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kissWith Christmas coming up, my kids are more hyper than normal. Now they are bouncing around the place, with fleeting concentration on anything and their selective hearing is to be applauded! mention sweets and they tune in immediately but call their names or ask for them to get dressed, put on shoes, eat breakfast and I might as well be talking to myself!

Flashing neon signs wouldn't even get their attention.

Of course it could be worse. They could be timid subdued, introverted kids, but they are not.

At them moment its like they are tanked up on Coca Cola and an array of luminous multi colored (artifical sweets) packed with sugar and artificial additives. BUT THEY are not! I don't go down that road. I am already thinking of the list of side effects and none of them pleasant.

Of course my brain is fried from answering all the difficult questions their developing brains are throwing at me. All about the logistics of how Santa really pulls it all together and literally delivers the goods!

I like to think I can think on the spot but brain fatigue is setting in rapidly and so they are beginning to look at me, like I am clueless.

Trying to get them to unwind and sleep is also hard work at this time of year. of course they are delighted to see me put on my PJs when putting them to bed as they know I will be along shortly!

I am enjoying this time with them though. It reminds me that once I was probably like them, except back in my day there were limited things Santa could bring, and my awareness of what he actually made in his workshop meant I couldn't ask for too much.

Now the toy catalogue is combed through and a wish list prepared before being mercilessly reduced in size to shrieks of "but Mom, Santa is bringing it, its not costing you anything."

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I know it is tough, and they cannot yet understand that even Santa has limits and can only take on so much.

It is always the anticipation of Christmas that is so much more potent than the actual event, because once toys are opened and played with, the novelty is over!

"Mom how many days till my birthday?" will be the next question. GROAN!

Talk soon!

 

10303936_10152528129741617_5869088893725260320_nBooks to make you laugh or fall in love with, are like a tonic to the body and mind. You become uplifted and carried along with the story and they contain a real feel good factor. The best part is that you can pick up a good book any time or place to relive the feeling, or pass it or its recommendation along to a friend.

When you combine a little romance with comedy you have a lovely recipe for a story.

Romance doesn't have to be in the classical of romance. Romance can simply be the place, the setting, the words used, and the whole story as it evolves.

My book Mommyville On The Road To A PhD in Parenthood contains a little bit of romance between a number of the characters. It is subtle in parts, while all parts are inter-connected in a story which is heartwarming, charming and captures the very essence of a wild and rural Irish landscape and setting.

There is even a bit of romance between the local dogs on the street which causes its own fun and problems along the way, when the poshest lady in town has some serious issues with a pedigree vs a mutt!

See how a handsome stranger coming to town wins over the hearts of the local girls and see what chaos he causes to Clare who has agreed to give him lodgings in her house before the "big wedding".

It is full of tenderness in parts yet bursting with comedy throughout as Clare gets herself in and out of tricky situations, and the "lively" kids cause havoc along the way or simply act as kids do, living moment by moment, with very funny consequences for all!

So in essence this is one of those romantic comedy books with a difference. I think because it is a bit different, it will appeal to more readers because it has a little something for everyone. It has romance, it has comedy, it has what I think is a good story, it has real life mishaps and mayhem, it has the funny things kids say and do in addition to the sweet and sentimental things they say and do!

The story unfolds over a number of real life situations, so you really feel like you are there, witnessing everything that is unfolding in a very upbeat, uplifting and humorous way. It really is about living in the moment and what happens when you don't take life too seriously!

 

Orla Kelly

 

 

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