Posted by Kate Carlisle May 7 2013, 10:51 pm in contest winner, Kate Carlisle, Launch Party
Congratulations to Kim (a different one), chosen at random as the winner of an autographed copy of SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY! Kim, please email your address to me at kate (at) katecarlisle (dot) com. Woo hoo!!!!
Posted by Kate Carlisle May 7 2013, 12:05 am in contest, free book, Giveaway, harlequin desire, harlequin romance books, Kate Carlisle
The cabana boys have started the conga line, so grab a nicely muscled waist and shake your body. It’s party time!!!! SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY is available today! In honor of the beautiful red Harlequin Desire cover, the cabana boys are wearing red swim trunks as they dance along the white sandy beach.
Our party today is taking place on Alleria, the setting of SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY. Alleria is a stunning private Caribbean island, owned by the fabulously sexy and wealthy Sutherland twins. Logan Sutherland is on his honeymoon with his new wife Grace, who is no longer quite so much of AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE, leaving us with equally handsome Aidan Sutherland as host.
Forgive Aidan if he’s unusually surly today. He just found out that his right-hand woman, the resort’s senior VP Ellie Sterling, wants leave from work so she can take a quick trip to a sperm bank.
Aidan’s not exactly in a party mood. He gets that Ellie wants to have a baby – she’ll make a great mom – he just doesn’t understand why she can’t do it the old-fashioned way. Surely she could find a man! She’s a beautiful woman. In fact, lately, he’s been starting to see how incredibly beautiful and sexy she is…
Ellie approached his desk and Aidan’s breath got caught somewhere in his throat as he watched her plant herself in the chair opposite him and cross her stunning long legs.
Damn. He turned away to stare at…something else. This had been happening a lot lately and it was one more thing he could blame on all that wedding madness. Or it would be, if it weren’t for the fact that he’d been ogling his business associate’s legs for a long time now. Every time she came near him lately, he was ready to pounce like a jungle cat. And who could blame him? The woman had world-class legs. And a world-class smile. He was pretty sure she had world-class breasts as well, but that was none of his business. She had a gorgeous smile and beautiful lips. Clear blue eyes, an adorable nose, and lush dark hair that she wore in a straight style that fell like a thick ribbon halfway down her back.
Was this attraction to Ellie one more example of the sneaky universe conspiring to ruin his life?
While Aidan is sorting out his inconvenient feelings, let’s raise a toast to celebrate SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY’s official release! I’m having my new favorite rum drink, my own recipe, which I’m calling a Tropical Hibiscus. The recipe is below, so have a cabana boy pour you a generous drink, raise your glass, and celebrate with me!!!
Tropical Hibiscus, a Rum Drink Recipe
1 part coconut rum
2 parts pineapple juice
1 part cranberry juice
Pour the coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice. Stir, then add the cranberry juice for that beautiful bi-color effect. Enjoy!
Today’s ice-breaker game: Share three things about yourself. Make two of them the truth and one a lie. Then the rest of us will guess which of your three “facts” is a lie.
1. I went to law school, but I didn’t graduate because I realized partway in that I didn’t want to be a lawyer.
2. I was once an extra on Human Target, and Mark Valley brought me a cup of coffee.
3. I am the very proud (and slightly guilt-ridden) product of a Catholic school education at Holy Rosary Academy.
Today, I’m giving away a copy of SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY! If you want to win it, mention the title in your comment! I’ll choose a winner at random at the end of the day.
Posted by Anna Campbell May 1 2013, 12:02 am in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Christina Brooke, coming attractions, Deb Marlow, Dorie Graham, Jane Graves, Kate Carlisle, Kate Walker, Kathleen Baldwin, Liz Fielding
Wow, May is HUGE in the lair! You won’t want to miss a single day.
Here’s a sneak peek as to some of the great things coming up in the next thirty-one days.
