Mistletoe…

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take part in Blissemas this year. Make sure you swing by the site and read Victoria’s blog for the day as well. And, don’t forget to comment!!
So i’m going to talk about some of my memories in preparing for the holiday and leave you with a first kiss scene from one of my holiday stories, Add A Little Mistletoe.
I grew up in the great state of Georgia. Out in the country and for us, Christmas was a huge deal. Still is, although the family is much more spread out. Makes the gatherings a bit more difficult and at the same time, more treasured when we get together.Anyway, one of my jobs was to gather the mistletoe sprigs to be hung up and about. We had this huge tree out behind our house and that’s where I would go to get the bunches which were requested. I had an older brother…still do…and he used to love pointing out the bits on the thinest branches. And then send his baby sister (that would be me) up there to get them.
So while he stood down at the bottom, I scampered amongst the branches clipping off the sprigs and dropping them to him. After we got enough–we usually got enough for about five families and would take them to all–I would climb back down that tall tree and we’d go to start putting all of them up. When we were through, the house would look like something I could only dream of. The mistletoe hanging, the tree up with the scent of pine in the air. We never had a fake tree, going out to get one is a total other story. And of course the smell of baking cookies, gingerbread, and all of the other delicious scents of the season.
Mistletoe to me is a very important part of the holiday. Yes, it is a posionous plant but hey, we’re not talking about eating it now are we? No, we’re talking about what we do under it. *grin*
And that, brings us to the kiss. I remember dashing under it so not to get caught, or walking much slower when the one I wanted the kiss from was near, in hopes of having that Christmas wish fulfilled. There was always the anticipation and build up. And then the kiss (Which hopefully was a good kiss). Mine were!
Do you have any wonderful memories of being caught under the mistletoe?
And as promised here is an excerpt from my story: Add A Little Mistletoe. Enjoy Aspen and Colt’s first kiss beneath the mistletoe!
“Well, the thing is,” he started again.
Aspen waited patiently, not in any rush whatsoever to make him hurry. She felt so safe when he was around her. His eyes moved to her lips and back up to her catch her gaze. He seemed uncertain. Finally, he just latched onto her arm and pointed up with his free hand. Following the movement of his finger, Aspen gasped when she saw the sprig of mistletoe above them. Nervous now, her eyes moved toward his face.
His free hand cupped the side of her still-plump face before plucking her glasses off and pressing them into her hand. Then both of his warm, callused hands held her face as he lowered his mouth to hers.
Colt’s mouth covered hers gently as his tongue slid between her lips to wander around in the warmth of her mouth. Their tongues touched and the explosive shockwave of feelings that spread through them ripped both sets of eyes wide open.
Determination flared in Colt’s metallic gaze as he pressed closer to her and swept through all recesses of her mouth. He pulled back and traced her kiss-swollen lips with the pad on one thumb. “Merry Christmas, Aspen,” he murmured in a voice deeper than she could ever recall him having.
Aspen blinked slowly and when her eyes opened again, it was just her, the mistletoe, and the lingering scent of Colt.
I hope every one has a wonderful Christmas season! Post your comments to be entered in the BLISSEMAS drawing for the grand prize: a kindle. This drawing will take place at the end of Blissemas. Best of luck to all who enter.
In addition to the grand prize, I’m offering for one person out of those who comment here a chance to win a signed copy of one of my print books. Choices are:
What White Boyz Desire
What the Earl Desires
Born to Fly collection
The Detective’s Lover
Add A Little Mistletoe
Sin is Not a Four-Letter Word
Any 1 of the Megalodon Team stories
Reignited
May this season bring you many wonderful stories along with good times with family and friends!
Happy reading,
~Aliyah

38 Responses to “Mistletoe…”

  1. Michelle B. says:

    Happy Holidays to you. I liked the excerpt and your holiday memories.

    Michelle B aka koshkalady

    purrpurrkoshkamb(at)aol(dot)com

  2. What a brilliant kiss and a great story to go with it too! Mistletoe is a brilliant seasonal tradition isn’t it? Can you beleive I’ve never been caught under the mistletoe with anyone? Well, it’s true!

