Happy Holidays

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I’m late but I’ll be honest…I started this three times…and three times I failed. This is a very tough holiday season for me. This past year, my father passed away and I realized just how fragile life is. I also realized, sometimes the so-called dream life isn’t for everyone despite what others said.

Sure, I’ve been enjoying life in Austria but it took me so very far from home and my family. Over here, there is just me and the husband. Then there was the stint where even he was gone for five weeks and I knew just how hard it would be to be totally alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I like being alone. I like knowing I can run through the house naked and no one but the dog will ever see me. But the whole situation made me cherish what I had even though we’re like the poster kids for a dysfunctional family from time to time. Now I know that all families have their moments, I just wanted to be a little closer to mine.

Sometime this year, we’ll be starting the process of moving back to the States. It all depends upon how fast the dear husband can secure another job. Now he’s got even more great stuff on his resume to strut around with, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

That leads me back to the holidays and you, the reader of our books. We realize that you come in all different shapes and sizes. You maybe religious or not. You may believe in Christmas or Hanukkah. You may have purple hair for all I know…but…the simple fact remains that we appreciate each and every one of you. Always have, always will.

My holiday greeting is simple: we want you to be happy, healthy and enjoy life in whatever way you celebrate the season. If you’re so inclined toward author giveaways, I’ve extended my Christmas giveaway at my A Writer in Vienna Blog. Drop by and see what I have to offer from the world of Austria.

See you next month!

 

About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at www.lynncrain.blogspot.com, https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrainAuthor, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

The Holiday Blues

I admit that December is not my favorite time of year. I do like Christmas–I enjoy giving and receiving presents, being with family, seeing the joy on my son’s face when he opens that gift he really, really wanted. But the holidays are extraordinarily stressful for me. The stress of getting the perfect (or sometimes, just any) gift, for making treats for my kid’s teachers, sending all the presents off so they get there in time, the 13 hour drive, yadda yadda yadda.

In an effort to make the season a bit more sane, a few years ago I stopped sending Christmas cards–I just couldn’t do it any more, although I am sorry not to receive cards from friends. This year we decided not to make treats for all of the teachers–sorry, guys. There’s even some doubt that we will put up the Christmas tree this weekend, although I am trying to get into the spirit. I am strangely world weary this year, and I couldn’t really tell you why. Life is good, work is busy, family is healthy, and next month, my first book will be published. Perhaps it is my innate cynicism waiting for the other shoe to drop, or perhaps I just need a little vacation.

Do you get the holiday blues? How do you get yourself out of them?

 

About Marin McGinnis

About Marin McGinnis Clevelanders are tough, a bit cynical, and just a little crazy, and Marin McGinnis is no exception. When she’s not chasing after big dogs or watching tweens skate around hockey rinks, she is immersing herself in Victorian era romance. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, son, and two standard poodles named Larry and Sneaky Pete. You can find her here, at marinmcginnis.com, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Changing it up a little…

I’ve posted our Christmas Story Extravaganza two times this month, and instead of doing it a third time…plain. I’m going to add a giveaway. Readers choice of any of the books posted in our CSE!

Just come on in and comment for a chance to win. We want to know…what’s your favorite Christmas story???

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

City Girl Meets Country Christmas

Are you ready for the holidays? If you’re answer is a resounding, “Not even close!” Welcome to the club. This year I find myself well and truly behind. Let me explain. If you’re a long time reader of this blog you know we do our Christmas celebration any day but Christmas. For the sake of meshing schedules, it’s later this year than it’s ever been.

So, I’m planning no decorations, no shopping, no guests, and no big meals. Whew! We’re the only home with no outdoor lights in our neighborhood. (Yes, the Grinch is my favorite holiday character in case you were wondering.) Just a quiet holiday with my guy. And then last night…

My son calls and is bringing his girl whom we’ve never met home because he wants to be ‘home’ before Christmas. And some friends are coming in from out of town. These are two fabulous surprises, but they aren’t bad. No way. I couldn’t be happier. However, you know what I have to pull off in seven days, before they get here.

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Most of the time, I love living in the country. I wouldn’t trade it. Except at times like this. To find some things I’d like to get, have, or do, requires at least a fifty mile round trip to town, so I’m making adjustments to avoid spending the time on travel. Because even after a couple years, I still have the urge to just run over to the mall (which we don’t have one of) or where ever and just pick something up.

