Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside Blog Tour: Guest Post & International Giveaway


Today I'm excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Entangled's new Christmas anthology - Baby It's Cold Outside containing stories by four fabulous authors: Kate Hardy, Heidi Rice, Amy Andrews and Aimee Carson. Each stop of the blog tour is offering fabulous prizes from gift cards to ebooks so make sure you visit all of the tour stops (click here for a full list)

I really enjoyed the Baby, It's Cold Outside anthology (watch out for my review that I'll be posting later today) and would highly recommend it to all contemporary romance fans. I'm excited to have author Amy Andrews here today with a fab guest post but before I hand you over to her I want to give you a bit more information about the book. Make sure you enter the two international giveaways a the bottom of this post too!

Four novellas from four of the biggest names in romantic fiction!

Kate Hardy's 'TIS THE SEASON TO KISS SANTA

With the help of a sprig of mistletoe and some snow angels, a recently single pastry chef teaches a highly successful and sexy Scrooge the true meaning of the holidays on a snowy Christmas Eve that quickly heats up.

Heidi Rice's 'TIS THE SEASON TO GO SHOPPING

When a Christmas Day blizzard strands an up-and-coming marketing manager and her boss's very off-limits, very hot playboy son in his department store, the two toe the line between naughty and nice as they unwrap their holiday presents—and each other!

Amy Andrews’s ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR KISSING

A down-on-her-romantic-luck kindergarten teacher plans to drown her New Year’s Eve sorrows in a gallon of spiked eggnog, but the arrival of her best friend's sexy brother threatens to melt the snow piling up outside the tiny Vermont cabin.

Aimee Carson’s ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE TEMPTED

After the worst year ever, a jilted music manager rings in the New Year alone, swearing off men forever. But things get complicated when her brother's best friend, the perfect man with the perfect body, tempts her to break her vow—if only for one hot night!

For more information about any of these authors you can find them online by clicking the links below:
Kate Hardy - Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
Heidi Rice - Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
Amy Andrews - Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
Aimee Carson - Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Now I'd like to give a very warm welcome to Amy Andrews who is here today to chat about her dreams of a White Christmas! Don't forget to enter the two different giveaways at the bottom of this post too!

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Amy Andrews

Hello and thanks for having me here at Feeling Fictional. I’ve noticed that you’re hosting the 2013 British books challenge which is fabulous. One of the best things about working on the Baby, It’s Cold Outside anthology was what a truly international experience it was. With two Brits – the fabulous Heidi Rice and Kate Hardy – and Aimee Carson from the USA and yours truly from Down Under, I think we all bring our own unique voices to the mix.

One of the exciting things for me was to write a snowed-in cabin story. Exciting because that kind of Christmas reality is so far from my own personal experience it’s startling! But I’ve always, always, always longed for a white Christmas so at least I got to create one on the page. Although having said that, my family and I were in the UK in Dec/Jan 2009/10 and we did indeed get a White Christmas – I’d warned the kids that we probably wouldn’t but man oh man, did it snow!

Which brings me to my point of this blog (that I realise has rambled a little) - snow! I freaking love the stuff! I know, I know, people will say to me, that’s because you don’t have to live with it day-in day-out for weeks on end, or put up with the icy roads or the slushy, dirty disgusting state as it melts. And I realise that it does cause horrible disruption to people’s lives but….it’s just soooo beautiful! Even the silence as it falls all around you is beautiful, don’t you think? To me, it’s right up there with rainbows. A natural wonder that’s totally awe-inspiring, that causes you to stop and stare and hold your breath just a little because there’s something so magical and almost other-worldly about it. Like fairies or unicorns or mermaids.

And did I mention pretty? Oh so pretty.

So this Christmas as I swelter in 40 degree heat, I will be thinking about that magical white Christmas in the UK a few years back and also about Luke and Tamara in that snowed-in cabin in Vermont, trying to keep their hands off each other and failing :-)

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It's funny you chose to talk about Snow Amy because we're supposed to be getting a lot of it this week. I can't say it's something I'm particularly looking forward to either. I agree that it is very pretty to look at and as a child I used to have a great time building snowmen, having snowball fights and going sledging but now I'm older I'm not so keen. If I can sit inside by a warm fire looking at the snow outside of the window the that's great but I hate having to go out and drive in it and my balance is terrible so watching me walking on the snow and ice is a bit like watching the beginning of Bambi LOL. No matter how old I am there is always something magical about a white Christmas though, as much as I dream of being somewhere hot and sunny when we have snow in January I don't think it would feel right spending Christmas day on a beach! We don't often seem to have snow over Christmas though so I'm glad you got to experience it when you were over here.

