‘Tis the Season….Karen Erickson

Are you ready? It feels like we were just discussing what we were thankful for and now we’re in full on Christmas mode. If I’m really being truthful, I’d say it’s more like we were just ringing in the New Year and now that year is already almost over. I feel like such an old lady when I say this but it’s so true: you blink and the entire year has flashed by!


In January I was writing a little holiday-themed story while staying for a week at my parents’ house in Palm Springs. Yep, I was surrounded by giant palms and orange trees and writing about the pleasures of Christmas set in the 1820s. When I sold the novella that would eventually be called Her Christmas Pleasure, I was given the release date of fall/winter 2011. That sounded so far away…

And now it’s here. The second in The Merry Widows series, I hope this novella will touch your heart at least a little bit. I pulled out all the stops. Man who loves the wife of his deceased best friend. A scheming father-in-law whose trying to get the hero and heroine together and an adorable five-year-old boy who wants nothing more but a father for Christmas. Stolen kisses in the halls, headaches from too many Christmas carols, you know—the usual stuff that goes down during the holiday season. *grins*

I hope you enjoy Damien and Celia’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Contest: To celebrate, I’d like to gift a copy of HER CHRISTMAS PLEASURE to one lucky winner via Amazon Kindle. And you don’t need a Kindle to read it – you can download the Kindle app on pretty much any phone or PC. Just answer the following question:


What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

I will announce the winner here in the comments on Wednesday, November 30th. That means only one day to enter!


Damien Morton is madly in love. Unfortunately, it’s with his best friend’s widow, Lady Danver. Damien is not worthy of Celia. Or so he thinks. Desperate to escape his feelings for her, he plans to leave the country at the first of the year. Celia treats him as a family friend and nothing more—until they share a heated kiss beneath the mistletoe…

Celia is shocked by the passions that surge within her at her dear friend’s kiss. One touch and one taste aren’t enough to satisfy her cravings, and she is startled into action. Damien has stirred something inside her that she never expected to experience again, and she must have more. Full of shameless desire and emotions newly discovered, she decides to pursue Damien and won’t be deterred. Will she be able to convince him to stay—both in her heart and life—forever?

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. One of my favorite things about the holidays is the quiet time in the house before anyone else is awake. I look forward to early mornings with my cup of coffee and the Christmas lights. It is just a quiet peaceful time before all the rest of the day ramps up.

  2. I love that all of my family is together for one time during the year. We don’t have the opportunity very often, so, it is like a specila treat even though it’s mayhem, too. 🙂
    Looking forward to reading the next book in the Merry Widows series!

  3. Karen – I feel like I’m stalking you! But you keep telling me where you’ll be, so that’s not really stalking, is it?

    My favourite thing about the holidays is spending time with our extended family that we don’t see nearly often enough. (And then being glad when they go so we can get back to routine!)

  4. It used to be seeing my sister’s kids but they’re in their 20s now. Now my brother has a 4 year old and a 7 year old, the girl will be 5 tomorrow and she just lights up a room. By the time they are older my neice will have kids, christmas loses it’s magic without them! My brother’s photo christmas cards are the best and he publishes the rejects after christmas.
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  5. I used to love watching my kids open their presents and the light that sparkled in their eyes,well my kids are grown and I still see that sparkle when they get something they wanted! And to top it off, I get to see that same excitement and sparkle with my grandchildren! Also we must not forget the cookie making with the young uns!

  6. The best thing about the holidays is getting to spend even more time with my family. We like to stay indoors, cook up a storm and just enjoy our company.

  7. My favorite thing about the holidays is being with my family! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. One of the things I love about the holidays is the cooking and baking I do as gifts to friends.

  9. My favorite thing is being with all my family at once…everyone’s relaxed and having a good time… and the smells coming out of the kitchen aren’t bad either ;o)

  10. My favorite thing for the holidays is doing some kind of a secret santa thing – whether it is from an angel tree, donations of toys to the local hospital, etc. This is truly my favorite part. It really gets me in the christmas spirit.

    And of course baking all those cookies!! 🙂

  11. The excuse to eat so much good food! Though I also love family and christmas trees.

  12. Of course I love the time I spend with my family but I have to say even though it’s busy, I love my job this time of year. I work at Barnes & Noble and I just live the energy and holiday spirit you get to share with strangers. Of course there are some scrooges, trust me, but they can’t ruin it for the rest if us. Dana

  13. Hey everyone! Thanks so much for sharing your favorite things about the holidays. I must agree with just about all of them. Hey, I even worked retail a long time ago and remember (who can forget LOL) the busy Christmas shopping season.

    All right, let’s get down to business and announce the WINNER:


    Email me at karen.e.erickson @ gmail.com (minus spaces) and I’ll get a Kindle copy of Her Christmas Pleasure right to you. Congrats!

  14. My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time with the family. I love the look on my kids faces when they see the tree or when we are decorating and baking 🙂

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