Awesome to be getting a chance to take part in yet another of Carrie Ann's lovely hops, and one about Holiday Love, too!
There are 200+ of us telling us about the holidays and romance in this hop. Goodies galore to be won at every stop, and don't forget - there's a chance to win the Grand Prizes by commenting at every stop. The more you comment, the better your chances. And look at this lineup - pretty swish, innit?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!
So, what is it about holidays, and romance?
I don't do Christmas, not the celebration per se, but I do indulge in the holiday season. At this time of the year, in the southern hemisphere where Mauritius is located, the full of summer is blazing. So you're more likely to see everyone spilling out of their houses and hitting the numerous beaches on the island. Not to mention that the kids are on summer break, so the holidays become a prone time to spend treasured moments with your family.
There's a bash - usually a barbeque! - just about every weekend, family members taking the relay each week to host lunch or dinner. The kids all get to meet, and madness is magnified. :)
And that, to me, is what holidays are about. Ties, affection, love, a feeling of belonging while you let go of your day-to-day concerns and bask in a casual moment when you look at what really matters, and no longer sweat the small stuff.
Romance, too, in this time, is that to me - the notion of family, of ties, of finding a place to belong. Any romance that brings people together - the more unlikely the mix, the better - is a sure-fire bet for me to sit down with during the holiday season.
In fact, I started writing one such story two holiday seasons ago, in 2010. The idea came to me about a cold, reserved, and uptight forensic pathologist who suddenly lands custody of an 11-yr-old tween... which totally throws her orderly world and locked heart into a tailspin. The notion of family, of belonging, is alien to this woman, Margo Nolan, and Emma, the girl she must now care for, tests the frozen limits of her heart at every moment. Between cuddly moments and tantrums worthy of the most demanding diva, Emma rocks the life Margo had resigned herself to live. And when the handsome, very sexy, and much younger village doctor, Jamie Gillespie, starts to poke his nose into their affairs, things get even more complicated for Margo, because suddenly, the woman she had buried at the heart of her starts to batten down the hatches, eager to be heard, and given a chance at love...
I titled this story Calling Home - and it came out last year in December. To celebrate this anniversary, and to comfort the idea of holiday love, I am offering a download copy of this novel to a lucky commenter today.
Very different are my Corpus Brides heroine-centric espionage/romantic suspense series, or my 1NightStand offerings, but somehow, some way, family and ties play a big, big role in all my stories. I hope you'll deign take a chance on some of my books. *grin*
Tell me - what does Holiday Love spell out to you?
Leave a comment (and don't forget your email address! We can't add you to the prize draws otherwise) and let me know!
And don't forget to check the other 200+ participants on this hop - I'm certain they'll appreciate a visit. This is the link where you can find them all.
Thank you for taking some of your precious time to drop by!
From Mauritius with love,
For anyone who likes a sweet, romantic read, then Calling Home is for you. And if you like spies and suspense, then the Corpus Brides series would definitely strike your fancy. Her 1NightStand offerings are just as awesome. If you haven't read any of her stories yet, hurry up and purchase one. You won't regret it :-)
Holiday love is the love of family and friends coming together in the spirit of the season. The love of watching the Christmas play at church. It is the time of the year when it becomes more about others than ourselves, and that is very sexy!
I don't care if people call it Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, or whatever - we each hold our own beliefs. And that belief is based on LOVE.
Have a great holiday, Zee!! Hugs.
Sherifredricks @charter .net
Christmas used to mean finally getting something that maybe I had wanted for the last year. But as I got older, so is really nothing I need but my family around me. I love to give to my kids and grandkids, but don't wait until Christmas if there is something they really want and I know I can provide.
Thanks for the bloghop chances to win.
thanks for the great blog and wonderful giveaway
happy to be hopping over to your place :-)
Aww, thank you so much for those sweet & lovely words, Lynn! You're a gem! XOXO
Nancy, it's definitely a time about others and less about oneself. That could be the beauty of this moment... :)
Very well said, Sheri! Much, much LOVE to you too, my dear friend xoxo
Gail, the more time passes, the more we get to realize it's less about physical things and more about the feelings and emotions. :)
You're most welcome, Laurie! :)
Hey H.C.! Lovely to see you here, lady! xoxo
To me it's the love of not only your friends and family but the love you feel in the meaning and celebration of the Lord :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!
Holiday Love means being with the loves you love more than life it's self. Seeing their smiling faces and laughter.