And this morning the dog got sprayed by a skunk. Which is now hanging around our house, maybe in hopes of more entertainment from the dog? When it came toddling out of the woods at me, I confess to standing there like an idiot. It just kept coming. I’m thinking it’s going to be scared any minute. Well, no. I ran away from it, the dog ran at it, and then it was on. It’s been downhill from there.

I admit to being curious about how others handle unexpected surprises during the holidays. Stress is stress, whether it’s good or bad. Yes, I’m thrilled but I can see the exhaustion bearing down like a freight train. The only weapon I have is my sense of humor, which I use liberally this time of year.

Do you have a trick you use to reduce stress during the holidays?

About Sutton Fox

Sutton Fox has been published by Lyrical Press, Gypsy Shadow Publishing and wrote a bi-monthly column for an auto racing magazine for several years. She traded life in Bluegrass Country for life in the Windy City in a home she shares with The Man, a lonely cat, and her beloved dog, Lucy. When she’s not working the edj, you can find her writing or spending time with her extended family.

Taking Control…

I love celebrating Christmas, but just not yet. It’s way too soon to start and each year the decorations seem to appear earlier and earlier.

In a former life, we often took a holiday in the run up to Christmas to get away from all the fuss. Now, we live on a mountain in a really remote area of southern Spain, so it’s easy to ignore.

On Christmas Eve, we’ll put up the decorations, and then I will get into the festive spirit—I promise.

In the meantime, there are other things to celebrate. Like the release of TAKING CONTROL, my latest Brazen contemporary romance which comes out on Monday, 15th December 2014.

And even more reason to celebrate, TAKING CONTROL is on sale at only 99 cents up until release day. So order your copy now!

“…one read you definitely want on your kindle this Christmas to warm you up…” — Kiwi Book Nerd

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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
Why play nice when you can be naughty?
Jessica Bauer is aces when it comes to security, but the PR side? Not so much. Now she has a chance to take over Knight Securities―if she plays nice with the next client. Unfortunately, that client happens to be Declan McCabe. And it’s too bad someone wants him dead, because after he broke her heart ten years ago, Jessica would have cheerfully murdered him herself.
Declan has taken his dad’s not-so-reputable company and turned it around, and in the process, he’s attracted the attention of some vicious killers. The only perk is being reunited with Jessica, who Declan still wants so much he can barely see straight. But Jessica has a plan of her own. She’ll protect Declan. She’ll have unbelievably hot sex with him.  And when the job is finished, she’ll move on. Except that this time, Declan isn’t so willing to walk away…

About Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.

The Most Meh Time of the Year

GrinchI love Christmas. Like, LOVE. I love the Christmas music, surprising my kids with the best gifts evah, and spending time with my family. However, there are a lot of things about Christmas, or that have become associated with Christmas, that I detest.

5 Things I hate about Christmas Time

  1. Black Friday. I just don’t get it. People act like they’re going to war to get bath towels for 99 cents a piece. Or TVs for a hundred bucks. It doesn’t matter how good the deal is, these are things and if that’s your focus, you sort of missed the whole point of Christmas. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just go back to start.
  2. People who complain about giving. Yes, I realize you have your own family to buy for. Aren’t you lucky? Some people have no one, or their family has to choose heat and food over gifts. So, shut up, knock some money off the probably obscenely expensive gift you were buying anyway and do something charitable.
  3. Stores that open on Thanksgiving so people can start spending their money early. Because the dregs of humanity that inhabit Black Friday aren’t enough (shooting people for parking spaces? trampling pregnant women?), let’s rip minimum wage worker away from their families, warn them they’ll be fired if they don’t show up, and up the corporate ante some more.
  4. Thanksgiving isn’t even a holiday anymore. I suppose number three shouldn’t surprise me, since Christmas merchandising starts in September now.Thanksgiving has become that day before Christmas, with some good food, before we go shopping.
  5. People are incredibly rude. At the time of year when people are supposed to be especially kind to one another, they are now terribly rude. They rip items from shoppers hands, steal parking spaces, and call names that you wouldn’t want to say in front of your mama.

What’s your least favorite part of the most wonderful time of the year?

I realize there’s more than a small American slant to this post, and I apologize to our international readers for excluding them. Actually, if you get to avoid these things, I’m a little envious.

About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Sassy humor for the heart, captivating contemporary romance for the soul.

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