Extraordinary Celebrations

This week’s topic is about new (to us) and unusual holiday celebrations. There have been two occasions – that I can recall – when I celebrated a familiar holiday in an unfamiliar way, and there was another time when I was the proverbial fish out of water. But all were wonderful experiences, and given the chance, I wouldn’t hesitate to do them again!

Here in Michigan, Christmas isn’t Christmas without snow – although I can recall a few Christmases that were so mild that my kids spent the day riding their bikes after opening their gifts. But most of the time, the end of December is cold, and the ground outside is snow covered and often treacherous. Since most of my immediate family lives within an hour’s drive from my home, and since my hubby doesn’t like to travel, holidays are usually spent either at our house or at a family home nearby. But I’ve spent two winter holidays in warm weather. And to me, that qualifies as totally unusual.

In 1979, st-martinmy college roommate and I went on a Caribbean cruise over the Christmas break. While I was excited about the trip, I was somewhat hesitant – I’d just been laid off from my teaching job, effective at the semester break in January. But my father, the accountant who’d always preached fiscal responsibility, encouraged me to go. I had no outstanding debts and no one to support but myself, he reminded me. If I put off going, I might never have another opportunity. I had a wonderful trip, and enjoyed celebrating the holiday with hundreds of strangers on board. The picture on the left was taken the day after Christmas, on St. Martin Island.

grand-canyonMy next warm-weather winter holiday was New Year’s Day 2002. Both of my daughters were in the high school band, performing in the Fiesta Bowl activities in Phoenix, Arizona. I joined a group of band parents who went along to watch. We spent a fun week exploring the sights in and around sunny Phoenix, while my poor husband stayed at home, dealing with one of the worst winters to ever hit the Great Lakes (my journal says that a record 54 inches of snow fell during the week we were gone!). The band did an awesome job (they came in second at the marching competition), and we rang in the New Year on the patio of the hotel. We had great weather, except for the day we visited the Grand Canyon! Great memories.

IMG_0496.JPGThere is one time I participated in a celebration not regularly recognized in my part of the world. During the summer of 2010, I spent three weeks in Japan with my relatives. I was able to take part in some of the Obon festivities, which I’d learned about in college, but never experienced. The Obon festival, celebrated throughoS1052674.JPGut Japan, honors ancestors. In each home, the family shrine is stocked with food in anticipation of visits from the spirits of deceased family members. In the picture on the left, my mom is shown paying her respects to her parents, who are pictured above the family shrine at my uncle’s home. We made trips to other family members’ homes to pay respects to other ancestors. The picture on the right was taken at mom’s cousin’s home, where a more extravagant displayS1051560.JPG was set up. Another important tradition during the Obon Festival is to visit the family grave site.  The monument is thoroughly cleaned, as you can see my aunt and cousin doing on the left. Each person comes forward, one at a time, pours a ladle of water over the grave (a cleansing ritual), lights a stick of incense, and bows in greeting. Later on, everyone gathers for a big celebratanko-bushition with parades, parties and a special dance known as Tanko Bushi. I learned the song and the dance a long time ago, and it was so much fun to participate in the actual celebration, along with my relatives. This was a very special time in my life, connecting with family I’d only heard about, and I look forward to traveling there again and experiencing more of my heritage.

Have you ever taken part in a new or unusual celebration?

 

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Fall Down,Lights Up

The question this week is “When do we decorate for Christmas?” The answer:

After Thanksgiving weekend, and not a day before.

A regional radio station starts playing all-Christmas music before Halloween. I suppose they are trying to get retail audiences, and although that station is set on our car radios, those buttons don’t get pushed by me for over a month…not until after the Thanksgiving weekend.

Food, friends and family are so important to me, (in reverse order), that it is what I named my other blog. I cook all the time but do certain, special and fancy foods for every holiday, and I decorate as well. I did more when my sons were very young, but still, Fall and Halloween decorations go up in October. The decorations that look like Autumnal leaves and scarecrows stay up, but on November first, the jack-o-lanterns that can be turned around then get to face the walls so they look like plain pumpkins, and the ghosts , skeletons, spiders and the like come down , while turkeys, Indians, Pilgrims and cornucopias go up. I have family in, often houseguests who stay for days, so the feasting goes on and not until Saturday or Sunday do they leave, so no sooner than Monday do all the Fall holiday decorations come down to make room for the Christmas ones.

