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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Let It Snow Books: Interview with Karen Erickson + Giveaway

Today's guest does it all: be it steamy or sweet, contemporary, fantasy or historical, you can have faith in Karen Erickson to give you a romance that will make your heart beat faster and have you exhale with a happy sigh at the end. And besides all the above mentioned genres she excels in, Karen is also a fellow Christmas-aholic (like me), having penned several holiday romances (her latest ones are and ), so I knew we'd be having lots of fun discussing the holidays! ;-) Welcome Karen!

Karen: Thank you, Stella, for inviting me on your blog! And for asking such great holiday-themed questions. :-)

Stella: Is there anything special you usually do for the holidays? Any special family tradition?

Karen: Well, I always make frosted sugar cookies in various Christmas shapes with the kids. We go to this one neighborhood every year that has the most outrageous Christmas light displays you’ve ever seen. The entire neighborhood gets into it. We just went—and it was insane! The busiest I’ve ever seen it. But fun. :-)

We always have our family over at our house for Christmas. That’s always fun—and crazy.

Stella: I bet! Crazy family time for the holidays is my favourite as well ;-) Do you have any favourite holiday themed stories (movies or books)?

Karen: Movies, I love Elf and Christmas Vacation. Scrooged with Bill Murray too! There’s a made-for-TV movie starring Susan Lucci that’s called Ebbie and it’s similar to the Charles Dickens’ tale. I have a soft spot for that silly movie too.

Stella: Could you share with us your favourite holiday meal/dessert/candy?

Karen: My grandma’s fudge is amazing. I keep trying to make it as good as hers every year and never quite manage to do it as well. Her homemade scalloped potatoes are pretty amazing too. And of course, those sugar cookies we make every year…

Stella: What’s your favourite thing about the holidays?

Karen: I love to see the joy on my children’s faces when they open their gifts. I think that is by far my favorite thing. Seeing their reactions, how excited they are on Christmas Eve, how much fun they have with everything that’s holiday-related. It brings me joy.

Stella: What’s one of the best gifts you ever received/gave for Christmas?

Karen: Hmm, my Barbie Townhouse I received when I was four rates pretty high. LOL Oh, and the Barbie motorhome I got when I was nine was a favorite too. I loved my Barbies!

Stella: I never got a motorhome, but we got a Barbie house with my sis as well, we loved it so much lol :-D What makes you feel that Christmas time is finally here?

Karen: Well, advertisers force Christmas on us by showing the ads on TV, etc. earlier and earlier every year. I would say that once we finally get out the decorations and set up the tree, I feel like Christmas time is here.

Stella: Please complete: Christmas/the holidays wouldn't be the real deal without...

Karen: Christmas music! Though I’m usually sick of it by the time the actual day is here.

Stella: Lol, I am a big Christmas music lover, and don't mind listening to it well into February lol ;-) Since this whole event is about the Best Books we read in 2012, could you share with us some of your favourite titles you have read this year?

Karen: Oh, wow. There have been some good ones. Tremendous ones! Here’s a quick list (and I know I’m forgetting some):

-- The latest three
-- and

Stella: We all love Christmas holidays, but I was wondering if there’s anything about them that you find annoying?

Karen: Oh, sure. I’ve had some Christmases in the past where my husband is gone for almost the entire month of December for work and I’ve had to do everything. That sort of zaps the joy out of the holiday and makes it more of a chore. Sometimes having family over can get, ahem, annoying. But we love them right?

Stella: Let’s say you have the chance to spend the holidays with a fictional character, who would that be and what would you be doing?

Karen: Hmm, well I’m going to pick my own characters and say I’d like to hang out with the Worth brothers (from my ). Not only would it be rather um…pleasant to spend time with such handsome men but those dudes are filthy rich so I bet they know how to do Christmas right (ha ha)! So yeah, I’d like to be invited to spend Christmas with the Worths and their lovely ladies. I’m sure they’d put on quite the party.

Stella: I completely agree, I wouldn't mind if you invited me over *hint hint*, I'm sure we'd have a lovely time! And what would you ask Santa to bring you this year?

Karen: A trip to Maui! Please Santa, I’ve been pretty good. ;)

Stella: Santa, I would be very happy with the same gift Karen is asking for ;-p What would be your (bookish or not) New Year’s resolutions, if you make any?

Karen: To try and be more organized. Exercise more. Read more! I didn’t read as much this year. And my TBR is huge at the moment.

Karen’s latest release: 

The holidays are a time for wishes, magic and, of course, love. Celebrate the season with this delightful collection of Christmas tales. What better way for Connor Talbot, Earl of Redfirn, to spend the holidays than convincing Leonora Compton that the only match she needs to make is with him!

(Karen’s story) The Duke of Ashton has had three years to plan for his perfect Christmas present—the Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons as his wife. Now, all he has to do is convince the reluctant lady …

Phin Baldwin does not believe in Christmas magic … until the clever and beautiful Ginny Overton gets it into her head to show him how wonderful it can be when wishes come true.

Just returned from the Crusades, marriage is the last thing on Sir Caerwyn’s mind. But will he be able to resist Lady Nia, the thief of his boyhood heart, when she tempts him yet again?

Responsible Ethan Weatherstone is determined to save Penelope Rutledge—and her reputation—from her silly scheme, but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

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Bestselling romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read — sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing and Carina Press. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

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