Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Week Grand Finale Featuring New York Times Bestselling Authors Marjorie M. Liu, Nalini Singh, Rachel Caine and Christie Golden!

UPDATE: The winner of AN ENCHANTED SEASON, GLASS HOUSES and THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE 2-in-1 book, DARKNESS CALLS and ARTHAS is Carol (posted under "Anonymous" at 3:31am). Please send your physical addy to contests(AT) If the prize is not claimed in two weeks, another winner will be selected.

Also, we're happy to announce the winner of our week-long scavenger hunt -- Elie!!! She will receive a MEGA prize pack of TKA books, along with some special holiday treats. Thanks to everyone who participated!!!!

We're finishing off Christmas Week in style with a grand finale post featuring four of TKA's NYT bestselling authors! These lovely ladies answered a fun holiday Q&A post and are each giving away a book! Leave a comment to be entered in the random drawing for all four titles: AN ENCHANTED SEASON by Nalini Singh, et al., a 2-in-1 trade paperback of GLASS HOUSES and THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE by Rachel Caine DARKNESS CALLS by Marjorie M. Liu, and ARTHAS, A World of Warcraft Novel by Christie Golden.*** The winner will be announced Monday afternoon (12/21/09).

Don't forget our scavenger hunt question! Collect all 5 answers and enter to win a Christmas stocking filled with oodles of books and holiday treats! Last question at the end of the post.

Authors Left to Right: Christie Golden, Marjorie M. Liu, Nalini Singh and Rachel Caine


MARJORIE: Oh, man! I can't just name one! A Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, Babes in Toyland, The Bishop's Wife, Holiday Affair, Die Hard, and A Smoky Mountain Christmas (video below). And, of course, anything to do with the Nutcracker.

NALINI: The Princess Bride. It's not technically a holiday movie, but it always used to be on T.V. during Christmas time when I was younger, and it really fits - it's funny, romantic, and it leaves you sighing with happiness.

RACHEL: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. LOVE that story, and the movie too. It's always been my favorite.

CHRISTIE: The Bishop's Wife, the original with Cary Grant and David Niven. I like it because while its sweet, it's not saccharine, and come on...Cary Grant as an angel? How can that miss? I also am very fond of Rudolph and The Little Drummer Boy.


MARJORIE: I have so many. We lived in the Pacific Northwest, and my dad and I would go fishing or down to the docks to throw in nets for crabs (for Christmas dinner) and then my mom and I would bake all kinds of pies and cookies. We also had fun making ornaments, and searching for THE PERFECT TREE. Easier said than done! The house was always full of Christmas music -- still is, this time of year.

NALINI: For me, it's all about family, about being able to spend time laughing, eating and relaxing with those I love. Those are the best memories.

RACHEL: My mother made me a totally fantastic red Victorian dress for Christmas -- floor length, with about 5 yards of fabric in the skirt. I just loved that dress. It made the holiday feel so wonderfully traditional and festive.

CHRISTIE: Waking up early with my father and having to WAIT while my older siblings and mom woke up on Christmas Day! Hard as it was at the time, in retrospect, those are very dear moments spent with my father in a very quiet space.


MARJORIE: Just being with family was always a wonderful gift.

NALINI: Ooooh, hard question. One Christmas present I received a long time ago that I still have is a giant stuffed bear that's bigger than my cousin's five-year-old. I loved him when I got him, and I love him still :-) As for the worst...we won't mention those ;-) It is the season of goodwill after all!

RACHEL: Best: a professional quality clarinet (I was planning on being a professional musician before I turned author!). Worst: um, not to throw my husband under the bus, but there was this Lionel train ...

CHRISTIE: A really big giraffe...almost as big as me at the time! I had no idea what it was when I saw it wrapped. The worst? Socks. Every year. Okay, they're not that terrible, but they're -socks.- :D


White lights or multi-colored?

MARJORIE: Either one. I love lights.

NALINI: White.

RACHEL: White!


Real tree or plastic?

MARJORIE: I prefer real, but once the trees dry and the needles drop -- and it all becomes a fire trap -- I begin to prefer plastic!

NALINI: Plastic. (Actually, the best word would be fibre-optic *grin*)

RACHEL: Fake all the way. BUT NICE. And not prelit, because that's totally cheating.

CHRISTIE: Depends--if it's classy, plastic is convenient...real, though, smells sooo good.

Love to gift wrap or where’s the gift bag?

MARJORIE: Depends on the gift!

NALINI: Gift wrap.

RACHEL: Depends on the gift. I don't mind the easy to wrap ones, but if it's odd sized, gimme the bag!

CHRISTIE: Gift bag!

Gifts: Surprise you or best to just ask what you want?

MARJORIE: I love a good surprise.

NALINI: Torn, I'm torn! Both.

RACHEL: I'm easy. :)

CHRISTIE: Ask what I want through the year and then surprise me. :D

The day after Christmas: Ready to shop to you drop or avoiding all streets that lead to the mall.

MAJORIE: I don't do a whole lot of shopping, so I'm the kind who definitely stays at home, eating leftovers in my pajamas, and reading a good book.

NALINI: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

RACHEL: I curl up and watch movies all day. It's the best day off EVER.

CHRISTIE: Avoid like mad. This is the time to stay home, eat leftovers, and enjoy your gifts and family.

