Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fa La La Forever Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Hello fellow romantics,
It's holiday season and, if you're like me, you're in the mood for some holiday themed reads. Well, we got five books for you today!

His for Christmas by Jennifer Haymore (Goodreads)
Once Upon a Highland Christmas by Sue-Ellen Welfonder (Goodreads)
'Twas the Night Before Mischief by Nina Rowan (Goodreads)
The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason (Goodreads)
I'll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott (Goodreads)

We asked all five authors to share: What's your first memory of the holidays? 

Debbie Mason: The year Santa left me a Beautiful Chrissy Doll stands out in my memory. Probably because before the day was over, my sister cut off all my doll's hair.

Jennifer Haymore: My first specific memory of Christmas was when we were in the middle of the Pacific Ocean one Christmas…my family had spent six months sailing across the ocean. We couldn’t have a tree, so we made a “magazine tree” out of a Reader’s Digest and we used paper decorations for the boat. I didn’t expect any presents (given we were at sea!) but my mom had bought a bunch of small presents (like books and chocolate bars, and a recorder I could use to play to the dolphins) at the last port in French Polynesia, so I was happily surprised. It was simple, but it was one of the best Christmases ever.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder: My dad driving us around to see the Christmas lights and then staying up late on Dec. 24th to open one gift from under the tree while watching Santa and his reindeer appear on the TV weatherman’s radar screen. The last thing I did before bed on this night of nights was to set out cookies and milk for Santa. On Christmas morning, the plate of crumbs and empty glass proved his existence.

Nina Rowan: Decorating the tree! The difference is that when I was a child, we would always go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down our own tree, so trudging over the pine-covered hills with our saw to find the perfect tree is definitely my first memory. We had the same decorating traditions when I was growing up, and I always remember getting the dusty, old boxes of ornaments out of the attic and opening them—it was like we were starting to open presents already. One of the first ornaments we’d put on the tree was this ugly, plastic dog who was missing one ear and sitting on a green sled. I’m sure that dog is still in a box somewhere, so maybe one day we’ll find him again and put him back on the tree where he belongs!

Jessica Scott: The first Christmas I remember, my family had stayed at a friend’s house. I remember that year my brother and I got zoo quilts that my mom made and a stick pony she'd made. We still have the blankets.
I already talked about Jessica Scott's I'll Be Home for Christmas on this here blog so feel free to check out my review or read an excerpt.

Thank you to the authors for sharing their memories! And thanks for Forever/Hachette, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason and a bound copy of all the e-books in one! Fill out the form below to enter.

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Good luck and happy reading,
Michelle

20 comments:

  1. My first memory is making construction paper chains for Christmas decorations with my mom and brother.

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  2. Getting Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls my granny made me

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  3. Don't remember how old I was, but I remember seeing the tree and all the presents underneath it.

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  4. My first important memory was when I got a wild barn cat for Christmas one year. I've been hooked ever since lol.

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  5. One of my first memories was having Christmas on my grandparents farm in Colorado where there was snow...this was unusual since we lived where it did not snow in Arizona.

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  6. WOW!!! What a GREAT selection of some wonderful authors and books. Blessings to you all. Hugs. Wendy

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  7. I've read Once Upon a Highland Christmas and loved it! Head over heals for Grim! ;)


    All the stories look great. :)

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  8. A doll I received... Betsy Wetsy... She was my dear companion for many years.

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  9. Nothing says holidays more than a good holiday read! :) Though my favorite memories are from baking cookies with my Mom and sister. Somehow it always was me left alone at the end...hmmm. :)

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  10. The first Christmas I remember was when I "heard Santa" in the living room, jumped out of bed to find out I had missed him (he had eaten my chocolate chip cookies and drank the milk I had left for him). I ran back to my parents room to wake them up to come see all the presents so that I could start opening them.

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  11. I remember lying under the Christmas Tree gazing up at the lights

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  12. Stringing popcorn and hanging the lights on the tree.

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  13. driving around to see all the Christmas lights with my family

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  14. My mom's family (all 9 brothers and sisters and their families) would attend midnight mass together then go to my grandparents' house for brunch. We would go home afterwards and get to bed about 2AM. I really miss that. Unfortunately my siblings are scattered and we are too far apart to continue the tradition.

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  15. Going to midnight mass with my whole family and going home to leave a plate of cookies and hot chocolate for Santa. My strongest memory will always be the family and friends dinner on Christmas day. The best of times but the memories will always remain. Thanks for participating in the tour and the chance to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. My first memory of the holidays is as a child with my brother and sisters, opening presents - I got a doll I had asked Santa for.

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  17. I have a very bad memory, but I think it would be the year I received outfits my grandmother made for my doll.

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  18. I'd really love to read the jennifer haymore book! her books are so good! thanks!

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  19. One of my earliest Christmas memories is getting the Aladdin soundtrack on cassette and rearranging the gifts around the tree and just hanging out in my living room. It's such a simple memory, I know, but for some reason, lately, I can't stop thinking about it.


    Thanks for the great giveaway & happy holidays!

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