RG the Xmas Elf: This is it. The end of the road. No one left at the party but that drunken guy in the corner and us. We’ve had face book parties and blog extravaganzas…we’ve visited with romance authors and reviewers, and we’ve bonded over our love of books and the holidays.
The Smutketeers Eden Bradley, Robin L. Rotham and RG Alexander want to take a minute to share our feelings about the season as a group. For us, it is about giving, more than receiving. It is about love, and being thankful. And it has always been about friendship and community. Xmas proves that to us every year. Over 50 authors as well as bloggers and faithful facebookers took time from shopping and holiday plans to send you a holiday message and share themselves with you. With us. We are in awe of them and thank them all.
In the end? You are the ones who make Xmas a success. The readers who take the time to visit with us and show us and our fellow authors how much you care. And on every day, not just during Xmas, you are why we do what we do. The deadlines, the videos, the chats, this blog. Being able to hear from readers and to get to know you is one of the best things about our careers and about The Smutketeers. We take ALL FOR SMUT AND SMUT FOR ALL to heart. We are all in this together, sharing our stories, our love of romance, and our lives with each other. So don’t plan on going anywhere. We have a lot coming up in 2014.
I love the holidays-and one reason I love this time of year so much is that the Smutketeers annual 12 Days celebration really puts me in touch with some of my favorite people-the readers! Seriously, I would not be able to do what I do—what I love—without you! I’ve made such wonderful connections with so many of you, and I’m incredibly grateful for your kindness and support, for your warmth and openness. May your holidays be filled with good food, good love, and good books! *holiday hugs* to you all!
ROBIN L. ROTHAM: When I was a child, the holidays were magical—there was no school for a couple of weeks and, around visiting with my grandparents, baking goodies, and opening gifts, I had little more to do than sleep until noon, watch movies and read romances. Ah, those were the days! Once I had children of my own, I suddenly realized how much work went into making the holidays so fun and relaxing—and how worth it all that work was when I saw the wonder and joy on their little faces.
My children are older now, and while they appreciate the gifts and the goodies and the sleeping until noon, they no longer go wide-eyed with wonder or scream with joy over what Santa brought them. Happily, I have you wonderful readers to take up the slack for them. Your excitement and enthusiasm over my books makes it seem like the holidays all year round, and hardly a day goes by that I don’t laugh and/or go teary-eyed over an email or a tweet or a review from one of you. I have been blessed all my life, but I feel even more so now that I know the joy of connecting with so many of you. I wish each and every one of you the kind of happiness you bring me.
Have a safe and blessed holiday season!
R.G. ALEXANDER: *taking off my elf hat for a minute* This is the most wonderful time of the year (other than the occasional violent shopping episode) because people watch It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Clause (yes, I love them all don’t tease me), they sing carols, they think about what other people would really want and they believe…just the smallest bit more…in peace and goodwill, in magic and love. In every one of my books I always have one constant dedication to my husband the Cookie “love is the reason”. It’s engraved inside his wedding ring and it’s something I try to remind myself of when things are hard. Why do we work through the rough times? Love is the reason. Why do I write? Love is the reason. Why do the Smutketeers exist at all? Why does Xmas? Love is the reason. I love my author and reader friends, and I’m hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday season and the best New Year of their lives. I also have a message from Grandpa Bale in FOUR FOR CHRISTMAS. “Things will get better. You can do anything. You are never alone.”
Smutketeers 12th Day Giveaway:
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ELF NOTE*** About the personal sharing I talked about earlier…well you’ll have to watch. A little Xmas card from the Smutketeers to you and ALL of our friends…and it is just for you and only for today. (the elf cannot do justice to this song, so she let James Taylor give it a shot instead. Enjoy.) Contest info below.