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Thursday, December 20, 2012



Christmas Fun

I know the Christmas season is usually about family, good food and get-togethers, but let’s face it: it’s also about gifts…lol. At least, gifts and Santa Claus were probably of prime importance to us when we were children, and who could blame us?

During this Christmas season, I reminisce about some funny memories as a child about receiving gifts, which were meant to be ‘joke-gifts’. Let me tell you, as a child there is not much sense of humor about having a practical joke played on you, but now that I am older, I think it’s all pretty funny!

I remember one Christmas when my sister and I were presented solemnly with one present for both of us, and upon unwrapping it, I was horrified.

It was a garbage can. Not any garbage can, mind you. This one did have Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on it. But it was still a garbage can. My six year old heart broke. As my sister politely thanked my parents, and discussed the merits of the artwork adorning this item, I started to cry, believing I had been, in a word, “ripped-off.” Oh, I knew I wasn’t behaving well, it’s the thought that counts of course, but what were my parents thinking when they associated our present with waste disposal?

My parents did not expect that reaction, momentary disappointment, surely, but not utter distress, and particularly my heartrending reaction contrasted with my sister’s gracious one. So very quickly, within seconds, the other ‘real’ presents came out, and my parents’ playful joke revealed.

That’s not the last time they ‘got us’ either. We probably still had an old eight track stereo long after other families had the new stereo technology, and I remember at one point I could not listen to the music of my new favorite bands in the eighties, like Duran Duran and Culture Club. We were given cassettes of these bands as gifts, which delighted my sister and I, until we realized we couldn’t actually play them on the eight track!

Our sadness turned quickly to joy when another gift was brought out, which you guessed it, was a cassette player!

I guess I learned a couple things through these experiences, one: my parents are jokers, and two: I don’t always take jokes well, at least, not as an unsophisticated child. But I am older now, and appreciate what they did. Sometimes delaying the gratification builds up the excitement. I will always remember these gifts and the way my parents tried to make the gifts memorable.

Because, after all, it’s all in the giving! Speaking of which, I have a gift to give away.

A copy of my new release, Irish Magic, an erotic paranormal romance from Secret Cravings Publishing!

Mysterious Ireland is famous for its magical lore. But Kelly Murphy is here to mend a broken heart; not chase pots of gold. She can’t help being enchanted, though, by the beauty and charm of the land. Not to mention being completely captivated by local hunk and tour guide Sean Ahearn!

But it’s more than Ireland that’s seducing Kelly. After wandering onto a fairy hill, Kelly experiences the most passionate night of her life. It’s who it’s with that has her stumped.

Is it sexy Sean or is fairy mischief afoot?

In a land where everyone believes, can Kelly find the courage to let go of the past and take a leap of faith?

How do you get this gift? Just post a comment, and I will be drawing one lucky winner who does so on December 23rd!

Happy Holidays, and Happy reading!

About the Author: In the daytime, Chloe Waits works in healthcare taking temperatures, and by night she sends them sky rocketing by writing white hot contemporary and paranormal erotic romance. A Toronto based author, Chloe Waits has fond memories growing up thumbing through Harlequins to get to the 'good stuff,'and blames this formative experience for all that she does! You can find her work at Secret Cravings Publishing, Phaze Publishing, Clean Sheets, and The Erotic Woman.

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Debby said...

I remember one Christmas my children got some batteries but the toy for the batteries was still downstairs in the basement. We had to go on a search.
DEbby236 at gmail dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

I remember a few "joke" gifts in my family as well over the years! My dad has always been a clown! (at least he thinks He gave me an empty box when I was only a few years old one (probably about 3 or 4). On the box was a picture of the stuffed animal "Gentle Ben" which I loved to watch on TV...and when I asked "Where is the stuffed animal?"...he said that all he could find was the box. I was about to bust into tears myself, but he quickly pulled the toy out from behind him on the couch and gave it to me...atlas my heart was not broken! LOL Thanks for sharing!

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

What fun having such cards as parents! I also love the premise of your book-- and anything to do with hunks and magic. The heroine in my book is also named Kelly.

Na said...

This does sound like a great time to bring some humor. I would probably react like you too at that age. Good thing the "real" presents came too :)


Chloe Waits said...

Thanks so much for your comments everyone!
I drew a name at random, and Mountain Laurel won Irish Magic!

I have sent a copy to the email you provided...Congratulations!