Nov 19

Santa came early!

I’m not sure if it’s because we live at 10,200 feet, or if it’s that we get around eight feet of snow a year, or that we live on a dirt road that’s off of a dirt road which is off of another dirt road, which is off of a paved road that eventually becomes a dirt road, but we always have trouble getting our mail.

“Umm,” we’ve heard many a time on the phone, “I’m somewhere on a hill somewhere, can you give me directions to your house?”


“Well, I’m at the bottom of the road, but my truck won’t make it up the hill.”

It can be extremely frustrating for all parties involved because all that I want is the package that I’ve been anxiously awaiting and all he wants is to deliver the package and get home without driving into a six foot drift of snow.

This is what happened last night somewhere between cooking dinner for fourteen people and the power going out for an hour (and yes, all fourteen people were there for that as well). Now, I had been waiting, waiting, waiting for a package like this for the past six-and-a-half years. And I was told that I could expect it yesterday.

So every now and then, throughout the day, I’d nonchalantly walk to the window and look at the snow covered street. Nothing but the two golden retreivers sniffing around our yard and then taking that awkward stance that all dogs do and pooping in the snow. Not the image I wanted to see.

No truck. No package.

And when this happens, I always go over the situations in my mind. “Maybe I gave the wrong address.” “Maybe I put our PO Box instead of our physical address”  ”Maybe I put our physical address and they needed our PO Box.” On and on.

And then I thought of my package sitting on one of the thousands of shelves among the millions of other packages waiting to go home.

But nothing came.

So I went to bed last night, after the dishes were cleaned up and the door was checked just one more time, and the lights had come back on, hoping that tomorrow would be the day.

And it was!

Sometime in the night, the mailman…or maybe it was Santa Claus…pulled up to our house and dropped off three packages. “Hey Linds!” John said setting the packages on the ground. “These were outside the door in the snow.” I squealed, my heart thudding in my chest cause I knew what was inside…and I was right!

Santa came early for me this year because I’m holding in my hands a dream come true…my author copies of SCONES AND SENSIBILITY!

After writing and writing, submitting and submitting, rejection after rejection, then more of the same all over again, I’m finally holding my book! My words. A piece of myself I’ve sent out into the world.

But even though you won’t be able to buy it until December 22 or after (I say after because Barnes and Noble is using Scones and Sensibility for a Valentine’s Day promotion so they may not have it “on the floor” until after the holidays though you can ask for it from the back or pick it up at your local Independant Bookseller), and December 22 is just shy of a month away, here is a picture of it for you to look at!

Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm and encouragement! And a special thanks to everyone at Egmont-USA for everything!Photo 235

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6 Responses to “Santa came early!”

  • Bree Despain says:

    Oh, it is SO beautiful!! I can’t believe you already have it in your hands. I am so very jealous! Congrats, congrats.

  • Kristin says:

    Oh my goodness. I’m trying not to cry; dreams do come true. I knew, knew, knew as soon as you said waiting for six plus years it’d be your book. The cover is absolutely beautiful. They did an incredible job. Congratulations. Looking forward to reading it soon.

  • Anne says:


    I’m so proud of you and so excited for you, Linds!!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations and good luck! The cover looks fabulous. A package this exciting had come from Santa :o )

  • Sarah Livesay says:

    AWESOME, TRULY AWESOME. I’m so proud of you. And so fun thinking of you holding that lovely book in your very own hands. Imagining all those that will read it…. Barnes and Noble Valentines promotion?!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, that is quite the deal you have there. I am feeling giddy for you just sitting here. Man! That is just AWESOME.
    Love you, and CONGRATS on all your years of hard work and dreaming.

  • Pam Bachorz says:

    CONGRATS! It looks beautiful. Can’t wait to read it!

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