2017 Christmas Extravaganza featuring Renee Conoulty
In Gotta Be This or That, all Macie needs for Christmas is to figure out what she wants. I know what I want for Christmas this year, but I’m not going to get it. I want my husband home for Christmas but Santa had to grant the wishes of the Royal Australian Air Force over mine. They need him on the other side of the world.
This will be the first Christmas we haven’t spent together since we met. But it probably won’t be the last one we’re separated. That’s something I had to accept when he joined the military – this great new career with lots of job security also comes with sacrifices. But there are always two ways to look at things. Frequent relocation could be seen as uprooting the family or a new adventure. During separations you could focus on feeling lonely or use them as a chance to grow. It was our first military posting to Darwin that inspired me to start writing and the frequent separations that gave me extra time to complete my debut novel, Don’t Mean a Thing.
This year I’ll decorate the tree alone (well, I’ll let the kids do it, then rearrange the ornaments when they’re not looking). I’ll wrap the presents I bought for myself and write “love Luke” on them. I’ll nibble Santa’s bickie with my mum instead of my husband and leave half chewed carrots on her lawn instead of ours. We’ll pull Christmas crackers in pairs, Nanny and Poppy, Tom and Molly, my left hand and my right hand. That will be Christmas Part 1.
The tree won’t come down in the first week of January this time, though. It will stay up for a few more weeks because there’s still Christmas Part 2. We’ll save some presents under the tree and I’ll cook another roast lunch. Santa won’t return, but we can still nibble bickies after the kids go to bed. I’ll get my wish of seeing my husband mid deployment, it will just be a few weeks after Christmas. He’ll bring little surprises for all of us that I didn’t wrap (probably more toy camels). And I’ll get to unwrap the best present of all… After the kids go to sleep…
Gotta Be This or That: A Short Story Duet
Jump into the Got That Swing series with a duet of short stories set before book one, Don’t Mean a Thing. Meet Macie and Matt before they meet!
Coerced by a coworker, Karen steps away from comfort and takes her first swing dance lesson. While she steps on toes and twirls into pool tables, two handsome men dance into Karen’s life making her choose between Matt, the man she has chemistry with on the dance floor, and Lowan, the man she has chemistry with off the dance floor.
Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Macie is gearing up for a crazy Christmas season at work and a calm one at home. Straightening shelves at work, presents with her boyfriend on Christmas morning, and a few glasses of bubbly are all she has in mind for the holiday. But her world is on the verge of turning upside down, and the biggest decision of her life is looming. And she has no idea.
Thanks to the lovely Renee Conoulty we have an ebook bundle giveaway of both books in the Got That Swing series: Gotta Be This or That and Don’t Mean a Thing. To win, simply enter here: