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Ready to warm the cockles of your heart??

The temperatures here in the UK are dropping, my Ugg boots have come out of the cupboard, and my car is frosted over most mornings.

What do we need? Some hugs and Winter Warming, of course! :)

Come and join the authors of Winter Warmers this week on our Toe-Tingling, Finger-unFrosting, Neck-Nuzzling, Sofa-Snuggling Blog Tour - all for the purpose of keeping you warm, you understand!

Each day, one of us will chat about the why and how of our warming, heartfelt, romantic and amusing stories. Feel free to chat with any of us about your thoughts for the season - especially if you have equally good ideas to keep warm :) And your comment will also enter you into a draw on Monday Dec 17 to win a FREE COPY

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So what's my story?  It's called LUCKY DIP and it's set at a primary school Christmas Fair.  Andy's a harrassed young teacher, struggling to keep control of his over-enthusiastic and sometimes downright devilish pupils in the school hall while they get the Fair ready for the parents over the weekend. And just when he thinks things can't get worse, they do! His ex-boyfriend Greg, an uncle of one of the pupils, has turned up to help ... and he's paired up with Andy.

There's no way Andy's going to get too close to Greg and embarrass himself - until fate takes a hand and Andy and Greg get stuck in a VERY tight spot. Thank heavens they're surrounded by the school's supply of mulled wine to warm the cockles of their hearts - and their feelings towards each other :)

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I spent years of fun and support at Christmas Fairs. I've made Barbie ballgowns, decorated velvet hairbands, made tiger-skin-fabric-covered notebooks and velvet shoulder bags - and those were only my portfolio's finest! Hubby's helped to set up Lucky Dips, Santa's Grotto, catering urns full of mulled wine, firework displays, PA systems and that fabulous, tortuous game where you try to guide the looped stick around the twisted metal wire without touching -  or the alarm goes off! Hmm ... I think it's still in the loft somewhere...

For me, there's nothing like buying homemade candleholders covered in tartan ribbon, or cheap red felt Santa hats, or more mincemeat and chutney than we can use in the next 5 years :). I love the glitter and the giggles and the smell of cinnamon, and Christingle church services where the mixing of small, tired children and slippery oranges with lighted candles in them always appeared an accident waiting to happen - but never was, in all the years I took the Sons along.

And so that inspired me to tell Andy's frantic story - but find him a happy ending. That's a vast improvement on the Fair I went to one year where a seven-year-old sat on a chair, it buckled under him, he grabbed out to hold steady - and brought the whole decorated Christmas tree down on to the Christmas Craft stall! I think I lost a few decorated hairbands in the melee that year :) 

Nowadays, I might think I prefer to spend Christmas quietly in a corner, sipping a glass or two of Bailey's while picking the soft centres out of a tin of chocolates - but I'm still a sucker for Christmas Fairs and handmade, seasonal gifts!

Enjoy your season, whatever you do!

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WINTER WARMERS - a seasonal anthology

Mulled wine. Butterscotch kisses. Hideous sweaters. Candy at the beach, or a trip to a sex shop in Amsterdam. And the man of your dreams, wrapped around you...

Winter warmers come in many shapes and sizes, from the tongue-in-cheek to the hot-as-hell. Enjoy a quintet of heart-warming tales of men loving men from Clare London, Chrissy Munder, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, and Lou Harper that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.

One thing's for sure—it's going to be a red-hot Christmas!

Here on Amazon UK, Amazon US, and All Romance Ebooks.


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Lucky Dip by Clare London
Andy Jackson always knew that class 2C’s help in preparing for the annual Christmas Fair would be a mixed blessing. Then he’s paired up on the Lucky Dip with Greg, the man who dumped him but now can’t keep away, the pupils are either lecturing him on his lovelife or losing bladder control, and no one’s fixed the broken handle on the storage room. It may all be one whoopee cushion too far for him.

Butterscotch Kisses by Chrissy Munder
Matthew Morrison is determined to conquer his fear of heights and achieve a winning outcome. At least, that's what the best-selling, self-help book he's listening to promises. Being stuck on a three-story tower in the middle of a snowstorm wasn't part of the plan. With no St. Bernard in sight, it's Cute Ticket Guy Adam to the rescue, and an outcome Matthew never anticipated.

