Guest Blogger: Tracy Wolff....and a giveaway!

I love this time of year. I love the cold that finally seeps into our weather here in Texas. I love shopping for family and friends. I love making cookies with my mom and my boys. And I love all the other wonderful traditions that my family has at this time of year. Things like getting all dressed up on Christmas Eve and going to church and then out to a fancy restaurant to eat. Things like collecting donations in our neighborhood for the local food pantry. Things like spending time with my loved ones when the rest of the year we’re usually going in a million different directions—especially my husband who travels so much for work that he even missed Thanksgiving this year.

In my new December Harlequin, Unguarded, my heroine and hero have their own traditions. Not necessarily for Christmas, as this isn’t a Christmas book, but for other things in life—good and bad. My heroine, Rhiannon, is part of a big family that likes to gather regularly to celebrate all of life’s small accomplishments—and since she’s from Texas, those gatherings are usually gigantic backyard barbecues complete with brisket and potato salad. Shawn, my hero, is pretty much on his own, but he and his friends have their own weekend traditions, including basketball games and poker nights.

A tradition that both of them share, however, is one that involves keeping their own hearts safe—that of pushing away anyone who gets too close. Rhiannon was the victim of a brutal rape two years before the book opens, one that ruined her marriage, her career, and her self-confidence. While she is finally beginning to get her life on track she is so used to distancing herself from everyone and everything, that she nearly lets Shawn get away. And Shawn, who has a bit of a dark past himself, has spent nearly a decade hiding beyond a carefree personality, refusing to ever drop his guard.

Writing this story was difficult at time, heart-wrenching at others, and also deep down wonderful, especially as I got to watch two of the wariest characters I’ve ever written slowly learn to trust themselves again … not to mention, each other. Their tradition of not trusting anyone slowly dissolves and what’s left is, I think, a truly wondrous thing.

So, as the holiday season gets into full swing, what are some of your traditions—that you love or that you wish you could let go. Leave a comment and be entered to win the first book in this trilogy, From Friend to Father.


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cait045 said…
I love going out and cutting down a real Christmas Tree. I love the smell it brings into the house.

Estella said…
My only tradition is a sit down family dinner on Christams Day.
Fedora said…
We have ornaments for each of the kids; they hang their own each year, and then divvy up the rest--it's fun now that they're old enough to help and not so young that they pull things down or break 'em :)
Steph-Anne said…
We always have a Christmas tree =)
Izzy said…
Our tradition is to make dinner together as a family!

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Sherry said…
The only tradition that we have is to get together at my sisters house and having lunch and then opening presents.
Linda Henderson said…
Well our family is like Sherry's, we all gather at my sisters and eat a big meal, open presents and then play board games. We all have a lot of fun.

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Anonymous said…
The Yule Log on television is a must-see.


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