CHRISTMAS WITH… LoveCats DownUnder
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
Louisa George: I’m planning a quiet Christmas at home with my husband and two sons but on 28th December I’ll be flying from my home town, Auckland to Sydney to stay with in-laws for New Year! Can’t wait to be part of the Aussie celebrations welcoming 2016!
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
Jennifer St George: As we live in a very popular tourist town, we often host our large extended family, which means lots of noise, chatter, piles of presents, yummy food and French champagne. But this year, we are off to Europe for, hopefully, a white Christmas.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
Michelle Douglas: I’d LOVE to find a Time Turner Pendant like Hermione’s from Harry Potter under the tree. Other than the thought of all of the extra time suddenly available…think of the mischief one could get up to.
Rachel Bailey: Books! I always make a wishlist at The Book Depository and use their share facility to send it to my family (though they buy at various places). Books are a hard thing to choose for a book lover because we’ve already read so many – this way they know they’ll be giving me a book that I really want, and haven’t read. Plus, I put way too many books on it, so they can choose and whatever does arrive is a surprise.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
Stefanie London: We like to mix the traditional roast fare from my English side with some tasty delicacies from my Italian side. This means a roasted bird (turkey or chicken) and potatoes with honey carrots and green beans or peas followed by espresso and biscotti.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
Kandy Shepherd: For more husband makes a marmalade glazed baked ham that is expected–indeed, demanded–for Christmas.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Helen Lacey: ….cold food! Prawns, ham, every kind of salad. And beer and a chilled Sav blanc. Oh, and dessert…..pavlova and/or trifle. And ice cold mangoes and watermelon. Merry Christmas!
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Michelle Douglas: Do they still put Vodka in eggnog…? Keep hydrated
What will you be reading this Christmas?
Louisa George: I’m literally snowed under by my TBR pile- but looking forward to chilling out with ‘After You’ by JoJo Moyes (the sequel to Me Before You) and Sarah Morgan’s third book in her Puffin Island Trilogy, Christmas Ever After – guaranteed a good read (and often a good cry) with both of these authors!
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
Rachel Bailey: There have been a few achievements in 2015 that I’m proud of, but one standout is being part of the LoveCats DownUnder box set, Hot Christmas Nights. It’s my first time self publishing, so it’s a big milestone for me. Also, I got to work with some great women, so that was a win!
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
Jennifer St George: I’m taking on a big role at the Byron Bay Writers Festival so that will be a new and exciting challenge for 2016. And, of course, write more romance stories, which I hope readers will love.
Hot Christmas Nights: A LoveCats DownUnder box set
The Hot Christmas Nights (A LoveCats DownUnder box set) contains seven brand new holiday stories from award-winning, best-selling and rising star Australian and New Zealand authors. Whether you want to get caught in a summer storm, find a second chance at love or fall for your best friend—there’s a story here for you.
The stories in this box set range from sweet to sexy, and they’re all emotionally satisfying reads with a happy ever after.
All She Wants For Christmas by USA Today Best Seller, Rachel Bailey
For Maddy to get the divorce she wants, she needs to confront her reclusive husband at his island home. But once she’s there and secrets are revealed, will Maddy find that what she really wants for Christmas is something else entirely?
Christmas Wishes, New Year Kisses by Michelle Douglas
For small town veterinarian Josh Halliday, fantasizing about his best friend is one thing. Falling in love with her is quite another…
Baby, It’s Hot Outside by RITA nominee, Louisa George
When rugged cop Daniel Wade agrees to help organize his friend’s Christmas wedding it brings him face-to-face with the bridesmaid, his estranged wife. Emma is determined that divorce is on the cards, but sometimes all it takes is another chance to get things right…
Her Christmas Cowboy by Helen Lacey
For city-girl Elyse Prescott, returning to her home town of Denary means one thing – facing every reason why she left….including Brett McCrane. Now Elyse has to make a choice – to go back to the city and her old life…or take a chance on love.
Sleigh Bells In The Sand by Stefanie London
American Neve Ritter has traveled all the way to Australia to avoid her family for the holidays. But her plans did not include accidentally breaking into the house of a hunky lawyer who’s looking for a little solitude of his own. When a summer storm traps them together, Neve realizes that maybe Santa has been listening to her wishes all along.
Millionaire Under The Mistletoe by Kandy Shepherd
London-based chef Carly de Luca and Sydney millionaire Dylan Burke broke each other’s hearts four years ago—but old feelings reignite when she makes a surprise visit home for Christmas. Can Carly and Dylan let go of past hurts and take a second chance on love?
Her Small Town Christmas Wish by Jennifer St George
When superstar songbird Giselle Harrington is forced to return her hometown, she’s faced with a house full of terrifying childhood memories. Jake Carlton has never forgot his teenage sweetheart and now that she’s back, he’s determined to have a second chance to convince her to stay.
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