Tuesday, December 22, 2015

#DecemberJoyathon2015: Lauren Smith's Favorite Things

Note to self: put building a snow fort on the list of 'must do' during winter. Today, Lauren Smith stops by to share her favorite things about the holiday season which include movie marathons, snow forts!, and hot books.

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

Every year I get so excited about the holidays. It’s a time to come together, celebrate with family, eat insanely good food and to curl up in front of the fire with a good book.

What do I love most about the holidays? Here’s must list:

Decorations- I’m seriously addicted to decorating my house for Christmas. I do a tablescape on my large dining room table every year. Each year it’s a little different, and I try to tell a story. I’m thinking this year I’ll do Santa and the North pole.

Snow forts- Now I’m not always lucky enough to get snow in Oklahoma to do this, it’s certainly one of my all-time favorite winter holiday activities. My brother and I get serious about our forts and we’ll stay out there all day waging war on each other with slush balls.

Cooking- I’ll admit, I’m not the best cook in my house. My mother wins that award, but I love being her right hand in the process. She tells me what to do and I make it happen. And boy, does the food come out good. After we eat our holiday meal…it’s a given that we’ll pass out on the couch for two hour naps.

Movie Marathons- A Christmas Story, A Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn…I can go on and on. Holiday movies are wonderful and I always cry during the courtroom scene on A Miracle on 34th Street. Maybe it’s because I’m a lawyer and the idea of trying Santa Claus and having to do with it being about your belief in Santa, call me old-fashion, but it turns me into a blubbering mess.

Hot fires and even hotter books – After the presents, after the cooking, it’s time to kick back and relax. There’s no better way than grabbing a romance novel and curling up before the fire to read while the snow falls outside.

How do you like to celebrate the holidays?

Series: Love Bites #1
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 113 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (November 24, 2015)
The Bite of Winter (Love Bites, #1)

She is theirs to claim. They are hers to save.

Zoey Blake is about as far down on her luck as she can get. A car crash took her parents, leaving her destitute and on the street. When she’s attacked by another homeless person, her lifeblood drains away as her fading vision is filled with the face of a handsome stranger.

Ian Kennedy, a century old Irish vampire, never could resist rescuing a stray. As a few drops of his blood heals Zoey’s wounds, he realizes she’s a sweet, tempting, flesh-and-blood woman. But there’s one problem. Connor, who made Ian promise decades ago: no more mortal lovers.

After another vampire murdered his soulmate, Connor O’Shea swore never to let amortal woman pay the price for loving him. Until he feels Zoey’s skin and tastes her lips.She makes him want to break that vow.

Zoey finds herself caught in their web of seduction. But as Christmas draws near andher grief deepens, happiness seems far out of reach. And Ian and Connor join forces to prove their love is sacred, special…and forever.

Warning: This book contains two scorching-hot Irish vampires, one lady with plenty of pluck but zero luck, naughty lingerie, and enough Christmas cheer to redeem even the darkest creatures.

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