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Five Things for Friday

A week to Christmas? Egads! I’d be really panicked if it was a usual year–big dinner to plan. Family arriving from around the country. And getting those last minute gifts done. But this year? Just trying to finish two knitting projects. That’s it.

We all have people we miss seeing, and at Christmastime, no less, it is harder. But I take a deep breath–one of any number I’ve taken over the last 10 months and remind myself, this shall pass. And on the other side is next year. With high hopes for the blessings of family and friends around my table.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the simple things.

One

My word for the week is Gift. It seems like this time of year is the scramble to get all the gift giving done. But I think moreso there have been so many more gifts this year. Gift of time. The gift of having my oldest home for so many months. Family games nights. Video chats with family.

Look for the gifts you’ve gained this year and treasure those. And if this year has been hard, think of what may lay ahead. Aren’t we all ready for the road in front of us?

Two

I’ve made it a point not to be pushy about my books, as authors can be at times. The point of this newsletter has been to share the gifts in my life with you. But if you can, and if you have someone in your life who you think might enjoy it, might you consider gifting them with The Brazen Trilogy. It is only $1.99 on Amazon, and will remain so until the end of the year.

Which also means there is time to gift yourself as well. (And it is free if you have Amazon Unlimited.)

The Brazen Series

Three

If I was having a big old regular Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, I would probably make these Holiday Breadsticks : Don’t they look nummy? I might just have to make them anyway.

Photo credit: It’s Always Autumn

Four

Time for one last cookie before Christmas–and I think I saved the best for last. The Hidden Maraschino Cherry Cookie. These are one those cookies that everyone at Christmas sorts through the cookie plate to find because they don’t want to miss having them.

I only make them at Christmas and I often have to make them twice. So don’t blame me if you bake them this weekend and they are gone by Sunday. You were warned. ;)

Five (The Giveaway!!!!)

My Christmas gift to all of you is a chance to win one of my newly released audiobooks. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has become part of the community behind this newsletter.

So I gathered together twenty download codes to giveaway to one of any of these books: His Mistress by Morning, Confessions of a Little Black Gown, Once Tempted and Love Letters from a Duke. Just email your entry to email hidden; JavaScript is required and let me know which book you would like a chance to win. And if you have no preference, just say “any.”

I’ll send out the download codes to the winners next week.

A very joyous holidays to all of you.

Elizabeth

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