12/17/18, Twas 8 days before Christmas, and all through the house…..


Hi Everyone,


I hope that things are going well for you. The demonstrations and riots are continuing in Paris, but are thinning out, and were less violent this past Saturday. The government made some concessions, and I think people are just worn out from the strain of weekly violence, and so much destruction. Businesses are sufferring, and thus the economy, and all merchants, with shops and restaurants closed every weekend for the past five weeks, so close to Christmas. And hotels are empty. People don’t want to come to Paris with so much unrest in the country. I hope the New Year brings some peace to all!!


Other than that, my new book is out, Beauchamp Hall. I hope you’ve had time to read it, or will over the holidays, and I hope you gave it as a gift to someone. And my paperback, Accidental Heroes, is doing really well, and is an exciting read.


It’s been a checkered week with some good and bad things thrown in. A friend came to visit and stayed with me for a week, which was fun (except for the lockdown weekends due to the demonstrations and riots). But other than that, we had a good time. A close best friend lost his adorable little dog, hit by a car, which was heart breaking and we all felt terrible for him. And on the happy side, I had my Christmas party, with 28 good friends. People stay much later than they do in the states, so they stayed till about 1:30 am, on a school night, which was really fun. I gave a Christmas ladies’ lunch too, and had some women friends for a pasta dinner in my kitchen. So I saw a lot of friends this past week, which is fun in this season. And I’ll be seeing my children soon, which is the best part of the holidays for me.


I’m still trying to catch up on work, and I’ll be back at work, deep in new books when the holidays are over. I can’t believe Christmas is only 8 days away. I’m still scrambling for the last few special presents.


I hope these are happy days for you, that you are finding something to celebrate, and the time and opportunity to spend time with family or friends. The one thing I realize every year is how fast time flies, and how fleeting the precious moments are, they fly through our fingers like angels and bless us as they rush past. My hope for you is that you are enjoying special times with people you love, and who love you. I hope that the days leading up to the holidays will be happy ones for you, and that the holiday will be a memory you cherish. Thank you for the blessings you share with me all year round, reading my books, and enjoying my work.


Thank you, and much love to you, Danielle

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7 Comments so far
  1. Beverly Tapp December 17, 2018 11:46 am

    Hi Danielle

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and much continued success in the year to come. I look forward to upcoming books you have yet to write.

  2. Stella December 17, 2018 12:31 pm

    Happy Holidays. Peace.

  3. Tatiana McVey December 17, 2018 4:19 pm

    I have to finish my library project which was chosen of you. I chose you because my grandma is obsessed with your books and for my project I wanted to know how many or like what are your most important awards that you have won. I hope you can get back to me as soon as later today or tomorrow morning, but anyway merry Christmas have happy holidays.

  4. Bonnie December 17, 2018 6:17 pm

    You work so hard!!! It makes me happy to read that you are enjoying this Christmas season with family and friends. As of today,I am on the waiting list for your new novel “Turning Point”…can`t wait!

  5. Sue Ronson December 18, 2018 11:33 am

    I hope that you are safe during the holidays! The upheaval in Paris is terribly frightening!
    Merry Christmas and hope you travel safely during the holidays. Peace for you and your family this holiday season!

    A faithful fan,
    Sue Ronson 🙂

  6. TERESA CUNHA December 21, 2018 10:31 am


    I just want to wish you, your family and all of those who come to this blog, a very happy Christmas and a blessed new year.

  7. Joy Ling December 24, 2018 2:48 am

    Dear Danielle,
    Re. Your last minute shopping, if you can’t find the “perfect gift”, then get the unperfect one!!! Last year, my brother bought me a toy chicken that Sqwawked & laid eggs… & had the nerve to ask me if I liked my gift!!!

    So, since he’s impossible to shop for, & I ensure his room is fixed, I took a bagful of his possessions!!! I’m going to wrap & give them back to him, & see when he notices that they’re his stuff!
    His 2 gift is a Kraft pizza kit. Memories go back when we used to make these…
    Of course, I do have 1 small nice gift for him.

    But, I think Christmas is about loving each other, & making good memories. Sometimes, we fuss too much, or get trapped by our routine. We forget what Christmas is really about…
    … we get stressed & fight about the stupid stuff. We forget time is a commodity once spent.

    Someone dressed up as Santa, drove to my Auntie’s remote home at 6 am in the dark, played the Mr. Grinch song, dragged out a beautiful huge cat house, wrapped on site outside, decorated her outside tree, then left. Her security camera caught the whole action!!!

    I figured out who it was, but refused to tell her… she was too much like a little girl believing that Santa was real! Lol…
    This is Christmas.
    …with an empty Coke can stuck in the tree, as 1 of the decorations.

    I wish you a beloved time with your children & family this holiday.
    May it comfort & refresh you.
    Thank you, so much, for writing.
    Your books are a comfort to me, as my life is stressful & dark.
    You help pull me up, & keep going.