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Guest Post: Holiday Cheer from Terry Spear, Nicole Helm, and Samantha Chase!

What’s better than one person giving us the warm holiday fuzzies? “Oh, like, 3? That’s better, right? Like, off the top of my head, that sounds like the better amount of people for spreading holiday cheer.”

Well, guess what? We’ve got that exact amount of people here to spread some mid-November happiness and they are all amazing romance authors. Samantha Chase, Nicole Helm, and Terry Spear are our guests today and we are overjoyed to have them.


Samantha Chase

Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday. I always enjoyed it while I was growing up, but it wasn’t until my husband and I moved away from our family that I truly started to LOVE it.  I loved being able to start our own traditions and we really found our groove on that right away. One of my favorite things to do is decorate the tree. I’m a lunatic with that. We get a live tree every year and we sort of make it a family competition to see who picks out the best tree on the lot. The very first year Frank and I were together, we had nothing for our tree except a box of hand-me-down ornaments my dad and stepmom gave us. Every year since then, we’ve added to our collection.

When the kids were little, we did a lot of the Hallmark Keepsake ornaments and then we did a Disney ornament-of-the-month thing for about two years. Now I tend to just add one a year and it’s almost to the point that we don’t have room on the tree for everything that we have! The tree has a Disney theme – and if you know me, that’s not surprising! – and whenever I go to Disney World, a Christmas ornament is my must-get souvenir.

We definitely have foods that we only have at Christmas. Our Christmas Eve tradition is that we have a traditional Italian fish sauce for dinner. Seven different kind of fish in a red sauce. I have to admit, it’s not my favorite, but my husband and sons LOVE it. It’s a lot of work and I’m totally fine with just having it once a year. LOL! They look forward to it to the point of talking about it non-stop for the entire month of December. On Christmas morning, we have pepperoni omelets for breakfast. I’ll admit, I cheat and make these at random throughout the year, but they’re a must-have on Christmas morning after we open our presents. And my husband has learned to bake his family’s Christmas bread. For years, he only had it when we saw his parents. After we moved away, it was something he really missed. So he got the recipe from his mom and now he bakes it himself.

And our final tradition that I absolutely LOVE is our Christmas Eve dessert open house. We live in a very transient area. There’s a Baptist Seminary up the road and so a lot of people who live here only come for school and then move. So we open our doors on Christmas Eve to everyone who doesn’t have family to spend it with. They bring a dessert to share and we all hang out and it’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.


Nicole Helm

Butter. My favorite thing about the holiday season is buying a million pounds of butter and making everything delicious out of it. I kid, I kid. Mostly.

Though I do love the baking (and all the butter) involved, my favorite thing about the holiday season is seeing a lot of people I only get to see once a year, and celebrating with things and food we usually only engage in once a year. In my family, we go to at least seven different houses, five different cities, two different states over the course of the week of Christmas to visit all the family we can.

It’s a ton of driving, but that’s part of the fun too. We listen to Christmas music in the car as we go here, there, and everywhere. The kids snooze in the back or play with their new toys. I sneak a cookie or two from my legion of treats to donate to the meal we’re going to. Bing Crosby croons White Christmas one too many times and my husband tries to put ‘normal’ music back on (he never wins, though sometimes I can be persuaded away from Bing).

When we reach our multitude of destinations, we see parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and their kids, nieces (a first for me this year!).I always make Kringla, plenty of cookies, and Swedish Rye Bread to take to different houses, and we get to sit and eat these once a year treats while catching up and enjoying each other’s company. I get to see my kids play with my cousin’s kids, just like my cousins and I used to play growing up. I love tradition, so seeing the same ornaments on everyone’s tree year after year, the same decorations and stockings, never fails to make me smile. Sharing memories of Christmas past and making new memories with my little guys is such a joy.

By the end, we’re always exhausted, maybe a little ready for some quality alone time, or some food without butter (for maybe one meal tops), but fulfilled and happy and full to the brim with holiday spirit (and butter, never forget the butter).


Terry Spear

Family time! This is the second year we’ll have Christmas with both my son, and my daughter and son-in-law. My son was serving in Afghanistan for two years with the Air Force and so that’s what’s most important to me—family time. My daughter just informed me she’s pregnant, so Christmas after next we’ll have a new little pack member to add to the mix of my two dogs, their two dogs and my son’s dog. One big, happy family for the holidays. Nothing could be better. Decorating, making turkey, and baked goods, watching Christmas movies, playing board games, and just visiting–that’s what it’s all about. Of course, the gifts are fun–both giving and receiving. But most of all, making Christmas memories and taking pictures to capture those memories is what’s so special. Just like with my wolves or jaguars. In all my stories, I try to show this because it’s so important to me. I had the same tradition with my parents, who I was close to and the memories continue to carry on long after they were gone.

