Christmas Tradition by Elysa Hendricks


Elysa.476x716x240dpi.2012 (1)Elysa Hendricks is 5’6″ tall. She has curly hair and brown eyes. She’s an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Everything else is subject to change without notice.

After trying her hand at a variety of careers, insurance underwriter, video storeowner, home day care, and domestic goddess for other people, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader sat down to write a short contemporary novel. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places, times, and realities. She’s published 14 full-length books, ranging from sweet contemporary to sexy sci-fi, as well as numerous short stories.

While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter of Romance Writers of America, and she’s the only remaining founding member of the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapter. She’s taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at community colleges.

Because for “real life” her motto is: Boring is good, excitement is vastly overrated, she saves the adventures for the characters in her books.

She loves to connect with other writers and readers. When she’s not writing you can find her hanging out on Facebook (way too much) or you can check out her books on her web site:


I love the Christmas season – red and green garlands, silver bells, Christmas trees and decorations, the smell of pine on a crisp winter day, and carols playing non-stop on the radio and in the stores.

Everyone has special Holiday traditions they observe. One of ours is that during the Christmas season, starting on Thanksgiving night, my husband and I re-watch our favorite Holiday movies. We usually start with SCROOGE, the musical version of A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney. Hubby’s favorite song from the movie is I Hate People, while I prefer I Like Life. I’m sure that says something about our personalities.

Over the next few weeks we watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, CHRISTMAS IN CONNETICUT, HOME ALONE and the sequels, various versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CHRISTMAS VACATION, WHITE CHRISTMAS, and others. On Christmas Eve we watch DIE HARD. When our now grown sons were young I wanted the family to watch a Christmas movie together, but they wouldn’t sit still for any of my choices. According to them, since DIE HARD takes place at Christmas time, it’s a Christmas movie. Since then it’s become our family tradition to watch it on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day, much to my family’s displeasure, I like to turn on the TBS channel and have A CHRISTMAS STORY play all day long.

What can I say, I’m addicted to Christmas.

I also love reading and writing short stories set during the Holidays. My short story CHRISTMAS WINDOWS is about a lonely, neglected little girl who on Thanksgiving finds a way to make her dreams of home and family come true. In A KITTEN FOR CHRISTMAS a snow storm, and a little boy on a quest for a kitten helps bring together two lonely, damaged people. THE CHRISTMAS VILLAGE is a romance inspired by my ceramic Christmas village. I wondered what it would be like to live there.

Food is always a big part of the Holidays, but while I enjoy eating it, as far as I’m concerned Cooking is a city in China, somewhere south of Baking and east of Ironing and Cleaning. That said, I do manage to put together a mean lasagna for Christmas Eve, and usually bake a ham for Christmas Day. One of my family’s favorite dishes is Pineapple Stuffing, which can be served as either a side dish or with whipped cream as a warm dessert.


1 16 oz Can Crushed Pineapple (Drained)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Stick Margarine or Butter (softened)
4 Eggs
6-8 Slices of stale bread torn into chunks (You can use old hamburger or hotdog buns, raison bread, wheat or rye bread. Whatever you have on hand.)

Mix Sugar, Butter and Eggs. Add Crushed Pineapple and Bread in a 2 quart covered casserole dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then bake an additional 30 minutes uncovered. Serve hot or cold.

Whether you’re Christian or not, the Christmas season is a magical time of year, about birth, family, love, and hope.

What are your favorite Christmas movies, foods, and traditions?

1667x2500AKittenForChristmas (1)A KITTEN FOR CHRISTMAS

Two Christmases ago when Dani Martin lost her parents and fiance in a car accident she gave up on love.

Jackson Connor has finally realized his dream of owning a farm when he’s presented with the result of a one-night stand he had years ago – a son.

On Christmas Eve, a snow storm, a little boy, and a kitten bring together two lonely, damaged people.


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While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream.

Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he’ll be there when she wakes up?



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A Short Holiday Story.

A sad and lonely little girl discovers a way to make all her dreams of home and family come true.


Growing up on the mean streets of LA didn’t prepare computer security investigator Maggie McCade for life in a small Midwest town – picnics, high school football games, pumpkin carving, lost puppies, and Trick or Treating. Sent to sniff out a hacker, she never expected or wanted to fall in love with her prime suspect – Jared Blakemaggie1600new (1)

When widower Jared Blake gave up his big city, high powered career in computers and returned to his home town to raise his daughter and teach high school math, the last thing he expected or needed was to fall in love with California girl – Maggie McCade.

Add in nosy neighbors, meddling family, amorous high school boys, a lost puppy, and a sad little girl, and anything goes.

