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Friday, December 30, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Nicole Morgan

‘Tis the Season …

Every year Christmas comes around and lights twinkle while festive decorations are everywhere you can look. You’d be hard pressed to not find a gas station that has tiny stockings hanging from the registers. Let’s face it, we all love Christmas. We love decorating and spreading the holiday cheer. Right? Surely we all run around with our Donna Reed aprons in our perfect home on Maple Street while the house fills our noses with delightful scents of freshly baked Christmas cookies. The presents we picked out for our loved ones (months in advance because we do not procrastinate) are wrapped with the prettiest of bows and paper and placed under the tree. As a matter of fact, everything is so perfect you can’t help but wonder why Normal Rockwell never chose your home for some of his famous portraits which signified America at its finest.

Doesn’t that all sound wonderful? The truth of the matter is, the above paragraph is so far from reality in my yuletide world. See, I don’t live on Maple Street; my address is closer to Chaos Lane. Just to prove it, I’ll give you a glimpse into what my holidays usually entail.

Now, let’s talk Turkey. Or more specifically the sales after Turkey Day. See, I don’t buy my gifts ahead of time. I usually will begin after Thanksgiving in the mad dash of Black Friday, and try to follow it up with more deals on Cyber Monday. The truth is, things are so expensive these days that some of the sales the weekend following Thanksgiving are the best time to buy. Then once I have the presents I do the responsible thing and wrap them all right away. Okay, so that’s not true. They go in the closet and I’ll start on them first thing in the morning. At least that’s what I tell myself, but invariably this isn’t the case as daily life almost always interferes.

Now it’s time for baking. I don’t have a pretty apron, nor is my hair and make-up done perfectly as I traipse around the kitchen in my high heels as I roll out sugar cookie dough. I’m more likely to be seen wearing a t-shirt and a pair of athletic pants. My hair will be up in a pony tail, or at least most of it anyway and you can bet dollars to donuts that I will have flour and other remnants of baking on my nose, chin and countless other places they don’t belong. Of course during this time, the dog will undoubtedly have drug some dirt in the house. While I chase him with a towel and try to dry off his paws, slightly muddy from the damp ground after the snow melts I forget about everything else. I would ask the kids for help, but of course they’re probably arguing about something and wouldn’t hear me anyway. This will distract me from the cookies in the oven until they are coated with a nice black bottom.

Fast forward to Christmas Eve and you’ll probably find me staying up late to finish wrapping those last few gifts that I swore to myself I was going to wrap weeks earlier. I’ll most likely go to bed exhausted as I finish picking up the house for the guests who will be arriving the next day because no matter how much I plan, between writing, emails, social networking and the myriad of daily life activities that eat away at my time there is just so much to be done in the holiday season. You would think with the craziness of my month I would be pulling my hair out and vow to never give so much a go again, but you’d be wrong. Despite all the craziness one thing remains true. The holidays are about family, friends and all the joy that comes with that. Whether my cookies are baked to perfection or they’re burnt to the crisp, whether my home looks perfect or a disaster I wouldn’t trade the gift of spending holidays with those I love for anything in the world.

Do you have a Christmas that went awry? One that while it backfired you were still able to smile and realize that at the end of the day you spent your holiday with those you love and that is all that really matters? Leave me a comment below and tell me your story. And since this is the season of giving, the more comments I receive the more chances you have to win.

1-10 comments -1 winner
11-20 comments -2 winners
21-30 comments-3 winners

And so on. Winners will be able to choose any of my current releases in eBook format. One eBook per winner.

Happy Holidays ~ Nicole Morgan

BECK & CALL by Nicole Morgan

All Jenny wanted was to run her resort hotel without the constant interference from her boss. All Beck wanted, was her.

Jenny Somers is the General Manager at a resort hotel in the beautiful Caribbean. She loves her job, but she hates her boss. Constantly cutting corners to meet budget constraints she finds herself doing handyman work just to keep the hotel running.

Beck is a drifter who comes to Jenny’s rescue during a plumbing emergency at the hotel. He is arrogant, cocky and absolutely everything that Jenny despises in a man of his type.

Together Jenny and Beck find out just how real the term “opposites attract” is, and along the way find something they weren’t quite expecting along the way.


