Top 5 Christmas Traditions from Believe in My Heart
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November 28, 2017
Growing up in an Italian household meant lots of baking, shopping, gift
wrapping, eating, and visiting of relatives the month of December. The week
after Christmas was spent returning/exchanging gifts, making up cookie trays,
and visiting relatives. And I'm not even talking about visiting different
relatives. Sometimes we'd go to my grandparents' house in South Philadelphia one
night and then to my second Uncle's house down the street the next night. And
many of the same people would be there both nights! While the way I celebrate
the Christmas season is a bit different from twenty plus years ago, there are
still some core traditions I've kept and have hopefully instilled in my children.
BELIEVE IN MY HEART, the
fourth book in my award-winning Tangled Hearts series and
newest release, is a holiday novella that takes place between Thanksgiving and
Christmas. The hero, Vinnie DiFrancesco, is a traditional guy. He's a bit of a
homebody and is looking for a lifelong partner who will share his dream of
raising a family and running his family's trattoria. Doesn't sound that hard, right?
Vinnie's had a rough time with relationships and all but given up finding the
right girl. Little does he know the right one has been a friend since grade
school and working in the kitchen at the trattoria. But the road to falling in
love isn't without obstacles, and Vinnie and Hope will have a few to overcome on
their journey to happily-ever-after.
Here's a list of Vinnie's Top 5 Holiday Traditions.
- Eating Christmas cookies, especially his mom's chocolate chip, dunked in an
ice cold mug of milk.
- Hanging the stockings along the banister.
- Unwrapping the ornaments and handing them to his mom to place on the tree.
He learned at an early age to let him mom take the lead on decorating!
- Decorating gingerbread houses even though he used to eat more of the
gingerbread and candy than he used to decorate.
- The Christmas Eve feast of the seven fish dinner.
What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? One winner will get a digital
copy of BELIEVE IN MY HEART.
Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on
Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by
her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.
Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been
in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his
life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his
family’s trattoria, temporary housing.
With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated
to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the
two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a
computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie
must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the
restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.
| Holiday | Novella / Short
Story [The Wild Rose Press, On Sale: November
17, 2017, e-Book, ISBN: 9781509217335 / ]
A romantic at heart, Maria K. Alexander spent hours as a young girl
getting lost in and wishing to be one of the heroines in the stories she read.
Books gave her the ability to go to another world where she loved meeting new
characters, learning about their problems, and watching them fall in
When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the
beach, and watch romantic
comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in
her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.
What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? One winner will get a digital copy of BELIEVE IN MY HEART.
9 comments posted.
Re: Top 5 Christmas Traditions from Believe in My Heart
Listening to A Christmas Carol while decorating the tree.
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:40pm November 28)
Driving around the neighborhood looking at everyone's
(Joanne Balinski 1:26pm November 29)
baking with my mom or aunty
(Emily Stemp 8:16pm November 29)
a weekend of gathering friends and family to bake about 24 kinds of cookies to be given out on Christmas Eve to neighbors, friends and family.
(Sharon Mitchell 10:01pm November 29)
Baking cookies and delivering to neighbors
(Linda Harrison 10:47pm November 29)
(Allyson Becker 10:31pm November 30)
Giving gifts to friends.
(Allyson Becker 10:32pm November 30)
Before my Grandparents passed away, I always looked
forward to going to their house on Christmas Eve. My
grandmother, who must have spent days baking, would let
us fill a tin with our favorite treats. Then we would
exchange gifts and play games. Those were wonderful
times, and I'm fortunate to have had my grandparents in
my life for so many years.
(Amy Kincade 11:40pm November 30)
I love spending the day with children and grandchildren.
(Anna Speed 12:28pm December 1)
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