The Darcy Arc

In Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice, we all detest the dashingly handsome, but stuck up, Mr. Darcy in the beginning. After a poorly-contrived declaration of love at Rosings Park and a secret act of kindness, we all realize we’ve misjudged Mr. Darcy and fall madly in love with the sensitive, lovestruck gentleman. This is what I affectionately call The Darcy Arc. It has worked in The Twilight Saga with Edward and Bella, The Hunger Games with Peeta and Katniss, and even Sex in the City with Mr. Big and Carrie.

A successful Darcy Arc can be accomplished in seven steps.

First, have your Darcy-hero enter the scene with a bad attitude.

When we meet Fitzwilliam Darcy its clear he doesn’t like Austen’s heroine, Lizzie, Lizzie’s family, or the whole town, for that matter.

In Twilight, the whole Cullen clan keeps to themselves, including Edward. Edward literally puts his nose in the air when he meets Bella.

In The Hunger Games, Peeta’s family owns a bakery and is considered well-to-do. Katniss’s memories of Peeta show him tossing burnt bread at her as though she’s a beggar.

After trying to get along to no avail, both our heroines decide that these guys are jerks and they move along. But not so quick!

Next, our hero and heroine are thrown together for some reason.

Darcy and Lizzie dance at a ball. Edward and Bella are lab partners in school. Peeta and Katniss are selected as tributes in the games.

While spending time with one another our Darcy-hero begins making statements or moves that suggest he may be interested in our lovely lady. She begins to question her original opinion of him, but not for long. After a moment, his walls go back up and his bad attitude returns.

Then some danger befalls her that only he is aware of.

In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy’s old nemesis, Wickham, takes an interest in Lizzie. In Twilight, Edward saves Bella from street thugs. And in The Hunger Games, Peeta tries to help Katniss win allies in the training arena.

After this danger, he confesses his love, in an unromantic or suspicious way, but she rejects him.

At Rosings, Darcy delivers that gawd-awful proposal. Edward can’t decide if he wants to kill or kiss our girl Bella. Katniss isn’t sure that Peeta’s overtures or genuine or gameplay.

Its not until they all have time to process a bit more that they come to see that they were indeed wrong about these prickly men.

While visiting Pemberley, Lizzie sees a different side of Darcy. Edward keeps his fangs to himself and watches her sleep. After he saves her life in the games, Katniss is now certain of Peeta’s affections.

As our heroine’s hearts are softening, the hero comes to her aide again, expecting nothing in return.

Lizzie finds out that Darcy saved his sister in secret. Edwards sucks the poisonous blood out of Bella’s wrist without killing her. Peeta proves his love when he’s ready to swallow those poisonous berries for Katniss.

Each of our heroines realizes she definitely was wrong about her hero. She misunderstood this prince among men.

Finally, our Darcy-hero sees a glimmer of a chance in her eyes. When he confesses his love again, she accepts him.

This time when Darcy proposes, Lizzie accepts. Edward pledges his love forever, which is a long time in vampire speak. And Katniss accepts Peeta’s love…eventually.

I followed this seven part plan when I crafted my hero, Khial, in my Pleasure Hound serial. Khial doesn’t hide his distaste for my heroine, Chanyn, when he first meets her. After many ups and downs in the plot, will Khial follow the Darcy Arc and admit his true feelings? And if he does, will Chanyn come to see Khial for the prince he is?


Five hundred years after mankind ravaged the earth, women grasped the reins of the planet and set the world aright.

Chanyn grew up in isolation in the ruins of the Great Destruction. All her life she’s wanted to find her one true love. When she encounters the dashing Lord Dain, with his kind eyes and pure heart, she believes her dreams of love are finally coming true. Until she meets with the roadblock that is her betrothed’s bondmate.

In a world where men outnumber women ten to one, Khial never thought he’d have to contend with a woman entering his bond. He gave his heart to Dain when they were just boys and has been by his side every day in sickness and health. These days it’s mostly in sickness as Dain’s health deteriorates. Though his attraction to Chanyn increases with every encounter, Khial can’t help but resent the young woman who comes into his love story to play the hero, but marriage to her may be the only way to save the man he loves.

To prepare Chanyn for her union with the two males, Lord Dain hires a Pleasure Hound, an ancient order of monks tasked with instructing new husbands, who have little to no contact with women, in the art of female pleasure. Years ago a scandal left the Temple of the Pleasure Hounds near destitute. The young monk responsible for the scandal is given a chance to redeem himself and the temple when he is called upon to train the bonded triad in the orgasmic arts. What starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when the monk’s heart begins to yearn for Chanyn, and hers for his.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!
Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.







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A Romance for Christmas

By Kayelle Allen

A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.

A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.

It’s Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

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