2011 has been something of a challenging year for me, as it has been for many people I know. On the positive side I have had two books out in my Scandalous Women of the Ton series, Notorious and Desired, and am just finishing the final book in the series, Forbidden. One Wicked Sin garnered a RITA nomination and Whisper of Scandal won the National Readers’ Choice Award. I have been bowled over by the lovely reviews my books have gained and the lovely comments from readers. On a personal note I was able to take some wonderful trips around the UK and have enjoyed some very happy times with friends and family near and far.
A very sad thing that happened this year was the loss of our beloved pet dog Monty at the age of just ten years. Monty was almost universally loved by all those who knew him. Even non-dog people were won over by his sunny Labrador nature. His only failure was to convince our cat, Bob, that dogs are a Good Thing. Monty was a particular fan of Christmas (all those interesting parcels under the tree!) and so in tribute to him and to the season, here are a couple of photos we took a few years ago when we took Monty to see the nativity crib in our local tithe barn. He wanted to join in and since I am sure all manner of animals would have been welcome in the original stable in Bethlehem, we thought this was rather nice. So this is for Bellbridge Montagu, to give him his “proper” name, the best animal companion a writer could ever have. Wishing you and all your family and friends, furry and other, a very Happy Christmas.