Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thanksgiving in August
Hi. It's Lenora. I'm so excited that my book Gift of Wonder is out in the stores this month. Most of the books I've written over the last couple of years have been in the Love Inspired Suspense line (and those were all part of my CHAIM secret agent series.) So it was nice to go back to a straight love story with the only suspense involving the emotions of my characters. This is also a Thanksgiving book. I love holiday stories. After reading Missy's earlier post about back to school, I thought about how much I love summer even if the heat and humidity in Louisiana makes life miserable. But there is something about fall that I love, too. Those crisp mornings where you can talk a long walk, the changing of the leaves from green to vivid reds, oranges and yellows with a little dark burgundy thrown in. I've often wondered how anyone can deny God's handiwork when they're walking through colorful leaves.
With fall comes Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving almost as much as I love Christmas. I enjoy making my famous seafood stuffing (shrimp, crawfish, sausage and lots of buttermilk cornbread and chicken broth along with a few other key ingredients. My husband loves this "dressing" as we call it in the South. It takes all day to make, but it's worth the effort. In my book, this is the dressing my heroine Alice makes on Thanksgiving day--a job that usually belongs to her older sister Lauren. But Lauren has just had a baby. That sense of family is what I love about writing for Steeple Hill. This story is especially close to my heart since it's set in Louisiana and my hero Jonah can't resist the close-knit family that Alice offers him. He's never had that kind of family.
So ... while I'll miss summer with all the flowers and the sun, I will look forward to fall (even though my children are grown and we don't have backpacks and lunch boxes by the front door anymore.) The changing of the seasons is a blessing in itself because we know it only means there is another adventure around the bend. I hope some of you will enjoy the adventure of Gift of Wonder. Because as we all know, God offers us the celebration of Thanksgiving all year long. Even on a hot August night in Louisiana.