I am so excited about the release of my latest book, A Hummingbird Christmas! My heroine, Joy Holliday, is a young widow who sees hummingbirds everywhere—even during a snowy Montana winter. She believes they are tiny messengers from Heaven, and that when you see one, you need to pay close attention to what they are trying to say. In Joy’s story, the hummingbird is certainly trying to send her a message—one of hope and love.
When I was growing up, my grandmother had a sweet little cottage in New Hampshire, with a wraparound porch that overlooked the water. During the summer months, at least six hummingbird feeders hung from the rafters. When I’d visit, we would sit on the porch and drink lemonade, and watch as the hummingbirds came in droves to drink the nectar. The beauty of these tiny birds captivated me!
My grandmother was a writer and a gifted storyteller, and a huge inspiration to me as I began my own writing journey. On those lazy summer days, she loved to tell me different legends of the hummingbird. My favorite story was—and still is—that they are divine messengers. She would often say that when she was gone, I should look for her in the hummingbird.
I was fortunate to have my grandmother in my life well into my adult years. Now I have my own little house on the water, and I’ve always kept a hummingbird feeder in my backyard in the hope of attracting these beautiful little creatures. They only visit on very rare occasions, but when they do, I think of my grandmother, and I know she is sending me a message of joy and love.
Karen Foley admits to being an incurable romantic. When she’s not working for the Department of Defense, she loves writing sexy stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines. Karen lives in New England with her husband, two daughters, and a houseful of pets.