This wonderful prize is heading out to JOBW’s competition winner, Rachel Gilbey. A huge thank you to the writers for their kind donations.
Over to you Linn…
The fact that Christmas-inspired stories are so popular reinforces my belief that no matter what age we are, we all like to ‘get in the mood’ and feel a little bit of that Christmas magic!
But what about the times when you are going through those trials life keeps throwing in the way? The ones you can’t dodge, or resolve – when your heart is heavy, or it takes all of your energy to keep everything together? And what if you still have to make Christmas happen for the ones you love?
Relax, stay calm – what you need is to grab as many little escapes as you can to de-clutter that mind, take a break from the stress and get in the mood.
Here are my top 5 tips:
1. Light those Christmas candles – whether you are a pine cone, mulled wine, cinnamon stick, or vanilla lover – choose a scent that makes you feel nostalgic. Not sure they do an eggnog one, but you never know!
2. Background music is very important. Even if you don’t think you like those Christmas oldies, you will find yourself mumbling along at some point.
3. Curl up with a Christmas read and indulge yourself. Get away from those problems and let the characters take you on a journey. This is about making time for YOU. If chocolates and wine are involved, that’s a bonus!
4. Treat yourself to a pamper bubble bath and face pack. Take your candles and music with you and laze back. If you don’t have a lock on the bathroom door then hang a ‘do not disturb’ sign.
5. Spend some time with kids – if you don’t have any of your own, then invite over those nieces, nephews, godchildren, or babysitting for some grateful parent! Sit and make paper chains, or get out the glue and the glitter. I guarantee it will lift your spirits to be reminded of how exciting Christmas is to a child.
The recipe is easy and it’s all about ambience and making a little time for YOU. What lifts the spirits is often something as simple as a smell you connect with happier times, or listening to some of those age-old Christmas songs!
Your problems may not dissolve as fast as the bubbles in the Christmas fizz, but happiness is infectious and that’s precious! It’s not the expensive presents that make it a memorable time, but the small things people do for each other and the quality of the time they spend together.
Thank you Linn
Released 25 Oct 2016: A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate
Released Oct 2016 in paperback: A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love
Amazon UK Top 100 Nov 2015: A Cottage in the Country
“I’m a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, and writing. Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache…”
An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Linn’s novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
Linn writes chick lit, women’s contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press. Book links Here
Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland a very long time ago. She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a 2016 RONA judge. She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her scribblings!
She lives in Guernsey and, in her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.