Giveaway Details:

Now thanks to Amy and Entangled Publishing I have not 1 but 2 different giveaways for you to enter today.

Giveaway 1:

For your chance to win an ebook copy of Baby, It's Cold Outside leave a comment answering the following question:

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?

You have until the 18th of December to leave a comment and enter the giveaway and the winner will be announced soon afterwards. Please make sure you include a way for me to contact you if you are the winner (either your email address or twitter ID) or your entry won't count. I will forward the winner's contact details to Entangled Publishing so they can send you your ebook.

Giveaway 2:

Use the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift card from Amy Andrews.

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16 comments:

  1. Hey Sarah. Thansk so much for having us here!
    I noticed it's alrewady snowing in Eastern Europe quite a bit so I hope you guys dont cop too much of that!
    I have to admit I was scared walking on icy pavements (although the kids ran on them!!) and much prefer watching the snow fall through a window whilst in front of a fire with a glass of red wine than actually driving in it :-)

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  2. I love snow too!! (especially when I don't have to leave the house!
    Definitely dreaming of a white christmas!

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  3. Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by & for a fab guest post! No snow where I am just yet but it definitely seems to be on it's way - I think it's going to hit on Thursday but I'm just hoping we don't get too much of it LOL. Wouldn't it be nice if we could stay as fearless as adults as we were as children?!

    Hi Jennifer, I'll try and send any snow we get in your direction! Fingers crossed you get your white Christmas :o)

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  4. Oh my - I love the sound of the anthology! I will have to be sure to pick it up :)

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  5. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas. These stories sound good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Hey Sarah just wanted to second what Amy said and say thanks for having us. We had snow in London last year (as Amy said) and I have to admit despite the disruption it was wonderful... We took our two teenage boys up to parliament hill and spent all day sledging (and laughing like loons) with about a thousand other people and then had a pasta blow-out in the lovely little Italian cafe at the bottom of the hill.. We don't do a lot of family outings anymore as the boys are usually off doing their own thing, so it really was the perfect snow day!

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  7. Thanks for having us, Sarah! And yes, snow... I love it, as long as I don't have to drive in it. (The roads here on Monday were a bit grim - a tiny sprinkle of snow, but it was on top of ice.) I also have nice memories of snow at this time of year, though, because that Christmas Amy was talking about - I was privileged to be one of her 'stops' and it was great to see her and meet her family.

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  8. So lovely of you to have us here, Sarah! I have to admit that winter is my favorite time of year. And I love snow!

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  9. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! We are having an unseasonably warm winter so I'm really looking forward to snow :)

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  10. Sounds like a great collection of stories. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I would love to have a white Christmas but since I live in Texas it is not likely to happen. I don't remember ever having a white Christmas but it's nice to dream!

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  12. forgot to include my email

    thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. We don't get snow. So, dream is all I can do.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. Thanks for all your lovely comments - you guys rock!

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  16. @ Erica - it really is a great anthology so I'd definitely recommend giving it a try :o)

    @ bn100 - I hope you get your white Christmas!

    @ Heidi - it sounds like you had a lot of fun in the snow last year, I've not been sledging for years but I used to love it :o)

    @ Kate - ice is worse than snow & combining the two is never good! I hate trying to drive when there is ice on the ground, it can be quite a scary experience! It must have been lovely to get to meet Amy though :o)

    @ Aimee - I hope you get a white Christmas since you love snow! I'm still keeping my fingers crossed it stays away from my area LOL

    @ Erin - so many people seem to be looking forward to the snow - I feel like the only one who is dreading it!

    @ Ellen - it really is a great anthology :o) I guess you're not very likely to get a white Christmas in Texas but I guess you never know!

    @ Mary - this is a perfect Christmas read :o)

    @ Amy - thanks again for a fab guest post!
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