Holidays Decorations

Most of us decorate our houses for Christmas and the holidays. I get my fake tree up the first weekend of December to put myself in the holiday mood.

But do you decorate your house for other holidays?

My daughter has made it a tradition to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Spiders and pumpkins are set in the front yard, at the door, and in the living room.

Three years ago, when I screamed after hitting my head against a spider dangling from a lamp in the kitchen, the kids squealed in delight, and made sure they multiplied their cute decorations—I call them disgusting.

Two days before Halloween, my grandchildren invite a dozen of friends who arrive in costume and with a pumpkin to carve and decorate in the backyard. Pizza is served to the hard-working artists and at the end of the party, they fill their basket with candies.

On the following weekend, the Halloween decorations disappear in a plastic container and the Thanksgiving ones come out. This time the celebration is a family gathering with adults and children around a big table. During the traditional dinner of turkey, green beans and sweet potatoes, and dessert of pumpkin pies and pecan pies, each guest, grandparents, parents and children take turns telling us what they are most grateful for.

Setting traditions and building memories is important to raise happy children according to my daughter, a pediatrician who knows her business.

Recovering from Surgery

For those who spent a great deal of time on your computer, especially typing for hours, then you probably know the pain of carpal tunnel. Two years ago, I had my left hand fixed, and I’m glad that I did. About two months ago, I decided it was time to get my right hand done as it was numb most of the day and ached at night, even with a brace on.

So for those two months, I wrote hard. I finished four books so that I was ahead of the game, and could take the time off to recover. On November 4th, I had surgery on my right hand, and three hours after I left my house, I was home to recover.

I’m not a very patient person, so making myself not do much for a couple of weeks has been hard, but the stitches come out on Tuesday, and my hand is doing pretty good. I make sure not to overdo it, and only work for short periods of time. This blog is the longest thing I have written since my surgery.

Another week or so, and I should be able to type for a period of time without to much pain, and hopefully get back to work soon!

Before I went into my recovery break, I made sure to finish up these projects!

Angelina (Blue Blood Returns Series, Book 4)

Steamy Paranormal Romance with a gritty and suspenseful plot. Released November 11th

This series is a spin-off from the My Blood Runs Blue Series

Mission: Courage (Rise Again Warrior Series, Book 4)

The fourth book in the Award Winning Series, Rise Again Warrior, releases on November 30th!

Mission: Courage

After years in the Army, Gianna Roberts is detached and unsure of herself and her future. When a chain reaction occurs, she finds herself falling into the deep, dark, den of demons called alcohol.

With Gianna physically self-destructing with her abusive addiction, she’s unable to care for herself and her son. The day that Nate Hardy takes a stool beside her at the bar, is the day her life might change.

Nate is not a stranger to addiction and has been battling with it himself for five years. His job is to find servicemen and women and bring them back to Rise Again Warrior for help.

Behind the wire, a fragile relationship will grow. Nate will help Gianna find the courage to face sobriety, but will it be at the cost of his own?

Join us for another emotional, intense, heartbreaking, and realistic story of hope, despair, addiction, and PTSD inside the wire of the Rise Again Warrior Complex.

https://stacyeaton.com/rise-again-warrior-series/

Unexpected Ties (The Unexpected Series, Book 6)

Unexpected Ties releases on January 14th

What happens when the woman you desire asks for your trust?

Jake Taite, the owner of Safety Zone Security, is brash and quick to lose his cool. When he finds out his father is dying, Jake needs to figure out a way to let his father know he’ll be fine after he’s gone.

Alice is far from the girl next door and is never afraid to voice her opinion, especially when it comes to her boss. If only he could trust her enough to let her in.

While on a trip to Las Vegas, Jake has an idea, but can Alice handle the unexpected ties thrust on her? Will Jake be able to deal with the ties she wants to put on him?

Cara (Loving a Winston Series, Book 1)

The first book in the new Loving a Winson Series is written and going through edits! The release date is March 11th on Amazon!

Mystic Seaport and a Romance Collection

One thing that all authors seem to do when they visit a new place or read about one is to wonder about the people who live there and imagine stories about their lives.

The latest theme in the Hot Hunks Collection—in which each author contributes a stand-alone romance based on the same theme—does exactly that with the chosen location of Mystic, Connecticut, a quaint New England town steeped in seafaring history.

Mystic Romance Collection

Four books in the Mystic Collection have been released so far, and the fifth, my novella, Liam’s Mystic Passion, is out now.

