SFR Brigade holiday showcase

sfrbholidayshowcaseUPDATE: The prize has been won and claimed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Hi there folks. Welcome to my world. Yes, there’s a giveaway.

Christmas is coming. I’m mentioning that in case you hadn’t noticed. 🙂 Here in Australia it is, of course, high summer. No snow, no egg nog in front of a roaring fire. Unless it’s a beach barbecue, and then it’s cold beer or fizzy wine, not egg nog. But even so we share the time with friends and family, whatever our religious or cultural belief might be.

In our hot climate many of us have weaned ourselves off the traditional turkey, ham, roast veg, plum pudding etc food orgy we inherited from our English forebears.  Although there is a new tradition of Christmas in July where those who like that sort of food can indulge themselves in mid-Winter. My husband and I will be having a peaceful day, eating a selection of delicious seafood. To finish, I might even whip up this rather tasty dessert – but in smaller proportions, and without the toffee.

For your reading pleasure I’ve selected a piece of the current work in progress, The Stuff of Legend. It should be published in late February – early March.

Here’s the blurb

When history professor Olivia Jhutta receives a distress call from her parents, in trouble somewhere in space, she returns to her home planet to find out what happened to them. Together with her grandmother and injured Confederacy Admiral Jak Prentiss, she sets out to find them. But she’s not the only one interested in the Jhutta’s whereabouts. The Helicronians believe Olivia’s parents have found an ancient weapon which they can use to wage war on the Confederacy, and their agents secretly follow Olivia’s every move. If they lay their hands on the weapon it will mean certain death for Olivia – and interplanetary war.

And here’s an excerpt

The shower was a blessing. Olivia washed the grime and dust out of her hair, and turned through the dry cycle. She still felt guilty about Jak. He’d been hurt because of her, and his wounds were painful. She’d seen him bounce up and down the stairs like a mountain goat. Now, he had to take the elevator, and he limped. She’d been such a fool, letting him dictate her mood like that.

She stepped out of the shower stall. Even when she’d tried to apologize she’d fluffed her lines. She’d been surprised to see him wearing the black fleet uniform with the stars on the shoulder boards. Maybe that was it. He’d said once before that the uniform made ordinary people nervous. She could see why. The dress uniform, all sparkling white with gold insignia and a high collar, was probably designed to intimidate, but even in everyday black Jak oozed authority.

What to wear to dinner? Grandma had hung some dresses in the closet for her and after spending the last couple of days in dust and grime, Olivia felt like looking pretty. The red one with the cleavage should suit. If nothing else, it would give His Admiralness something to look at. She twirled in front of the mirror. Grandma had bought the dress on New Haven and it had nanotech so it would fit whoever wore it. You couldn’t buy anything like that on Belledura. Olivia had modified the style slightly to show a little more skin. She looked good and more important, she felt good.

She opened the door to her bedroom and nearly walked into Jak. He stopped and stared at her, his lips curving into a hungry smile. “Delightful. Absolutely delightful.”

Her face heated. He didn’t look so bad himself. He’d changed out of the uniform and into black evening dress with a white shirt and bow tie, old fashioned but elegant. He’d left his walking stick behind.

“No stick?”

“I’m trying to wean myself off it.” He gestured. “Shall we go?”

Giveaway

To be in the draw for one ebook copy of any of my books, please tell me what you’ll be doing for Christmas.  I’ll contact the winner, using the email address you are asked to enter when you leave a comment (unless otherwise advised) on 20th December.

Have a very wonderful solstice celebration, whichever version works for you. And please, don’t forget to visit all the other blogs for more chances to win stuff.

Participants:

1. Lea Kirk 16. Kyndra Hatch
2. Greta van der Rol 17. Melisse Aires
3. Pippa Jay 18. Shari Elder
4. Carol Van Natta 19. Ed Hoornaert
5. Liza O’Connor 20. C.E. Kilgore
6. Jolie Mason 21. Diane Burton
7. Aurora Springer 22. Athena Grayson
8. S. A. Hoag 23. Misa Buckley
9. Veronica Scott 24. Kaye Manro
10. Jess Anastasi 25. E.M Reders
11. AR DeClerck 26. Pauline Baird Jones
12. Carmen Webster Buxton 27. Dena Garson
13. Christina Westcott 28. Imogene Nix
14. Michelle Howard 29. Tess Rider
15. Siren Allen 30. Michelle Diener

37 thoughts on “SFR Brigade holiday showcase

  1. Athena Grayson

    Rawr! As the song goes, “every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man!”
    We usually have family for Christmas (which is a secular holiday in our house), but this year, events have conspired to leave us alone (which is not a terrible thing–sometimes you need some down-time). One thing we will be doing is a tradition I picked up from my mother, and that’s making “monkey bread” for the morning of. Monkey bread (called because it’s “so easy, a monkey could do it”) is a pull-apart bread soaked in cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter and baked in a bundt pan so it’s nice and gooey when it comes out. It’s low-maintenance the day of, and minimal prep the night before, so it’s perfect “finger food” (because my animals don’t use silverware anyway, LOL).

