Please welcome Serenity Woods to the "Romancing the Holiday" event.
A White-Hot Christmas!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to spend Christmas in the southern hemisphere?
I’m originally from the UK, so I’m used to cold, wet winters where the windows steam up as you cook the turkey dinner and it’s dark by 4pm. I’ve seen very few white Christmases in England—once it snowed on Christmas Eve, but usually—if it’s going to snow at all—it’ll be in January or February.
Imagine how weird it was when we first landed in New Zealand on 7th December six years ago, and it was 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Everyone was dressed in shorts and jandals (flip-flops to the rest of the world), the shops selling beachwear had windows decorated with holly and snowmen, and we spent Christmas Eve paddling in the Pacific. It was incredibly surreal, but we're getting used to it! Christmas here isn’t quite the same, (and in fact we always have a midwinter “Yule” celebration that is much more like a traditional northern hemisphere Christmas). We tend to treat it more like a midsummer festival, and Christmas dinner is usually cooked on the barbecue and eaten around the pool.
You can still buy a turkey, and many people have a traditional Christmas dinner here. But I like mine Kiwi style. This year’s menu is likely to include barbecued pork chops and steaks with various marinades, smoked Kingfish, Greek salad, potato and bacon hash, and fresh fruit salad to finish, although we’ll probably have a traditional Christmas pud just for the hell of it.
If you’d like to find out more about Christmas Down Under, my book White-Hot Christmas by Samhain Publishing tells the story of university lecturer Merle Cameron’s holiday in New Zealand and what happens when she meets sexy firefighter Neon Carter. White-Hot Christmas was given the first ever starred review of a digital-first book on Library Journal's XPress Reviews (you can read it here: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2011/11/books/genre-fiction/romance/xpress-reviews-e-originals-first-look-at-new-books-november-18-2011/ )
You can buy White-Hot Christmas from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/White-Hot-Christmas-ebook/dp/B005V32PVI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1318490905&sr=1-1
Serenity Woods lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes fun, flirty, and sexy contemporary romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and hunky but approachable heroes. She's won several romance writing competitions and is a member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it's not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies. You can check out her books at www.serenitywoodsromance.com
She also writes under the name Faye Robertson and has another Christmas release out soon from Entangled Publishing called Holly’s First Noel.
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