Tuesday, December 10, 2019

#Giveaway #HoHoHoHarlequinHolidayExtravaganza Helen Lacey

Welcome to Helen Lacey's day on the blog she's sending Christmas greetings all the way from down under where the weather is anything but frightful in December. I hope you'll enjoy learning about her family holiday traditions.
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Some of Helen's favorite things:

Hi everyone & Merry Christmas!

I love this time of year and although I live in Australia, where it’s hot and humid around the holidays, there’s still some traditions I wouldn’t skip. Like the tree – the same tree I’ve decorated for nearly two decades (not a real tree, as too many critters like to hibernate in a real one) And I always have a theme for my gift wrapping – this year it’s red and green style paper with velvet ribbon.  And I like to make treats – like shortbread and rum balls 

(great little recipe here https://www.womensweeklyfood.com.au/recipes/classic-rum-balls-1632 ) We eat a lot of cold food on Christmas Day – ham and salads and of course shrimp/prawns. And trifle! Copious amounts of trifle!

Oh, and I love waiting for the firetruck – you see, we live in a small sea side town, at the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef, and every year the local volunteer fire fighting crew drive their truck through the town, with Santa Claus afloat, handing out small bags of lollies (candy) to children on Christmas Eve. It’s such a great tradition and one the whole community gets behind to support and enjoy.

I have a Christmas themed book out this year, The Soldier’s Secret Son, and I love being able to incorporate a holiday theme as there’s such a strong sense of family and community around this time of year. Of course, that’s why I love writing for Harlequin Special Edition – family and traditions are interwoven between the pages.

So, wherever you are, whatever you celebrate over the holidays – or even if you resist the festivities and treat the day like any other – stay safe and happy!

Helen also has a new movie out called Christmas in Paris and it was based on her SE novel A Fortunes of Texas Christmas.

Watch a trailer it's available on Netflix and DVD

New Christmas book 2019: The Soldier's Secret Son (The Culhanes of Cedar River Bk 2)
A Christmas surprise for a homecoming soldier…

When Jake Culhane comes home to Cedar River to visit his family, he doesn’t expect to reconnect with the woman he never forgot. Abby Perkins never believed Jake would return, which is why she never told him she’d given birth to his son. But Abby is still in love with the boy who broke her heart when he enlisted. This could be their first Christmas as a real family—if Abby can find the courage to tell Jake he’s a father…

Harlequin US Mills & Boon Aust

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Helen Lacey’s book, A Fortunes of Texas Christmas (The Fortunes of Texas) made in to a movie, Christmas in Paris.

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Christmas in Paris DVD

About Helen Lacey

Helen Lacey grew up reading Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables and Little House on The Prairie. These childhood classics inspired her to write her first book when she was seven years old, a story about a girl and her horse. She continued to write with the dream of one day being a published author and writing for Harlequin Special Edition is the realization of that dream. She loves creating stories about cowboys and horses and heroine's who get their happily ever after.

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  1. I need to binge some movies. I had to binge watch Virgin River on Netflix first and loved it. LOL Thanks for sharing. Both the book and show sound perfect.

  2. Ohhh Christmas in Paris. I have to check it out

  3. Fun Favorite Things List! I love Rum balls. My Nana made them from scratch every year for Christmas when I was growing up :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. oh I remember my grandma doing the same. Thanks for taking me back LIndy!

  4. I remember as a child seeing Santa arrive on a fire truck, it was very exciting.

    1. Oh yes you in NZ must have similar traditions. Thanks Kathryn

  5. Hi Debbie!
    Thank you for bringing us Helen Lacey and how she celebrates Christmas. It was fun to read as everywhere its so different!

    Congratulations to Helen on her new book and the movie!

    1. it was my pleasure Nas I always look forward to Helen's Christmas message