I am delighted to have the wonderful author Haley Whitehall as my guest today. Welcome to the blog Haley.
Thank you, Daisy for having me. Your Advent Blog helps put us all in the holiday spirit!
Getting our Christmas tree also helps ring in my holiday season. It is a family tradition to go out and cut down our own Christmas tree. Some years there isn’t much snow on the ground. Then the expedition is rather easy. We just drive up into the hills in the truck listening to Christmas music all the way…My shyness goes away when I’m stuck in a car with a radio. I get the sudden urge to sing along. I guess I’m not as worried about getting the notes right when it comes to the holiday classics.
Once in the hills we tromp from tree to tree, shaking the snow of the branches, until we found the perfect one and cut it down. The search becomes more fun when there is a lot of snow on the ground. Then it is time for the snowmobile search!
We snowmobile through the trees looking for the most beautiful six foot tree we can find. Once we cut down the tree it has to be bundled in a tarp and tied to the back of one of the snowmobiles. We drive slower on the way back down, trying not to jostle the tree too much. But the hills aren’t smooth! There are lots of stumps and bumps and other hazards which seem unavoidable. The poor tree gets bounced around behind the snowmobile, and by the time we reach the truck the side of the tree facing the ground is usually bare.
That is how we get Three-fourths of a Christmas tree. The good news is the bare branches go toward the wall when we put it up so it isn’t that noticeable. After adding lights and all the ornaments even the bare branches that remain are quite festive.
I am a traditionalist. Most of my Christmas ornaments are antiques. The new ones I have bought are of the rustic variety. I guess that reflects me as an author. I write historical fiction/romance set during the Civil War era. So the Union drummer boy ornament is a must along with the paper angel and tree bark stars.
My giveaway today is a copy of Midnight Caller, (Moonlight Romance, Book 1). Leave me a comment about how you decorate for the holiday and your comment’s number might come up in the draw.
When Emma Bennett’s husband dies in a carriage accident in 1865, she is released from her loveless, controlling marriage. Now she has a chance to find happiness and raise a family. But before she begins courting again she wants to experience her freedom. At the advice of the leading socialite in town, she takes a black lover to fulfill her sexual needs. His raw, masculine power awakens feelings she didn’t know existed. After the first touch she craves more.
Frederick works as a roustabout by day and moonlights as a prostitute. He knows better than to fall in love with his white client, but Emma enchants him the first time he calls on her. To keep them both safe, he works hard to put up barriers. Unfortunately, he can’t protect Emma from the slimy Mr. Hawthorne, who wants her as his bride. Frederick vows to keep her safe even if his forbidden love costs him his life.
Liquid Silver Books:http://www.lsbooks.com/midnight-caller-p819.php
Haley Whitehall: http://haleywhitehall.com/
Midnight Heat, (Moonlight Romance Book 2) coming January 6!