Nicola here, wishing everyone a very Happy New Year from all
the Wenches! As well as being a new year it’s also a new month. January, which
was known as Wolfmonath in the Anglo Saxon calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere
January is a
dark month with long nights and winter weather. Yet it is also the
month when snowdrops and winter aconites start to push through the earth to
signal the start of spring so it is a time of new beginnings.
January takes its name from Janus, the Roman God of bridges
and doorways. Janus has two faces, looking both forward into the new year and
back to the old. So as well as being a time perhaps to make plans and
resolutions for the new year, January also gives us a chance to reflect on the
good things that happened in the past year. For me a couple of the UK highlights
were the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which made so many people feel incredibly proud
and patriotic, and the London Olympics, which created a mood of enthusiasm and
euphoria throughout the country. On a personal
note, training Rochester the Guide Dog puppy has been a
great experience and a research trip to Edinburgh was a real highlight.
forward into 2013, I am very excited about the launch of my new Regency series, Scottish
Brides, in the summer and also to some very special anniversaries during the year!
What about you? Do you have fond memories of 2012 and any
special plans for 2013?