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Keeping Warm with Winter Reads

by Lynn Viehl

Every morning I walk my dogs, a chore I never mind except in winter.  A cold front moved in a few days ago and it’s been freezing.  39˚F may not seem too chilly to most of you northerners, but I was raised in the tropics, and frankly?  I’m a wimp.  Whenever the mercury drops below 70˚F I have to put on a hat, gloves and jacket or shiver myself to pieces the minute I step outside.

Coming in from the cold is the best part of being out during winter.  After my pups got their treats I made a cup of hot tea, put on my old warm robe and decided to curl up with a good book.  As cold as I was, I was counting on my latest reads of winter to warm me up.  I started with Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones.  It’s a terrific romantic suspense that takes place on a ranch in Wyoming.  While the protagonists were heating up the pages, however, I kept dwelling on them being stuck on that ranch in the middle of nowhere in all that icy wind and mounds of snow . . . and started shivering again.

I keep plenty of new books on hand to read so switching was no problem.  Larissa Ione’s latest release, Rogue Rider, was the next book at the top of my TBR pile, so I grabbed that.  I love paranormal romance, and I’ve been curious to see how she’d redeem the hero of the novel, who for the last three books has been beyond evil.  I started reading, and followed the heroine up a wintry mountain, where she found a large, handsome unconscious man sprawled naked . . . in a snowbank . . .

Not a problem, I thought, I’d just find something else to warm me up, and sorted through the rest of my new books.  Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Bride/Christmas Beau duology probably wasn’t set in Jamaica in July, so I passed on that.  My teeth began chattering as I read Kelley Armstrong’s Frostbitten cover copy. which promised a story about “the coldest of killers.”  He probably slayed people with icicles or something, I thought, and moved on.  By the time I got to the bottom of the pile and saw the arctic cover art for Karen Moning’s Iced I realized I was out of luck.

I couldn’t exactly call all my favorite authors and demand they only publish books in the winter with settings in the Sahara or Brazil or Death Valley just for me.   I could wait and save all my frigid fiction for a day when  the thermometer read over 70˚F, which would only be in four months (okay, maybe five.)  Or I could pack up my TBR and fly to Australia, where it’s always warm during winter, to read them, only I couldn’t remember where I’d put my passport.

What I really needed was something to keep me nice and warm no matter what I was reading . . . and there was only one thing in the house that could do that for me.

My guy woke up an hour later and peered down at me.  “Uh, honey?”

“Shhhh.”  I pulled the covers up over both of us and propped my book against his chin. “I’m reading.” 

New York Times bestselling author Lynn Viehl’s enthralling new series continues as a valiant warrior sets out on a dangerous quest for immortality…and endless love…
Jamys Durand has survived being made an immortal Darkyn, horrific torture, and years of grueling warrior training. But he has no future to offer Chris, the mortal woman he loves, without his own territory. When he learns of a lost Templar treasure, Jamys vows to possess it and win his lady’s heart.
No one knows Chris Lang wants to be a tresora so she can live with Jamys, her secret love. Her superiors offer to make her dream come true, but only if she finds the lost treasure before Jamys can. Working together, Chris and Jamys track the jewels through a shadowy maze of priceless artifacts, decadent secrets, and one ruthless opponent who can possess an immortal’s mind…and will stop at nothing to have Chris.

Ms. Viehl has a very special giveaway for all of you!!  Take a look at what one lucky Maiden will get!  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.

 

— Signed copies of Nightborn and Nightbred

— A warm winter’s night bath gift basket from Le Petite Maison, which specializes in aromatherapy products for the home (this contains a natural bath mitt, Le Mer French soap, Neroli shea butter soap, verbena bath salts, a bamboo bath brush and a Tuscan candle)

— A glass mug with packets of hot cocoa in five different luscious flavors

— A package of Walker’s highlanders shortbread cookies

— A Nightbred-themed limited edition handbeaded BookLoop

— A sturdy pine green and white canvas shopping tote

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  1. I too was born in the tropics but I’m okay until the weather drops under 50* – then I’m all bundled up. At home I like to keep the house around 70* and my favorite place to read is either on the couch with a lap blanket or in bed with the full set of blankets…lol…so I totally understand Lynn’s need for warmth when she reads. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    1. Most days during the winter I don’t want to get out of bed, Maria (and I wouldn’t if I could keep my guy there, but he’s always determined to do silly things like go to work.) I like reading by a big window in the house that lets in the most sunlight — that along with the fireplace helps chase off the chills. 🙂

  2. Hi Lynn. I love your books. NightBred sounds awesome. I love the cover. I am not a winter fan. I have to snuggle up with a blanket and hot chocolate when I read on cold days. 🙂

    1. Hi Crystal, nice to see you here, and thanks for the kind words. I love hot cocoa, but since I gave up sugar this year I’ve been searching for the perfect sugar-free mix with no luck. My daughter finally suggested I make my own, so now I’m like a mad scientist in the kitchen every day, trying different combinations of things. If only they made sugarfree marshallows!

  3. I grew up in Canada and I’m pretty wussy about the cold. I’m always bundled in blankets in the winter (they also help keep the kitties’ claws from ruining my clothes). Warm baths, hot cocoa and a good book under a blanket are all excellent way of keeping warm. 🙂

  4. I used to love it when I lived in Texas. Once it dropped below 70, everyone pulled out their sweaters, because that was te only chance you got to wear them!
    Can’t wait for your new release!!!

    1. Thanks, Michelle. I was stationed in Texas while I was in the Air Force, and while I loved Corpus Christi in the summer the winter was so dry and cold I near about froze whenever I walked outside.

  5. I live in Indonesia, a tropical and exotic country (you must visit there! 🙂 ), so there’s no winter. I sometimes jealous when people said there are snow in their place, because I will never see snow. But I’m quite happy live here, the rainy season sometimes humid and so hot. But after the rain, the smell of the air and the soil is very, very good 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Too funny…I’m a book hopper too, but I don’t think I’ve ever had to change books because of the temperature. lol
    I enjoy the colder temps…in moderation! As in, I’d like it to be cold & snowing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, please. Then it can all go away. Of course, we’re back in South Texas now, so not much chance of that happening. Instead, I hope that it will be below 75* so that I won’t have to turn on the AC before I start baking.

    1. Michelle, I’m the same way with those “beach reads” during the summer; whenever I read one of those (which always seem to be about a couple trying to outrun the bad guys in some steamy jungle) I start to sweat.

  7. I loved the end of Lynn’s post. No significant other, so I keep my cats by me to keep me warm while I read on the sofa…or maybe they stay by me for me to keep them warm. Either way, we’re all happy.

    I keep my thermostat at about 62 unless there is a wind blowing which makes it feel colder, so I’m always in sweats with warm socks and I have fleece blankets on the furniture for the cats to snuggle in

    1. Anne, my pups pile around me during the winter the same way your cats do. Our one cat, Jeri, is a senior citizen now so he sleeps on my bed during the day and snuggles with me at night.

  8. Ok, I admit it. That was pretty darn funny. As I was reading the post, I kept thinking to myself ‘this woman needs a nice hot bubble bath!’ lmao
    And now I’m thinking I’d love to have that very thing right now. It’s too cold here in the Pacific NW right now. But I’m glad that wind from the Columbia River Gorge is gone!! My German Shepherd didn’t even want to go outside for her biz!
    *rubs hands together* Now for a steamy book!

    On another note; I have to say that the prize above is something I’ve not seen before! Amazing, and thank you for the chance!

  9. Thanks for a fun post!!!!! As I live in the midwest, I’ve come to get used to, but not necessarily like, bitter cold. Like you, I come in, get something hot to drink and curl up with my little heaters, the dogs, under warm fleece blankets! And if I’m really chilled, a long soak in a hot bath works well 🙂 I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Lynn’s books, yet, but they are definitely on my want list!

    1. I have nothing but respect for you hardy Midwesterners, Erin. I’ve been to Chicago during the winter and the wind gave new meaning to the phrase “bone-chilling.”

