Queen Ann’s lace, purple thistle, Black-eyed Susans and wild lilies, tied together with a big pink bow.
Curious, Samantha picked up the flowers and found a small white note tucked inside.
Wild flowers for a wild beauty. I hope they brighten your day as much as a smile from you would brighten mine.
Your sexy Cowboy”
“The two weeks before the opening flew by in a haze of activity. Samantha was crazy busy, and excited over the coming grand opening. But the highlight of the days were the gifts that appeared on her doorstep every few days…and the notes attached to them.
Two days after the flowers had arrived, a mason jar of Apple Pie Moonshine appeared. The note attached read—
Just like your kisses, the taste is sweet at first, but then a burn begins in your stomach and spreads to every limb. Keep sipping and you will become dizzy. I want to be drunk on your passion.
Three days passed before the next gift arrived, a delicate China doll, dressed in a beautiful Christmas outfit of deep green velvet.
The velvet of her dress can’t compare to the velvet of your skin.
Dreaming of you
Each gift was different and unique, and the notes were both sweet and seductive. Samantha had to keep reminding herself that a relationship with Chase would be stupid. His attention was flattering, but he was too young and lived way too close for comfort.”
Samantha Cross went out in search of a one night stand to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. She found more than she was looking for, when her sexy cowboy turned out to be her new neighbor, and seven years younger than her too.
Chase Ryan was looking for the one. He found her and she disappeared on him into the night. When he shows up at her door with an apple pie, the fun begins.
Samantha may run, but he is Chasing Love.
Ten Years ago love slipped through Chance’s lasso. This time “He was going after her and she didn’t stand a chance, just like a calf in a Chute, he was going to rope her with his love and ride back into her life.”
Carrie Stewart is a dedicated horsewoman. She runs a successful breeding and training program. She is a good friend, a good sister and a favorite aunt, but she has been burned by love. Carrie has never gotten over her first love, Chance Ryan. After ten years of absence Chance shows back up in her life. Should she risk her heart again,
with the man who left it broken at her feet in the past? Chance has some serious work ahead of him to win back the one woman he could never forget.