Snow is a four-letter word

Snow. Snow is a four-letter word. To me, it’s a terrible word and a terrible thing! To me, it means cold and gray days. It means the hassle of wearing hats and gloves and coats and scarves. It means difficult driving conditions, car accidents and shoveling injuries that can wreak havoc in lives.

Okay, I grant you that it can be pretty. A frosty winter wonderland of snow-dusted trees can be a pretty sight when I’m curled up inside with a book and a warm beverage. Here in the Midwest, there’s no avoiding it, so of course, I’ve made snowmen (and other assorted snow-figures) with my kids. I’ve done sledding and snow angels. I’ve gone snow skiing. And I know a lot of people love those things.

P1010448But they wear me out. I just wasn’t made for freezing temps! When people get excited about cooler temps in fall, I start to dread what comes next. I would enjoy fall a lot more if it didn’t lead to winter. If only we could go into “second summer!”

Summer is my season. Give me sunshine over snow any day. I enjoy the freedom of summer–longer days and pretty sundresses and sandals that don’t confine my feet. Pair those things with cold beverage and a pool or ocean breeze, and I’m in my happy place.

Believe it or not, a mountain ski resort is the setting for my new holiday romance, Christmas at Tall Pines. And Melanie, the leading lady, pretty much sums up my feelings about skiing:

—“So, what brings you to Tall Pines? Is your family coming for Christmas?”

Tyler hitched his shoulders. “Nah. I’m gonna ski for a couple of days then meet everyone for Christmas.” Grinning, he rubbed his hands together and cocked his head toward the doors. “I do love me some fresh powder.”

Melanie glanced out the windows where snow fell, as it had all day. Good for skiing, which she wouldn’t be doing. She was born bookish and un-athletic, and she accepted those things at an early age. For her, fresh powder meant a visit to the cosmetic counter—or a reason to stay inside by the fireplace with a good book.—

SomethingGoodFor me, the highlight of winter—in fact, the only redeeming feature of winter—is Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. I enjoy decorating, making cookies, gatherings with friends and family, holiday carols and movies, and gift-giving. (Of course, shopping is much more pleasant done without snow…just saying!)

I suppose that’s why I juxtaposed a cold, snowy setting with the warm feels of Christmas for my newest book. Cozy up by the fire with a warm beverage at Tall Pines and bring on the Christmas cheer!

Christmas at Tall Pines is available in digital and paperback formats from your favorite online retailer.

— Melanie Beck is searching for an idyllic Christmas like the ones her small family used to have. Traveling solo and still grieving the loss of her parents, she’s counting on cozy Tall Pines Lodge tucked into the mountains of Utah to provide the elusive holiday feels with merry music, stunning decorations and traditional Christmas feast in a beautiful frosty setting.

But a blizzard turns the winter wonderland into a hazard, and a chance encounter with a now-famous high school crush has her reeling with emotions she’s never quite gotten over.

Tyler Shaw, a Hollywood heartthrob and silver screen star, is so over a grueling film schedule and persistent paparazzi. In disguise and using a fake name, he comes to Tall Pines to escape the spotlight and get some much-needed rest. He’s hoping the adrenaline rush of downhill skiing at the nearby slopes will give him the reboot he’s looking for.

Instead, he’s stuck at the lodge and is shocked to run into an old high school friend that he left behind more than a decade ago. He’s even more surprised to discover how much he’s missed her.

As their past and present collide, can an old flame ignite some Christmas magic?–

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki Batman says:

    I rarely get snow where I live. Interestingly, a while back we had twelve inches on Christmas Day. My mom couldn’t ever remember that happening. Mostly with snow and ice, we have terrible drivers. It’s so pretty to look at and everything is quiet.


  2. Reggi Allder says:

    I spent most of my life in the sun. When I moved where it snows, I was at a lost. Now I’ve had to learn how to drive in it and walk in it. Luckily, we get only a few days of the white stuff every year. I’m learning to enjoy the beauty of it. BTW, love the cover for Christmas in the Tall Pines! All the best. 🙂


  3. Hey, Darlene. Love th pic for the post. I do love winter and can say that even as the wind howls at 25 mph with temp of 38. Don’t want to know what the wind chill makes that. LOL However, unlike folks who live where winter drags on months, here in Texas, we get a week or two at a time, and then we go back to temps in the 50s and even 60s. I like to think I’d manage ful-on winter for months at a time, but I’m not sure. Like Reggi, I love the cover of your latest. It’s one of the best ever. The book sounds charming and perfect to curl up with under a blanket with a hot drink on cold Saturday afternoon. 🙂 I’ve shared.


  4. Thanks, Marsha! I am typing this poolside in Miami! haha I escaped the cold temps temporarily! 🙂


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