Long after my dad died, a decade even, my mother didn’t want to bother with decorating for Christmas. She had always loved decorating for the holidays. And so after decorating my home, I ran over and helped her with hers. I didn’t want her to miss out enjoying the holidays because it was just too much work to put up the tree.

Even Everett, the jaguar shifter hero in A Very Jaguar Christmas, was glad he’d decorated for Christmas. Not only because it made him feel good when he came home from a day of work, but because he’s got a special guest coming to have dinner with him, and she’s someone he’s wanted to get to know forever.

Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS by Terry Spears

A Very Jaguar Christmas Terry Spear

Does this post really need an introduction? Is it even possible to resist an excerpt from a book that has it all? It’s a Holiday book. About beautiful hot-headed shapeshifting jaguars. Who protect other shapeshifters as a job.  It’s amazing! Don’t you dare miss A Very Jaguar Christmas from Terry Spears, out now!


A man raised his voice several feet away and Everett and Howard turned to see what the matter was. Everett didn’t recognize the redhead, but Demetria was facing him down, hands on her hips, frowning at the guy. No matter how many times he observed her, Everett still saw her as an incredibly sexy brunette, curvy, with killer moves, a quick temper, but a loving heart—where kids of all ages were concerned. She hadn’t dated since Matt had died in the Costa Rican rainforest, and Everett didn’t think she’d ever get over his death.

Her long hair pulled back into a ponytail, she focused her darkened brown eyes strictly on the man in front of her, her body posture balanced. She looked ready for action.

Everett wanted to help her out if she needed his assistance, but he knew that stance. She was a wild cat, ready to take down the big male who was giving her grief. All the agents were highly trained, so no advantage to Demetria there. And he was ready for her reaction, so she couldn’t surprise him. Because of his size and weight, he most likely would have the upper hand. That meant Everett was tensing and getting ready to charge in and protect her—whether she needed him to, or wanted him to, or not. Who would know until after the altercation ended? Everett didn’t want to see her hurt.

Hell, a dozen guys were probably just as ready to protect her, but he didn’t have eyes on anyone else—just Demetria and the redhead.

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Q&A: Terry Spear of BILLIONAIRE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING

Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear

I shouldn’t even have to explain why we’re so excited for this one. It is impossible not to devour a Terry Spear book. Between the dazzling shifters, intense romance, and high stakes action everywhere, we end up taking books like Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing everywhere we go. So, yeah, we’re pretty excited about this Q&A! And you should be too!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  1. Romancing the Stone—I loved that she was a romance author and was boohooing after the end of the book where she, as the heroine, is kissing the hunky hero. And then she ends up in the jungle with a very unlikely hero, who’s not heroic at all.
  2. The Princess Bride—he loved her no matter how the princess treated him, and was the Dread Pirate Roberts, in a hilarious way. They were so cute together.
  3. Prince of Persia—such an unlikely pairing with the thief boy and the princess, and the oh-so-close kisses that were driving me crazy. Loved it.
  4. Edge of Tomorrow—he’s soooo arrogant, and when he has to repeat his mission over and over until he gets it right, he falls in love with the woman who won’t open her heart to him.
  5. Oblivion—he thinks he’s married, wants something more than what he’s got in this futuristic world—a love of the past and he continues to have memories of a woman he loves.

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Guest Post: “Alpha Wolves in the Wild” by Terry Spear

Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply Terry Spear

A fan sent me a picture of wolves trekking across the snow and someone explained the long order of wolves following one another on a snowy trail—three lead wolves, the old and infirmed, so that they would set the pace. They will also be the ones sacrificed in the event they were attacked from the front. Five were following the three weaker ones out front; they are the strongest. Then eleven wolves follow them. And five more of the strongest at the end, but the alpha can see everything from the very rear.

It’s not like what we might think, alpha up front, in charge, but in truth if the weakest were in the rear, they’d easily fall behind. And if anything attacked from in front, the stronger wolves would help to protect the elderly. No way would they just sit back and watch or run off with the pack. As big as this pack was, they’d fight.

But what of a wolf that is on her own in the wild with a litter of pups? She has to both fend for herself and her pups. There’s no one to take care of her. No one to take care of the pups.

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Guest Post: Casablanca Christmas Hop by Samantha Chase, Kim Redford, and Terry Spear

Christmas is just around the corner and romance novelists Samantha Chase, Kim Redford and Terry Spear are here to help get you in the holiday spirit by sharing the craziest place they and their characters have ever spent Christmas! Also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a special Christmas Bundle!


Samantha Chase (The Christmas Cottage/Ever After):

I know this is going to sound crazy, but I’ve never had a crazy Christmas!  I am a creature of habit and growing up we were the same way.  We always had fairly normal celebrations where we were always at a relative’s home.  As an adult, it was very important for me to do the same with my kids.  So…you see? Nothing crazy here.  Sorry!

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