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As the Big Day approaches, it’s easy to get swept up in the Holiday Madness: Did I mail out all the cards, is the house relatively clean, watch out for that ornament!, I thought YOU were going to pick up the Christmas Blend coffee, why am I awake at 12:30am?

But the most important thing about this time of year, no matter what your Big Day is like (or what religion or not you prefer), is to remember the Important Things. Family, even if they drive you nuts. Your friends, who are there when you have panic attacks (ahem.), your significant other, whether it’s your spouse or your nicest cat. The rituals of the season, from Secret Santa with your best pals, or taking a detour on the way home so you can view the crazily-decorated tree.

And what does this have to do with being Risky, or writing in the Regency? Nothing–and everything. Because the books we love are our significant others sometimes, too, because the authors create worlds with love, family, friendship, rituals, and Big Day stress.

Over at my own blog, I’ve declared it Delurking Week (thanks to Meljean Brook, who had the idea first), and I encourage all you Risky visitors to say hi and maybe relate a special holiday tradition you cherish, or just what you do to get away from it all. Maybe talk about what book you’re looking forward to opening after you’ve opened all the presents. Or just pipe up and tell us just what’s on your mind right now.

To all my fellow Riskies, Happy Holidays! May the New Year bring New Contracts, Friendly Booksellers, and Loads of Devoted Fans. To the Risky Regencies Visitors, thanks for coming by and becoming a part of the Risky community.


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15 years ago

Tomorrow morning we fly to Oklahoma to spend a week with my husband’s family. I know, because I cheated and checked my Amazon wishlist, that there should be fully eleven books under the Christmas tree for me. And unless my MIL breaks her well-established pattern, there’s a Borders card in my stocking.

I’m planning to take four books on the plane, all new-to-me books by old-to-me authors. (I never take a new author for a cross-country flight, because if I don’t like the book, I’m left with nothing but SkyMall and the in-flight magazine.) And, you know what? Four doesn’t feel like enough for the trip, even though I know I’ll have more by Monday evening. I keep thinking, “But what if Amazon was running behind and the presents don’t arrive on time? And what if MIL doesn’t get me the Borders card this time?”

15 years ago

Merry Christmas to everyone.

15 years ago

Happy Holidays everyone!! 🙂


Amanda McCabe
15 years ago

Susan, I’m in Oklahoma! Maybe I will run into you at the bookstore. 🙂

And I totally sympathize with the books-on-vacation thing. I always carry at least 3 on the plane or in the car, preferably more in case one is a bust. And there are always more in my suitcase.

Diane Perkins
15 years ago

Susan, happy reading!
Lois, Maureen, and Amanda, Merry Christmas.
I’m going to the in-laws in Williamsburg and I hope we get to see some of the historic city (we rarely do)
I have piles of books and I’m sure I can find something to read in the car.

Megan Frampton
15 years ago

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m bringing three Christmas anthologies (including one featuring our own Amanda!), and there is plenty of wine and such at the in-laws. Yahoo, happy holidays for all!

Amanda McCabe
15 years ago

Hope you enjoy the anthology, Megan! 🙂

I went to the wine shop for vital supplies for a family Christmas, and the woman working there asked to see my i.d.!!! Made my day. Maybe the holiday won’t be so bad. 🙂

15 years ago

Merry Christmas, Megan (and everyone)! I must admit that I’ve been, uh, mildly stressed this Christmas. (Cara might argue that this is a tiny bit of an understatement.) But what I don’t understand is how Christmas came only a few days after Thanksgiving! That shouldn’t be possible, should it?

Season’s greetings to everyone, and here’s hoping we can all relax!


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