Monday, December 23, 2013

12 Smart & Savvy Days of Christmas - Day 3 & Day 4

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and joining in the celebration!
On the third & fourth days of Christmas, Stephanie gave to me...
Featured Authors: C.J. Carmichael & Lilian Darcy
Featured Book: Outside The Lines by Kimberly Kincaid
Giveways: E-books by C.J., Lilian and Kimberly

Stephanie: Fresh or fake Christmas tree?

C.J.: Oh, it must be fresh. I don't understand why people bother with a fake one. I mean who needs to bring a bunch of plastic into the house? (You can see I have strong feelings on this subject!)

Stephanie: Do you read outside the genre that you write? If so, what genres?

C.J.: I read a lot of what you might call "Book Club Books." I do belong to a book club as I find it's a great evening out with like-minded friends as well as an opportunity to expand my reading horizons. One book I really enjoyed this fall was The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. 

Stephanie: Are you from a reading family?

C.J.: My mom loved to read, but I was famous among relatives for always bringing a book along when the family was invited out to dinner.

Stephanie: What do you prefer e-book, paperback or hardcover?

C.J.: I love to read trade paperbacks. The print is easy on the eyes, and the books aren't too heavy. When I'm traveling, I can't beat the convenience of using my e-reader. I will also buy hardcover books on my e-reader because I really do find them too heavy and awkward.

Stephanie: What's your favorite place and or time to read ?

C.J.: I absolutely love it when I can devote an entire day to relaxing on the deck at our cabin in Montana, and sinking into a good book. That's the best!

C.J.'s All Time Favorites!
Song: Listening to Watching the River Run by Loggins & Messina always makes me happy.
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird had such a profound influence on me. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by tom Franklin is one of the most perfectly crafted books I've ever read. (You didn't really think you could hold me to 1 book?) <~~~~ It is hard to pick one. ;) -Stephanie
Movie: Love, Actually
Television Show: Gilmore Girls
Color: Blue

Stephanie: Fresh or fake Christmas tree?
Lilian: Fresh tree! We love the smell too much to switch to a fake tree.
Stephanie: I personally have on my wish list to visit New York and London during the holidays to see each city lit up and decorated. Do you have any place you'd like to see during the holidays?
Lilian: I’d love to do something really extreme like staying in one of those ice hotels in Finland or Canada. I would also be wonderful to go to a really traditional European city like Prague or Budapest.
Stephanie: Would you rather have a winter Christmas or summer Christmas ?
Lilian: I grew up with a summer Christmas, then experienced eight winter ones when we lived in the US. I love the fact that all the Christmas traditions actually make sense when it’s winter – the lights, the rich wintry food. On the other hand, I also love that we doggedly carry on the traditions even when they don’t make sense. The thing I love most about a summer Christmas is that it’s associated with that wonderful feeling of lazy summer days ahead.
Stephanie: Do you read outside the genre that you write? If so, what genres?
Lilian: I’ll read pretty much anything if it keeps me turning the pages. I love reading chick lit and women’s fiction more than straight romance.
Stephanie: Are you from a reading family?
Lilian: Definitely! I’ve also created a reading family in my kids, especially my eldest and my daughter.
Stephanie: What do you prefer e-book, paperback or hardcover?

Lilian: Have to say, I still gravitate most toward paperback, even though I love the convenience and instant gratification of e-books.

Stephanie: What's your favorite place and or time to read ?

Lilian: Anywhere, anytime, but especially when it’s quiet and I have good food and a glass of wine on hand.


Lilian's All Time Favorites!

Note from Lilian: There really can’t be just one favorite for any of these categories, but here are the ones that jumped into my head.

Song: “Clocks” by Coldplay.

Book: “Savannah Blues” by Mary Kay Andrews
Movie: “Love Actually”
Television Show: Project Runway
Color: Blue

C.J. & Lilian are both authors of several books, including Marry Me, Cowboy (Lilian) and Promise Me, Cowboy (C.J.) which are part of Montana Born Books' Copper Mountain Rodeo series.

Champion barrel-racer Tegan Ash has nothing left to go home to in her native Australia and every reason to stay in the USA. But her visa is about to expire, and her prospective groom has called off their green-card wedding. Jamie MacCreadie doesn’t actually want to marry a woman he can’t stand, but his best friend and fellow rodeo rider Chet has just let her down and, somehow, he finds himself offering to do the deed instead. There’s no chance it could turn into the real thing, because they have nothing in common… do they?

