Friday, November 21, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Melissa Foster

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

The only Christmas movie I watch is The Christmas Story. Wow, that sounds really lame, but it's funny and ridiculous and makes us laugh, so we always watch it. Our big holiday tradition is that we pick a series we haven't seen, buy all the DVDs and watch it over the break from work. It's about the only time I watch television and we get a little gluttonous :-)

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Any of my Bradens, Remingtons, or other heroes! >swoon<!!

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

Oh gosh. That's really difficult to answer. I'm Jewish, so we didn't celebrate the holiday growing up. The worst was probably every one of those holidays when I longed to celebrate! 

The best Christmas? I can't choose one. Our kids are always around for the holiday (hubby is Catholic) so every Christmas is wonderful!

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

Hmm... Would it be bad to say when it hits midnight and I get to eat Santa's cookies? My kids are too old to believe in Santa, but I still celebrate with a little chocolate cookie!

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

I haven't written one that loves Christmas the most out of all of them yet. I guess you'll have to keep reading to find out...

Worst? Who could hate Christmas??? Nope. Haven't written one of those either!

Thanks, Melissa!

Where to find Melissa:


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Some say her romance novels are lovingly erotic, she deems them simply loving and real. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website.

Melissa Foster's upcoming novel, Seaside Sunsets, book 3 in the Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers, releases on Dec 16, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Regan Claire

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

Christmas Vacation is a movie I actually watch year round. My family usually puts it on during Thanksgiving preparation, and watches it a few more times throughout the season. Chevy Chase is just hysterical, and I think we all love it so much because the family dysfunction is reminiscent of our own behavior around the holidays.

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Well, if I could smooch anyone... I'd have to pick Matt Bomer from the show White Collar. I mean, great smile, bright blue eyes, and the kind of hair you just want to run your fingers through. I'm not sure if its the actor or the character he plays that I'd really want under that mistletoe, because there is just something about a suave con-man that wears nothing but expensive suits that is just delicious.

So, him... or any male actor from any CW show ever. Cough cough-Supernatural- cough.

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

This is actually kind of hard. I've had more than one "best Christmas" but I suppose my favorite would be the one when my oldest was about 14mo, so it was the first one where she kind of knew what was happening. We had Christmas Eve dinner with my family, and she chased around her cousins while we all shared a perfect meal, and Christmas day she opened her ENORMOUS amount of presents (thanks to my Black Friday-shopping mother). It was hilarious to watch her open everything, since she was more fascinated by the opening-the-toys than the playing-with-the-toys. We made our first home videos, ate more great food, and just had the perfect holiday.

My worst? Well, it wasn't really terrible or anything, but it was the first (and only) Christmas that I spent with my fathers family. I was raised by my mom, but have a great relationship with my paternal grandparents despite not having any sort of relationship with my dad. When I was in high school, they invited my mother and I to spend Christmas with them. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life. Again, not bad, but I was surrounded by family I barely knew (including a half-sister), with traditions that were nothing like the ones I was raised with. Add to that the fact that my mothers family goes all out for christmas, and i had more presents than everyone else put together (including my toddler aged cousin), and I couldn't help but feel like I didn't really belong there. Oh, and I got violently sick just in time for the Christmas party they have every year. I made myself go, but I definitely felt like death warmed over.

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

I love everything. The music, the movies, the cookies... and of course the presents, haha. Actually, I love Christmas dinner. Sitting around a table full of great food and surrounded by family and close friends is the best. I was raised as an only child by a single parent, so it was mostly just the two of us. Any time that we got together with the rest of the family was amazing, and Christmas was always one of those times. It's especially great now, because everyone has grown up and has their own families. The holidays are the only times we are guaranteed to all get together, and I'm really excited to see all of our children play together!

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

Cash LOVES Christmas. Lots of food + presents? It's right up that boys alley.

I wouldn't say that Della hates Christmas, but she certainly doesn't love it. She's not overly sentimental, so while a lot of people in her position would dislike the day because it reminds them of everything they didn't have, she just doesn't care all that much. I'd say she would love Christmas if she ever gets to experience a REAL one, but she hasn't.

