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Monday, December 5, 2011

The Magic of Christmas. Jennifer Jakes Littleton. Blog Event.

Welcome to my ‘What Every Woman Wants Beneath Her Christmas Tree’ blog event. For those of you just joining us, this blog event welcomes a total of sixteen authors and jewelry vendors. All will be putting something under this blog’s Christmas tree for you to win. In addition, every commenter between now and December 25th is entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Amazon!

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome over romance author, Jennifer Jakes Littleton. She’s graciously offered an Ecopy of her novel, RAFE’S REDEMPTION. Be sure to comment for a chance to win.

From Jennifer’s lips to my blog…

Hi everyone! I’m so glad to be here today. Thanks for having me, Sky.

To me Christmas lights are magical. There is something about the twinkle that immediately transports me back in time. I get the same oooh, aaaah feeling I used to when my mom finished decorating and plugged in the lights. Growing up in the South, we usually didn’t get a white Christmas, but Mom would spray the fake stuff on the windows and the branches and garland. Then she’d drape the silver icicles all over the tree. By the time she was done, it felt like a winter wonderland. I’d lay beside the tree in the dark and let the twinkling lights mesmerize me.

Even as a kid, no matter what else was going on, there was something so calming and enchanting about watching those lights dance in the dark. It’s a feeling I still get – no matter how chaotic the day might have been. I always put trees in several rooms of our house, and I love nothing more than sitting in the dark, watching the lights. I can almost feel the bite of the cold air, the sharp smell of pine. My imagination soars, just like when I was a kid. Maybe it’s my mom’s love I feel when I see the lights, or maybe it’s Christmas magic. Maybe it’s both. But to me, the greatest Christmas joy I get is in a dark room, with a hot drink, wrapped in the warmth of memories, imagination and possibilities.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?


Early in December, I’ll be releasing a FREE Read. Check my website for more info. I’m also working on another Western Historical, Alaskan Heat, which should be ready in Spring 2012.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. Best Wishes and Happy Reading

Sky here. What a wonderful holiday memory, Jennifer. I really connected with this post. I love the magic of Christmas as well and as a child often laid on the floor staring in wonder at the twinkling lights on the tree. I thought I was the only one! Wishing you and yours a wonderful and magical holiday season.

Let’s take a moment to learn more about Jennifer’s latest release, TWICE IN A LIFETIME…

Be Careful What You Wish For. . .

No-nonsense stuntwoman Isabella Douglas will do anything to stop an unwanted divorce and reclaim the happy life she had, even allow her old friend to concoct a magical spell to turn back time. But when the spell goes awry, Izzy finds herself trapped aboard a 1768 Caribbean pirate ship with a captain who’s a dead ringer for her sexy as sin husband, Ian. Convinced he’s playing a cruel joke, she’s furious – until she realizes he doesn’t know her or believe they’re married.

Captain Ian Douglas does not have time to deal with an insane woman who claims to be his wife; he has to save his kidnapped sister. But as Izzy haunts his dreams and fills him with erotic memories he can’t explain, he’s forced to admit he feels more than lust.

Trapped in a vicious cycle of past mirroring present, Izzy knows they only have days to find Ian’s sister and prevent disaster from striking a second time. If she doesn’t, their marriage will be destroyed again – along with the man she loves.

Purchase TWICE IN A LIFETIME at Amazon and Smashwords.

Jennifer Jakes Littleton's Website and Blog

Don't forget to comment for a chance to win! Contest ends Wednesday, 12 AM, EST


Sky Purington said...

Great post, Jennifer! Loved it! Thanks for joining me for my Christmas blog event. :-)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Sky!
Thanks so much for letting me be part of your celebration.

Glad you liked the post. Maybe there is something about being a future writer that made us lie beneath the Christmas lights day dreaming. :)

Happy holidays everyone!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Sky and Jennifer -

Another twinkling light lover here. Even now, I love to switch off all the main lights and just sit in the dark and gaze at the lights on the tree, and the fairy lights round the window. The magic never dies!

Lynda Bailey said...

