Long and Short Reviews is hosting a weekly blogging challenge for the year with weekly prompts. It seems like such a fun idea so I'm going for it! I love prompts that spark writing--even if it's challenging or hard--so I'm excited to give it a try this year. You can find the prompts here!
This picture explains it all. My favorite thing to do in the winter is read, drink coffee, and enjoy a nice fire. Growing up in the midwest allowed for a lot of below freezing temperatures for longer than three months. Winter could last from November to April, sometimes shorter, sometimes longer, but the coffee and reading never stopped.
There is something magical about a steaming cup of your favorite drink, the warmth of the fire hitting your feet, and a book that takes you wherever you like to go. My favorite books to read are romance, psychological thrillers, and romantic suspense. Each Christmas, I load up my kindle with ten stories that I devour while on break from work. It is my time each year to not do anything but visit with family and read. It is my favorite.
The only hard part: I now live in Phoenix where winter doesn't get below 40 degrees, and while it is beautiful, it isn't the same feeling. I miss the snow, the bone-chilling cold, the way your breath hurts your lungs, and the fireplaces. Having a fire in Arizona isn't the same. Winters here are spent enjoying the perfect weather; people hike, eat every meal outside, play any sport you want, and soak up the constant sunshine.
It's been hard getting used to what "winter" means to us as we made our home in Phoenix and while it's nostalgic to think about my childhood winters, they will always be wonderful memories.
What about you? What are your favorite things to do in winter?
I'm going to be honest. I'm obsessed with this cover. It's so fun, colorful, and totally fits the mood of this series. The Game Changer is the second book in the Cleat Chasers Series and will be available for pre-order February 19, 2019. Here is the blurb below:
Greta Aske has a lot going on: fear of student loans becoming too much to afford on a teacher’s salary, worrying about her brother’s divorce, and going on a string of bad dates that has her giving up on men, at least for the time being. Her focus becomes saving as much money as she can and getting good grades. Her life contains a little too much drama and she needs a break. The perfect solution presents itself: pretend to date the campus’ playboy. That’ll keep the guys away for sure.
Aaron Hill is desperate to save his baseball career, because with his dad fighting cancer, he damn well knows he can’t ask for a single penny from his parents. Baseball is his past, present, and future so when a scandal breaks out threatening his future in the MLB, he turns to his best friend for help. They stage a fake relationship to keep him out of trouble. It’s perfect, really. Greta’s taking a break from dating and Aaron needs to focus on training. Nothing could go wrong.
The issue is… the deal was that neither would fall for the other. It was all staged and they had to stick to the plan. But, when lines are crossed, what’s real and fake blurs and they are forced to face their fears. Is Greta the game changer Aaron needs?
This story made me laugh, cry, and roll my eyes at Greta and Aaron as they navigate the treacherous line between friends and something more. I adore these two personalities because they are so similar and perfect for each other...they just don't know how to admit it. It releases April 2, 2019 and now, I'm finalizing edits for the third book, Best Player, where we get to see Aaron's sister navigate her way through finding love.