Winter Blogfest: Linda B Nightingale


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Break with Tradition

Our innermost family consisted of 3: My sons, my husband (now former) and I celebrated holidays together. When we divorced, the ex continued hosting the holiday festivities for Thanksgiving and Christmas with the usual big meal and, at Christmas, presents. This year will be different.

Since he is not hosting Thanksgiving and my son in the Houston area (one is in England) has his own family plans, I am breaking with tradition (kicking over the traces) and Thanksgiving will find me with a friend in Galveston at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel. They decorate beautifully for Christmas and host a Festival of Lights. We have a room overlooking the pyramids. We will walk on the beach, enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch maybe at the Hotel Galvez and enjoy the lights. She’s single, too, with family faraway, so she and I will make our own holiday this year by the sea. I ALWAYS take every opportunity to be by water, particularly the ocean (though in Galveston it is the Gulf).

We shall see what we shall see—whether this becomes a new tradition. It sounds like fun at any rate!

The greatest enemy of a vampire is boredom. Four centuries of existence have taught Lord Morgan Gabriel D’Arcy to fear nothing and no one. Humans and their weapons have little chance against his preternatural speed and arcane powers. Vampires are viral mutations of human DNA. Still, the Vampyre code requires secrecy, and he has learned to hide his nature from the world. The lure of mortality, of a life in the sun, puts Morgan again and again at the mercy of calculating human women though they fail to consider his charm and determination into the equation. However, even grooming a future bride from infancy proves to be fraught with heartbreak. And second chances are not always what they seem unless… you are Morgan. Immortality and beauty, aren’t they grand?

About the Author: Linda is a retired legal assistant and formerly bred the magnificent Andalusian horse. She has two marvelous sons, enjoys sports cars and hosting formal dinner parties. Loves dressing up! She has 9 published novels.

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  1. It’s so much fun to make new traditions. I hope your new one is a smashing success!

  2. Vanessa N. says:

    Your new tradition sounds like fun. It’s a great idea.

  3. Debra Taylor says:

    Your new tradition sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. NEw traditions are wonderful. Hope you enjoy!

  5. I enjoy learning about other people’s holiday traditions and your new one sounds great. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Your new tradition sounds like a great one, sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

  7. I’ve been to Galveston a few times and loved it. Sounds like a wonderful place to start a new tradition.

  8. You new tradition sounds good to me, very relaxing.

  9. Sounds like a good read.

  10. Ladies, thanks for the well wishes. Thanksgiving was lots of fun. And Kim, thanks–I hope you’ll take a look at Vampyre Rhapsody.

  11. Galveston looks lovely. Glad that you had a fun Thanksgiving with your friend. I always wondered if boredom would be a problem for a vampire.

  12. Kris Meldgaard says:

    I know from personal experience that thay 1st break in Tradition is awkward & kinda weird!😂 My family broke a couple generations old Xmas Tradition a few yrs back & I had a roller coaster of emotions from guilt & sadness to excitement & fear lol but after that 1st break it was liberating to make our own choices & do the things we wanted to do, we still did & do parts of the old tradition Like we always make a big Ham & my Grandpa’s Secret Recipe for Potato Salad, but we’re forging new traditions & memories & its been amazing every year since! I hope your trip is Fantastic & That both you Single ladies have a Blast! Treat yourselves as much as possible! It’s so fun exploring new ways to maje traditions! I hope you enjoy every minute of it!!!
    And thank you for sharing your story & for the chance!!🍀
    📖Kris Meldgaard💋

  13. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season making new traditions. And what better way to celebrate than at the beach? You can’t beat that. 😉
    Thank you for sharing!

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