My Favorite Holiday Books

It’s Writer Wednesday and we’re opening the door to the holidays….

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Twas the night before Christmas. . .

And all through the house was a land of Legos and a big stuffed mouse. My sons trailed behind me, reluctant they were, to head off to bed before Santa was a blur.

I pulled out a surprise, a book they held dear. Everyone crawled into bed and lay ready to hear. . .

I read to them softly to lull them to sleep and in came the dog to find her place in the heap. Next came the cat who was up in a leap. And we all snuggled down in a warm and cozy cuddle anxious to step into the story . . . TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS of Santa’s great night.Twas Night Before Christmas[2]

Of course one story would never do, so we fell into laughter with Cindy Lou Who in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and gave it back.How the Grinch Stole Christmas[2]

And finally we’d end with THE CHRISTMAS STORY, where Jesus was born on a cold winter’s night and a shining star led the Wise men to the Christ child who lay in a manger so dear.TheStory ofChristmas[2]

Every night we all climbed into one bed and read. Sometimes a single book, sometimes two, but always at Christmas we read our three favorites.

Do you have favorite holiday books you read at Christmas? A favorite tradition?

Please share them with us in the comments below and we’ll have new stories to read and memories to share. Also, take a moment to check out my fellow Firebirds and their favorite holiday books. . . – Natalie Meg EvansLauren ChristopherSharon WrayKay Hudson, and Tamra Baumann

Stop by next month when we share our holiday decor!

Writer Wednesday- My Last Three Search Results

Today is Writer Wednesday and we’re discussing internet searches.

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What were your last three internet searches? Maximus would like to know…

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With all the online tracking ongoing, I simply have to ask Yahoo and Facebook where I’ve been. I can never be lost again. 🙂

As a result, I decided to test the theory that those cyber hiccups that give me more options in the ad side margins of my email or Facebook page for the vitamins, shoes or modem that I searched the internet for would be different if I researched for my current work-in-progress.

Off to Italy I went via the internet. I found the perfect site and instead of leaving to hop around searching for several more, I stayed. And stayed….

http://www.italyguides.it/en/

This site is Italy Guides.it – A Sightseeing Revolution

I spent time on the Home page devouring photos of various regions in Italy. Next, I went on the hunt for specific items –Fountain of Four Rivers in Rome, a tortoise fountain in Rome and the Ponte Vecchio [Old Bridge] in Florence, Italy.

http://www.italyguides.it/en/lazio/rome/squares-and-fountains/piazza-navona/fountain-of-the-four-rivers

http://www.italyguides.it/en/lazio/rome/districts-of-rome/campo-marzio/tortoise-fountain

http://www.italyguides.it/en/tuscany/florence/ponte-vecchio

Each section gives the history of the town, a 360 degree view and various photos. They even have a walking tour, the current weather and tidbits of information. I loved the details that will help me set scenes with characters who speak Italian, visit Italy and love the cultural and people.

I feel as if I’ve had a nice visit. Now, if the  *aromas* drifted from the site, I’d be the perfect armchair traveler as I write–calorie free, too. My bucket list has acquired a few more cities…In Italy, of course.

And for the curious, there were no travel ads, Italian ads or anything else about my web search on Italy… darn, I thought at least a few would give me more research information. 🙂

Share your last three searches with me in the comment section below. I want to see the variety of topics before you take a moment to check out these authors who shared their last three searches:

Historical romance writers –  Wendy LaCapra | Sweet and Inspirational writers –  Kristen Ethridge | Novels with Romantic Elements – Jean Willett – Natalie Meg Evans | Romantic Suspense – Carol Post – Sharon Wray | Paranormal writers – Kay Hudson – Pamela Kopfler | Contemporary romance writers –  Kat Cantrell  – Priscilla Kissinger 

We have new releases this week!!

The Doctor’s Unexpected Family by Kristen Ethridge.  Ethridge

A Port Provident novel that shows us that grace can find us anywhere.

RITA Finalist, Natalie Meg Evans, has a new release, The Milliner’s Secret An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris.Milliner's+Secret

Natural Disaster. . .

It’s Writer Wednesday time again. I’m joining with a few Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalists in a year-long blog event. We’ll talk about various topics that may feed our fiction. At the bottom you’ll find links to the other writer’s web pages who may be participating in today’s topic……A natural disaster you’ve experienced….

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I’ve lived all over, but one of my first experiences with a natural disaster was as a child in Ankara, Turkey. My family was at a multi-family picnic on a mountain meadow when a severe thunderstorm rolled over. Everyone raced with gear to their cars. The road off the mountain and back into the city was a dirt road. As the torrential rain continued, the road became more and more slippery as dirt turned to mud which started sliding…

 

Yes, we were in our family station wagon, on the side of a mountain and the mountain was beginning to slide due to the deluge of rain. We all moved as fast as we could. My father gripped the wheel, his knuckles white. Blinding rain pounded the windshield, the tires slipping and the car sliding as he drove down the mountain. Lightening in streaks of blue and pink lit the night sky.

 

We made it almost to the last turn when the car sunk in the sliding mud. My dad tried any wood he could find and shoved the logs under the tires for traction while my mother rocked the car to inch forward. They made a wood road only to see it sink beneath the mud. With mud up to our axles, rain pounding the roof of the wagon, my brother and I were not admitting how hard our hearts were pounding.

 

As shelf after shelf of mud slid off the road we could see the edge and certain disaster. When a car behind us was caught as well, they offered us some chicken wire. Once shoved in the mud under the tires, the wire gave the rubber traction. So, we used chicken wire every few feet until we reached the end of the road. When we looked back, the road was gone.

 

The drive into town was just as harrowing. Flash flooding had occurred, so large portions of the roadways were flooded as high as the tire wells.  While safety dictates you stop and don’t drive through water, if we wanted to get home, which was the only way, we had to drive into the water following other cars. Luckily, it was a street and not a bridge.  We arrived wet, but safe. My dad and mom were covered in mud, and relieved to be home. To this day chicken wire is a staple in our garage.

 

I’ll save the military coop, the earthquake and the tornadoes for another blog…. Meanwhile check out the other authors participating

 

Contemporary Romance Writers  Kat CantrellPriscilla Kissinger  | Paranormal romance writers Kay Hudson | Romantic Suspense Writers Carol Post  | Novels with Romantic Elements Natalie Meg EvansJean Willett | Sweet & Faith-based Romance Writers  Kristen Ethridge | Historical Romance Writers  Wendy LaCapra

 

And take a moment to celebrate two new releases:

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HIDDEN IDENTITY by Carol Post

After becoming caught in a web of blackmail and murder, Meagan Berry escapes by faking her death. She finds anonymity on Florida’s Cedar Key until, while out in her boat, she witnesses a small plane go down and rescues a state senator. Her face is plastered on the 6:00 news, and the nightmare begins anew.

 

Something tells Cedar Key police officer Hunter Kingston that Meagan is not who she claims to be. But the fear in her eyes and the vulnerability beneath that aloof exterior reach out to him. When he learns the truth, he is determined to protect her, whatever the cost. Because at least one person is trying to see to it that the next time Meagan “dies,” it’ll be for real.

Here are buy links: Amazon –  http://amzn.to/1Sc3hpX Barnes & Noble –  http://bit.ly/1QixiqA

THE MILLINER’S SECRET by Natalie Lloyd-Evans writing as Natalie Meg Evans

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The Milliner’s Secret available to pre-order on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk The Dress Thief available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk