CHRISTMAS WITH… Cheryl Adnams
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
My plans for Christmas are pretty standard. My two brothers live overseas so I don’t believe we will be seeing either of them this year. But we will do Christmas lunch with my sister and her three kids, my parents and my Auntie. I enjoy a quiet Christmas these days.
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
Most years we head to my sisters house which used to be my parents house. Confused? Mum and Dad live in a granny flat in the back yard of their own house these days. We do presents under the tree before a big traditional lunch.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
Books. Books and more books. I have given a list of books to the family so I am generally easy to buy for these days. I also love scented candles and anything from Body Shop or L’Occitane.
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
Mum does the classic roast lunch with roast veggies and we usually have turkey, ham and chicken. For dinner we just mop up the leftovers if there are any and if we have room for it. Sometimes we have prawns.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
We used to have Christmas pudding and Mum still likes to do that for herself and Dad. In the past we’d do the traditional coins in the pudding. I am not a fan of Christmas pudding or custard and most of our family can do without it so we may have an ice cream cake. The kids especially love it.
It used to be a tradition for me to cook Lebkuchen which is a german gingerbread biscuit but I am sad to say I have become too busy (or maybe lazy). We have scaled back on the food in the last few years as we always seem to go overboard!!
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Shop early. Stay out of the city and Shopping Malls as much as possible. (Woops, too late!)
What will you be reading this Christmas?
My birthday is at the end of November so books are on the list for that too. I have 10 days away from my day job and in between writing and editing my next novel, I will hopefully be reading new books by Barbara Hannay and/or Karly Lane.
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
I was lucky enough to have a novel, a novella and a short story published with Random House this year. I am pretty impressed with that considering I also work full time as a training facilitator at a university.
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
I have just completed the first draft on an Australian historical romance and will be hoping to find a publishing home for it in 2016. I have a few other stories in partial completion and at the end of 2016 I have a trip planned for Canada and Mexico for my cousins wedding. No doubt I will come back with more story ideas and plenty of wonderful research under my belt.
The Billionaire’s Christmas Gift
A deliciously indulgent Christmas novella – take one broken-hearted billionaire, and a woman who wants to save the world, mix in some holiday romance, and you might just get a Christmas miracle.
Edward Moore is a handsome CEO billionaire. And he has a secret. For the past five years he’s gone to extreme lengths to repay those who helped him through the biggest tragedy of his life. The festive season usually brings nothing but pain for Edward – only this year, something’s different . . .
Casey Callan knows what a hard time Christmas can be for some people. By volunteering at the Hope Centre over the holiday season she has the chance to make a small difference, even if that means donning flashing Santa Claus earrings and dancing to Christmas carols. The last thing she’s thinking about is finding love . . .
When a mysterious new client arrives at the drop in centre, Casey sees that there is something different and intriguing about the gorgeous, unexpected stranger. But will the deception of Edward’s undercover mission bring them together or tear them apart?
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