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12 Days of Christmas: Cynthia Eden

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~ CYNTHIA EDEN ~

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!

I absolutely love this time of the year.  People are hustling and bustling. Kids are gazing up into the night sky, hoping to see Santa.  And, me, well, I’m usually curled on the couch with some hot chocolate—watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. 😉 Ah, the holidays!

I love watching Christmas Vacation for two reasons. First, because it’s hilarious. I can’t watch without laughing so hard I hurt. And the second reason?  The movie always reminds me that no holiday celebration will be perfect. We don’t need to stress ourselves to a crazy degree as we strive for that glorious (unattainable) perfection.  Something will go wrong somewhere—and we just need to relax and enjoy those “wrong” moments.

Moments that occur when you four-year-old grabs for a beautiful ornament on the tree—and winds up taking down the whole tree.

Moments that occur when you try your hardest to cook a perfect turkey—and the firefighters show up in all their glory because the neighbors were worried about the billowing smoke.

I bet you’ve had some interesting “moments” over the years. Sure, those moments might have left you feeling horrified at the time, but when you look back at them in your mind, weren’t they a little fun? Don’t they make you smile now?

So forget about perfection. Enjoy the madness. Enjoy all the surprises that will come your way.

Enjoy your holiday.

Best wishes,

Cynthia Eden

www.cynthiaeden.com

FEAR FOR ME – Available now

A VAMPIRE’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – Available now

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This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.

But fate has other plans for Ben.

Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.

’Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…
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Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

 

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas.

Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

 

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If you’d like to share some of your holiday moments with me, I’d love to hear them!
One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $15 Amazon.com gift card.

 

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Diana Huffer

I have a lot of “moments” over the years. One that I remember every time I see a Santa is the year he came to our house — in a decked out Cadillac! I was about 14 and my sister was about 5. Mom and dad had arranged for the local Santa to pay a visit to the house a few days before Christmas. They had also given him some insider information, including the fact that Aunt Mary was visiting from Virginia. We had sliding glass doors at the side of the house and that’s where Santa pulled in the… Read more »

Cynthia Eden

Santa in a Cadillac–that is awesome!!! Talk about an unforgettable memory!

DENISE SMITH

sounds goog a romance with a bit of scrooge cant wait to read this

Cynthia Eden

Thank you!

Phyllis Lamken

Love the holidays, despite the craziness. Cleaning house and baking cookies today.

Cynthia Eden

Yum!!!! Enjoy those cookies!

Texas Book Lover

We came home one year to find our very live tre had fallen over and a good numer of our ornaments had broken. It wasn’t so funny then but we laugh about it every year now as we put up our tree. You know to make sure it is VERY stable.

Cynthia Eden

I am all for the stable trees! 😉

Joyce

I hope you have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.

Cynthia Eden

I hope enjoy a joyous season, too!!!

Amanda Fiore

My favorite part of the holidays is playing bingo at my grandparent’s on Christmas day for gifts and Christmas morning when my kids first wake up to see “Santa” has come!

Cynthia Eden

Playing bingo for the gifts? That sounds like so much fun!

nurmawati djuhawan

my holiday moment that i’ve never forget was when my parent still togerther and we going overseas for vacation as a bih happy family….
thx u for the chance..
happy holiday 🙂

Cynthia Eden

That sounds like a wonderful memory! Happy Holidays to you, too!

Melanie McClure

Some of my best Christmas memories were with my grandma baking in her kitchen.

Cynthia Eden

Wonderful memories!

Lori Howe

Thanks for all you do.. it helps to get reviews, backgrounds and an honest opinion (or 3).

Cynthia Eden

Happy Holidays!

Tammy Faris

All of the Christmases when my now “grown young men” were little boys. The expressions on their faces every Christmas morning are forever branded into my heart! Merry Christmas.

Cynthia Eden

That is real holiday joy! 😉

Angela

It’s on my kindle, just waiting to be read!

Cynthia Eden

Hope you enjoy it!

Laurie Johnson

My favorite memory was watching my Dad, who loved Christmas, with his grand kids and great grand kids on Christmas morning. I remember my youngest daughter teaching him to play the Ninetendo 64. She was the only one who could have gotten him to try since that just wasn’t his thing but they had a ball and he talked about it every Christmas until he passed.

Cynthia Eden

Oh, Laurie, that is a wonderful memory!

heather

I love watching all the cartoon specials.

Cynthia Eden

Me, too, Heather! Mickey’s Christmas Carol is my favorite. 😉

Zita R

Happy Holidays! I have this on my kindle to read this coming week!