"...aching underneath the zipper of his jeans. She was sleeping so peacefully, but the need to touch her, taste her, tease her and please her was much more urgent. He undid the snap and zipper of his jeans and slipped them to the ground. His T-shirt soon followed, making a mound of clothes on the floor. Standing there for a minute he listened to the tiny little noises she made with every breath. Smiling, he thought she sounded like a kitten purring."


Mary Keith - Keith Publications, LLC said...

Beck & Call sounds yummy. Would love to read it.'s something when sisters get together and one of them says..."Look at all the fat ass'" Bringing us all into the conversation at

Mary Keith
Keith Publications

flchen1 said...

Nicole, we've been blessed to mostly have Christmases that haven't gone too terribly awry... I do recall one year when my younger brother was a toddler--he ran swooping through the house past the fully decorated tree one too many times... we heard a huge crash from the other room, and came in to find him under the toppled tree. Fortunately he was unhurt, but the lights were never the same again--we never did manage to untangle them! And this year, my parents' car broke down on them as they headed to our house for Christmas dinner. Fortunately they weren't far away, and thanks for the magic of cellphones, we retrieved them safely. A few things were a little overcooked because of the wait, but we still had a happy dinner together, and being together was what was important after all :)

Wishing you every joy and success in the coming year, Nicole!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Debby said...

This Christmas was tough for us. We had a flood in our basement and spent so much time cleaning it up that Christmas got lost. We traveled down to Virginia to visit with our daughters and they had a tree. Perfect!
debby236 at gmail dot com

Joanne said...

Beck and Call sounds like a great read. Can't wait to get it. When I was younger, I used to start shopping for Christmas gifts in January and I would be done around June. Since I've gotten older and more things are important, I usually don't start shopping until sometime in December. Happy New Year.


elaing8 said...

A couple of years ago I got really sick on Christmas Eve. Presents weren't wrapped,the baking wasn't done.I forgot to take the turkey out to thaw.So on Christmas morning we just put it in the oven and prayed it'd be cooked on time.(It was)Although I was still sick and didn't eat anything but soup.Kids got gifts in gift bags instead of wrapped and whatever I managed to bake before hand was all anybody got.No one complained,we all made the best of it.

Beck & Call sounds really good.
Happy New Year!

VampedChik said...

Fortunatly I haven't really had any Christmas glitches yet. Mostly just stuff like I'm broke so people don't get as much from me as I would like to give. But it always seems to work out somehow. Thanks so much for sharing! Love the excerpt!

Cathy M said...

The year the power went out for the whole day was pretty memorable, but also pretty special. We just all bundled up, had a fire going, pine candles burning, and made sandwiches together.

happy new year

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

I have had many a hay-wired Times when my kids were sick and did not feel good enough to enjoy opening their presents...but I remember one Christmas it we wrapped up the sick baby and drove on the Blur Ridge Parkway near our house so she could enjoy the snow...
and then there was the power outage Christmas...yep.. sandwiches that Yet's see, oh and let's not forget some of the silly family squabbles from those nutty relatives we so dearly love. Fond, fond,

shadow_kohler said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing! We've had a few christmas...mess ups. One year, i got a great dane puppy who thought our christmas tree and everything on it was his. We came home to a demolished tree and broken ornaments. My parents were so mad. Several of those ornaments were old and had sentimental value. We ended up going and buying another tree and more ornaments later that week..those didnt make it either. We decided on no tree that year. lol What memories. Happy new year!

June M. said...

I have had some serious mess ups on at Christmas. Cats climbing (and knocking over) the tree, forgetting presents (happens at Easter too), mistakes buying presents, etc.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Jess said...

Last year my son recognized the wrapping paper "Santa" used in a closet. Luckily he didn't put much thought in to it.
Thanks for the giveaway!

I'm 11! Good luck to everyone!

jcross719 at yahoo dot com

Judith said...

Great post, thank you.
I once, in the last minute madness of making Christmas lunch, made the gravy with coffee granules instead of gravy granules. Hey, in my defence, both jars were red and I had sampled the sherry whilst cooking! Everyone drowned their dinners in "gravy" before we realised. lol. Fun, fun, fun, gotta love Christmas.
Happy New Year every one.

Nicole Morgan said...

Thank you to all who left a comment! I loved reading about your holiday experiences.

Per the rules of the contest there were 2 winners!


Congratulations to:
elaing8 and Mountain Laurel

I'll be emailing you both shortly and thanks again to everyone who participated.