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Beloved Enemy joined Starquest and Children of the Mist to continue the Destiny Trilogy and I'm thrilled to announce was shortlisted for the R.N.A. RoNA Awards 2017, awarded 2nd Runner up in the RONE Awards 2017 and was the winner in the SF/Fantasy category of the 'Best Banter Contest'.

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Monday, 5 December 2016

Highway Cafe Christmas Blog tour

Hi, Merry Christmas - and welcome to the Highway Cafe Christmas Blog Hop!                                                                                                         
(Well, I know it's not actually Christmas yet, but Santa has us reciting those words so often it's become something of a habit!) And actually Christmas is just around the corner and for Santa's elves it's a very, very, very busy time! Oh, I'm Lindy Lou by the way, and my job here at the North pole is putting the manes and tales on rocking horses and brushing them until they're really silky and shiny. I love my job because I've always loved horses and even though these aren't real, you never know if a bit of magical elven dust might bring them to life!

I always have the Nutcracker Suite playing in the background as I work - it's so Christmassy and gets me in the mood! Of course it's hungry work, so I have the occasional snack of Christmas fruit cake, washed down with Christmas mead to keep me going. The time flies and before I know it, it's Christmas and Santa is chuckling away, encouraging us to get all the toys loaded on his sleigh.

Oh, Santa doesn't get to be the only one delivering gifts either.  We're all 'Secret Santas' and have a gift for one of the other elves.  This year my gift is a sack of special carrots and apples for the reindeer, and a big box of chocolates and cookies for Taleisin Elafir, who does such a good job of caring for the reindeer.  I'd also like to give her a free copy of 'Dancing With Fate' if she'd care to take a moment from feeding the reindeer, to pop in and say hello.

I thought you might like a couple of Christmas decorating ideas.  In my little cottage at the North Pole, I love, love, love decorating for Christmas.  Here's one of my windows, and I cover the sill with white artificial snow (cotton wool will do) and throw on a little sparkle.  Next I get all my Christmas woodland animals, some little model houses and Christmas  dolls, angels and a Post Box I was given a few years ago.  I trim the window with coloured fairy lights and edge the display with gold tinsel and some clear fairy lights. In between I dot some pine cones, which I sprayed with with splashes of white paint to look like they're edged with snow. Of course any Christmassy ornaments can be used, they don't have to be the same as mine, just let your imagination run riot!
Another thing I like to do is create a 'teddy bear grotto.  I have a collection of tiny teddy bear figures. I keep them in a glass fronted curio cabinet with a deep display shelf underneath.  At Christmas I cover this shelf with a large sheet of white card and sprinkle it with that sparkly fake snow stuff you can buy in packets. I place a piece of white tinsel all around to keep the 'snow' in place. Then I just place some of my little teddies in the snow and let them play. Again, you could use any small Christmas figures and any alcove or spare bookshelf, It would also work well for a nativity scene.
Just a couple of easy decorating ideas, I'm sure you'll find lots more - and some recipes - on the other elves Blogs so be sure to visit them all. They're listed at the bottom of this page.

Oh - and before you go I'm offering a free copy of either Starquest or my fantasy novella  Dancing With Fate to a randomly drawn commenter on this page. Good Luck!

BELOVED ENEMY (Book3 of the Destiny Trilogy)
What if you had sworn to kill the man responsible for the death of your sister but found yourself falling in love with him instead?

Cat Kincaid is obsessed with killing the man she believes is responsible for the torture and death of her sister, but when she eventually catches up with him, survival becomes a greater priority than revenge.

Kerry Marchant, haunted by memories, regret, and self-blame, shields himself from the pain of the past by committing himself totally to the starship, Destiny, of which he is part owner. However, the beautiful, red-haired woman who reminds him of his lost love, and who he suspects is working for a corrupt regime, represents a possible threat not only to the ship, but to his heart.

Marooned on an inhospitable planet, they need to work together to stay alive, fighting not only unknown assailants, but their growing attraction. But how can they learn to trust each other when he has vowed never to get close to a woman again, and she made a solemn pledge to destroy him?

Purchase from Amazon HERE

Join my fellow elves on the follwing blogs taking
 part in this tour: Pinky Twinkleton, Serendipity Sparkles, Candy Cane, Twinkle Bright, Bob, Puddle, Sugarplum Silverfluff, Granny VanElfington, Goth, Sparkle, Annie, Lindy Lou, Taleisin Elafir, Krafty Kelly, Frangelica Tinselbaubles, and Kandy Kane.

http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com  (participating on Dec 6 only) 

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  1. Your decorations are pretty. Happy Holidays.
    Sue B

  2. Twinkly lights and miniatures in the window work for me! Your Teddy Bear grotto is cute, too. A little Christmas mead makes it even more pretty!

    1. Thanks Sorchia - yes Christmas mead makes everything a little bit shinier! @_

  3. Wow--you do go all out in decorating, even for an elf. Lovely displays. It's nice to know there's at least one other elf out there (hi, I'm Puddle) who loves fruitcake! M. S.

  4. I love the sparkle of Christmas lights. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks Casi - Merry Christmas to you too!

  5. Hi Puddle, yes, it's great to meet other elves on-line isn't it, and thanks for keeping us safe - you're welcome to share my Christmas fruitcake anytime!

  6. What a good elf you are Lindy Lu! That would be terrible for the rocking horses to be minus manes and tails. Loved your post and your book. Have a wonderful Christmas!! Oh, I'm Twinkle Bright the elf!!

    1. Aw thank you Twinkle Bright - all the elves work so hard and each job is really important. I am trying to get round all the blogs to leave a comment and some elven dust but I must just finish these last few horses first! Have a lovely Christmas too.

  7. Oh I love your decorations! The bears are so cute

    1. Hi Stacy, thanks, I'm so pleased you like my decorations and my little 'snow bears'. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Hi, Lindy Lou, we always had rocking horses when we were kids. Now I know who to thank for put such care into them. May You have a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Hi Carol

      Oh rocking horses are just gorgeous, aren't they, and I am so privileged to be able to give them beautiful, flowing manes and tales. Wishing you a wonderuful Christmas, too.

  9. What a creative way to have your bears celebrate the season! Thanks for sharing your beautiful decorations with us and Happy Holidays!

    1. ThanksElf - so glad you liked my decorations. Have a lovely Christmas!

  10. fun decorations

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  11. Hi Lindy Lou! What beautiful decorations! Merry Christmas :)

    1. Thank you so much Darlene - and a Very Merry Christmas to you too!

  12. The teddy bear grotto is adorable, Lindy Lou.

    1. Hi Linda - thanks, I love teddies and many of those little ones were brought back for my Hywela Lyn's hubby on his travels as a trucker! Have a very happy Christmas.


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