And Christmas gets put up very soon afterward, because it is a lot of work for only a few weeks.

That is when the Christmas music is allowed to come on as well. In fact, I have a number of favorite Christmas CDs that get played a lot…and the radio station that I had been avoiding gets put on not only in the car, but on my radio at home while I decorate, wrap presents and cook.

Nothing Christmasy comes down in our house until Epiphany, the celebration of the Wise Men’s arrival. This used to always be celebrated on January 3rd, but most churches celebrate it two Sundays after Christmas.

My mother used to leave her decorations up for a long time. Once, she had the tree up for so long that she hurriedly took it down when she realized it was almost Palm Sunday! However, one year she left a ‘spray’, (boughs of evergreens tied with wide, red ribbon and sprayed with artificial snow), up until the following November, when she replaced it with a new one.

For whatever reason, it has become a tradition for me to play George C. Scott’s version of A Christmas Carol while I decorate the tree, which will probably happen this weekend, since I am running a bit behind and my granddaughters will be here to help. I pulled all the boxes of Christmas decorations to the front of the garage the other day when I put the boxes of Fall decorations out there. No matter how much I check and double-check, inevitably something from any and every holiday gets left out! And, looking at me as I write this, smiling hopefully, is a darling pair of scarecrows on a stand with two big wooden pumpkins, who did not make it into a box with the others.

Fellas, don’t feel bad. There is bound to be a Santa, and elf or even a Baby Jesus who won’t make it back the Christmas boxes before they get put into the garage in about five weeks!

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Better Late Than Never

How Early Do We Decorate?

By Jeff Salter

Logical for us to be blogging this week about a holiday topic, namely: how early we decorate for Christmas. I can’t recall how much of this I have previously revealed here at 4F1H, but I’ve become something of a Grinch – so people tell me – about all the holiday hoopla. I deeply love the true reason for the season (celebrating the arrival on earth of a Savior for all mankind), but I despise the commercialization, the rabid quest to spend and over-extend ourselves into massive debt, and the jaded nature of too many kids who pull in a gift haul with total value equaling a third world country’s annual budget.

I don’t want to watch Christmas movies in September and I don’t want to hear carols in October. Retail stores display their Halloween stuff in July these days… and they already have Christmas decorations showing immediately after their Labor Day sales. Too soon.

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Although this is NOT one of my childhood trees, it gives you a feel of what some of our trees looked like. However, we never had one brushing the ceiling — Mom would not allow that.

Way Back Yonder

Let me offer some background: My birthdate is the ninth of December, well into the crunch of Christmas hustle-bustle. As a kid growing up, I was fortunate that my mom insisted on waiting until December tenth to put up a tree or any other decorations. Even if my birthday had not fallen that close to Christmas, however, I think 15 days is plenty of time to stare at the lights and decorations.

The way things worked when I was a kid was that my ever-frugal dad would drive us along one of the lesser used highways and look for clusters of pine trees. If there was no fence, he’d just park on the shoulder and we’ll hike in. We’d hunt for what seemed like hours and would still come home with a scraggly thing that had only one or two “good” sides… so we always knew which sides would face the corner. On at least one year (and possibly others), we later had to tie-in some additional pine branches just to make the poor thing look decent. My mom would string the electric lights and then – when we were old enough, that is – we kids would add the ornaments and (if we had any) the tinsel.

Well, the novelty of tree-decorating soon wore off for me, and we three kids rarely agreed on how the tree should look anyhow. Before long, I was in high school, my brother was away at college, and somehow the whole business of family tree decoration faded from my consciousness. Or perhaps it has just dimmed in my memory.

Now-a-Days

These days, as retired adults with no children at home… the whole holiday scene has a very different feel for me. Our two sets of grandkids – ranging in age from 5-18 – live 800+ miles apart and we’re more often at one of their homes for Christmas Day than we are at our own place.

