Guest Post and Giveaway: Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Lecia Cornwall

Lecia Cornwall stopped by the virtual offices to share a guest post, and she has two awesome giveaways for you enter!  Enjoy!

CHRISTMAS IN SCOTLAND (and other places) by Lecia Cornwall

Ah, Christmas in the Scottish Highlands. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

My wonderful mother-in-law was Scottish, born in Glasgow. I remember telling her about an ad I’d seen in a magazine, offering a Scottish castle for rent over the holidays. Visitors (up to twenty people) could come and spend a glorious Christmas in the Highlands. My mother-in-law looked at me as if I were daft, and said, “Are you crazy? It’s cold and damp in the Highlands, and those old castles are drafty. You’d never get warm or dry!” Not very romantic, perhaps, but practical. It certainly is easier to enjoy a white Christmas from indoors, by the fire, with good company, a Christmas tree, and a hot drink. Our Christmases with my in-laws here in Canada were always warm and wonderful, and though she might not have welcomed winter in a Highland castle, my mother-in-law brought the best Scottish traditions with her, and never stopped longing to be in Scotland.

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Meet Derrick Collins from Julie Brannagh’s Holding Holly and Giveaway

 

Please give a warm welcome to Derrick Collins this morning!

I’m Derrick Collins. I have been playing football since my daddy put my brother and me into Pee-Wee. I currently play for the Seattle Sharks. When I’m not playing football, I spend time with my Holly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.

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Spotlight and Giveaway: A Newport Christmas Wedding by Shelly Noble

Sticking with the Christmas vibes, this morning I have an excerpt and giveaway for Shelley Noble’s A Newport Christmas Wedding.  Enjoy!

A Newport Christmas Wedding:  A Breakwater Bay Novella

By: Shelley Noble

Releasing December 2nd, 2014

William Morrow Impulse

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble returns to Newport with this lovely Christmas tale featuring all the characters you fell in love with in BREAKWATER BAY.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Dean and I are spending the day with my parents, and I am so excited to see them!  I haven’t seen them in almost a year.  First, though, we had a whirlwind tour of Walt Disney World (during a monsoon!).  Please excuse the poor picture quality, but this is a shot of the new FROZEN Christmas display at the Contemporary Resort.  It’s made of CHOCOLATE!  I love the cute character designs and their happy expressions.  This is my favorite holiday display this year.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for stopping by to read my posts.  I’m also thankful for my family and my friends, and for the happy circumstances that landed Poppy and Bumble into our lives.  Every day with them is a joy, watching them interact with their world and each other – I am blessed to have them.

What are you doing today?  What are you most looking forward to as you celebrate the day?

Novella Review: Can’t Wait by Jennifer Ryan

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Kicking off the holiday reading season, I picked up Can’t Wait by Jennifer Ryan because I liked the cover and because it has one of my favorite tropes.  I can’t get enough stories with the heroine falling for her brother’s best friend.  The setting didn’t hurt either; all of the action takes place on a ranch in Montana.  While Montana would not be my first choice if I were to ever relocate (the winters last forever!), the whole ranch thing is so appealing to me that it makes me giddy.  Working with and around horses all day long seems so much better than herding IT professionals on a daily basis.

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