CHRISTMAS WITH… Louise Reynolds
What are your plans for Christmas 2015?
I’ll be spending time relaxing with friends, catching up on some writing projects, reading, and having fun out and about in Melbourne – see gifts question below 🙂
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
It’s pretty quiet around here as we have no family other than my mother in Melbourne, so we see them either side of Christmas in their respective states. But that doesn’t mean we hold back on all the usual fluster and excitement of the season. The house will be buffed and polished, the garden tidied and decorations hung.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
I feel like a six year old saying this but, a bike! I happen to know that I am getting an electric bike however I hope my husband doesn’t try to wrap it. A little ribbon tied around the handlebars will do 🙂
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
We get our inner chef on at Christmas. There’s not a turkey or plum pudding in sight so we’re certainly not traditionalists! We like to serve a lot of small courses over an extended period. This year it’s oysters, a crab soufflé, asparagus with hollandaise, confit duck and a fruit tart.
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
We’re not fond of turkey so we generally do duck for the main course. And asparagus, there’s always asparagus.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Heat, seafood, good wine, friends, barbecues.
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
A little restraint never goes astray at this time of year 🙂
What will you be reading this Christmas?
I have a kindle bursting with books and I’m looking forward to getting into them. I’ve got to have my Christmas reads and I’ve lined up ‘Sleigh Bells in the Snow’ by Sarah Morgan and ‘You for Christmas’ by Madeline Ash. Then I want to catch up on some great Aussie authors: D.B. Tait’s ‘Cold Deception’, Jenny Schwartz’s ‘Sky Garden’ and Justine Lewis’s ‘Acting the Part.’
What have been your big achievements in 2015?
I’m proud of the two releases I’ve had out this year. I’m learning more and stretching myself as a writer.
What are your plans/goals for 2016?
I’m finishing a single title women’s fiction novel and hoping to find the right home for it. I’m also starting a new critique group with a friend so that’s exciting. There’s a writing retreat in late February I’m looking forward to and the RWA conference in August.
An Outback Christmas
It’s just a few days before Christmas but you wouldn’t know it at Carrie Holt’s remote outback home. Not only has Carrie turned down all invitations to spend the festive season with friends, she’s cancelled Christmas entirely. For Carrie, Christmas holds nothing but sad memories.
Meanwhile, handsome architect Adam Davidson has planned a special Christmas camping trip with his son, Tyler. But a huge storm sends Adam and Tyler straight to Carrie’s door, desperate for help.
With the property cut off from the only road out, Carrie is forced to play host to these strangers – the last thing she wants at this time of year. As Christmas draws near, Adam and Carrie grow closer. But with so much tragedy in her past, will Carrie be able open her heart again and rediscover the magic of Christmas?”
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