But first, have you signed up to be a Bandita Buddy? Just click on the Members button on the bar across the top of the blog and it will take you to where to sign up. Bandita Buddies get a great newsletter every month and access to special lair-only material (like signed photos of Paolo in his loincloth – or out of it, as the case may be!). Well, if not Paolo, exclusive interviews and excerpts. Not to mention a huge PRIZE every month. This month’s prize which will be drawn at the end of May is eight fantastic books: SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED by Anna Campbell, DAUGHTER OF THE SKY by Michelle Diener, ANYTHING BUT VANILLA by Liz Fielding, A SEAL’S SURRENDER and A SEAL’S SEDUCTION by Tawny Weber, THE PROUD WIFE by Kate Walker, RENEGADE by Nancy Northcott, and THE PATRICIAN’S FORTUNE by Joan Kayse! Wow! And all you have to do to be in the draw, is join up here: http://romancebandits.com/login-3/
Now on with May! For me, tomorrow will be a huge treat where one of my favorite authors Liz Fielding ventures into the lair for the very first time to talk about her wonderful new Harlequin Kiss release ANYTHING BUT VANILLA. I’m so looking forward to hosting Liz. If you don’t know her books, run, don’t walk to your nearest bookseller and grab one! You won’t be sorry.
On Friday, 3rd May, Suzanne Ferrell brings Kathleen Baldwin to the lair to talk about her new joint project with Andrea Sisco, DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER. This twist on Cinderella sounds fantastic and right up the alley of our discerning Bandita Buddies.
On Monday, 6th May, Nancy welcomes Dorie Graham to talk about her new release, A Family Reunited, and chat about summer reading. Looking forward to meeting Dorie as I love SuperRomances and I haven’t read hers yet!
On Tuesday, 7th May, Bandita Kate celebrates SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY. Aww, it’s a beautiful miracle! Oh. Wait a minute. Kate’s not having the boss’s baby. That’s the name of her latest sexy Harlequin Desire and she’s having a wild and whacky launch party to celebrate! Don’t miss the fun!
Can’t wait for that one!
Caren Crane throws herself a combination birthday and book launch party on Monday, 13th May! Come by for a sneak peak of her debut novel KICK START and some virtual birthday cake. Definitely a day worth celebrating
On Thursday, 16th May, Aussie historical romance author Michelle Diener visits us for the first time. Michelle has just released an exciting new historical novel, DAUGHTER OF THE SKY, with romantic elements centered around the Zulu Wars in Victorian-era Africa. Wow, that’s something fresh! I can’t wait to hear about this one!
On Sunday, 19th May, Caren Crane will interview Lair favorite Deb Marlowe about her new release THE LOVE LIST, the first book in her new Half Moon House series. They will talk about the infamous List of Lightskirts and how the gently-raised daughter of a Baron ends up entangled in a scandal that will rock Regency London from the Crown Prince down to the lowliest pimps, bawds and street urchins. You won’t want to miss that one!
On Tuesday, 21st May, Jane Graves is back in the lair to tell us about her latest release COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY. Bad boy Luke Dawson is on his way to a bull riding championship when he’s called back to his hometown of Rainbow Valley, the place he swore he’d never return to. There his relationship is rekindled with the woman he left behind, forcing him to choose between the future he’s always dreamed of and the only woman he’s ever loved.
On Thursday, 23rd May, Duffy Brown will be back in the lair as Donna MacMeans’s guest to talk about weddings and her latest mystery release, KILLER IN CRINOLINES.
On Friday, 24th May, one of the Lair’s favourite authors Kate Walker returns to talk about life, love, cats and her latest release from Harlequin Presents THRONE FOR THE TAKING which just got a great review in RT Book Reviews. Kate will also be talking about how her 61st book is really a first! I can’t wait to hear more!
