Ever been starstruck? Enjoy this excerpt from STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE

1013 Starstruck In Seattle_1400My novella STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE is currently an Amazon Kindle Monthly Deal which means it’s on special and you can get it for about a dollar! Bargain ;)

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Please enjoy this excerpt below, where the main character Anna writes a letter to intuitive love coach Lulu The Love Angel…

From: anna.h86@smail.com
To: lulu@lulutheloveangel.com
Subject: I need your help
Dear Lulu,
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this letter, but your advice would be greatly appreciated. I’ve heard you’re the go-to person to help bring soulmates together and I hope you’ll be able to help me connect with mine.
A psychic once told me my soulmate’s name begins with K, and I think I’ve found him. We’ve been working together as actors for six months, but his role’s more important and we hardly get a chance to speak together privately. Every time we pass each other at work, every time he smiles at me, every time we chat about the upcoming twists in the script, I feel so alive. I’ve never felt this strongly about anyone before, it’s like there’s an invisible cord connecting us. Should I wait for him to make the first move or take a risk and ask him out?
The thing is; I don’t have much time. My contract will be up in a few weeks. I’ll have to find another job and I don’t want to waste the time I have left. How can I show my interest without looking desperate and blending in with the other women falling at his feet? And do you agree with the psychic – does my soulmate’s name begin with a K?

Many thanks,
Star Struck in Seattle

From: lulu@lulutheloveangel.com
To: anna.h86@smail.com
Subject: Re: I need your help
Dear Star Struck in Seattle,
Thank you for having the courage to write your letter and faith in me to guide you toward the love you deserve.
Firstly, you must believe yourself worthy of true love, and treat yourself with the respect you would want another to treat you with. Don’t settle for second best, don’t put yourself down, and don’t sacrifice your deepest desires to please another. All happy relationships come from a happy relationship with oneself.
In answer to your question about whether to ask K out, I feel if you choose to do so you would be met with a ‘yes’, but I also feel it is best to hold off. I believe a proposition is coming your way very soon, and you need to remain open and aware of ALL possibilities.
My advice is to put yourself out there and don’t be afraid of judgment or rejection. Be proactive about seeking other work and trust that in good time all things will conspire in your favor. True love is on its way, but you need to listen to and trust your intuition. It will lead you in the right direction. Also remember: you will know you are with your soulmate when you can simply be yourself. Your soulmate will bring the best out in you. They will enhance the beauty and uniqueness already there. True love will make you feel like the best version of yourself is shining bright.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with a Love Quote chosen especially for you:
“The eyes see only in front, the heart sees all around. Use your ‘heart-vision’ to guide you.”
Love,
Lulu
P.S. Your psychic was right. Your soulmate’s name does begin with the letter K.

Lulu clicked ‘send’ and smiled. She opened a new message window, filled in the details of her mission, and sent it to New Angel HQ on Cloud Eight and Three Quarters. If this and subsequent missions went well, she’d be upgraded to Cloud Nine in no time.

Lulu rubbed her hands together as her red laptop hummed softly. Bringing soulmates together would be so rewarding and she was excited about her first day on the job. Even more excited knowing that one day, if she proved herself capable; she’d join the graduates on Cloud Nine and be responsible for saving people’s lives when death tried to take them before their time. For now, though, she needed to practice her skills and do her best to help destiny get things right in the love department.

Ooh, this is going to be fun!

She closed her laptop and slid it inside its protective satchel, placing it next to her ‘ready-to-go-at-a-moment’s-notice’ suitcase. With a quick breath she snuffed the flames on the dining table candles and picked up Spark, her snow-colored Maltese terrier, from his curled-up position on the sofa. He moaned at the intrusion, but promptly fell back to sleep after Lulu guided him inside the doggie carry-case. “Time for a little trip, Spark.” Lulu crouched, her long brown curls coiling on the floor as she secured the clasp on the carry case. “You and I are off to Seattle.”

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Surprise! Romantic Comedy collection launching soon…

I hinted a little while ago that there would be a special surprise release on April 22nd, and here it is! RomComCollection From Juliet Madison, the Queen of Romantic Comedy, comes a collection of three funny, fabulous stories with a touch of magic.

 

Fast Forward Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd. Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self?

 

I Dream of Johnny Getting three wishes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when an unfortunate spelling error in Mandy’s high-tech magic lamp changes her wish for a Greek God to a Geek God. Before Mandy can request a replacement wish, she has to put up with him for twenty four hours, and the timing couldn’t be worse — it’s her friend’s wedding day, her ex will be there, and the God of Geeks insists on coming along for the ride!

