Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. I ’m a winter baby. But being born a week before Christmas tends to cramp your birthday style. As a child, I smiled politely at the birthday-Christmas presents and wished that I’d been born in June. When I grew up, I was the girl who sat at the only table for two in a restaurant packed with office parties, and don’t get me started on the music. When I finally got a home of my own, I refused to buy a Christmas tree until after the seventeenth of December. Call me a Christmas grouch – but not to my face, please.
My most unusual birthday gift arrived late one November from the local rescue centre — two black and white bundles of fur and mischief. By mid December, they were bigger, bolder and we were confident kitten owners — until Christmas came. The attic was raided for last years’ angels and other treasures from Christmases past. I made mulled wine, the lights were switched on and we sat in front of a log fire enjoying the festive cheer. The kittens were conspicuous by their absence.
At 3 a.m. there was a loud crash and we hurried downstairs. Christmas carnage stretched from one end of the house to the other. In the fallen Christmas tree, two kittens fought over a sparkling bauble. As the culprits made their escape, trails of tinsel followed in their wake. They loved Christmas, especially that tree and no matter what we did, we couldn’t keep them out of it. By New Year, we knew the secret that all feline owners come to know – you cannot train a cat.
The Christmas grouch had finally met her match!
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About the Author: Raised on a diet of romance and science fiction novels, it’s not surprising that Caroline McCall turned to writing time travel and paranormal romance. She lives with her partner, and several spoilt, ungrateful felines, on the windswept east coast of Ireland. Caroline does most of the plotting for her novels while walking on the beach near her home.
Caroline has done everything, from working as a roadie for a rock and roll band to being an heir hunter. Her debut novel, Time Slip was published by Ellora’s Cave in September 2011, and her next novel, Jake’s Prisoner, will be published in early 2012. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Falling in love with Ingrid wasn't part of the mission. Strom knows they can have no future together. Five hundred years separate them, but the attraction that flares between the couple is impossible to resist. Their brief, passionate affair has consequences. When Strom returns to his own century, Ingrid must find a way to send him a message across time.
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