Thoughts on the Groundhog’s Forecast and a Link to a Free eBook

Thanks, perhaps, to the groundhog with his forecast of six more weeks of winter, my little corner of Illinois is about to slip back into the frigid season. Forecasters are calling for from one to three inches of snow for two days in a row. I guess that means we could end up with from two to six inches of the white stuff total. One of my favorite posts on social media sites these days says, “The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, so I ate him.”

My sentiments exactly.

One of the few benefits from this inclement weather  is that it makes it easy to stay indoors and to read or write. I’m still working on my current project. It’s been slow going. I’ve had several non-writing tasks that needed handling. Those are now behind me, so I should be able to concentrate on completing the stories that are floating around in my head.

Your Free Read for today:

 

The police procedural Autumn Secrets is free at Amazon today. The series is written by Susan C. Muller and features the exploits of detective Noah Daugherty.  Click the cover to view the details.

Please note: Autumn Secrets was free when I published this post. I have no idea how long it will remain that way. On the other hand, you’re always free to follow the link and check.

Happy reading. Happy writing. And let’s hope the groundhog was wrong!

 

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My Work and a Published Free Book to Enjoy.

I am currently at work on my third book in the Melanie Hart Cozy Mystery series. This book explores in greater detail the relationship between Melanie Hart and Ginger Black. It also looks at just how women should take men these days — or not.

Read the book to learn more. I   expect it will be available before  the February page is ripped from the calendar. But don’t hold me to that.

My recommended read for this month is a British police procedural called Ice Blue. It is  written by  Emma Jameson.  I will not tease you. I simply adored this book. When I  bought it, he book was  free. I wish you similar luck. It is a great mystery as well as a romantic tale which should delight.

I Am Woman; Watch Me Change My Mind.

Some time ago, I announced that I was working on the third Melanie Hart book. Well, here I am today to announce it’s a Hetty Fox book which is under production.

What the hay?

I changed my mind, okay? Hetty is, at this moment, more popular with readers than Melanie. I know, that’s not fair. but who says life is fair? Or as one of my friends once said: fair is a place where they sell cotton candy.

And for those of you wondering what Hetty looks like, she might look something like this.

Now, I ask you, would you really want to tangle with this woman? Heaven knows I wouldn’t.

 

Actually my Melanie Hart production has seen some work. This third Melanie story, however, is being told by Ginger Black, Melanie’s outspoken friend who says this is her tale and she is going to tell it her way.

I can’t wait to finish that book.!

Meanwhile, what’s up with me, the insignificant author of all this merriment?

Well, I’m almost over a bout of flu. Thank heavens.

The Christmas decorations are back inside their closets and cubby holes for another year.

I survived an outrageous cold spell, and now face a round of ice. Electrical outages anyone?  I have my fingers crossed.

But through it all, rest assured, I WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE!

Happy January and may we all face a better February.

Just think, Valentines Day is next up.

Today’s bestselling FREE cozy mystery at Amazon.

 

Dieting Can Be Murder by Susan Santangelo

 

 

Happy reading and writing,

Anna Drake

 

 

 

Smile, It’s Only Winter

spring flower

It’s been bitterly cold in West Central Illinois the past week or two. Most daytime highs have barely reached  the mid-teens, while overnight lows have slipped well below zero.. Given a glance at the national weather map, I assume, if you live in the U.S., you, too, have a good shot at being in the big chill zone. Fortunately, we’re expected to begin a warm up here today, but I still say it’s time to turn my thoughts to spring!

This is not exactly a new idea. Most gardening catalogs turn up in mailboxes about now, which has always worked for me. I’m an equal opportunity gardener.. Vegetables or flowers, I’m up for both. Flowers are lovely and I grow them. But, to my mind, nothing matches walking out into a vegetable patch and harvesting a crop for supper.

Gardening in pots?

I cheat. I don’t have the physical stamina to keep up a large garden. What I can do, however, is grow my goodies in pots. I’ve planted peppers and green beans and eggplants along with lots and lots of leaf lettuce. It’s easy. There is no dirt to plow or hoe. And I’ve seldom had to fight a weed infestation. A tug here and there of a baby weed has usually done the trick.

My flowering plants usually go in the ground, but since I mostly grow perennials,  my flower garden doesn’t require much work from me. If I want to add flowering annuals to  the bed, I tuck them into…(you guessed it) pots. The only downside to perennials is that they must be divided every few years to keep them healthy. But I rotate that job so that I never have to dig up  many in the same year.

Now, I’m really dreaming of spring. May it arrive early this year! And if you’ve received a gardening catalog, isn’t this just the kind of weather to dive into it?

Also, if you have a trick for surviving this dreadful weather, please share! There’s strength in numbers. Who knows when another arctic blast like this one will land again?

Bonus content:

The Top  FREE COZY MYSTERY at Amazon Today

Rosemary’s Gravy by Melissa F. Miller

Happy dreaming and happy reading, everyone.