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Monday, December 31, 2012

READ in the New Year! Baby It's Cold Outside Anthology (Guest Post/Giveaway)

We're 'Ringing' in 2013 with some fantastic books this week and I hope that you all will join us for this fun event! We'll have some fantastic author guest posts and interviews, character guest post, giveaways, deleted scenes and more! To kick things off this New Years Eve I would like to welcome four great authors from the anthology, Baby It's Cold Outside!



Amy Andrews
I love New Year’s Eve! It has a kind of magical quality about it  – full of hope and potential as we wipe the metaphorical slate clean and start again in a bright new sparkly year. Being a romance author I also love the frenzy of kissing as everyone gets into the spirit J There won’t be any kissing for me this year as I’m going to be working night shift but if I wasn’t you can bet there’d be a party somewhere with a midnight kiss or two.


New Year’s Eve though, holds extra-special significance in our family. You see on Dec 31st 1997 my daughter came into the world.
It’s okay, I didn’t spend that New Year’s Eve in labour, she was born 1.30am on the morning of the eve, but at ten days early and after twenty-two hours of contractions, it’s fair to say I didn’t give ringing in another year much thought! I did however see that New Year in breastfeeding a very hungry newborn!
At almost 15 my daughter is not enamoured with being a NYE baby. We always make the day about her but with everyone else in the world focused on ringing in a new year, it’s hard to be exclusive – a bit like being born on Christmas Day I guess. But, as I keep telling her, one day in the not too distant future being the birthday girl at a NYE party is going to make her extra, extra special and the one every good looking guy at the party is going to want to kiss! Thankfully, at this stage, she’s not convinced, but if she has any of her mother’s romantic streak, she’s going to have a lot of fun in years to come.

Wishing you all a very safe and happy New Year.

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Aimee Carson
It was 1995 and it was our first New Year’s Eve as parents. Of course, we wanted everything to be PERFECT. We had brought our adopted daughter home from China six months earlier, and we were still in that rookie phase all parents start out in. You know, the phase where you stupidly make plans like people that have no children thinking you just add that little person in to whatever you have scheduled and…hey,  what could possibly go wrong? And what better way to ring in the New Year than a trip to Epcot to enjoy their impressive firework and laser light show? 

Here we were, at midnight (with a toddler—sheesh, how could I have been so dumb!) all the way around the lake at Epcot, the parking lot and our car miles away, and the first firework goes off. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until that moment that we learned that our daughter HATES loud noises. Instead of being amazed or awed or evenly mildly amused by the show she covered her ears and began to scream. And scream. And scream. As a matter of fact, she screamed the entire time that it took us to run around the lake, climb in to the tram, ride the tram to the parking lot, and run to our car at the end of the row. She didn’t stop screaming until we were inside the car and then the poor kid practically passed out from exhaustion. I think I might have too.

The good news is my husband and I do manage to learn from our mistakes. The next year we hired a babysitter.

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Heidi Rice
New Year's Eve is one of those funny times when you feel you have to be having a great time... Sometimes that happens but sometimes it soooo doesn't...




My NYE from Hell: A rainswept weekend getaway in Cornwall with 15 people, one screaming baby, two extremely bored toddlers and my newly school-age oldest son who gave all of us nits while we sat around in the house waiting for it to stop raining for two seconds so we could go out and admire the scenery (and run the sugar rush out of the kids).... Champagne was opened at 12midnight, drunk very quickly, before everyone collapsed back into bed (scratching)!! Lovely.

 

But then again sometimes it works just like you planned...




My BEST NYE evah: Fast forward five years when we decided to blow five grand of my husband's recent redundancy payment on a magical New Year's holiday to Finnish Lapland. Despite having to wear seven layers of clothing to go out (yes, SEVEN, I'm not kidding - even my DH had to wear three pairs of 'man tights' under his thermal underwear and track pants!) because it was -40oC - we went tobogganing, dogsledding, ice fishing, skating, rode ski mobiles and on New Year's Eve went out into the Forest to see the fireworks and a glimpse of the Northern Lights (or at least I'd had enough champagne to persuade myself they were the Northern LIghts!)... Everything glistened (even our frosted eyelashes) in the snowy moonlight while we rang in the New Year before sitting down to an enormous Nordic feast in a log cabin.... The boys still talk about it ten years later.... 




Hope everyone gets the Perfect NYE this year (without any nits).

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Kate Hardy
In our house, New Year's Eve isn't actually that exciting. Two reasons for that: firstly, my husband has to work either Christmas Day or New Year's Day (so he tends to work New Year - and going in to work v early after a party isn't much fun), and secondly we really fell out of the partying habit when the kids were small. I know it's a terrible confession, but we're more likely to curl up on the sofa with a glass of champagne and a good movie than to party! :o) Given that we have Christmas every weekend in December (i.e. celebrating it with groups of family and friends we don't see on the day because we live too far apart), by New Year's Eve I'm partied out and I need time for some quiet reflection.

