Saturday, 1 December 2012


The uber-talented R J Scott is holding a two day Christmas Blog Hop - woo hoo! There will be tales of Christmas, good food and knowing R J, lots of wine!

She asked me for a Christmas memory and I have to admit I was hard-pressed to narrow it down. When you get to my age there are quite a few to choose from!

Then it hit me... the water butt. The upturned water butt to be precise. Would you like me to explain? Well... my mum was the second youngest in a family of thirteen children, and we used to spend Christmas at my Granddad's house. So you can imagine there were quite a few around the table. The smaller kids had a little table separate from the main dining-table and when you were old enough to join the big table (which basically meant tall enough to see the table from a normal sized chair) each one of us begged to get the quirkiest seat in the house. Granddad's giant blue upturned water butt with the cushion on the top! I hasten to add that it was emptied first!

I remember my first Christmas on the butt. I can clearly hear my mum saying now, "Look at her, she's been waiting years to get on that bloody thing. I should have just got her one of those for Christmas!" Happy memories, good times.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the holiday season. As my little gift to you, I am giving away a copy of one of my Christmas releases. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email and a winner will be picked out of the hat by my assistant (aka Gracie). Both releases are below, complete with blurbs, so don't forget to let me know which one you would prefer. Both are available from the 1 December :)

Don't forget to check out the other entries in the Hop and lovely pressies for you all to enjoy over at R J's Blog


When his last boyfriend broke his heart and stole his life savings, Glenn figured he would be much safer if he closed the door on love and threw himself into his job as head window dresser in a large department store. 

Unbeknownst to Glenn, while he continues to build a wall around his heart, his Guardian Angel is plotting to give him his happy ever after involving a mannequin and a sprig of mistletoe.


Isaac didn't do the cold. 
He didn't do singing either. 

So trudging through the snow in minus temperatures, freezing his balls off to sing Fa lala to complete strangers, was not his idea of fun. 

Until the tall, dark and handsome who opened the final door changed his mind.


  1. The water butt! I love it. We have a hemorrhoid chair. The back and seat are straight and flat...very uncomfortable. Only thing is, no one wants to sit on it.

    Happy double release, and happy holidays to you and the kiddos.


    1. It sounds divine lol.

      Happy Holidays to you, Bill and all the kiddles x

  2. Happy double release, and happy holidays to you and your family!

  3. I just got Not Just for Christmas and will be reading it later today. Thanks for sharing.

  4. They both sound great! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  5. Tis the season sounds so good, I love Christmas stories!
    Thanks for participating!

    1. Thank you for entering :)

      Happy Holidays

  6. Love the water butt story! Its this sort of story that lingers, not what xbox number is received
    Tis the season sounds good
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  7. THE WATER BUTT sounds like a Christmas special waiting to happen!


  8. Happy double release day!

  9. Water Butt, lol! Learn something new everyday.

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  10. I can honestly say I've never heard the term water butt until today. :)

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  11. Congrats on a double release!
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  12. Not sure what a water butt is, but it must be comfortable. Both stories sound really cute, but I would choose "Not for Christmas" should I win.

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  13. Count me in please :)


  14. I bought Tis the Season last night...I didn't know you had TWO out...on to more holiday lovie stories :D

  15. Uuumm, what's a water butt? I also remember the graduation from the kids table to the big table, didn't happen until I was married. How can one choose between these 2 books? I think you should surprise me.

  16. Sounds like my huge family...minus the water butt that is. LOL

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!


  17. Thanks for the giveaway.


  18. tis the season looks realy good
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