Nevertheless, at some point after Thanksgiving – no hurry, however – we still pull out the tree and Denise usually decorates it and various spots in the house. We still have some ornaments from her childhood in the middle 1950s, so it’s pretty cool to see those on the tree. I used to have a strand of electric lights with liquid inside – which bubbled when they grew warm from the light – that my grandmother had in Atlanta, as far back as I can remember. They were probably made in the 1940s (if not earlier). Not certain where they are these days.

Conclusion

Often, when I express myself about the holiday season, someone launches into me, calls me a Grinch, or says they feel sorry for me, et cetera. Please spare me that. Allow me to feel as I do about this collection of weeks and don’t insist that I feel the same way “everybody” else seems to.

As I said, I’m not “against” celebrating Christmas. I just wish people would slow down, spend less, not be so frantic about squeezing in so many parties and events into such a short period, and focus more on the true reason we set this holiday apart from the rest of the year. It would be less stress, I believe, on everyone — not to mention much more in keeping with the simple, down-to-earth context of that very first Christmas.

[JLS # 308]

 

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Birthday Fun Equals Decorating Day

This week we are discussing when we decorate for Christmas. I have always loved Christmas and winter. Around here the average first day of measurable snowfall is December 1, or so I have been told by friends who have a snow shoveling business. That is also the day that we decorate for Christmas.

After I became a single mother I moved in with my sister. A few years later I moved into my first apartment with just myself and my three amazing children. A few days before my birthday I was asked by my parents what I wanted. All I wanted was a tree, a friend of mine had given me a cute little one that was already decorated but I wanted a big one that my kids and I could decorate together. So for my birthday I was given a cute 6 foot prelit tree. That started our tradition of decorating on my birthday.

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Our little pre-decorated tree

 

On December 1 my kids and I get out the tree. My oldest son (he’s 14 now) helps me to put it together while my daughter will untangle hooks. Once we add a few strings of light and plug it in we start adding all of our ornaments. I have one box that is all salt dough ornaments from when the kids were little and pony bead ornaments that have been made together over the years. We have a few plain blubs and some hallmark ornaments that my parents have gotten for the kids. They love their Star Wars ornaments. All of these get hung while listening to Christmas music. My youngest puts the star or angel (whichever we decide on at the time) on top of the tree. Once the topper is on it gets filled with candy canes. We get the regular ones as well as the different flavors. My daughter (16) likes to hid her favorite flavors near the top of the tree and toward the center so her younger brothers don’t eat them.

Last year was our first year with a Christmas village. I was so happy to receive this as a birthday gift. I had always loved looking at my mom’s and grandma’s villages when I was younger. I look forward to putting it up in our new home this year, though I have no clue where I will put it. Maybe I will place it on the stairs by the banister.

This is our first Christmas in a house. We’re really excited about this and are looking forward to new ways to decorate. The kids want to do something outside but I think the biggest outside thing we will do this year is to put our little silver wreath on the door and maybe some candy cane solar lights along the sidewalk. Inside we have plans to put penguins sliding down the banister, the kids each want to make a wreath for their bedroom doors, we have cute hot chocolate tins that will be on the table ready for when we play games. My youngest requested window clings for his room and the French doors in the living room as well as candles to place in the many windows that we have. Stockings will either go up on the stairs or will be hung on a wall in the living room.

Once we are done decorating we sit down with hot chocolate, birthday cake, and watch White Christmas before the kids scamper off to bed excitedly waiting to see what will be under the tree from the Elf the next morning. Ever since I was a little girl we had an elf (it looks like the Elf on the Shelf ones) and he would bring us one gift the night we decorated the tree. It was a preview of what we could get come Christmas morning if we were good. If the elf’s legs dropped (he was always holding his legs close to his body) that meant he had to run and tell Santa that we had been naughty and we wouldn’t get anything. That tradition has been carried through to my own children.

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After decorating December 1, 2015

 

Do you have any decorating traditions?

 

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Traditions to Keep?

It seems like Christmas decorations appear in stores earlier and earlier every year. They appeared in our local store before Labor Day this year.

