Dreaming of Fall, Y'all

It’s still 100 degrees and I would probably sell my soul for weeks of sustained sweater weather.

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We had a lovely little week in August where it was rainy and in the 70s/80s, but I knew (I knew!) that it was just a cruel, cruel tease. We’ll have another month—at least—of me scheming to find places to work that have parking garages so I don’t have to face the wrath of a hot seatbelt buckle. Another month of “dewy” complexions and sweaty ponytails and topknots. And with the State Fair of Texas, there’s usually another sunburn coming my way, even though I’m obsessive about SPF.

Honestly, I don’t remember wearing anything more than a light jacket or sweater all last winter. I’m not saying I want a repeat of the snowpocalypse like we had when Dallas hosted the Super Bowl that year, but I really would like to have a nice, crisp autumn in North Texas. Is that too much to ask?

Probably.

The good news is, I won a week in the mountains last year’s Buns and Roses silent auction, so in September, I’m packing up the Jeep with tons of sweaters and hot tea options, Max the 16 ½ year old poodle, and my mom, and we are going to be gloriously chilly for seven whole days and nights. (More if you count going to Denver for a few days before so we can acclimate to the altitude before climbing up to 10,000 feet!)

I’m planning to do nothing but read on the porch and/or by the fire—okay, I’ll be working too, but that’s not a hardship—and totally unplug from the world. Doesn’t that sound like an absolute dream? (Although, you know me, I'll probably post to Insta.)

But even that will be fleeting as I’ll be spending the last week in September in Houston (aka the armpit of the world…sorry, H-town peeps) where it will probably still be 90 degrees and 80 percent humidity. But I’ll be at the Romance Mastermind with a bunch of brilliant romance writers chilling out at the Four Seasons (wahoo!), so don’t feel too sorry for me.

I cannot wait for the crop of 2018 holiday romances to come out, but until then, these are a few new releases I have on my radar for Fall 2018. Click on the cover to add them to your pre-orders...

Let’s compare notes. What’s on your list?

Psssst…don’t forget that Lindsay Emory and I host #ReadWritePlan in September for romance readers and writers…or readers and writers in general. It’s always a lot of fun to peek inside someone else’s planner and get new ideas. I’d love for you to join us.

xo

Lexi

Hygge, Sweet Hygge

Happy November, friends. I’ve decided I’m going to live in an alternate reality where it actually stayed chilly in Dallas instead of going back up into the 80s and 90s. (Those temps. Ugh. reat for patio days, not so great for hygge, sweet, sweet hygge.) 

I want to take the next month off and nest in my cozy cottage and wear oversized sweaters and read lots and lots of books. But we all know that’s not going to happen. 

nstead, I’ll start mainlining holiday romance novels before bed (start? Ha! That implies I ever stopped) and diffusing clove and cinnamon and wild sweet orange essential oils—and pretend that winter is coming.

But it is November, which means that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has started. And while I often NaNo (heck, every month is novel writing month in my life), I never do it officially. The rules, the spreadsheets, I’m not not any good at those.

I am, however, good at getting my words in and cheering on others. So my HBIC Nation ladies and I decided we’d #HBICnano together. Play by the official rules, or just come play with us as we do a bunch of hosted #amwriting #1k1hr sprints and other write-ins over the month on Twitter and in our FB group.

 

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Don't write? Cheer on your favorite writers. This month's NANO might be next year's blockbuster!