Oh, I do love Christmas! Being a good Yorkshire lass I learnt to love the snow and freezing gales (;-), and cherish the roaring fires and the dark afternoons when I can curl up with a good Christmas romance and dream a little. I love shopping trips to Oxford Street and warming my hands and insides with hot toddies, buying decorations from Harrods and decorating the tree.
Except…I now live in New Zealand. Where it’s 26 degrees outside, you definitely don’t want to put the oven on, never mind cook a turkey in it for 6 hours. Hot drinks make you sweat even more (and there’s nothing worse than sunscreen running into your eyes while you’re trying to baste the dinner), everyone’s having fun at the beach and it’s light until bedtime.
My new experiences of Christmas have taken a bit of getting used to, I have to admit. It’s December 1st already and I just don’t feel Christmassy at all- it’s too blinking hot for a start and the radio stations are gearing up for summer hits not Christmas music. I really must get round to writing my cards- although I’ve probably missed the last post for the UK already!
Here, we watch santa parades in our shorts and t-shirts, have barbecues most days and go on camping trips. In fact, Christmas is our summer holidays and most people pack up and head off on holiday for 2-3 weeks; businesses close and the cities are eerily quiet.
One thing that I can still do here, though, is settle down (in the shade, and preferably with a cocktail in hand!) with a good Christmas romance book. I can imagine falling in love in a snow-bound cabin, or singing carols around a tree, all wrapped up in wooly scarves and silly jumpers.
Yes, the idea of a Christmas romance still tends to cling to the lovely traditions of the Northern Hemisphere. So, a bunch of us ‘Down Under’ authors decided it’d be fun to write some novellas about Christmas in Australasia—and introduce readers to the kind of things we do down here in the holidays.
We had lots of fun planning and brainstorming and we’re delighted to announce that Hot Christmas Nights, A LoveCats Boxset is available to download from today! There are seven never-before seen stories of heat and love…from authors : USA Today best seller, Rachel Bailey, Michelle Douglas, Helen Lacey, Kandy Shepherd, Stefanie London, Jennifer St George and myself, Louisa George.
Here’s the blurb:
The Hot Christmas Nights (A LoveCats DownUnder box set) contains seven brand new holiday stories from award-winning, best-selling and rising star Australian and New Zealand authors. Whether you want to get caught in a summer storm, find a second chance at love or fall for your best friend—there’s a story here for you.
The stories in this box set range from sweet to sexy, and they’re all emotionally satisfying reads with a happy ever after.
For more information on the individual stories here’s the Amazon UK link: Amazon UK
However you spend your Christmas, I hope it’s happy and peaceful and filled with love, Louisa xx
Coffee aficionado, wine lover and zumba addict, Louisa George writes award-winning contemporary romance fiction that is fun, flirty and fresh.