Sunday, December 16, 2012

Spread a little Christmas Cheer Week - Day 3

If you are looking for the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop, check out the Christmas Giveaways Galore post on the 14th. :)

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Today I'm happy to have Lisa Kumar, Stacey Brutger, and Victoria Adams join me to spread a little Christmas cheer. Be sure to check out the rafflecopter set up at the end of the post to see what's up for grabs today! :)

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Lisa Kumar: "The Holiday Season"

I love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday—and has always been. In fact, I love the whole season built around it. It’s a non-stop Christmas fest with holiday cheer in the air. You know, that indefinable quality that permeates everything? I don’t know exactly what it is, but it shouts Christmas to me. For me, there is the religious aspect and, yes, the presents, but it’s more than just these two things. It’s a case where the sum is more than its parts.

What makes the holiday season special to you? Or is it a holiday you’re less than crazy about?

No matter what it is to you or what you call it, I hope you all have a great one!

Blurb: A magic that's fading

Relian has lived a life that hasn’t changed in millennia, and he likes it that way. As Prince of the Erian people, he has his conscripted duties. And a human, even one as desirable as Cal, does not fit into them. But as the enemy darkindred knock on the borders and the magic of his people fades, he might just have to find room.

A love that's binding

College Student Cal Weston spends a good portion of her time trying to keep people from thinking she's crazy, including herself. And with good reason. But her carefully constructed reality is turned upside down when she discovers that Relian, the seductive elvin prince who has been starring in her sensuous fantasies, isn’t merely a myth and his magical kingdom really exists. Now she’s bound to an elf and stuck in a land where no one, least of all Relian, is willing to spill any answers about the truth of her arrival.

Two people, two worlds meet in the mist

Even as love grows between them, can they lay aside their differences to embrace a life together?

Available at: Amazon

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Stacey Brutger: "Christmas Memories"


Thanks for asking me to join your Christmas party!

Christmas has always brought happy memories for me. Baking dozens of different cookies and no one to holler at you for trying them all. Stalking the house to find those elusive presents parents hide. Talk about The Masters! I think we only found them once or twice. The reason for hiding them before Christmas? Someone in my family had the ability to open all packages without disturbing the wrapping. Still not sure how they did it.
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But for me, I have one favorite memory of Christmas. As a child, I lived out in the country and that meant chores. It wouldn’t be uncommon for us to work well into the night. I slogged through snow to get to the house for a break. We had a wood burning stove to keep the house warm, a real pine tree we chopped down ourselves, and all the lights were off except for the Christmas tree. On the record player, (yes, I’m that old - lol) played old Christmas songs. I grabbed a piece of candy, a candy cane I think, and just sat down in the warm room and absorbed it…okay, maybe snooped a little under the tree as well.

I think it was the promise of the future, the excitement of Christmas counting down. Twenty some odd years later, the excitement has changed. Though I still like Christmas lights and cookies, I’m the one now trying to pick out the perfect gifts for my family and friends. I hope everyone takes a moment out of the rush to create some memories. And to help, I’m going to give away a copy of one of my books. Merry Christmas!

Blurb: As a punishment for failing his duty as an angel, Ruman finds himself encased in stone in the form of a guardian statue. Every few decades he is given a chance to repent. And fails. Until the totally unsuitable Caly Sawyer accidentally brings him back to life. Nothing is going to prevent him from gaining his freedom, especially some willfully stubborn human determined to kill him.

Caly doesn’t trust the mysterious stranger who came out of nowhere and risked his life for hers. As a demon hunter, she knows there is something not quite human about the sexy bastard. Her ability to detect demons is infallible. She should know. She used to be one.

War is brewing between demons and humans. The demon infection that Caly had always considered a curse might just be the key to their survival...if Ruman can keep her alive long enough. Despite the volatile attraction between her and her sexy protector, Caly’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep everyone alive. The more Ruman learns about his beautiful charge, the more he questions his duty and loyalty...and dreads the call to return home. If they can’t learn to trust each other in time, one of them will die.

Available atAmazon

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 Victoria Adams: "Favourite Christmas Memory"

My memory is from a long time ago. A friend had gotten married and her husband had nothing. The family didn't have much money so in terms of wedding gifts they got the bare essentials. He was working as an apprentice to a mechanic and I think she was part time at something. So not much in the line of disposable income. A couple of weeks before Christmas I dropped by and there were no decorations, but I assumed they hadn't put them up yet. B (my friend) said she and G (her husband) had agreed to buy each other one gift and it had to be under $5. And she was excited because she'd saved the money and was going shopping for the gift on Christmas Eve Day.

My mother was a member of an arts group and they had their Christmas sale and then party. Mom and I were cleaning up. She'd tossed a couple of decorations into the garbage while complaining she wished they had storage space because it was so wasteful to buy the things every year and then throw them out. Yup, the light bulb went on over my head. We arranged with B's Mom to get them out of the apt on Christmas Eve. Then we took all the decorations and fully decorated tree from the party to their apartment and decorated the place. We left a note on the table – From Santa.

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When B and G and her mother arrived at the door, B was so happy. They'd gone shopping and her mother had taken them out to dinner – to MacDonalds. B opened the door and walked in to a full decorated apartment with lights glowing and a lit tree. Her mom said, B turned around, threw her arms around her husband's neck and screamed, "There really is a Santa Claus!"

To this day – that memory brings a smile to my soul. 

Blurb: Julie Anderson was born into privilege and a charmed life. She is surrounded by love, friends and family. She secretly dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

Robert Holiday was other born into a life of violence on the streets of North Shore. Initiated into the Shorsemen gang at a young age, he rises to the level of leader.

Can a young, idealistic co-ed, crack a jaded gang member's icy shell and allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul?

 Available at: Amazon

Be sure to check back tomorrow for three more fabulous authors and prizes. :) 

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  1. What wonderful stories. Merry Christmas to you all.

  2. Thanks for letting me drop by and have a wonderful Christmas, Melissa.

  3. Thanks for inviting me to the party! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. Wow, all your stories are wonderful.
    Lisa, I totally understand what you mean--Christmas has a feel--and it has nothing to do with the gifts. And Lisa, you are like Santa Claus, lol. I want everyone who reads this to know how giving, kind and totally special Lisa Kumar is.

    Merry Christmas everyone. And a happy, healthy New Year.

    1. Brenda, you are too sweet! Lol, don't ever change that!

  5. Those are wonderful memories and thoughts of Christmas. I loved reading each one. Best wishes on your books, they all look to be awesome reads!!

  6. Melissa, thanks for inviting me to your blog! You're so wonderful to other writers.

  7. Last night I took the kids out got hot chocolate and drove around looking at Christmas lights and taking pictures. I love that they love it as much as I do.


  8. I really love baking cookies with my kids

    Merry Christmas !

  9. My husband proposed on Christmas Eve 15 years ago!!