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.







Book Promo: A Romance for Christmas


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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Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.





A Scorching New Release from Sabrina York and a #Tiara #Giveaway

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Snow Angels, the final book in the Decadent Calendar Men Series is here!

SNOW ANGELS by Sabrina York
Available December 1st from Decadent Publishing

The last thing Wade Masters wants on his month-long getaway to his sister’s wilderness cabin is company. A wounded warrior, Wade is looking for complete isolation to deal with the tragedy of his life and his screaming guilt.

But company he gets, in the form of Lyssa Salk, a spunky, diminutive massage therapist. Who says she can talk to dead people.

Trapped together in the snowbound cabin, Wade and Lyssa have little else to do but help each other heal, spiritually, physically and sexually.


He probably stayed in the shower too long; the water was turning tepid. But Wade didn’t care. He stepped out and dried off, ruffling his hair with the fluffy towel. He tried to ignore the pink hearts. But it was either pink hearts or Hello Kitty.

He resolved, if he ever visited this cabin again, he would bring his own towels. Something manly.

Camo maybe.

A sharp series of barks brought his head up with a snap.


Bo rarely barked, and then only at a threat.

Wade snapped into gear, wrapping the towel around his waist and stopping in the bedroom to grab his pistol. He’d seen bear tracks and scat on his run and though it was the middle of winter, he knew they could come out of hibernation. They’d been known to break into cabins if they smelled food.

His heart leapt into his throat at the thought of Bo facing a hungry five-hundred pound beast with no protection.

Towel flapping, he pounded down the short hall into the great room of the cabin, expecting the worst. He stopped in his tracks.


It was the worst.

Not a bear.

But an even greater predator.

There, pressed up against the door, cornered by his snarling protector, be-speckled with snow and clutching a mangy backpack, was a woman.

He could tell she was a woman, even though she wore about six coats, one on top of the other, and a knit hat pulled down over her ears. Long black hair escaped from the cap, trailing over her shoulders. But it was the eyes that gave her away, wide and round and fringed with thick lashes. And her chin. It was delicate, dimpled, quivering. Her lips were parted. Her exquisite face pale.

Bo glanced back at him as if crowing, look what I caught! And then edged forward with an ominous growl.

The girl clutched her backpack closer and issued a panicked little peep. She tried to press back into the door, making herself as tiny as she could, but there was no give.

Besides, she was tiny enough.

Like a woodland sprite.

He would have thought her a fairy come in from the woods if he’d had a hint of whimsy in him. And if she hadn’t been wearing everything she owned. He didn’t know much about fairies, but he was pretty sure they had some fashion sense.

Bo’s growl became a snarl, a snap, and the girl warbled a wail. “Please!” she cried. “Call him off!”

Wade snapped his fingers, fully expecting Bo to heel. He’d been methodically trained by a world-renown expert. He always behaved.

He did not.

His hackles rose and he took another menacing step toward the girl. A tear tracked down her cheek. Her entire body shook. “P-please!”

“Bo! Fuß!” The command to heel in the language he’d learned as a puppy, penetrated and Bo licked his muzzle, gave a canine whine and padded to Wade’s side. “Braver Hund.” Wade riffled the scruff of Bo’s beck and gave him a scratch. “Good dog.”

The girl collapsed against the door, but her attention did not waver from Bo, whose hackles were still up. Wade didn’t understand his dog’s reaction. He’d always been friendly to strangers before, more likely to whap them to death with his tail than to so much as growl. But then his gaze fell on the small cage at the girl’s feet and he froze. He could see a hint of the creature inside and he suddenly understood.


She had a cat.


Not only was his solitude shattered by an unwanted female guest, a bedraggled homeless ragamuffin, she’d brought a cat.


He hated cats.






About the Calendar Men Series

Read all 12 stories in this brand new multi-author series for 2014…and you’ll have a new book-boyfriend for every month of the year!

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A man for every month.

Told by some of best authors in the world of romance, the Calendar Men stories have contemporary settings and star strong heroes doing good while
looking great; men pose for a charity calendar to help military families of fallen heroes. Each has his own special reason for wanting to help the fictional Hero Family Fund, and each has his own obstacles to overcome.

January –  Outback Dirty  by  JoAnne Kenrick

February –  February Lover  by  Rebecca Royce

March –  Seducing Helena  by  Ann Mayburn

April – Frontier Infern o by  Kate Richards
May – Shockwave by  D. L. Jackson
June –  The Other Brother  by  Lucy Felthouse

July – The Letter by  Mina Carter
August –  Burning Love  by  Cassandra Carr
September –  A Model Hero  by  Sara Daniel
October – Falling For her Navy SEAL Again by  Clarissa Yip
November –  Thankful For You  by  Cindy Spencer Pape
December – Snow Angels by  Sabrina York


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Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles  range from sweet & sexy to scorching erotic romance. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest . Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara !

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Other Books by Sabrina York

Tryst Island Series—Steamy Contemporary Romance

Rebound Book 1

Dragonfly Kisses Book 2

Smoking Holt Book 3

Heart of Ash Book 4

Devlin’s Dare Book 5

Parker’s Passion Book 6

Anthologies and Collections

Heartbreak on a Stick (Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After Collection)

Five Alarm Fire (Erotic Contemporary for the High Octane Heroes Anthology, Cleis Press)

A Cowboy for Delilah (Erotic Contemporary for the Cowboy Heat Anthology, Cleis Press)

Saving Charlotte (Erotic Contemporary for the Smokin’ Hot Firemen Anthology, Cleis Press)

Stone Hard Seal (Hot Alpha Seals: Military Romance Megaset )

The Real McCoy–in the Cowboy 12 Pack

Whipped–in the WTRAFSOG Collection #8  

Stand Alone Contemporary Romance
Heartbreak on a Stick


Fierce200x300Fierce (A One Night Stand Story)

The last thing Katie expects—when she meets her friend Joy for a girls’ weekend in Vegas to celebrate her divorce—is an ambush. But Joy, determined to get Katie “back on the horse,” has submitted her profile with Madame Eve—who’s found her the perfect man.

Katie doesn’t want another man. She certainly doesn’t want or need confirmation that it’s her fault Mark could never satisfy her.

When Sebastian—scarred by the infidelity of his wife—overhears Katie’s confession, and the fact that she was faithful to her husband for ten years even though he never met her needs, he’s intrigued. More than intrigued. He’s determined to prove to this gorgeous, tempting, fascinating woman that she is not frigid. In fact, she is fierce.

Sunday Snippet: Love Locked

I thought I would share a little bit from my Grimm Fairy Tales ee-telling of The Iron Stove, Love Locked (tentative title).

As a challenge posted by Decadent Publishing to re-tell a Grimm Fairytale of their choosing I was given The Iron Stove. Needless to say I have spent most of my allotted six months TRYING (unsuccessfully) to come up with an idea. I’ve finally done so with the help of my 108221241favourite sister-in-law and am now getting it ready to submit.

So, wish me luck and enjoy this snippet.

In this snippet we meet the main character in this short story Amara, a thief. Not just any old crook, a magical one, her witchy powers give her that edge every criminal wishes they possessed.

With one last glance around she opened the window and climbed out onto the fire escape where a broom leaned against the building. She looked to the sky,

“This is kismet.” She thought aloud and picked up the broom.

“Fugite.” With one word the broom sprang into animation, holding tight Amara allowed it to lift her into the night air and across the street. She stood on the roof of the adjacent building as the sun rose over the horizon. Dropping the broom she looked up and took in a deep breath.

“Good morning, mister sun.” She said while she sauntered to the staircase.

Hope you enjoyed this tease!

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