A Homemade Holiday @patriciakiyono #cardmaking #crafts #giveaway

The Holidays are hectic trying to shop for everyone one else, so I and several other authors decided to get together and help make your Holiday brighter! To celebrate this festive season, I am bringing you 25 fabulous authors that are going to share how they celebrate and maybe a treat and decoration. We are also having a huge giveaway. One lucky winner will get a Kindle fire 7 and some gift cards to help fill it. Then each author is offering an ebook as individual gifts! So not only one winner but lots! Read to the end to see how!

So grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and settle in your favorite spot with a warm throw and enjoy!

Cat: Today our guest is Patricia Kiyono. Hello, Patricia. Are you ready for Christmas?

Patricia: I’m just getting started. I’ve got my Christmas cards sent out, and the date for the family party is set, but the rest is going to have to wait until the semester is over. I teach at the university nearby, and final exams are next week!

The first thing I do to prepare for Christmas is to send out my Christmas cards. I know a lot of people have discontinued this tradition but to me, it’s an important way to stay in touch with family and friends at this time of year. For the past four years I’ve sent cards I made myself. A friend of mine invited me to a workshop offered by a local woman who uses and sells card-making tools and materials, and each week she opens her home to people who want to try them out. She has four different greeting cards that people can make, and all the supplies are prepared for us to use. Over the years I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer have to go out to find and purchase a card for any occasion – I’ve already got what I need! I’ve also got ready gifts, as I can select eight or ten and put them in a small gift bag. I’ve also used them for giveaways.

Part of my card-making is therapeutic. I enjoy creating things with my hands. Sewing, crocheting, needlepoint, and even woodworking are things I’ve done at various times. Creating things gives me satisfaction – and it keeps me from snacking when I shouldn’t! Making greeting cards is a fast-growing business, and it’s possible to spend a LOT of time and money on it. So I have to limit myself to things I’ll need and use. Sometimes, a group of us will get together for a weekend of scrapbooking and card-making, and each of us brings tools and materials to share, so we don’t all have to buy everything.

I like to think that if Amelia Partridge were here today, From my book The Partridge and the Peartree, she might have enjoyed creating her own greeting cards. In The Partridge and the Peartree, Amelia teaches children in a cathedral school in one of the poorer areas of London. She decides to host a Christmas party for them and convinces Phillip Peartree, Duke of Bartlett, to help her choose gifts of books for them, taking into account each child’s age, reading ability, and interests. Two Tutor Doves takes place two years later. Phillip and Amelia are married, and they host the children in their home. Amelia knits scarves and hats for each child. She’s definitely a crafty person, and I think she and I could be great friends – if I were a regency noblewoman!

Title: The Partridge and the Peartree

Series: The Partridge Christmas Series

Author: Patricia Kiyono

Publisher: Dingbat Publishing

Genre: Sweet historical romance

Heat Rating: G

Pages: 60

Cover Artist: For the Muse Design

Blurb For The Partridge and the Peartree:

Phillip Peartree, Duke of Bartlett, dreamed of a peaceful life with a suitable mate until a hunting accident left him scarred and nearly deaf. Resigned to spending the rest of his days alone, Phillip has devoted himself to rebuilding his family estate. But a chance encounter with a lovely young woman in a dusty bookstore rekindles his almost-forgotten hopes and dreams.

Lady Amelia Partridge has no time for the frivolity of the London social scene. In addition to her work with the Ladies Literary Society, she has a mission — educating poor children in the city. She also has a secret life, one she fears might drive away the young duke who has become increasingly important to her.

How about a little more?

“Er — pardon me, miss. I didn’t see you. I sincerely hope you’re not injured.” Spying a handful of books scattered near her feet, he quickly bent and retrieved them for her. “Here you are.”

Her lovely brown eyes narrowed. Had he said something stupid? Sometimes he did, especially when he hadn’t followed a conversation closely. Since he’d lost most of his hearing in the accident that had disfigured his face, he’d learned to read lips quite well, but occasionally he’d get it wrong, much to the amusement of his cousins, who would tease him mercilessly.

“I’m fine, good sir,” she said, taking the books he offered. “And I thank you for retrieving my books.” She took them and whirled away without so much as a goodbye.

Phillip stood transfixed, staring after her.

Slowly, common sense returned, and he sighed regretfully. Such a lovely woman would never consider a friendship, much less a courtship, with someone like him.

Remembering his reason for entering the bookstore, Phillip continued to peruse the titles. At the back of the store, he found the section from which the lady had emerged. Here he found an assortment of slender books like those she had dropped. They were children’s stories. Of course. She was married and probably had been there to purchase books for her children. He’d best forget about dreaming of a life with her.

The Partridge and the Peartree is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

The Patricia Kiyono Christmas Collectionis available at Amazon

Meet Patricia:

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

You can stalk-oops-follow Patricia Kiyono  on Amazon and at her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

To help you have a happy Holiday season we are giving away a kindle and gift cards as a grand prize plus individual prizes from each author.

Patricia Kiyono is giving an e-copy of The Patricia Kiyono Christmas Collection to one lucky winner. Two complete contemporary stories and two historical novellas in one set! Titles included: The Partridge and the Peartree, Two Tutor Doves, Christmas Wishes, and Christmas Journey.

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