  3. […] today as a special bonus to all you Blissemas followers if you read Aliyah Burke’s kiss then comment on it you’ll get another entry into the Blissemas draw too, we’re really […]

  4. Debra G says:

    These are wonderful excerpts offered for this. I am loving reading them. Want the books now.
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  5. Tracey D says:

    I enjoyed both the post and excerpt; both were great reads. I’m adding this to my must have list.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  7. Aliyah Burke says:

    Thanks y’all. Victoria-yes, I love it as a tradition, too. I used to carry some with me, you know…just in case. *grin*

  8. Kathryn Merkel says:

    We have a cheap plastic bell filled with cheap plastic mistletoe that is hung in the door to our dining room every year. Dad catches mom under it several times through the holidays. lol.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  9. Wanda Dixon says:

    Love your work Aliyah. I have ‘Add A Little Mistletoe’, thoroughly enjoyed it. Happy holidays to you.

  10. Shadow says:

    Great Christmas memories. Thank you for sharing them with us. I loved your excerpt! Another great read to add to my Christmas list! Thanks!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Shelley B says:

    I would love to win! I have read A Little Mistletoe and loved it!
    srbagby50@gmail.com

  12. Joder says:

    We actually never put up mistletoe. Mostly because of it being poisonous and us having pets. That amazingly hot blurb makes me want to run out and get some though.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

    • Aliyah Burke says:

      I understand that. I have plants in the house year round and for the most part my pets know to leave them alone. But, I agree with being safe for them. Just get some plastic mistletoe n’ tack it up. *grin*
      ~A

  13. Nancy S says:

    Lovely memories. Very nice excerpt as well.

  14. Anne R says:

    Very yummy kiss! Love it! Thanks for sharing the memories.
    areeths at new dot rr dot com

  15. tammy ramey says:

    Hi Aliyah,
    thank you for the wonderful post and the chance at such a great giveaway.
    when i first started dating my husband the first Christmas gift he gave me was Mistletoe. he gave it to me on the 1st of December and said it needed to be carried with me. then he would just show up at odd hours during the day and night and hold it over my head and kiss me. it was one of the most romantic things he ever did for me. i certainly felt loved. :)
    I hope you and your family have a Happy Holiday Season.

    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  16. Andrea I says:

    Merry Christmas! We never had mistletoe or a fake tree growing up. Our tree was always a pine tree as we lived in NW Florida.

    ainfinger(at)comcast(net)

  17. D, Palmer says:

    My family never had mistletoe, instead we had lavender and mint plants around the house which we grew in are garden. My biggest memory from christmas as a child is receving a stuff rabbit from my father, I name this toy “Mrabbit”. I wish you and your family a happy holiday. Thank you
    annblue109@hotmail.com

  18. Carol L says:

    Enjoyed that excerpt. A beautiful kiss. I’d love to read the rest. We haven’t had mistletoe in a few years but when I was younger and my kids were very young my husband would always catch me beneath the mistletoe and my kids would be eewwwing all over the place and my husband would say very seriously “when you love somebody there isn’t anything wrong with letting them know by kissing them. lol
    their ewws became yucks. lol
    Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  19. Anne says:

    That was a really sweet excerpt. Thanks.

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  20. Jessica says:

    Aww sounds like so much fun. Never had a kiss under mistletoe :(

  21. Na S. says:

    Christmas-themed stories are such a treat to read during the holidays. Thank you for sharing an excerpt.

  22. Aliyah Burke says:

    Thanks to everyone who commented. I am sorry I didn’t post the winner sooner but I’ve been offline sick. Anyway, the winner is Shadow. I’ll be sending you an email.
    Thanks again!
    Happy reading,
    ~Aliyah

  23. J.C. Martin says:

    Congrats to Shadow! And love the excerpt!

  24. kimmy L says:

    Great post. Love reading all the christmas stories.

  25. Debbie S says:

    Love the excerpt. I loved to ambush people with mistletoe but we now have quite a few animals around the house who love to eat, EVERYTHING, so we don’t do mistletoe anymore.

  26. Christy says:

    We never had mistletoe hanging anywhere when I was a teenager. I missed all the kissing! Your book sounds good! christina_92 at yahoo.com

  27. Tonya says:

    I love christmas stories. It keeps the christmas spirit going. Thank you for the excerpt. Your book sounds very good!
    tonyapeterson35(at)yahoo(dot)com