Holiday Foreplay with Christina Ashcroft + Giveaway

Posted December 5, 2012 by Carmel in / 83 Comments

Holiday Foreplay

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.

Snowman Love

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!)

Author Bio

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?

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Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft

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Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

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83 responses to “Holiday Foreplay with Christina Ashcroft + Giveaway

  1. I don’t like any sort of seafood. I would go hungary before I ate any fish, lobster, or shrimp. Blah-nasty.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas. This book looks great. This is a new author for me. Thanks for the giveaway.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  2. i’m allergic to seefood and nowadays on the restaurants’menu for chritmas they have a tendency to put more and more seefood so i stay at home with the homemade traditional meal

    thank you a lot for opening your giveaway to international, i would be very happy to discover your book

    Happy Release and lot of success^^

  3. You will never even see beets enter my house. I hate them with a passion. There is some sort of reaction that occurs on my tongue with this nasty “natures candy” veggie – YUCK!
    Congratulations on the release and thank you for the giveaway.

  4. greens! I don’t know if the phrase “eat your greens” means the same elsewhere as it does here in the UK but it’s usually sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower even though that’s white! From the stench of them when they are being boiled to the vile taste I haven’t touched any since I left home.

  5. Na

    I’ve tried it a few times because they’re so popular around the holidays but
    i don’t like eggnog.

  6. There are actually a bunch of things I won’t eat….lol…I don’t like turkey, beets, or turnips. I have added some veggies I didn’t used to eat like brussel sprouts and asparagus – I like those now but I just don’t see me ever changing my mind on the others…lol…

    Congratulations on the new release and thanks for the giveaway!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  7. There are lots of different types of foods that I don’t like, as every year it seems like at least one person will complain that I’m a picky eater. The big things that I will never eat are brussel sprouts, beets, and onions. I will always refuse to eat any of those.

  8. Hi miki

    I love prawns, but a few years ago we got some huge kingsize ones. I had one tiny nibble and puffed up like a balloon. It was awful! I’ve never touched them since and I really miss them!

    Thank you for your good wishes! Also thank you Christballs too, hit publish too quickly 🙂

  9. Hi Victoria,

    I like sweet beetroot but since I’m lazy I never get the fresh stuff, it’s always tinned :-)I didn’t know it was called nature’s candy! Thanks for the congrats!

  10. Hi Irene

    I was always being told to eat my greens as s child! I always swore I’d never say that to my kids. I do, of course, haha! I’m not a fan of cabbage or sprouts but don’t mind steamed broccoli.

  11. Hi Crystal,

    I was always a fussy eater as a child and so were my kids. My son was the worst, he didn’t even like Macca’s fries so that never worked as a bribe with him!

  12. I hate hard boiled eggs and anything made from them. Love eggnogg lattes from Starbucks but not eggnog. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. I absolutely hate any kind of red meat. Call me insane..but I just can’t look at it and eat it. I’m weird…*shrugs* LOL ;p But thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  14. Thanks for the fun post! I’m so jealous that you have a beach to walk along 🙂 Ummm… call me weird but there’s not really any foods that I don’t really like. Brussel Spouts sauteed in olive oil, pepper, garlic, and butter… yum…

  15. Love this, =) i eat almost anything on the christmas table, but i guess that comes with age. When i was younger i didn´t eat anything but swedish meatballs & sausages =D
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

  16. Hi Christina,
    The one christmas food I have never really liked is ….. Christmas pudding. It is a little too rich for me, as is traditional Christmas fruit cake. Visitors to our house at Christmas usually have to put up with chocolate pavlova topped with rasberries or maybe a summer pudding instead (although I usually have a little christmas pudding on stand by for the die hard traditionalists)

  17. We have a tradition here I live and we eat only fish on Christmas. But I don’t like any other seafood (never tried to be honest xD).
    Merry Christmas to you!

  18. My least favourite food to see on Christmas would be seafood. Can’t stand it! Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays!

  19. I’m Polish and we do the big, traditional Polish dinner every Christmas Eve…and I still can’t stand beets. Just smelling them grosses me out!

    Happy Holidays & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com