      Also. if you or any of the Under the Covers readers want to test drive my work, I keep an archive of stories and books that are free for anyone to read online, download, print out and/or share. You can find them via my weblog; click on “Freebies and Free Reads” on the right sidebar, and that will take you to the index. There you can find “Incarnatio” the story in which Jamys and Chris first met/

  10. I love it when it’s cold. I like to dress warm and go for a walk in the snow. It’s such a beautiful view and it’s great to drink some hot soup afterwards. Yes, I prefer the cold to tropical weather.

    1. You can walk in snow? I mostly slide. Ha. I agree with you on the hot soup after a long walk in cold weather. The only problem is I can never fit my entire head in the bowl to soak. 🙂

  11. I understand your problem! I spent 20 years in Michigan, freezing my butt off! I’ve been in Texas for the last 4 years and I love it! It’s 70 degrees right now. Since I’m in North Texas it does get cold here but the snow doesn’t last and winter is a short season. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I’m a born and raisted New England girl now transported to the Adirondack mountains — I don’t know what I would do without winter! This is the time when I hunker down with my TBR and really get into some steamy stuff that’s languished throughout the year.

    I can’t believe I haven’t started this series yet! I’ll be fixing that toute de suite!

    Thank you for doing such a magnificent giveaway, and all the great fiction over the years!

    Heather
    hafowler at gmail dot com

    1. I appreciate the kind words, Heather. You know, I never thought about reading something steamy during winter. Must see if Emma Holly has a new release this month . . .

  13. What an awesome prize *grabby hands* Can´t wait for my chance to read =)
    I´m with you when it comes to winter and chills, i´ve got dogs, too, and there´s just not much to do, they have to go outside =/ I´ve been thinking about maybe getting them to use the litter box for the cats LOL but i guess that would be to much hassle. I´d have to change the box twice a day instead, it´s easier going outside.
    One series that never fails to make me hot after all the snow, is Laurann Dohner´s New Species or her space Cyborgs. *rawr* I end up with my feet outside of the blanket, every time =)
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Friday!
    //Linda

  14. I’m a Mississippi girl so I don’t mind the cold weather all that much – except for the North wind!! This is an awesome prize package that I’d love to be entered to win. Great cover on the book.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

    1. I have been blessed with great art for this trilogy, Martha. The cover model on Nightbred is actually very close to my vision of Jamys, too, which makes it one of my favorites of all time.

  15. It doesn’t matter what the temperature is, I always have a sweater on. I like the cold but it doesn’t like me.
    Congrats on the new release. Nightbred sounds fantastic. Great giveaway!

    1. During the holidays I live in fuzzy socks, sweat pants and one of my guy’s flannel work shirts, Joanne — I figure if I have to be fashionable I’ll just say it’s the grunge look. 🙂

  16. I live in California so when I complain about how cold it is I get little sympathy from my family in Minnesota. I have four kids, four dogs and a husband to warm my cold feet on. I love to throw a log on the fire and grab a blanket, a dog, and a book. That is my favorite way to spend a cold evening.

    Ann(dot)sheiring(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Ann, I used to live in Northern California, and although I know Minnesota can be frigid I never got used to the Pacific being so cold all year long. That and those chilly fogs that roll in kept me in sweaters almost year round.

  17. Great blog post! I have your books in my TBR and after I saw that some of my favorite authors are yours as well I moved them up 😀

    Happy new release day!

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks, Aly. I turned on the heat this afternoon to read Running Wild, which I thought was a lot of fun, and now I’m working on Larissa’s book. I love her characters, they always have such great energy on the page.

  18. WOOO HOOOO!
    I have been waiting for this book for quite some time. I am sure Jamys and Chris will heat up the page. I look forward to revisiting his family, Sam, Lucan etc.
    I can’t wait

  19. I’ve been in California my whole life, so I have little firsthand experience with cold winters (one Tahoe ski trip and a freak Seattle blizzard is it).

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

    1. I’ve never been skiing, Trix, so you’re much braver than me. I think I watched that wipe-out ski scene that opened the old Wide World of Sports show intro too many times to brave those slippery slopes. 🙂

  20. I like living in a place where there are four seasons, but of course now that it’s winter I sometimes wonder why I don’t move somewhere warmer. Maybe this year we’ll have a white Christmas.

