Monday, 15 December 2014

It's the Siren Holiday Hop...I'm hopping...

And oh boy... do we have some goodies for you.

I love the Christmas Season. It's probably the only week or so  of the year I don't mind the cold. Especially if its combined with snow, (which has romance written all over it, and makes me all gooey inside) and I don't have to go out. Of course that means all children who are coming home have been picked up from the airport or whatever, and Dh has finished work for the holidays.

Over the years we've made our own traditions, and the one time we tried to deviate (Goose not Turkey) there was almost a riot. 

It seems that especially now, when the children are grown up, but still chose to come home, and not go to partner's or away to the Caribbean, these traditions must be adhered to. 

I'm always first up, light the fire Dh has set ready, put the kettle on and make tea. Turn on Christmas music loudly. Dh made a CD a few years ago, music to open presents to. Cheesy but hey ho. People then stumble, yawn, bounce, (depending on their attitude and whether they were out the night before) and grab a seat. We all have our presents in a pile each and take turns in opening them. There's a lot of squeezing and shaking and silly guesses, as well as "I hope I have socks/pants/moisturiser/chocolate" comments. (They always do)

Once the presents are open its smoked salmon and champagne time. This is evidently set in stone as well. I always get asked if I've got the champagne and smoked salmon before anyone says, "oh, I'll be home on ...."

Eventually my daughter and I start making the dinner, helped by champagne and men to lift turn and baste the turkey, tidy the lounge and set the table (wrongly usually)

After dinner we just collapse in a heap... Watch rubbish on TV, read, chat, and decide we don't want any tea.

I love it. Every minute.

I also love the fact I'm a Siren author. My first book for them, The Alpha's Challenge came out on 3rd December and is a m/f best seller. How fantastic. I'm over the moon. for those of you who don't know me, I'm a bus pass toting, refusing to grow old gracefully, living in Scotland author, who is amazed, and delighted to be able to do what I love.

Dh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and love it. Our children are grown up and live away, but come back to breath fresh air and have their washing done. 

I have a very live and let live attitude to the dust bunnies, and therefore we get on perfectly. They stay under the bed and I ignore them. After all if I hoovered them up, they'd only come back...

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Here's my blurb

When human Ari Mackintosh lets wolf shifter Jacob Wolfe know she fancies him, fur and sparks fly. Especially as Jacob isn't a mere shifter. He's the Alpha of his pack and a Dom to boot.
Jacob cannot believe his luck when he discovers that the woman he’s been lusting after from afar not only knows about shifters, but is turned on by seeing him shift. It becomes clear that Ari knows far more than she ought to when she recognized him in his wolf form.
It challenges Jacob, as it’s his duty to keep the pack safe. There are rules to follow—rules that he breaks one by one, as he cannot resist Ari’s natural submissiveness.
When push comes to shove and Jacob reveals his secrets, he is fully aware that they might send Ari away screaming.
He has to take the chance and trust that she will stay. 

and the fantastic cover...

Catch the other authors here...

this is the link to the holiday prize entry form...…/1tDbqBxGnf2H3NN5LDJW6R-g…/viewform 

And don't forget to look for my word. It's typed differently...

Plus, I'm giving away two Christmas eBooks. You have a choice of Deck Mac Hall, A Dom for Christmas, or The Perfect Gift to chose from.

Just tell me your favorite seasons tradition and why... Don't forget to leave your email addy for a chance to win an eBook.

Happy hopping,

Love R X


  1. Getting together with family and baking lots and lots of goodies!

  2. Making cookies and treats for family and friends.

  3. Baking with my daughter and being with family

  4. Thanks for participating! I love shopping for the kids (ages 3-5) for Christmas. There little faces just light up Christmas morning when they see all the gifts under the tree.

  5. My favorite seasons are spring and autumn! Spring because of the new life coming and I look forward to seeing the grass, flowers grow and, autumn becauce of all the beautiful colors surrounding me, from red, orange and yellow!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. My email is:

    Merry Christmas (you seem to have such a wonderful time with your family) to you and yours!

  6. I have always loved decoration the tree and cookies. I love seeing the kids get so excited to open their stockings too. Thank you for the chance and Merry Christmas.

    cmucha319 AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Getting the decorations out and decorating the tree. Always bake things at Christmas that don't make any other time of the year.
    Merry Christmas
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  8. Getting together with my family. We have so much fun.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  9. Since my family does not celebrate Christmas, I prefer to do a lot of baking: cookies, pies, cakes, etc.

  10. Spending time with my family, Merry Christmas!

  11. Being home with family, sitting around in our pj's on Christmas Eve. Love that time.

  12. I know Christmas is coming but I have to say my favorite holiday to celebrate with family is Easter. My parents do an egg hunt for the kids and adults and its funny to watch us run around the yard trying to find the one with our name on it. Thanks for a chance to win.

  13. I have five sisters and we do not buy gifts. We each have to find five of our favorite personal items (cologne, jewelry, scarves, boots, etc) and send them to the others. This can - and does - get out of hand...and the conference call on Christmas Day is hilarious!

  14. Oh Raven, I love your stories! My favorite time at xmas is watching my son on xmas morning and the looks on his face as he see all the wondrous magic of xmas morning. It is truly a magical time when they are 7 years old. Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. I love handing out present with my family and opening them then we have dinner and go to the movies it fun

  16. shopping and family dinners. :)

  17. We open one gift on Christmas Eve.

  18. Happy Holidays! I continue a tradition that my mother started about 20 years ago. I write a Christmas newsletter each year. We have a combined 3 families and my step sister and I keep track of all the highs and lows of each family and I put it in the newsletter. Since our family is spread out all across the US, the newsletter lets everyone know how the rest of the family is doing.
    You are a new author for me and I would love to win one of your books.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. spending some quiet time with my hubby watching movies and getting together with family.....

    Thank you and Merry Christmas :)

  20. I'm all about fall. Love the colors, the crafts my kids and I can do, apple and pumpkin picking.

  21. I stay up on Christmas eve with the family and watch movies until midnight and thenwe open presents. It a fun time together

  22. Getting together Christmas Eve with family and springtime when you can finally see grass and it has warmed up again and the snow is gone

  23. i love spending time with family members that you dont get to see often because of where they live because they all come in for christmas!!! thank you for the chance Merry Christmas!! :)

  24. Chosen by random, my winers who get to chose of of the eBooks mentioned above are...C Bsrton and Felicia Reevers. I'll email you both shortly.
    Thsnk you to evryone who took the time to comment. I do appreciate it.