Today I am thrilled to welcome back one of my favorite authors, Susan Lyons.
Susan’s latest release is a novella in the anthology Unwrap Me, which is available now!
Today Susan is blogging about the upcoming holidays and shares a little about her story in Unwrap Me…
Tis the Season to be Jolly – Or Is It?
I’m delighted to be visiting with Jennifer again. Thanks so much for inviting me.
We’re heading into the holiday season. How do I know? Well, I have a novella in a holiday anthology called Unwrap Me (Kensington Aphrodisia). (And if Santa’s interested in what I’d like to see under my Christmas tree, that cover model would do just fine, thanks very much!)
For some people, Christmas is a religious holiday. For others, perhaps you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. For many of us, it’s less about religion than about holidays and, at least in theory, holiday spirit. December is supposed to be a time for merriment, happy family times, peace and goodwill toward men (and hopefully women too!).
It’s a pretty image, isn’t it? But it’s not everyone’s reality. For some people, Christmas is a sad time because they don’t have family and friends to share it with. For others, the family get-togethers are marked more with tension than with joy. And for many, the commercialism is a real turn-off. Among my friends, I’m noticing a trend to emphasize basic values like love and sharing. People aren’t buying a ton of expensive gifts. Instead they’re making gifts, or buying from local craftspeople, or sharing activities together rather than exchanging gifts. Some groups of families, friends, or co-workers have a Secret Santa system, where, rather than giving gifts to everyone, each person pulls a name from the hat and only gives a gift to that one person.
I used that concept in my novella, “Unwrap Me.” My heroine, Jude Benedetto, is one of those people who does NOT love Christmas. She says the season’s crass and commercial, but the deeper truth is, some really bad stuff happened to her at Christmas. She has turned into a Grinch and tries to banish Christmas from her life. However, her office does a Secret Santa draw, and her girlfriend fixes it so that she gets Jude’s name because she has a very special gift in mind for her: a hot firefighter, to banish the winter chill. Nick Buchanan (whose mom named him after St. Nick) happens to love Christmas, and he’s disappointed by Jude’s refusal to have anything to do with it. So he comes up with a secret plan to win her over – and it involves some inventive (but not expensive) gifts. Nick now has twelve very sexy days and nights to persuade Jude to open her heart and trust in him, and rediscover the loving spirit of Christmas.
What are your feelings about the approaching holiday season? Do you celebrate a religious holiday? Do you have family get-togethers? What do you most look forward to? What do you find the most stressful? If someone was to give you the perfect gift, what would it be? What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
I’ll play Santa and give a copy of Unwrap Me to one of the people who comments, and Jennifer can select the winner.
Whatever your plans for the holidays – whether it’s big parties or quiet times curled up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate – I hope you have a wonderful time. And if you’re looking for gift-giving ideas, remember that nothing beats a good book!
(Visit my website at http://www.susanlyons.ca for info about my books, excerpts, my monthly contest, notes on how my stories originated, newsletter sign-up and other goodies.)
Thank you so much Susan for that great blog…readers, don’t forget to comment.
As Susan mentioned, I’ll randomly draw one winner from the comments to win a copy of Unwrap Me.
Winner will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 23 so be sure to return to see if you won!
Also, remember to read the contest rules (can be found in the sidebar) before entering!