Kay Berrisford Guest Author
Kay and I are switching blogs today, and it’s awesome. Thanks Kay for being here. Be sure to check out her blog to read about my 2014 plans and free read – Christmas Crossroad.
The Perfect Christmas: Squabbling Relatives versus a Good Book and the Cat!
Christmas is charging toward us like the unstoppable juggernaut it is, bringing the annual deluge of Christmas stories. Hurrah!
I love Christmas stories in all their wondrous varieties, though many of them depict the kind of festive get-together that sends shivers down my spine. I’m talking about the huge gatherings, with multi-generations of the same family all squeezing into one house—mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, and oodles of kids. Of course, this set-up always makes for great reading. Among the merriment, there’s bound to be tensions sizzling, as parents spend time with their offspring’s new spouse, or siblings who hate each other have to pretend to share the love. After a few days in one another’s company—and maybe a little too much sherry—there’s going to be explosions.
Family gatherings are great to read about, and are some folk’s idea of a real life paradise … but not my idea of a merry Christmas. I prefer spending a quiet day with only very close relatives, and my favorite part is our annual Boxing Day walk through the Kentish countryside. I’m not one for being cooped up or a fan of too much food! However, one of the side effects of having a small family circle, as I have, is that one day it’s likely I will be alone.
Not that being alone for Christmas is necessarily a problem. I’m sure that quite a few folks who’ve arrived at one of those big get-togethers would swap the over-excited kids for a quiet cup of tea and a good book, or to be on their happy lonesome at some luxury holiday resort. However, the idea of Christmas alone must be haunting me somehow, because I just realized that both festive stories I’ve written so far are about somebody confronting the prospect of their first solitary yuletide.
Other than that, both stories are quite different. Simon, Sex, and the Solstice Stone is a time-travel book, whereas my new release, Gifts from the Tree, is a contemporary shifter story. The heroes in both, of course, find romance and that special person to share their lives with by the end of their tales. Notably, though, my heroes and their new squeezes spend Christmas day in quiet household of just two. The other relatives are all on the end of the phone, which I suppose says a lot about my ideal Christmas.
So … what’s your idea of a perfect Christmas? All the family together, or you and the cat and a good book?
Gifts from the Tree
Blurb: When Phin deserts James on Christmas Eve, offering vague excuses, James is left wondering how well he knows the man he’s been seeing. Phin, an expert on forest mythology, clearly has secrets, which doesn’t make James feel any better as he faces Christmas alone. But when an attempt to collect a Christmas tree takes a strange and magical turn, James finds out the supernatural happenings in the woods and Phin’s absence could be linked.
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