CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: Cherry Shepherd
Mistletoe Madness with Cherry Shepherd
What are your plans for Christmas 2014?
This will actually be the first Christmas that my family have spent together, without extended family. It’s been a long time in the making, and we’re all really looking forward to it.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
Where do I start? We love Christmas, it’s our favourite time of the year. It starts on December 1st when we put up the tree, then the following week we attend the kids Christmas concerts at their school. In mid-December we always go to the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols with our glow sticks and our best (worst) singing voices. On Christmas Eve my eldest daughter goes to her father’s for a Christmas party with his family. When she gets home we all sit around the tree and watch the annual Christmas Carols on TV and eat a lot of junk food. When the youngest kids have put out their treats for Santa and the reindeer, they go to bed and my eldest helps wrap their presents and fill their stockings before going to bed herself. Then my partner and I exchange one gift and relax with a glass of wine. Christmas morning always starts at around 6am, when the kids jump all over us, waking us up. Then the “Santa” hands out the gifts and we have breakfast. After lunch we relax and have a nap (or play with new toys). Boxing Day we get ready to brave the shopping crowds! (This was such a long answer!)
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
I would love a copy of Cinderella by Sun Chara, and possibly a certain ring from a certain partner
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
Salad and cold cuts. It’s always too hot to have the big roast dinners you see on TV, although my partner would love to cook one this year
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
My grandmother’s Christmas cake. She’s made one for every member of the family since I was a child
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
An air-conditioner or a pool. Unfortunately I have neither, so I settle for cold drinks and a high speed fan
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Shop early! Every year I tell myself I will, and every year I don’t do it. Shop early, avoid the rush and make sure you remember the season is for spending time with your family. Grab old toilet rolls and make reindeer puppets with the kids, sing carols and watch crappy movies – it’s not a competition of who can spend the most money!
What will you be reading this Christmas?
With any luck I’ll be reading Cinderella by Sun Chara, and a copy of Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles that one of my lovely readers sent me as a Christmas gift
What have been your big achievements in 2014?
My debut novel, Stranded, reached the top ten romance best seller list on Amazon!
What are your plans/goals for 2015?
I have at least two signings already locked in, as well as many new novels at various stages of completion
His for the Holidays
Angel Lambert has never forgotten her first love….
When Riley Anderson left her broken hearted, she swore she would never allow a man to hurt her again.
Eight years later she returns home for Christmas, and is forced to face him once more…. But Riley swears he’s changed, and begs her for the chance to prove it.
Angel is wary, but the feelings she’d buried long ago begin to surface, making it impossible for her to say no.
How can Angel remain distant, when Riley threatens to tear down the walls she built around her heart?
Keen to keep the Christmas fun going?
Come over and try your luck at cracking an AusRomToday cracker. There’s books, book packs, Amazon gift cards, and heaps of other fun Christmassy prizes to win!
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