Yup, save the date for out favorite time of year —Christmas in Edgartown, Dec. 12–15, 2019. There will be tons of great shopping, great eats, and great times for all—and of course, the hugely popular annual Christmas Parade on Sat., Dec. 14! I’ll be there, on the porch at Edgartown Books once again (10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or thereabouts!), signing copies of A VINEYARD CHRISTMAS (of course!) and A VINEYARD SUMMER, the first two books in my series that takes place in Edgartown and on Chappy. So join me on the porch! I will be happy to accept hot chocolate . . . last year a nice woman gave me the hand warmers from her gloves (it was FREEZING!). In any event, it will be great fun—and for convenience from Cape Cod, the high speed, Hy Line Ferry will once again make her way from Hyannis right into Edgartown during the weekend. Check out their schedule!
Who doesn’t want A Vineyard Summer??? The sky is a perfect, cloudless blue; the surf is rolling enough for kayaking and kite-surfing, but gentle enough for swimming and wading; the nights are filled with gourmet food and clambakes on the beach and fun wherever you look. Ahhh…Martha’s Vineyard in the summer: there simply is NO PLACE LIKE IT!!!!!
All of which is why the 2nd book in my new series of Vineyard novels starts the week of July 4th when the action truly begins.
But WAIT!!! Did someone say JULY 4th??? What does JAWS have to do with it? Or why does that lovely Vineyard WEDDING turn into a crime scene? And, good grief, what happens in that lovely Edgartown GARDEN???
Christmas in Edgartown was a blast! Many thanks to Edgartown Books and Edgartown Meat & Fish Market for my wonderfully successful book signings of #AVineyardChristmas, with special thanks to a woman named Fiona who stopped by the porch of the bookstore after the parade and gave me the hand warmers from her gloves! (Next year, I’ll be sure to have my own.) The pic here is of the always exciting, enthusiastic, and entertaining Christmas Parade…which was oddly similar to the one in the first scene of A Vineyard Christmas! www.jeanstone.com
This year, I decided to showcase some home-grown island favorites that make great #ChristmasGifts and #StockingStuffers for family and friends (or self)! (No, I’m not getting paid, though I wouldn’t turn down a a couple of these beauties in MY stocking.) Linnsational Chocolates are available in many varieties, homemade on the Vineyard in Patti Linn’s up island kitchen. (That’s her in the pic from last year’s Fair.) This multi-talented woman has captured numerous ribbons at the Ag Fair for years, and will have her sinfully delicious array of chocolates (yes, even truffles like the ones here!) at the Arts & Crafts Festival during #ChristmasinEdgartown…the very same fair that appears in the first scene of my book, #AVINEYARDCHRISTMAS. If you’re on the island Sat., Dec. 8, you MUST check out the Fair from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.!
A lovely review on A VINEYARD CHRISTMAS from MV Times… I especially like the line where she writes: “Not surprisingly, Stone herself lives on the island, and we can feel her love for it throughout.” Enough said!!!!!
Years ago, a fellow author commented on how bizarre the life of a writer actually is. “You sit at your desk, alone, day after day, week after week, month after month,” my friend said. “You wrap yourself up in sweats or denim* and forego wearing make-up. You drink lots of coffee (tea, water, or otherwise). You don’t answer your phone. Or your doorbell. Your only friend is solitude. Finally you finish. Your book is published.”
Of course, my friend’s story (which perhaps I have embellished, but only a bit) does not end here. So let us continue.
“You publisher sends you a schedule of appearances and booksignings. You read it. You sigh. Then you throw your sweats or your denim into the wash. You dig through your closet in search of something decent to wear. Shouldn’t there be a plain black dress in there somewhere? And maybe a scarf? What about that blue skirt . . . Oh, wait. That one went to the Thrift Shop three years ago.You realize your mascara has dried up. But the time has come when you must look the way women once looked when they went uptown to lunch or maybe to church or when traveling first class on a plane.
“After all, you are now part of the world again. Or at least, you must appear to be. You must smile and speak to an audience other than yourself. Or your imaginary characters. Or your cat or your dog. And you must tell them about your wonderful book. If you do that, and do it moderately well, in a week or two or three, you will be allowed to slip into your sweats or your denim, sit back down at your computer, and begin the process all over again.”
So . . . that’s the whole story. And it’s my way of saying that if you’re on the Vineyard, or perhaps will be Columbus Day Weekend, please join me for the official launch of A VINEYARD CHRISTMAS. Maybe I’ll find my black dress by then.
Sat. Oct. 6, Edgartown Library, 3:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 7, Edgartown Books, Noon–2:00 p.m.
* When my editor approved my manuscript for the second book in my new Vineyard series, A ViNEYARD SUMMER (to be released July 2019), I decided I need to toss out my 20+-year-old Menemsha Blues green denim shirt. It’s been washed so much, it’s lost most of its color. And there’s a rip in the left sleeve at the elbow that the Island Home could easily navigate through. I’m going to miss that shirt.
A VINEYARD CHRISTMAS, that is. Two weeks from tomorrow is the official launch of my latest Martha’s Vineyard novel…are you ready? Make your list now and check it twice…starting with entering my CONTEST to WIN a chance to be my GUEST for a day at CHRISTMAS IN EDGARTOWN! Next on your list: October 6th…come to the EDGARTOWN LIBRARY at 3:00 p.m. where I’ll be appearing. We’ll draw the winning contest name, and, YES, refreshments will include Christmas Cookies!!! (Nope, you don’t have to be there to win…but it will be fun!!!)