A big welcome today to Toni Griffin as part of her blog tour with Other Worlds Ink. Corey’s Christmas Bundle is part of A Holiday to Remember – a collection of holiday themed novellas from Mischief Corner Books.
Holiday Traditions – Toni Griffin
Hey everyone. Thanks for helping me celebrate the release of my brand new holiday story Corey’s Christmas Bundle.
In writing this story I got to go back and revisit with one of my favourite groups of fictional people, the Atherton Pack. Not only did I get to spend time with my wolves again, I also got to write about one of my favourite times of year. The holiday season.
Love it or hate it, the holiday season is here and you can’t escape it. So, I believe in embracing it. Although not too damn early. LOL. The Christmas tree doesn’t go up until the first day of December. Even the office must be decorated with tree, tinsel and baubles.
When the big day finally arrives everyone has their Christmas traditions. I thought it would be nice to share some of mine with you.
For work, every year I make massive batches of homemade rocky road and white Christmas and take them into office. There I hand out little bags of the homemade treats to a number of my co-workers. (I can’t give them to everyone as there are over seven hundred employees at my work. LOL I’d be making rocky road for days if I was to try and attempt that.)
As for family, lately it’s just my brother’s family and mine, as we’re the only ones left in Darwin.
We start our morning early, with chicken and champagne. I don’t know when this tradition started but as far back as I can remember to my childhood we’d have marinated honey soy chicken wings cooked on the Webber Christmas morning and champagne (Back then, it was non-alcoholic for us kids).
We then follow this up mid-morning with a prawn cocktail, hopefully with prawns fresh off the trawlers (If we’re fast enough to get them). My daughter doesn’t like prawns (All the more for me) but loves the sauce and lettuce, so she has a prawn-less cocktail. 😉
Lunch is usually had around one in the afternoon, maybe a little later. This consists of a glazed ham, usually served cold, a hot ingams turkey thigh roast and then salads with some fresh bread rolls. Living in Darwin it’s far too hot and bloody humid to be cooking all damn day. So our Chrissy lunches are always cold. I can’t even remember the last time, if ever, I’ve had a hot meal on Christmas day.
By the time dinner rocks around we’re usually still mostly full, so we just snack on a cheese platter with some fresh fruit while we relax on the couch with a few drinks, and watch the most Christmas of all movies. Die Hard!
Thanks for sticking with me as I told you about my traditions. I’d love to hear about some of yours.
For the first time, Mischief Corner Books is releasing a month-long collection of holiday-themed tales:
Traditional Winter Holidays can be tough for a variety of reasons—family pressures, finding the right gift, homesick longing, and haunting memories to name a few. This collection showcases eleven queer short stories, from tender contemporaries to sweet paranormal to far-flung space tales, all designed to make you want to reach for your hot cocoa and your favorite snuggly spot. Come join us for A Holiday To Remember.
For this tour, Mischief Corner Books is giving away two $25 gift certificates to their eBook store, and two rainbow beanies. To enter, just use the rafflecopter here, or below:
Corey’s Christmas Bundle (Atherton Pack 5)
Being pregnant is not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you’re male and a shifter. Even though the world now knows about wolf shifters, their male’s ability to bare young is still a closely guarded secret. Since Corey’s pregnancy is now visible, he’s been stuck at home working on code and waiting for company to drop by. Problem is, though, the human government wants to know where Corey is.
As Christmas and Corey’s due date draw ever nearer, Ben devises a plan that will not only get Corey out of the house, but allows the wolves of Atherton Pack to give the community some Christmas cheer.
Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated English with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.
Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves. Feel free to drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
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