12/2/11

Kissing Kris Kringle, by Erin Quinn (review, interview & eBook giveaway!)

***DONE !***


5 STARS!!!!
ABOUT THE BOOK - 
Kris Kringle is just an average guy living in the tiny town of North Pole, Maine where Christmas isn't just a holiday--it's a way of life. But not for Kris. He might be named after the big guy in red, but Kris is more Scrooge than Santa.

Until he wakes up from a night of partying with his friends to find himself in possession of a Santa suit, a toy bag and a puppy. Kris soon discovers that he's been relegated to Santa's naughty list and there's only one way to get his name removed....put on the suit and spread some cheer.

Lucky for Kris every cloud has a silver snowflake and his quest to get off that list lands him in the arms of the woman he's been lusting after for years.

It takes a little magic, but Kris is about to get everything he didn't even know he wanted for Christmas. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - 
Erin Quinn is an award winning author. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence.

She lives in Arizona with her husband, two daughters and three dogs (all of whom have made debuts in her stories—the dogs, that is, not the husband and kids.)  
Join Erin at her website - HERE

MY REVIEW - 
 Loved it!!!! What a perfectly adorable little Christmas treat! I liked it from the beginning, but then on page 16, when the magic started - I fell in love with it! It was cute, cute, cute on every page! I think it takes a lot of writing talent to be able to write a short story or Novella and give it the same feel as a book of 350 pages. Erin does a wonderful job of setting the scene and developing characters in a very short time (105 pages). I did not feel that this was lacking in any way. There was one slightly graphic sex scene at the end but it wasn't too bad, I didn't have to close my eyes (but wouldn't recommend it for younger readers).
This was a Magical Realism Christmas Romance Novella. It was very sweet, exciting, and CUTE!
You can get the eBook from Amazon for only .99 - HERE  
or from B&N - HERE
It is definitely worth the dollar!!!! 

BUT... Erin has agreed to giveaway one download of this eBook
!!! I will forward the email address of the winner to Erin and she will contact you herself!

THE GIVEAWAY -
* Please either comment here or email me at (forevereading at gmail dot com) with your email address!!
* If you are not a follower, please become one (but not necessary to win).
* Winner will be chosen and announced via random.org on Dec. 9th.
* Winner will then have 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

**Please be aware that I do not have any rules on how many of my contests you enter or how many times you win! So good luck everyone!

And now for a short interview with Erin Quinn -

Erin, I so loved this book! But it is very different from your others. 
Wendy, I'm so glad you're enjoying Kissing Kris Kringle!!!  It's much lighter than my other stories and I had so fun writing it!!!!!  
   
What encouraged you to step out of your comfort zone?
I've really wanted to try shorter fiction because I've been hearing from readers that they like something they can read in a short amount of time--like while waiting for soccer practice to end or sitting in the doctors office.  I started with a ghost story that released in October and got such great feedback that I decided to do it again.  Two other writer friends, Calista Fox and Mary Leo and I released our stories together.  The ghost stories are link by the theme of ghosts.  The Santa stories are linked by friendship and geography.  As we began to brainstorm, we were all enchanted with the ideas and writing this story, for me, was a labor of love.  I enjoyed it so much and I learned something stepping out of my comfort zone.  I learned how much fun writing a joyful story can be.

Do you think you will try more like this?

Funny you should ask!  All three of us had been in a bit of slump about writing--we'd lost touch with that inner joy that drove us all to be writers in the first place.  Our little Santa stories awakened that feeling for all of us and we came away rejuvenated.  We decided we want to try again.  We'll be releasing stories for Valentine's Day and we are already talking about a summer vacation series. 
Are you a Christmas person? Do you make a big deal out of Christmas?

I do love this time of year.  I love hearing Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays and I love how this time of year motivates people to think of their fellow humans.  The news features more charitable giving--whether monetary or just kindness--and people just seem to show more caring.  For me, that's what it's all about.  What's under the tree matters little to me.  The friends and family that I share it with are my big deal.  

What is one Christmas tradition you do every year with your family?

We bake and watch old movies.  I love cooking, but don't have the chance to do it as much as I'd like.  For the holidays I make batches of cookies and while I'm baking, the kids (who are almost all grown up) help, sample and keep me company.

What is one thing that is on your Christmas wish list?

You know, Wendy, I am so blessed that I can't think of a single thing to put on my list this year.  I just want my girls home to spend it with, my family healthy, and time time to enjoy all the people I love.

Erin, Thank you so much for joining my Blog during "Christmas in July, in Dec." 
Love the title, Wendy!  Thank you so much for thinking of me!  Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Remember to sign up for the giveaway mentioned above!!!
In your comment - tell me you want to enter and put your email addy.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Wendy, thanks so much for spotlighting me on your blog! I'm thrilled you loved Kissing Kris Kringle! There are three other stories in the series, by the way (Mary Leo's Romancing Rudy Raindear and Calista Fox's Naught St. Nick).

    Happy Holidays!

    Erin

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  2. I LOVE X-MAS STORIES WITH HUNKS!!!!!!! THANK U , CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS !

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  3. I would like to be entered. I am familiar with Erin's Mists of Ireland books but this one is new to me. Sounds fun!

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. What fun!
    Great review.
    Good luck all!
    (not an entry)

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  5. I would love to win a copy of this book. This sounds like a fun story.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  6. Though this is not really my type of read, I am so glad that you enjoyed it and that it was such a treat for you! Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

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  7. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who stopped by and wish you all Happy Holidays and an even happier New Year!

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  8. I just love Erin and her books are fantastic!
    lvsgund at gmail.com

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  9. Yeah! This book sounds like fun. I'm in! Thank you for the review, interview, and giveaway. :)

    Christine
    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

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