Donna Reynolds

Sounds good can’t wait to read it I hate doing the shopping for Christmas with everone so crazy but I love doing the cooking and baking with my girls Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Holidays.

Laurie G

My favourite Christmas memories are of Christmases spent on my grandparents’ farm as a child. Every Christmas Eve my Poppa would hook the horses up to the sleigh and take all of the neighbouring families on a sleigh ride through the woods. We kids would take turns pushing each other off the sleigh and then running behind, trying to catch up and jump back on. When we got home my Nanny would give us granddaughters a special drink laced with rum (I know, the 70s, right?) that she called a “Pink Lady” to help put us to sleep so Santa… Read more »

Alexisa N.

My favorite part of the holidays is making ornaments with my daughter and putting up the tree. Sadly those were the two things we didn’t get to do this year, but we still have each other. So it will still be Merry Christmas 🙂 There are other thinga we can do together. Like watching Gradma got runover by a reindeer.

Nadene Reynolds

The best part of the holidays for me is the time I get to spend with my family.

gamistress66

there have been such moments as you’ve mentioned, but luckily I have a short memory & it tended to happen before cell phone cameras & social media so there’s no evidence either 😉 Happy holidays.

Sandy S.

Congratulations Cynthia….as you know I am a big fan. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone..

tiffany c.

My favorite holiday moment was meeting the man who would become my husband. Also shocking my in-laws with the romance covers. This book looks like a treat.

Nicki M.

One thing I remember from when I was 7 or 8 and it was real early (2:00 or 3:00) Christmas morning. I heard footsteps on the roof of our house and I just knew it was Santa. I waited a little while then went downstairs and the tree was lit and there were presents everywhere. I told my kids that story when they were little and they would get so excited hoping maybe they would hear Santa too. It was probably just a squirrel, but it makes for a great story. Happy Holidays!

agnesekohn

hello Cynthia,
My Christmas was when my Husband was at home with us and celebrate with us cause usually he was always on a deployment with the ship.(US NAVY0 so it was hard on us when it was gone ….he is home now and not going for awhile…i wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS and MERRY CHRISTMAS …

fran

The first year I had my cat, little kittem meets big tree with shiny dangly ornaments. He climbed it and down went the tree. Through the livingroom window lol.

Linda Townsend

Wonderful memories! As i’m sitting her at the computer, I’m enjoying the company of my dogs. My fav memory is years ago after we’d lost one of our furbabies to cancer, the breeder has promised us a female pup from her next litter due at Christmas. We were down on Christmas Eve when we heard she’d had 4 boys; no girls. What a sjurprise on Christmas morning to awaken to a phone call that she hadn’t been done birthing after all and had had a little female after midnight on Christmas day! Makes me cry thinking about it… Thanks for… Read more »

Lori Jolly

1st off Merry Christmas or Season Greetings to you and yours . Loved a Vampire’s Christmas Carol
And memories of Christmas I have so may great ones that I wish the people who were apart of them were here to make new ones with us .
I am raising my now 2 year old nephew and we have been watching Frosty , Elf , Grinch since Nov.1 , It’s amazing to see the excitement on his little face when he seen the tree or when I put a new present under the tree . Love this time of year.

Jeannie L

There are definitely lots of moments good and bad. I remembered 1 time quite a few years back, my sister (ard 18 years old) and I (ard 20 years old) were preparing Christmas dinner for the family. It was our first time preparing a feast. We also ordered turkey and baked ham. Unfortunately, when the turkey was delivered we found out it was a cooked but cold one. As there wasn’t any oven at my mum’s place, we tried to squeeze that turkey into the microwave. I remember us being so happy that the turkey fit in the microwave without… Read more »

Catherine

Today, 12/21, is the 15th Anniversary of my bone marrow transplant (BMT) for leukemia. That Christmas, in 1998, was pretty memorable as I spent it in the hospital, then through the New Year. I didn’t get to return home until almost Valentine’s Day.

Viki S.

One of my favorite moments of Christmas past I tell all the time because I still find it hilarious. We were at hubs parents Christmas Eve with all of his HUGE family. Our family was the first to arrive therefore the first to leave. We lived 35 minutes away and when we got home the phone was ringing (yes, before cell phones). It was hubs brother asking us to check our 3 1/2 yr olds feet for his shoes. Sure enough Andrew was wearing Uncle Joe’s shoes. They looked exactly the same only MUCH bigger. Poor Joe had to drive… Read more »

KateS

My dad had a set of purpored camel bells…. On Christmas morning, he’d ring them and call out “Come on all you camel drivers… we need to be in Bethleham by 9!!!” loudly, out side our bedrooms…

Timitra

I’m kinda staying away from the craziness this year

Winnie Lim

My best memories of Christmas was when my younger sister was still alive. Being the youngest in the family, we doted on her so she always got the best presents. Sometimes we would book a hotel room to celebrate.

