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Hi {{ subscriber.firstName | default('Friends') }},
Happy New Year! Can we still say that almost two weeks in?
I hope you’re all enjoying the start of 2022. I never thought we’d still be battling COVID two years later, but here we are. If you want some gentle humor on the subject, follow Gary Janetti on Instagram. You’re guaranteed a smile. And for anyone struggling—because there are many—I’m sending comfort and prayers your way.
So what have I been doing? My new year has been filled with editing (WHEN WE LET GO) and writing (WHAT YOU DO TO ME). The latter is pouring out of me. This one’s for fans of music and love stories and dual timelines—ME—and I think you’re going to love it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
When I’m not writing, I’ve been trying out some new recipes. Check out this delicious avocado salad that will blow your guests away. I’m a huge fan of Jo Cooks, and her recipes are easy to follow and delicious. I also recently tried this cauliflower chicken fried rice from Joyful Healthy Eats. My husband and sons loved it, and I can never get them to agree on anything, so there’s that. Finally, these pomegranate gimlets from Barefoot Contessa are super tasty. Word of advice: don’t serve these three together. They don’t complement each other at all.
And while we’re on the subject of food (which is part of my giveaway—see below), I’d love to know some of your favorite recipes (simple) or cookbooks. Please share!
And now, let's talk books!

What I've been reading and listening to...

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For the next four months leading up to my May 2022 release, I have a column devoted to my favorite reads on Barbara Bos' Books By Women site. Click here to join, and don't forget to follow on Facebook. 
If you missed the round-up from last month, click here. I've curated a list of throwbacks, some of my favorites from childhood, the books that made me fall in love with reading and want to become a writer.
In the meantime, check out these books from some wonderful authors and friends:

There's a fantastic giveaway on Facebook…

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See this beautiful bracelet from my friend Bettina Hollo's shop? 
I've teamed up with Kristy Barrett from Novel Bee, and one lucky winner will receive the bracelet along with my five previously published novels--signed. All you have to do is join the group and answer the prompt. Authors are celebrating Kristy and her birthday this week so don't miss this chance to win books, swag, and other cool prizes. And don't forget to wish Kristy a Happy Birthday. Winner will be chosen Saturday, 1/15.

Happy Pub Day Rebecca Warner…

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Rebecca and I met several years ago at Miami Book Fair when I was asked to introduce a panel of authors. We got to talking--my husband accosted her as he often does--and a fast friendship began. Since then, we have shared the ups and down of the industry with a rare honesty and vulnerability. Rebecca has been a warm, supportive friend, and it thrills me to be able to celebrate her book baby's “re-entry” into the world. Readers, all the ingredients are here: murder, mystery, sex, love, politics, good guys, bad guys--all at a heart-stopping pace. Brava, Ms. Warner.


Please excuse any typos. I'm old and blind.