Today we’re talking about our favorite Christmas memories and family traditions.  When I was young, my grandmother made the holidays extra special for everyone. Nonnie, as we called my grandmother, always had a gorgeous tree, and special decorations set out each year. One such decoration was a church with a tall steeple, stained glass windows, and tiny doors that opened in front.  Once plugged in, it glowed, showcasing the stained glass windows.  I loved so much to sit in her living room with all the lamps turned off, and the tree lights and church plugged in.

We also had a magical Santa Claus that would appear on Christmas morning, and disappear on New Year’s Eve.  It stood about two feet tall, and was very old.  It looked like it came from the old country (Germany) where my great-grandparents immigrated from. He was magical, and my sister, my cousin, and I were all in awe of him.

Santa ClausI’m not sure whatever happened to that doll, but to carry on the tradition, my mother made one for me back when I was first married.  They don’t look the same, but it always makes me think of that old Santa and how he only appeared on Christmas morning.

Thank you, Nonnie, for always giving us such wonderful Christmases.


My special guest author today is Tracey Livesay.  Welcome, Tracey, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay

Tracey Livesay  Pretending with The Playboy  Book Cover

Commitment makes you weak. It’s playboy Carter Richardson’s motto. The only exception to the rule is his aunt, and when Carter learns she’s terminally ill, he rushes to her bedside. Filled with fear and guilt—and desperate to ease his aunt’s mind—Carter does the only thing a guy could do…he panics and blurts out that he’s engaged to his aunt’s enticing protegée.

Lauren Olsen has already had her heart crushed once by Carter. Against her better judgment, she agrees to keep up appearances—until Carter makes their “engagement” public in order to protect the family business. Now Lauren’s torn between obeying her conscience, and obeying her desire. Because while she could never trust the womanizing Carter she once knew, she seems to be falling for the man beneath the playboy…

Pretending with the Playboy goes on sale 12/29 at Amazon and B&N.

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About the Author

I write powerful and passionate romantic fiction. I believe in alpha heroes, intelligent heroines and happily ever afters. Obstacles may threaten my couples’ happiness, but true love will ALWAYS prevail.

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I wrote my first romance novel at the age of eleven, called “The Healing Power of Love.” With a detour through college and law school–where I met my husband on the very first day. I live in Virginia with said husband and three kids.

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