May is always a huge month in Romancelandia too because of Brenda Novak’s auction to raise funds for research into a cure for juvenile diabetes. Check out the great items up for grabs at her site: http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/ And make sure you check out the offerings from the Romance Bandits and from individual bandits, including me! I’m sure you’ll find something to tempt you there.
I’ve got a great new contest on my website where three lucky people will win a download of my latest e-novella DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES plus their choice of a book from Heather Snow‘s backlist. There are two consolation prizes of downloads of DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES. You just need to tell me the name of the hero and heroine from DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES. You might just find the answer here: Then email me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces). Good luck. For more information, please check out the contest page on my website: http://annacampbell.info/contest.html
And don’t miss Kate Carlisle’s great contests to celebrate the release of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY.
Goodreads Giveaway! To celebrate the June 2013 publication of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY: A Bibliophile Mystery, Kate is giving away three Advanced Reader Copies on Goodreads. Contest ends May 31. Click here to enter! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15808442-a-cookbook-conspiracy
And be sure to visit Kate’s Facebook page for a chance to win a stack of autographed mystery novels or a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! For one week each month leading up to the release of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY in June, Kate will join three of her mystery writing friends for a themed contest and fun giveaway. It would be a crime to miss out!
Another contest you won’t want to miss if you live in the United States is the GoodReads giveaway of two ARCS of Christina Brooke’s latest, LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL! The contest closes on 12th May and you can find details of entry here: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/49426-london-s-last-true-scoundrel
So make note of all our great guests, enter all our great contests (and I can pretty much guarantee there will be great giveaways through the month on the blog too) and we’ll see you around the lair in May! We’ve got a cabana boy with your name on it waiting! What have you got planned for the month ahead?
Posted by Kate Carlisle Apr 30 2013, 9:00 pm in Excerpt, Exclusive excerpt, Harlequin, harlequin desire, Kate Carlisle
A sneak peek at She’s Having the Boss’s Baby by Kate Carlisle
All systems are go!
Ovulation cycle? Check. Estrogen level? Check. Nothing can stop Ellie Sterling’s baby-making attempt at the fertility clinic. Nothing but her CEO boss—and good friend—who offers her an alternative to leaving their island headquarters: let’s make a baby the old-fashioned way. It isn’t that Aidan Sutherland wants to be a baby daddy; he just doesn’t want to lose his senior VP. But Aidan’s plans for romance and candlelight quickly turn business into pleasure. After one night with his pal Ellie, the bikini-chasing billionaire is dazed, confused and—could it be—in love?
The scene was set for romantic sex.
Aidan glanced around the living room of his penthouse suite and approved of what he saw. He had always been a romantic guy and enjoyed the trappings that went along with it. So he felt confident as he instructed his catering guy where to place the ice bucket and the dessert he’d selected for tonight.
If there was one thing Aidan Sutherland knew how to do, it was set the scene for sex. But this time, he had to admit, he was really enjoying himself, picturing Ellie walking in and seeing all this. Candlelight, champagne on ice, chocolate mousse with whipped cream for dessert, soft, sultry jazz playing low in the background, dozens of roses and star lilies arranged in different vases around the suite.
The doorbell rang and he strolled over to open the door. And couldn’t help but smile. Her hair was lifted up off her neck with a few wavy tendrils curling down. He’d never seen her wear her hair like that, but it suited her and made him glad he’d decided to dwell on romance tonight. She wore sexy, strappy sandals and was dressed in a short, colorful sarong-style skirt that wrapped around her waist and a thin turquoise top that accentuated her breasts.
That’s how Aidan saw it anyhow. Now that he’d seen her in that bikini, he was pretty sure everything she wore from now on would accentuate her breasts.
“You made it,” he said, swinging the door wide to let her in.
She smiled. “Did you think I wouldn’t?”
He closed the door behind her. “You looked a little preoccupied in the office today. I wondered if you might be having second thoughts.”
No,” she said with a firm nod. “This is the plan we agreed on and I’m ready to go through with it.”
