Welcome Birthday Guest Meredith Russell!

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Hello, I am Jack from Just Jack, and I have been asked to share with you my best birthday memory. Now for a guy who is technically over eighty years old, I only really have one memory I can share with you today – what I consider my first birthday.


It might sound strange but I’ve only had one birthday, one that I can remember anyway, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t celebrated on the day I was born. You see just over a year ago I met someone special. I met Leo. For the fifty years before I had felt nothing. I didn’t feel emotion of any kind, no sense of touch or taste, no memories of who I had been. I’d given everything that had made me human away when I became a Jack Frost. But Leo changed all that.


It was Leo’s love that brought me back. I never thought I’d ever meet anyone who could stir feelings from within me, feelings I thought were long gone, but there he was. Sometimes I have flashes of memories. Faces come to me in dreams of people I should know, and yet, I don’t. Maybe one day I’ll remember them properly, remember who they were, maybe even my real birthday and how I’d celebrated it with family and friends. But for now, Leo and this new life is enough.


So my birthday. My first birthday. Or rather the anniversary of the day I could feel Leo’s lips on mine, hug him close and share his warmth. If I’m honest I hadn’t really thought about it, but Leo had. He had woken early that morning, returning to bed with a card, a single cupcake with a single lit candle, and a wrapped gift. It might not seem much, but to me it meant everything that he cared so much about me.


The card was a simple design, Happy Birthday printed on the front in large colourful letters, and what were made to look like chalked balloons and streamers in the background. There was no printed verse inside, just the brief words Leo had written.


To my real boy,

On the day you came in from the cold,

All my love,



It made me smile.


I blew out the candle, shared the chocolate sponge with Leo, then opened my gift. Wrapped in tissue paper was a keychain and yet again I was smiling this big goofy smile. On the keychain was a plastic model of Pinocchio, the one from the Disney movie, one of Leo’s favourites. When I became human again, he had gotten into this habit of calling me his real boy when we were alone, when we were lying together and he’d stroke his hand over my cheek, seemingly amazed every single time by the warmth of my skin.


It sounds silly I know. But I believe this will always be my best birthday memory. That morning was simple and just the two of us. And that was perfect.




As part of Amber’s Birthday Bash I am offering a small giveaway of a $5 gift card for Amazon or Are, or the choice of 2 books from my back catalogue. Just leave me a comment and tell me about any silly but meaningful gifts you might have received. I will pick a winner at the end of Sunday 22nd.


Find out more about Meredith and her books here: http://meredithrussell.blogspot.co.uk/



Just Jack by Meredith Russell


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Just Jack is available in e-book and now print. Also between November 27th and December 27th, the e-book of Just Jack will be on sale at 25% off. 




When the line between fairy tales and magic, and the real world become blurred, can love really conquer anything?


Leo Marsh is having a bad day. He just caught his boyfriend cheating on him, and not for the first time, then he falls, quite literally, for a man who has to be too good to be true.


When Leo slips and falls on some ice in front of Jack, Jack sees something all too familiar in Leo’s eyes. For over fifty years, Jack has existed in a solitary life of ice and bitterness. Just like Leo, he was betrayed by a man he loved, and swore no one would ever break his heart again: he gave up on love, and it seemed love had given up on him.


But if by fate or magic, Jack and Leo find their paths crossing for a second time, and with a little guidance from friends, dare to take a chance on each other. The problem is, Jack isn’t the charming and uncomplicated guy Leo thinks he is. When Jack gave away his ability to love, he became something else, someone cold and unloving. He became Jack Frost.


As Jack and Leo get closer, Jack is left torn and confused. Jack yearns for anything that reminds him of his humanity, but the truth is, he feels nothing, not warmth, not love, and he knows he might never be able to love Leo the way he deserves to be loved.


Buy links, reviews and excerpt can be found here: https://www.lovelanebooks.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=79



46 thoughts on “Welcome Birthday Guest Meredith Russell!

