What I want for Christmas…is you

Let me begin by saying this tale has a bittersweet ending, thus the title of my piece.

When I was first married, I had visions of how Christmas should be. Dozens of red roses, lingerie, chocolate, pretty baubles.

On our first Christmas as a married couple, my husband gave me a vacuum. I smiled weakly. He got the picture and asked what was wrong.

“I wanted something romantic,” I said.

Fast forward a year. On that Christmas Eve, we arrived at our small business separately and before our staff were there. When I came through the door, I saw an envelope pasted to the receptionist’s desk with my name on it. Inside was a beautiful card and a poem my husband had written. It brought tears to my eyes.

I called out, but he didn’t respond. I figured he had his office door closed to speak to a client.

In the next part of the office, there was a gaily-wrapped gift on a desk and my name on the tag. Inside was the sexiest lingerie I’d ever seen. I danced around, then shouted his name. Still no response.

I went deeper into our offices and found more presents: red roses, other poems, chocolates.

I was sobbing like a baby when I got to his office and threw my arms around him, blubbering about the best Christmas ever.

He hugged me and said, “Oh, okay.”

Oh, okay? I kissed him deeply and said I was taking him to breakfast as soon as I checked my face. There on the bathroom sink was one last gaily-wrapped package. Inside was a diamond and sapphire ring I’d coveted for months. I screamed.

He came inside and grinned. “I did good?”

Did he ever.

It was a Christmas I’ll never forget. A few years back I lost him. He’d gone to the doctor for a mild medical problem and took the prescribed medication. There was a reaction. My husband passed quickly and too soon.

His love, loyalty and sense of fun are what I use for my male characters in my romances.

My latest, Come Fill Me, Book One of my Prophecy Series (erotic paranormal), is available December 18 from Samhain

Two men will stop at nothing to have her gift, her desire…and her love.

Years ago, with the healing abilities afforded by her blend of Aztec and extraterrestrial blood, Liz was free to do as she wished. Now she is trapped in a blood feud, forced to heal one of her clan’s most dangerous rivals so they can exploit his gift of prophecy.

As she drapes her nude body over his, the rush of his returning strength overwhelms her, and his stunningly sensual caress pushes her to her sexual limit.

Zeke Neekoma never expected to hunger for a woman he’s supposed to hate, but now that he’s tasted her, he has no intention of denying himself the pleasure of her body—or of kidnapping his enemy’s most cherished plaything.

Brought to Zeke’s stronghold to heal his brother, Jacob, Liz surrenders her body’s most traitorous needs to the unrestrained desires of two powerful men. And the brothers fill the lonely void she has too long endured.

But her clan doesn’t intend to let her go without a fight…and the ecstasy that binds Liz to her lovers could be the thing that breaks them.

Contest details: One commenter will have her choice of one of my backlist ebooks (Come Fill Me not included).

About the Author:

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, and Kensington. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose one of her erotic romances as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for one of her erotic romances. Her erotic paranormal The Yearning and another of her titles received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.


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