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About hlholston

Writer, reader and candlestick maker.

Our gift to you!

img_0280To get in the spirit of Christmas, open up the gift of Bright! On Saturday December 17th it’s FREE on Amazon! Merry Christmas Readers!

Hope your holidays are as Bright as ours!  #FREEBook #FREE #FREEeBook #EternallyBright #EternalSeries #HLHolston #AJBurke #Christmas #ChristmasGift #Gift #Unwrap #UnwrapMe #Romance #LGBT

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Divine Promotions Christmas Blog Hop 2016 – Giveaway!

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A.J. and I would like to welcome Divine Promotions to the web site. Help us celebrate the holiday season by giving away some really cool gifts (check out the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of the post).

Our ‘gift’ is for one lucky reader to pick ANY book from my back list, found HERE. Please leave a comment to enter.

But, first here’s A.J. and her awesome Christmas sweater with a yummy recipe to help kick off the season!xmas-tree

If someone were to ask me when I was a child what the meaning of Christmas meant to me was, I would immediately tell them Santa Claus, or something in relation to the copious amounts of toys I would be receiving. It’s a little comical how much the meaning of Christmas changes in a person throughout their lifetime. Even when I was a teenager I was still more concerned with the amount of gifts I would receive, and not so much about what it really means. It didn’t really start to change until I graduated from High School, I think.

The meaning of Christmas to me is about Jesus Christ. It is a day to reflect and celebrate when he was born and gave us the ultimate salvation later in his death and resurrection. Without his birth we would still be stuck with our sin problem that we had before. It took me many years of growing and mess ups to finally figure this out, and to become a Christian. Christmas became a lot brighter, I felt like before it was all about myself, but truthfully, it’s about something bigger…at least to me it is.

sweaterIt also is a time for family and being thankful for what we have. I never really gave much thought about always having family together on Christmas. I thought that it was something that every family did on Christmas, I didn’t know any better until I grew outside of my little High School bubble. My family is fortunate to have one another throughout the holidays, and even more fortunate to have gifts for one another during this season. Some families may not have people to share this holiday with, let alone have a roof on their head, clothes on their backs, and food in their stomachs. I have to say…we are very lucky.

I have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. There have been many changes in my life throughout the course of this year. One, of which, is officially becoming an Author. One of my biggest childhood dreams finally came to life this year. The second, was becoming a wife. I can’t be any more grateful for these two things during Christmas, and I can’t wait to celebrate them both with my friends and family throughout the holidays.

Here is a recipe that I make every year for our family Christmas. In our family it is called “Grandma’s Salad Dressing:”

Salad:
• 8 Pieces Fried Bacon – Crumbled
• 50 Cents Worth of Fresh Mushrooms
• ½ Package of Spinach
• ½ Head of Lettuce
• 3 Boiled Eggs – Chopped

Salad Dressing:
• 2 Teaspoonfuls of Worchester Sauce
• ¼ Cup of Vinegar
• ½ Cup of Olive Oil
• ½ Cup of Sugar
• 1 Teaspoonful of Salt
• 1/3 Cup of Ketchup
• 1 Medium Onion – Grated
• 15 Cents Worth of Bean Sprouts

From my family to yours, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!

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Please visit other BLOGS (see full list at end of post) to view their meaning of Christmas as well as recipes and potential giveaways! Click below for the giveaway! Items include:

18 K Gold Filled Crystal Pearls Heart Party Dress Jewelry Set

$10 Amazon Gift Card from RAM PA Group

5 Days Promo Tour from Divine Promotions

$15 Amazon Gift Card from Susan Mac Nicol

Dreamspinner Press Vouchers

$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing

Ebook of your choice from Author Grein Murray

Swag donated by Author Grein Murray (only available to those living in the USA)

Ebook of your choice by Author Sean Kerr (from his series Dead Camp)

Ebook – The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1) from Ian Cadena

$5 gift voucher from Pride Publishing

a RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

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Here’s a little something extra from A.J. and myself to our readers for Christmas. Our new short story, Eternally Timeless is FREE on Smashwords! (Coming soon to Amazon as a freebie). Get it HERE.

timeless-bowBlurb:

Archibald Pearce fights the Germans, but he can’t fight his heart or destiny.

When an extraordinary Christmas gift from his French lover, Frédéric Lafont, triggers memories of lost love and holidays past; can the two men survive long enough to cherish their second chance at a timeless love?

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Here are all the blogs taking part in the hop:

Alpha Book Clubhttp://alphabookclub.org/2016/12/08/divine-promotions-christmas-blog-hop-2016/

Anna Butler Fictionhttp://annabutlerfiction.com/2016/12/08/a-divine-2016-christmas/

Author Susan Mac Nicolhttps://susanmacnicol.net/2016/12/08/what-christmas-means-to-me-blog-hop/

Cathy Writes Romancehttp://cathybrockman.com/2016/12/08/what-christmas-means-to-me-2giveaways-divinepromotions-bloghop/

Cody Kennedyhttp://ckennedyauthor.blogspot.com

Hot Men in Hot Waterhttp://www.sarahmadisonfiction.com/2016/12/divine-promotions-christmas-2016-blog-hop-giveaway/

Imaginative Dreamshttp://thebooksocial.weebly.com/imaginative-dreams

IrishdaisylovesRomancehttps://dawn84blog.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/

Laz and Lachi Publicationshttp://www.lazandlachi.com/apps/blog/show/44320268-what-christmas-means-to-me-2016-blog-hop

Passionate Readshttp://paularadell.com/christmas-blog-hop-divine-promotions/

Sue Brown’s Storieshttp://suebrownsstories.blogspot.com/2016/12/divine-promotion-christmas-blog-hop.html

Tempeste O’Rileyhttp://tempesteoriley.com/blog

The Wasp Nesthttp://aewasp.com/divine-magazine-christmas-blog-hop-prizes-great-reads-steamy-holiday-book-recs/

Two Chicks Obsessed with Bookshttp://twochicksobsessed.com/christmas-blog-hop-with-divine-promotions/

 

 

 

New short M/M story: “Hand-to-Hand”

HandToHand_v1FREE on Amazon for the next five days, we have a short story available. Some may recognize the title, “Hand-to-Hand” as the name of our military short from the Uniform anthology released earlier this year. However, we have re-edited and expanded this version for re-release. It is a Amazon exclusive, but if you want it in ePub format, email me and I will send you a copy.

BUY HERE

Release Day: Uniform Bundle

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Let’s start the day off right! First, my new story, Hand-to-Hand (Wet SEAL #1) featured in the Uniform: A Man in Uniform Bundle is out today and available for purchase at Amazon, ARe and Smashwords for the CyberMonday sale price of $2.99.

Second, Hand-to-Hand got FOUR out of five stars at GayBook Reviews. Thank you, Gigi!

Third, to celebrate our new release, I’m lowering the price of Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris to $.99 for the ENTIRE month of December. Happy Holidays!

UNIFORM LINKS:

Amazon Buy

ARe Buy

Smashwords Buy

Cover Reveal: Uniform

UniformBundleCoverMany thanks to Sara York for the amazing cover for our new anthology, Uniform: A Man in Uniform. Release date: November 30, 2015!  Blurb:

Meet the men in uniform. These are everyday men who put on a uniform and become our heroes. Through good times and bad, they are there to save the day, sacrificing more than most of us can imagine as they put their lives on hold in service to us.

Love doesn’t wait until life is calm, and sometimes it’s the pressure of the job that throws two men together. Under stress and demand, they find solace in each other, forming bonds that can’t be ignored.

Follow our heroes as they fight not only for what is right and just, but also for their hearts and the men they love.