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Happy Thoughts and Funky Socks with April Hollingworth

Today on Nitty Gritty Romance, we are wrapping up our Happiness for the Holidays series with the fabulous April Hollingworth! April shares what makes her happy during the holiday season, AND she shares an excerpt from her novella, BE MINE! YAY!!!! It’s putting me in the mood to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day! 😉

From April:

Happy Thoughts and Funky Socks by April Hollingworth

 Tis the season to be jolly, yet at times that’s not always possible, especially with work and life in general. For me, I wear funky socks. Especially to work. Nothing worse than going in and knowing you’ll probably have a not so great day, but if you check out your crazy socks, it’s not all bad when a smile blooms across your face.

Life is speeding by, faster and faster each year, but it’s the little things that keep us happy.

Most families have certain traditions they do over Christmas, in my family it’s Christmas stockings at the end of the bed, which are from Santa, and the presents under the tree are from those who love you.

img_0010Each person in my family receives a stocking, no matter what our age. A tradition started when I was thirteen. I can still hear the gasp and squeal of delight coming from my Mum when she found her stocking. Her eyes were huge as she rushed from her room to find myself and my eldest sister laughing in delight at her reaction. It’s one of my best memories ever, to be honest.

Strangely enough this was around the time that my love of funky socks came about too. I do believe it was striped socks in my stocking that started my funky socks love. Since then I’ve had Cow-Cow socks (they had cows all over them). Hot pink socks with mugs, toast and fried eggs. Minnie and Mickey Mouse, and lots more. It’s the little things in life that make a difference. A kind action. A smile of friendship or greeting. Wishing someone a wonderful day, and meaning it. For me it’s also my funky socks.

So Seasons Greeting, and wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hope that the end of this year will be cheerful, and the start of the New Year joyful. Look after yourselves and one another.

April

Beautifully said, April. Thank you!

And now, April shares an excerpt from her novella,

BE MINE (A Candy Hearts Romance)

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Christmas is a loud and boisterous affair. I spend it with Mark, Sally, and their family. Jonathan is there too, all in all twelve of us somehow squeeze into their parents house. It’s been years since I’ve last had a Christmas like this one, filled with love and laughter. It makes me feel peaceful which is almost laughable, since trying to find a quiet corner is practically impossible.

Throughout the day, Mark stays close to me. Making sure I’m okay and have anything I need. During the afternoon, he takes me for a walk, where we slip and slide on the ice, more than walk.

Snow coats the surrounding area, thick and beautiful, dressing the trees, buildings, and shrubs in a sparkling blanket. It’s surprising how much beauty is around when you’re happy, yet under different circumstances, the same scene can make you feel isolated and alone.

 

Want to read more? Me, too! You can find BE MINE at your favorite site, and here’s the link for Amazon

How about some more books by April?

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Different Kinds of Emotions ~ Poetry

Double Magick in the Falls (The Candi Reynolds Series, 1)

The Prophecy (The Candi Reynolds Series, 2)

The Protectors (The Candi Reynolds Series, 3) ~ Coming Soon

Be Mine (A Candy Hearts Romance)

 

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Amazon

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Thanks, April! What a lovely way to lead us into the New Year!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Reading!


Christmas Stockings…with April Hollingworth

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Today it is my pleasure to continue our Countdown to Christmas with author April Hollingworth!

Welcome April…!

 

Hi all my name is April Hollingworth, and I love the holiday season. In my family we all get Christmas stockings and yes that does include us adults, a tradition that my eldest sister and I started when I was fourteen years old.

You should have seen the surprise on my mum’s face when she found hers at the bottom of her bed. Remembering it still makes me smile.

I love finding gifts for people, that something special you know they’ll like or just reminds me of them. In my short novella, Be Mine (A Candy Hearts Romance), Beth and Mark spend Christmas at his families’ place. Mark’s family is similar to mine in the sense that we all spend it together. As my parents and younger sister have moved to Wales, there will be five of us, my two elder sisters and my two nieces, traveling to Wales to spend it with them.

Tree holiday picTo me being with my loved ones, no matter how far I have to travel to do so, is what the holiday season is about.

 

In the bustle up to Christmas it’s easy to forget that this particular holiday season, can be for some, one of the most heart-breaking ones, especially if you are alone. So don’t forget as the excitement grips you to smile and wish those around you well, for a simple smile or acknowledgement can make the difference in someone’s life and lets them know, they’re not alone.

 

Here’s a small extract from Be Mine, showing what the holiday season is like for Mark and Beth:

Christmas is a loud and boisterous affair. I spend it with Mark, Sally, and their family. Jonathan is there too, all in all twelve of us somehow squeeze into their Be Mine - April Hollingworthparents house. It’s been years since I’ve last had a Christmas like this one, filled with love and laughter. It makes me feel peaceful which is almost laughable, since trying to find a quiet corner is practically impossible.

Throughout the day, Mark stays close to me. Making sure I’m okay and have anything I need. During the afternoon, he takes me for a walk, where we slip and slide on the ice, more than walk. Snow coats the surrounding area, thick and beautiful, dressing the trees, buildings, and shrubs in a sparkling blanket. It’s surprising how much beauty is around when you’re happy, yet under different circumstances, the same scene can make you feel isolated and alone.

Now I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Holiday season and New Year too.

Books by April: ~ Where Everything is Possible ~

 

Double Magick Falls - April Hollingworth

 

 

 

Double Magick in the Falls (The Candi Reynolds Series, 1)

The Prophecy (The Candi Reynolds Series, 2) ~ Coming Soon

The Protectors (The Candi Reynolds Series, 3) I’m currently writing

 

 

 

 

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Be Mine (A Candy Hearts Romance) ~ Coming Soon

Emotions - April Hollingworth

 

 

Different Kinds of Emotions ~ Poetry Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Future projects by April! :

 Reborn by Water (Celtic Trinity, 1) 

The Dark Goddess (Mystic Soulmates, 1)

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To find out more about April, visit:

http://aprilhollingworth.wix.com/april-hollingworth

https://www.facebook.com/aprilhollingworthauthor/

https://twitter.com/No1Bitchmaster

http://www.amazon.com/April-Hollingworth/e/B00H48PPAG/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4759078.April_Hollingworth

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April is participating in our 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Giveaway Contest!

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Check back often for details!

Happy Reading!


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