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NEW RELEASE: A Secret Christmas by Lauren Royal @readLaurenRoyal

Today, I’m thrilled to have Lauren Royal here on the blog, sharing a brand new historical romance release with us!

book coverA Secret Christmas

England, 1651: Christmas has been outlawed by the new Commonwealth government—but that won’t stop Lady Chrystabel Trevor from embracing the holiday spirit. When she finds herself snowed in with handsome and intriguing Joseph Ashcroft, the Viscount Tremayne, merrymaking leads to mayhem. In a time of fear and oppression, can the magic of Christmas bring two hearts together?

Series Name: Chase Family Series
Genre: Holiday Historical Romance
Heat level: One or two love scenes

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author photoWhat was your inspiration for this story?

Chrystabel and Joseph are the parents in my books VIOLET, LILY, and ROSE. They’re a fun couple, and readers have been asking for their story forever—so my readers were the inspiration! As for what inspired the book’s main plot, it was already established that Chrystabel and Joseph met and married during the Commonwealth period, when no king sat on the throne. History tells us that Christmas was outlawed during this time…and Chrystabel has always been a bit of a rabble-rouser. In her three daughters’ books, she definitely embraces the Ashcroft family motto: Question Convention. So it seemed to me that she would want to celebrate Christmas whether it was legal or not. Instant plot!

How did you celebrate when you sold your first book?

With part of my advance (the first payment authors get when they sell a book), I treated myself to LASIK surgery, so I could stop wearing glasses—which I’d worn and hated since middle school!

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If you could meet any historical romance author, who would it be?

Jane Austen! Now I just need a time-travel machine…

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What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

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  • Theresa K Hurley

    Christmas Tree Bread – It’s a sweet roll dough with an apricot filling baked in the shape of a Christmas tree. It’s decorated with iced swags, silver dots, and red and green sugar.

  • Renee J

    My favorite tradition is the whole family (men included) cooking together on the eve or prepping dishes for the next day! My niece has a huge kitchen to fit all of us!

  • Martina

    In Mexico it’s the Posada! Moving from home to home, singing, praying, and sharing blessings with loved ones and strangers. When I’m in the states I enjoy baking and decorating cookies with the kids!

  • Aisha Love

    For me all my family gathers at my aunts house. She cooks everything for the meal. We are able sit and enjoy family her gift to everyone.

  • Carol Luciano

    It’s the entire Holiday celebration. Preparing for it with decorating, cooking , baking and the music. Going to Christmas Eve mass and seeing the excitement in the children’s eyes.

  • Angie Fournier

    My favorite tradition is having all the decorations, including the tree (not a real one) up and ready to be turned on by Thanksgiving night. Our family has done this since I was little and it’s a tradition I’ve kept going since losing my parents. Now, if only I could get the hang of making the homemade fudge like my mom did!

  • kim johnson

    My favorite tradition, Christmas Eve evening my entire family has dinner, then we have a cup of my grandfather eggnog recipe. Later when husband and me are we give each one gift.

  • denise

    On Christmas Eve, we read A Visit From St. Nicholas to the kids. It’s getting harder now that two of the three are grown, but the youngest still wants to hear it.

  • Nancy P

    Decorating the entire house, every room got a wreath or candles . Then we would make “spritz” cookies and my sister’s and I would sit around the kitchen table decorating them with sprinkles. My daughter and I still make spritz cookies and mail them to the family.

  • Penny Mooney

    My favorite tradition is putting up the tree with my children and grandchildren. Then the carol singing afterward. We have our Christmas cookies we have baked and milk. It is a most heart warming experience. My youngest son is the one who gets to put the Angel on top now that we have lost my husband and oldest son. We all feel the touch of God when we do this.

  • Angelina Mkwananzi

    I know this tradition can’t last forever. All of my children will eventually be grown. But since I stretched my 6 children out over 19 years, I’ll get to keep doing it for quite a few years yet. I love staying up until 3am or so wrapping presents and sneaking them all under the tree (and usually a good part of the room too).
    I leave the Christmas tree lights on and stand looking at the beauty of it for a bit before catching a few winks. Then listening to the excitement of the children when they wake. The best part is when I can hear them talking to each other before the come and wake me. Of course, I’m not asleep. I’m like a child in my excitement because I wake many times during those “few winks.” I can hardly wait for them to wake.
    (I can remember one year that I almost didn’t finish before I thought they would wake. I finished between 5:30 and 6am. Luckily, they didn’t wake until 7:30am that year. Whew!)

  • Anastacia Garcia

    My favorite Christmas time tradition is that my husband and I began taking “Family” Christmas portraits 25 years ago. We cut out 1 of the smaller portraits and put it into a Hallmark Picture ornament and hang it on the tree. We now half 25 years worth on our tree and counting!!!

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