Christmas on Becca's Books | Christmas Memories by Terri Nixon

Hello, and thanks for having me on your gorgeous blog, Becca!

How many of us have done this? We can be rushing around, getting stressed, falling out with people, yelling… and then, late on Christmas Day, we’ll look around us, and, (sometimes with the assistance of a glass of wine and some rose-coloured glasses) we conveniently forget all that stuff! Well here’s a little reminder ;)

Dec 21st .
Who’s pinched the scissors this time? They were right here on the chair.
Well bring them back, I need them. Thank you! Now just leave them there!
The Sellotape’s all twisted up, and sticking to itself,
And where’s the sparkly paper that I left up on that shelf?

Dec 22nd
The tree’s a little wobbly, put a book under the stand.
And don’t just walk ‘round vaguely with a bauble in your hand!
Look, if you want to help me, why not pick up all your toys?
And lay the kitchen table, but lay OFF that bloody noise!

Dec 23rd
Can you just help me out a bit, and clear this mess away?
Has anyone called Granny, about lunch on Christmas day?
We’ll pick her up at ten o’clock, and drop her home by nine,
In time for Downton Abbey, and before she hits the wine.

Dec 24th
I never get a minute’s peace, you all make such a mess!
And now is not the time to smear Nutella on your dress!
Well wash it off before it sets, then get your PJs on.
Will someone put the cat out? And where has the hamster gone?

 Hey! Time for playing’s over, so stop running up the hall!
If you’re awake when Santa comes he’ll not stop here at all.
I’ll come and read a story when I’ve cleaned the oven out.
And peeled all the potatoes… oh, and cross-cut all the sprouts.

Dec 25th.
 At last the house is quiet, and the kids have gone to bed.
The Christmas lights are twinkling and the stories have been read.
Ah, bless their little faces, they’re so sweet. So full of fun.
So well-behaved and helpful, little treasures, every one…

 Merry Christmas!

Terri was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of 9 she moved with her family to Cornwall, to a small village on the edge of Bodmin Moor, where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. She also discovered apple-scrumping, and how to jump out of a hayloft without breaking any bones, but no-one's ever offered to pay her for doing those. 

Since publishing in paperback for the first time in 2002, Terri has appeared in both print and online fiction collections, and is proud to have contributed to the Shirley Jackson award-nominated hardback collection: Bound for Evil, by Dead Letter Press.

As a Hybrid author, her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus Entice (a digital-first imprint of Little, Brown.)
The sequel, A Rose in Flanders Fields, was published by Carina UK (a digital-first imprint of HarperCollins) in 2014.
The third book in this series, Daughter of Dark River Farm, was also published by Carina, in early 2015.

All three books have now been nominated for Best Historical Read in the Readers' Choice Awards at the Festival of Romance.
Maid of Oaklands Manor: 2013
A Rose In Flanders Fields: 2014
Daughter of Dark River Farm: 2015

Terri's self-published Mythic Fiction series set in Cornwall, The Lynher Mill Chronicles, is now complete and available in paperback and e-book.

Terri also writes under the name T Nixon, and has contributed to anthologies under the names Terri Pine and Teresa Nixon. She is represented by the Kate Nash Literary Agency. She now lives in Plymouth with her youngest son, and works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University, where she is constantly baffled by the number of students who don't possess pens.

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