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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Veronica's #WritersDiary, 1-2-3 #Ribbons & #Bows!!

#HoHoHo December! No, I'm not in Jackson (that Moet 🍾igloo tent was a-ma-zing) but I have Elle King's tune, Ex's & Oh's on my mind (modified to #Ribbons and #Bows for this post🎀😁) It's that most wonderful time of the year once again--bring on the #holidays! The weather has been pretty delightful these past few days (except for the Santa Ana winds that blew everything everywhere). The house is lit, the stockings hung, and the cats are napping under the #Christmas tree (their fav hideout). I'm slowly but surely recovering from the #Thanksgiving food coma and doing my part to support the economy with buys on #BlackFriday #SmallBusinessSaturday and #CyberMonday (credit cards are smokin'). Life in #lockdown has certainly changed my purchasing priorities this year. While I'm not buying axes, machetes nor rifles like a certain person I know (conspiracy theories are alive and well), I am gifting food/dinner packages (Omaha Steaks is offering some great deals). I thought since we're not frequenting restaurants much these days, a gourmet meal at home will be a welcome treat. Books, puzzles and subscription services will also be making their way into the stockings, must keep those minds and hands busy!

Just about every room in the house is sparkling with Christmas finery. Even on the darkest of days, the lights of a tree always make me smile. Old ornaments and new--the best for me are the ones made by my son during his school days--they still get a special place on the tree.

It was just about this time last year when we were in Jackson, Wyoming for a pre-Christmas getaway at the fabulous Four Seasons hotel--talk about a room with a view. The Teton mountains were a spectacular site--I can't wait to get back there again to see more of Yellowstone Park. Note-to-self: I will never again take any #trip for granted!

Wishing you a most excellent start to the #holiday season--keep calm, stay healthy and most of all, have fun! Merry days are ahead...#HappyDecember, it's Wednesday, time for #DearDiary:

I'm doing something a bit different this year with my series #holiday branding. As all fiscally minded #writers must do during this book selling season, I'm shamelessly self promoting my books on FB, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest over the next month. I decided to dress the books up a bit with #ribbons, #bows and the lovely black and white check background (I'm a sucker for anything Mackenzie Childs #JustSayin). In addition to looking festive, the branded look also standardizes and unifies the book tweets/posts, differentiating my books and series from others. It's a marketing 101 good thing---stand out and be seen, bring on the book sales!

The peeps are turning from the #writers of Twitter this week...

Author A.M. Semple, Situation Z, 5

A call from a conspiracy theory friend, Russell, alerts Wilson that all is not well in Arizona. He's convinced the hospitals are hiding a deadly secret and soon everyone will be exposed to a harsh new reality. Wilson is convinced and makes plans to go to Russell's hideaway before chaos erupts. A last minute check on a neighbor has unforeseen consequences that puts his life into jeopardy. He's been bitten, will he suffer the same fate as his neighbor, or will he be the exception? Time will tell...

Havoc at a grocery store and mayhem at an apartment complex unites a few lucky survivors as the curse of the undead turns customers and neighbors. Their hunger for the living is insatiable and makes escape options to safer grounds a very risky endeavor. Wilson emerges as an unlikely leader for the group, but will his wound from the undead result in deadly decisions?

Author Semple weaves a page turning tale of survival in an apocalyptic world turned upside down. The terror is real as you experience the obstacles this beleaguered group must face in order to survive. A suspense filled tale, it's survival of the fittest!

Next up in the #reading queue:

Join us at 1:45pm EST today for our #BOOKEM YouTube chat!

#Thanksgiving may be over but the Zoom memories live on! Join Bibiana Krall as she dishes on The Family Zoom experience. See you soon!

Welcome to my world. Enjoy the rest of your #week and #weekend friends!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. Put on those faux fur #boots, here's a few more lovely pics from our Jackson Hole trip--enjoy! Gemma and Rikkhe approve! 💖👑

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