We usually wait until after Thanksgiving to get our tree. We go to a local tree farm and cut one down. I am very particular about which tree we get. It must touch the ceiling. My mom always wanted one that would fit on the coffee table so I suppose it’s a reaction to that. We did need the living room space when everyone came over on Christmas day though, so the size was practical.

Last year, we did get our tree before Thanksgiving, but didn’t put it up until after. The kids did all the decorating as well. They are tall enough now that the ornaments were spread fairly well around the tree. Previously, they would load all the ornaments on two or three boughs of the tree.

The kids are also old enough that I can put out some of the more delicate decorations with a slightly less than fifty percent chance that they will get broken. My mom had a porcelain, lighted musical tree. You know the ones with the plastic peg lights? This one is like it, but it also has a carolers and a church. The steeple of the church is broken, but I have no recollection of that, although it is probably my fault. It plays “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” That goes on the kitchen counter (Safest spot, I think.) along with several other lighted decorations: a snowman with half his hat missing, and an angel with no wings.

I’m seeing a trend here. Perhaps it’s time for some new decorations.

Which reminds me of my mother’s decorations. I’m sure her tree ornaments were older than than the hills. Some were so tattered and beat up, but she insisted we put them all on the tree. I tried to leave off the plastic icicles with the hooks too tiny to fit on the branches and they always fell on the floor. They appeared on the tree the next day. I also tried to throw away the tinsel garland that had deteriorated to little more than the central wire and a couple sparse fringes. It also appeared on the tree the next day.

I guess some traditions are too good not to keep.

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Decking the Halls

One of our foxes asked, “How early do you decorate for the holidays?”

Since I’ve always worked on a school schedule, and since I stay away from stores as much as possible, I start my Christmas preparations the day after Thanksgiving. I have several things that I do each year, and how much I get done each day depends on my energy level and what else is on my plate. This year I was fortunate in that all my school work was done before Thanksgiving Day, so I was able to dive right in on my To-Do list the next day.

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I try very hard to get this done the day after Thanksgiving.

My first holiday task on Friday was addressing the envelopes for our Christmas cards. For some reason that took me longer than usual this year. I think I was too distracted with a book promotion opportunity that will take place next week. But now that the envelopes are addressed, I can insert notes into the cards that need them, add gift cards into a few others, and get them all stamped and ready to mail out on Monday. Usually I type out and print an annual “Christmas Letter,” but this year has been comparatively uneventful, so I may just write a note in some of the cards instead. We have several cards that have to travel across the ocean, so I need to get those in the mail this week.

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I hung the garland on Saturday. When we get cards, I’ll pin them up with my holly-decorated clothespins (insert)

The second item on my annual Christmas To-do list is to put up a garland that I use to display the cards sent to us. I managed to hang the garland on Saturday. It’s a tough job, even with my trusty step stool. Guess I’m going to have to grow a few inches! I’ll hang our Christmas cards on this with clothespins. Sometimes, when we receive more cards than will fit on the garland, I’ll put up decorative ribbon on the wall on either side of our fireplace and hang more cards there. One year I got industrious and decorated a bunch of clothespins with a holly leaf made of felt, and that added a little bit of color to our garland.

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This pic is from a few years ago. I haven’t made this year’s stockings yet!

Each year I make stockings for the kids and grandkids, and I hang them on the mantle. Of course, now that our five kids have given us a total of twelve grandkids and two great-grandkids, the stockings have to hang in other places, too. By the time we have our family Christmas gathering, they’re hanging on the window valances on the knobs of our hutch, and wherever I can find a spot to hang them. I didn’t get those started this past weekend, but I’m hoping to get the pieces cut out soon.

 

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Again, this picture is from a few years ago.

Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll put up the tree.I’ve cut back on the number of things I put on it. No more metallic garland (it just gets all tangled up and I have to throw it out) and no more glass bulbs (they all broke and I never bothered to replace them). These days I stick to my favorites – special ones that I’ve received from my kids and students, and a set of miniature wooden ornaments. The treetop angel is one my sister-in-law made and gave me one year. There have been years that I managed to put the tree together the morning of our family Christmas celebration! But lately I’ve been doing better. Probably because I have grandkids who come over on a regular basis and ask where the tree is. Their mother is a lot more organized than I am. Maybe this year I’ll manage to beat them!

