Romance at the Holidays. I can’t think of anything better. Maybe because I met my husband at the beginning of the holiday season. It was a snowy December evening, I was out having cocktails with friends, and in walked this tall, hot guy with a wicked sexy smile. The holidays were never the same after that. Our first official date was on New Year’s Eve, I met his entire clan of a family the next Christmas Eve, the following year I enjoyed a romantic Christmas reunion with him after five long months apart when he was working out of state, and was given a diamond engagement ring during the holiday season a year after that. After years of marriage I still get excited when December rolls around.
As long as we’re talking cozy romantic atmospheres, I can’t help but mention my love of decorating for the season. At my lake home, which I share with my husband and our two teenagers, the feel is rustic/modern. So most of my decorating is twinkle lights on greens and woodsy themed seasonal arrangements and items, that I eagerly display mid-November until after Valentine’s Day. (We live in northern Wisconsin where it’s dark by 4pm so twinkle lights during this time are a must.) Decorating is simple and natural. Nothing to glitzy or showy for our Chalet style home. On the other hand, when I was working on Manhattan Holiday I had a blast layering holiday detail upon detail in the scenes that took place in the heroine, April Sutton’s apartment and the hero, Roman Vasquez’s penthouse condo, along with another home location in Miami. Each place so different from my woodsy home that it was a joy to decorate them. Although, I have to say April’s place and the location in Miami, definitely outdid Roman’s single-guy’s-pad by a mile when it came to holiday décor.
No matter if you’re falling in love at the holidays or just love decorating for the holidays...make it romantic!
Happy Holidays, Linda
About the Author: Linda Engman loves to write contemporary romances about falling for someone when you least expect it. Her novels are set in small hometowns and other times in fast-paced big cities, and always sexy and romantic. When she's not writing she loves shopping for cute heels, playing tennis, spending time with her family, and lives in northwest Wisconsin on a lake with her husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. Linda Engman
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