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    Romancing the Holidays with Lexi Greene

    11/25/2017

    What made you decide to write this story?
    Christmas makes me sentimental. I loved the movie Sliding Doors. Imagine if you could change one decision and how different your life would be. Imagine if those goals you single-mindedly slogged to achieve didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped. I’ve always been aware of parental expectations and it was fun to figuratively throw those aside and make a choice from the heart. I love Whistler in Canada and I love the mountains. I love to ski. We often visit in January and the Christmas decorations are beautiful. Imagine the carols and the Christmas cheer and the magical Christmas atmosphere. It’s so romantic walking through the snow in the evening when the air is still and the world is quiet. Living in Australia, our Christmas weather is warm and often hot. A traditional Christmas lunch is especially hot work for the cook! A white, snowy Christmas where you snuggle inside warm and safe by a glowing fire is a fantasy for me that harks back to Christmas stories I loved as a child, where Santa and his reindeer landed on snowy roof tops and the world was white.

    What is your favourite part of Christmas?
    Family. Family. Family. And I love to bake gingerbread… okay, I love to eat gingerbread, especially when it’s topped with soft icing! Family makes Christmas magical.

    Have you been naughty or nice this year?
    I’m always nice. Maybe a little bit naughty when it comes to saying, yes. Sure I can do that. Sure, I can fit that in. Sure, how high would you like me to jump? That particular kind of naughty is not nice for those who live with me, which brings me to my new year’s resolution

    If you could have six people to Christmas dinner, who would they be?
    Only six?????
    My husband and two children. They are my world. My sister, who is my best friend and worst enemy. I’d love my children to meet my husband’s mum who died before they were born, but in truth, I couldn’t bear to spend Christmas without my mum and dad.
    Lexi Greene
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    Romancing the Holidays with Beverley Eikli

    11/24/2017

    Release Day for the Romancing the Holidays 2 BoxSet
    I’m excited to say it is release day for Romancing the Holidays 2 – I’m one of 9 authors in this set…we’ll be interviewing them on the blog this week and asking them questions about their holidays. First up is Beverly Elki!

    1. What made you decide to write this story?

    In the early 1990s, I ran a luxury safari lodge in Botswana’s beautiful Okavango Delta. It’s where I fell in love with a handsome Norwegian bush pilot I married after a whirlwind romance, and although my story, Okavango Angel, features an Australian girl who falls for a rugged South African game ranger, I essentially recreated my experiences of a Christmas romance in a remote island lodge, cut off by floodwaters

    2. What is your favourite part of Christmas?

    The different traditions that my Norwegian husband and me – (originally from Lesotho in Africa but now living in Australia) bring to Christmas are fun to recreate at Christmas for our two daughters. For my husband, it’s the nisser – the Christmas elves – and the specially prepared roast pork followed by trollcream, made from cold rice porridge mixed with whipped cream and cloudberries. (We use the cloudberry jam from Ikea). Delicious!
    But it is extra work as we have the traditional Norwegian dinner and celebration on Christmas Eve, followed by our Australian/English tradition of roast turkey the following day. The kids love getting their presents the day before, though!

    3. Have you been naughty or nice this year?

    I’ve been hardworking with four new releases under my Beverley Eikli and Beverley Oakley names in 2017, but also, I hope, a fun mum and wife, as well as a conscientious daily walker for our gorgeous but not-very-bright Rhodesian Ridgeback called Mombo, named after the Okavango lodge where my husband and I met.

    4. If you could have 6 people to Christmas dinner (living or dead) who would they be?

    I would love a traditional Regency Christmas. At the dinner table, I’d assemble George III (during his non mad phase) and George IV when he was planning his construction of the Brighton Pavilion, so I could see if I could understand why they disliked each other so much. (The Hanovers were famed for having dysfunctional family relationships, particularly between father and eldest son.)

    For the very same reason, I would love to also invite Princess Caroline of Brunswick, who was both George IV’s wife and his cousin, as well as their daughter, Caroline during the phase she was in love and about to marry a man who would make her briefly happy before she’d die in childbirth.

    Add to that a mistress or two. (This would be George IV’s mistresses, of course, since George III was more interested in turnips and agricultural improvements than women though he was a loyal husband.) Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey,
    would be my choice because I find it fascinating that, at the age of forty and already a grandmother and mother of ten children, she began the mistress of George IV who was nine years her junior.

    And finally, I’d include as the sixth guest of our little gathering, her daughter-in-law, Sarah Child Villiers, Countess of Jersey, who was a leading figure in Regency society and one of the patronesses of Almack’s Assembly Rooms. Why? Because I’d love to quiz her on that famous Regency haunt for which the refusal of vouchers could sound the death knell to one’s social aspirations. (And I think every avid reader of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances would love to quiz an Almack’s patroness on their criteria for admittance.)

    Beverley EikliBeverley Eikli also writes as Beverley Oakley. You can find her at:

    www.beverleyeikli.com
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    Twitter: @BeverleyOakley
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    Romancing the Holidays with Joanne Dannon

    11/20/2017

    Joanne Dannon
    1. What made you decide to write Christmas Kiss, New Year’s Wish?

    Initially, I was going to write a New Year’s Eve romance but then changed it to a holiday romance. I had recently attended (and loved) the “Elvis, The Wonder of You” concert with my husband and desperately wanted to included Elvis in the storyline. It took a bit work but I created Luca, a super-smart scientist who has a secret obsession with Elvis. I paired him up with Taylor, his best friend. Why did they fall in love? Well that’s because I adore “friends to lovers” stories. One of my favourites movies is, “When Harry Met Sally”.
    2. What is your favourite part of Christmas?

    Family. I’m fortunate to be a part of a loving and happy family, and I truly value the importance of family and friends. Coming together at the holiday season is just so special and it’s an opportunity to let them know how much you truly value them.
    3. Have you been naughty or nice this year?

    Nice 🙂
    4. If you could have 6 people to Christmas dinner (living or dead) who would they be?

    Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jnr – because I’m a big fan of both of them and love their voices, and songs
    Humphrey Bogart – because I love his movies
    Sam Heughan – because I have a fan-girl crush on him…er, sorry!!!! I meant to say, I’d like to talk to Sam about his acting career and how he’s able to successfully fundraise whilst meeting his work commitments.
    Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – so I could speak to them about their writing, and the positive impacts their books had on me.

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    Kara Vaughan Marks
    12/18/2017 09:37:09 am

    I’d love to read this anthology.