 

Starstruck in Seattle Aspiring actress Anna Hilford might only have a small role in a leading television drama, but she longs to be dreamboat Karl Drake’s leading lady. Sick of being loveless and overlooked, Anna seeks the help of the love coach, Lulu, from LuluTheLoveAngel.com but fate has different ideas: Lulu has undisclosed power, and Anna is about to realise that life happens while you’re busy making plans… It is available to preorder now, see links below. And don’t forget you can ‘gift’ ebooks, so if you’ve read and enjoyed these stories why not send a gift copy to a friend to help bring some love and laughter to their lives ;)

>> All other links via Escape Publishing: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857992482
Also, don’t forget, MIRACLE IN MARCH releases in a little over a week! :)
Back to writing I go… ;)
~ Juliet xx

MY TEN MUST-HAVES

Today I’m sharing a quick guest post I did recently on the AusRomToday blog.

What are 10 things you can’t live without? Here are mine:

MY TEN MUST-HAVES.

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The Need for Human Connection and Love

I wanted to do a different type of blog post for Valentines Day this year, and after being inspired by a couple of articles I read online recently (which I’ll share below), I thought I would write about the one thing that united them – the need for human connection.

pink-heart-1-1252468-mOn Valentines Day people think about romantic connection, but I challenge you to also think beyond that, to think about love in all its forms; love for oneself, for other people, and life itself.

Connecting with people is what makes the world go around, our lives are intertwined on a daily basis with those of others, but just how many of those people do you truly connect with? How often do you take the time to delve deeper, to get to know them, to put aside the obligatory small talk and ask questions that really matter? Not only that, but to listen to the answers with genuine interest and understanding?

There is safety in small talk, safety in staying in our comfort zones and not taking risks. But through making an effort to connect, you may just open up a whole new world of possibilities for any area of your life, be it professional or personal.

Life is short. Make connections, and make them count.

~ One of the articles I found interesting was about addiction, and what its likely cause is. Of course there is a physical, biochemical basis for addiction where the body becomes accustomed to something and makes the person keep wanting it, but what studies have found is that both the likelihood of becoming addicted and the success of recovery rely a lot on human bonding, love, and connection. Those with a healthier social environment and happier state of mind are more likely to beat the addiction. But pushing those who are addicted aside, cutting them off, isolating them, is only exacerbating the disconnection fuelling the addiction. What they need is the opposite – human bonding, connection, and unconditional love. And, I believe, this includes a strong sense of identity and connection with themselves, and self love. You can read the article by Johann Hari about how disconnection drives addiction, here.

So with the high prevalence of addiction in society, there is no better time to understand the importance of human connection. It is the glue that holds society together, it is what we as humans all crave whether we want to admit it or not, it is what matters most in life – feeling like we belong, like we are bonded and supported in life, and experiencing the joy and purpose that comes from this.

~ The other article that caught my attention was in the New York Times, and was fascinating and fun to read. The title, To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This by Mandy Len Catron, makes it sound like a lighthearted novelty, but if you read right through to the end you’ll see the depth and beauty of what it is discussing. It talks about a series of 36 questions that have succeeded in making some people fall in love with each other, by bypassing all the usual small talk and getting right to the nitty gritty, exposing vulnerabilities and allowing people to open up to really being ‘seen’ by another. You can read the list of questions yourself to see what it’s all about, or read the full article here.

I think that these questions could be used by anyone, with anyone; friends, family, colleagues, lovers… to connect more deeply with them and create a stronger bond.

It is all about emotional intimacy, or as one of my favourite authors, Neale Donald Walsch calls it: IntoMeSee.

The article on the 36 questions emphasises that love is an action. It is a feeling, a knowing, yes, but it is also an action. Love not acted on will simply exist in a sort of limbo, and the questions used in this study are an example of how a sort of ‘love-based momentum’ can be established which may potentially allow love to blossom. But if it doesn’t, at least not in romantic form, then I believe that each person will at least come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of the other, a greater bond and connection, and that is a great thing.

~ The need for human connection and the value of establishing bonds with others is one of the reasons I love writing fiction that celebrates people’s lives and relationships. We can relate to reading about others who are or have been in similar situations, and it is rewarding to see characters overcome obstacles and challenges to reach a greater sense of wellbeing or ‘happy ending’. It connects us with a sense of hope in our own lives, and although the story may not be true, the emotion behind it is. Fiction can be both an escape from and a reflection of real life, and ironically, one of the most effective ways to hold a mirror up to life and express its truths.

 

So this Valentines Day, or any day for that matter, I challenge you to make an effort to connect more with others and spread the love around! 

