My favorite Christmas memory actually is a fairly recent memory. Normally we celebrate Christmas morning at home, Christmas afternoon at my parents and Christmas night with my husband’s family.
A few years ago I received a teary phone call from my mom. She had the flu and couldn’t host Christmas. My husband’s sister was celebrating with her in-laws that year who happened to live in England. So we found ourselves with nowhere to go on Christmas. We had no food in the house because part of our Christmas was a surprise vacation for the kids and we were leaving the next day.
We played with our toys, laid around in our jammies all afternoon until hunger drove us from our home. But where to eat on Christmas day? IHOP, my husband said. So we piled into the car and drove to IHOP only to find it closed.
We eventually ended up at a Chinese restaurant where we laughed, afraid we were going to recreate the scene in Christmas Story. Turns out others had the same idea because the restaurant was packed.
Even then we knew that was the best Christmas ever. Just the five of us. No hurrying from one place to the next. No hustle and bustle. Just a very laid-back, stress free day.
What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
I send out Christmas cards every year and look forward to it. For close friends I take a picture of my kids at the pumpkin farm and get it made into a cute card. I’ve done this for twelve years. This year’s card had two pictures. One of my kids in 2000 when I first started the tradition and one of my kids now with the shot recreated. So darn cute.
However, I’ve noticed that as the years go by I get less and less cards in return. I don’t think it’s because I’ve been naughty and have been taken off my friend’s cards list. At least they tell me that’s not the reason.
The reason is because they’re too darn busy with everything else going on over the holiday.
I love getting Christmas cards in the mail and will proudly display each and every one. I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids and I even love reading the cheesy Christmas letters.
This not sending cards thing makes me sad.
What about you? Do you still send Christmas cards?
Second, I’d like to give away one copy of my book Two-Timing the Boss in eformat to one commenter 🙂
Today I want to have a little Two-Timing the Boss character dictionary fun. That’s right, I’m going to lay out the main characters that appear in Two-Timing the Boss and give you a little bit of info about them. Are you ready?
Keller Donovan: Hot, sexy, billionaire boss of Donovan Enterprises who stands several inches over six feet and possesses thick, wavy brown hair that lightens to a soft, fired copper at the ends. He’s got a bad rep in the boardroom as well as the bedroom and believes all relationships have a shelf life of six months or less. Is there a woman out there who can change his mind?
Farah Smith: An amber haired good-girl who will do anything to help her sister, even going so far as dressing up as a blonde office professional who teeters in heels over one inch and dares to speak her mind. She believes in a safe, fairy-tale love like in the old movies she enjoyed watching with her grammy. Does such a love exist?
Karah Smith: Farah’s twin sister who shares her amber hair and brown eyes and was burned in a car accident where she lost the love of her life. She’s a bit spoiled and selfish, but loves her sister just as much as her sister loves her—though she doesn’t let that part of her show. Will she grow past her selfishness and see her full potential?
Alec: The good-natured neighbor who owns a catering business and has helped Farah and Karah through some rough times. He’s in love with one of the sisters, but to shy to reveal himself—at first. Will the sister he loves return his feelings?
Robin: Keller’s long-term employee who knows him better than he knows himself. She ends up being Farah’s confidant and also turns on the lights so Farah can see Keller for who he truly is. What part will she play in helping love find a home?
Paul: Farah’s ex who left her when she decided caring for her sister was her number one priority—but he’s back on the scene and he wants to win Farah back. Will he?
Richard Parks: The married office gossip and resident trouble maker-womanizer who feels every female in his vicinity won’t be able to resist him. Can Farah?
Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery. She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed. Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt. But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.
From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants. She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery. The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.
Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less. But when he meets Farah, all bets are off. He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer. Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.
These damn shoes would be the death of her. She could read the headlines now: Penniless P.A. Falls to her Death while on Job Interview.
Almost to her destination, with no more mishaps, her confidence surfaced. Okay, maybe mastering this heel thing wouldn’t be such a big deal. Her steps became light, almost bouncy. Although she sensed Keller Donovan behind her, she didn’t let it deter her feeling of success. She stepped onto the large black and red area rug, less than ten feet from her target. The leather chairs.
“Oh!” Farah’s spiky heel caught on the edge of the expensive rug. Her legs shook and she shot her arms out from her sides, circling them like a bird about to take flight. She fought to regain balance inside the ridiculous stilts strapped to her feet. A brawl to the death. Over when she looked down to see the rug coming up to kiss her face. She threw out her hands, sucked in a breath and closed her eyes, scrunching her face as she prepared for impact.
But nothing happened. There were stars all right, and a blazing jolt of electricity shot from her toes, up her legs, through her body and exited with the small gasp which escaped her lips. Somehow Keller Donovan had grabbed her around the waist before she met the floor.
Heat burned her cheeks. He may have saved her body from bruises, but her ego, and whatever confidence she’d walked in with had shattered.
“Let’s not have an accident before your health benefits kick in.” His breath
tickled her ear from behind. Chills hugged her backbone.
His touch released an unsettling flutter in her abdomen. She sucked in her stomach from the pressure of his strong arms wrapped around her middle, afraid to breathe.
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into Two-Timing the Boss and if I’ve put your curiosity to the test and you want to know the answers I’ve asked at the each of each character description, check out Two-Timing the Boss from The Wild Rose Press.