Liam's Mystic Passion

Corinna grew up as the unfavorite daughter, and after a bad marriage and a harrowing divorce, she chooses the small seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut, to try and start over. But can she ever believe in herself enough to make it happen?

After years serving in the Coast Guard and then working as a captain on chartered yachts, Liam comes home to Mystic for what he thinks is a brief stay. But then he meets Corinna, a woman with sea-gray eyes that invoke a haunting memory of a recurring dream. And whose mysterious smile captures his heart.

Holiday Bash 2021

If you like Facebook parties with lots of games and prizes, be sure to come to the Authors’ Billboard Holiday Bash on December 1st. You need to join the party page in order to attend, but that’s simple. Just go HERE and click the “join” button!

Travel with Mona to St. Petersburg, Capital of the Tsars

For two whole centuries, St. Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire. Currently the second largest city in Russia, it is recognized as Russia’s intellectual and cultural hub. When I spent a few days in 2002 on a business trip, St. Petersburg looked like a neglected city compared to Moscow. In July 2017, we stopped for two days as part of a Baltic Sea cruise and were stunned by the difference, the renovated buildings, the cleanliness of the streets, the wealth of flowers everywhere.

Our guide informed us that Putin was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), studied law at Leningrad State University, graduating in 1975, and took pride in renovating his city. Saint Petersburg, called the Venice of the North, because of its copious bridges and natural canals, mainly the Neva River, is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Hermitage on the Neva
A view on the Neva at sunset

After walking along the Nevetsky Avenue, we stopped in a salon de thé and enjoyed a lunch of toast with orange caviar and a cappuccino, then headed to visit the famous Hermitage, Winter Palace of the Russian tsars. The Hermitage hosts an art collection to rival the Louvre in Paris.

In front of the Hermitage or Winter Place of the tsars.

Entrance of the Hermitage

This former palace is steeped in splendor and opulence at every turn.

Peter the Great devised the blue prints of Peterhof Palace, its 300-acre park, and superb fountains to rival the grandeur of Versailles.

The fountains are activated at noon for fifteen minutes with a music show.

The Church of the Resurrection, also called Church of Savior on Spilled Blood is the other major attraction in St. Petersburg. Commissioned by tsar Alexander III in 1883, the church was meant to honor the assassination of his father, Alexander II, which explains the name “spilled blood.” This church resembles Moscow’s famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. The most magnificent component is the 7,500 square meter of mosaics inside the church, illustrating scenes from the Bible.

The Peter and Paul Cathedral is a landmark of St. Petersburg, built on the site of the old fortress, which marks the birthplace of the city. The Peter and Paul Cathedral symbolizes imperial Russia, since it once served as a burial site for the imperial family.

Inside St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in the fortress.
The tomb of the last Romanof Tsar

There are so many beautiful churches in St. Petersburg, most of them with a colorful dome in gold, or other colors. We visited St. Isaac Church, Our Lady of Kazan, and so many more…

Just walking in the streets for hours and hours was so interesting. We also used the ultra modern underground metro to go from our hotel to downtown. Remember that in summer the sun sets at 11:30 pm. St. Petersburg is so far north that it experiences nearly 24 hours a day of sunlight from mid-May to mid-July. Even when the sun is down — for a couple of hours after midnight — the sky is white.

Russian metro
A bear for a pet?

You can’t visit Russia without attending a ballet performance or a traditional Russian folk dance in a real palace. During the intermission we mingled with the dancers a glass of vodka in hand.

I hope you enjoyed this quick visit to St. Petersburg.

To relax with a sweet Christmas romance, may I suggest my latest release, WEDDING PLANS, book 5 of the Love Plans Series.

New Release WEDDING PLANS A sweet Christmas story.
When dedicated Dr. Kent rescues a patient and is late for his own wedding, his fiancée greets him with tears, curses, and a slap. Fed up with her hysterics, Tyler cancels the wedding. The recovered patient intends to keep her handsome doctor. But the jilted bride goes out of her way to grab back her former fiancé.
Wedding Plans is part of the Love Plans Series.

New Release: SAILING AWAY PLANS: “A great love story and a second chance at a new life.”

New Release: DATING PLANS: Happiness finally seems within grasp for Matt and Brenda until the bullies in her daughter’s class pull her into their web again.

New Release RESCUE PLANS: Intense, emotional, sensual– Ariana fought hard to escape the slums and become a nurse. Captain Lopez taught her to conquer fear. Can he help her forget the scum from the past and win her trust?