An Announcement and a Giveaway!

Welcome to the Merry Menage hop! I have some amazing news to share with you guys.

My small town contemporary romance was acquired by Carina Press! The hero is a Navy SEAL back in town, the heroine is a local diner owner who gets stranded at his farm during a storm. It’s sweet and fun and pretty much the opposite of Giving It Up in every way… except that it’s still sexy as hell 😉

In celebration, I’m giving away an upcoming Carina Press release that I am really looking forward to reading myself. Red Hot Holiday is an anthology of erotic romance stories, featuring Leah Braemel, K.A. Mitchell, and one of my favorite erotic romance authors, Anne Calhoun. Here’s the blurb:

I’ll be home for Christmas…to fulfill all your dreams.

This holiday, a Mountie is determined to get her man. A widow finds a fireman who ignites her passions again. And two men unsure of their commitment discover a happily ever after—and a blindfold—under their tree. No matter your desires, this collection of three shorts is bound to treat you to all the joys of the season.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

I Need You for Christmas by Leah Braemel
Breath on Embers by Annie Calhoun
Wish List by K.A. Mitchell

99,000 words

To enter to win, leave a comment telling me what your favorite holiday tradition is….

I’ll start. We have a four year old and a train that goes under the Christmas tree. Yep, no presents there – those have been relegated to the fireplace (which we don’t use much here in Texas anyway). So the kiddo runs the train, and then again, and again and again! I have some lovely memories of getting exasperated about that train whistle and hope to repeat (and repeat and repeat) again this year.

What holiday tradition are you most looking forward to this year?

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An Announcement and a Giveaway! — 49 Comments

  1. We are doing my favorite holiday tradition tomorrow. Going to cut our tree! This will be the first time by granddaughter gets to go!

  2. I always look forward to the wonderful tamales family friends bring us on Christmas Eve (that’s also when we open presents).

  3. I love decorating the tree. All the special kid made ornaments bring back so many great memories!

  4. Since my kids don’t really understand the concept of the holidays, we don’t have any traditions in the sense you mean


  5. Our holiday tradition is we always open gifts on Christmas eve, I started the tradition because I always hated waiting for freakn’ christmas morning and having my picture taken with matted hair etc… So on Christmas eve, I always told my kids that Santa has a lot of presents to deliver and he’ll be stopping by to give us ours at 8 olclock – LOL In the mean time lets have a drink and get int he spirits until he gets here – LOL Now though, my kids have grown up and they have kids and when I go to their place we only open the gifts from each other on christmas eve and then santa comes in the morning.

    Happy Holidays

  6. I always look forward to making my Christmas Tree shaped cinnamon roll cake on Christmas day morning. I’ve been making this every year since my sons were little. One year I said I wasn’t going to make it anymore because they were getting a bit old for such a thing. I was told that Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it. I was very much put in my place.


    knitrix29 at gmail dot com

  7. congrats on your news 🙂 exchanging ornaments — I love tree ornaments & enjoy giving as well as receiving them each year
    gamistress66 (at) aol. (dot )com

  8. Hanging the stockings on the mantle is our tradition. We don’t put anything in them anymore, but they MUST go up on the mantle. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. Congrats, great news! I think drinking eggnog is one of my favorite traditions. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the new release!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  10. I can’t wait to just get to spend quality time with my siblings and their very large families. My brother has 7! Kids!!!!
    Thanks for contest Foretta

  11. One tradition we have is to buy an ornament everyplace we visit. Anytime we go on any vacation (even just a weekend getaway) we buy something for the tree.


  12. I look forward to all the family getting together, all the kids though we don’t have too many young ones now. They even bring our pets, its a crazy time but so much fun.


  13. I am looking forward to making my homemade Spanish eggnog and decorating the tree with my children.

  14. Congrats on your upcoming release! I love decorating christmas tree with kids.
    Thanks for a great blog hop!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  15. I look forward to waiting until midnight to open presents, especially my nieces, they just love tearing into those wrappers!

