Sorry I’ve been absent, but I’ve had lots going on. One pleasant thing I had going on was our annual trip to New York City to see all the Christmas sights. I’ll share those photos next week!
When I was younger we lived in Queens and I remember coming into Manhattan several times for the Easter Parade. We would walk along Fifth Avenue seeing everyone in their Easter hats and then go by Rockefeller Center to check out all the lovely flowers. One year we went to see The Sound of Music and it was a very moving experience for me since I so identified with the Von Trapp family and having to leave home.
I’ve set a few stories in Manhattan, including one at Christmas time that I plan to re-release next year. This is one of the most fun times to be in New York City. Today’s photos are of Bryant Park, the NY Public Library and Rockefeller Center. Click here if you cannot see the video below.
I love the Jersey Shore which is why I set so many of my books there, including the first two novellas in the Take a Chance series. But I also love New York City and have likewise set a number of books there, including almost all of The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novel series.
For a chance of pace, I decided to set the third novella in the Take a Chance series, ONE LAST NIGHT, in New York City.
Today’s Throwback Thursday are some photos that I took in 2011 during our annual Christmas jaunt to NYC!
We love going into the city and getting a chance to be tourists for a change. When you live or work somewhere, you sometimes don’t get the opportunity to really see how unique it is, so this is our time to explore and enjoy things we might normally miss.
I will be donating all proceeds from sales of ONE LAST NIGHT from October 27 to November 3 to Hope For The Warriors®.
I’m also happy to say that right now they’ve received a grant from The John Stewart Morton, Jr. Gift Fund which has offered Hope For The Warriors® a gift matching opportunity. His family will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, until the end of the year. YEAH!
That means that every dollar I contribute will be matched, so please help me out to help our military men, women and families.
ONE LAST NIGHT is specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time and is available at these retailers:
With my daughter now running her shop, we had to mix two traditions together this Christmas season: Getting the tree and visiting New York City.
We started our morning yesterday with a run out to the Anne Ellen Tree Farm in Manalapan where we walked around in gorgeous weather to pick out our tree! We also pick out new ornaments to add to the tree each year. This is a picture of the ornament shop at Anne Ellen!
Then it was a rush home to get dressed and ready for our annual trip to New York City. We love seeing all the windows, visiting the NY Public Library to check out their exhibits, seeing the tree in Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s across the way before finally getting to Lincoln Center to watch the Nutcracker.
It was a day packed with walking and lots of fun and I’ve got a mess of pictures to share with you.
At the library, they had an exhibit on lunches in New York City. It was fun to see the evolution of city eateries, from the pushcarts to power lunches. The part of the exhibit on Horn & Hardart brought back memories of going to one with my mom. The last functioning automat was actually across the street from my old office! Here’s a shot of what they looked like.
Then we were off to see the tree in Rockefeller Center. It looked lovely this year!
We had a lovely time walking up Fifth Avenue and through part of Central Park before heading to our final destination – Lincoln Center!
Those are just some of the photos! To see more, you can click here.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Every year my family and I go to Manhattan to see the sights of the Christmas season. I love walking around, seeing the windows and other holiday decorations. This little video I put together for you has some of the photos that we took on our annual jaunt.
I’ll be away for a few days getting ready for the Christmas holiday! I hope you all have a wonderful and Merry Christmas and will be back on Monday.
With Christmas just over two weeks away, I am struggling with work and writing deadlines and getting the house ready for Christmas Eve, and yet there is no denying that I am getting in the holiday mood. I love this season with all that it represents – love for each other and sharing that love through the simple things like a hug or a smile. For Christians like me, the celebration of our Lord’s birth and embracing the principles of love and respect for all humans, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The important things, you know.
But there are also the little things that bring a smile and lift the heart and so today I am sharing thirteen of those little things that elicit joy in me during this holiday season!
1. Christmas carols. Love to hear them and sing them.
2. The smell of roast pork on Christmas Eve morning.
3. Hot apple cider.
4. Hot chocolate.
5. Christmas lights.
6. Santas. One year we were on a train filled with dozens of Santas on the way to Santacon. What a blast!
7. The Nutcracker. We go to see the ballet every year as part of our holiday tradition.
8. Christmas trees. Love picking one out and decorating it (look for more on this on Fun Friday).
9. Exchanging gifts with friends and family.
10. A child’s face on Christmas morning as it lights up at the presents Santa brought.
11. Watching Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original animated one).
12. Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends.
13. Going to NYC to see the holiday windows, the tree in Rockefeller Center and the pond at Bryant Park.
Hope you enjoyed today’s Thursday Thirteen. I welcome you to share some of your favorite things about the holiday season.
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!
As a P.S. – This is a photo my Christmas village from a few years back. It’s still in the works this season and I hope to finish it soon!