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Have a Wonderful December!!!
Over the past several years I’ve slowly become a cyber-shopper. There is nothing easier than sitting on the couch, in your jammies, scrolling through websites and hitting the buy button. Nothing, I tell you.
However, I will only cyber-shop if there is no shipping and handling or if the product I’m looking for can’t be purchased in a nearby store. If its something I can easily pick up close by, then I won’t waste my money on shipping and handling.
Yesterday my husband and I went Christmas shopping and while it was fun, it was tiring. I got hungry. I got thirsty. My feet hurt. I had to wait in line. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
We picked up quite a few presents and then I came home and finished off my list while sitting on my couch watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Yeah, I’m hooked.
What about you? Do you prefer cyber shopping or store shopping?
So you know how I know Christmas is coming? Because all of the Christmas cartoons are on. We probably have all of them on DVD but there’s something about watching it on TV that makes it special. Maybe because when I was growing up we didn’t have VCRs or DVD players and we actually had to wait until it was on TV.
I remember being so excited about Christmas that I couldn’t STAND it. I thought Christmas would NEVER get here.
The other night we watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Shrek the Halls. I’ve never seen Shrek the Halls before but am definitely adding it to my favorite Christmas show list.
So ‘fess up. What’s your favorite Christmas cartoon?
Today I’m blogging over at Romance @ Random, talking about the skills we have and the skills we wish we had. Stop by and tell me what skill you wish you had.
I’ve been following the Hostess news closely. Some are saying there are more important things to discuss and we should get over it, some are sad.
I fall into the sad category because I feel as if Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s and their famous chocolate cupcakes with the white swirls are an American Icon.
And because the chocolate cupcakes hold a special meaning to me.
Every year since my 18th birthday my husband buys me a Hostess chocolate cupcake, puts a candle in it and sings me happy birthday. It’s a tradition. Now we’re not sure what we’re going to do. It seems wrong to use a different brand’s cupcake and yet we don’t want to do away with the tradition. Even back in the day he was a romantic at heart and I treasure those memories. Now my kids look forward to my cupcake birthday celebration.
What fond memories do you have of Hostess treats? What’s your favorite?
I finished writing my book and sent it to my editor. In the meantime I finished reading the book I’d been waiting two years to read (Ken Follett’s Winter of the World–950+ pages). Now I’m in the In Between.
That place where I’m not yet ready to start writing the next book and I’m still involved in the lives of the people in the book I was reading and am not ready to give them up.
I’m not sure what to do with myself in the In Between. I”m a little lost because I always either have a book to read or a book to write and I’m usually torn between the two.
So I’m doing strange things, like dusting, and painting my nails, and cleaning the kitchen.
This In Between thing needs to end soon before my family gets used to a clean house.
What do you do when you find yourself with some spare time?
Jennifer is my guinea pig :-). I’ve never had a guest blogger before and am hoping to make this a continuous thing. She’s a fabulous author with a fabulous book so without further ado, heres Jennifer!
Hi Sharon and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My debut book, Hard Core, released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!!
In honor of my release I am offering a copy of my debut contemporary suspense, Hard Core, in either ebook format or signed print copy to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL and gift choice to be entered to win!!
In writing Hard Core I knew the moment when Cristian walked away from Alana, the Big Black Moment, was going to be a hard scene to write. Although romance readers know there will be a happy ever after, there is always that moment of doubt and wonder if the hero/heroine will truly get theirs. This is that moment in Hard Core. I had a hard time writing it because it was so painful to see my hero and heroine separate and part of me wondered if Cristian truly was too stubborn to admit his feelings! I won’t give away the ending. You’ll have to read the book to see if Cristian and Alana get their happy ever after! Enjoy!
“I didn’t kill him. I missed. It was Mercer’s bullet that killed him.” Her breath hitched and she shuddered. “I’m sorry. You just woke up. I shouldn’t burden you with this. “How are you feeling?”
He tilted her chin, forced her to look at him. “It’s no burden. And you are not that woman.”
Her eyes glistened with tears. “I feel like I am. Like Gavin changed me.”
“He did. He made you stronger.”
“I don’t feel strong,” she whispered, leaning into his hand now caressing the soft skin of her cheek.
“You are the strongest woman I know. You’ll be fine.”
“Thank you.” She laid her head down on his chest. They both knew what he meant when he said she would be fine. Fine without him. In her new life. Harvard was waiting for her and he didn’t fit into that world. Even though she wouldn’t voice it, Alana knew it too.
With a heavy heart, Slade held her, let her cry on his shoulder for what could never be. It remained unspoken between them, but they both knew they had no future. Her future was bright with possibilities. He wouldn’t hold her from that. Not for him. He knew she would sacrifice herself for him without a second thought, and he couldn’t let that happen. She had made too many sacrifices already. To ask her to stay with him would be selfish.
So, with a kiss on top of her head, he let her go.
What do you think? Will Cristian and Alana get their happy ever after? Don’t forget to leave your EMAIL for a chance to win!!
Thank you for having me today, Sharon!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support!
All my best,
Hard Core/Romantic Suspense
Tag: He takes lives. She saves them.
A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade’s new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.
Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O’Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native American tribe, using her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention when she’s awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.
Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who’s hunting him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana’s fire warms Cristian’s heart, but he’s a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?
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