Coming soon: Tuesdays with Jay No. 23: Challenge Accepted

Snow is wonderful until you have to shovel it.

Snowy days are excellent for curling up and digging in on edits.

Ah, winter. If you’re like me and live in an area with freezing temperatures and snowfall for a few months every year (and jeepers, that area seems to be expanding farther south all the time!), you know that the post-holidays part of winter has two settings:

  • Setting 1: Yay! It’s not too cold, the sun is shining, and the snow is just right for enjoying the crisp air, going sledding/tubing/skiing, and generally romping outside! All hail winter!
  • Setting 2: My face is frozen. This horrible season will never end. We must shut ourselves in the house beside a roaring fire and drink umpteen cups of hot chocolate, possibly spiked with Bailey’s, and not emerge until spring. Worst. Season. Ever.

It’s possible to experience both settings on the same day. This winter, my huddle-inside days have been accompanied by Henry, Jay, and Alice, who are experiencing their own winter woes in the current section of the Tuesdays with Jay series, now lining up with the early chapters of Crossing the Lines (Neighborly Affection #2).

The next entry, Tuesdays with Jay No. 23: Challenge Accepted, takes us through Jay’s mindset as he recovers from his cycling accident while Henry grapples with his concerns about the status of their relationship with Alice. It’s a double-length installment for the series, and it will arrive in newsletter subscribers’ inboxes on Saturday, Jan. 20.

To enjoy all of the Tuesdays with Jay companion stories in the series, make sure you’re signed up for the quarterly newsletter. And stay warm until next time!



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M.Q. Barber

M.Q. Barber is the USA Today bestselling author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. She's also an inveterate, unrepentant scribbler of ideas on whatever's handy.


  1. Diane Dannenfeldt

    I never received the January 20th newsletter. Did it go out?


    • It went out, Diane, but the newsletter format encountered a problem with some email providers, chiefly Hotmail, that resulted in a blank email. I’m looking for a solution. In the meantime, I’ll get a plain text version out to you. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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