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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's 2017!

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

The last time I posted was in November. That's pretty bad, but getting to post a blog is tough. Blog posts take a lot of time because I have to think of a topic, write it up, edit it, add graphics/pictures, and make sure any relevant links are set up. I'm thinking that I will go to once a week or once every other week for blog posts. Also, apparently there are some kind of European laws and Blogger is posting Cookie notices, but I don't know where they are and I don't
know if they're showing up, so if they are, please let me know where to look because the directions weren't clear.

Christmas in the Averie Household was eventful. On Christmas Eve we went to Mass and the Averie Offspring was rather rambunctious much to me and Mr. Averie's chagrin. I'm chalking it up to the excitement of the season, but despite the goofiness on the part of my offspring, it was a lovely service and we sang one of my favorite Christmas hymns (Joy To The World--Christmas Mass just never seems complete without it).

Christmas Day was celebrated at my sister's house, with her crowd and my parents. The Averie Offspring made out like bandits (thank you Gran and Grandpa!) And, I must say, I was happy with what I got. My siblings and the spouses do an assigned name gift exchange--so one couple will have another couple and so forth. We got some nice things we wanted and some lovely surprises, too. (I won't go into all the details, but we got books, movies and other things we had wanted--plus a couple of cool mugs).

The week following Christmas, my younger brother and his wife and family arrived and we had official Turkey Christmas Dinner on the Thursday after Christmas. It was fun and delicious. My sister-in-law took some Brussels Sprouts, coated them with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted them. They had this yummy nutty type flavor. I'd never had Brussels sprouts like that before and I really enjoyed it. I actually always liked Brussels sprouts, but it'd been a long time since I had them and never roasted.

New Year's was quieter for us, which is just as well since excitement has reigned in this house for several days. Now we're getting back into our usual routines.

I'm finishing up reading the ARC of Kerrelyn Sparks' March release, How To
Me with Kerrelyn Sparks October, 2016
Tame A Beast In Seven Days
and will post a review on the blog at another time.


I'm also working on pre-publisher run-through per the request of my publisher (not that they had a problem with my manuscript, they just said they've found and extra run-through before the official editing process helps, so that's what I'm doing). It's a bit on the slow side, but I'm making progress. Publisher wants to start edits either at the end of February or the beginning of March. This novel is scheduled to release in June.

There is another novel I'm working on, but it's still too early to say much about it. It's going okay. We'll see what happens with it. I have a few ideas so we'll see if I can pull this one off.

The audio version of Divine Love is moving along. My narrator is working on some polishing of the earlier chapters, and I have to listen to a chapter he sent me. We're moving forward and hoping to release the audio version in March. (We'll see, we may have to push it back, but maybe not. We're going to have to crack down on that one!)

One of my nieces is married and is expecting a baby in May, so I'm on the road to Great-Aunt-hood. I'm so excited and thrilled. I know she and her husband are excited. It's the first great-grandchild for my parents and they are also thrilled.

So, 2017 is going to be a rather busy year for me (but that's okay and relatively normal). There are several exciting things in the works, so I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together.

I wish you and yours a wonderful, blessed, safe, and healthy 2017 and hope you had a great Holiday Season. Happy New Year!

Have A Thrillingly Terrific Tuesday!

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