Friday, January 3, 2020

Christmas Fun and A New Year's Day Surprise


Happy New Year, Everyone!
I hope that you had a great time with your family and friends
during the holiday season, however, wherever you celebrate.

Terry and I enjoyed Christmas in the mountains in Breckenridge
with Terry's sister Noreen, her husband Cathal,
and their "children" Deirdre, Kevin, and Conor.
We've spent Christmas together many times over the years, and it's always special.


Our Nephew, Conor, Bringing in the Tree
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Christmas Eve, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Our Niece, Deirdre, Making Muffins
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Christmas Eve, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Cathal and Our Nephew Kevin Decorating the Tree
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Christmas Eve, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Terry by Our Tree
Aurora, Colorado, USA
New Year's Day, 2020
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
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Now that the fun and excitement of Christmas are behind us,
I am ready to jump into the new year and decade!  

And 2020 started off with a bang!
I checked my email and look what I found:






The cover for the IWSG's latest anthology:  Voyagers:  The Third Ghost.
I think the cover is visually striking, and I love how the lines
pull you into the center of the composition.
Congratulations to the artist for a great cover!

The anthology competition was tough, but ten authors emerged as winners.
Check the list.  I'm sure you'll recognize a name, or two, or ten!   

The Third Ghost – Yvonne Ventresca
Winter Days - Katharina Gerlach
Feathered Fire – Roland Clarke
The Ghosts of Pompeii – Sherry Ellis
Dare Double Dare – Louise MacBeath Barbour
The Blind Ship – Bish Denham
A World of Trouble – Rebecca M. Douglass
The Orchard - Beth Anderson Schuck
Return to Cahokia – L.T. Ward
Simon Grey and the Yamamba - Charles Kowalski

I can't wait to read the anthology and discover what adventures 
the young voyagers face on their journeys into the past.

Dancing Lemur Press/Freedom Fox Press releases
the anthology in print and as an Ebook on May 5, 2020.

I'll be preordering a copy for me as soon as I can.
Here's hoping lots of other people do too!
It's going to be a great read!






Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

By Our Christmas Tree
New Year's Day, 2020
Aurora, Colorado, USA 
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved










Beautiful Breckenridge
Colorado, USA
Christmas Day, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved






Beautiful Breckenridge
Colorado, USA
Boxing Day, 2019
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved








30 comments:

  1. What a beautiful home to spend Christmas! Happy to read your good news.

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    1. Happy New Year, Nx3! And thanks! I'm very excited about being one of the authors in this year's anthology! Terry's sister's home is beautiful and so is a white Christmas in Breckenridge. All the best to you!

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  2. Looks like a relaxing Christmas. And the cover is awesome.

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    1. Happy New Year, Alex! We did have a relaxing Christmas ~ before and after, not so much! LOL I hope that you, your wife, and loved ones had a lovely Christmas too. I loved the cover! take care!

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  3. So pleased you like the cover. I will pass it along to the illustrator.

    Wonderful you spent Christmas with family.

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    1. Happy New Year, Diane! Christmas with family is always special. Personally, I think this year's anthology cover is the best yet, because of its compelling composition. It's a thrill to go through the process of publication. I definitely feel like my story is in capable hands! All the best to you!

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  4. The anthology cover is wonderful -- first class! How exciting that your story is in it, too! Happy New Year to you and Terry!

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    1. Happy New Year, Debra, to you and your Rare One! I hope that you and your loved ones had a happy Christmas! I am very excited about my story being in the anthology ~ Something I dreamed of but didn't expect! Hugs to you, my friend!!!

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  5. Happy New Year Louise, so pleased your Christmas festivities went well. Loved the post and photo's.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Happy New Year, Yvonne! I'm delighted to see you back. I've been offline during the Christmas to New Year's stretch, so I'm behind on all the news. I'll be getting around to visit you and other blogging buddies later today. Hugs to you, my friend!

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  6. Sure looks and sounds like you had a relaxing and enjoyable christmas indeed. Way to be. The cover turned out great for sure.

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    1. We had the best Christmas, Pat! I hope that you had a good one too! Covers for books must be old hat for you ~ LOL! But this is very exciting for me! Happy New Year to you, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Adam! Wishing you and Daisy a Happy New Year!

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  8. Christmas in the mountains sounds lovely! I'd like to do that myself some day. Stopping in to wish you a Very Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year, Theresa! I hope that 2020 brings happy times to you and your family!

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  9. I'm envious of the snow! Happy New Year!

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. Happy New Year, Jeff! The snow was wonderful! I hope that you had a great Christmas!

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  10. Sounds like you had a really lovely holiday season! Happy New Year, Louise. Wishing you all the best for 2020!

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    1. Happy New Year, Martha! We did have a lovely time. It's always fun to get together with our families. Wishing you the best of new years!

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  11. Happy New Year Louise and congratulations again on the publication! How fun! 2020 is going to be AMAZING!!! :) Lovely photos, oh Conor is a cutie! (Don't tell Alex)....(or Jack lol)! ;)

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    1. Hi, Rain! My lips are sealed! I'm already loving 2020! All the best to you!

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  12. The pictures of Breckenridge are beautiful! Snow can be utterly beguiling!!! Well done on your publication! That sounds so exciting (and now I want to know what the Double danger is!!!!) . I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas!x

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    1. Hi, Kezzie! I hope that you had a lovely Christmas. Christmas in Breckenridge is fun, and the snowy mountains are spectacular. Wishing you and your husband a happy 2020!

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  13. i read this post only till you mentioned the Christmas enthusiasm dearest Louise !

    i will revisit to read rest of it later
    wishing you a happy new year blessed with grace of Lord ,love of family ,health and happiness each moment :)

    thank you for precious images !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    they just made my day :) such a beautiful family :)
    blessings!

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    1. Hi, Baili! Thank you for your well wishes! I'm guessing you have been as busy as I have during this time of year. I'll be catching up with you shortly. Meanwhile, I'm sending you a big hug and lots of love!

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