Wintertide by Lou Harper
May meets December when Jem and Oscar chance on each other at the Santa Monica Pier, only weeks before Christmas. The two men are separated by age, social status, and their taste in candy, yet if they are both naughty and nice, they might just find holiday cheer together.

When in Amsterdam... by Josephine Myles
Brandon is on his first visit to new boyfriend Jos's home country, just in time for their Sinterklaas celebrations. But an unexpected detour into a sex shop leads Brandon to new discoveries about himself, and a whole new dynamic to their relationship. The weather may be cold and damp, but Brandon and Jos soon heat things up!

A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by JL Merrow
What's the best gift a young man could get for Christmas? Mohawked saxophonist Liam wouldn't have picked the hideous collection of knitwear he's presented with by his mum and his aunties. He'd rather have the gorgeous older man he sees every day while busking at King's Cross. But with a little Christmas magic in the air, maybe those garish garments are just the thing for attracting a silver fox...


 


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Please click below to visit my Christmas page, if you're in the mood for more seasonal stories :)

 

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( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
jl_merrow
Dec. 10th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Heh, know what you mean about Christingle services! At my local church, they have people handing out hairbands to any child with long hair who hasn't tied it back, so at least they're aware of the danger! But no, I've never witnessed any Christingle conflagrations either. :)
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
LOL. I think most of ours have a shepherd tea towel on their heads, but they're staring around the church, nudging each other, their hands wobbling ... arrgh :).
thrace_adams
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
OH I have this one, good idea, I think I'll reread it. So good :D

(yes this is Katherine again, my laziness abounds ;p )
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Heh
I can "spot" you as Thrace now :). Hope you enjoy the re-read!
taina1959
Dec. 11th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Winter Warmers
All the stories in the antho sound delish! Thanks for sharing the blurbs!
Happy Holidays!

~Rush~
taina1959@yahoo.com
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: Winter Warmers
Same to you, and thanks for dropping in :)
(Anonymous)
Dec. 11th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Winter Warmers comment
Just the title of Winter Warmers gives me a happy feeling. I'm not sure what a Lucky Dip is, but second chance at love stories are favorites of mine.

strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Re: Winter Warmers comment
That's just the kind of feeling we're hoping to give the readers!

(a Lucky Dip is a bran tub in the US, I think *g*)
lou_harper
Dec. 11th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
I'm a Grinch myself, but it seems you have enough holiday cheer for me too.
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
The season needs Grinches too, I reckon :)
whitestar
Dec. 11th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
The only idea I have to keep warm is to sit in front of a roaring fire ^_^

This book sounds full of cute stories. Count me in please! :D
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
I think that's an excellent idea! Thanks for dropping by :)
chrissymunder
Dec. 11th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Aha! That's where all the soft centres went! Should I confess? I'm afraid I first read this as "Satan's Grotto". :) Still, I'd love a tiger-skin-fabric-covered notebook!
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
*heh* it's all my crappy old teeth can cope with!

Still chuckling over Satan's Grotto...
THERE'S a plot bunny for next year! :)
brenopa
Dec. 11th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
LOOK at this collection of authors--yes! I'm going to get a cheap Santa hat right now. Some of y'all's British Christmas traditions are unfamiliar to me. Are mince pies just fruit cake in pie form I wonder? Thanks!

brendurbanist at gmail dot com
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Yay for the Santa hat!

I remember being shocked when I learnt mincemeat pies have no mince or meat in them at all LOL. It's spiced fruit instead :). A bit richer than Christmas cake or a fruit cake.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 12th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Liking the sound of this antholgy...please count me in. Thank you, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Thanks for dropping by :)
gigid29
Dec. 12th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great book. Please count me in. Thanks!
clarelondon
Dec. 12th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping in :)
loveless3173
Dec. 13th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Enjoyed the post!
oh! please count me in.
but you know... sad to say, I've never gone to a Christmas fair...or any fair for that matter. I haven't been to a fair since I was like.. 12 so I've long since forgotten how they're like. I wonder how different they are from regular ones what with the holiday feel.. lol...

Judi
arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com
clarelondon
Dec. 13th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC)
You're in, thanks for dropping by! :)

I hadn't been to many between finishing school and having my own school-age children, and I think that resurrects it all :) But I admit my Sons are both over 18 now but I still like the gittery, home-made fun LOL
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