Anne, Celebrations, Christmas 2014, December Delights

December Delights Bumper Prize Winner!

Better late than never, yes?

Congratulations Amv!

You have won a free copy of The Scarlet Letter Society by best-selling author Mary McCarthy.

Please keep an eye on your inbox for more details.

Thank you all for participating in our December Delights contests, and we hope to see you in the ones ahead.

xoxo

Anne & Chan

Anne, Christmas 2014, December Delights

A Christmas Eve Classic

One of my personal all time favourites that I play every Christmas Eve (sometimes on loop.) Numerous singers have and continue to do their own renditions of this song, but among the best for me were the versions done by the fabulous Celine who I’m sure rivalled angel voices with this and won, and then amazing Mariah, who sang the hell out of it as only she could.

Here’s wishing you all the magic, wonder and blessedness of this Holy Night.

 

For a chance to win a free copy of

The Scarlet Letter Society by Mary T. McCarthy…

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 Anne is a fiction writer and blogger, and a former hotelier living in the sprawling coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan, with her husband, two kids and a pet fish. A city girl at heart, she likes her coffee strong, books always within arm’s reach, perfumes by the boatload, music of the old school variety, beaches sans the crowds, cozy cafes early in the mornings, and intimate encounters with Jack Daniels on Saturday nights.

On Deranged Writers, Anne writes her personal blog Eight in the Morning, and the humorous feature Pillow Talk.

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Chani, Christmas 2014, December Delights

Going Au Naturale

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing and although I do love all the glittery lights, tinsel and ornaments I do feel a slight pang at how much it takes to make these and there is always so much waste at the end.

I know that although we sometimes want to be more Eco friendly when we go to the gift shops or craft stores the earthy stuff always seems a bit dull and boring compared to all the shiny nice stuff in cellophane boxes. But I found some great ideas online and I think these add a touch of sophistication and rustic glamour to any living room. I hope you will try them out !

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Tree decorations made from coir

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Pine cone deco ideas

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Origami Trees

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I do love personal homemade gifts

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The Scarlet Letter Society by Mary T. McCarthy…

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IMG_0124 Chan is a writer, blogger and yogi with a passion for history and romance. She is a management professional living in the beautiful paradise island of Sri Lanka with her husband and two furry soft toys she refuses to part with, much to his chagrin. An avid reader and health food junkie, she also loves to keep up-to-date with fashion trends, travel and binge on everything chocolate at the slightest excuse.

On Deranged Writers Chan writes her personal blog Whispered Monologues, as well as the popular fashion feature Pret-a-Blogger. – Follow Chan on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Go Scarlet – December Delights Bumper Prize

rsz_new_sls_coverEvery fairy tale seems to end with a woman finding love after years of pining away for the Man of Her Dreams. They then settle down, buy a house with a white picket fence, have 2.4 children and live happily ever after. Well buckle up, because this is what really happens after ‘I Do’.Meet Maggie, Eva and Lisa, founders of The Scarlet Letter Society. Named as such due to their various infidelities, both physical and emotional, the ‘SLS’ is these womens’ refusal to be shamed like Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic tale of forbidden longing. Once a month, these women meet at their local bookstore to discuss love, life and literature. Through their friendships and liaisons, they attempt to gain insight into the curveballs life has thrown their way, and how each of them can find emotional and sexual fulfillment. Over the course of a year these women, plus several others who look to the Scarlet Letter Society for help with their own romantic dilemmas, will find lust and love, happiness and heartbreak, in the most unexpected places.A witty, insightful and steamy novel about a group of women who have chosen to forge their own paths, and must deal with the ramifications of their past and present choices, The Scarlet Letter Society will appeal to anyone who’s found their fairy tale isn’t quite what Disney had in mind.

 

I am thrilled to announce our December Delights Bumper Prize which is generously sponsored by an incredible and extremely talented lady I have been honoured to call my friend for years.

