Holiday Blog Hop

Hol;iday B;og HopAs Christmas quickly approaches, let me welcome you to Living the Dream and this the third of my Christmas blog hops. To say this year has been memorable is an understatement. I’m actually looking forward to the end of 2014 and hoping 2015 will be bigger and better for everyone.

Now let me be clear. It’s not the Christmas season that has brought me to the end of my rope, but all of the everyday happenings that have raised my stress level to Defcon 1 or anything, but I’ve been hovering around ;plevel 2 all month. Last night, I finally got a chance to relax and participate in one of my favorite Christmas activities. We went to Upper Canada Village for the Alight at Night event.

This year, for my Happy Holiday Blog Hop, I’d like to share the beauty of the experience with you. In Holiday Magic, my Christmas release, Georgia loved everything there was about Christmas. She’d have adored this.


The Church is outlined in white lights with peach colored floodlights making the structure appear magical. If you’re so inclined, you can step inside the structure and sing or listen to professional and amateur singers blend their voices in traditional and a few modern Christmas carols. If the night is chilly, the heat of the sanctuary will warm your numb fingers and toes.

Don’t feIMG_0562el like going inside just yet? You can take a horse wagon ride to admire the lights.  The Woolen mill and the flour mill sit side by side welcoming you into the park. You can get wine and spirits at Cooke’s Tavern, The Harvest Barn or Willard’s’ Hotel. Feeling adventurous? You could take a ride on the Toy Train and explore the grounds, or ride the Ferris Wheel and check out the village from 50 feet above ground.  If you’re like me, you just want to walk around and take in the sights and sounds. Every half hour, the lights sing and dance at Chrysler Hall. There’s the general store and the tavern beside it and of course The Masonic Hall and the farmer’s house too.


Upper Canada Village is a sight to behold. Even the trees are dressed up for the occasions. IMG_0578IMG_0564

Holiday Magic (2)This is just some of the magic of the season

Seeing is believing, or is it?

Georgia Baxter loved everything about Christmas until she walked in on her fiancé in bed with another woman. Wounded and heart sore, she canceled her Christmas Eve fantasy wedding and fled to New York City, leaving everything and everyone, including her twin sister, Eleni, behind.

Three years later, still hurting but knowing it’s time to move on, she agrees to come home to help her sister, despite the fact she’ll be doing so at a time of year she now associates only with pain and betrayal. Discovering she’ll have to work closely with the man who shattered her dreams only makes things harder, especially when her body craves his touch.

Mark Anderson has no memory of his bachelor party other than waking up naked in the wrong woman’s bed. He clings to the hope someday he can convince Georgia to give him a second chance, but until she’s ready to listen, it won’t happen. Discovering she’s coming home to manage Holiday Magic for three months may be his lucky break.

Is there enough magic left in Christmas to help them overcome the past?

Comment on this post for your chance to win a PDF copy of Holiday Magic and its companion piece, The Perfect Choice.

Now, check out the other bloggers in this hop. Blog Hoppers


About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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12 Responses to Holiday Blog Hop

  1. Mai Tran says:

    Those photos are amazing! I’d love to see them with my own eyes! Thanks for the giveaway. Peaceful Christmas and Lucky New Year!

  2. brittany2323 says:

    Beautiful, we drive around every christmas eve to look at the lights! Happy Holidays!

  3. Calisa Rhose says:

    The lights are beautiful, Susanne! We have a similar sight here in Oklahoma where the town lights up a big park, including water scenes from Disney. We haven’t been able to go this year (yet) but I love the carriage rides and walking through the light tunnels. They have a shop to get souvenirs, cocoa and popcorn. Thanks for sharing your lights!

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Holly Letson says:

    Love the Christmas lights.

  5. JeanMP says:

    Great photos, it is always so nice to see lighted displays. Happy Holidays!
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  6. Anne says:

    Thanks for participating. Holiday Magic sounds like a great read to keep us warm this time of year.

  7. Thank you all for dropping by. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

  8. bn100 says:

    Nice pics

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. trevtysmom says:

    I love the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. Thank you for the chance and Happy 2015. saraiyaproperties at gmail dot com

  10. barniebad says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen lights like this before. I wish I could see them in person. I think they the best Christmas lights that people put together ever!

    Happy New Year, Marnie

  11. bleigh1130 says:

    Those pics are great,… & the story sounds really good! The book is definitely right up my alley! ❤

    Hope you have a great 2015! =)
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

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