Join us For a Midwinter's Eve Hop! Giveaways and Books Galore!

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It’s time for the Midwinter’s Eve Hop.

A ton of authors are offering a variety of giveaways and books. I can’t wait to give someone a $10 gift card and a signed copy of my latest Christmas release, Dante’s Gift. But I need to know what you enjoy doing in the winter. Is it travel to someplace warm? Skiing or sledding? Reading before the fireplace? Comment below and click on the image below to enter my rafflecopter. Then follow the link at the bottom to check out all the other authors and the other goodies you could win! 

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As you know, I’m a historical romance author. So I’d like to share with you a little  history of the holiday in my favorite time period!

It is not surprising that food was a major part of a medieval Christmas. The holiday came during a period after the crops had been harvested and there would be little to do on a farm. If animals were not to be kept over the winter, now would also be a good time for them to be slaughtered for their food. This could leave a bounty of food that would make Christmas the perfect time to hold a feast.

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England’s King John held a Christmas feast in 1213, and royal administrative records show that he was ordering large amounts of food. One order included 24 hogshead of wine, 200 head of pork, 1,000 hens, 500 lbs of wax, 50 lbs of pepper, 2 lbs of saffron, 100 lbs of almonds, along other spices, napkins and linen. If that was not enough, the King also sent an order to the Sheriff of Canterbury to supply 10,000 salt eels.

Even at a slightly lower level of wealth the Christmas meal was still elaborate. Richard of Swinfield, Bishop of Hereford, invited 41 guests to his Christmas feast in 1289. Over the three meals that were held that day, the guests ate two carcasses and three-quarters of beef, two calves, four does, four pigs, sixty fowls, eight partridges, two geese, along with bread and cheese. No one kept track of how much beer was drank, but the guests managed to consume 40 gallons of red wine and another four gallons of white.

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Feasts were also held among the peasants, and manorial customs sometimes revealed that the local lord would supply the people with special food for Christmas. For example, in the 13th century a shepherd on a manor in Somerset was entitled to a loaf of bread and a dish of meat on Christmas Eve, while his dog would get a loaf on Christmas Day. Another three tenants on the same manor would share two loaves of bread, a mess of beef and of bacon with mustard, one chicken, cheese, fuel for cooking and as much beer as they could drink during the day.

What has not changed over the centuries? The desire to wish our friends and family a happy holiday season. Click on the image below and join my friends at the Tower of London for a medieval celebration!

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Happily Ever After: Win a Kindle White

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20 Independent Authors bring you a Happily Ever Christmas, and a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

Welcome to the Indie Romance Authors Christmas Kindle Giveaway. The contest will run until midnight on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. To enter, click here or the image above and answer the webhunt questions on the Google entry form. The winner will receive a brand new Kindle Paperwhite and a book from each authors’ backlist to get it started!

 

miller        allancheri        casie        wynne     mickelson

bucholtz      khan     clement     belcastro1      diamond

boniface     smith       barany2     allanchrista     silver

haley-mcneil       malone         shay     bradley     riviera

Participating Authors
Allie Boniface Aubrey Wynne Ava Bradley Beth Barany Carol Malone
Caroline Mickelson Cheri Allan Christa Allan Cynthia Clement Jacqueline Diamond
Janet Miller Josie Riviera Karen Rose Smith Kathryn Shay Kitty Bucholtz
Laura Haley-McNeil Lily Silver Lisa Belcastro Mina Khan Ruth A. Casie

It's a $300 Cash Giveaway: Just in the Nick of Time!

Holiday Cash Giveaway

$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway – December 1st to 21st

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The second giveaway is a set of 4 Kurt Adler glass icicles. Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win these and an ecopy of Christmas Pets and Kisses. And tell me your favorite Christmas movie. Do you like sweet? Funny? Scary? (Personally I hate those, I think it’s sacrilege but my niece loves them.) Do you have a traditional movie you watch every year without fail? Here are a few of my favorites. 

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An Awesome Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize!!

We’re giving away $300 in Paypal Cash! Or alternately you can choose a $250 Amazon.com eGift Code!

Sponsor List – Thanks to these awesome bloggers & authors for sponsoring this giveaway!!

Sponsor List

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Amy McNulty
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Heather Gray, Author
Literary Winner
Bex @ Aurelia {lit}{geek}{chic}

 

Giveaway Details

$300 in Paypal Cash or a $300 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 12/21/15

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or who can redeem an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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