Friday, November 13, 2009

Val is back!

Valerie Hansen here, and I'm staying!

Good morning from sunny but nippy Arkansas.

The trees are bare, the flowers all but gone, and winter is coming. I don't have to look outside to tell that. All I have to do is walk into my living room where my husband is happily loading wood into the stove to heat the house. Yes, it's messy. But the radiating heat sure feels good on cold winter nights.

This would be a good time of year to be thankful whether it was an official holiday or not. I don't have anything profound to offer except to remember that, even in times when I was sure my life was a terrible mess, the Lord brought me through. Always. Not that I recognized His hand on situations at the time. But looking back can be very enlightening.

Right now I'm writing 2 books at the same time. I don't switch off daily, of course. The historical set in 1906 is about half finished and I'm now spending all my time on a contemporary series with 5 other authors featuring the Texas Rangers.

In Jan. 2010 - does that date seem almost impossible to you, too? - I'll have a historical in stores. Since this site is only for Love Inspired Romance I can't post the cover with the others but I can give you a little peek, here. I LOVE the art work. It really captures the mood and era. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Then I look at all the conveniences we have now and change my mind!

And, since Missy posted pics of her dogs I have to share my "Charlie Brown" with you. I rescued him when he had been abused and was still healing. We bonded almost immediately and have been best buds for 10 years. Yup, he's getting gray. I, however, am not!

Oh, and since I started by mentioning winter, you'll be glad to know that Charlie has a heater in his dog house and plenty of straw to make his bed. Yes, I do bring him inside, too, but the wood stove keeps the house too hot for his liking. I assure you he's not sad even if that is the way he looks in this picture. Laid back is more like. Give him a squeaky toy and a belly rub and he's happy.

That's all for now. Stay warm and read lots of Love Inspired novels!!!!




  1. It is cool here in SC also and has been raining but today the sun came out and all the trees that have any leaves left are so pretty, the wind blew most of them down this week.
    Please enter me into the contest for a book


  2. Welcome back, Val! And thanks for sharing the picture of Charlie Brown - - what a sweet face! ~ Your book cover is lovely, and I'm sure the story will be wonderful.
    Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

  3. Val, I love the cover of your historical. It's not cold in Kansas yet, but snow is in the forcast. I hate seeing the flowers go, but I like the cold weather.

  4. Oh, look at Charlie!! He's so cute! :)

    I love the new historical cover!


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