Linda: Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your event, Stella! It’s a pleasure to be here. :-)
I loved reading about your Thanksgiving traditions, so let me ask you, is there anything special you usually do for the holidays? Any special family tradition?
Linda: Our family traditions are very family-centered and relaxed. We’ve never traveled anywhere for Christmas, so it’s all about the tree, the decorating, the hanging out and playing board games...that kind of thing. I’m feeling little shifts in our traditions now that the kids are moving away, but so far they’re all still coming home for Christmas, so I’m in a very happy place. :-)
Stella: Do you have any favorite holiday themed stories (movies or books)?
Linda: The animated Grinch is my all-time holiday favorite. It isn’t Christmas without singing along to that song, lol! And I’m a sucker for all the really sappy holiday movies that come out on television at this time of year, too.
Could you share with us your favorite holiday meal/dessert/candy?
Linda: I love Christmas dinner. We do a turkey with all the trimmings...sausage & chestnut stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, apple & sweet potatoes with maple glaze, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, maple-glazed carrots, peas. I always make loads of everything so I have lots of leftovers to send home with my daughters...and so I don’t have to cook for a few days. :-)
Stella: What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?
Linda: That cozy feeling I get when our family is all together with no one rushing off to do anything. The whole world seems to slow down for a little while. I treasure those moments.
What makes you feel that Christmas time is finally here?
Linda: Putting the wrapped presents under the tree, because that’s when I get to pause, take a breath, and just enjoy the moment.
Stella: What’s one of the best gifts you ever received/gave for Christmas?
Linda: A few years before my mother died, she took me shopping with her for my daughters’ Christmas gifts. I spotted a porcelain Christmas angel that I fell in love with, and Mom bought her for me on the spot. She has a deep red dress, blonde hair, and carries a star that lights up. She sits on my piano every year, lighting up my December...and my heart. Definitely my favorite gift. :-)
Stella: Please complete: Christmas/the holidays wouldn't be the real deal without...
Linda: ...my family. :-)
Since this whole event is about the Best Books we read in 2012, could you share with us some of your favorite titles you have read this year?
Linda: I didn’t fit in nearly as much reading as I would have liked, but the ones I did read were awesome. Ashfall by Mike Mullin; Bitten by Kelley Armstrong; The Summoning by Carol Wolf; Insurgent and Divergent by Veronica Roth; Changes by Jim Butcher; The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins; and Fated and Cursed by Benedict Jacka.
Stella: We all love Christmas holidays, but I was wondering if there’s anything about them that you find annoying?
Linda: The fact that the stores start pushing them in October, before Halloween! That kind of crass commercialism drives me wild...I’ve actually avoided shopping in certain stores because of it.
|Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod|
Linda: If I say Duncan MacLeod from the television Highlander series, can I have that exact one? And if so, then I’d prefer not to answer the second question... :-)
Stella: What would you ask Santa to bring you this year?
Linda: Funny you should ask! I was hoping for a down parka this year. As of a few days ago, however, my vacuum cleaner seems to have died, so it looks like I’m getting a new vacuum for Christmas instead. Believe it or not, I’m actually quite excited at the prospect, because we were definitely due. Besides, I think it will be just grand when people ask what hubby got me and I can, with perfect honesty, tell them my gift sucks. (Yeah, I know...weird sense of humor. ;))
Stella: Lol, that is so funny Linda, I totally get your sense of humour :-D And do you make resolutions? What would be your (bookish or not) New Year’s resolutions, if you make any?
Linda: I don’t make specific resolutions any more...too many failed attempts, lol. Generally speaking book-wise, though, I’d like to finish the Grigori Legacy series and maybe get a start on my next idea. As for the rest of my life, I’m forever striving to simplify and be more organized...maybe this will be the year I achieve that goal. Or at least set foot on the path toward it. Or maybe just start with a map of some kind...
Book #1 in the Grigori Legacy seriesA detective with a secret lineage. An undercover Hunter with a bullet-proof soul. And a world made to pay for the sins of an angel…
Homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis answers to no one. Especially not to the new partner assigned to her in the middle of a gruesome serial killer case—a partner who is obstructive, irritatingly magnetic, and arrogant as hell.
Aramael is a Power—a hunter of the Fallen Angels. A millennium ago, he sentenced his own brother to eternal exile for crimes against humanity. Now his brother is back and wreaking murderous havoc in the mortal realm. To find him, Aramael must play second to a human police officer who wants nothing to do with him and whose very bloodline threatens both his mission and his soul.
Now, faced with a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse, Alex and Aramael have no choice but to join forces, because only together can they stop the end of day.
Book #2 in the Grigori Legacy seriesWhen homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven's plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth's true nature, only she can save him.Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator...
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