In October 2002, I started falling in love with a good friend of mine. We met while living in Prague and teaching English at the same school. I had no money to fly back to my family in San Diego for Christmas, so I was thrilled when my friend-turned-boyfriend asked me to go to England and spend Christmas with his family instead.
We’d been going out for only ten days when I bought my flight to meet his family. Talk about getting serious quickly!
During that trip, I met his dad (I’d met his mum when she visited Prague a few weeks before Christmas), two of his brothers, his sister-in-law and baby niece, and lots of his friends. I ate my weight in British Christmas foods I’d never heard of before (hot Christmas pudding with rum butter—ohmygod amazing!). We even went to his friend’s wedding together, my first British wedding and first experience of the long, cheeky wedding speeches British men make!
But my favorite memory is arriving at his parents’ house for the first time. Our flight had been delayed, and we’d arrived really late. His parents picked us up from the airport and drove us an hour back to their house in rural Norfolk. His brother Simon had arrived from Japan earlier that day and waited at home for us to arrive.
When we pulled up to the house, everything was dark—no street lights, no lights outside the house—except for the brightly lit living room, where Simon stood wearing nothing but his socks and underpants. Talk about a memorable introduction to my future brother-in-law!
Have you ever spent the holidays at someone else’s house? If so, what differences did you notice? Did they have different traditions? I hope you’ll enter my giveaway. You could win my Christmas novella UNWRAPPING HER PERFECT MATCH, which features a hot English rugby player whose French daughter comes to visit him for the first time. Except he can’t speak French and she can’t speak English. Good thing the nurse he just met is fluent in both languages!
Length: 119 pages
Publisher: Kat Latham (November 11, 2014)
’Twas a week before Christmas, and at the auction house…
At six foot one, Gwen Chambers has felt like a giant her whole life. She’s a calm, capable nurse saving lives in a busy London hospital, but healthy men give her heart palpitations. When larger-than-life rugby player “Little” John Sheldon convinces her to bid on him in his team’s fundraising auction, she discovers how pleasurable heart palpitations can be.
A rugby player was stirring, with desire no one could douse…
John has wanted Gwen since he first saw her, but when he’s injured in a match just before Christmas he suddenly needs her too. Not only can the sexy nurse help him recover, but she might be able to help him look after his daughter—a shy ten-year-old who speaks only French.
But will it be a Happy Christmas for all, and for all a good night?
From decorating the Christmas tree to ice skating at the Tower of London, Gwen helps father and daughter open up and bond with each other—and she bonds right along with them. But when John’s agent calls with a life-changing offer, Gwen has to decide how far she’s willing to go for her perfect match. Will their first Noël also be their last?
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She’s a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She spent several years teaching English in Prague followed by several more working for a humanitarian organization in London. She now lives with her British husband and baby girl in a small town in the rural Netherlands surrounded by miles and miles of green pasture, canals and Shetland ponies. Kat’s slowly adjusting to life in a place where bicycles and cows seem to outnumber people.
With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves reading and writing stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She’s been fortunate enough to win some contests, including the Golden Pen and Ignite the Flame, though her Mom is most proud of Kat winning the sex-scene contest, Between the Sheets.
Through her British husband (Dr Smarty Pants, PhD), Kat’s gained a keen appreciation for rugby, cricket, and the sound of a pucka English accent saying words ending in ‘-er’. He inspired her to write a series about hot rugby players with incredibly sexy voices. The first in the series, Knowing the Score, was published by Carina Press in summer 2013.
Kat’s other career involves writing and editing for charities, and she’s had the privilege of traveling to Kenya, Ethiopia and Northern Ireland to write about the heroic people helping their communities survive poverty, inequality and hunger.
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***GIVEAWAY***Kat is giving away 3 ebook copies of UNWRAPPING HER PERFECT MATCH. Open internationally.
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- Giveaway ends December 19th.
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