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Tuesday, December 18, 2012



What I want for Christmas…is you

Let me begin by saying this tale has a bittersweet ending, thus the title of my piece.

When I was first married, I had visions of how Christmas should be. Dozens of red roses, lingerie, chocolate, pretty baubles.

On our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband gave me a vacuum. I smiled weakly. He got the picture and asked what was wrong.

“I wanted something romantic,” I said.

Fast forward a year. On that Christmas Eve, we arrived at our small business separately and before our staff were there. When I came through the door, I saw an envelope pasted to the receptionist’s desk with my name on it. Inside was a beautiful card and a poem my husband had written. It brought tears to my eyes.

I called out, but he didn’t respond. I figured he had his office door closed to speak to a client.

In the next part of the office, there was a gaily-wrapped gift on a desk and my name on the tag. Inside was the sexiest lingerie I’d ever seen. I danced around, then shouted his name. Still no response.

I went deeper into our offices and found more presents: red roses, other poems, chocolates.

I was sobbing like a baby when I got to his office and threw my arms around him, blubbering about the best Christmas ever.

He hugged me and said, “Oh, okay.”

Oh, okay? I kissed him deeply and said I was taking him to breakfast as soon as I checked my face. There on the bathroom sink was one last gaily-wrapped package. Inside was a diamond and sapphire ring I’d coveted for months. I screamed.

He came inside and grinned. “I did good?”

Did he ever.

It was a Christmas I’ll never forget. A few years back I lost him. He’d gone to the doctor for a mild medical problem and took the prescribed medication. There was a reaction. My husband passed quickly and too soon.

His love, loyalty and sense of fun are what I use for my male characters in my romances.

My latest, Come Fill Me, Book One of my Prophecy Series (erotic paranormal), is available December 18 from Samhain

Two men will stop at nothing to have her gift, her desire…and her love.

Years ago, with the healing abilities afforded by her blend of Aztec and extraterrestrial blood, Liz was free to do as she wished. Now she is trapped in a blood feud, forced to heal one of her clan’s most dangerous rivals so they can exploit his gift of prophecy.

As she drapes her nude body over his, the rush of his returning strength overwhelms her, and his stunningly sensual caress pushes her to her sexual limit.

Zeke Neekoma never expected to hunger for a woman he’s supposed to hate, but now that he’s tasted her, he has no intention of denying himself the pleasure of her body—or of kidnapping his enemy’s most cherished plaything.

Brought to Zeke’s stronghold to heal his brother, Jacob, Liz surrenders her body’s most traitorous needs to the unrestrained desires of two powerful men. And the brothers fill the lonely void she has too long endured.

But her clan doesn’t intend to let her go without a fight…and the ecstasy that binds Liz to her lovers could be the thing that breaks them.
Contest details: One commenter will have her choice of one of my backlist ebooks (Come Fill Me not included).

About the Author:
Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose one of her erotic romances as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances. Her erotic paranormal The Yearning and another of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.



Kathy Otten said...

So very sorry for your loss. It's a void that will never be filled. He sounds like a wonderful guy.

Maria said...

Lovely story about your husband - sorry about your loss. Thanks for the info on Come Fill Me - it sounds really good:)

Selena Robins said...

Tina, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have tears in my eyes as I read your post.

He sounded like a wonderful husband and I've been blessed as well, so in that we can say we are fortunate, however, his time with you was too short.

As you face Christmas without him, I hope that beautiful memories such as this one will give you some comfort.


LKF said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, but thank you for sharing a special memory. It helped me see what a caring person you were able to spend a part of your life with. YOur book sounds great and one I'm going to get. I hope your happy holiday memories make this year a special one for you.

Katalina said...

He did good. : )
And he still loves you.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Kathy - he was a wonderful guy - one of a kind.

Hi, Maria - thanks for your kind thoughts and comments.

Thanks, Selena - I always miss him, but this time of the year makes it even harder to bear.

Hi, LKF, thanks for coming by and reading about my loss. I appreciate your sentiments.

LOL, Kat (with tears in my eyes) - yeah, he did do good. I'm certain he's smiling down on me now. :)

Anonymous said...

Tina, thanks so much for sharing such a deep part of who you are... Your husband sounds like he was a wonderfully caring, generous man. Sorry for your loss. *hugs*

You're inspiring, Tina. I understand the depth of your heroes even more now:)

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, KayDee - I don't think I'd be able to write some wonderful heroes if it hadn't been for my hubby. :)

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Ah, Tina, that was heartbreaking and beautiful. :) I'm with Kat.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Cindy - at least I had him for a little while.

Willa Edwards said...

Tina, that's such a sweet story. He sounds like an amazing man. I'm so sorry for your loss. Lots of love.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Willa - he was a good man - I appreciate your comments.

Fiona McGier said...

What's that old saying, "Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all."
He is still remembered for the wonderful, caring man he was. I hope you have found some measure of peace with your loss. Hugs.

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Fiona - what you said is so true - thanks for the hug. :)

Mountain Laurel said...

You story touched me so!!...I am heartbroken for your loss! What a wonderful surprise and romantic gift your husband shared with you that year and it left you with memories you will always cherish! I have memories similar of my dear husband and love-letters and poems he left me over the years...that kind of thoughtfulness from him meant more to me than all of the vaccumes in the world! LOL Thanks for sharing your story with us!

Tina Donahue said...

Hi, Debbi - thanks so much for your kind comments.

Debby said...

I am so sorry for your loss. But I had to chuckle at the vacuum cleaner. Mine once got me car wash coupons.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Tina Donahue said...

Oh, wow - car wash coupons as a gift is really bad. :) Thanks for stopping by, Debby - you made me laugh.

Melissa Keir said...

Thanks for sharing Tina. I'm sorry for your loss. Your husband sounds wonderful. Too bad he can't be whispering in the ears of many other hubbies this holiday season.

Like you, the season has a sad component. My mom passed suddenly one Christmas. She was buried on Christmas Eve. We had wrapped presents from her and for her under the tree. It was a bittersweet holiday. I still miss her each day but Christmas is hardest.

Marianne Stephens said...

What a precious memory you'll always have...sorry for your loss.
He certainly took time planning your surprise...sounds like a wonderful man.

Tina Donahue said...

Oh, Melissa - I'm so sorry to hear that. It's always traumatic to lose a mom no matter how adult we think we are.

Tina Donahue said...

He was wonderful, Marianne - I'll always miss him. And I'll always realize how lucky I was to have had him in my life.