Sage Carrigan never meant to be the other woman. Unfortunately, bronco rider Dawson O’Dell neglected to mention he was married the night he invited her to his bed after they’d both placed first in their rodeo events. When his wife walked in on them – Sage was deeply hurt and humiliated. After an accident in the ring the next day, Sage decides she’s quitting the rodeo–and cowboys—to become a chocolatier in her hometown ranching community, Marietta, Montana. She’s doing just fine, but then Dawson shows up —five years later, with a little girl in tow. He’s here for the Copper Mountain Rodeo hoping to win big. But he’s also got plans of settling down with his daughter and buying a house—the very same one that Sage has been dreaming about. He says he’s here for her and he’s making lots of promises. But can he keep them?

Today we are featuring Outside The Lines by Kimberly Kincaid, book 1 in The Line Trilogy. This is a great series of novellas featuring detective heroes and heroine chefs!
Buy It On Amazon
As an ivy-league ER doctor who eats double shifts for breakfast (and lunch…and dinner), Blake Fisher has little appetite for anything other than work. Being on the staff at Brenstville Hospital means taking care of people, a need Blake understands all too well from losing his brother to cystic fibrosis eight years ago. When he´s asked to coordinate a carnival fundraiser for the cause, he jumps at the chance to help others with the disease…until it lands him side by side with the one woman he never thought he´d see again: his ex-fiancée.
Streetwise and rough around the edges, Jules Shaw is no stranger to earning a living through hard work. But when her job as the restaurant manager of Mac´s Diner puts her shoulder to really broad shoulder with Blake Fisher, she nearly balks. She´d rather dodge and deflect than admit the real reason she broke things off, but the catering contract for the carnival means big business for Mac´s, and feeding people is Jules´s lifeblood.
As Blake and Jules join reluctant forces, they quickly rediscover the spark between them. But the possibility of a future together hinges on coming clean about the past, with potentially devastating consequences. Can Blake and Jules overcome their drastically different backgrounds and learn to love again, or will they always be outside the lines?

There will be three lucky winners for Days 3 & 4!
Giveaway #1 - E-book of Marry Me, Cowboy by Lilian Darcy

Open Internationally (as long as you can receive a gifted e-book from the US)
Giveaway #2 - E-book of Promise Me, Cowboy by C.J. Carmichael

Open Internationally (as long as you can receive a gifted e-book from the US)
Giveaway #3 - E-book (KINDLE ONLY) of Outside The Lines by Kimberly Kincaid

 Open Internationally (as long as you can receive a gifted e-book from the US)
**All winners will be announced on January 1st**

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.

Do you have any favorite Santa memories or stories?


Be sure to check out all 12 Smart & Savvy Days of Christmas for more great author & book features and giveaways! 

Day 1 ~ Day 2 ~ Days 3 & 4 ~ Day 5 ~ Day 6 ~ Day 7 







  1. I really don't have any favorite Santa memories or stories except when we took out cats to have their pictures taken last year. The rescue that I help out held an event at Petsmart and I took two of my cats. I enjoyed watching the other pets getting their pictures taken too.

  2. My favorite memories are from when I lived back home in Illinois with my family. We now live in Kansas, so hard to get back home during the holidays. My husband and I both work in the medical field. I will always treasure the family time.

  3. my three boys were always scared of Santa, so I don't have any pix of them sitting on Santa's lap.

  4. The year my oldest Levi started to question the existence of Santa. We had taken the kids out to look at the lights around town on Christmas Eve. When we came up on a house and barn done up magnificently. Low and behold we caught Santa going into his barn for his reindeer. The look and sound of surprise that came from Levi was priceless. He demanded we get home so he and his sisters could go to bed so that Santa would miss them.

  5. Not that I can remember, thanks to a head injury. I do have a funny memory of seeing a Santa smoking a cigar and watching his fake beard catch on fire! LOL

  6. 2 years ago I started working on getting my college degree. At the time we had an ok laptop computer but my husband knew that I would need a great computer to work on homework for the next 2 1/2 years. So that Christmas "Santa" delivered an IMAC and when I saw it I broke down in tears but honestly that was the greatest gift I had ever got. :)

  7. One year, I decided that Santa must be horribly tired of eating milk and cookies at every house. So, to change things up for him, I left him some nice chips and homemade salsa under the tree, along with a nice beer to wash it down. My mom was very embarrassed since I was only 7 or 8 at the time, but I felt my reasoning was sound.

  8. I think my favorite Santa memories center around the experiences that my daughters have had. Seeing the magic through their eyes is amazing!