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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Ann Jacobs

Winter Wonderland Down South

When I imagine the winter holidays, I still think of snowmen and sleigh rides, of chestnuts roasting in a crackling fire while lovers warm up with cocoa or hot buttered rum after a long trek in the snow. Not that I’ve seen a December like this in Florida, where I’ve lived for my entire adult life.

I still miss the cold weather up north where I grew up, but I must admit there’s something to be said for spending holidays in the subtropics. When I stop to think about it, I realize we’ve made a lot of warm and fuzzy memories down here, too, but our winter trappings involve sunny, temperate days that are likely to involve water parades of boats decked out in elaborate holiday lights and entire neighborhoods full of houses whose eaves sport glittering fake icicles, giant menorahs and reindeer perched on lawns.

Of the hundred or so books and novellas I’ve written, not one has theme built around a holiday season. Only one—For Old Times’ Sake, slated for a 2012 release at Ellora’s Cave—is set in Florida and has scenes that take place during this festive time of year.

Why is this? I’ve watched my kids in their annual pageants, enjoyed open houses and holiday parties each year with my husband and our friends. I’ve enjoyed the crowds at the malls, the neighborhood baking get-togethers. I’ve gathered memories of holidays without snow and cocoa but with sing-alongs and yearly school ceremonies.

This year I’d like to wish you a wonderful, down-home holiday season, with white sand instead of snow, jet skis in place of one-horse sleighs, sun instead of frosty cold. The turkey’s the same wherever we are, as is the spirit of goodwill that abounds this time of year. Merry Christmas…Happy Hanukkah…Happy Solstice.

Don't miss this print collection including all four steamy stories about the Savannah Rebels and their kinky fantasies! Out in time for holiday giving, check out each individual story:

Sackmaster, End Run, Best Reception and Prime Defender, on their own book pages, complete with hot excerpts!

Leave a comment on this post and you're entered to win either a print copy of "Necessary Roughness" (US only) or an eBook copy!


Megs said...

Happy Holidays!

ilona said...

Happy Holidays to all.
May they bring you everything you want (especially books :D)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann. First, I have to say I had a Russian Blue cat who looked a lot like yours. He lived to at least 22. He was a full-grown stray when we found him, so his exact age is unknown. Second, I loved Sackmaster and the Necessary Roughness series (yours and the TV show). It combines football, which I love,and BDSM, which I also love. Happy Holidays,

Debby said...

Hi, enjoy your holidays.
debby236 at gmaildot com

elaing8 said...

Enjoyed reading your post.
Happy Holidays!

Joanne said...

great post. Happy Holidays.


shadow_kohler said...

thank you fun the great post! happy holidays!

Cathy M said...

Wishing you all the blessings of the season too, Ann, and more magical memories.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

June M. said...

I would much rather have a holiday with white sand instead of white snow. I don't like cold, snow, and ice since falling a few years back.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Tamsyn said...

Love your post. I usually spent Christmas at home with hubby, with our tree and a home-made dinner.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Judith said...

I have never had a Hot Christmas (!)
Spicy, yes. Lol.
Always celebrated in cold weather with hot mulled wine to keep of the chills.
Whereever you are, hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday.
Judith / International

BookAttict said...

Looks like an HOT read. Can't wait to check it out!

Happy Holidays & thanks for the giveaway!

Jean P said...

Great post, enjoyed reading it.
Happy Holidays.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

VampedChik said...

LOVE the cover! I would also love to read it! Going on my wishlist! Happy Holidays!

PaParanormalFan said...

Hello Ann,
WOW you out did yourself with the Cover of "Necessary Roughness" & it sounds like a GREAT list, this is definitely a Book I have to read.
Take Care & Happy Holidays,
Renee' S.

GladysMP said...

I watched Christmas decorations from throughout the U.S. on TV Christmas Eve and one of the most elaborate yard displays was in Florida. It seems this man started in January getting his elaborate display planned for the following year. It was something to be seen.

flchen1 said...

Happy celebrating, Ann! Glad you're enjoying the holidays even without the white Christmas! I've never lived anywhere where it snows this time of year, but I too associate Christmas with those snow-covered boughs and trees :)

Hoping your celebrating was warm, merry, and memorable!

Crossing my fingers--can't wait to get a copy of Necessary Roughness! I just unpacked some of my other books and put Home Field Advantage and Men in Motion into their places on my keeper shelf :)

f dot chen at comcast dot net