Cassandra, it is indeed a time of spiritual awakening... :)
Mydurango618 - that story sounds absolutely delightful! Thanks for the req, I'm definitely gonna check it out :)
Dawna N - smiling face and laughter, that's what life is all about :)
Family thanks for the chance to win
crystaley73 at yahoo dot com
Holiday Love for me spells family. It's a time to reach out & reconnect.
Holiday love means family and friends celebrating together.
bituin76 at hotmail dot com
Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!
verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com
One thing the economy is teaching us is, how it isnt the material things that matter but who we are and the relationships we have formed. People being nice to each other, helping each other out, and more smiles with less stress, That feeling in the air that means everyone is on the same goal, to bring something special to their home for Christmas.
crystaley73 - family indeed sums it up :)
Mary, holiday time is the perfect moment to reconnect :)
JanD, friends are our extended family, very true :)
Merry Christmas to you too, Veronika! :)
Leena, that is very true - in our times, it is less and less about material things and mostly about bringing that intangible something special :)
Holiday magic - and not meaning the arcane sort of magic.. Doesn't really explain it right does it?
Raonaid at gmail dot com
The holidays usually are wonderful but I just lost my father; however, I wish everyone a very happy holiday!
Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Thanks for the great hop.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com
It's spending time baking and watching Christmas movies with my family.
Every Christmas Eve we go out to dinner and come home to watch the movie Elf.
Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays!
spending time together playing games eating food and watching thesmiles as they open the gift they didnt expect
kaholgate at ymail dot com
Holiday love to me is being with family and friends, doing for others and not thinking of self.
Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!
Hi Zee I look forward to being able to read your work.
Happy Holidays and keep cool on the beach. I'm just a bit jealous of your island life. :)
Thanks for the chance to win!
Family is what the holidays mean to me.
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com
Raonaid, holiday magic spells everything out perfectly! :)
Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Big hugs, please know you have all our support and love in this trying time
April, happy holidays to you too! :)
You're welcome, magic5905! :)
Liese2, I love Christmas movies, though the family balk at watching with me (macho guys at home, lol). Love Actually is so not their cup of tea! :)
Kimberly, the smiles at gift-opening time are absolutely priceless! :)
Tonda, I definitely hear you about the 'doing for others and not for oneself' part! :)
Happy holidays to you too, Shar! :)
Thanks, Solera! Lol, island life mostly looks good during summer. The rest of the time, it's the regular harrowing Mummy-crazy existence :)
Thanks, Natasha - happy holidays to you too! And family meaning holidays - totally agree with you. :)
When I saw the word "Holiday Love" my mind went into the direction of romance which isn't something that happens here. Unless I am reading about it in a book.
Thanks for participating in the hop! Happy holidays!
Just being with my family :)
My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
planterofhope at aol dot com
Christmas is about love and spending time with those that matter in your life. I have tried hard to instill that into my children.
Merry Christmas !
I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales.
Tee Hee. Thanks for being part of the Holiday Blog Hop. Great blog.
Family :D thats how u spell love.
Happy Holidays, Big Hugs
missie25524 @netzero .com
Beckey, holiday love makes me think of the movie Love Actually. Here's to wishing more romance in your holiday season :)
Welcome, Holly! :)
Happy holidays to you too, Squiggles! :)
Much love, & happy holidays, to you too Shadow! :)
Krysta, that's The Life, innit? :)
Carla, I love cookies! Can't for the life of me make a good batch that's not scorched or undercooked, but I'll definitely join in eating them :)
Lisa, I hope you win tons of great romances through this hop! Happy holidays to you too :)
Kym, when we have kids, it's all about passing the relay to the new generation, innit? :)
Lol, Mary Frances! I think we all put the scales to the test during this season. Then, too, that's what New Year resolutions are here for *wink* :)
Missie1 - I love your answer: Family is how you spell love. :)
And finally, I wanted to say a huge, huge thank you to all of ye who dropped by, and left a lovely comment. That's the best part of those hops - to meet so many amazing, lovely people and getting to interact with ye all :)
Happy holidays to everyone! I hope you get to enjoy a superb season with all your loved ones and dearest friends! XOXO
And the winner from my giveaway is.... Raonaid Luckwell!
Congrats, darling! I'll be in touch shortly to get you your ecopy of Calling Home. :)
Thanks everyone for participating! XOXO
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