There are other knickknacks that I put out, but those are still packed in the basement and I’ll get those out little by little. I have some candles, some Christmas signs, a basket of pine cones, and some mantle decorations. What usually happens is that I’ll go downstairs looking for something else, and then I’ll spot the boxes and bring them up. And then I’ll have to go back to get the item I originally went down for.

img_3217I usually make an attempt to decorate the outside of the house. Again, I don’t do a lot. I have a pine garland that I wrap around the railing in the front of the house. Last year we decided to string some Christmas lights around the garland, but we don’t have an electric outlet on the outside of the house, so the cord has to go through the garage. Of course, we have a nice pine wreath for the front door, but it’s hard to see because the door is painted green. Someday I’ll get (or make) a lighter colored wreath. And then maybe I’ll hang the green one on the back door, which is painted white. Saturday afternoon was nice and mild, so I went outside and took care of the outdoor stuff. We’ll never compete with the Griswold family, but we’re okay with that!

How and when do you decorate your home for the holidays?

 

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Guest: Author Susana Ellis

My guest today is Regency Romance writer, (say that three times fast!), Susana Ellis. Susana and I have many mutual Facebook friends, including our Founding Fox, Jillian Chantel. I thought it was time to have her visit us.

Guest Author Susana Ellis

Guest Author Susana Ellis

Welcome, Susana!

Thanks for having me, Tonette!

In case some of our readers are not familiar with them, could you them a definition of what constitutes a Regency Romance?

The Regency was the period in English history (1811-1820) when King George III was too mentally unstable to manage his monarchical responsibilities, so his eldest son, the future George IV, was called on to serve as Regent. Although sometimes the period is stretched to include the decade prior to and after that period. The Prince Regent was a connoisseur for the arts and promoted a wide range of artists, musicians, architects, etc. It was a fascinating period between the extravagant Georgian age of the previous century and the modernization of the Victorian one.
How do you do your research? Are you a stickler for details?

Google is my friend! I also collect research books for all sorts of things historical. I do like to get things right, but without having lived there myself, I have to use my imagination as well. I have a critique partner who is great at spotting anachronisms, and I do use an etymological dictionary as well.
Oh, and I try to travel to English for at least three weeks at a time each year. I just can’t get enough of the museums and stately manors.

You mentioned to me that there is a recent trend in the Darker Side of Regencies. Would you please explain and add your ideas on the subject?

The Regency wasn’t all sweetness and light. The upper classes lived extravagantly, the middle classes managed to eke out a living, and the lower classes struggled to survive. Essentially, birth determined your class and economic status, and there weren’t many ways to advance. Crime was rampant, and punishment was harsh.
Life for females was even tougher. Jobs for women were poorly paid and almost non-existent. A girl raised on the streets had a better chance of becoming a prostitute than a servant, of whom references would be required. Even among the gentry, daughters had few options other than marriage, and marriage to the wrong man could be a misery, since divorce was virtually impossible and husbands had the right to everything the wife owned, including their children. Even marriage to royalty is not guaranteed to be a bed of roses. The Prince Regent’s estranged wife Caroline is a good example of that. She couldn’t see her own daughter without his permission.
Considering this, you’d think more fathers would make provisions for their families (esp. daughters) in case of their untimely death, but my impression is that a lot of them were like Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, who didn’t think of it until it was really too late. (I know, a lot of people today don’t buy life insurance for their families either, but the consequences of not doing so were so much worse 200 years ago.) For example, what would have happened to Lydia if Wickham had not been bribed to marry her? She could not have come back home again without seriously damaging her sisters’ reputations, and frankly, that would have likely already occurred. In my opinion, she was just a silly young girl, but running away from the protection of her family would have made her an outcast and a pariah to her family and polite society.

Please tell us something about your new series that touches on The Dark Side.

