As many of you know, I've been working on my first book, The Last Keeper, and it’s due out in 2012. Given that it’s almost Christmas I thought I’d share with you a little something about my character Serenity.
Serenity has been around for a while, and when she was born Christmas didn’t exist. Instead shecelebrated midwinter, the death of winter and beginning of the longer days that bring spring.
As time progressed, traditions changed, and Christmas became a big part of her family’s life. It's the one time of the year that Serenity lets go and has a little fun. As soon as her family has gone to bed on Christmas Eve, she starts decorating. Not a second before. So when they come down for Christmas morning, the tree is up, glittering with decorations, presents are piled high, and Serenity can be found in the kitchen, cooking dinner. It helps that she doesn’t need to sleep and can spend the entire night dragging around boxes of decorations.
The thing about Serenity and the holidays is that if they weren’t there, she wouldn’t notice. But she has her family, people she cares for and loves deeply, and for them, she’d decorate the house for every holiday in the world, so long as her family was happy.
And that’s the real thing about any holiday celebration, whether by fictional characters or people; it’s about family and friends and seeing people smiling and happy.
Now for the giveaways!
Want a sneak peek at The Last Keeper? Simply comment on this blog and you'll be entered into the draw to win an eARC of chapter 1. You've got until midnight GMT, 23rd Dec. Winner will be announced Christmas Eve. (Please leave email address/twitter in your comment)
TWCS Author Blog Hop - Our authors are sharing holiday traditions Dec. 12 - 23. Each day an author will post on their blog a personal holiday tradition or one of their characters. They'll also post the blog hop icon. In the bottom right hand corner is a holiday/winter object. Write these objects down and keep the list handy. We will have a grand prize drawing on TWCS's site (http://www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/publishinghouse). To enter you'll need to have collected all 11 objects.
The prize? An ebook of Season of Love, your choice of paperback (Connected, Take This Regret, Slave, or Fourteen), TWCS mug, bookmarks (many signed by the author). TWCS pen and notepad.
Dec. 12 Veronica Breville http://veronicabrevilleauthor.wordpress.com/
Dec. 13 Kathryn Gayle http://kathryngayle.com/blog/
Dec. 14 JD Watts http://jdwatts.blogspot.com/
Dec. 15 Michele Richard http://michele-richard.blogspot.com/
Dec. 16 Jennifer Schmidt http://jleeschmidt.blogspot.com/
Dec. 17 Sophia Duane http://sophiaduane.blogspot.com/
Dec. 19 Sherri Hayes http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
Dec. 20 Me! http://apps.michellebirbeck.co.uk/Blog/
Dec. 21 Lindsey Gray http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com/
Dec. 22 C. M. Smith http://cmsmithauthor.blogspot.com/
Dec. 23 E. L. James http://blog.eljamesauthor.com/