Currently Senior Editor at Splice Today, Mary McCarthy’s 20-year writing career includes the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, editorial positions at regional magazines and newspaper humor columns. She’s contributed at katiecouric.com, appeared on The Today ShowHuffington Post Live and ABC TV News’ Moms Get Real with JuJu Chang. She has spoken at a number of national conferences including BlogHer, BloggyCon and the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference and is an instructor at The Writer’s Center in Washington, D.C. She published The Hump Day Diaries, and her debut novel The Scarlet Letter Society was published by Polis Books on June 26, 2014 and releases in paperback in May 2015. It peaked at #106 on all Kindle books overall and landed at #4 in the Romantic Erotica category. Mary is currently working on her second novel The Scarlet Letter Scandal which is scheduled for fall 2015 release.

Mary is a mother of four on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she enjoys kayaking and sea glass hunting.

 

December Delights Bumper Prize Contest runs: Christmas Eve – Christmas Day, so keep a look out for posts and how you can participate.

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Celebrations, Christmas 2014, December Delights

December Delights Winner! (Week Three)

We’re super happy to announce our winner of December Delights Week Three.

Congratulations amv63!

You have won a DIY Lace Kimono Crop Top from Metamorphoshiz and have been entered into the December Delights Bumper Draw.

amv, thank you for participating, and for your constant (fun and witty) presence here on DW.  Keep a lookout for an email from us about your prize.

A word to our sponsor

Special thanks to the very talented fashion princess Shalini of Metamorphoshiz for sponsoring Week Three of December Delights. I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish her lots of luck in everything she’s setting out to do. Keep rocking it, girl!

Be sure to stop by and check out Metamorphoshiz for fabulous DIY clothing and accessories. http://mbymosh.wordpress.com/

Thank you all for stopping by, and since we have two days left, keep a look out for more posts and chances to enter and win the December Delights Bumper Prize.

If you missed out and would like to read all the December Delights posts, you can do so here: https://derangedwriters.wordpress.com/category/christmas-2014/

Much love,

Anne & Chan


Anne, Christmas 2014, December Delights

For ‘Him’

For the last few weeks I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to buy my husband for Christmas. I detest buying gifts for men, because I just do, but apparently there is some kind of Christmas gift giving tradition in our home that I insisted on years ago and didn’t realize I was screwing myself over with.

As we got closer to Christmas week, my brain wracking turned to near desperation and I finally turned to the internet for ideas. After carefully typing ‘What do you buy a man who has the most fantastically awesome wife in the world?’ into Google search, I got nothing except an article titled ‘What Every Woman Needs to know about Why Men Cheat.’

Nicely played, Google. Nicely played.

After five whole minutes of intense searching, I spotted a gorgeous pair of aviators online, and then spent the next half hour browsing all things Tom Ford because to hell with everything when it’s Tom Fucking Ford!

There is no name quite like his, there is no brand like the Tom Ford brand, and there is no man in fashion like Tom Ford (that’s my personal mantra which you’re free to borrow anytime.)

The Tom Ford brand for men is and has always been reserved but raw appeal, class and distinction. No other designer has quite combined all that as effortlessly as TF himself. He was the force that saved Gucci, and the powerhouse who made his own name a cut above the rest.

So, this Christmas, for the him in your life, I give you my top picks from the man himself.

Eyewear

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The Pocket Square

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Fragrances (to die for)

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Footwear

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Suit – Ford

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 Anne is a fiction writer and blogger, and a former hotelier living in the sprawling coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan, with her husband, two kids and a pet fish. A city girl at heart, she likes her coffee strong, books always within arm’s reach, perfumes by the boatload, music of the old school variety, beaches sans the crowds, cozy cafes early in the mornings, and intimate encounters with Jack Daniels on Saturday nights.

On Deranged Writers, Anne writes her personal blog Eight in the Morning, and the humorous feature Pillow Talk.

Follow Anne on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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