Thanks, Regan!

Where to find Regan:

And be sure to check out her upcoming release, Tempering Earth, releasing on Nov. 25th.

A Tidewater girl born and bred, my first friend and love was the Atlantic. Growing up being told the legends about Pirates and American Natives common in coastal VA and NC, coupled with being an only child, did wonders for my imagination; I've had one foot in fantasy-land ever since, a trait my dear husband heroically endures (and one I secretly hope my daughters have inherited). We moved inland to Nashville when I was entering tweenhood and not a day goes by that I don't miss my childhood playmate and her crashing waves. Nashville has her perks though, namely the love of my life and our two sweet girls. Our insane mutt-dog and the stray cat that refuses to leave our porch aren't too bad either. I love fairy tales A LOT, teen movies (preferably with dancing or singing), read entirely too much, and am constantly late.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Carey Heywood

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

It's a Wonderful Life. I have a somewhat creepy crush on Jimmy Stewart. No lie, when I found out he was still amongst the living after I was born I was heartbroken. See, I had been certain we were together in a former life. Since it couldn't have been this past one it must have been an earlier one. That man...whew!

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Hahahaha! See my answer above. Jimmy Stewart all the way. If I had been alive during his heyday I would have been his crazy stalker person. I have the biggest crush on him. I'm certain I would have woo'd him. In my head we are quite the happy couple. Lanky guys...all arms and legs. Yep, him.

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

My best Christmas was when I was around seven. I grew up in Virginia but my dad's side of the family were all up in New England. We drove up to Massachusetts and spent Christmas at my Aunt and Uncle's house. My cousins were all there and I think my Uncle dressed up as Santa. I don't remember what presents I got but I do remember believing in Santa and feeling so loved.

My worst Christmas was my son's first. His father and I had split up six months after he was born. I couldn't afford to keep paying rent on our house by myself and had just moved into a small apartment. I was a newly single mom, with an infant, thousands of miles away from the rest of my family. They were all on the east coast while I was in Arizona. I was so incredibly alone.

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

My favorite thing about Christmas is family. I love spending time with my husband and kids as we deck our halls and trim our tree. I love snuggling on the sofa with them as we watch Christmas shows from my childhood. My gift Christmas morning is sitting back and watching their excitement. We are not religious, if anything we live by The Golden Rule. I hope, during the Christmas season our kids learn from us the importance of giving, rather than receiving.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

Sarah Miller and Will Price from my Him and Her books probably love Christmas time the most since that's when they got married. For them it will always remind them that no matter how much time passed their love for each other remained true.

Sawyer Sterling, from Sawyer Says, doesn't dislike Christmas. She had an usual upbringing and out of all of my characters was the least likely to have experienced a traditional family Christmas growing up. If anything she doesn't understand what the big deal is. She loves giving gifts and doesn't need a particular time of year to do it.

Thanks, Carey!

Where to find Carey:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Her books are full of emotion, humor and steam. She is inspired by everyday fairy tales. Her leading men are guys you might bump into at the grocery store; teachers, mechanics, and website designers. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Michele G. Miller

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

As a family each year we watch Elf and The Santa Clause because they are great family classics appropriate for all ages in our house (8, 10, 16).

My husband and I also have a tradition of watching It's a Wonderful Life every year on Christmas Eve while we wrap the kids presents. We wrap, eat and think about the past year while watching Jimmy Stewart find the meaning of his life. Win.

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Well, since you insist I pick someone other than my man I guess I have to go with my book boyfriend - Reed Wellington from The Premonition series by Amy Bartol. I'm a complete fool for Reed. He's a bossy warrior angel with a heart for one woman, whom shall not be named since it's not me. I'm also kinda a fool for Jamie from Outlander and Matthew McConaughey.

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

I can recall a Christmas when I was probably 10 and I had like 3 or 4 cabbage patch kids and a million accessories for them under the tree - I thought that was the best ever. Or my Barbie dream house Christmas, that was good too.

