Well, hello there, friends! I’m back! Didja miss me? So much has happened since I last posted, but I’ll discuss that in a bit. First, here’s a new snippet from my Christmas-themed WIP, Season of Love!

Continuing from where we left off… (Amy’s mom is trying to get her inside Newtonville Hall where half the town has gathered for her “surprise” going away party)

Still, her mother wouldn’t budge. Sandra Campbell may have been a top-tier Bingo player, but her poker face was crap. “You need to come inside. Please.”

Amy frowned. “Why?

“Because . . . Oh . . . I don’t know why they had to put me in charge of this.” The older woman dropped her head into her hands and sighed.  

Things were getting stranger by the minute. “In charge of what?” Amy demanded. “Mom, what’s going on?”

The older woman shifted in her seat, letting the silence stretch between them. “It’s a surprise going away party,” she mumbled into her hands. “Half the town’s in there, ready to give you a proper Newtonville send-off. My job was to keep it a surprise, which sounds a lot easier than it is, but I spent all day trying to think of a good reason for you to go in there, and look how well that went!”

***End of WWW post, but here’s a bit more!***

Amy bit back a grin at her mother’s anxious rambling.

“The cat’s out of the bag,” Sandra continued, “but there’s no way I’m letting my lack of imagination ruin this party. So you need to put on a happy face, get inside, and act surprised, okay?”

When she finally lifted her head, her apprehensive expression morphed into something more closely resembling suspicion. “You’re not mad?” she asked carefully.

“I mean, I’m kind of impressed, really.” Amy chuckled. “You kept me distracted while all this was happening right under my nose. I can usually smell a ruse from a mile away.” She smiled affectionately at the woman she often struggled to see eye to eye with. “Thanks for doing this, Mom.”

“It was actually Matt’s idea.”

And that’s where I’ll leave things for now. *maniacal laugh* Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

Well, I’m in my new home, and I couldn’t be happier! It’s been fun getting settled and making it my own. I’m still waiting on a few key pieces of furniture, like a couch, but my giant red beanbag chair has been a pretty good substitute. Once everything’s in place, I’ll take a video. I’ve been sharing pics and progress updates in my newsletters and on social media, so feel free to follow me there if you’re so inclined. 🙂 I’ll be back with another snippet next week. See you then!

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