Coastal Christmas in the Hawkes Bay
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The members of this coastal romance group are authors and readers who love reading romance by the water, whether it be the ocean, a lake, a tropical island or any other body of water where our heroes and heroines fall in love and live happily ever after!
Some of our authors have combined their resources and planned this Christmas blog hop. Once the blog begins you have the opportunity of winning by going to their blog post for the day (Each author will post until Christmas Eve) and comment on their individual posts to go in the draw to win a book at each hop. Then by clicking on the raffle copter link below, you will be entered in the grand prize draw for a $150 Amazon gift card.
Prizes: Drawn on Christmas Eve.
First prize: $150 Amazon gift card
Second prize: 30 ebooks
Third prize…Each comment on
each author’s blog will go in the draw
for an e-book from that author. Some of our authors have also indicated there may be a print book for Aussie entrants too!
So what are you waiting for? Come visit, get clicking, commenting and enter EVERY day.
You will discover some wonderful new authors and some awesome books too!
It’s like an advent calendar so bookmark this page and open a blog every day on the calendar below until Christmas! The more blogs you read, the more entries you have, and the more chances of winning the fabulous prize!
A Christmas in Hawkes Bay
A family barbecue in shorts and t-shirts lying by the pool reading, or tucked up with a cup of tea and a book by a roaring fire after a hot roast turkey dinner?
Can you spot the difference between a summer and winter Christmas?
I have to admit that I love a summer Christmas. While I have enjoyed a few winter Christmas’s in the snow, I do prefer a hot Christmas to a cold one. Shall I list the reasons why?
- I can’t over eat as I haven’t got the big floppy jumpers and thick cardies to wear to cover up
- I like being able to take the dogs for a long walk after I’ve eaten to walk it all off without having to wrap up like a mummy
- It’s far easier for my parents and the elder visitors to get out and about—no snow to deal with
- I can laze by the pool, reading and swimming – my two favourite things to do (and everyone likes to come round to swim to cool down)
- The food is not so heavy – fish, chicken, salads and pavlova with strawberries! Yum.
- The kids can be easily entertained out and about in the sunshine, heading to the beach, or playground
- It’s still light at 9pm on Christmas day so we can enjoy more of it!
- The vines are all green and the grapes are forming—it’s so pretty
- It’s NZ’s main holiday period so the kids are off school for weeks and most people take their main leave during Christmas
The joke is on me though because I write Regency historical romances and I’ve written a Christmas novella, A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS, which is in the Christmas in Kilts: Highland Holiday Box Set.
A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS by Bronwen Evans
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.
And of course I have to write about a winter Christmas. I’ve set the story by Loch Linnhe which is a sea loch so it does not usually snow or freeze over.
Dougray smiled and joked, “So, you want me to find you a strapping highlander for Christmas? I suspect if I let it be known you were looking for a husband I would have a queue at my door for a bonnie lass such as you.”
Emma loved it when his polish slipped and he spoke in his native brogue. She could imagine him a Scottish warrior of old.
“No.” She took a deep breath and quietly said, “I want you to be my lover. During my stay I would like you to teach me about passion before I settle into spinsterhood.”
The whisky flask slipped from his fingers to the ground and he cursed. Then cursed again at his curse, before grabbing the flask and drinking deeply.
Only the sound of the birds and the gentle wash of the waves on the shore of the loch could be heard as he sat stunned, looking at her.
He shook his head. “I think I must have misheard.”
“Please don’t make me say it again.”
Wherever you’re having Christmas this year I hope it’s a celebration with family and friends. I hope it’s full of love and joy. Thanks for sharing my writing journey over the year and for sharing the love of reading with me and others.
TO WIN a eBook copy of A Scot for Christmas simply leave a comment below telling me why you like either a winter or summer Christmas the best.
A Scot for Christmas
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY.