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Caroline Clemmons writes historical and contemporary genre fiction. Historical romances, contemporary romantic suspense, mysteries, and paranormals are among her current works. Learn more about her at www.carolineclemmons.com
Saturday, December 02, 2017
STUFF ISN'T IMPORTANT--THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE ARE!
welcome my friend Merry Farmer. Merry releases a sweet and a spice
version of her books. Isn't that clever?
is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?
We didn’t really have a lot of money
growing up. My mom was a single mother with an ex-husband who wasn’t
particularly reliable with child support payments. One year, she decided we
needed new Christmas ornaments for our tree. So we made them, me, my mom, and
my brother. They were the simplest things possible, just felt shapes cut out
with cookie cutters, sequins sewn on, and stuffed, but to this day, they are my
is your favorite adult Christmas memory?
Well, I have to confess, I don’t have as
many happy memories of Christmas as an adult. My mom died of breast cancer in
2001, but it was right before Christmas in 2000 that we found out there was
nothing left they could do for her. That was a really tough Christmas! Ever
since then, for obvious reasons, the holidays have been tough for me. These
days, I just enjoy a simple lunch with my brother and his wife at my aunt’s
house. And that’s fine with me!
there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?
I’m a big fan of classical music. So
I think I’d have to say that Bach’s Christmas Cantata is my favorite. And at
the risk of having tomatoes thrown at me, I’ll say that I absolutely can’t
stand most modern, jingly, kitschy Christmas songs, like “I Want a Hippopotamus
for Christmas”. UGH!
Tell us about
your family’s Christmas traditions.
Well, like I said above, these days
Christmas is a low-key affair in my family. But my brother, aunt, and I do have
one tradition that I love. When we get together for Christmas lunch, we always
have sausage and eggplant soup. That probably doesn’t sound like much, but in
fact, it’s amazingly delicious! It’s tomato based, and we melt cheese in it.
Christmas do you most enjoy?
Hands down, my favorite part of
Christmas is directing the Christmas pageant at my church. It’s a children’s
pageant, and I’ve been directing it for about 10 years now. Every year, as I
get older, it gets more and more emotional for me. (What’s up with that?) I get
all teary now when the kids are gathered around the manger singing “Away in a
Manger”. It’s just so sweet!
there something about this holiday that drives you crazy?
I really don’t like how greedy and grabby
and material people get. Maybe it’s because I lost my mom, but I’ve learned the
hard way in life that stuff isn’t even slightly important, the people you love
are. So when I see the fuss about Black Friday and commercials about sales,
sales, sales, and especially when I see kids glorified for going nuts as they
open presents, it just rubs me the wrong way. I actually try to make as many
presents as possible these days (I’m a knitter, my list of requests for hand-knit
socks gets longer every year), or I buy gifts when I’m traveling that reflect
the places I’ve been.
do you hope for this Christmas?
This holiday season is a little sad for me,
because my best friend’s dad is dying. She’s like the sister I’ve never had,
and having been through the loss of both of my parents, I know what she’s going
for. But she’s a world away, at home with her father in India. I’m trying to
spend as much time as possible with her daughter, my honorary niece, who she
had to leave here with her husband, since the daughter is in school. But that’s
been a great bonding experience for the two of us. I love my friend’s kids like
they’re my own!
have a Christmas book you’d like to share?
This Christmas, the last book in my
Brides of Paradise Ranch series is
coming out! His Yuletide Bride (spicy
version) or Bebe: The Yuletide Bride
(sweet version). For anyone who’s been reading the Paradise Ranch series,
you’ll remember that Hubert Strong and Bebe Bonneville almost ran away together
and eloped in the last book (His Innocent
Bride/Julia: The Innocent Bride), but Bebe’s father, Rex Bonneville, put
his foot down and forced the two apart. Hubert left to make his fortune so that
he’d have the money to come back and marry Bebe. Seven
years later—seven!—Hubert is back. But he’s got an uphill battle convincing
Bebe to pick up where they left off, especially since the Bonneville ranch is
in trouble and she’s about to marry another man on Christmas Day in an attempt
to save it!
HIS YULETIDE BRIDE
Seven years ago, Hubert Strong left Haskell, Wyoming, intent
to seek his fortune and make a name for himself. He left with a promise to his
sweetheart, Bebe Bonneville, that he would come back for her when he had enough
money to give her everything she deserved.
When Hubert returns, richer, wiser, and more world-savvy, he
expects Bebe to fly back into his arms so that they can have their happily ever
after at last. But Hubert is in for a huge surprise. Life has been cruel to
Bebe. Her father has died, her family’s ranch is about to be foreclosed on, and
the only way she can save it is to marry her father’s secretary, Price
Penworthy on Christmas Day. And when Hubert walks back into her life, her fury
at being abandoned reaches an all-time high.
But Price Penworthy isn’t what he seems, and Hubert knows
it. He has his hands full trying to uncover the truth and convince Bebe to take
him back. With time running out before the Bonnevilles lose the ranch, can
Hubert and Bebe work through a mountain of misunderstandings to rediscover
their love? Or will everything fall apart before the clock strikes midnight on
New Year’s Day?