Lovely post, Jennifer. Brought back memories of my childhood in Iowa - where is WAS cold and mostly likely snowy on Christmas morning. With the hustle and bustle of today's holiday season, it's nice watch the twinkling lights and remember what we're really celebrating.

Jerrie Alexander said...

Great post, Sky and Jennifer. I love the sparkle of lights at Christmas. Living in Texas the chance of snow is slim, but we wrap the house and porch with lights and a snow man to welcome visitors.

Mackenzie Crowne said...

Hi ladies,
I love the premise of Twice In A Lifetime, and I too am bedazzled by the lights of Christmas. Every year I groan at the prospect of setting up the tree, then marvel at how much I enjoy using that tree as my only light night after night. I always miss the mystical glow once it is packed back away for another year. I would just string some around the house and be done with it, but that would spoil the magic of rediscovering Christmas every year.

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Hywela -
I know! It's just magical and I'm so glad that it's something that brings back that feeling of wonderment - if only for a short season.
Thanks for stopping by today:)

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Lynda -
Brrrrr. Just thinking about a cold Iowa winter makes me shiver. Glad to know there are lots of Twinkling Light lovers out there!
Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Jerrie -
I can totally relate to the lack of snow - tho' last Christmas we had a white one for the first time in....more years than I want to admit to remembering;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Mac-
I'm always sad in Jan when I take down the lights too. I've left mine up until the middle of Jan before just to squeeze a little more enjoyment from them!
Thanks for stopping by today:)

Debby said...

Great post! Every year we go to a park that has lots and lots of lights. I make my hubby go every year even though he says it is boring now. Not to me
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The Scarf Princess said...

I'm a huge fan of Christmas lights too and remember piling into the truck to drive through town looking at everyone's holiday displays. I love plain white lights and how relaxing they are. They truly warm me up when lit.

Thanks for being here and I'm absolutely loving this event!

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Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Debby -
Yes, there's a huge campground that does that kind of light display from Thanksgiving thru the New Year here. It's just beautiful. I love to bundle up and stick my head through the sun-roof as we drive (slowly) along.
Thanks for stopping by!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Joder -
We like driving through town and looking at lights too. Some people really go all out! I love seeing the different styles of lights.
Thanks for stopping by!

Linda Andrews said...

Oh, I think the lights are my favorite part of Christmas too. Every year around the holidays, we take out children driving and go to the different neighborhoods to see the lights.

Eva's Flowers said...

Memories of Christmas is seeing all the lights everywhere. If it's not too cold, we pick a night and take the little ones to see all the decorated houses, makes for some nice memories for sure!


Patricia Preston said...

From one Southerner to another, we never had the snow but always the lights! I still love to drive around at night looking at yards all lit up.

Kellie Kamryn said...

Sorry I'm late to the party but I loved your christmas lights memory - actually, you described what I did last night! I sat in the dark with the glow from the lights shining, hot cup of tea in hand and just relaxed. don't remember the last time I sat and did nothing! Wishing you many sales now and in the future, Jenn!

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Linda & Eva-
I'm thrilled to find so many others who think lights are the best part of the season!
Thank you both for stopping by today! Happy holidays -

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Patricia -
Being a Southern you can really relate then :)
Thanks so much for stopping by today:)
Happy holidays -

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Kellie -
Thanks so much for your friendship and support :) Hope you and your family have a great holiday season!

Sky Purington said...

What wonderful responses to Jennifer's post! I think that's the best part about this blog event. We all come out of the woodwork to share memories.

Jennifer, thank you again for joining me this Christmas season. Wishing you and yours a spectacular holiday season! :-)

Fedora said...

Thanks for sharing some of that Christmas magic with us, Jennifer! I love the sounds of your story, too--thanks for the peek! There's something very special about this time of year :)

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Chicks of Characterization said...

OMG, I used to turn off all the lights and just stare at the tree for hours too! Must be something about writers!!! Too funny!

Wow I love the cover of Twice in a Lifetime! Sounds like a FABULOUS read!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Merry Christmas!