  21. I am a long time fan! I can’t wait to read these books. Thank you for this amazing giveaway 🙂 As far as the weather goes, I would much rather cuddle up in front of the fireplace than around the swimming pool. I love the cold weather!

    1. Thanks, Cheryl — and are you part polar bear? Lol. I had so much fun here the last time I visited that I asked Francesca if I could pay another visit. She was gracious enough to say yes. 🙂

  22. What beautiful books, and such an amazing giveaway! I haven’t yet ready any Lynn Viehl yet but she is at the top of my TBR list. Thanks so very much for the chance to win!

  23. I am new to your work but I have been seeing all the postings recently and can’t wait to read them! You are hosting an awesome giveaway and I look forward to more of your work, thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Very funny post.Your a new author for me, but the book looks really good and so does everything else. Only thing about tropical weather, when it gets really hot , you wish it was cold and when it get’s really cold you wish it was hot! And if you got a real cute guy with you, whose complaining!
    divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. I just moved to North Dakota from Florida, and I love it. I love the snow and cold weather! Thanks for the giveaway, and I can’t wait to read your books!

  26. I love getting in on the ground floor of a new paranormal series- and there’s only one thing better than free books: reading them!

  27. Love your books Lynn!

    I’m a Carolina girl living in New Zealand. It’s spring, but I’m still getting up and putting on a fleece and flannel…no thermostats (central heat is not the norm here… wood burners and space heaters) and ventilation tends to be opening and shutting windows…..Still, we had gorgeous weather for the red carpet for the Hobbit World Premiere wednesday..love my Gandalf hat souvenir 🙂 This was followed by a howling rainy southerly gale (brrr) so we lucked out.

    I looked up marshmallows and this looks so easy I might even try it

    http://www.ehow.com/how_4735818_sugar-marshmallows-home-recipe.html

    Thanks for the fab giveaway!!

    1. Mary Jo, thank you so much for the recipe link — I had no idea there was such a thing as sugar-free marshmallows. I will definitely be trying this one. Keep warm!

  28. Where I live it has been in the 30’s to 50’s for weeks. I hate cold weather! I have degeneraion in my back, plus arthritis throughout my body, add to that I had a fall almost 4 years ago due to snow & ice (which caused the problems with my back/hip/leg). So I try to stay indoors if at all possible during the winter months, especially if there is snow or ice on. I prefer to curl up with a blanket, a warm drink (hot chocolate or cider) and a good, steamy book 🙂
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

    1. I have arthritis as well, June, and a rebuilt knee, so I can definitely sympathize. We don’t have to deal with much more than frost here, but I’m always worried about slipping in the cold rain. Take care and be well.

  29. I used to live in Georgia, and would freak out if it snowed more than an inch–woo-hoo, snow day for everyone! Now I live in Michigan, that little bit of snow is a cake walk.

    1. Michigan is COLD, Sari — I had to go there once on a business trip in February and left early because I didn’t bring enough warm clothes with me. I’m not sure anything would have kept me warm after being out in the wind off the great lakes — that was unbelievably cold.

  30. I’ll read the frosty stuff this time of year, but I need to be toasty when I do it. Even then, I’ll probably be wearing my fingerless gloves, because my hands seem to be cold this time of year, even when I’m okay otherwise. I’m a misplaced Southerner, and I’ve never gotten to where I like it as cold (or as hot) as it gets here in Missouri.

    1. I have the same problem with my hands, Janie, and I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping a hand warmer in my pocket. They’re little plastic discs you heat up in boiling water and keep in a little knit pouch, and they stay warm for hours. I think I bought mine at Walgreens, and I like them because they’re reusable.

  31. I like to find out what authors read – it helps me decide if I might like their books. When I saw you read Linda Howard & Mary Balogh I perked right up and put you on my TBR list – plus you’ve got a sense of humor which is always a plus for me. I love to be cozy while reading a good book.

    1. I do the same thing with people I meet, Diane — I ask them what they like to read and that gives me a little insight as to their personality (also helps me decide if I want to tell them I’m an author, lol. The Mary Balogh duology is a couple of reprints, btw (I don’t mind rereading her old Regency novels because I missed some of them when they came out.)

