Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas secrets...

One Christmas when we were children, my sister and I unknowingly bought each other the same Christmas present. When we opened them up on Christmas morning everyone thought it a great hoot that we'd both had the same idea (an oil painting-by-numbers kit, in case you're wondering!) but I remember feeling disappointed without understanding why, as I was quite happy to have a painting kit for myself.

It's only now as I think back that it must have been the familiarity of the present which somehow took the edge off the element of the 'secret surprise' which has always been an exciting part of Christmas. I think it must be the mystery writer in me!

This month, Jo Barton, on her book-blog Jaffareadstoo, has invited a number of authors to share their memories, secrets and favourite things about Christmas. I was delighted to be asked to join in the fun.

So why not drop in on her blog, read about my Christmas thoughts and check out the other authors and their books at the same time. There are give-aways too, including a copy of The Indelible Stain.

Meanwhile, let me take the opportunity to wish you all  
A Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year


  1. My sister and I have finally solved the 'what shall I get her for Christmas?' problem by both treating ourselves to something we really want and then thanking each other for the perfect gift. It saves postage too!
    Merry Christmas!

    1. What an inspired idea, Linda! No one can get it wrong then, can they? Merry Christmas to you too and thanks for all your comments over the year. :-)