One of my favorite holiday traditions in recent years is to exchange handmade gifts with my friends. I have friends who do pottery and paper crafts. I refinish small wood pieces like end tables and jewelry boxes, and for gift ideas I’m sometimes inspired to try crafts off of Pinterest.
In fact, this tradition is part of what led me to make Tamra, the heroine of my newest release, TAKE ME ALL THE WAY, a potter and stained glass artist. My good friend Lisa is a potter who has given me a number of her beautiful pieces as gifts. She also made some adorable Happy Crab keychains in honor of the Happy Crab Motel in my Coral Cove series.
One of my family’s longest holiday traditions is to make “Grandpa Cookies”—sugar cookies from my grandma’s recipe that were my grandpa’s favorite. This is such an important tradition to me that I included it as an activity for the characters in my Christmas book, Holly Lane. The recipe can be found in the back of the book or on my website under Sue Ann’s Christmas Cookies: http://www.toniblake.com/destiny-series/recipes
Traditions help people feel connected—and the desire to connect with people is one of the reasons I became a writer. So it’s particularly special to me to be able to share some of my traditions with others through my writing. Thanks to Under the Covers for inviting me here to share them with you today!
by Toni Blake
Released: November 24th 2015
Series: Coral Cove #3
Published by Avon
You can't go too far when you're fighting for love...Tamra Day swore off men a long time ago. Her art, her friends, and her garden have always been enough . . . until now. Suddenly, Tamra is aching for a connection. Unfortunately, Coral Cove's most eligible bachelor is the troublemaker who's building the mini-golf course she's designing. Brusque and sarcastic, he's made a habit of annoying Tamra. But more infuriating is the fact that Tamra can't help noticing how sexy he is.They call him a war hero, but Jeremy Sheridan knows better. Still haunted by painful memories from Afghanistan, he's just hoping for a fresh start. So far, the only problem is his new boss, Tamra, a control freak who's easy on the eyes—and way too fun to tease.Despite their differences, Tamra and Jeremy aren't as alone as they think they are. And together, with a little Coral Cove magic, they'll discover how good it feels to embrace a bright new future.
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