CHRISTMAS WEEK CONTESTS: Remember, there are TWO ways to win! Today's prize is AN ENCHANTED SEASON by Nalini Singh, et al., a 2-in-1 trade paperback of GLASS HOUSES and THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE by Rachel Caine, and DARKNESS CALLS by Marjorie M. Liu! The winner will be announced Monday afternoon (12/21/09).

Also, at the bottom of each post there is a scavenger hunt question. The answer can be located somewhere on the authors' websites. Send in all 5 correct answers* to the scavenger hunt questions, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a TKA Surprise Christmas Stocking filled with books and holiday treats!!!

SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTION (5 of 5): Which one of the authors above (Nalini, Rachel or Marjorie) once wrote under the pen name Julie Fortune? Visit, and to find the answer! ***Christie Golden was a late addition to this post, therefore she's not an "official" part of the scavenger hunt. However, please DO visit her awesome website, for information on her awesome sci-fi, fantasy and horror novels!!

*Please note, that the correct answers to the scavenger hunt questions must be sent in at one time. You must collect all 5 answers and send them in one email. Entries for the scavenger hunt will be accepted from Friday, December 18th thru Sunday, December 20th at midnight. The winner will be announed on this blog Monday, December 21st, 2009. If you have any questions about this contest, please contact contests(AT)

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Blogger CrystalGB said...

Great answers ladies. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

Thank you for the great contests.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger Rain Maiden said...

Great Interview. I must say that the Princess Bride got me through the Chicken Pox when I was a kid. I watched it over and over, love that movie too. Happy Holidays everyone.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:35:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kris said...

Loved the questions Especially the quick ones! have a merry christmas


Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:58:00 AM EST  
Blogger traveler said...

Lovely interview and answers. Thanks for this special feature. Have a wonderful holiday.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger tetewa said...

Enjoyed the post today and hearing all your answers!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Selestial said...

Fun interview. Thanks :D

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi :)
Thank you for the nice interview with three great authors. Thank you all for taking the time to answer the questions and for the chat yesterday.
Merry Christmas,

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Laurie T said...

Enjoyed reading this!
Happy Holidays to all.


Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Ellz said...

What a fun interview. Rudolph is popular, they need to remake it though. Happy Holidays Authors!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12:53:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kara said...

Fun interview and great answers...have a fantastic Christmas!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 1:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger LSUReader said...

Fun post (a Lionel train? socks? really?) Thanks for visiting. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 2:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tanya said...

have a great holiday!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 3:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger elaing8 said...

Great interview.I enjoyed reading it.
Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 3:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jo said...

Such a great post! I always love finding out more about authors, and it's great to hear about their Christmases! Thank you!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:14:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great answers. Christmas memories are the best.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger Linny said...

Enjoyable interview.
Merry Christmas all!! :-)

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger cait045 said...

Merry Christmas!!! great interview


Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous maered said...

Great interview! And everyone have a great holiday!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 6:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger INCiDeNT (Kayleigh) said...

Awesome interview! Loved it!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 7:01:00 PM EST  
Blogger lamlovestoread said...

Love all the answers Especially the one about the giant bear and giraff. I also recived a giant bear when I was little but no longer have it.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 7:52:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Having all three of you ladies today is amazing, not to mention the giveaway. Count me in!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8:25:00 PM EST  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

Great interviews. Happy Holidays.

seriousreader at live dot com

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8:45:00 PM EST  
Blogger s7anna said...

Loving all the answers...

Happy Holidays
Anna Shah Hoque

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lynnette said...

Love the interview. Hope you all have happy holidays.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 9:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Man, I wish I could avoid the malls the day after christmas, but I work retail in the mall and I'm there bright and early the 26th. Wee!

My fave christmas movie is THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, because that's so like me. :)

You guys had some really interesting responses, especially considering the geographical location of each of you ladies. Thanks for sharing!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great interview ladies!! <3 and for the contest

chichai_hana at hotmail dot com

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:27:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pam P said...

Fun seeing all your answers, ladies. The original Bishop's Wife is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 11:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

Awesome interview! I loved the quick questions the most!

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 1:33:00 AM EST  
Blogger My Book Reviews said...

Nice interview -- and a contest to top it off.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 1:42:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! My all time favorite movie during the holidays is The Sound of that family.

Thank you for the great contests! Carol

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 3:31:00 AM EST  
Blogger Spav said...

Great interview! Looks like a lot of people prefer white lights.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 4:09:00 AM EST  
Blogger Ina said...

Thanks for that fantastic interview! @Rachel: I love Rudolph too *sigh* he's so cute...
wish you all the best!

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:12:00 AM EST  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

Lovely interview, your answers were a lot of fun to read.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 6:27:00 PM EST  
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Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jackie said...

Loved the chance to learn more about all 4 lovely ladies. Wishing them all a beautiful Holiday and best wishes for the New Year to come...

Jackie B Central Texas

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:54:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fun interview!

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:46:00 PM EST  
Blogger Leslie said...

Loved the interview ladies! And I so agree with many of the answers. Being with family during the holidays makes all the craziness worth it. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 12:37:00 AM EST  
Blogger Erika said...

Interesting answers. I would love to get my hands on these books!

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 9:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Julie said...

Great interview with great authors! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 10:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger Rashda Khan said...

Thanks for the great interviews!Enjoyed it. :)

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 9:35:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! I can't believe I won, I'm so excited.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 4:39:00 AM EST  
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