Welcome to my Twelve Books for Christmas blog. Over these first twelve days of December I'll be introducing you to twelve romance books to warm your heart and make you feel all Christmassy. :) They'll all make wonderful presents for a friend, or you could even treat yourself.
Book number 6 is Callie's Christmas Countdown, a rom-com by romantic novelist and blogger, Julie Ryan about a heroine who wants to plan the perfect Christmas. Uh-Oh! Sounds like there'll be trouble. :)
Callie is an event planner, organising weddings and corporate parties. What she'd really love however, is to organise the perfect Christmas. How difficult can it be after all? She simply needs to get her divorced parents talking to each other, sort out a Christmas Eve wedding for the daughter of a millionaire and wait for her hunky, rich boyfriend to propose. What could possibly go wrong?
Julie Ryan’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Her spirit enriched, her imagination fired, Julie started a series of mystery romances, thrillers set in the Greek Isles.
Jenna's Journey is the first novel in Julie Ryan’s Greek Islands Series, a series she did not set out to create but which took on its own life and grew, rich and fascinating. This is the first of three published so far and promises to delight readers looking for the hidden dark sides of dream vacations in the Greek Isles.
A prolific and well-known book review blogger, Julie does her writing and reviewing from rural Gloucestershire, where she lives with her husband, son and dippy cat with half a tail.
I asked Julie to tell us about her family's festive traditions
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
The last weekend in November marks the beginning of Christmas in our house as that’s when we put the tree up. It’s then followed by the ritual opening of the first box of chocolates as we settle in to watch Christmas movies, Elf, The Grinch. A Muppet Christmas Carol. Last year we had a new tradition as it was the first one without my Dad. Instead of a fairy we now have a wooden star engraved with ‘Granddad’ and as it is placed on top of the tree we all make a wish.
When do you open your Christmas presents?
We have a nine year old son so it’s as soon as he wakes up on Christmas morning. Usually he’s not too bad but last year for some reason he woke up at 4am. I’m hoping this year it won’t be quite as early!
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
I’d love to have Christmas lunch with Rick Stein! I bought his book ‘From Venice to Istanbul’ after watching the series on TV. We could chat about his trips around the Med and I might pick up a few culinary tips as well. It might be better if he cooks the Christmas dinner though as I’d be so nervous I’d probably burn it.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
My family all think I have far too many books so they don’t usually buy me books for Christmas – unfortunately – so any book would be welcome. If I could choose one then I’d probably ask for Sue Moorcroft’s ‘The Christmas Promise’ as that looks to be a real festive treat. To be honest though any book that I haven’t read would make my day.
It's a fab book, Julie. I read it as soon as it came out - I'm a big fan of Sue's work.
What is the most unusual Christmas present you’ve ever had/given?
The first Christmas that my husband and I spent together was very special. As well as my favourite Chanel perfume and a Steif Teddy, I found the keys to my very first car. It was second hand but not having much money my lovely hubby had sold his toolbox and kit in order to buy it. I was so touched by this gesture.
Aww, how romantic!
You can find Julie on her websites:
Website/blog for book reviews
on Facebook https://www.facebo ok.com/julie.ryan.3114
and on Twitter @julieryan18
Bring a little sunshine into your life!
Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with on cold winter nights. Published by Accent Press