Tara Andrews is my guest again! Take it away, Tara!
If there were ever a season of tradition, I believe it is this time of year. No matter the holiday you celebrate, there are those things you grew to count on each year and some that just kind of… happened. We celebrate Christmas and I thought I’d share some of my family’s newer traditions.
· Our Elf on the Shelf has made an appearance—perhaps a tradition best not begun if you don’t enjoy jumping out of bed in a panic to move it just as the kids are coming down the stairs. Oh, and probably a helpful idea to remember where you packed it the year before so you’re not running around frantic, because the kids remembered he shows up on December 1st… and it’s December 1st!
· Playing the Whose House Will We Have Dinner game. My husband’s parents or my mom’s—who live too far apart to do double duty. Fun game.
· The annual Coordinating Days Off From Work to cover the school holiday break – because, after spending a ton of money on gifts, paying a babysitter per day, per kid is just not an option.
· The yearly visit to Santa. This usually means last minute purchases because they now want something different from what they asked for the week before. This year, my daughter asked Santa for a bunny that poops chocolate. The credit for this request goes to Disney Channel’s Jessie—Gee, thanks, Disney.
· Holiday shopping… ‘nuf said.
· Tree decorating. And redecorating. I think this is my kids’ favorite part of getting ready for the holidays, cleaning up their rooms, the least. But, we can’t leave 75% of off the ornaments on the bottom three feet of the tree. Come on, we all do it. ;)
Despite my poking fun at some of these traditions, the flip side is…
· Seeing my kids happy when they find our Elf taking a bath in the left over Halloween candy.
· Spending time with family—before, during, and after Christmas. Because guess what? There is always Christmas Eve, New Years’ Eve and Day, and the weekend in between to spend it with family.
· Using those days off, especially the ones after the December 25th, relaxing and watching all the hard work pay off as the kids play with their new toys.
· Sending off the Santa picture to the in-laws and framing ours. It is one of my favorite pictures to display for the following year.
· Tree decorating? It all leads up to the grand reveal on Christmas morning when my kids’ joy and excitement become mine, too.
Shopping… thankfully that craziness is only once a year! LOL.
So, with all the stress of the holiday season, if you’re planning to use a day off or two reading, please consider Her Everything. It’s my latest release in Decadent Publishing’s popular 1Night Stand series.
Rachel Turner made a mistake—a couple, in fact. Ruining a surprise meeting with the front man to her favorite band is just the beginning. But agreeing to switch places with her famous sister may spell the end of both of their careers. With rumors flying and an unexpected invitation from Madame Eve, Rachel hopes she can put the mistakes behind her.
Attending an event to support a charity close to his heart, Mark Travis wasn’t looking for love, or even company—and definitely not with a fan. But when he puts in a hasty bid at a silent auction and wins the services of 1Night Stand, Madame Eve has something different in mind. A single evening with a woman she claims can fulfill his needs. But one night might not be enough.
Come morning, will Mark and Rachel’s unexpected one-night stand give them more than they bargained for?
Tara Andrews divides her time between a full-time job as an office manager, an even more full-time job as a wife and mother, and her dream job as a romance author. An avid reader and writer, Tara continuously seeks to hone her craft in order to provide readers with stories that are provocative yet romantic.
Tara lives in upstate New York with her wonderful husband and two fabulous children.