The worst was the year my poor hubby had the flu so I had to do all the family travelling (we lived by all of our family back then) without him. I missed him a lot that day. I admire people who have to spend the holidays away from their spouses or kids so much - it's not a time you want to be without the ones you love.

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

The joy. The lights. The food. The Spirit. Everything!

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

The character I'm writing now, Danica (Dani), has a pretty legit reason to hate the season but I can't tell you why. This is the first book I've written that even mentions the holiday so let's assume all my other characters love it since this one really really hates it!

Thanks, Michele!

Where to find Michele:

Michele writes novels with fairytale love for everyday life. Romance is always central to her plots where the genres range from Coming of Age Fantasy and Drama to New Adult Romantic Suspense.

Never Let You Fall - Best Debut Nominee-UTopYACon 2014
Last Call - Best Romance Series Nominee-UTopYACon 2014
Never Let You Go - Best Cover Nominee-Penned Con 2014
Skye and Xander, The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series - Best Fantasy Couple Nominee-Penned Con 2014

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children's laughter!

Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele's two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Caylie Marcoe

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

I don't think I have one favorite Christmas movie. I seriously love most all of them. 

And honestly, I adore the ones on the Hallmark channel. The cute, fluffy ones. They are adorable and always make me happy. 

Now, to get the Hallmark channel this year...

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Joshua Jackson. 

What?! I've had a crush on him since 1992!

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

Best - The first Christmas as a family of four. My daughter was 2.5 years old and kind of realized what was going on. My son was only 2.5 weeks old, so we spent it at home. Just the four of us. It was a beautiful day, we didn't have to travel anywhere. We opened presents, video chatted with my parents (my daughter had a tea party with Grandpa), and played outside in the snow. It was wonderful...and calm.

Worst - Probably the first one after my mom passed. 

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

The lights. The snow. The smells. The songs. The decorations.

Baking cookies on Christmas Eve with my daughter. 

I know that's not just one thing, but I love that season. Love it!

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

Most? Probably Taylor. She's a lover of most things. And I could just see her go all out at Christmas time. Singing carols, baking cookies, being the best Christmas hostess... Hmmm, this is giving me ideas.

Worst? I'd say Haley. While it was a good time for her, it also wasn't. I'm sure she won't be looking at Christmas the same anymore.

Thanks, Caylie!

Where to find Caylie:

Born and raised in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin (Packers Nation for all you non-football fans), Caylie fell in love with reading at a young age. With her lively imagination, she created numerous stories in her head throughout her childhood and teenage years. 
Her first novel, Choose Us, released in April 2014 and became an Amazon Bestseller. Parting Chances is her second novel and first in the Fighting Chance series.
When she isn’t slaving away at the keyboard, Caylie is an avid reader, and lover of coffee… copious amounts of coffee. She also has an unhealthy addiction to tv shows—binge watching is her favorite, coffee mugs, chapstick, water bottles, and football.
She chases her two kids around the house all day, and has a husband whom she adores. 

Book Links:

Choose Us
Parting Chances

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Tia Silverthorne Bach

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

A Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. It's been a tradition ever since my husband and I started spending holidays together (mid '90s). It's equal parts funny, heartwarming, and nostalgic. And now my kids are finally old enough to watch it with us. My favorite kid holiday movie is A Christmas Story ("you'll shoot your eye out").

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

Hugh Jackman. He's timeless, multi-talented, and gorgeous. I want to kiss him as Wolverine (as long as he keeps his hands to himself) or Leopold (from Kate & Leopold). Not so much from Les Miserables. If he's unavailable, I'll take Chris Pratt from Guardians of the Galaxy. Sexy and funny; that's the way I roll!

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

I love the holidays to be full of family and friends, and any Christmas with a full house and a full heart is perfect. However, the best Christmas was my oldest daughter's first one. She was seven months old; it was the first time my husband and I experienced the holiday as a mom and dad. The worst: my father had a heart attack a few days before Christmas '08. I was far from home and sick with worry. Thankfully, he recovered, which was the best Christmas present.

