Holiday Traditions: Toni Blake



Toni Blake

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!


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Holiday Traditions: Toni Blake

Take Me All the Way
Book Info

Released: November 24th 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Coral Cove #3
Published by Avon
Pages: 384

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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About Toni Blake

Toni Blake's love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel, nineteen notebook-pages long, and announced to her mother over breakfast one day that she was going to be a writer when she grew up. Since then, Toni has become the author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Her work has been excerpted in Cosmo, she's been a recipient of the Kentucky Women Writers Fellowship and a nominee for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and she's also had more than forty short stories and articles published. Toni lives with her husband in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, genealogy, crafts, and snow skiing.

Toni has also written under the name Toni Blair.



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Janie McGaugh

Listening to (and singing) Christmas carols, eating Christmas dinner and trimming the tree are some of my favorite holiday traditions.

Amy R

We stay home on Christmas eat and watch new movies that we received as gifts.


Not being at all crafty I am totally jealous of this tradition

Laura Lovejoy Brunk

Traditions make us feel all warm and fuzzy, especially during the holdiday season. I love making cookies and candies and i especially love to give them to my friends.

Kathleen O

The weekend before Christmas, I spend the weekend watch all my fav holiday movies..

peggy clayton

I am disabled so i am trying to make it my fingers stay limber I make potholders and dishrags and then give them as presents. At Christmas I give them to people who have sat near us and we have become to know a little. My husband also puts the candles in the windows and that has been a tradition since i moved back here to eastern iowa and we married .

Inge Peiker

My German Tradition is to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.


Traditions make us feel all warm and fuzzy. We have a small family here in Az. So I do mainly the typical Christmas dinner of Baked Ham with pineapple and brown sugar glaze as well as a sweet potato casserole that I have changed over the years to make it my own. We also have apple pie and pecan pie which are all of our favorites.