Book 3 in my time travel series features an abused wife who travels to the future to escape the clutches of her murderous husband. The hero is an ex-cop who lost his wife several years ago as a consequence of his job. Eventually, he returns to the past with the heroine to help settle things with her abusive husband. And yes, the (in)famous Lady P gets involved in the situation too. (I’m working on this story this month for Nanowrimo.)

Do you write in any other form or genre?

Not yet, but maybe someday, if I get all my historicals written!

I know you have done several collaborations. I’ve been told that many authors find them not worth their time, since you split the credit and royalties so thinly, (not that I know many authors who are making REAL money off of their work). Can you give us your input on the pros and cons?

As long as all the authors are contributing to the promotional side of things, anthologies can be a great way to increase your exposure to readers. 2014’s Sweet Summer Kisses made decent money for all the authors, and even since then, my single story, The Third MacPherson Sister, from that collection is my best-seller. The Bluestocking Belles’ 2015 Christmas collection made over $6000, and although every penny went to the Malala Fund, it did a lot to solidify our brand and help us find new readers, which is a huge plus. While our commitment to Malala remains unchanged, this year we decided to recoup the costs of production (which were paid out of our pockets last year), and pay ourselves something for our efforts, so 25% of the royalties from the new collection, Holly and Hopeful Hearts, will go to the Malala Fund.
On the other hand, a collaboration without the full support of all of the authors—particularly if only a couple of them are doing much at all to promote the work—can turn out to be disappointing. So it’s really important to choose the right people and make it clear from the beginning that there’s no free lunch.

You Winter in Ohio and Summer in Florida. Is there a difference in how much writing you get done in either place, how or if your location affects your work?

It all depends on mindset. In Florida I have a lot of responsibility with my parents, although we have a caregiver for the mornings so I can write. I do have less freedom during the day, so I have to make good use of the time I have. In Ohio my days are pretty much my own (my sister takes responsibility for the folks), but that doesn’t mean I get more writing done. It’s still a matter of discipline and self-control, and I’m not terribly good at those. Plus, since Ohio is my primary home, I have so much STUFF there that needs sorted out and tossed out and in many ways that is much more of a burden than dealing with my parents. So, just because I have more time to myself there doesn’t mean I get more done.
Plus, I’m seriously working on cleaning up my unhealthy lifestyle, and that takes time too. In fact, that needs to come FIRST! I’m a work in progress!

[Wow, your life in Ohio  really sounds like mine!- T.]

I know you are a great reader, but with all your moving back and forth, do you keep many books? Do you keep certain books in certain places? Are there any that travel with you? Have ebooks helped?

Ebooks are fabulous! They take up no room in the house and I don’t have to worry about transporting them back and forth. I do have quite a collection of research books, though. They tend to be big and heavy with lovely color pictures, like the one on Vauxhall Gardens I did a blog series on last year. I really can’t lug them back and forth, but I always sort out a few to bring with me. Most of them stay in Ohio because I have more room there, but my stash here in FL is gradually growing too, thanks to Louisa Cornell constantly sharing all the great research books she’s collected over the years. It’s amazing how many of them can be had for a few dollars plus shipping on the Amazon marketplace!

Do you have any other hobbies or creative activities you enjoy?

I like to cook, mostly because I like to eat. I cook more in Florida because I have my parents to cook for. Fortunately, they like my cooking, as long as I don’t season it too much. I’m addicted to some TV shows like Law and Order and just about anything on HGTV. If I have free time, I love reading. I have four Kindles and four different books going on at a time!

[Now you REALLY sound like me!-T]

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

I’m a retired Spanish/French teacher and have traveled widely. I urge everyone to spend some time abroad, not just sightseeing, but getting to know people. It gives you a global perspective you’ll never get from staying home and watching TV news. Essentially, people are more alike than different. Once you get know each other, you’ll see there’s nothing to fear from those who grew up in different cultures.

Thank you so much for joining us, Susana.

You’re so welcome, Tonette! I’ve enjoyed answering your thoughtful questions.

How can our readers learn more about you and your works?

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Susana Ellis' "Holly and Hopeful Hearts"

Susana Ellis’ “Holly and Hopeful Hearts”

Holly and Hopeful Hearts

When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever love-matches she can. Seven assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?

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