Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Joyathon: Interview + Giveaway with Laurie London

Meet Laurie:
coming 2012
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

Her debut book, BONDED BY BLOOD, A Sweetblood Novel came out February 2011 from HQN. EMBRACED BY BLOOD, the second book in the series, came out July 2011.

Her writing has won and been a finalist in several prestigious contests including the Beacon, the Emerald City Opener, the Marlene, and the Orange Rose.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Where To Find Laurie: Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Author Site

Kati: Who is Laurie during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
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Laurie: Good question! I’m all of those things. Although I’d love to be one of those people who shops all year, I’m not. I’ve tried it and bought Christmas gifts in July, but by the time the holidays come along, one of three things happens. I can’t find where I put it, I forget I bought something, or I find something better for that person. Hence, I shop in December. (LOL.)

K: What is you favorite thing about the holidays?
L: One of my favorite things about the holidays is making lefse with my in-laws. We make the potato and cream-based dough the night before and all the girls get together the next day to cook this Norwegian flatbread. My father-in-law is the official “taster.” Our favorite way to eat it is warmed, spread with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. (ooo... sounds delicious)

K: Do you write more or less during the holidays?
L: Less because the kids are home.

K: If you have written a holiday themed/titled book, what is it about? If you have not, would you write a holiday themed/titled book in the future?
L: I wrote a novella in the anthology A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS. It’s set in the same Sweetblood world as my novels. Chronologically, it’s book #2.5 in the series. (loved it)
Former Guardian Trace Westfalen is poised to take over his father’s seat on the Council, but he
won’t be voted in if he’s in a relationship with a human. Interior decorator/party planner Charlotte Grant feels an odd connection to the man who hired her to decorate his mansion for a big holiday bash, but she’s never met him before…or has she?
K: Which of your heroes would you go on a sleigh ride with? (with permission from the heroine of course)
L: Jackson, because he knows how to have a lot of fun! His book, Tempted By Blood, comes out in February. (gah! I've been waiting for his book for what feels like forever)

K: What is your favorite Christmas story, book or movie? (Mine is White Christmas)
L: My favorite is probably Christmas Vacation. We watch it every year with the kids as we’re decorating the tree. And we hope ours doesn’t go up in flames like Clark’s tree does.

K: Real tree or fake tree?
L: Fake

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K: Specific gifts or gift cards?
L: Specific

K: Fruit cake or gingerbread?
L: Gingerbread

K: Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations?
L: Just enough decorations

K: Home for the holidays or visiting relatives?
L: Both. We’re fortunate that both sides of the family are less than a two hour drive.

K: What do YOU want for Christmas?
L: A vacation somewhere hot and sunny

K: Author’s choice.
L: Have you ever had a funny holiday disaster? I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.
K: Thank you so much for participating in the Joyathon!
L: Thanks so much for having me on, Kati!!! Happy Holidays to you and your readers!

All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.
Where To Buy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | Book Depository | Harlequin
Book Extras: My Review | Read an Excerpt from: Alexis Morgan and Caridad Pineiro

Laurie is giving away a copy of her A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS anthology to one(1) lucky reader. It's a fabulous read. Little morsels of peppermint bark goodness. Here's how to get your hands on 4 fanged hottie for the holidays:
  • Leave a comment answering Laurie's question along with your email addy, ninja style: yourname at gmail dot com
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must answer Laurie's question. All other entries are optional. I recommend on following Laurie on Twitter. You might get some sneak peeks out of her. :)
Easy peasy right? Don't forget to enter for the awesome super secret prize here.

A huge thank you to Laurie for participating in the Joyathon and for giving away a copy of A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS.

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