MY TEN MUST-HAVES
My Top Ten Must Haves – Jennie Jones
International bestselling author, Jennie Jones drops by to chat about her ten must-haves!
- My glasses. Without these, top ten requirements #2, 5 & 6 wouldn’t be possible.
- A large computer screen and a real keyboard. I have an Apple Mac Air but only use it when I need to. Too small. I’m all thumbs on it, as I am on my iPhone.
- A window in my study with a green and pleasant scene outside for those times I look up from the computer screen (don’t need my glasses for this one—only for close up reading).
- A good film to watch in the early evening after my writing day has finished. Something romantic, action-packed or BBC drama-ish. Put all elements together and I’m a goner looking to buy the DVD which I will happily watch over and over again.
- A great book to read at bedtime. I get up early, around 5am, and start work from the point my first cup of tea is sitting next to my keyboard, so I tend to go to bed early too – around 8pm sometimes, if the book’s a real winner (also – see #8 as for further reasons I might go to bed early).
- Junk mail. I love looking through junk mail.
- An overflowing bank balance. (Okay, scrap that – I mean who has one? But we can dream, can’t we?)
- My digital radio. My daughter has left home (how dare she?) and my husband works away so I’m mostly on my own throughout the day and I keenly feel the presence of silence. I don’t like that, so ABC Classic or 96FM Classics play all day.
- My writer and reader friends. I cannot do without them. They are my rallying forces, my strength, my allies and…my friends.
- Editors. Good ones. Really good ones. They are genius in a bottle. Take two spoonful’s three times a day or whenever required.
12 Days at Silver Bells House
Kate Singleton has twelve days to find herself. With Christmas Day and her thirtieth birthday approaching, the best thing a city-chic fashion designer who no longer has a raison d’etre can do is nullify herself in the country. With Chardonnay.
When trouble strikes, the country presents her with Jamie Knight — a gallant but uncommunicative He-Man who drives an excavator and arrives to rescue Kate, her shoes and her case of Chardonnay from a boggy field.
The adventure should be over — nothing but a good story to tell to her friends in the city — but her saviour turns out to also be an unexpected roommate, the new owner of Silver Bells House, Kate’s holiday home.
Forced together and dragged into the community Christmas spirit of the town, Kate and Jamie flounder their way through mistletoe, kissing games, carolling choirs, and a bone-deep yearning for community and acceptance.
Can the enchanting Silver Bells House and the holidays bind them together? Or will love get lost on Highway B23 back to the city?