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Monday, December 24, 2012

Celebrate the holidays no matter your culture!

Hello! I’m Kim Fielding. Like many families nowadays, mine is multidenominational and multicultural. It’s also spread over hundreds of miles. This means that this time of year can be a little chaotic—the fact that I’m an academic in the midst of final exams and term papers doesn’t help—and more than a little exhausting. For example, on three consecutive days next week I’m going to have to drive first 200 miles, then 400, then 100—and then fly almost 1000. Dammit, I am earning that vacation by the beach (which will, I am hoping, involve multimargaritas).


But there are upsides to having a complex family as well. We get to celebrate extra holidays! Really, sometimes it feels like we’re celebrating all the holidays, occasionally in mish-mashed sorts of ways. Turkey and latkes? Done. Star of David atop the Christmas tree? Also done.

And this year I’m celebrating multiple holidays in a particularly festive way: with the release of a Hanukkah story and a Christmas story (Kwanzaa, Yule, Eid, New Years and the others will have to wait until 2013). The Hanukkah story, released by Dreamspinner on December 1, is called A Great Miracle Happened There. The Christmas story, released by Silver on December 13, is Joys R Us.

Both stories feature protagonists who are reluctant to celebrate the holidays, albeit for different reasons. Jude Bloch of Miracle is an introvert, estranged from his family and maybe a little obsessed with finishing his dissertation. Reece of Joys is simply a very practical man, the type who thinks college fund contributions make excellent gifts for 8-year-olds. As their stories begin, neither of them is finding much happiness in the holiday season.

But what better month for miracles than December? And both Jude and Reece are about to experience their own miracles. In Jude’s case, a one night stand with a handsome chef just might last eight days… or more. And when Reece is forced into standing in line for the season’s must-have toy—and gets trampled by the crowd in the process—he meets the aptly-named Angel. Angel’s no Marley, but he’s going to do his best to de-Scrooge his new friend.

This time of year a lot of us are schlepping our way through holiday traffic, we’re taking or grading exams, we’re worrying about money or difficult relatives or whether we’ve sent holiday cards to everyone we should have. Maybe we’re stressing at the memories of past disappointments and disasters, worrying whether we can get some time off work—or whether we’ll have a job to return to, trying to find perfect gifts, cooking, cleaning…. Some of us are lonely. Some of us are missing people who live too far away, or who we’ve lost touch with, or who are no longer with us.

Still, I hope every one of us can take a little break. We can curl up with an appropriate beverage, with a story or two, and we can find a little peace as we remember that miracles do happen.

Whichever holidays you celebrate, here’s wishing you joy, serenity, and love.

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A Great Miracle Happened There available at Dreamspinner Press:

This winter, Jude Bloch can't decide what bothers him more—the crowds of people or the holiday revelry. Even meeting handsome chef Mac Appel fails to cheer him up because Jude knows the most he could hope for is a one-night stand. But one night turns into two and then more. Maybe Mac can bring some warmth into Jude's holiday season.


 
Joys R Us At Silver Publishing:

Reece is a practical, orderly man, a financial analyst who considers most holiday events wasteful. But his sister coerces him into standing in line overnight for this year's must-have toy. Supplies of Daredevil Danny prove smaller than expected, and Reece gets trampled in the resulting stampede. Toy store manager Angel tends to Reece's wounds. When Angel discovers Reece's cynical attitude, he invites Reece to spend Christmas Eve with him. Over the course of the day, Angel shows Reece what Christmas means to him. With Angel's guidance, maybe Reece can finally understand the joy of the holiday--and maybe even find love as well.

17 comments:

  1. Here's to wishing you Serenity and Love as well! Happy Holidays...all of them! :-P

    ~Rush~
    taina1959@yahoo.com

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  2. I've loved following the BRUTE tour...very happy holidays to you!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Than you so much for visiting my tour stops, and happy holidays!

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  3. Happy Holidays to you! I hope you are getting some free airline upgrades with so much mileage. Have been enjoying your Brute tour.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting the tour, and happy holidays!

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  4. Thanks so much for the post! I am doing about 3 hours of travel tomorrow morning. I don't envy you your holiday travel... Congrats on your releases, I really enjoyed the one I read, Miracle. And I loved, loved Brute! I hope I win I have my eye on Speachless! ;)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

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    1. I hope your travels have been going smoothly, and I am so glad you loved Brute!

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  5. Thank you, Kim! Your holiday sounds delectable--turkey and latkes? Yes! Happy holidays!
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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    1. Happy holidays to you! Turkey and latkes go together very nicely. :-)

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  6. Happy Holidays!

    gisu29(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Wonderful New Year! :)

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! And very happy holidays to you!

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  8. I hope your multi holidays bring Joy! I like the multimargarita idea lots :)
    Thank you, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I am very pleased to say that the multimargarita plan is going swimmingly!
      Happy holidays to you!

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  9. Congratulations to Juliana, the randomly chosen commenter! And thank you to everyone who stopped by.

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