Christmas on Becca's Books | Three Christmas Wishes by Maxine Morrey

~ Three Christmas Wishes ~

By Maxine Morrey

When Becca suggested this title, my immediate thoughts went to the big things. The things we all wish could really happen, things like world peace, a cure for the diseases that devastate lives and families, and enough money to give wonderful, carefree lives to those I love. But, bearing in mind we all want that, and fearing it might make a bit of a ‘heavy’ post for the fabulously fun ‘Becca’s Books’, I thought that I might take another swing at it, this time with a more light hearted look at things!

So, assuming all those other things are now in place, here are my three frivolous Christmas wishes:

Instantaneous travel

I’m thinking here of something like the flue travelling trick that Harry Potter and co get to do – but with less feeling sick and something that doesn’t involve me crawling out of a fireplace too, if that could be arranged, as I never find ‘sooty’ a good look. But just think how handy it would be? No more queuing for customs, passport control, or sitting on the M25, watching the clock as the traffic resolutely refuses to move.

Pretty much all my parental side of the family live in Australia, and consequently, it’s pretty hard to get together. This neat little trick would be the perfect answer! Just think how lovely it would be to be able to see those friends and family who live in far flung countries so much more often. Or even just to be able to have a quick cup of tea with friends living a couple of hours away, as if they were just around the corner.

The Bubble of Peace and Quiet

This has been on my wish list for many a year, and I was reminded of the need for it the other day in a café when a Skype call began taking place next to me – a call that involved no less than six people yelling over an already fairly noisy café atmosphere at a tiny screen balanced on the table beside me. My husband was sat right next to me, and I couldn’t hear a word he was saying.

I’ve got quite sensitive hearing at the best of times (yes, that will be me stood like a muppet with my fingers in my ears when an emergency vehicle screams by). My nieces have the same thing, so I’m going to blame genetics here. Once noise gets above a certain level, we all have trouble distinguishing what the person next to us is saying. Hence, the requirement for the ‘Bubble of Peace and Quiet’! It folds down to almost nothing, and pops up whenever you need it, ensconcing you and your companion(s) inside its cocoon, allowing you to chat, read or just sit in a quiet little world, whilst the noisy one continues around it. Perfect!

The Ready For Bed Twitch

I’ve wanted this ability since I was a kid – and I still do, probably even more so now! The little trick I’m talking about is that, with a twitch of your nose (or any other quirk you prefer), you can be all ready for bed. I’m talking make up off, teeth cleaned, hair brushed, PJ’d up, full on ready for bed.
You know how it is, especially when it’s got late, and you are just so comfy on the sofa, but you know you really ought to move because otherwise you’re going to either a) wake up cold a bit later on or b) wake up with a weird crick in your neck or c) both. Or you’ve been out for the evening and now you’re finally home but have full make up on, eleventy thousand hair grips in your hair, and the bed still looks like a bombsite from getting ready earlier. Just imagine if you could now twitch your nose and all that boring, necessary-but-irritating-this-late-at-night stuff could be done and there you are, ready to hop in to a lovely, snuggly bed!

A big Christmassy thank you to the lovely Becca for having me on the blog!

Merry Christmas to you all and here’s wishing a very happy, peaceful New Year.

 Maxine Morrey is author of recently-released Winter's Fairytale. If you're looking for new festive reads to enjoy this Christmas, then be sure to check this one out!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

A few weeks before Christmas and a sudden blanketing of snow has closed the roads and brought public transport grinding to a halt, stranding Izzy miles from home and in desperate need of rescuing.
That doesn’t mean she’s looking to bump into Rob and spend a cosy weekend holed up in his swanky flat watching London become a winter wonderland! Because Izzy and Rob have history…
Six months ago, they were standing in the vestry of a beautiful country church, while best man Rob delivered the news that every bride dreads on their big day.
But at the time of year when anything is possible, can Rob and Izzy let go of the past and let Christmas work its magic? Or will this be one holiday wish that Izzy lets walk right out of her life…

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first she won a handful of book tokens - perfect for a bookworm! 

As years went by, she continued to write, but 'normal' work often got in the way. Finally, she really decided to go for it, and wrote. Really wrote. And after a while she had a bunch of articles, and a non fiction book to her name. But her real love is writing novels and the magical escapism it affords - for both writer and reader. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through as the publishers succumbed to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities. 

In August 2015, she won Carina UK's 'Write Christmas' competition. Her first romantic comedy from HarperCollins (Carina UK) 'Winter's Fairytale' was published in November and is available now!

Maxine lives in Sussex, England with her husband and when not wrangling with words, can be found adding to her To Be Read pile, sewing, walking and wondering when they are going to invent a robot for ironing.

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