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

The spirit of giving, loving, and hoping. It's when we should all be grateful for all the blessings in our life. Plus, I love the lights, sounds, and smells of Christmas.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

Love this question. Reagan, the heroine in my Tala Prophecy series, would love nothing more than to gather her family--especially since she's newly reunited with her Nana and Papa--for a holiday celebration. Family is everything to her. She just has to save the world first. Rafe, her nemesis and the Devil's spawn, wants to obliterate all that's good in the world, so destroying Christmas would be on the top of his list.

Thanks, Tia!

Where to find Tia:
Tia Silverthorne Bach is an avid reader, sometimes runner, involved wife and mother, and rabid grammar hound in addition to being a multi-genre writer. Her three daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She's the award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies, a coming of age story written with her mother, and the Tala Prophecy series. Book three, Chasing Destiny, is coming soon. Tia's office is wherever her laptop takes her and any place that's conducive to allowing a wild imagination like hers to flourish.

Special Christmas Interview with Author Kristen Day

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

My favorite movie would be a tie between A Charlie Brown Christmas and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation! The first because I was obsessed with the real star of Charlie Brown - Snoopy. I connected with that little dog more than most kids my age! His wild imagination, countless adventures, and aversion to giving up on whatever creation he had set to creating in that particular comic inspired me and brought a smile to my face. Between him and Lucy I loved everything Charlie Brown. I even have a legit amazon-bought Charlie Brown christmas at my house! National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation sends me into uncontrollable bouts of sniggles (the unfortunate marriage of snorting while giggling). My husband and I watch it every Christmas season at least 10 times!

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)

I'm going to nominate this question for the easiest interview question EVER award. Not only because Jensen Ackles would be my choice, but I may or may not have spent all year planning his untimely kidnapping at the hands of my own demented enjoyment. *hides box filled with tape, rope, and little black dress for special occasions. If kidnapping Dean Winchester isn't a special occasion, I don't know what is.*

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

Worst: The time I spent Christmas Eve in the emergency room with an asthma attack. Wait. That happened three times. Does the other 2 count?

Best: When I got the cabbage patch dolls I wanted - it was at Grandma's house and 'Santa' had laid out all our presents in the living room. I'd never seen so many beautiful gifts sitting on one couch before in my life. And although I was worried Santa wouldn't know we weren't at home, I also know now that Grandma was helping Mom give us the best christmas she could. And the smile I remember on her face (along with the camera following us around) proved it.

4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

ALL THE SUGARY THINGS. Oh you were expecting me to say spreading yuletide joy and sprinkling christmas cheer? Those are pretty awesome, too but ALL THE SUGARY THINGS send this signal to my brain that flips a switch, throttling me into the Christmas spirit. Maybe it's because I'm stuffing ALL THE SUGARY THINGS in my mouth while decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, and spending time with family. Maybe it's ALL THE SUGARY THINGS that await my ravishing appetite atop the counter at my grandma's house. Or maybe it's the stocking filled with ALL THE SUGARY THINGS I anticipate from my Mom and the subsequent night we spend together in a sugar coma. I can tell you from experience, sugar comas are always more fun with the ones you love! And a pair of yoga pants.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?

Oddly enough none of my books occur around the holidays!! I've never really thought about that before but it's definitely the case. But if I had to choose which character loves Christmas the most, I'd have to say Phoebe from Daughters of the Sea. She lives to decorate - whether that be a poorly executed Pottery Barn imitation in someone's living room or her own body, she jumps in with both feet first. She's the one with a themed Christmas tree in every room, flanked by toy soldiers, nutcrackers, and those creepy Santa Claus dolls that inevitably house yellow eyed demons searching for souls to devour. But I digress. She has the most bubbly personality of all the characters and enjoys anything that presents an opportunity to get together with friends and family.

Thanks, Kristen!

Where to find Kristen:

Kristen Day is the author of teen and young adult fiction. She loves writing paranormal romance and has a passion for greek and roman mythology. She is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. She love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.

Daughters of the Sea Series