  1. I’m sure Leo’s going to make up for all Jack’s lost weekends. As for me, at my last birthday, one of my friends gave me a big photo frame with pictures from our trips together… I loved it1 ❤

  2. The one birthday gift I remember well is from my 21st birthday. My late husband was away somewhere with the army, but he still made sure the day wasn’t forgotten by sending me 21 deep red roses.

  3. My niece gave me a couple of pictures of wolves because she knows I love them. Some she bought and some she took and framed.
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  4. I can’t think of any silly gifts, but meaningful, recently my son & husband got me an ipad mini for my birthday. I must admit I was skeptical, I am a windows girl, but I love my ipad.

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. I like ipads and keep trying to steal my husband’s 🙂

  5. One birthday my fiancée made me a stuffed animal. She crocheted it and stuffed it herself. It is the ugliest, dumpiest stuffed animal of all time but I loved it because she took the time to make it herself.

  6. The one gift I will alway remember is when my daughter made me a birthday card all by her self and wrapped my gift she was 3 at the time

  7. Aww such a sweet birthday memory. Mine isn’t a birthday one..when I was going to cosmetology school WAY back in 1986 my then boyfriend, now husband , sent me a huge vase of flowers..for no reason. With the flowers was a card that read “My tail twitches when I think of you.” It was from his cat Gomez. Never laughed so hard. 🙂

  8. Our first Valentine’s together, my hubby got a pink bear with 3 heart’s that said I love you & a chain with 3 hearts. He set up a treasure hunt, eventually leading me to the bear sitting on our grape arbor. I still have the chain (I wear it as an anklet now and our children still have the bear in their toy box, much loved after two children. It was their favorite toy for a little while when they were young and I plan on keeping it for when we have grandkids to pass it on to.

  9. This book sounds interesting. I’ll have to give it a look. As far as small but meaningful gifts, my daughter has gifted me with ‘collectors’ sets of Pez dispensers (one Lord of the Rings and one Star Trek: TNG).

  10. I agree with the above comment, the book does sound interesting. The small but meaningful gift I got was a picture that my then 2 year old niece colored 11 years ago.

  11. Oh that was such a lovely, sweet birthday memory. Thanks for sharing it.

    My son often draws me silly, funny cartoons as gifts. They mean the world to me.

  12. Well I don’t know how silly but for my 30 th birthday all my coworkers had a surprise party at a bowling alley for me and all the gifts had to fit they were silly gifts like socks 2 people gave 1 sock each, athlete foot spray etc.. It was fun

  13. One of the most meaningful gifts I have ever gotten was not wrapped, and was not my birthday. My sister lives a state away from me, and has two wonderful young daughters. I make a point of going down and spending a few days with them a few times a year, so that I can be a part of my nieces lives. On one of my visits I looked in my sister’s tea cupboard for something I could drink (my sister and I have very different tastes in tea). I was shocked when I found a brand new box of chamomile tea, as my sister hates it and no one in her family drinks it. When I asked her about she just casually said, “Oh, that’s yours.” She had bought me a tea she truly despised and left it in her cuboard all year round, just so that I could have it when I visited.
    That simple present meant more to me than all the fancy and expensive gifts in the world.

    1. Oh that’s lovely. My husband and I do that with coffee for my dad. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  14. Awww. I can’t say I ever received a silly gift. Growing up no one really gifted me anything fun, only useful items or nothing at all.

  15. I have never gotten a silly gift. I have gotten a meaningful gift though. Every year since I was born my grandma has givin me some kind of collectors doll.

  16. I think the most meaningful gifts are the cards and presents you get from children especially if they are hand made.

  17. Oh geez, well the most silly gift I ever got was a cookie jar shaped like a policeman that when you opened it, it said “Step away from the cookie jar”, in it’s best policeman voice. My son who was very young at the time thought it was hilarious, it drove me insane though when he kept opening it over and over again.

  18. I don’t know about silly, but for meaningful, my parents bought my concert tickets to my favorite band. I had mentioned that I liked the band months before, and they remembered and bought my first concert tickets for me. I ended up taking my dad with me, since we have similar music tastes, and it was one of my favorite experiences.

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