New Year's Day, though - ah, now that's different. It's one of my favourite days of the year because it's a time of new beginnings and the day just feels full of hope. And it's a day when I get a yen for the sea (even though Baby, It's Cold Outside - sorry, couldn't resist that!!). We live about 40 minutes' drive from the coast, so once DH is home we head out to the sea. For the last couple of years, we've gone to Horsey Gap, where you can walk across the dunes to see the newborn seals, and that feels really special.

Whatever you do to celebrate the beginning of the year, have a good one!
all the best
Kate x

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Title: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Author: Kate Hardy, Heidi Rice, Amy Andrews, Aimee Carson
Genre: Category – Contemporary Romance
Length: 260 pages
ISBN:  978-1-62266-810-6
Release Date: November 2012
Imprint: Indulgence
When a freak blizzard hits America’s Eastern seaboard, four pairs of strangers spend a hot night together one cold Christmas season!
‘Tis the Season to Kiss Santa by Kate HardyWith 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.
‘Tis the Season to Love Shopping by Heidi RiceWhen 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!
‘Tis the Season to be Kissed by Amy AndrewsA 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.
‘Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee CarsonAfter 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!
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~*GIVEAWAY*~
Entangled is giving away one ebook copy of BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE to one reader. To enter just leave a comment or question for one or all of the authors on this post and fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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~*Tour Giveaway*~
Aimee Carson is also offering a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card to one reader from all blog stops 12/24 - 1/3!
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20 comments:

Amy Andrews said...

Here in Oz its nerly 2 hours until the clock strikes 12 and 2013 makes an entrnce. Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for havng us Crystal!

Debby said...

We used to have some amazing New Year's. Now we stay home. Retired from the State Police, my husband saw too much on New Year's Eve. Our New Year's are still amazing but in a different way.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm about 15 hours away from the New Year. Happy New Year to all and thanks for having us Crystal!

Karen C said...

Certainly enjoyed reading about the author's New Year's Eve experiences. This year I'll be alone - hubby's on the road - and I'll probably be asleep long before the midnight hour!
Happy New Year to all!!
kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

Joanne said...

I used to go out New Years but now I stay in for a quiet family get together. It's still fun and not as noisy.
Happy New Year!

e.balinski(at)att)dot)net

Heidi Rice said...

I'm in France tonight, about to ring in the new year with my brother and sister and their families, and mine... Which means six adults, two (hopefully sleeping) babies, several small kids and one gobby teenager! Should be a blast, but I expect us all to be in bed by about 12.30am! Happy New Year everyone. And thanks for having us.

Anonymous said...

Is it hard to come up with holiday themes for stories?

Elizabeth L. said...

It sounds great...thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year! :)

crystaley73 said...

I stay home for New Years and bring in it in quietly. The book sounds great I love anthologies It's a great way to read authors you already love and to experience new author too.
Thanks for the great Giveaway
Happy New Year

erin said...

Thanks for sharing and congrats on the new release ladies :)

crystalg123 said...

Happy New Year to all. Thanks for the lost and giveaway, wI'll be adding a few of these books to my to-read list.

Crystal Guidroz
cguidroz2@cox.net

*yadkny* said...

Best wishes to everyone in the coming New Year!!!

Tore said...

I stay home for New Years. Don't go anywhere. I would love to read this book. I love a good romance. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Gaby Pendragon said...

Best wishes for this 2013!!
Thanks for the giveaway!

laura troxel said...

This year we are staying home and my daughter is having some friends stay over. Happy New Year!!!
lauratroxel@yahoo.com

Susan W. said...

Heidi, I can't even imagine having to wear 7 layers of clothing just to play in the snow! I'm always cold so I would end up having to wear 15! LOL! Husband and I are just staying home and watching TV.

Happy New Year!
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Heidi Rice said...

Susan, I tell you it was quite an experience, did feel a little sorry for our youngest who was 6 at the time and could hardly move once he'd got all those layers on!

Thanks for your responses, lovely to read about everyone else's new year's celebrations!

And as to finding holiday themes for stories, I find it surprisingly easy as snow and ice and sparkles just brings out the romantic in me!

Maureen said...

We usually stay in on New Year's Eve but I do like the feeling of new beginnings that the new year brings.

Cathy V said...

I enjoyed reading about everyones different NYE memories and how they now celebrate. I prefer a quite night at home to ring in the New Year.
Baby It's Cold Outside sounds like a great read.
Thanks for the giveaways. Happy 2013 :)

kitcat76(at)hotmail(dot)com

Barbara said...

GREAT post! Thx for the giveaway op...this looks like a fab anthology!!