Saturday, January 4, 2014

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014! 
by Mary Kennedy
                                                 

      As the newest Cozy Chick, I'd like to offer you a quick look at what my fellow Chicks are planning for the coming year. There's fun, excitement, an intense desire to escape the cold (!) and of course, plenty of writing. Because, after all, where would we be if the Chicks didn't keep their fingers on the keys?


Ellery Adams/J.B Stanley says, "I'm looking forward to launching a new series in my home state of Virginia in August (The Book Retreat Mysteries) and to going on a cruise with my mom, my brothers, and all of the spouses and kids!"

Deb Baker/Hannah Reed is looking forward to a new series this year set in the Scottish Highlands and to spending a lengthy vacation in a warm climate for the very first time.


Lorraine Bartlett/Lorna Barrett says, "I'm looking forward to spring and summer. Winter has hardly begun, but we've already had more snow than we've had in several winters. Hurry, spring, hurry!"

Kate Collins is "looking forward to wrapping up book #16 in the Flower Shop Mystery series, A ROOT AWAKENING by February 1st and then plotting the next three. But what I'm REALLY looking forward to is summer and working in my garden! What a brutal winter this has been so far. Oh, and there might be a nice trip to Key West in my future, if all goes well".

Mary Jane Mafinni/Victoria Abbott says, "I'm going to try to have more fun this year (reading, knitting, spending time with kids and friends) and at the same time planning to find time to finish my 7th Camilla MacPhee book in between book collector mysteries. Camilla is fun, so that might happen!

Maggie Sefton is looking forward to 2014 and starting Kelly Flynn #13 while relaxing in a warm climate. She'll be announcing a new e-book mystery in January.

Leann Sweeny is "looking forward to moving into our brand new house on Lake Greenwood in 2014. This has been a very stressful journey with my husband doing the contracting and neither of us knowing what the heck we are doing. I guess you are never too old to learn new things--and some of it the hard way. It will be like Christmas all over again when I open boxes that have been in storage for almost two years!" 
Tune in next week, friends, and I'll tell you a little about my plans for the coming year! And I'd love to hear about yours, what exciting things are you planning for 2014? Mary Kennedy

25 comments:

Lynda said...

Welcome to the Cozy Chicks, Mary. Looks like going to (or dreaming of) warmer weather is a favorite theme for many of the Chicks. We've been lucky here in California that we haven't had to deal with the extreme weather that other parts of the country have had. Our problems will be coming later, when we suffer the effects of having almost no rain so far this winter. If that doesn't change, we could be looking at another really bad fire season.

But, like many of the Chicks, I am planning to slip away in Feburary to a warm warmer climate - on a beach in Mexico. Definitely looking forward to getting away for a little while.

I wish all the Cozy Chicks the best in 2014 in whatever you all are planning.

Aurian said...

Those are great plans ladies. I heard on the radio the other day, that as long as it is this extremely cold in the US, we won't get any cold here in Holland. So far, our winter has been very mild, it has frosted my car only once so far. They do predict that it will change in two weeks, and we will get some snow.
Wish you all a lot of sunshine!

mary kennedy said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lynda. I envy you living in California, and escaping to a beach in Mexico sounds fabulous!! Soak up some rays for me.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Aurian, it's nice to hear that you're having a mild winter. Winter (and snow) has definitely hit here on the east coast. We're not snowed in, but the roads don't look good at all! Stay warm!

Nancy said...

Hi Mary, how nice to meet you here. Finding a place to escape the cold, wind, snow and ice sounds good right about now. Here in MI we're prepared for temperatures to plummet tonight, again and revving our snow blowers for another foot of snow. Warm sand....balmy breezes...gin and tonic...ah.

Duffy Brown said...

Went to Fla for Christmas and spent the day on the beach with my two daughters in 80 degree weather. Now back to ice and snow and coooold. Wish I had a warm vacation to look forward to.

Kat Hinkson said...

Great having you here

mary kennedy said...

Nancy, you are very brave!! Another foot of snow? I don't think I would survive. I'm dreaming of sandy beaches too, I know what you mean. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe you can curl up by the fire with that gin and tonic...and a cozy mystery!

mary kennedy said...

Duffy, that is fantastic that you went to Florida for Christmas When I visited my Penguin editor in Manhattan last month, the first thing I noticed in her office was her copy of your wonderful book ICED CHIFFON! I figured that was an omen that the meeting would go well, and it did. Somehow we will all survive this really awful weather.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Kat, thank you so much for stopping by!

Lynn Cahoon said...

Hmmm - You all have much better plans than I do. Although The Cowboy and I are buying a trailer and 4-wheelers to do some RV trips this summer. :) And there's the NASCAR trips. Have laptop, will travel. :)

Sharkbytes said...

Snowshoed this morning. Probably snowblower tomorrow morning. Will be finishing my 4th cozy and hopefully playing in the snow a lot in the next couple of months.

mary kennedy said...

Lynn, the RV trips sound terrific. Hope you take lots of pictures and post them!

mary kennedy said...

Snowshoeing? I've never done that (I'm such a city girl). Wow, it sounds exciting, though. Congrats on your 4th cozy!

Rachelle21 said...

Helping prepare other people's taxes. Reading Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown and finding out what my character does in the book.

mary kennedy said...

I love Duffy Brown's books!! I gave her a cover quote for ICED CHIFFON. She's a terrific writer. .

Mary Jane Maffini said...

It's great to have you here on Cozy Chicks, Mary! You bring a lot to the party.

It was fun to see who's up to what among the chicks too. Great idea.

Hugs,

MJ

Humberta Goncalves-Babbitt said...

Welcome Mary!

lavendersbluegreen said...

Welcome Mary, looking forward to your blogging...

Dru said...

Welcome Mary!

I'm looking forward to my upcoming reader/fan conventions.

mary kennedy said...

Thanks for the warm welcome! Mary Jane, if only I could bring some bubbly to the party! Dru, thank you so much for stopping by, I am still looking at your 2013 list of accomplishments. You rock!!

mary kennedy said...

Lavenderbluegreeen and Humberta, thank you for stopping by!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Thank you for the updates Mary! Ellery's new series sounds good. I just moved into a new house the first of November. That was enough excitement to last for all of 2014. Still unpacking!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Lisa, there are so many wonderful writers here. Congrats on the new house. It sounds overwhelming, but I hope you are settling in nicely.

Becke Davis said...

Mary - Sorry I'm late to the party! My New Year's Resolution is to try to get back on schedule this year, but so far I'm still dragging behind. Thanks for a fun post - looks like I'll have to read double-fast so I can clear the decks for all these new and upcoming releases!