He pursed his lips in a twisted grin. “There’s no firing squad in here, Ellie. You can relax. In fact, I’ve got just the thing to help us both unwind.” He led her over to the dining area where he popped open the bottle of champagne and poured them both a glass.
“To…success,” he said, raising his glass to her.
She laughed and clicked her glass against his. “To success.” She took a sip of the bubbly liquid and said, “It’s wonderful.”
He took a sip and observed her over the rim of his glass. “You look beautiful.”
She smiled with pleasure. “Thank you. So do you.”
“Thank you,” he said with a grin. She was normally so competent and sure of herself, but now her gaze flitted around, clearly indicating she was nervous. She finished the champagne quickly and he filled her glass again.
“Well,” she said, after another sip. “Better.” As she continued to glance here and there, it seemed to dawn on her that things were a little different. “Oh, you did something.”
“Yes.” He stood by the table and enjoyed watching her make her discoveries.
“Everything looks so nice. You have candles. Oh, and flowers. So many.” She wandered over to the fireplace mantle where the largest vase of roses had been placed. “They’re so pretty. Did you do all this for me?”
“You seemed to like the idea of a little romance.”
“I do.” Her eyes were shining and her mouth was curved in a smile he wanted to taste. “I really do.”
“We aim to please,” he said easily. “Let’s start over here.” He crossed the room to meet her halfway. Taking hold of her arm, he led her back to the table.
“Here, try some of this.” He took the cover off a silver bowl filled with chocolate mousse and dipped the spoon in. He added a small dollop of whipped cream and raised it to her lips. “Tell me what you think.”
“Oh. Oh.” Her eyes closed as she savored the taste. Her tongue lapped at a bit of chocolate on her lip. Aidan’s stomach muscles twisted in a dark coil of desire and he grew rock hard as he watched her expression turn to one of rapture. “It’s heaven.”
When she opened her eyes, he put the spoon down. “I’m sorry, Ellie, but there’s something we need to take care of right now.”
“Oh,” she said, blinking as if she were coming awake after a long nap. “About what? Our custody agreement? Aidan, you don’t have to worry. I already took care of that. It’s been signed and sent back to the lawyers.”
“Good, but this has nothing to do with that. This is about…this.” He took one more step closer and covered her lips with his in a kiss so tender, so sensual, so much sweeter than any chocolate, he found himself in danger of losing it right there. He clamped on tight to his control because there was no way he was stopping now.
“Just had to get that out of the way,” he muttered, running his fingers along the side of her face, his desire to touch her more urgent than the need to breathe.
“Okay,” she whispered and swayed a little unsteadily. “Okay. Good. Practice. Like you said. Probably a good idea, really. Makes perfect sense.” She licked her lips and stared up at him.
That was enough to push Aidan into going for more. The taste of her lingered on his mouth, like a fine wine that made you thirsty for more.
Posted by Kate Carlisle Apr 25 2013, 12:05 am in books and TV shows, contest, Kate Carlisle, prizes
My husband doesn’t get it. When he walks through the living room and sees me watching a repeat on TV, he shakes his head and says, “You saw that one already.”
“Yes,” I reply, “and it was good, so now I’m watching it again.”
When a story is good the first time, it’s good the second time, too. Sometimes it’s even good the third and fourth time. And sometimes, even after that. Bones, Castle, Friends, NCIS (any of its iterations), How I Met Your Mother… I’ve seen every episode, but I still stop on these shows when I’m flipping through the channels. And I still laugh out loud at every joke.
Seriously drives my husband nuts.
He just doesn’t get it.
I feel the same way about books. Some books, I read once and I’m done. But the really good ones… I can easily read them twice, or more, and enjoy them just as much as the first time. Knowing the ending doesn’t ruin it for me. In fact, sometimes I discover things on subsequent readings that flew past me the first time around, and those little discoveries are just as joyful for me as the surprise of knowing how the story will turn out.
