Christmas Countdown 2013 - 10 December

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Christmas is a time for giving - what do you do when no one gives a damn?

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go. Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

Reviews, Buy Links and long excerpt The Christmas Throwaway

Today's featured Anthology Author is

Valynda King with her story Christmas in Hawaii

River is a mess, well so he thinks. He has OCD and Agoraphobia, disorders he has been learning to deal with since he was a kid. Now as an adult and years of hard work and therapy he has a job working from home as a trouble shooter for a technology company. Everything seemed fine until a new owner bought the company and his world tilted on its' axes. Now he's on a plane heading to Hawaii just before Christmas. His anxiety is through the roof on the verge of a panic attack and the only light at the end of this tunnel is the Adonis sitting a few rows back and knowing he was finally going to meet Coolidge.

Valynda's Special Christmas Memory

Christmas is laughing, family and smiling. I say laughing because every year I decorate my parents house and put up a tree. And every year they stare at me like I have lost my mind until they have seen the finished product and then it's smiles on their faces when it's done. I love doing it, It feels good and brings us together.

Info on Valynda King

Valynda can be found on her blog here.

Did you like her story? Leave a message on her blog to let her know.

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Mr RJ's Crap Joke Section

Unfortunately, no jokes today as RJ has cracked the whip today and worked me too hard. I have not had the time to find any :(. Hopefully back tomorrow.  The competition continues however.....

So the above is what I had written for todays competition. This post tends to get written around 5:30PM on the preceeding day.  RJ's already done her bit in advance and I add in the extra bits.  5:45PM and RJ wants her dinner (she's still writing for you guys)  Well, it's 23:30 on the 9th December over here in the UK as I write these words now and the reason....  I've had some encouragement from dear Laurie and Sharon.  I have fans.... I can't let them down.... so I'm now trawling the Internet for some more jokes before my head hits the pillow. I'll start with Sharon's in case you missed it :-

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Mary who?
Mary Christmas!!

A classic!!!!

now some more :-

What kind of paper likes music?
(W)rapping paper.

How do snowmen get around? 
They ride an icicle.

What do you get if you cross a skeleton and a detective?
Sherlock Bones

You've probably noticed (or maybe not if you've skipped this section :) ) that these jokes are not all Christmas based.  For English Christmas Crackers, this does not matter a jot.  The ones that make you groan the most are considered the best!

And on that logic, I will wish you all a Good Night.

The Twenty Five Days of Christmas Competition

For the master post explaining prizes, etc, visit Competition and prizes for the twenty five days of Christmas. Don't forget every entry you make counts towards the grand prize on 25 December. So if you enter every day, you will have 24 chances for to win..

Today enter the competition to win a $10 Amazon Voucher.


  1. The Christmas Throwaway is one of my favorites!

  2. It's my favorite as well. I love Christmas stories!

  3. The Christmas Throwaway was the very first book of yours I read and I've been hooked ever since.

    1. Lisa, I love that you said that... thank you x

  4. Christmas Throwaway is one of my favourite books, but it also made me cry the most... Keep the good ones coming!

    1. Hi MM... sorry... didn't mean to make you cry

    2. It's OK... it was still a GREAT BOOK... and it is a sign that we really connect with your characters!

  5. The Christmas Throwaway, one of my loves.

  6. The Christmas Throwaway is one of the first of yours I read. And it's such a special story, I love it and re-read it often.

    1. Hey Laurie... thank you so much... hugs xxxxx

  7. Yes, The Christmas Throwaway, a favourite and reread often!
    Daughters xmas party at school tomorrow so I shall ask her to bring jokes homes if she can!

    1. Thank you ... HUGS X... The more jokes the merrier!

      HUGS X

  8. The Christmas Throwaway is soooooo good, I reread it often even in July.

    What comes before Christmas Eve?

    Christmas Adam

    That's all I got today.

    1. ROFL Nancy THAT IS AWESOME! ROFL... and thank you for your kind comment... Hugs RJ XXXX

  9. ROFL!! Thanks for using my knock knock joke, Ste...errrr...Mr. RJ!!! :)
    It's so nice to see so many other fans who love The Christmas Throwaway, just like me!! They all have excellent taste. :)

    How do sheep in Mexico say "Merry Christmas"?
    Fleece Navidad

    1. ROFL... I am sure Mr RJ will love that one!

      Thanks for the 'Throwaway' love... HUGS XXXXXXXXX