Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Roses Blog Tour - My final guest - Nana Malone

So it's the last post of the Roses Blog Tour, and I'd like to thank Nana Malone for joining me today to share her Christmas tradition, while I'm off visiting Rachel Brimble's site. For the last chance to claim my prize, make sure you are following me, then leave a comment on Rachel's site under my blog post.

Caroling, Christmas Eve presents and Deep Frying Turkeys

Every family has their holiday traditions. My family always let us open one present on Christmas Eve. In Ghana before any talk of presents comes in, we do the tour of grandparents and uncles and aunties. And we eat ourselves into a stupor. Presents come after that. And of course there’s the partying and dancing. Ghanaians love a good party

One of my favorite traditions is actually an inherited one from my husband’s family. For every present, a note is written to accompany it. And you have to guess what the present is before you can open it. As you can imagine, this makes for a long present opening ceremony. You also have to start with the smallest present first. It’s nerve wracking, but actually a lot of fun.

It was a hard one to get used to, but it makes sure everyone puts thought into every present. I stepped up the tradition a couple of years ago and started folding my notes into Origami shapes. You should see my husband and I trying to outdo each other now.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Now here's some info on Nana's book, Game, Set, Match.

Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright’s playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he’s down forty-love. A knee injury is shutting down his game, and the paparazzi are splashing his love life on every magazine. A comeback is in order, but the makeover he needs to save his faltering career is in the hands of the woman he loved and left fifteen years ago.

While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn’t the star he appears to be. Although his charm and good looks haven’t dimmed since he broke her heart, all she sees is his wasted talent and playboy lifestyle.

Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track? Or will the click of her camera shatter his world as well as his heart?

Game, Set, Match is available from The Wild Rose Press

From here

Nana's prize is TWRP gift vouchers so you can stock up on our books for the holiday season!

And you can read more about Nana and what she's got going on at her Blog:

Thanks so much for joining me here today, Nana, and have a Merry Christmas!


  1. Origami - wow I'm impressed Nana! And I love your tradition. I think I might just institute that guessing game with my family.

  2. What a great tradition, Nana! Anything to prolong the excitement of the morning is a great idea and a guessing game just makes it more fun!

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. That's such a great tradition, Nana. Unfortunately, it'd never work at my house - my family are terrible at keeping secrets. Think Brothers & Sisters, but worse, lol. Have a lovely Christmas!

  4. That tradition sounds great fun, Nana!

  5. Thanks Romy! It can get really heated too once the present is opened. Some of the clues aren't' the best. It's so much fun.


  6. Thanks Amy! You can see all the little ones get really antsy. Lol. We usually don't make them wait too long.


  7. Hi Maya! I'm the worst, I find all my Christmas presents before Christmas. But I swear it's not my fault. They're not well hidden. Hhahaha

  8. Thanks so much for hosting me Sally. Glad I got a chance to share it with you all.


  9. Nana,
    I LOVE the note idea. What a great tradition.