Kimberly Mayberry

My ex-husband used to make it a tradition of falling down my mom’s stairs every Christmas Eve, and even though we are now Divorced, he still does it when he comes to pick up the kids on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! LOL

jennifer beck

thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!!!!

Chrissy

My niece was diagnosed with trilateral retinoblastoma when she was 4 months old. She started chemo and treatment in October. She had the most beautiful hair! It all fell out on December 23. So I rushed out to get some soft pink yarn and spent the next two days crocheting her a hat. I finished it at 9:00am Christmas morning. She loved it! And I loved giving it to her. Now she is a happy, healthy 3 year old and has been cancer free for over 2 years. And her hair is even prettier! Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth

How thoughtful and woooohooooo!!!

desiree

right now the holiday are not going good little brother is in hospital and his bd is xmas
eve and then my car is getting vanddalize for 3 time week

Elizabeth

Sorry to hear this…..I hope your brother gets better and has a wonderful birthday and that things get better for you 🙂

Sandy

My Christmas this year is consisting of the easiest things to do. I had knee replacement surgery on November 12 so everything I buy is either online or within easy reach at WalMart. It’s worked well so far, but I am so frustrated with this. Just a tip: if you ever have a knee replacement, do it in the spring, never around a holiday! One lady I know is have her knee replaced on December 26. I shudder to think how that will work.

Linda

Love the Holidays, but it´s usually very quiet at home since I work shifts, and this year I´m working nights all week. =/
I´m fortunate enough that my hubby is as laidback as me about celebrations, as long as we can chillax together, eat something nice, it´s OK not spending all of Christmas together.
Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!
//Linda

Lindsey

Well, not a lot of things have happened this Christmas. At least not a lot of good things. We have each other and our families. That’s enough, really. My husband has been looking for a job and I’ve been working off and on but our Christmas is going to be very small.

Laurie G

Heading to a 5:30 wedding. Snow expected to start at 6pm. 6-9 inches. Not sure how we will all get home tomorrow!

Mary Ann Brown

Love it when my family, all members spend together at my house, this year is the CHRISTMAS. Just love it!!!!

Ida Stone

I can’t wait to read A Vampire’s Christmas Carol. Our holiday traditions are making all kinds of cookies and cupcakes to give away as gifts. We sometimes make ornaments too. A little over a year ago, my younger brother died so we didn’t really have a traditional Christmas last year.

cindy reifel

I live in Fl. and my family lives in Tx. My partner died in 2005, so I don’t have holiday traditions anymore.

Sheila Lord

Happy Holidays! I’m getting ready for the whole family at my moms for Christmas Eve…..

Wanda C.

We don’t really have holiday traditions since all of our schedules are so hectic we don’t know when we will even be together. However, your book sounds awesome. Have never really cared for this particular Christmas story but your blurb makes me rethink that idea. Merry Christmas.

barbara

Every year growing up I would watch A Charlie Brown Christmas with my parents as the “official” kickoff of the Christmas season. I’m all grown up now but I still watch Charlie Brown every year for my Christmas kickoff. 🙂 Merry Christmas, Cynthia!

Barrie

My favorite holiday memories was of growing up. My baby brother and I had to stay in our rooms till 7 am and it just about killed us! LOL. We had to wait for the adults (who I swore took their time) to make coffee and light up the tree. We opened our stockings first and then the gifts.

Sue Sattler

One of my favorite memories was when my son was stationed in Iraq. I knew that several of the men and woman there would get nothing, so I sent my son four care packages, all filled with 40 pounds each of Christmas goodies. I put about 20 Christmas cards in the boxes and told my son to give stuff to the one’s who received nothing. On Christmas day my son called and I heard a group of voices yell Merry Christmas to me and thank me for the goodies. My son said, with tears in his voice, that I had… Read more »

miki

i love when we decorate our tree and share stories about those who left us ornaments and aren’t with us anymore

Barbara Elness

My favorite holiday memory is when my mom and dad were still with us, celebrating Christmas at my sister’s house. After dinner all the girls (mom, sister, niece and me) got in the car and drove around the neighborhoods that had the best lights and decorations. Then came back home to pumpkin pie, yum.