Christmas Fun! A Red Mug and a Christmas Kiss, Dawn Marie Hamilton

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A Red Mug and a Christmas Kiss

by Dawn Marie Hamilton

Melinda had always wanted to be a Santa’s helper. At twenty-five, it seemed like a silly childhood dream.

Snowflakes danced on the breeze, landing on her cheeks and the tip of her nose. She shivered and sipped from the red ceramic mug she’d just purchased at the garden center’s gift shop along with hot cider. The owners of Foxgloves were Scottish and all the greenery was decorated with tartan ribbon and bows.

Wandering past rows of Christmas trees, the sharp scent of fir, along with apple and cinnamon from the cider, reminded her of Christmases long past. She missed her family. Felt alone in this new mountain town.

In the center of the display garden, a Christmas village had been erected. Young men, dressed in kilts and tunics and wearing elf hats, used hand puppets to entertain children waiting their turn to sit on Santa’s lap and give the white-bearded man their Christmas wish lists.

Melinda couldn’t help but ogle the guys’ muscular legs exposed to the chilly air. She’d be covered in goose bumps if she—

“Lass, would you be so kind as to help me with a medieval skit?”

She lifted her gaze from a firm pair of masculine legs, up a tight body, to very kissable lips that broadened into a grin. Blue eyes glinted with humor. Heat burned her cheeks. And it wasn’t from the steam rising from the red mug.

“Aren’t you cold?” she blurted. “I mean, of course, I’d be happy to help.” Gosh. She sounded silly.

“My name is Tevin,” he said.

“Mine is Melinda.”

“Pretty name.”

He handed her a puppet depicting a faerie princess and another a fair maiden and introduced her to the crowd as Santa’s Helper Melinda. She then joined him in an improvised skit where the faerie princess bestowed magic powers upon a warrior who slayed a dragon and won the hand of the fair maiden.

The children clapped.

“That was fun,” she said as they walked away from the Christmas village to a secluded picnic table.

“It was.” He pulled a flask out of his sporran. “I’m finished for the night. Would you care for some whisky?”

“Um. Sure.”

He poured a small measure of the amber liquid into the red mug and handed it over. She sipped the drink and smiled. How could she let him know of her interest in him without feeling a fool?

Tevin took the mug from her hand and drank from the spot her lips had touched. “I like the taste of your lips. May I?”

The intent glowing in his eyes near to burned her. Her stomach shimmied. Still, she nodded.

His arm encircled her waist; drew her close. The touch of his lips against hers was soft. Gentle. Stole her breath. Became demanding. She dropped the empty red mug into the snow and wrapped her arms around his neck, surrendering to the magic of his Christmas kiss.

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just-wait-200-by-300Dawn’s book is now available! Hope you have enjoyed her story!!🙂 Thanks to Dawn for sharing with us!

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~Dawn Marie Hamilton


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Cookies for Santa–Cougar Style

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Cookies for Santa

Terry Spear

Trish made the best ever gingerbread cookies this year, just for Santa. Why? She hoped this Christmas, Santa would bring her a daddy. Not just any kind of daddy, but a fun-loving cougar daddy. One who would run with her brother and her through the woods with their mommy, and who would go swimming with them too. Course her twin brother, Jeff, wanted their daddy to ride horses with them when they went to Hal and Tracey Haverton’s horse ranch too.

Mommy said they needed to ask for something other than a daddy because Santa, even a cougar Santa, couldn’t always find the right daddy for a family who needed one.

And Mommy was right. Christmas came and no daddy was sitting under the Christmas tree.

Trish sighed. She wasn’t giving up. So her New Year’s resolution was to be the best little girl ever, and then maybe her mommy would find a daddy for them.

But Mommy said that the year was a very long time. And making a resolution like that might not mean they would get a daddy either.

So Trish decided to be herself. To help her mother, to play with her brother, to do what she was supposed to do, when she wasn’t doing what she wasn’t supposed to be doing, and like Mommy said, there was always next Christmas.

