CHRISTMAS WITH… Stefanie London
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
My husband and I are actually doing some travelling, which is very exciting! We’re heading off to Iceland in mid December, then visiting friends in London for Christmas and then we’re off to Germany to visit another group of friends for New Year’s Eve. It’s going to be busy, but I can’t wait.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
When I lived back home (in Australia) a traditional Christmas started with celebration on Christmas Eve. Being half Italian, we follow a lot of the European traditions and that means opening gifts and celebrating on Christmas Eve. On the day itself my husband and I would visit his family for a big lunch and then see my family in the evening. There’s always plenty of good food, wine and laughter…not to mention some passionate discussion, because we Italians can’t discuss anything quietly.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
A ticket home. I’m having a blast living in Canada, but I do miss my family a lot. I’m planning an extended trip home next year, so a ticket would be very helpful.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
We do a lot of the traditional foods—a roast chicken or turkey, ham, roasted veggies. There’s usually a bottle of red wine or champagne on the table too. Then desert can be a mix. I don’t like Christmas pudding all that much (it’s weird, I know) so I prefer something like cheesecake or biscotti and coffee.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
When I’m at home we always have a glass of Bailey’s on Christmas Eve in honour of my grandmother.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
A glass of bubbles and possibly air conditioning depending on where in Australia you are.
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Water, water, water. Drink up to make sure you’re keeping hydrated through all the parties and celebrations. It’ll do wonders for your skin and keep you well on the inside, too.
What will you be reading this Christmas?
I have a little stack of Christmas books on my iPad including the Hot Christmas Nights box set (shameless plug there, haha), a Blaze duo called A Wrong Bed Christmas which is sure to be steamy and possibly The Girl on the Train which is not at all festive, but has been calling to me for a while.
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
Signing on to write for Harlequin Blaze. This is a line that I have read for YEARS and I was thrilled when they accepted my proposal for a series based around a security company in New York. I adore so many of their authors and am thrilled to have my books come out under the Blaze banner.
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
More travel! We’re hoping to make it to Mexico, Las Vegas, San Diego and Ottawa next year. We want to make the most of living here and visiting the surrounding countries and cities.
Writing wise…well, write lots. I have a few more books due to Blaze for my Dangerously Sexy security company series and I have so many more ideas swirling around. I’d like to continue on with my Kite Harbor small town series as well…so many books, so little time!
A Dangerously Sexy Christmas
Assignment: A Hot Holiday Affair!
Aspiring jewelry designer Rose Lawson doesn’t want a bodyguard. Especially the hot, muscle-y one her father hires after a break-in at the jewelry shop where she works. It’s only when her home is also ransacked that Rose realizes the sexy (but infuriating) bodyguard might come in handy…especially on a cold winter’s night.
Max Ridgeway is a former Aussie cop who’s got something to prove in New York. He’s convinced that someone dangerous is behind the robberies and that Rose needs protection. His protection. But what’s even more dangerous is the sexy tension between them—because a hot little fling could compromise their lives…and his heart.
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