Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sherryl Woods Welcomes you to Serenity

You know that Kenny Chesney song, “Don’t Blink?” Well, he may be singing about how quickly children grow up, but that line could also apply to this time of year when the holidays can be upon us faster than the blink of an eye. In fact, in mall time, Christmas arrived before Halloween could slip out the back door. Blink, and you could well miss Thanksgiving in this commercial world we live in.

Except, of course, in Serenity, South Carolina, the setting for my Sweet Magnolias series, where every single holiday is not only observed, but celebrated—none more lavishly than Christmas. That holiday spirit inspired the idea for my new book, Welcome to Serenity, which goes on sale Tuesday, November 25.

Jeanette Brioche, honorary Sweet Magnolia, may be the only town resident approaching the season with a bah-humbug attitude. Asked to be The Corner Spa’s representative on the town Christmas festival committee, she flatly says no, much to the dismay of her boss and friends. That does, however, align her perfectly with the sexy new town manager, Tom McDonald, who’s been coerced into running the committee.

What these two—and most of the rest of us—need in such stressful times is a little serenity. How, though, to find it?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have Jeanette’s relaxation techniques, Mayor Howard Lewis’s zest for decorating and the cooking skills of Dana Sue Sullivan to see us through this season?

And so, with a lot of help from my friends, I've pulled together a website designed to provide a little serenity when you most need it. This site is packed with menus, recipes, even grocery shopping lists for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holiday meals. You’ll find decorating ideas, gift selections for friends, family and co-workers, great websites to shop and some tips for avoiding the holiday blues. You will find all of these amazing suggestions at www.WelcometoSerenitybook.com or via a link on the main page of www.SherrylWoods.com. We’ve even found some inspirational quotations and gorgeous photography guaranteed to keep your thoughts serene and your mood bright.

And while you’re there, please feel free to share your own gift ideas and traditions!

I look forward to seeing you on the site, because everyone could use a little serenity . . . especially during the holidays!

May your season be blessed with family and friends and your new year filled with joy.


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