The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

It's the final stop for the Wild Rose Press Christmas Tour!


I am so happy to welcome fellow Brit author Sally Clements to my site today - we are both Brits and writing for US publisher, The Wild Rose Press, isn't that great? It's the final week of our month long tour and so all the prizes will be handed out shortly to those lucky commenters who have joined us this week.

I just want to thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to read our posts and comment - we've all thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait to take part in another one in the future. Merry Christmas!

OK, I'm out - over to Sally...

Today I’m here visiting Rachel Brimble’s blog as the final post on the Wild Rose Blog Tour, to tell you all about my favourite Christmas tradition. Thank you very much for having me, Rachel!

I still have a little one in my house, so the annual visit of Santa is much anticipated, and much prepared for! Christmas eve is a magical time. The fireplace is loaded with logs, and we sit around the blaze, getting everything ready. Three pillow cases (because how much can you get in a stocking? Not enough, my kids would reply!) are laid out in their customary places in front of the fire, and a mince pie, glass of 15 year old Jameson (because Santa’s worth it!) are laid out ready for the visit of the great man. And a carrot is left on a plate for Rudolph, because its heavy work pulling all those presents around, and he could do with something to keep him going.

On Christmas morning, the crumbs of mince pie, and drank whiskey, together with the remnants of a crunched carrot are the first things examined by my littlest. One year, she informed me that she wanted to keep these artefacts ‘to test for DNA’. After that, the pillowcases are rifled, and presents played with while I’m stuffing the turkey, and listening to Christmas music or watching ‘It’s a beautiful life.’

I’m looking forward to this year! Here's the blurb & buy link for my latest release, "Catch Me A Catch."

She had the perfect life - and all she wanted was to escape it. Artisan chocolatier and reluctant matchmaker Annie Devine wants to survive the annual Durna Matchmaking Festival without messing up. She's useless at relationships, and the whole village know it. They've known ever since the day she was left at the altar in her wedding dress. When Jack Miller, charismatic head of Miller Advertising is forced to make an emergency stop on his transatlantic crossing, she mistakes him for a love-lorn bachelor, and sparks fly. Jack's in Ireland to discover his roots, while Annie's desperate to escape hers. Annie longs to win the coveted Chocolate Oscar competition, and claim the ultimate prize, her own shop in Dublin. But with the deadline for Jack's return to New York looming, is she making the right choice?

Your Christmas sounds pretty much the same as my own, Sally! My youngest still firmly believes and we will be greeting Santa with the same whiskey and carrot for Rudolph, ahh!

Remember, as well as Sally and myself there are eight other Wild Rose Press authors on tour and a chance to win a book or other goodies from all of them - be sure to click on the WRP tour badge at the top of this page to find out where we are appearing. As for me? I am visiting with Rae Summers in this final week at

Come and join me, I get awful lonely ; )



  1. Hi Sally - I love Christmas, but sharing the day (or in our family, the evening before the day!) with little children just makes everything so much more magical. Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. What a wonderful tradition, and I can certainly see how your little one would be very concerned to make sure the reindeer got their carrots. After all, they have to see well at night!

    Best wishes for the holidays!

  3. Sally, my soon-to-be 9y/o is on the threshold of "santa doesn't exist" but for the sake of my 5y/o I hope she keeps it to herself for one more year, lol. What a lovely tradition you have. Have a lovely Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

  4. Hi everyone, thanks for visiting!
    Romy, I agree, having little ones at home definitely makes everything more magical!
    Amy, they need it for fuel too, its a busy night.
    Maya, hope your wee one keeps on believing for as long as possible. I remember when I was a kid Santa always visited, even with a houseful of kids from 18-12... I was the 18 year old, and I loved finding my presents in the pillow case even then.

  5. we too leave a carrot for the reindeer but we are going to have to start leave whiskey for ahmmm.. santa forget the milk

  6. Good idea, Jennifer. I'm pretty sure he likes whiskey better...

  7. What a great post! My sister used to make reindeer feed from oats and glitter for my daughters to put outside for Christmas eve. If the oats were gone in the morning, they had been here!
    Happy holidays.
    Liz Arnold

  8. Glad to see so many visitors here - happy holidays, everyone!