Now lest anyone think that we here in "sub-tropical" Southern Middle Tennessee are battling the elements of snow and hail, rest assured that the graphic to your left is only meant as a metaphor for the fact that even here in the lush and gorgeous Cumberland Gap area of Tennessee is in the grip of a cold spell. Burrrrrrr . . . it's cold outside, Baby! Try 28 degrees at 4:00 PM. That's pretty extreme for around here.
But as advertised, I had something that brought the warmth to my heart that only something truly "free" can do: Book Bub. Yep, that's right, Book Bub. It's a web site that offers temporary deals on published books of all kinds -- you can let them know your preferences -- and you can get them either free or at a seriously reduced price with most of the books going for 99 cents. I, of course, being the recipient of both German and Celtic spend-as-little-as-possible genes, go mostly for the free ones although I have been known to cave for those 99 cent deals. Most of the books can be downloaded right to your Kindle if you are an Amazon subscriber or Kindle owner or can be downloaded to the computer and transferred to your e-reader from there. So check out the website and go for it. I get emails with book deals almost every day of the week and have gotten some spectacular books out of it so far and I've only had the site available to me for about a month. Just had to share it with my friends.
There's one more thing that warms my heart as well, and I think this is even more important -- Thanksgiving Day. Of all the non-religious holidays it is my favorite for several reasons.
1) It's so uniquely American. So rooted in our history, it speaks to me as history so often does. Perhaps that's why when I began reading romance novels so many years ago I started with historical romance. This is my way of affirming my own history as a part of this great nation and being a part of the flow of history as it has come down to me and my generation.
2) It is a day that takes me out of myself in a very special way. It reminds me to give thanks for the bountiful life I have even with the long list of bills I pay and the financial demands that I face every month. Yet I know so many who would love to lead the life I have and to be surrounded by kids and grandkids and special friends and so many opportunities to enjoy life I have.
So I say a heart-felt "Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Day 2013" to all my friends and followers.