  16. I’ve always loved decorating the tree with family and my step granddaughter and I have made it a tradition to go out for lunch then do some Christmas shopping every year since she was born. This year I will have my daughters and granddaughter here to make candy, fudge and cookies.

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas
    Christine S
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

  17. My 2 kids and I always make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and put them out on a special plate I bought when my daughter was born. It’s a fun tradition for both of us.

    The ebook anthol looks great, and I really enjoy K.A. Mitchell, so I hope I win. Thanks so much for the contest!

    ~ Cia

  18. My fav holiday tradition is my hubby cooking dinner. He goes all crazy Gordon Ramsey and I am pretty much banned from the kitchen!


  19. My favorite tradition is having all of the kids come home and watch our favorite holiday movies, lay around and gorge on holiday cookies and candies then open gifts!

  20. I always enjoy decorating the tree – but it will definitely be more interesting this year with a 22 month old! Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  21. Every year, my kids take a week off of school and we make thousands of cookies. Some we keep, some we mail to troops, and some we drop off to police and fire departments. Every year as my children grow older they take more responsibility for our cookie baking extravaganza. This year with a 16, 14, and 10 year old, they have chosen all of the cookie recipes and coordinated drop off locations. It’s funny to hear them discussing cookie recipes with their friends.

  22. Every year my granddaughters and I make Christmas decorations for the tree. It is a tradition I started with thier parents when they were very young. My childeren decorated with the ones they made and I use the ones my grands make.

  23. My family doesn’t have too many traditions. We always get together on Christmas Eve. But my best friend’s mom does brunch every year on Christmas morning and we have eggs Benedict and mimosas (yes that started before I was 21 shhh lol). I look forward to it every year. Her mom goes all out for Christmas.

  24. Decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving. Even the kitty helps. This year not so much, but she usually has to smell all everything we put on the floor, the wood pedestal, the tree stand, the tree skirt. First, the lights go on, then the tinsel and then the beads. Now it’s time for all the handmade ornaments. I’ve made a lot of them, have a lot from grade school that the kids made and some from craft shows. I love decorating for Christmas. I don’t like putting it all away!

    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  25. My favorite tradition is on Black Friday, after the tree is up and decorated, we sit down and watch White Christmas and drink eggnog. If the eggnog is spiked (and we have started drinking before the movie) we get up and dance and sing along. *g*

    Thanks for the giveaway and blogstop.

  26. Since we were little we have always gone to Grandma & Grandpa’s for Christmas eve and Mom & Dads for Christmas Day. So its Still the same holiday that we all fly in for a week or so and still do it. 12/22/10 Grandma died, and we were all there with her. The only time of year we are all together, it was nice that we were all there for her and each other.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  27. Normally we put up the tree and decorations on Thanksgiving otherwise they never get done. This year I fell and dislocated my knee the night before thanksgiving and ended up in the hospital…here we are two weeks later and still no tree or lights LOL it may be a treeless christmas, who knows!!!


  28. my favorite holiday tradition is the putting up and decorating of the Christmas tree, Christmas music and the midnight Christmas Eve church service. Thanks for being a part of the hop.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  29. My parents got divorced and then they both married other people and then had lots more kids so I have a ton of little brothers and sisters and every year since they learned how to walk, I have been making x-mas cookies (sugar cookies that we cut out and decorate) with them. I make the dough, then roll it out over and over for them to press the shapes into, then I bake them, then we decorate them with every sprinkle known to man and colored frosting coming out of everywhere, and then I have to pick up the entire mess and my back will be killing me and there will be flour everywhere lol But I look forward to it every year because it is so special to all of them 🙂

  30. For the last 46 years, I’ve spent Christmas Eve with my fathers family, but having moved 1000 miles last month I’ll be missing this favorite tradition for the first time.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  31. Thanks for the giveaway. I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my family this year. One of my favorite tradition’s is christmas eve was to play board games all night and each family member got to pick their choice of junk food and have it for dinner.

  32. As a family we decorate our tree with the ornaments that we have received from our Christmas’ over the year. This year we have 3 trees only one tree is coordinated with the standard box ornaments.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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