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By Elizabeth Black
I'm a sucker for elaborate house decorations for Christmas, especially the outdoor displays. When I lived in Maryland, I lived near a family that lit up their house so brightly for Christmas you could see the glare several blocks away. That house always made the newspapers. Cars paraded by every night. People took pictures. I could only imagine how annoyed the neighbors might have been unless they were full of holiday cheer. Even the Internet got in on the craze. There are Youtube videos of people's house light displays for Christmas and Halloween. One particular house has been featured on Good Morning America. Twice.
My characters in my story In The Doghouse in the Christmas anthology The Naughty List have entered their neighborhood's Christmas light display contest. Are Nicky's and Angela's houses as garish as what I've described above? Nicky did go a step further in his display. He has a zombie nativity scene. I thought I was rather original in coming up with that one, although I have heard of it in years past. Turns out in 2014, someone in Ohio had the same idea. Jasen Dixon erected a zombie nativity scene outdoors for everyone to see.
Jasen Dixon lives in Sycamore Township, Ohio, and the town ordered him to take his display down, saying it violated zoning codes by taking up too much space on his lawn. He did not agree. He had until December 26 to take the display down, which in my mind makes Dixon the winner since he would get to keep the display up all throughout the holiday season.
I read of some other very funny Christmas displays. One guy had his house completely decorated in a garish fashion. The house next door had some lights that spelled out the word "Ditto" with an arrow pointing to the garish house. LOL Another guy dressed his beat up old car in lights with a lit up reindeer on the roof. And then there was the house with the two reindeer light displays getting it on in the yard. Reminds me of what Nicky did to Angela's dancing snowmen in her front yard. Don't know what I'm taking about but you're dying to find out? Buy The Naughty List and read my story In The Doghouse, now!
By Assistant Editor Cori Vidae:
The winter holidays always seems magical to me. It doesn’t matter how old I get, there’s something about the bright lights shining day and night during the darkest time of the year (at least it’s the darkest time of the year in Canada where I live), the traditions and time spent with family that hits me where I live. Decorating Christmas trees, streets strung with lights, New Year’s Eve countdowns--my city even has Krampusnacht festivities--it’s all magical.
There’s a special kind of romantic magic to them too, though. Snuggling in front of the fireplace? Walking hand in hand while big fluffy snowflakes drift down and make you feel like you’re living in a snow globe? That special someone’s arm around you while you watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks? Also magical. So when I was given the chance to make my first anthology for Red Moon Romance one with a winter holiday theme, I jumped at it.
I’ve edited a couple anthologies before, but this was my very first romance anthology, and that makes it pretty special to me. It also made me pretty determined to make it something special. I think I have been successful in that.
The Naughty List is an incredibly diverse collection of romantic holiday stories. The six stories contained within range from sweeter than a candy cane to so hot they’d singe Santa’s whiskers. We’ve got kink as spicy as Chai and smooth, delicious vanilla. There’s tree-rattling sex, a fiancé-stealing Krampus, an incredibly sexy time ghost, kinky cowboys, butt-paddling fun, witches and demons, sexy recipes, visits from the other side and snow fairies--just to name a few things. I’m extremely proud to have put it together and stoked to be able to share it with the world. I hope you enjoy it and that your holidays are filled with magic and romance!
Excerpt from "Fortune's Song" the second story of Luminous Dreams:
“Of all of them, you are the only one who has ever come to me willingly,” he said, his midnight eyes boring into hers. She could see the darkness draining from the irises, leaving just silver, strange and unnatural. She had known that he was other, but only now did she fully grasp what that meant.
She opened her mouth to speak, but her voice wouldn’t obey her.
“You came willingly,” he said again, reaching for her with his right hand. His palm came to rest on her neck, pulled her closer, not in a needy way, just steady, steady, ever so gently, until her wordless lips met his.
Her lips were parted still, and his tongue caressed hers, exploring and tasting, gently at first, but very soon hard and insistent.
“Willingly,” he said between kisses. His hands, until then just holding her, began to explore, sliding down her spine and lower still, cupping her behind.
She realized her hands were holding him also, if less tightly. And she wondered why she wasn’t holding him life vest tight. After all, was he not the most gorgeous man she had ever met? So what if he was old as song and cursed by the King of Shadows?
She decided to take what she wanted, pulling his shirt off like an explorer pushing back the borders of false maps to discover a new continent . . .
Read more of "Fortune's Song" in the collection Luminous Dreams by Alexa Piper.
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