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Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

My Déjà Vu post, celebrating antique cars, is here.
Holiday Gifts

The Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop starts today and runs through the 17th (the day before my English birthday). There are over 200 chances to win all types of prizes, just by commenting on each entry with your e-mail address. I’ve been a fabric artist for about 25 years now (since I was about 8 years old), so I’d like to offer an embroidered bookmark. For full rules and grand prizes, and to see the list of participants, just click on the above image. (WordPress doesn’t allow Javascript.)

I was born on the 5th night of Chanukah, and I’m a big fan of the modern, abstract schools of art. I also love photography. Every year since I’ve gotten into photography, I’ve taken lots of pictures of my Chanukah candles—from different angles, with different lighting, with stuff in the background, with wax dripping and melting, candles melting together, flames joining, you name it. I probably have over 100 photographs of my candles over the years! I don’t even clean my chanukiyah anymore, since the multicolored wax that’s melted together is like a work of beautiful abstract art.






This is one of my favorite stories taking place during the holidays. It’s late 1943, and Elaine Seward has been secretly having an affair with her bitchy maid Marianne’s much-younger fiancé Roger Wilkes, who’s just using Marianne to get close to the Seward wealth. He and Elaine initially only are interested in one another for sex, but gradually start falling in love. If Marianne should ever find out her teenage fiancé is involved with Elaine, things won’t end well for anyone.


Elaine slid her hands onto his back. “I think you need to put me on your naughty list, Santa.  I’ve done bad things lately, like getting sexually involved with my maid’s fiancé.”

“Elaine, are you insane!  What if Marianne comes by!  She knows I’m here already!”

“I’m going to be your elf assistant, Marathon Man,” she growled in a deep sexy voice. “And now you can take a break and excuse yourself to talk to me about how I can remedy my position of being on the naughty list.”

“Where did Santa go?” a little boy whined.

A huge line had formed by the North Pole scene by the time one of the elves came over to see what the hell was going on.

“Santa disappeared with some girl!” the little boy announced crossly. “That girl was too old to sit on Santa’s lap!”

The elf looked into the room where the North Pole props were kept and to his utmost horror saw clothes and the Santa suit strewn everywhere.  Roger and Elaine were having sex in a sleigh.

“You are fired, Wilkes!”

“I’m in the middle of screwing Marathon Man, midget!  How dare you interrupt us!”

“You’re jealous because a midget just can’t get any,” Roger chimed in.

“As soon as you’ve finished up, turn in your Santa suit and collect the pathetic two dollars you’ve earned during all of the five hours you’ve been working here.”


Roger later gets his Santa job back by lying to the manager that the elf made up this story because he was jealous of him for his height and good looks. Not only that, but Elaine gets a job as his assistant. The elf is not very happy, particularly since the manager and all his co-workers now think he’s crazy!


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

35 thoughts on “Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

  1. Your holder makes me remember a candle thing I had when I was young. It was a pretty vase and came with all these pretty colored candles. The idea was to light the candles and let them drip all over the vase. The cascading colors made it beautiful and very unique. I like the way different lights look in pictures during the holidays especially the ones outside.


  2. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!


  3. it looks nice and its too hard to clean wax off anyway i used to be an acalite and we had to clean the candle holders
    kaholgate at ymail dot com


  4. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!


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