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.
Looking 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?