Winter Blogfest: I’m Hoping for a White Christmas by Hywela Lyn

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I love Christmas. If we’re lucky, we’ll have some snow. Despite all the inconvenience and problems it causes, for me, snow really makes Christmas seem – well, more like Christmas) I love all the preparations, from baking the Christmas cake and making the special sherry trifle, to decorating the house and Christmas tree. I don’t like starting Christmas preparations too early, but once I start I find it really exciting.

My husband and I enjoy a pre-Christmas visit to the local Garden Centre, towards the end of November. As well as Christmas trees and poinsettias, cyclamen and other winter flowering pants, the garden centre also sells loads of Christmas decorations and gifts.

It is prettily decorated at this special time of year, with little alcoves featuring polar bears and penguins – and even Father Christmas himself, with shelves and shelves of Christmas trimmings, stars, angels, penguins, bears, squirrels and reindeer.

I usually manage to pick up a few more decorations for the tree (I’m amazed I manage to fit them all on the tree as I tend to buy one or two more from the Christmas tree farm as well.) in addition to choosing some gifts for friends, some chocolate teddy bears and snowmen, and, of course, my favourite bottle of Christmas mead! There are so many lovely things on show. If I ever came into money I think I’d buy the lot!

It’s too early to buy holly and mistletoe yet, we’ll get that from the Christmas tree farm, the other place which is becoming a traditional trip for us, about a week before Christmas, when we’ll pick out our own Christmas tree from the hundreds available, grown specially on the farm, and brought in from the fields by Shire horses. As you’ll have gathered, not for me the supermarket for our Christmas decorations, I love the atmosphere of the garden centre, and the Christmas tree farm. We’ll probably pop into our local farm shop as well, for their delicious cranberry jelly, mincemeat, and some other home produced delicacies.

As anyone who knows me knows, I’m crazy about animals, and one of the things we’ll be doing on Christmas day is travelling to the farm where we keep our two horses, Harri and T’pau, to give them some special treats along with their daily feed. My little dog Choccy always enjoys coming along too.

As I said at the beginning, I love snow, and the lovely Christmas atmosphere it imparts. I haven’t written any full length Christmas stories so far, the nearest I’ve got is the snow and ice covered planet Niflheim, which features in ‘Starquest’ and ‘Children Of The Mist’. Maybe it will snow this Christmas and I’ll be inspired to write that Christmas story!

hywelaAvailable early 2016.

Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

About the Author:I currently live in a small village in England, with my long suffering husband Dave, although my heart remains in my native rural Wales, which has inspired so much of my writing.

Although most of my writing tends to be futuristic, the worlds I create are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature. My characters often have to fight the elements and the terrain itself. My heroes are strong and courageous, but chivalrous and honourable – and of course, handsome and hunky.My heroines are also strong and courageous, but retain their femininity and charm. However difficult the journey, love will always win in the end.

My first novel, a futuristic romance released by the Wild Rose Press was followed by a sequel ‘Children Of The Mist’. The series has now become The Destiny Trilogy and the third book ‘Beloved Enemy’ is due for release early in 2016.

I am a member of The Romance Novelists’ Association (UK) and Chiltern Writers

A keen animal lover, I have two horses, a Jack Russell ‘rescue’ and two ‘feral’ cats. When I amnot writing, I can usually be found enjoying the outdoors with my horses and dog – or just eating chocolate!

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  1. I enjoyed reading this. You are a “new to me” author.

  2. Missing snow in our part of the world this year, it just doesn’t seem very Christmas like at all. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.

  3. Salisa Waheed says:

    I Definetely would love to see snow one day.

  4. Hi Peggy, thanks so much for stopping by and if you read any of my books I do hope you enjoy them! Have a wonderful Christmas

  5. Hello Jean, thanks so much for commenting, I hoipe you’re enjoying your Christmas, despite the lack of snow!

  6. Hello Salisa, snow is beautiful, sadly we didn’t have any this year but we’re still enjoying Christmas, as I hope you are!

  7. interesting sounding series
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Thanks so much bn100!

  9. Thanks to everyone who was kind enough to comment on my post. I hope you enjoyed this event ad I’m sorry to be so late posting the winner who is…


    Congratulations – I’ll be in touch shortly, and I hope everyone has a wonderful 2016!

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