Part of it is because I’m a writer, a storyteller. So when I watch a show or read a book more than once, I pay attention to the structure of the story being told. How did the writer or writers take us from the opening line to the last? With a mystery, which were the red herrings and which were the clues that led to the legitimate killer? With a comedy, how were the jokes set up, and how did the comedy crescendo?
Then again, maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe I’m a storyteller because I enjoy paying attention to story structure.
What about you? Are there any TV shows that you enjoy watching more than once? What is the last book that you re-read? Are there any books that you’ve read more than twice?
By the way, I’m running a contest right now on my Facebook page. Enter today for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice, or a great selection of mystery novels by me and three of my favorite cozy mystery writers. Enter here: April Showers Contest
Posted by Kate Carlisle Mar 25 2013, 12:05 am in contest, Giveaway, goodreads, harlequin desire, Kate Carlisle, writing life
Have you seen the ad on TV, sponsored by letter carriers, asking us to let our congresspeople know we want to keep Saturday delivery of the mail? The United States Postal Service is planning to go to five-days-a-week delivery starting this autumn. I’m trying to decide whether I’ll miss getting mail on Saturdays and, if so, whether I’ll miss it enough to prompt me to write to my congresspeople. And if so, whether it would be just plain wrong to write to them by email.
Communication has evolved and continues to do so. Once upon a time, the telegraph was the latest thing. Have you ever received a telegram? I sure haven’t. And yet, I imagine that telegraph operators were unhappy when the telephone began to become ubiquitous.
Now we communicate almost instantly with people around the world – right here in the Lair, as a matter of fact. So we use the regular postal service less and less. Is it a tragedy or simply a natural progression, the continued evolution of communication?
Almost everything that comes by regular mail to my house is an advertisement for something. I’ve grown to resent the companies that send catalogs because it seems like such a waste of paper when all of their products can be viewed online.
But oh, a couple of times a year, the mailman brings me something really exciting. Last week, he brought my favorite package of the year so far – a box of A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY ARCs! I’m so excited about this book, which will be my first hardcover. I immediately jumped onto Goodreads and set up a giveaway. That way, three lucky readers will have the pleasure of receiving their copies in the mail, too.
The next exciting package that should arrive will be my authors’ copies of SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY, my may release with Harlequin Desire. I’m really, really excited about this one, too – but not so excited that I couldn’t wait until Monday if Saturday delivery were already stopped.
What about you? Do you think five days per week is enough? You Banditas and Bandita buddies who live in other countries, how often is mail delivered where you live? How would you feel if the government decided to cut out a day in order to save money?
Posted by Kate Carlisle Feb 25 2013, 12:05 am in deadlines, Kate Carlisle, writer's life, writing life
Deadlines are like mountains. When they’re far away, they look tiny.
“No problem,” you think. “I can climb that.”
Then you travel a little further down the story road, not paying much attention to Deadline Mountain. It’s there, but it’s part of the scenery. You’re focused on where you are now, caught up in the story in your head.
The deadline is something you talk about casually. “Yeah, I’ve got a deadline coming up, but I’m right on track.”
However, at some point, before you know what’s happening, you’re in the shadow of the mountain and you can’t ignore it anymore. You can’t escape the chill. You’re only halfway finished with your journey, and the rest of it is a steep climb.
From there, every step takes massive energy and effort. You have to write an entire chapter every day, so you forget about pesky things like eating healthy and getting dressed every morning and paying the bills on time. Powered by chocolate, you hunker down and you climb. That. Mountain.
You might not look pretty, but you get ‘er done, dang it.
Oh, the indescribable joy of hitting “Send,” to email the completed manuscript to my editor! Against insurmountable odds – such as my own tendency toward procrastination – I conquered Deadline Mountain. Triumph!
Let me tell you, the view is pretty sweet from up here. That next mountain looks tiny.
Tell me something you have accomplished in your life that makes you feel proud! What mountains have you climbed?
