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Title: Grenzen (Love in Germany Series Book 1)
Author: Chris McHart
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Deana Jamroz
Genre/Sub-Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday
What do you do if the Dom you love is half a world away?
When work requires Ryan to leave behind warm and sunny Arizona for cold and snowy Germany, he decides to visit the famous Nuremberg Christmas Market where he meets sexy Julian.
But Julian isn’t an average guy, he’s a Dom. And he wants Ryan to be his sub.
That’s something Ryan has dreamt of, but never admitted to anyone, not even himself. With Julian it suddenly becomes possible.
But what happens once Ryan has to go home, especially since he’s developing feelings for Julian?
There isn’t a future for a relationship if you’re half a world apart…
Thanks to Prism Book Alliance for having me here today. Let’s get settled, take a sip of the hot mulled wine and I’ll tell you about another tradition in Germany.
Who brings presents in Germany?:
As it gets closer to Christmas, one question comes up here again and again. The older kids know it already, but the smaller ones ask again and again: Who brings the presents?
We don’t have a Santa Claus in Germany, we have a Christkind that brings our presents.
It was ‘invented’ in the 16th century most likely by Martin Luther during the Protestant reformation, to discourage the figure of the St. Nikolaus (who brought presents to the catholic children on Dec. 6)
Now it’s common for St. Nikolaus to bring some sweets on Dec. 6, and the Christkind brings the presents on Dec. 24.
Although the name Christkind means ‘Jesus Child’, it’s usually a golden haired, angelic looking figure that brings presents in Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, France and Upper-Silesia in Poland.
But, actually, it’s never to be seen by anyone. The kids have to wait outside of the living room while the Christkind puts the presents under the Christmas tree. Then it rings a bell and the children can come in. If one of the kids is too curious, the parents tell them the Christkind won’t come because no child is allowed to see the Christkind.
In some families it’s tradition that the Christkind only brings the presents, in other it decorates the tree, too.
In any case, it’s a nice tradition, and to see the kids’ expressions when they spot the Christmas tree with the presents under it is always wonderful.
But we still have a few days to go until then. I wish you all a good time.
The market was located on a huge square in the center of Nuremberg, a lot of old houses and buildings surrounding it. The castle, I think they called it Nuremberger Burg, loomed over the city. It was fascinating. So different from the heat in Phoenix, but stunning.
Julian turned right, steering me away from the people streaming towards the market. “This is the ‘Schöner Brunnen’, I think you could translate it to beautiful fountain. It was built in the fourteenth century.”
How old? I studied the ornaments, the figures. Wow.
The name fit, it was beautiful. Various colorful figures were sitting and standing on a Gothic spire-like tower. I couldn’t see much in the dim light, but it seemed as if it was made from pure gold. It was big, about sixty feet tall. I noticed the golden ring embedded in the forged fence.
“What’s up with the golden ring?”
“It’s brass, actually. There are two of them; one is on the opposite side. You need to turn it, and then you can wish for something.”
I knew exactly what I’d wish for, so I stepped up to the gorgeous crafted fence and slid the ring through the eye that held it in place.
I looked over to see Julian’s eyes sparkling, a big grin on his face, like he knew exactly what I just wished for. I smiled back in the hope that he’d understood it right.
About the Author:
Chris McHart is from Germany and while an accountant, writing is Chris’s real passion. Chris likes to spend time with family and has way too many animals that demand constant attention. Chris also enjoys landscaping and cooking.
Whenever Chris has a free minute, it’s spent writing on a laptop, a cup of coffee in hand, deeply lost in the world Chris’s muses have created.
When coming up for some air, you’ll find Chris on a lot of social networks. Check out Chris’s website to see where you can find out more. Chris looks forward to hearing from you!
Chris McHart has kindly offered one e-copy of Grenzen for one lucky commenter
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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