I have a novella releasing January 28, How To Misbehave, to kick off my Camelot series with Loveswept. This is the story I fondly called #ItalianStallion on Twitter — a tough Italian construction worker hero and a more-innocent-than-she-wants-to-be heroine get stuck together alone in a basement when the tornado siren goes off. Then the lights go out. Let the shenanigans begin!
My favorite book I read in 2012 was probably LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory. My favorite book published in 2012 might have been Molly O’Keefe’s Can’t Hurry Love. Wounded cowboy hero! Truck sex! Plus, I loved the complexity of the characters. Molly is awesome.
Mocha pound cake. Unfortunately, my own mocha pound cake is my very favorite, which means I have to make it myself. And then eat it.
“Little Drummer Boy.” Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum.
Our little family unit of three is still sadly lacking in traditions, unless you count putting up our pathetic artificial Christmas tree. The extended family is chock full of traditions, though. My mom always hangs stockings knit by my grandmother, and Santa puts a Whitman’s Sampler in the toe of each one.
When I was a kid, my parents were always threatening to buy us washcloths for Christmas. One year, they did. Thankfully, there were other presents, as well.
I think I might have once given my dad this terrible blue sweatshirt that I embellished in middle school home economics with a fabric fish. There was fishing line glued to it, and possibly an actual hook. Because that is the kind of child I was. Luckily, I was not the kind of child to notice that he never wore it.
We spent a lot of Christmases when I was a kid at my grandparents’ house in upstate New York. My cousins would come up for the day, friends of my grandparents would drop in and out, we’d constantly be sneaking back onto the cold porch to steal my grandma’s cookies and fudge out of tins, and there was always a Godzilla movie on TV. The day felt 100 hours long and completely lacked structure. I loved it.
I started writing at the end of 2010, so I’ve only been doing this for about two years. If I seem to have no idea what I’m doing, that’s probably why.
Is it weird to collect nothing? I don’t like to have things. My goal is to have the smallest possible number of things — which is hard to achieve with a four-year-old around, let me tell you.
Giveaway Details: Ruthie is giving away THREE e-copies of Naughty & Nice. Just tell Ruthie about your favorite family tradition around the holidays.