Friday, 21 December 2012

Let It Snow Books: Guest post by Stephanie Draven + Giveaway


Today I am very happy to welcome back to Ex Libris another author whose latest release made it to my Top Reads of 2012 list: Please give a warm welcome to Stephanie Draven, whose wonderful In Bed with the Opposition still makes me tingle whenever I think about it! (Speaking of it, I find myself craving that story, maybe I should just reread it ;-)) If you haven't read In Bed with the Opposition yet, I urge you to do so, don't let the politician setup scare you off, you don't know what you'd be missing! (Read my review to get a first taste of the story). And now I cede the scene to Stephanie and what she has to share with you about the holidays. ;-)

One thing I have in common with the quirky heroine of IN BED WITH THE OPPOSITION is that we both love the holidays. Another thing we have in common is that neither of us have the time to celebrate them in the way we would like to!

Like me, Grace Santiago dreams of the picture perfect holiday season with hot chocolate, sledding, blinking lights, and warm cozy evenings by the fire, curled up with the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, like me, she is also such a workaholic that it’s never going to happen.

Grace is a special assistant to a U.S. Senator. She spends every waking hour chasing after her cranky octogenarian boss, explaining away his embarrassing faux pas, and cleaning up his political messes. She has no time for toys and tinsel! (At least not until the super-hot Ethan Castle walks into her life and forces her to live a little. But that’s another story. To be exact, that’s the story. And if you read it, it’s sure to put a big grin on your face for the holiday season.)

But anyway, back to me. My point is, both me and Grace have holiday fantasies. We want things to be perfect. Every year, we dream of recipes we are going to make. We think of clever crafts we might be able to indulge in. We fantasize about new decorations that will wow our neighbors. To this end, we have become Pinterest addicts.

Peppermint Whipped Cream
Where else would it have ever occurred to me to turn the pages of my books into Christmas ornaments? I might have gone my whole life never knowing about cake batter Christmas brownies, snowflake cocoa and peppermint whipped cream! I want to make each and every one of these things. But I know I’ll be lucky to just get a spiced latte at Starbucks.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there who makes big plans for the holidays and then is lucky just to get the tree up before the big day. (Or back down before Valentine’s Day *cough cough*.) So, I’m hoping you’ll all confess. What’s your favorite holiday fantasy craft/recipe/decoration? You know the one. The one you never get to, but which makes you feel all cozy inside.

C’mon. Fess up!

(Or at least hook up with me on Pinterest, so I can see your unrealized holiday ambitions for myself.)


Stephanie Draven is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.

Stephanie has always been a storyteller. In elementary school, she channeled Scheherazade, weaving a series of stories to charm children into sitting with her each day at the lunch table. When she was a little older, Stephanie scared all the girls at her sleepovers with ghost stories.

She should have known she was born to hold an audience in her thrall, but Stephanie resisted her writerly urges and graduated from college with a B.A. in Government. Then she went to Law School, where she learned how to convincingly tell the tallest tales of all!

A longtime lover of ancient lore, Stephanie enjoys re-imagining myths for the modern age. She doesn’t believe that true love is ever simple or without struggle so her work tends to explore the sacred within the profane, the light under the loss and the virtue hidden in vice. She counts it amongst her greatest pleasures when, from her books, her readers learn something new about the world or about themselves.

Stephanie also writes historical fiction as Stephanie Dray and has a series of forthcoming novels from Berkley Books featuring Cleopatra’s daughter.

For more about Stephanie and her books find her at her website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads.

In Bed with the Opposition by Stephanie Draven

What happens when a good girl decides to play dirty?

Armed with a sassy haircut, a sharp wit, and a personal list of rules for all life’s exigencies, Grace Santiago is a fiercely loyal Senate staffer who has everything under control. At least until famous political pundit Ethan Castle walks back into her life. Grace hasn’t forgotten their disastrous affair in law school, but she can’t resist his bad boy charm.

When Grace learns that Ethan has been hired as a political gunslinger for the other side, her loyalties—and her heart—are torn in two. Though their sexual chemistry can’t be denied, they find themselves locked in political combat. Ethan believes that all is fair in love and war, but he won’t throw the election—not even to win Grace’s heart. So what can a good girl like Grace do, but learn to play dirty?

Two candidates. One election. May the best man—or woman—win!



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