They never even made it to Christmas because something happened in the summer. Something wonderful, and bad, and everything in between and it all started when they took a trip to see their Great Aunt Emily, who was like a grandmother to them.

She was almost like Santa Claus. Yes, Trish thought, she was Santa Claus—a summer Santa Claus.

And this Christmas she was making gingerbread cookies for Aunt Emily.

The End

If you want to know what happened that summer, be sure to read Double Cougar Trouble!

I have a couple of more authors sharing Christmas stories for a few days too so be sure and stay tuned!

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Trouble doesn’t always come in twos.

Jack Barrington still has an army obligation that takes him away from the woman who had enchanted him when they were both in college, but Dottie Hamilton refuses to marry a man in the military because of the problem of raising cougar shifter cubs in foreign lands and the worry he may be killed while overseas like her cousin was, leaving a wife and three little ones behind. When Jack returns home to see his family and Dottie’s only living relative, her aunt, she convinces Dottie to bring her twins home to see her—and to see him. Jack has two-and-a-half weeks to convince Dottie to wait for him while he finishes his last three months on active duty. And learns the truth. Dottie’s twins are his own flesh and blood.

Dottie has made a lot of mistakes in her life, including providing a father for her children by marrying a man, who turns out to be an arms’ dealer. When Jack returns to her after finishing his army obligation, he’s determined to prove he’s the mate she needs in her life, and he has every intention of being the father to his four-year-old twins. Now the criminal deeds of Dottie’s dead ex-husband have come back to haunt her. And she and Jack and their cougar friends will have to band together to stop the arms’ dealers before they destroy what the cougars hold dear.

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSSMACE

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/double-cougar-trouble

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/685839

Barnes and Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-cougar-trouble-terry-spear/1125245644?ean=2940157024727

iBooks:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/double-cougar-trouble/id1180650778?mt=11

Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Terry_Spear_Double_Cougar_Trouble_Heart_of_the_Cou?id=0oCZDQAAQBAJ&hl=en

And the print version is in process also.🙂

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com

Vexing the Highlander is Out!

If you have already bought the anthology, Enchanting the Highlander, then this novella was in it. But if you haven’t, the novella is now available on its own.🙂

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Lady Aila MacIntosh hopes she doesn’t regret the king’s marital choices for her and her sister. Until one braw Highlander bumps into her at the king’s gathering. He’s as taken with her as she is with him, until she learns he is but a commoner, when she is a lady. The king would never make a match between them. Alban of the Clan Daziel meets a beautiful woman at the king’s court, only she is a lady and out of his reach. When the lady and he meet under awkward circumstances, they chance to overhear a plot to assassinate the king. Their lives spiral out of control and losing his heart to Aila is only one of his pressing concerns. Protecting her from those who wish the king dead—his greatest.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vexing-Highlander-Terry-Spear-ebook/dp/B01MSOG5XF

Barnes and Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vexing-the-highlander-terry-spear/1125160805?ean=2940157080778

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/vexing-the-highlander-1

iBooks:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/vexing-the-highlander/id1178203409?mt=11

Smashwords:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/683102

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Terry_Spear_Vexing_the_Highlander?id=z3-ZDQAAQBAJ&hl=en

Yesterday, my neighbor, who loves historical romance, asked when I was going to be writing my next Highland book. This will be it. I just love this cover.🙂 It’ll be next year. I have to finish Loving the White Bear this year and work on the next wolf story after that.🙂❤
myhighlander_mediumI just need to get Between a Wolf and a Hard Place edits back to the publisher, and get back to writing on Loving the White Bear. Because of edits, I missed my word count.😦
Tomorrow, I’ll share some Christmas stories, some by me, and some by other authors. Though I didn’t get a lot of takers. Holidays are a hard time to keep up with everything!🙂
Have a wonderful day!

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com

Puffins–Fun with Photos

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The puffins were swimming up above, but the fun was the family in a bubble looking up at them as if they were in the water. The puffin below had his beak against the glass and was as fascinated with me as I was with him.🙂

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I’m over halfway done with Loving the White Bear!

Have a great day!

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com

Double Cougar Trouble is Out!

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Trouble doesn’t always come in twos.

Jack Barrington still has an army obligation that takes him away from the woman who had enchanted him when they were both in college, but Dottie Hamilton refuses to marry a man in the military because of the problem of raising cougar shifter cubs in foreign lands and the worry he may be killed while overseas like her cousin was, leaving a wife and three little ones behind. When Jack returns home to see his family and Dottie’s only living relative, her aunt, she convinces Dottie to bring her twins home to see her—and to see him. Jack has two-and-a-half weeks to convince Dottie to wait for him while he finishes his last three months on active duty. And learns the truth. Dottie’s twins are his own flesh and blood.

Dottie has made a lot of mistakes in her life, including providing a father for her children by marrying a man, who turns out to be an arms’ dealer. When Jack returns to her after finishing his army obligation, he’s determined to prove he’s the mate she needs in her life, and he has every intention of being the father to his four-year-old twins. Now the criminal deeds of Dottie’s dead ex-husband have come back to haunt her. And she and Jack and their cougar friends will have to band together to stop the arms’ dealers before they destroy what the cougars hold dear.

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSSMACE

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/double-cougar-trouble

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/685839

Barnes and Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-cougar-trouble-terry-spear/1125245644?ean=2940157024727

iBooks:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/double-cougar-trouble/id1180650778?mt=11

Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Terry_Spear_Double_Cougar_Trouble_Heart_of_the_Cou?id=0oCZDQAAQBAJ&hl=en

And the print version is in process also.🙂

Close-ups of Christmas Decorations

reflections-in-the-ornament-534x800Capturing the “world” in the reflective Christmas ball.

me-caught-in-the-act-800x534Me caught in the act while taking a picture of a miniature nutcracker.

christmas-santa-red-white-and-blue-800x534Going for small in low light conditions, no Photoshop either. Just using Windows Live Photo Gallery, which is all I have on my laptop.

blaines-stocking-534x800Capturing the warm glow of the fire and a little bit of Christmas lights for that homey feel. I don’t  have a fireplace, so I’m taking advantage of capturing some shots of the warmth of the fire.🙂

the-world-in-an-ornament-534x800I don’t know if I have any great reflective balls, but I don’t think so. They make for a fun kind of photo.

Okay, I’m off to write. I’m nearly ready to publish Double Cougar Trouble. Loving the White Bear is over halfway done, and I’ve got to work on Between a Wolf and a Hard Place!

That’s my fun.

Hope you are finding some fun too!

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com

Playing Around with Low Light Indoor Shots

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Unfortunately, the focus on the middle picture was more on her bed than her.mishka-body-table-and-fireplace-534x800I wanted to capture the fireplace and my son’s dog, Mishka, in the low light of the living room. The blinds were open, but it’s still not really light, in fact, it was pouring rain all day, and there is no overhead light in the living room. So that was it. I got down low on the floor to take the first two shots. I wanted to get to her eye level.

In the first two shots her bed was farther away from the fireplace so the background had a nice creamy bokeh. In the last picture, I had moved her bed closer to the fireplace and so you see both more clearly.

She was very good. If I’d gotten on the floor with my dogs, they would have been all over me. Actually, she did join me too and I was playing with her, then trying to get her back in her bed to take a couple of more shots.

Now I wish I had a fireplace too. :)  It was one thing I really wished I’d had when I bought the house.. But I love so much about the house I bought it anyway. Even though we don’t have long winters, we do have winter and they’re so nice to have.

Have a great one! I’m off to write.🙂

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

Connect with Terry Spear:

Website: http://www.terryspear.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerrySpearParanormalRomantics

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrySpear

Wilde & Woolly Bears: http://www.celticbears.com