  32. I may have been born up North, but I’ve been living down South long enough to agree that 39 degrees is freezing. I am pouting enough when it is down to 50 (which is also ridiculously cold in my opinion)!

    On the bright side I get to wear my pretty heeled boots, who says that five inch heels aren’t appropriate for class 😉

    I do agree with you in that a good book can help keep you warm at night 🙂

    –Alicia
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

    1. Dawn, one of my writer friends lives up by you, and every winter he sends me pics of the incredible amount of snow you get. I keep trying to convince him to move south – or at least visit us for the holidays — but he’s another of those polar bear people who love the cold. 🙂

  33. Lynn,
    You crack me up! I live in Florida too and it hasn’t been THAT cold. . . . . . .although there were a couple nights I did put the blankets on my horses. Just keep remembering, winter in Florida is short and summers are long. We will be basking in the WARM sunshine long before our friends in the north!
    Tami
    Jacksonville

  34. I am a southern gal to the core and when the temperature drops below 45 degrees, I go inside to hibernate until the groundhog sees it shadow 🙂 My blood is then and doesn’t do well in colder climates. I do love the beauty of snow covered hills and such, but I will admire from inside 🙂

    I have only read one of your books, but loved it–need so much to catch up and read while I am sitting by the fire this winter. Your sexy heroes can keep me warm.

    Great post and giveaway!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Trish. I wish I could hibernate until March, but the only burrows around here have gopher tortoises in them, and they never want to share. 😉

  35. I was raised on the border between Arkansas and Missouri. We’d get little more than a powdered sugar dusting of snow and it never got too cold for too long. One of the reasons I moved to Maine was to experience a real Winter! The first year up here I was @$$ deep in snow and loving it!

    I love curling up with a stack of books and a cup of hot chocolate in the Winter. I’ve been meaning to read your books for a while so I really hope I win! This would be a great introduction to your world.

    1. Maine is one of the few states I’ve never travelled to, Dana. I’d love to get to your neck of the woods someday; all the gorgeous photos I’ve seen of your coast make it very tempting. Good luck with the giveaway. 🙂

  36. I still live in New York state but I am not a winter fan. I like the look of snow but have found that I enjoy being out in it less as I get older. The only good thing about winter is sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine and a good book. Your books sound like a great read and I cant wait to read one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. Your post was a delight since I love warmth, sunshine and blue skies. Having lived most of my life in a Northern Clime, and disliking it intensely, I am now in the Southwest, which is lovely and am basking in the 60’s daily for the entire fall. tea provides me with the soothing warmth at night and reading is my favorite form of entertainment.

  38. Lynn,

    You were my introduction to the adult paranormal romance genre and I fell in love with your Darkyn series when I was in college. Your writing is captivating and while I was sad to see that series end, I’m glad I have the Lords of the Darkyn to look forward to! Thanks for creating such fascinating and swoon-worthy characters!

  39. Lynn,
    Thanks for your great ability to write and give me hours of reading enjoyment. I live to read and have always appreciated the written word. When darkness comes I read until I doze off. Books warm my heart and soul and I need them as much as sunshine and high temps.

  40. I’m from the north east and was spoiled by having a mild winter last year. Once the temperature started to drop I was quickly reminded of how cold it is going to get 🙂
    This post made me wonder if I’ve ever had to put a book down because the climate was too much like the one I was actually in. I’ll pay attention to see next time.

    1. It’s the oddest thing for me, Leni, but it’s probably due to an overactive imagination. When I was reading Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, in which he described his trek across the Applachian Trail, I had to keep stopping because his descriptions of how arduous it was kept tiring me out.

  41. Brrr! Though on the other hand it is nice reading chilly books on sweltering summer days. I find chilly reads are best in front of a blazing fire. Or in a hot bubble bath, though unfortunately I’ve found that my Kindle doesn’t like those as much as I do.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Lol Mer. I have a Nook Touch that I’m afraid to touch anywhere but when it’s sitting on the diningroom table. I keep thiking I’m going to drop it and that’ll be the end.

  42. I love the winter just because there may be an off chance we may see snow in the south east. I like to wrap up in a snuggie for a good warm read, and my list keeps growing.

