Merry Christmas!

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is already here, and with it the approach of a new year. It seems like just yesterday it was January 2016 and now 2017 is rapidly approaching. I know a lot of people set New Year’s resolutions, but I’m not one of them. I used to, but when I realized that I never met any of them, I decided it was less depressing to just take the year one day at a time without any definite goals other than to have a happy and healthy year.

Do you have any Christmas traditions you’ll be celebrating today?

We always wake up Christmas morning and let the kids open their presents and see what Santa brought. Then we watch Christmas movies and just hang out as a family in our PJs until dinner. A few years ago we started a new tradition of going out for Chinese food on Christmas night, so we do that every year now. I love it because I don’t have to cook a big Christmas dinner. I usually bake a ham either before or after Christmas, but we don’t have a huge, elaborate meal.

Today, my Christmas will also include a little writing time (after everyone goes to bed tonight) and a bit of reading. For those of you who already own Kindles or Nooks, or those who are opening some today, I have a gift for you…a select number of my titles are either free or $0.99 right now. Don’t feel obligated to download them, but if any catch your eye, I hope you enjoy reading them.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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$0.99 Books

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Brielle and the Alien Geek (Sci Fi Romance) – Kindle / Nook

Her Wolf Savior (Paranormal Romance) – Kindle

Howl at the Moon (Paranormal Romance Boxed Set) – Kindle /Nook

Wolf’s Mate (Paranormal Romance) – Kindle / Nook

Untamed Passions (Contemporary Romance) – Kindle / Nook

Creole Nights (Paranormal Romance) – Kindle

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Free Books

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Moonlight Haunting (Paranormal Romance) – Kindle / Nook

Night’s Embrace (Paranormal Romance) – Kindle / Nook

Christmas Wishes Come True (Contemporary Romance) – Kindle / Nook

Insatiable (Paranormal Romance) – Nook

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The Holiday Season …

You always hear about the “Christmas spirit” during the holidays. Everyone is supposed to be happier and in a more giving mood than the other months out of the year. At least, that’s what you hear … what you see is another matter!
Fights in the aisles at toy stores, drivers cussing each other out over parking spaces, a higher theft rate, and on and on the list goes. What precisely is so cheery about all of that?
The holiday season should be a time when we remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Drop some change in the Salvation Army’s bucket, donate some money to the local fire department, give an unwrapped toy to Toys For Tots .. there are a hundred different ways that you can share the Christmas spirit with someone who doesn’t have anything – and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money!
For instance, my aunt is a special ed teacher in a poor neighborhood. She has a little girl in her class that hasn’t been able to afford a nice dress – ever! My daughter had a pretty pink velvet Disney princess dress that she wore a handful of times last year. It no longer fit her and she asked what we could do with it. I called my aunt and as luck would have it, it was the little girl’s size. When my aunt gave the dress to the girl in her classroom, she said her eyes lit up with excitement. She just had to try the dress on immediately! She wanted to parade around the room and around the school to show it off! Without having to spend a penny, my daughter was able to make that little girl’s day! We also donated my son’s winter coat (which he only wore for 1 month since the little stinker grew so fast!) to a boy in my aunt’s class who has never had a warm winter coat before.
As you’re cleaning out your closets and kids toys to prepare for Santa, why not take a moment to contact the local women’s shelter, a community center in a not so great part of town, or a local church and see if they will take the items to give to families who not only need them, but who will love them.
Touch someone’s life … I think you’ll find that it will also touch yours!