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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Naomi Bellini

A Change for the Better; Creating New Traditions for Peace of Mind and Spirit

Breathe a sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back. Christmas is done, you made it through Thanksgiving if you live in the United States, the Holiday Madness is over. It's time for life to get back to normal. But wait! Don't get too comfortable, there is more insanity looming on the horizon…New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Though these two celebrations don’t have the stressors of their more popular counterparts, they come with their own pressures.

For many, New Year's Eve is celebrated by dressing up and going out for dinner and drinks. Women are expected to be sparkling and sexy, witty and fun. Unfortunately, this holiday comes so soon after Christmas, many of us have lost our wit and sparkle and don’t expect to have them back any time soon. In fact, we're downright depressed. We can't fit into our party dress and don't have the money or energy to shop for a new one. It's dark and cold, bad weather threatens daily. We're drained, worn-out, and really just want to curl up with a book and a bottle of wine and welcome the New Year from under a blanket.

Yet somehow, we drag ourselves through a New Year's celebration, and what do we find lurking around the corner? Valentine's Day! Another holiday that requires us to put on the glitz and shine. We now have to shop for sexy lingerie that requires an excessive amount of hair removal, assure our loved one that we really don't want a gift (yes, we really do!), and get in the mood for yet another fancy dinner, when the wine bottle and blanket are beckoning.

But really, is all the primping and polishing necessary? Ask many men and women and they will tell you they find their partner the most sexy and desirable when they tumble into bed at night, wobble out of bed in the morning, or step out of a steamy shower, wearing nothing but a towel. No make-up, no fancy dress, no uncomfortable pantyhose, just delicious bare skin.

Maybe this year would be a good year to scale back on the dress-up and celebration. We could just say no to those invitations and not feel guilty, or worry that we are missing out on something. It's perfectly okay to not celebrate a holiday the way we always have if it seems the old customs aren't working anymore. Change is good. This might be the year to start a new tradition, like enjoying the company of our loved ones in a quiet, cozy place. Perhaps, under the blanket.

About the Author:Naomi lives in beautiful sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical black cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets, but finds she is drawn to erotic romance because her characters insist on canoodling, and sometimes even falling madly in love. So she lets them. Occasionally, however, they go to dark and strange places. She lets them do this also. Most of her stories will surprise readers with unexpected twists and turns, because isn't that what makes life exciting?

Her interests include dancing, hula-hooping, drumming, and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play, have fun, and indulge in the pursuit of passion whenever possible. She hopes you enjoy her stories and would love to hear from you at naomibellina(at)live(dot)com. Visit her website at

Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!

Naomi will be giving away a GC from Amazon for her book Miranda's Travels. Leave a comment to be entered.


Sharazade said...

Hey! I can hula-hoop too! Such fun. And I do love a travel romance...

Naomi Bellina said...

My best Christmas present, I just found out there is a hula-hoop group here in my area, with workshops and jams. Woo-hoo! I will be spinning and dancing!
Thanks for the comment, Shar.

Jean P said...

That is so cool, a hula-hoop group, I bet it is a lot of fun.
I totally agree with what you are saying about the pressures of the upcoming events.

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Debby said...

There is a lot going on towards the end of the year, but the new year begins with my birthday in January and we have to celebrate that, right?
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Na said...

The Holiday Madness is over! At least the mall will be less congested and we can all look forward to a new year. Twists and turns are wonderful in stories and they do make them more exciting.


Mountain Laurel said...

I always look forward to new years...and a a hula-hoop group sounds like a good way to celebrate! Thanks for sharing!

elaing8 said...

I always hated going out for New Year's Eve. Now I just stay in where its nice and warm.

Kissa Starling said...

I love the title and the cover. I can't wait to read this one!

CelticAmazon said...

I quit wearing makeup and pantyhose a long time ago. My threshold for new clothes is comfort. lol. Liked the cover. I have a hula-hoop in the garage right now and am waiting for the warm weather.
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Naomi Bellina said...

Thanks everyone for the posts! I'm just now back at my computer, had to work for awhile. Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Naomi Bellina
Extraordinary erotic romance to tickle your fancy and unleash your libido

Cathy M said...

We long ago gave up on those fancy parties. Now it is just my hubby and I snuggled up on the couch watching a movie.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

shadow_kohler said...

im a comfort person. i hate getting dressed up. lol your book sounds so good! thank you! happy holidays!

June M. said...

I am a comfort person. I generally spend New Year's with my family, generally curled up on the couch watching movies or something. Going out just doesn't appeal to me, I don't like crowds (they give me panic attacks).
Have a save & happy New Year's, however you celebrate it!
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Naomi Bellina said...

I love all the comments! Keep them coming. Sounds like a lot of us want to have a quiet New Year's Eve celebration.

Paul McDermott said...

Hi,Naomi et al!

I thought I'd posted this but it seems to have been lost in the ether ...
There are many wonderful Traditions , possibly more for New Year than any other Holiday. Do we have to 'create' more? And how many times do 'new' things have to be repeated before they are "traditional"?

I lived in Scandinavia for many years. One short (b&w) film [18mins] has a 'cult' following there AND in Germany, despite being made in English. It is ALWAYS on TV on New Year's Eve in Germany and throughout ALL the Scandinavian countries.

I'm posting a link: don't be put off watching it by the Intro being in German: the film itself is HILARIOUS!!

Paul McD

Naomi Bellina said...

Wow, those Scadinavians know how to drink! Funny film.

VampedChik said...

My birthdays actually on New years eve. I can definitly say that I would rather stay in than go out and party. This year its just going to be me and a few friends watching some movies and avoiding all the drunk crazy people. Thanks so much for sharing!

flchen1 said...

LOL, Naomi! I'm not much of a partier, and neither is DH (guess that makes us well matched ;)) so we'll likely be spending a quiet New Year's Eve--might even *gasp!* retire early that night ;)

Hoping your celebrating this season has been merry and memorable, whether it's been fancy or not!

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