Thank you Carmel for inviting me to your Christmas Holiday Foreplay Event! It’s great to be here to help celebrate the season.
I was born and grew up in England, and for me Christmas is synonymous with woolly gloves and scarves, red noses from the cold and if we were really lucky, snow on Christmas morning. It would be dark soon after three in the afternoon, and all the shops would be brightly lit with sparkling coloured lights and decorations in their windows.
The air was frosty and every puff of breath a white cloud. We’d have hot mince pies, a huge turkey with all the trimmings and a flaming Xmas pud.
A very traditional Christmas 🙂
Then several years ago we moved to Australia, and I’m still recovering from the upside down seasons! Our first Christmas here the temperature hit over 100 degrees. We didn’t have air conditioning, but we did have the full turkey Christmas dinner. I thought I was going to expire from the heat! Suddenly, the funny Oz tradition of a seafood platter on the BBQ for Xmas day dinner didn’t seem nearly so weird.
But old habits die hard. Every single year we still have the full roast dinner (although thankfully we now have air conditioning to go with it!!!) Everyone thinks we’re nuts, but although we love the relaxed Aussie lifestyle it just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without the stuffing and cranberry sauce (although I must admit I’ve given up on the Brussels sprouts! Like, gross!)
Still, it is fun to walk on the beach on Christmas morning. We never did that when we lived in London!
My debut release as Christina Ashcroft, ARCHANGEL OF MERCY, was released yesterday (just in time for Christmas!)
Christina Ashcroft is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in Western Australia with her husband and three children. She is owned by three cats who graciously allow her the occasional spare moment to write hot paranormal romance for Penguin/Berkley Heat.
Christina also writes hot historical romances as Christina Phillips for Berkley Heat and Ellora’s Cave
You can keep up with what’s happening in her crazy writerly world over on Facebook and Twitter. She loves to chat with readers and would love to see you over there! You can sign up for Christina’s Newsletter. It’s not a chat loop so your inbox won’t be flooded.
I have a copy of ARCHANGEL OF MERCY to give away to one lucky commenter on my post. The contest is open internationally, to wherever The Book Depository delivers. Just leave a comment or let us know do you have a least favourite food that you just couldn’t bear to eat, even on Christmas Day?
About the Blogger
I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada