Friday, 30 November 2012

A Very Holland Christmas

Hey Everyone... I'm taking part in RJ Scott's Christmas blog hop

So I thought I would tell you a little about my next upcoming release.... A Very Holland Christmas is due for release from Silver Publishing on the 21st December and can be pre purchased HERE

As I've mentioned previously, I honestly never had any plans, after finishing Forbidden Mate, to continue the series... I figured it was entitled 'The Holland Brothers' and as there were only four of them there would only be four books... that sounded fairly logical to me... However, you guys didn't see it that way and I'm glad.
I got the idea to re-visit my boys for a Christmas story and then asked the question... After a resounding yes please from my friends on Facebook I sat down to write and wouldn't you know it.... no-one spoke...Crap!!!!
It took a little coaxing to get my boys to open up and start telling me what was going on but we got there in the end... Even if the ending came 30,000 feet up on a flight between Singapore and Seoul. Thank God for Airport Wi-fi that's all I can say.

Anyway I really hope everyone enjoys this little catch up with the Holland brothers and their mates.

Christmas is a time for family and friends. Catch up with the Holland Brothers and their mates as they race to get everything ready for their second Christmas together.


 Another school year over with and Zack couldn't believe how much he looked forward to doing absolutely nothing for a couple of weeks. He loved his job, but being able to sit at home and relax instead of working on class curriculums or grading papers would be wonderful. Not to mention getting to spend some quality time with his mate and daughter.
Simon always amazed him with how patient he could be when Zack had a pile of marking to get through or new classes he had to prepare for. He honestly didn't know how he would have coped without his mate.
Now it was the eve of their second Christmas together and Zack had never been happier. Finalising his last purchase for the day, he stuffed his credit card back into his wallet, thanked the salesclerk, and wished her a Merry Christmas. Picking up his purchases, he headed out of the store and went looking for his mate and Jason.
The crowds surrounded him as he exited the store into one of the main thoroughfares of the shopping centre complex. The noise level rose exponentially and the scents that assaulted Zack's nose were almost overwhelming. Christmas carols being played on the speaker system added to the background noise.
Thank God he hadn't brought Hayley with them. Zack had almost given in when Hayley had turned her big jade green eyes on him, with just a hint of moisture beginning to gather in the corner. Simon had had to step in before he caved. He was thankful for the rescue now as he could just imagine losing Hayley in this large crowd of people.
As it stood, he'd lost his mate and brother-in-law to the crowd and wasn't sure he could ever find them again. Ringing in his pocket distracted him for a second and just as Zack moved his heavy bags to his other hand so he could retrieve his phone someone bumped into him from behind.
Not expecting the sudden jolt Zack hadn't been prepared for it and stumbled forward, barely keeping his footing. A mumbled apology came from some distance away as the man who'd pushed him kept on his way without so much as looking back to check he was alright.
Scowling after the man Zack retrieved his phone and answered the call when he saw Simon's name as the caller. He hurried over to the side, so he could stand with his back against the glass windows of a store, hoping he would be far enough out of the way he wouldn't be bowled over again.
"Hey, babe," Zack sighed, as his body relaxed at the first sounds of his mate's voice.
"Hey yourself," he replied.
"You ready to get out of this mad house?" Simon asked him.
"Oh, hell yeah. These people are nuts."
"Tell me about it, I just saw one of those Santa photo grottos with the sluttiest elves I've ever seen in my life. I didn't realise miniskirts and fishnets were the uniform of the North Pole this year." Simon sounded horrified and Zack couldn't blame him.
"Shit, really?" Zack asked. "How could parents not be complaining about that?" he wondered.
"The funny thing is that none of the little kids know any better but the number of dads lining up with their children is ridiculous. No way would I ever let our daughter get her photo taken in a place like that." Even though they had been together for nearly two years it still warmed his heart when he heard his mate call Hayley 'our daughter'.
"Did you get everything you needed to?" he asked to make sure all presents had been purchased as there was no way in hell he wanted to come back here again.
"Yeah, Jason and I are done. We're on the way back to the car. We'll meet you there, we can then head on over to the supermarket and get that out of the way before going home."
Zack groaned. He had completely forgotten they still had to finalise the grocery shopping as well. "Okay. I'll meet you at the car in five."
"Okay, babe, love you," Simon said.
"Love you, too." Zack hung up his phone and shoved it back into his pocket. He separated his purchases between his hands and headed off into the crowd on his way to the car park and his mate.