    I would love a warm, sunshiney holiday one of these years. Have a great season!

  2. Suzanne Blasi

    Christmas day we spend with my sister and her family. We have a brunch with french toast, my favorite breakfast, and then watch holiday movies.

    Thank you for the excerpt, I am looking forward to reading the book.
    Merry Christmas

  3. Margaret Appel

    Christmas Day my entire family (siblings, spouses, kids, grandkids, grandparents, adopted friends) will be gathering at my house for our traditional Christmas Day lunch. Coming together for the holiday meal is a tradition our Mother started. We’ll spend the day laughing, joking, reminescing, catching up with each other, and watching the little ones open their gifts. After dessert everyone will make up a plate for later, gather up the trash, the crumpled & disgarded Christmas gift wrap, and when the day is winding down, they’ll gather up their plates and what have you, wandering off home leaving me to enjoy the peace & quiet & doing the Happy Dance, until we do it all over again at Easter.

  4. Tess Rider

    What a delicious dessert! This year we’re hosting one family event and going to two others. I love spending time with our family, so it’s always fun. Wishing you a very happy holiday, too!

    1. Greta Post author

      I’m sure it’ll be a lovely dessert. Have a great Christmas and thanks for stopping by

  5. Tess Rider

    We get the pleasure of three separate family Christmas events, one hosted at our house, all with delicious food. My favorite things about Christmas is the getting together and chatting over good food. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

    1. Greta Post author

      Oh, hun. You and me both. I’ve got an infestation of calories in my clothes. They make them tighter overnight

  6. Pippa Jay

    We don’t usually get snow anymore here in the south of the UK, but a barbeque for Christmas would make an interesting change. We’ll just have the traditional dinner with our monsters and older BIL – I love a quiet Christmas at home.

  7. Cee Mac

    We’ll be going to one of my sisters’ places for Christmas lunch – I expect it will be outside under the shady trees. Unfortunately my daughter won’t be able to make it as she is on night shift, but I expect to see some nephews & nieces & great-nephews & great-nieces I haven’t seen since the last family do.

  8. Liza O'Connor

    Greta, I think I’d prefer seafood and a cold drink. I spent several months in Austrailia during a wander-bout. I loved most of the people. There was a guide to the center of Australia who kept trying to leave me at every stop. I seriously considered bribing some other tour guide to let me go with them, but then I would have to pay twice and I’m cheap. Between the heat and the guide, those eight days were hell. But I loved the rest of my trip, especially the shark dives. I had far more fun along the coastal areas. I think the heat gets to those in the center.

    1. Greta Post author

      Central Australia in summer is not a good idea. That’s why we all live around the coast 🙂 But it’s actually an interesting place during the winter months when the temperatures are bearable.

  9. Kyndra Hatch

    Going home for Christmas and having the turkey and all the hot foods you’re not having in the summer time. You opened my eyes to a whole new meaning of ‘Christmas in July.’ I can’t imagine Christmas in summer, lol!

    Great exerpt and good luck with your work in progress!

  10. Aurora Springer

    Hi Greta,

    We have our 2 sons back from college for the break, so we’ll do a traditional turkey dinner. Leftovers go into turkey pie, which is the older son’s favorite. We have a fruit cake soaking up brandy!

    1. Greta Post author

      Traditional is good in mid-Winter. I hope you all have a great time. Actually, my mum and I used to make the Christmas cake together. Had the fruit soaking in brandy for several months.

  11. Carmen Webster Buxton

    We’re going to my son’s house for Christmas Eve and my sister-in-law’s for Christmas dinner, after having friends and family over in the morning.

    Good luck with the WIP! And thanks for listing all our links in your post.

  12. Lea Kirk

    I’m looking forward to reading The Stuff of Legend, Greta.

    This year, we’re having a quiet Christmas at home with our Nerd-Herd. Not sure how many more we’ll have with all five of them before they start flying the coop, so I plan to enjoy every minute of their company.

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