Posted by Kate Carlisle Jan 25 2013, 12:05 am in Amazon gift cards, contests, Kate Carlisle
I love entering contests even though I’ve never won anything big. I haven’t, for example, won the Dream Home yet. I enter every year (every day, every year) because, hey, you never know. If I win this year, I’m having a big Bandita party there, and everyone’s invited.
Although I haven’t won anything big (yet), I’ve won lots of fun smaller prizes. A bubble bath gift basket. A hot pad with the Pillsbury Dough Boy on it. And, of course, books. Lots and lots of books.
In May, I’ll release SHE’S HAVING THE BOSS’S BABY (Aidan’s story, for those who read AN INNOCENT IN PARADISE). Then in June, the next Bibliophile Mystery novel – A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY – will land in stores. So I’m in major promo mode, planning ways to connect with more readers between now and then.
Anyhoo… I’ve decided to hold a contest every month on my Facebook page, featuring mystery authors I love. The first contest started today, and we’re giving away three $25 gift cards to the bookstore of the winners’ choice. Enter at www.facebook.com/katecarlislebooks. Look for the “Mystery Title Contest” tab at the top of the page.
Before I plan the next contests, I wanted to ask you for input on what kinds of prizes you love best. In the current contest, we’re giving away bookstore gift cards, which can be emailed to winners anywhere in the world.
Would you prefer to win gift cards or autographed books? Do you like winning, say, a gift basket of food from authors? Mugs, hats, mouse pads, or other swag? What prizes get you excited about entering author contests? While we’re at it… have you ever won anything in a contest, big or small? Tell us!
And finally . . . have you entered my Facebook contest yet? www.facebook.com/katecarlislebooks
Posted by Kate Carlisle Dec 22 2012, 12:05 am in 12 Bandita Days of Christmas, bibliophile mystery, Kate Carlisle, recipes
I hesitate to tell you this in case “they” lurk around this blog. You know who I’m talking about. Them. The cookbook writers who are out to get me. For years now, I’ve been convinced that they conspire to make me feel inept. Although they look sweet and unassuming, mischievous intent lurks behind those fake, friendly smiles. They claim something is foolproof… but I fool them!
Of course, as a mystery writer, I love a good conspiracy theory – and I simply had to find a way to use it in a book. The next Bibliophile Mystery is titled A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY, and now you’re in on the private joke. It stems from my irrational fear of recipes, a fear shared by heroine Brooklyn Wainwright.
A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY will be out in hardcover and ebook in June – my hardcover debut! –but it’s available now for pre-order on Amazon and BN.com. What’s equally thrilling to me is that the book’s blurb is posted on both sites, and I really love it! If I hadn’t written this book, I’d want to read it!
It’s a recipe for disaster when bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright is asked to restore an antique cookbook…
Brooklyn has always been a little obsessed with food, but it was her sister Savannah who became a chef, graduating from the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris. She and her classmates all went on to successful careers, but none of them achieved culinary superstardom like Savannah’s ex-boyfriend Baxter Cromwell.
When Baxter invites the old gang to participate in his new restaurant’s gala opening in San Francisco, Savannah looks forward to seeing her friends, and even asks Brooklyn to restore a tattered cookbook—an old gift from Baxter—as a present for him. But Brooklyn immediately recognizes that the book, which has strange notes and symbols scrawled in the margins, is at least two hundred years old. She thinks that it probably belongs in a museum, but Savannah insists on returning it to Baxter.
Shortly after receiving the gift, Baxter is found dead, with Savannah kneeling over him, bloody knife in hand, and the rare cookbook has disappeared. Brooklyn knows her sister didn’t kill him, and she suspects the missing cookbook might lead to the real villain. Now Brooklyn will have to turn up the heat on the investigation before Chef Savannah finds herself slinging hash in a prison cafeteria.