  • Smile at a stranger. :)
  • Talk to someone in the street or at a shop (and not about the weather).
  • Ask a friend what they’re looking forward to over the next year.
  • Do an anonymous act of kindness.
  • Give someone flowers, not just on Valentines day, but any day – just because.
  • Write a letter to someone you care about . An actual letter. With paper and pen.
  • Send your loved one a text message when you’re not with them, just to say ‘I’m thinking about you’.
  • Tell people what you appreciate about them. Don’t let compliments go unspoken.
  • Tell someone how they’ve inspired you.
  • Hug your friends and family. Human touch is vital to wellbeing.
  • Shout someone a coffee, sit down with them, and listen attentively as they talk.
  • Email an author whose book you’ve enjoyed (hint hint!). ;)
  • Call someone for a chat, and ask thoughtful questions.
  • Ask an older person to tell you a story about their youth.
  • Read out loud to someone you love.
  • Write a poem for someone special.
  • And if you’re brave enough to try the 36 questions with someone, go for it!

 

Love,

Juliet xx

It’s my 2nd Authorversary! Here’s a giveaway :)

February 1st marks my 2nd anniversary of being published, and also, the book birthday for FAST FORWARD which appropriately, is about a birthday!

The last two years of being an author have been amazing, and each day I am grateful to be doing something I love and am so passionate about – entertaining and inspiring people through stories.

I’m also grateful for those in my life who have played a role in my career so far – my publishers, my agent, my editors, my critique partners, my writing friends around the world, my friends and family, and especially my readers who buy my books and allow me to keep writing. THANK YOU! :)

Since my debut novel was launched in 2013, I have had a total of 7 ebooks published (plus a print version of one of them), and signed contracts for 13 books in total. 13 contracts in two years??!! Must be my lucky number ;)

Here is a summary of the books currently published and the upcoming books that have been contracted, as of Feb 2015:

2013:

FAST FORWARD

STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE

I DREAM OF JOHNNY

2014:

THE JANUARY WISH (also in print in the compilation: TIME FOR THE BEACH)

FEBRUARY OR FOREVER

HAUNTED EVER AFTER

12 DAVES OF CHRISTMAS

2015:

March: MIRACLE IN MARCH

April: *A surprise release! Watch this space ;)

July: SIGHT (THE DELTA GIRLS #1)

Oct: SOUND (THE DELTA GIRLS #2)

2016:

Jan: SCENT (THE DELTA GIRLS #3)

April: TASTE (THE DELTA GIRLS #4)

July: TOUCH (THE DELTA GIRLS #5)

 

Yep, I’ve been busy!

So what’s this about a giveaway, I hear you wondering?

Well, since this day marks the book birthday for FAST FORWARD, my romantic comedy bestseller, I’m giving away some Fast Forward goodies! The giveaway post is on my Facebook page, so head over there and follow the instructions. Good luck, and thanks for reading!

~ Juliet xx

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Australia Day Blog Hop Giveaway!

Happy Australia Day weekend! I’m participating in the Book’d Out Australia Day Blog Hop. There are lots of giveaways at all the participating blogs, you can check out the list here. But first, read on for a chance to win two prizes from me! One is open internationally, and one is just for the Aussies. Contest closes midnight 27th Jan.

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Fictional vs Real settings in books…

If you’ve read my books you’ll know that I’m a fan of using fictional settings. Out of the 7 books I have published, only 1 (Starstruck in Seattle) is set in a real place (Seattle, obviously!). However, my fictional settings are often based on real places, but I adjust them to suit the story I’m creating.

What I love about fictional settings is the ability to create something new and to put things where you want them! There is no risk of making a mistake, because you made up the town, so what you say goes! ;) But you do have to keep track of what you’ve created, street names, where various landmarks are, etc, because if you write another book set in the same place you need to be able to recreate the setting for the new story. Take my Tarrin’s Bay series for example (based on the NSW south coast, Kiama mostly)… by the end of it there will be 12 books set in this small Australian coastal town, and I find as I write each one (currently working on book 4) that I’m creating new aspects of the town as I go.

Even though I love creating fictional settings, I am looking forward to writing other stories set in real places too. The research takes longer, but it’s a good way to learn more about a place, and books set in real places can be fun for the reader who then visits the place and can recognise locations featured in the book. I have never been to Seattle, but enjoyed learning about it via both Google and a Seattle local who helped me get the details right. Soon I’ll be working on a story set in Melbourne, Hollywood, and Paris. Maybe I’ll have to take  a few research trips, you know, just to get the details accurate! ;)

What are your favourite Australian settings that have been featured in books, or what is your favourite or ideal destination in Australia to visit? Let me know in the comments… :)

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And now for the giveaways!

