Thursday, 2 February 2012

Februpresihoggeltines Day - My Favourite Holiday of the Year! by Kersten Hamilton + Giveaway

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Today's guest is none other than the very friendly Kersten Hamilton, author of many children books and the beloved and much praised Tyger Tyger and In the Forests of the Night, book #1 andˇ#2 in the Goblin Wars trilogy. Please give a warm welcome to Kersten who is here to tell us about her favourite holiday!


Thank you for having me on your blog today, Stella! I’d like to invite your readers to share in a holiday that is near and dear to my heart: Februpresihoggeltines Day! It is a holiday for lovers, for patriots, and most especially for procrastinators. It starts on February 2nd at about noon (because who likes to start things on the first day of the month? It’s like a MegaMonday) and wraps up the final second before March.

Februpresihoggeltines is gift-giving event. My friends and relations are far more likely to get a nice present for Februpresihoggeltines than for say, Christmas. I shop sales.

The 25th of December is a firm and unforgiving deadline for delight. One day to get the Merry done, no second chances. Have you ever tried to bring home a Christmas Tree on the 26th? I have. It did not go over well. Unlike other holidays, Februpresihoggeltines gives you first, second, third, and so on through twenty-seventh chances.

We use Gilbert and Sullivan songs for our Februpresihoggeltines carols, and often break out singing, dancing, and reciting scenes from the Pirates of Penzance. Each family member and guest chooses a part that helps them reflect on their hopes and dreams for the holiday season. I am generally the Pirate King.

Traditional Februpresihoggeltines foods include: chocolate. All kinds. The patriotic may fashion past presidents’ profiles, lovers might mold sweet hearts pierced by arrows. I prefer fudge groundhogs. My artistically talented children make cunning little beasts with Red Hots for eyes.

I am not artistically talented. I form the fudge into a mound, decorate it with pretzel sticks and declare that it is the groundhog’s rump. It’s all good. Because Februpresihoggeltines is a very forgiving holiday. I hope your readers enjoy it this year!

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. Tyger Tyger is her first novel for young adults.

For more about Kersten, please visit her website:

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Book #1 in the Goblin Wars Trilogy

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems. 

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.

Buy Tyger Tyger in paperback or in ebook


Kersten generously offered one paperback copy of Tyger Tyger Book #1 in the Goglin Wars trilogy to a lucky commentator.

To be entered all you have to do is:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. leave a comment and tell us: if you could create a holiday, what would it be?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 15 March 2012.

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