A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY on Amazon
A COOKBOOK CONSPIRACY on BN.com
To celebrate the blurby awesomeness of my latest blurb, I share with you a recipe that is better than foolproof – it’s Kateproof. And it’s perfect for those holiday potlucks you’ll be attending over Christmas and New Year’s.
Kate’s Black Bean Party Dip
2 T olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 C of your favorite jarred salsa
8 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, cut into chunks
Warm the olive oil in a pan, and sauté the diced onion for about a minute. Add the black beans and mash them up in the pan. Add the salsa and the chunks of cheese and warm it all up together until the cheese gets nice and melty. Serve warm with tortilla chips. (Fake-gourmet cooking tip: If you warm the store-bought tortilla chips in the oven – in a bowl, not in the plastic bag – your guests might think they’re homemade. It makes a big difference!)
And don’t forget, we’re nearing the end of our 12 Days of Bandita Christmas celebration! Be sure to comment to be eligible for our daily Bandita prize as well as our SUPER-DUPER GRAND prize giveaway Christmas Day. For today’s giveaway, I’m also including a signed copy of PERIL IN PAPERBACK and some cool Bibliophile swag!
Are you attending – or hosting – any holiday parties? What food do you like to bring to a potluck?
Posted by Kate Carlisle Dec 1 2012, 12:05 am in Christmas, Kate Carlisle
It’s December, so of course the holidays are on our minds. The Lair is decked in flickering candles and pine-scented garland, with a chorus of deep-voiced cabana boys softly caroling in three-part harmony. Wearing strategically placed mistletoe. Kick back and enjoy this holiday-themed Q&A!
Egg nog or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, for sure, the nectar of the gods. I’ll pick chocolate every time! The only time I want warm eggs is when they’re in omelet form. My hot chocolate will be served to me by Daniel Craig, of course.
What’s your favorite holiday movie?
For me, the best holiday movies have romance. I mean, I love The Grinch and A Christmas Story, but the ones I go back to time and time again are the ones that satisfy me down to the core are those with a happily-ever-after “I do” sort of ending. It’s a Wonderful Life is an all-time favorite. Brings me to tears every time.
What’s a favorite holiday memory?
I come from a big, raucous family, and whenever possible, we all get together for the holidays. One year, one of my nephews was about 18 months old, and several of us chipped in on a huge present for him – a car he could sit in and drive himself, with pedals and cool steering wheel, a horn and all the accessories. This was the deluxe version and if I could’ve fit in the little seat, I would’ve driven it myself. We were so excited to see his reaction! He couldn’t have cared less about the car, but he played with that big box for hours. He loved it! We could’ve saved a whole lot of money if we had just bought him a big box.
On the traumatic memory side… Thanksgiving was at my house this year, so we added two card tables to the dining table so everyone could sit together. I left the room for one minute, I swear, and when I came back – tragedy! My husband had propped up the shorter tables by putting books under the legs! Who treats books like that?! I gasped when I saw what he’d done and said, “What would Brooklyn Wainwright think?” He put a comforting arm around my shoulder and whispered in my ear, “Sweetheart, Brooklyn is a fictional character.”
How will Brooklyn Wainwright, the heroine of your Bibliophile Mystery series, spend Christmas?
Christmas Day will be spent with Brooklyn’s own raucous family in Dharma up in the Wine Country. But since this will be Brooklyn’s first Christmas with British security expert Derek as her official boyfriend, she wants to do something special for him on Christmas Eve. After all, the man moved halfway around the world to be with her. Brooklyn still can’t quite believe her luck, and she’s determined to give Derek a holiday he won’t forget. She ordered traditional Christmas crackers from Harrod’s, and she’s planning to surprise Derek with a Christmas Eve dinner featuring plum pudding. As she’s not much of a cook, chances are good the pudding won’t work out, but I think Derek will be touched that she tried. Truth is, he’ll consider the day a success if she doesn’t discover any murder victims!