Christmas Countdown

Please excuse the glitter as I finish the last bit of gift wrapping and card writing. I can’t resist showing off my favorite buy from this year: a gift for my nephew-to-be.We’re counting down the days until Little Sis becomes a mommy!

I subjected this bunny to rigorous evaluation. First, he has big, sensitive eyes so you can tell all your troubles to him. He’s got floppy ears that a baby can grab onto. And he passed the hug test. I was a little sad to ship him off since he was so cuddly, but I have to remind myself that he’s going to a good home.

Along with the bunny, I sent my copy of The Velveteen Rabbit. I read it one more time before wrapping it up and, of course, had myself a good cry when the bunny becomes real. *sniff*

Speaking of countdowns, there’s only four more days until the Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar drawing. I’ll be drawing for my special giveaway and the group will be drawing for the Kindle 3G.

Check out the last several days on the calendar. A list of the daily winners can be found here. Many of the days are still open so if you want additional chances at the Kindle, feel free to catch up on any missed days. I’m pleased that there are still entries coming in for my giveaway. Find out more about Christmas in the Tang Dynasty if you haven’t found the ornament yet.

The December newsletter has also gone out with some preview information about upcoming releases for 2011. Also popular was the link to the online clothing store where I get my hanfu. Check it out here or click on the newsletter link if you’d like to sign up for future updates. I send out the newsletter once a month and always have a great time putting it together.

Happy Holidays! I’ll be back on December 23rd to announce winners.

Dec 4: Christmas in the Tang Dynasty

*The winners have been selected! Check the Harlequin Historical blog for the Grand Prize winner to be announced Dec. 23, 2010. Daily winners are posted here.

Did they celebrate Christmas in the Tang Dynasty? Join the hunt!

Or you could try Googling it, but what fun would that be? And you’d get no shiny prizes.

Today I’m hosting a holiday giveaway for a special Asian-themed gift box as part of the Harlequin Historical Advent Calendar celebration. I love scavenger hunts so I decided to have a virtual one. Find this heart shaped ornament hidden on another page on my website and click on it to be entered in my giveaway as well as the drawing for the Kindle.

Oh, what’s in the box? Well, you’ll just have to find the heart ornament to find out, won’t you?

HINT: The ornament is hidden on the website and not the blog…but feel free to browse the blog if you’re interested.

The giveaway will be open today until December 22nd. On the 23rd, I’ll draw for my winner AND the Grand Prize winner will also be drawn on the Harlequin Historical Facebook page.

Eligibility: My giveaway is open to all international participants. The Grand Prize is open to readers in the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Click here for Grand Prize eligibility rules.

Good luck and happy hunting! (And remember to visit Elizabeth Rolls on Sunday, December 5th)

P.S. I’ll be sending out hints today on Twitter and Facebook if you’d like to follow along.