> GIVEAWAY #1 (Open worldwide)

TFTBPrize:

1 print copy of TIME FOR THE BEACH 3-in-1 Bestsellers, autographed by me and including my story THE JANUARY WISH, as well as NOBODY BUT HIM by Victoria Purman and HIDE & SEEK by Eliza Redgold.

Enter via this Rafflecopter link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

> GIVEAWAY #2 (Australian entrants only)

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1 limited edition vintage tote bag from Harlequin Australia (I had two so I’m giving one away! Front & back pictured), containing the following 4 books from Australian authors: LUNA TANGO by Alli Sinclair, THE OUTBACK HEART by Fiona Palmer, HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS by Jenn J McLeod, and ASK ME TO STAY by Elise K Ackers.

Enter via this Rafflecopter link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Once you’ve entered, remember to visit the list of other participating blogs to enter more giveaways, HERE.

>>To check out my available books, visit this page. Like my Facebook page to keep up to date with my new releases and news.

>>You can also preorder my next Tarrin’s Bay book*, MIRACLE IN MARCH for the limited time price of only 99c at iTunes. *Although part of a linked series, this is a stand-alone story and can be read before or after the other two books available in the series; THE JANUARY WISH and FEBRUARY OR FOREVER.

Good luck! Winner notified via email and in the comments on this post within 7 days from 27th January.

Bookish Updates!

Only a couple of weeks into the new year and already things are getting busy!

Here are 4 pieces of news from my world:

1. I recently found out I’m a finalist in the ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) Awards, so that is pretty exciting! Thanks to those who nominated me. Here are the books and categories I’m in:

If you’re an ARRA member, you can vote now. If you’re not, membership is only $20 per year and you can join HERE.

I look forward to attending the awards dinner in Canberra in March! If you’re going, let me know so we can be sure to say hello to each other. :)

 

2. My upcoming Young Adult series, THE DELTA GIRLS, has new release dates…

SIGHT (book #1): July 14th 2015

SOUND (book #2): Oct 13th 2015

With the remaining 3 books releasing soon after, dates TBC. You can follow updates for this book series on twitter at @DeltaGirlsBook

 

3. It’s only 7 weeks to go until my next book is released! MIRACLE IN MARCH will be available on March 8th. iTunes has a preorder available now for only 99c here.

This book is the 3rd in my bestselling, award-finalling Tarrin’s Bay series. Although part of a linked series, it is also a stand-alone story, so if you haven’t read the others it doesn’t matter, you can start with the March book if you like or you might wish to read THE JANUARY WISH and FEBRUARY OR FOREVER first before March is released.

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4. I now have a Facebook group for those who’d like to keep up to date with my news as it happens and also interact and chat about important things like books, characters, chocolate…etc. Sometimes fans of Facebook pages don’t see all the updates, so a group is a way to get notified of updates and also to post in the group yourself and chat with other members. You can join here. I’ve also posted the first two chapters of MIRACLE IN MARCH in the group, so join up and have a sneak peek! :)

Happy Reading…

~ Juliet xx

A Recap of 2014 and What’s Ahead for 2015!

2014 – what a year! Both professionally and personally, my life went through some major changes. On New Years Eve I wrote a list of 100 things (yes, 100!) that I was grateful for and appreciated about my life in 2014. I thought I’d just do about 20, but then I kept going and thought, ‘okay, maybe I’ll do 50′, but then I wrote 51, and 52 and kept going and thought, ‘what the heck – 100 here I come!’ :) Appreciation brings more appreciation, it’s like a domino effect. Why not try it and see what makes it onto your list? It’s a great way to lift your spirits and feel good. :)

Here’s a brief summary of what happened in 2014, both on the blog, and with my writing…

Blog:

  • Most viewed blog post with over 2000 views: How I Write Fast (AKA: How I Wrote 70ks in 20 Days).
  • Most people found my blog via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Most blog visitors came from the USA. Followed by Australia and the UK.
  • My top 5 commenters were: Nancy Goldberg Levine, Kerrie Paterson, Linda Lee Williams, Jenn J McLeod, and Margareta. Thanks guys! :)
  • Search terms people used which led them to my blog (some normal, some weird and funny!): johnny castle making out, how to come up with a pen name, magical books, spit free birthday cake, rude characters, women looking for romanic (did they mean a romaniac?!), big bang theory, marketing tips, is sarah belle wealthy, romantic excerpts… and a few other things that I won’t mention!

Writing Life:

  • Wrote 4 complete books and 2 partials (a few chapters and synopsis): Complete: Haunted Ever After, 12 Daves of Christmas, Miracle in March, Sound (The Delta Girls book 2). Partials: Vintage Secret, You Know you Want To.
  • 4 Books published: The January Wish, February or Forever, Haunted Ever After, 12 Daves of Christmas.
  • First book in print: The January Wish was included in the 3-in-1 coastal compilation called Time For The Beach, available in Australian stores now.
  • Signed a 5 book deal (ebook & print) with Diversion Books for my Young Adult supernatural mystery series The Delta Girls!
  • My first novel, Fast Forward became an Amazon.com Top 100 bestseller
  • Attended the ARRA Awards Dinner as a finalist in the favourite New Author category
  • Attended my first ARRA book signing as an author (I signed postcards!), while at the RWA annual conference in Sydney.

And now for 2015! What’s next, and what my plans and goals are…

>>Book Releases (this will be updated as things progress):

  • March 8th, 2015: MIRACLE IN MARCH (Tarrin’s Bay series book 3)
  • May 12th, 2015: SIGHT (The Delta Girls series* book 1)
  • *There should be a couple more books in The Delta Girls series released later in the year but I don’t have a schedule yet)

As you can see, the majority of the year will be taken up with the launch of my Young Adult 5 book series!

>>Writing Goals:

  • Write the remaining 3 books in The Delta Girls series by end of August 2015 (I have deadlines!).
  • Write April’s Glow, the 4th book in my Tarrin’s Bay series by around end of October 2015.
  • Do further work on my women’s fiction project, Vintage Secret.
  • And if I get superhero powers and have more time available I will work further on my fun and flirty romcom You Know You Want To, or a short novella, and speaking of superpowers… at some stage down the track I will be writing a superhero romantic comedy and it’s going to be so much FUN ;)

I’d like to thank my readers for supporting my books, and I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year of writing!

To keep updated, I’ve created a new Facebook Readers group… If you’d like to join, HERE is the link.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and joyful 2015!! :)

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s my first book in PRINT!!

A milestone moment for me today… I saw my first book in print out in the wild!

TIME FOR THE BEACH is now available from Big W and Target stores in Australia (perfect Christmas gift!) ;)

It features the first novel in my Tarrin’s Bay series, THE JANUARY WISH, and also includes novels by Victoria Purman and Eliza Redgold. Thanks to Harlequin MIRA Australia for putting this compilation together!

Here is me looking like a lunatic:

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And here is me looking slightly more professional:

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And here is the book close up:

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And here is… nah, I guess you’ve seen enough! ;) 

But I will share with you what each story in this coastal collection is about…

Nobody But Him – Victoria Purman

At the age of eighteen, Julia Jones left her hometown — the small beachside town of Middle Point — with a head full of grand plans. Plans for an exciting life in a town that didn’t involve a main street with only one pub or a particular boy named Ryan Blackburn.

But fifteen years and a lifetime later, Julia’s forced to put her career and big-city life on hold when she returns home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is exactly where she runs smack-bang into the town’s hero, Ryan Blackburn! The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her! But instead, Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse.

The January Wish – Juliet Madison

When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences. A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Soon Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.

Hide and Seek – Eliza Redgold

A little birdie tells Hope Buchanan that American hotel developer Sullivan O’Dare isn’t just in town for a holiday. As the manager of Hot Tropics Bird Sanctuary, Hope has more than a vested interest in protecting natural habitats, and pulls out all the stops to convince Sullivan to come out with her to the WA bush, with its beautiful trees and unique wildlife. But what is initially about saving the Sanctuary soon becomes about finding a connection. Could it be that Hope has finally found the bird of a feather to form her own flock? 

To get a copy, head into your local Big W or Target store, where you’ll find it on the shelves (it’s quite a fat book!). It can also be ordered online from Booktopia but will not be officially released until 1st Jan.

Happy reading and Merry Christmas! :)

~ Juliet xx

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: Juliet Madison

Juliet Madison:

I’m talking all things CHRISTMAS at the AusRomToday blog!

Originally posted on AusRomToday:

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Mistletoe Madness with Juliet Madison

What are your plans for Christmas 2014?
I guess since it is fast approaching I should hurry up and make some plans! We will probably have a nice big lunch at my parents’ house with Christmas music on repeat, then everyone will have a food-induced coma-nap, then we’ll repeat the same in the evening!

Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
See above. ;) Things are quite different now that we’ve moved to a new town and don’t have many relatives nearby, so Christmas is a lot less busy. It used to be about trying to squeeze in as much as possible and see as many people as possible but now it’s more about quality rather than quantity, and taking some time to relax and enjoy life and celebrate the year that’s just passed.

Any gift in particular that you’d love to see…

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