apologies for not posting anything yesterday, the post was scheduled but site was down and post didn’t go live for some reason. But anyway, I will make it up to you and post yesterday’s giveaway today (though #TCRXmas giveaways go live Monday to Friday). Anyway, today I have the pleasure to welcome lovely Lynn Marie Hulsman to the blog with a fabulous festive guest post. Lynn Marie’s latest A MIRACLE AT MACY’S is a great Christmas read and I definitely recommend it. Read my review HERE. Lynn Marie has also kindly donated ONE PAPERBACK of CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL, which is just 99p for the kindle now. So, if you can’t wait for the giveaway to end, I advise you to head to amazon and get this bargain. Big thanks to lovely Lynn Marie for being part of #TCRXmas and hope you guys enjoy her post.
All I Want for Christmas
When I think about what I want for Christmas, my mind doesn’t even go toward things anymore. What I want for myself, and for others, is peace. When I was younger, I didn’t realize the value in contentment. Fear from danger, slow time spent with loved ones, a feeling of self-satisfaction. I finally appreciate that the simple is the sublime.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m glad I had adventurous and sometimes even dangerous experiences when I was younger. I relish my stories of traveling to far-flung places, getting myself out of scrapes at 3 o’clock in the morning, and of meeting all and sundry types, not all of whom were savory.
And yes, if I had unlimited money, I would not say no to a vacation in a tropical resort where maids and waiters would attend to my every need, or to gift certificates for daily massages, mani/pedis, and facials. But I’ve realized that I don’t need these things to make me happy.
Having children has brought into focus what is truly important in life. Having enough so that we can share with and serve others. Knowing my kids have access to quality education and healthcare. Having a dignified and safe place to live.
I’m deeply moved by the lyrics to the Christmas song “Grown Up Christmas List.” You could write it off as obvious, but I take the song to heart. For me, there is no irony or kitsch to it, and when it’s sung by MichealBublé with his emotional interpretation, it touches me even more deeply.
We’re living in troubled times. There is disquiet in the world. There are big issues, such as war, and smaller issues, such as anxiety and lack of community. I think we’re all craving peace and joy.
This is why I write light romantic comedy. We all need a lift, at least I know I do. I want to feel hope. Hope, to me, is energy. There’s a scene in my latest Rom Com, A Miracle at Macy’s, filled with hope and anticipation. The features Mr. MichealBublé singing this very song to my two very scarred characters. I chose it to show that no situation is ever hopeless, and that when we ourselves become happy and peaceful, it spreads in waves and repairs the world.
So, if someone gives me a cruise around the world this holiday season, I’ll be grateful. But what I really want is for the lyrics to Grown-Up Christmas List to be so. That, and a salt mill. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a good chance at receiving that!
“No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list.”
Christmas at Thornton Hall by Lynn Marie Hulsman
Published by Harper Impulse
Published on 12.12.2013
Genres: chick lit
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When Juliet Hill unwittingly discovers a most-definitely-not-hers-rhinestone-studded lace thong in her high-flying lawyer boyfriend’s apartment, this usually feisty chef is suddenly single and facing a very blue Christmas – with only a ready meal for one to keep her company!
So when she’s personally requested to cater for the family at Thornton Hall three days before Christmas, it’s not long before Juliet’s standing at the (back) door of the Earl of Gloucester’s impossibly grand ancestral pile.
The halls are decked, the guests are titled, those below the stairs are delightfully catty, and all-American Juliet sets to work cooking up a glorious British Christmas with all the trimmings.
But other flames are burning besides those on the stove… Sparks fly with Edward, the gorgeous ex-soldier turned resident chef, and are those sidelong looks Juliet’s getting from her boss, the American tycoon Jasper Roth?
As the snow starts to fall on the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, so does the veneer of genteel high society and there are more than a few ancient skeletons rattling out of the Hall’s numerous dark cupboards!
CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL is a country house rom com for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.
Thanks to lovely Lynn Marie, we’re offering you guys a chance to win A PAPERBACK OF CHRISTMAS AT THORNTON HALL. The giveaway is open internationally to 18+ readers (must be able to ship to a mailing address; no PO Boxes), and ends on 29th 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!