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Friday, December 30, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Margo Hoornstra

How Winter Stirs the Senses

Winter is a great season for our senses, providing all sorts of ideas and impressions. Thoughts of freezing temperatures and barren landscapes suggest discomfort and desolation. Picture a solitary figure out on a cold, dark night.

Winter scenes can easily depict nature’s beauty, snow falling at twilight, quiet winds whispering over a blanket of snow, chilly snowflakes dissolved on warm tongues. Or serve as launch pads for recreation and fun. Children laughing in a playful exchange of snowballs, building ice forts and snow angels.

Imagine skaters on an outdoor rink. Razor sharp blades cut the ice as players clash in hockey. Or maneuver the smooth, intricate grace of a figure skater’s dance moves and spins.

Consider too what’s happening outside provides contrast for what goes on inside, making the imaginary transition from icy cold to toasty warm that much stronger. Sitting beside a blazing fire, nestling under soft, cozy blankets, the sweet aroma as steaming hot chocolate melts marshmallows.

The cold temperatures of winter is a theme which runs through Glad Tidings, my holiday e-book from The Wild Rose Press website, which is also available at and

In the following quotes, cold plays a big part in the story.

When forever friends and soon to be lovers Jake and Bethany are first reunited.

A frigid blast of air dive bombed down his neck and under his suit coat. He put an arm around her shoulders as they stopped in response to a Don’t Walk sign on the opposite side of the street.

When two children they’ve come to care about have disappeared and Jake desperately searches for them.

Jake’s mouth was dry and his face was numb, yet his palms soaked the inside of his leather gloves with sweat. He’d lost feeling in each toe a while ago and the rest of him ached from the ruthless lash of a bitter wind. The abrupt drop in an already record setting low temperature flash-froze the slushy streets into skating rinks.

And would do worse to the fragile skin of a child.

The relief when he finds them hiding.

He dove inside to gather them to him then, helping first one then the other back up onto the dock, he soon had Tina clutched in one arm with Zeke under the other. The key card he fished out of his pocket fit into a metal case beside the door. At the opening click, he hit the handle with his backside and pulled them all into blessed warmth.

And last, the couple’s oblivion to all things cold and snowy as Bethany accepts her love for Jake at last.

The intrusion of another frigid winter breeze should have chilled her to the core, but didn’t. Standing face to face with the man she loved, basking in the warmth of his devotion, her heart opened up to release unhappy memories of Brian and make room for a joy filled future with Jake.

As the snow flies and the temperature plummets: Be good to yourself, snuggle up with a little romance.

About the Author:I have what could be called a happily ever after type of life. I’ve also lived through some here and there exceptional experiences and adversities. The characters in my stories are much the same, in some cases entering the next phase of successful careers and lives. They’re everyday people who have slowed down, paused to smell the roses, who understand at long last what’s important for them in life. A journey all of us must take to our own happily ever after.

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Catherine Lee said...

I don't know...I got chilled just reading those quotes from the book. I like the warm, toasty excerpts better!


flchen1 said...

What fun snippets, Margo! It's fun how "mere" words can paint a picture so vividly for us! And I love the contrast of cold and warm, which the cold makes possible!

Hoping your celebrating's been merry and memorable, and wishing you a joyful new year!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Margo Hoornstra said...

Catherine Lee,

Ooooooh! I made you feel cold? Wonderful. Doesn't that make the warm, toasty ones so much nicer?

Margo Hoornstra said...

F Chen,

I'm so pleased you enjoyed my snippits. And found them descriptive!

We had a great holiday, thank you. A great new year to you too.

Na said...

Hi Margo, thank you for a cool post! Pun intended. I think we wouldn't appreciate being warm and toasty if it wasn't for the winter weather. It's nice to enjoy the snow or coolness, especially when we know a warm bed and hot soup is just around the corner. It also makes it more merry to be with my family.


Margo Hoornstra said...


Happy to hear you like my 'coolness'. Heh heh.

Yeah, cold has its place but warm is better.

Debby said...

Your books look like fun reading. I do enjoy the snow in the beginning but get very tired of it somewhere around mid January.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Margo Hoornstra said...


Thank you, I hope you find my books enjoyable. I agree with you about the snow. Beautiful to look at - for awhile. Then, I too am over it.

Cathy M said...

What a great post, Margo. Definitely glad to inside warm and toasty.

Wishing you a very special new years.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

This book sounds good and chilly...hope I get a chance to read it soon! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

shadow_kohler said...

Oh, love it! Thanks for sharing! Your book sounds awesome! ;D Im not one for the cold. The snow is pretty to look at...the first couple of days. lol After that, it can go away. ;) Happy new year!

VampedChik said...

OOh definitely have me interested! I love snow but not driving in it. LOL thanks so much for sharing!

Jess said...

This sounds like a great read! Friends to Lovers reuniting always make the best stories.


jcross719 at yahoo dot com

Margo Hoornstra said...

Cathy M,

Happy New Year to you. So pleased you enjoyed my effort.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Mountain Laurel,

What a fabulous moniker! Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year!

Margo Hoornstra said...


I agree wholeheartedly about snow. Happy New Year to you too. I did enjoy writing Glad Tidings. Hope many of you enjoy reading it.

Margo Hoornstra said...

VampedChik - Amber,

Love that one too. I'm pleased you enjoyed my 'teasers'. I agree too with your snow comment. It has its place. Everywhere but the roads. :)

Margo Hoornstra said...


Yeah. Jake and Bethany are pretty special to me. They deserve their happiness.

Thank you.

Robin said...

Great interview!