 Leave a comment to go in the draw to win either a copy of A Very Holland Christmas or a $10 ebook gift voucher to the store of your choice (As long as I have an account with them)


Paula said...

Not sure if this is the correct place to enter or not. I already pre-ordered "A Very Holland Christmas" when it first became available. I am so hanging out for this. Can't wait to visit the boys again :)

Urb said...

I hope this is a good place to start with Holland brothers! Thank you!

brendurbanist at gmail dot com

Jase G. said...

I love being able to visit with the Holland Brothers again. I loved the series and wouldn't mind seeing them a few more times. Happy Holidays!

Lyra L7 said...

I only have started with the series, so I'm looking forward to all the books ahead!
Happy Holidays!

lyra.lucky7 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this. I can't wait to catch up with the boys & their mates!

Deborah H

Anonymous said...

Thankyou! Love a chance at the new book

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Karen Candido said...

SO cant wait for this! Have missed the boys , thanks!

LindaC said...

I am really looking forward to catching up with the Holland Brothers. I recently reread the series before I read the first in the Atherton series. I want MORE!! (Yes, yes, I know I'm greedy)

BCagle said...

I cannot get enough of your Holland brothers. I am constantly re-reading the series. I was so excited to see you did Liam's story as well and added a little bit of Patrick in it. Cannot wait to read the new holiday book!

Chris F said...

I can't wait for this book. I reread these books all the time.

Loveless3173 said...

I love the Holland Brothers! Thank you so much for this short story about them!!


Jellym0nster said...

Can't wait for this to be out!!! Please count me in. Thank you.

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gigi said...

Can't wait to read this. Please count me in. Thanks!

Michelle said...

I liked this series a lot so I am very happy to revisit the boys. Please count me in for the contest. Thank you, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

garnetyuna said...

I've read the whole Holland Brothers series, so yes- I think I want to know how are they doing. :)


laurie said...

Can't wait to read this. Please count me in. Thanks!

Yvette said...

I have been looking forward to this book!

Rissa said...

Sounds like a great story! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

ellasmommy06 said...

Thanks for the post and participating!

Jyl22075 said...

I definitely need to check out this series. I like when authors go back to revisit characters the readers already know and love.

JYL22075 at gmail dot com

scottsgal said...

Looking forward to this series - haven't read it before

Freddy MacKay said...

See? Everybody loves the Holland Brothers. It's gonna be awesome Toni!

Kathryn Merkel said...

I love it when an author revisits a series they thought was over.

Thanks for the chance to win.

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Anonymous said...

I'm new to your books but thanks for learning more about your books and the contest.

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Penumbra said...

I don't know anything about the Hollands...yet :) Count me in please.


Dyrlae Noget said...

I have been following the brothers since the very begining. Please count me in :-)

Daniel M said...

liked the excerpt thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

nancy said...

Preordered and cannot wait. Will be my own little treat for Christmas. Thank you for writing it.

Rush said...

Ohh that was too short but I loved it nonetheless! Now I wonder if the man that bumped him took his wallet! Only I can think of stuff like that but hey, crowded streets, hands full of bags, perfect setting, wouldn't you say?
Happy Holidays to you and your family!


bn100 said...

Nice excerpt.

Thanks for the giveaway.


scorpiorisen said...

I love the Holland Brothers series and can't wait to read this! It will be interesting to see how the families developed.