    1. Kimberly, I asked my mom if she wanted a Snuggie for this winter. She didn’t know what it was, and when I described it to her she asked if there was one that had pants and slippers built in as well as sleeves. 🙂

  43. Lol Lynn you are too funny propping that book against his chin like that…I don’t have that problem of cold weather since I live in the Caribbean, Trinidad to be exact, where it’s hot all the time! Thanks for the chance to win that great prize!

    1. Oh, Timitra, you’re making me miss the islands. When I lived in South Florida we used to sneak away to the Bahamas whenever we could. Island life is just so much nicer and more relaxed than dealing with all the crowds and traffic in the cities.

  44. I’ve seen your work, on plenty of occasions, in the local bookstores, & I, as of yet, haven’t taken a book out by you, but now I need to! I’m a hot cocoa fan! This would be a fantastic addition to, not only my bookshelf, but, my belly, as well! 🙂

    1. I always believe in bribing new readers with chocolate of some sort, Esther. If I could get my publisher to stick a Hershey bar in the back of every one of my novels, I would. 🙂

  45. I usually have a couple of books going, and a hot book in a warm location is always great on a cold day. 😀

    1. I keep books going in every room in the house, Barbara. Sometimes when I’m making dinner or folding laundry I’ll put them in a bookstand so I can read as I work. Naturally dinner sometimes gets a little singed when I have a really great book to read . . .

  46. What a wonderful prize pack! You are a new author to me, and I’m intrigued by this series. I’d love to read it. The covers are gorgeous. I seem to be a book collector, I have at least 30 books TBR right now and at least 200 on my list of gotta have. Can’t ever have to many books. You never know when you’ll get time to read.

    1. I agree, Julianne, there is no such thing as too many books. I’ve also started keeping audio books in our cars so I can listen to them while I’m out running errands.

  47. I’m heading off to bed, so I wanted to thank you all for leaving such great comments. If anyone has any questions I’ll stop in tomorrow — good night, and stay warm!

  48. You crack me up! I never understood the whole “cold” thing until I moved to TX and my internal thermostat readjusted. Now I feel your goosebumps.

    I also recommend hot supernatural men on tv as a warmup! I love the supermen and I’m not a one guy gal when it comes to shows or books…I’m readily admitting to being a serial book slut. ^_^

    1. For finishing NaNoWriMo I rewarded myself with a DVD copy of the movie Prometheus, Anne — I’m hoping there are some cute guys in that as well as scary aliens. 🙂

  49. Hi, from Australia. I don’t know who told it was always warm in Winter here. They were lying big time. My cupboard full of woollens, wool & electric blankets etc would attest to that.

    Think HAPPY FEET. We get blasted by the winds coming up from the Antarctic.

    However, having said that , head up to Far North QLD in Winter and you’ll be smiling all the way to the beach.

    Cheers!!

    1. Hi, Mary — I’ve heard mixed reports from my friends in Australia and New Zealand as to the weather there during the winter. Some make it sound like the tropics, and others complain of those cold blasting winds. Confusing for us Yanks, but then, we’re easily confused. 🙂

  50. reading your post reminds me what i felt a few weeks ago. it’s dry season here in my country, which seems to go on and on and on without any sign of rainy season yet (which supposed to be started already by now). so since i’m feeling way too hot, i open ly book shelf, and looking for a book set in winter, with hope that i’ll feel the cold while reading.

    1. When I was a little girl, Sienny, I used to read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter” during the long hot summers in south Florida — that always made me appreciate be warm. 🙂

  51. I love/hate winter.
    I hate it when I have to go to the university or around the city doing something I can’t avoid. I totally hate the cold weather, the rain, the snow >_<
    BUT when I can just simply stay at home, in front of the fireplace, with a book and/or my laptop, drinking a hot cocoa… I really like the sound of the rain tapping on the windows and eventually the snow that cover everything outside my little warm sanctuary.

    1. I think snow is beautiful when it falls (just a little bit) at night, Giulia. As long as I’m inside, anyway. There’s something kind of wonderful about being wrapped up and cozy and seeing the snowflakes drift down past the window. 🙂

  52. Fantastic new series. I love that it is a totally new concept rather than a new take on a usual storyline. Beautiful cover with some fine eye candy.

