we’re on 11th day of our #TCRXmas and continuing the fun! Today we have Emily Harvale, the author of ‘A Christmas Hideaway’ (which just hit top 100 on amazon chart) on the blog. I’d like to thank my friend Rachel from Rachel’s Random Reads (fantastic bookblogger, make sure you follow her blog for some fantastic recs) for getting Emily’s books on my radar. I haven’t had the opportunity to read Emily’s books yet, but I will soon be reading her latest & of course will be back with a review on it. Today, Emily’s here to talk about her Christmas wish and she’s also kindly donating A SIGNED COPY OF ‘A CHRISTMAS HIDEAWAY’ as a prize for one of our blog readers. The giveaway is open internationally, so don’t miss your chance to win it. Massive thanks to Emily for the gorgeous post and prize, hope you guys enjoy it!
All I want for Christmas
Sorry about that. The thing is… I absolutely love Christmas. I started feeling festive long before I opened door number 1 on my advent calendar and popped that first chocolate in my mouth. Yes, we have ‘chocolate’ advent calendars in the Harvale house, and not just one. There are three.
We also have more than one Christmas tree. We have two inside and one large one outside on the decking, together with several smaller ones in pots near the front door. They’re all decorated and they all have lights.…but no tinsel. Tinsel, I have discovered, is like a red rag to a bull as far as cats are concerned, and I have two cats. A tree without tinsel stands a far better chance of making it through the holidays without falling over.
That can’t be said about me – tinsel or no tinsel – I often fall over during the holidays. Not always due to alcohol intake, either. I just seem to be more accident-prone around this time of year. I trip over fairy light cables; slip on wrapping paper; catch my foot on a stray present or a cat, curled up in front of the fire. No matter what it is, if it’s on the floor, you can bet your last mince pie, I’ll fall over it.
I’ve always loved Christmas. Ever since I was a little girl and I saw my first fairy light. I love everything about it, especially the baking. There’s nothing quite as heavenly as the smell of Christmas spices wafting through the air. I adore making mince pies, and my Christmas cake, made to my grandmother’s recipe, is to die for. Trust me on that.
I loved preparing festive food with my grandmother and my mother, and I have so many wonderful memories of Christmases past. This isn’t about the past though, this is about the present and specifically: what I would like that present – or presents – to be. This is about…All I want for Christmas.
I thought that would be simple. After all, I’ve been thinking about Christmas since January. Not just because I love it so much but because I was writing my Christmas book, ‘A Christmas Hideaway’ and doing the final edits to another Christmassy book – the third book in my Goldebury Bay series, ‘Ninety Days to Christmas’. So you see, Christmas has been on my mind a lot this year. The strange thing is though, I can’t think of a single thing I want for Christmas. Apart from not to fall over.
Oh wait! Yes I can. I want a white Christmas. I want it to snow. I adore snow and we never see it in Hastings at Christmas. We rarely see it at any time, to be honest. Although a couple of winters ago we had heavy snow for two years running! It wasn’t at Christmas but it was still wonderful. Schools closed; public transport ground to a halt; the roads were impassable… It was brilliant! By the second day, many people started moaning but not me. I loved it. I work from home so only had to go outside to build a snowman and have the odd snowball fight with the neighbours. I didn’t have to walk for miles to get to work. Perhaps I shouldn’t wish for snow. It’s not fair on other people. Ho hum and bah humbug. What else do I want for Christmas?
Ooh! A reindeer. I’d love to have a real, live reindeer…or two. One would be lonely, so two it is. Imagine what the neighbours will say when they see the reindeer ‘posing’ beside the outdoor trees. Reindeer don’t eat trees, do they? No. I think that’s giraffe. (Isn’t it weird that neither one needs an ‘s’ to be plural? Sorry, going off at a bit of a tangent there. I do that a lot, as you’ll know if you subscribe to my Readers’ Club newsletter… which you can, by going to my website and signing up. See, another little tangent.) Anyway, what do reindeer eat? Hay? I have no idea. That reminds me of an old joke. (Best not tell it here.) So, I also want reindeer food, then. Do I need a permit to keep live reindeer? Hmmm. This is getting complicated. Forget the reindeer.
What do I want instead? I still don’t know. I’m lucky enough to be able to buy most things I want, within reason, and I’m not the sort of person who wants expensive gifts.
Think, Emily. Think.
I would like a ski chalet. I love skiing and I’ve often dreamed of owning a chalet in the mountains. I’ll need to sell millions of books before I can do that, so perhaps I could ask for a ski chalet. Where though? France? Canada? USA? Nothing’s simple, is it? I expect you’re beginning to see why I’m so difficult to buy for. I can never make up my mind.
You know what? I’ll be happy with whatever Santa brings me. That’s not a cop-out; it’s the truth. I’ll be happy even if he doesn’t bring me any presents, as long as I can spend the holidays with the people who mean the most to me.
I hope you get everything you want and that your Christmas is spent with those you love. I wish you all, love, laughter, friendship, warmth and happiness this Christmas.With a large helping of good food and several glasses of your favourite drink. And if you get snow, think of me.
Hey! I’ve just had a sudden thought. I know exactly what I want for Christmas. Aiden Turner (of Poldark, fame) dressed up as Santa. Now where did I put that mistletoe….?
Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!
A Christmas Hideaway by Emily Harvale
Series: A Hideaway Down #1
Also in this series: A Christmas Hideaway
Published on 23.11.2015
Genres: rom com
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You can’t hide from Love.
Holly Gilroy was devastated when her long-term boyfriend, Paul ran off with Naomi, her best friend. Now Paul and Naomi are back in Hideaway Down for Christmas but Holly has no intention of bumping into the happy couple. Cooking and cleaning for the guests at her Mum’s holiday cottages is one way to avoid that. Because she can’t let Paul see she’s still in love with him… can she?
Gabriel Hardwick is desperate to finish his novel… and avoid his agent, Bryony Dawes – who also happens to be his girlfriend. At least that’s what Bryony’s still telling everyone. Will Gabriel’s decision to spend Christmas alone in a rented holiday cottage finally make Bryony see that it’s over between them? And is that really what Gabriel wants?
But they’re not the only ones with problems this festive season.
It’s the coldest winter for years and the villagers and visitors in Hideaway Down are finding warmth in the most unexpected places… and not just from the roaring log fire in the hearth of The Snowdrop Inn.
Thanks to lovely Emily, we’re offering you guys a chance to win A SIGNED PAPERBACK OF A CHRISTMAS HIDEAWAY. The giveaway is open internationally to 18+ readers (must be able to ship to a mailing address; no PO Boxes), and ends on 18th December. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them during this period, we’ll be drawing another winner from those who’ve entered. Best of luck, everyone!