A Summertime Christmas – Guest Post from Caitlyn Nicholas

It is my pleasure to welcome CAITLYN NICHOLAS to our little section of the internet. This is Caitlyn’s first visit to ENALR so help me make her feel welcome. WELCOME CAITLYN! We hope you’ll put us on your daily stops.  

 It’s a Summertime Christmas, and I’m all freaked out

Its nearly Christmas and its getting hot. Last week the temperature hit 97F. Yes, you guessed it… I live in the southern hemisphere and Christmas time means soaring temperatures, slathering on sunscreen and heading to the beach.

It freaks me out every year.  You see I was born in England, and my family moved to Sydney, Australia when I was eleven years old.  By that age two things had stuck, my English accent (which I still haven’t shaken, even after thirty years) and the fact that Christmas is a celebration that takes place when it’s cold.

In July, when winter’s in full swing, I start to feel Christmassy – humming carols, and planning very English Christmas type food. And I’m not the only one. Because there is such a huge ex-pat English population here in Australia ‘Christmas in July’ has become a big thing. It’s quite acceptable to have a Christmas type celebration at that time of year. Some people even put up Christmas trees (though in my house if a Christmas tree was up in July it would probably be because it hadn’t been taken down since January – ahem).

Christmas when it’s hot feels so weird to me. And what’s even weirder is that my kids see it as a hot-weather celebration!  A traditional Christmas lunch for them is cold seafood, turkey and ham, lovely salads, and desserts like pavlova, or lemon meringue pie. None of the roast turkey and Christmas cake that I expect.

But don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I like about a summer Christmas. Its warm!  Which is wonderful (even if it feels wrong!). Carols by candle-light; sung outside with everyone in the community at the nearby sports oval. Santa Claus at the shopping centre, cheerfully melting in a heavy red costume. Long summer evenings by the pool with family and friends. Crisp cold white wine. Cicadas scratching away in the background. The smell of BBQ drifting across from the neighbors yard. Smoke from distant bushfires turning the sky orange. Kids on their new bikes and scooters going around and around the street until dark or mosquitoes send them inside.

This Christmas I’ve got a lot to celebrate.  In particular the two books I’ve had published in the last few weeks.

A rip roaring Romantic Suspense… Drive Me To Distraction came out in November.

Sometimes life or death decisions are easy. Alex Radford has a choice – borrow the money to treat her mother’s rare and aggressive cancer from sleazy moneylender Hamish MacCameron. Or do nothing and watch her die.

MacCameron has an agenda. He wants Alex in his bed, and he wants her to help him exact revenge on his sworn enemy, Robert Dryden. He is only too happy to lend her what she needs, but the strings attached form a tangled web from which Alex has little hope of escape.

It’s not all bad. Since she was a girl Alex has had one dream: to become a Formula 1 driver and show the boys how to drive a race car. MacCameron’s money gives her a shot at fame, and in a move that scandalizes the F1 racing fraternity she becomes the new driver for Rob Dryden’s struggling F1 team, Prometheus.

Alex tries to keep her distance from Rob, knowing that one day she will need to betray one of the few people who ever had faith in her. But things begin to unravel when Hamish MacCameron is murdered and she and Rob are the top suspects on the list …

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And The Danger Game, a Romantic Suspense novella, out on 10th December.

Flick likes computers. She’s good with them, and they do what she tells them, mostly. People, however, are more of a challenge.

But when a terrifyingly dangerous program is stolen, and her mentor killed, Flick finds herself on the run. The police are convinced she’s committed murder, and a sinister weapons developer will stop at nothing to force her to work for him.

In Ben’s line of work being suspicious keeps you alive. So when Flick turns to him, he quickly realises that she’s up to her neck in trouble and hasn’t fully realised the danger she is in.

First he has to keep her safe, and then, together, they have to figure out how to save the world from an epic meltdown.

More information about The Danger Game from Escape Publishing, Click here

To get order THE DANGER GAME:

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I hope everyone has a happy safe Christmas, hot or cold.  I’d love to hear about your Christmas and what makes it wonderful and special.  Leave me a comment, or come visit my blog http://www.caitlynnicholas.blogspot.com

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