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The holiday season is finally upon us, and I can’t wait to start celebrating (The red tree in the picture is a Pohutukawa, the NZ Christmas tree). What’s not to love about office Christmas parties, present shopping, the lights, trees, and the good will amongst men. There is no better time of the year, even more so for those of us down-under because it’s SUMMER.

I love the warm weather and the fact it’s holiday time for most kiwis. I love walking the dogs before sunrise because it’s too hot otherwise. Swimming during the day to cool down. The barbecues at night are wonderful. I get to eat loads of fresh meat, fish, and salads. And what makes it extra special is that family and friends all get together and everyone’s spirits are lifted.

Here is a list of my top 10 best things about the holiday season! How many are on your list?

Copy your list into the comments below and go in the draw to win an eBook copy of Christmas in Kilts: Highland Holiday Boxed Set.  Drawn 16th December (open internationally).


1. Christmas Trees: There is nothing more exciting than picking out a tree (either real or fake as it has to be for me and my allergies) and gathering around with people you love to add all the lights and ornaments. It brightens up anyone’s day.

2. Lights: Walking around and seeing all the pretty lights can make anyone smile. On the marine parade in Napier they string lights in the trees. Everything just glistens more during this season.

3. Vacation Time: Whether you are a student anticipating a to summer break (because finals are just torture), or in the real world waiting for time off from work, vacation time is always welcomed.

4. Ornaments: The holiday decorations are everywhere, and the cute knick-knacks add the best cheer and I LOVE spending time in the Christmas shop buying the new baubles to go on the tree each year, or getting out the boxes from last year and hoping nothing has been broken.

5. Christmas Parties: There are so many parties during this season! Everyone wants an excuse to stand under mistletoe, drink spiked eggnog, and spread the cheer. I have my Romance Writers Hawkes Bay group Christmas lunch on Sunday!

 6. Ugly Christmas outfits and daring our friends to wear them. I have a Santa’s hat, friends have Santa ties, but this suit beats them all.

7. Christmas Stockings: Stockings are pretty awesome, but what I love is picking up all the little gifts to put in them. Things like a new Christmas decoration or a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

8. Guilt Free Treats: This is one of the few seasons where treats are abundant, and there are no limits to how many candy canes, gingerbread men, or pavlova and strawberries you can eat.

9. Mistletoe: Is there any better excuse to bump into that special someone under some mistletoe? Where’s Hugh Jackman when you need him?

10. Presents: The holidays shouldn’t be about the presents, but we all secretly love getting them. How can anyone not look forward to unwrapping a gift and being surprised? You know what’s even better, giving a present you know someone will be chuffed to receive. A present that makes them smile or cry happy tears.

Now what are your top 10 favourite things about Christmas? Remember, share below and go in the drawn to win a copy of Christmas in Kilts.

And if you want some reading for the holidays – Click here for a FREE copy of LOVE ME (Coopers Creek book #1)

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with 50+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Regency & Victorian romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

Oh, and did I mention you’ll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering

You can win my novel A LOVE TO REMEMBER, plus books from authors like DARCY BURKE and ANNA HARRINGTON

Enter the giveaway by clicking here:


A fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Night of Forever.

For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.

PLUS – don’t forget the Christmas in Kilts giveaway contest.

Good luck, and enjoy!



Christmas in Kilts: Holiday Boxed Set Giveaway!

WIN 5 romance eBooks by entering the Christmas in Kilts release contest.

Christmas in Kilts is a 5 novella boxed set by Terri Brisbin, Lecia Cornwall, Bronwen Evans, Lavinia Kent and May McGoldrick.

A HIGHLANDER’S HOPE by Terri Brisbin
A village harlot who would never dream she could have a different life meets a Highlander who visits for the holidays and brings with him an offer and hope.

When a snowstorm forces a charming lass hiding a broken heart to take shelter in a castle with three fine Highland lairds just days before Christmas, there’s a game afoot—who will be the first to win a kiss and maybe her heart.

She’s ready to embrace her life and future as a spinster, he’s trying to have one last hurrah before he gives into his family’s wishes and proposes marriage to his neighbor, but fate has other ideas when the lady and the Scot meet at a holiday house party in the wilds of Scotland.

What happens when a highlander finds himself stranded, maybe kidnapped, with an English lady around Christmas… maybe the mistletoe will help answer that question.

An encounter between an English officer and a desperate aunt trying to keep custody of her young niece leads to a little magic during the holidays.

Buy links:

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We are giving away the following eBooks….

Once Forbidden by Terri Brisbin

Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Kent

A Love To Remember by Bronwen Evans

Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

Captured Dreams by May McGoldrick

Here’s some reviews about Christmas in Kilts boxed set:

I thoroughly enjoyed CHRISTMAS IN KILTS…. A HIGHLANDERS HOPE by Terri Brisbin..Iain and Robena…A HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS WAGER by Lecia Cornwall…Meggie and Hugh …Charlie and Catriona… A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS by Browen Evans…Dougray and Emma… LEFTOVER MISTLETOE by Lavinia Kent…Emma and James Barran.. and last but not least…SWEET HOME HIGHLANDS by May McGoldrick…Gregory(Penn) and Freya(Fie) and of course Ella….This is a great Christmas read….

Christmas is coming to the Scottish Highlands! Treat yourself to an early Christmas gift with this wonderful collection of five stories of love and everything that is Scottish! Five fabulous authors have shared their beautiful historical romance stories to warm your heart. I highly recommend this book to perhaps introduce yourself to five authors and their stories! Grab a cup of tea and sit by the fire as you enjoy hours of reading fun!

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