Welcome to the Secret Santa blog hop! The blog hop features over 40 authors, all giving away an individual prize, but the grand prize is a 7″ Kindle Fire HD! To enter for my giveaway, be sure to leave a comment here, including your email address so you can be contacted if you’re a winner. Comments will also put you in the running for the Grand Prize. To increase the odds of your winning the Grand Prize, you will receive additional entries if you follow this blog, leave a comment here, or answer my simple question at the end of this post. What fun! The link above will explain all the rules in detail, as well as direct you to others in the hop!
To add to the specialness of the holiday season this year, I’m traveling out of the country with my boyfriend to visit his family abroad. That means I won’t be around to answer emails or even approve some comments until my return, but never fear, your comments will enter you into my contest here, and also put in you the running for the contest for the e-reader as well! It might take a while (like 24 hours) for any moderated comments to show up, but they will be approved as soon as I gain access to the internet again. I was told today they do have internet in the UK, they just spell it with a ‘u’. 🙂
Winners for my individual giveaway will be chosen on my return, so my contest will be open until December 26th.
I have an interview scheduled for Dec 18th with Sharon Buchbinder–so be sure to stop by once the link goes live!
And I just found out that Going for Gold, the M/M Olympic themed anthology (in which I have a novella, Lightning in a Bottle) has been nominated for the 2012 Goodreads M/M Romance Group Members Choice Awards! You don’t have to be a member to vote in the awards: the link is right here!
Just got an extra piece of information to help you on the blog hop to enter for the Grand Prize from Lyndi Lamont: After you are finished hopping, send Tabby an email and tell her which blogs you went to and what you did at each, including the answers to the questions. You are not required to go to every blog to win but the more blogs you go to the better your chance of winning is. Send info to (careydoucet AT yahoo.com). Please send it all in one email. The easy way to do this is to create a word doc and keep track of the questions you answer, as well as the blogs that you start to follow, and email the entire document to Carey when you’re done hopping!
Christmas: the holiday of promise
I love Christmas unabashedly. I know, it may not be the thing to admit that these days, but it’s true, Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.
Maybe it’s the annual showing of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Or my second favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Maybe it’s because I become obsessed with baking, something I seldom do at any other time of year but now I have to fill the house with snickerdoodles, gingerbread men, and sour cream cookies, and never let us forget, the family favorite: the famous sausage balls, the secret of which only I know.
I watch A Christmas Carol in some form each year, the Muppet version being my favorite. I sympathize with George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. I swoon over Cary Grant in The Bishop’s Wife. I watch these movies as I wrap presents and keep an ear out for the timer in the kitchen, letting me know when the next batch of cookies is ready.
Christmas for me is all about possibilities and Bing Crosby crooning his melodies in the background while we decorate the tree.
It’s about surprising someone you love with the one thing you knew they really wanted–the one that will bring a smile to their face on Christmas morning. It’s not about the presents, really, it’s about the Dickensian magic of unexpected miracles and angels getting their wings. It’s about snow and sledding and hot chocolate over a fire. It’s about the possibility of all your dreams coming true.
These last few years, I’ve let the Christmas spirit lie dormant. I haven’t decorated. I haven’t baked. I haven’t even watched my movies. Without the funds for gifts, I’ve volunteered to work the holiday so that others could be with their families. I wasn’t intentionally playing Scrooge, but I’d been miserly with my heart and my holiday just the same.
This year, I’m going to be spending the week before Christmas on holiday. I’m taking a real vacation for the first time in a decade, and I’m going to be with friends and family. My heart is swelling with the Christmas spirit in a way that is hasn’t done in years–I can hear carols on the radio without flinching and I am programming Pandora with Bing. There will be no money for gifts because I’m taking the trip. There will be no baking because I’ve developed a silly intolerance for all things wheat. There will be no decoration because I won’t be there to enjoy it.
But Christmas will be in my heart sending beams of light and love in all directions. Like the Grinch, I’ve discovered that it isn’t about the tree, or the tinsel, or the Roast Beast. Christmas is about being with those you love.
In honor of the season, I am giving away the reader’s choice of a signed copy of Going for Gold (the M/M Olympic themed anthology) or Crying for the Moon, my award-winning vampire/werewolf novel. Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments below–please leave your email address in your comment if you’d like to be considered for the contest. Winners of the print books will also be limited to the continental US; if a winner is chosen from outside the US, the winner will receive his or her choice of a digital story from my backlist. All you have to do is leave a comment.
To receive additional entries, follow this blog! You will get an additional entry too, for answering this one question: what is my favorite version of A Christmas Carol?
Do you have questions about how this works? Want a shot at additional entries? Check out the Secret Santa Blog Hop for all the details!
Hope your holiday season is a lovely one–and good luck!