  53. I have to have the four seasons. How can I endure a hot summer without a cold winter 🙂 Since I live in the mountains of southwestern Virginia – I have all four seasons – not too cold, not too hot, just right.

    1. I think when you have four seasons you don’t have to spend as long in any weather extreme, too. The changes are nice but they don’t last forever, so you don’t have time to get tired of them, maybe.

      Growing up in South Florida meant very little in the way of fall weather, and that’s something I did learn to appreciate when I lived in other parts of the country. I love the colors of the trees changing and the crispness of the air as it grows cooler. We have a little of that where I live now so it’s a nice reminder.

  54. Love your books Lynn cannot waitto read this series .I realy enjoyed your post .Thank you for sharingwith us today and for giving us the chance to win.Have a wonderful weekend

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  55. I’m English and I can talk about the cold all day , it’s a national pastime lol. Love your books, thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Irene

    1. Thanks, Irene. I have English cousins, and they are the hardiest people I know (I think they have to be in the North of England. ) One of my family members is also moving to the UK in the spring and we’re trying to convince him to pack lots of warm clothes. 🙂

  56. I like to keep a pile of books around me too except I can only read one book at a time. I wish I could read several but one works best. I just like having the pile around to remind me of all the great books to look forward to. You’ve recommended some great books!

  57. I’ve lived in the Canada almost all my life, moving from one colder region to another (Vancouver to Alberta and then Ontario). I must say that when it gets cold, the nights get warmer and cozier, which is perfect timing for reading lots of books!
    Its currently about 27 right now, and I just booked my skiing trip vacation.

  58. It’s been lovely visiting with you all — thanks again to Francesca for hosting me here, and I hope you all stay warm this winter with lots of wonderful reads.

  59. Late popping in here! I’m not good with cold weather so flannel pj’s and blankets and hot cocoa or cider when I read is my usual. As for sugar free, are you ok with honey or agave syrup? I have a few friends who use splenda or stevia in place of sugar also.
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!
    ivegotmail8889(at)yahoo(dot)com

  60. I’m really late. But I simply want to say I hate Winter. I need warmth to function. I definitely will be reading your books. I love the sound of Nightbred. Awesome giveaway opportunity.
    Carol L

  61. I’m going to miss my grouchy snuggle buddy – Picard
    he was 16 – poodle – lost hime this year around labor Day.

  62. AS an avid fan of your series, I love your books and how well you can tell a story. You are one of my favorite authors. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  63. I love your conclusion on how to stay warm! I’m a Florida girl, so I do not do well in cold weather at all. Anything below 78 is cold to me, so I’m constantly carrying my sweater in case I get too cold. And I have about a billion blankets on my bed that I like to cuddle up in :). thanks for the giveaway!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  64. The Darkyn series was the first time that I had ever read anything since high school. Love Lynn Viehls books. Not able to afford much books nowadays so thank you for a chance to win this book..

    pagangell at gmail dot com

  65. I personally love winter, too. However, I’d like to say that sometimes a building can be heating TOO much. I’ve come in from the cold before and entered a building that felt like it was trying to kill me with heat. Essentially… all things in moderation. Getting excited, book release date is practically here!

  66. I live in AZ and it’s been warm even for us, I wore capri pants and a t-shirt while making Thanksgiving dinner. When it actually gets a little cold, I tend to try to wear my 6 year old like a coat, haha. I used to let my Newfoundland sit on me, but he’s gone now. I need a big foofy dog to cuddle with. My hubs is one of those ectomorph people so I am the one who has to warm him up, always glad to be of service. 😉

  67. Ive always lived with all 4 seasons and while I love fall, when it turns to winter, out come the blankets. Everywhere there is a place to sit in my house has a blanket waiting.

  68. I’m originally from Ohio, and I’ve been trying to convince my husband for years to move south. So, we moved to Kentucky. Ok, that’s closer to the equator by a bit. Then we moved back to Ohio. -.- Wrong direction, honey. Then, we moved further south in Ohio, ok, better, and now we’re in Indiana. I don’t think he’s getting the whole moving south idea. 😛

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