Monday, December 20, 2010

How Kim Gruenenfelder celebrates the winter holidays...plus a book giveaway!



**Giveaway is now closed**

Kim Gruenenfelder lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and continues to avoid anything even remotely resembling a real job. Her acclaimed debut novel, "A Total Waste of Makeup," has been published in six languages and eight international editions to date. Her two other novels are "Misery Loves Cabernet" and "There’s Cake In My Future" (which is in bookstores today). She has also written feature films, episodic teleplays and two stage plays. She has made homes for herself on Facebook and Twitter.

Kim stopped by Chick Lit Central this week to tell us about how she celebrates the holidays. We also have four copies of "There's Cake in My Future" to give away to some lucky winners in the US or Canada.

Favorite winter holiday tradition: Going to my father’s and stepmother’s house on Christmas Eve. My parents are divorced, but they have always spent Christmas Eve together, and always gotten along well on that night (as has my mom and stepmom). I would find out later that there were Christmas Eves when no one was really getting along, but I never knew it. Mom and Dad made a rule when they got divorced: we will always love our daughters more than we hate each other.

Favorite winter holiday food: Champagne. That counts as a food.

Favorite winter holiday song: "Jingle Bells" as sung by dogs.

Favorite winter holiday movie: "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." The scenes with Max the dog still make me laugh out loud. I love watching it with my son now.


Favorite winter holiday memory: Too many to count. This year's favorite so far involves my husband - when I was decorating the house, I asked him at one point: "Okay, look around the house. Now there are two ways we could go: simple elegant, or completely over the top. Which do you think we should do?" He looked around our living room and said, "Depends. Which one am I looking at now?" (BTW, I would say he was looking at "simple elegant". He would probably beg to differ.)


Favorite winter holiday gift you've ever received: Is there candy under the tree right now? I could use some candy.


Favorite winter holiday gift you've ever given: A duck. Well, a picture of a duck - it's a long story.


Thing you're most looking forward to during the winter holidays this year: Watching my son open his presents Christmas morning.


Thing you wish there would be more of during winter holidays: Love. And cake. There should always be more cake.


Thing you wish there would be less of during winter holidays: Fruitcake. Seriously - has anyone ever munched on a good one?


Thanks to Kim for answering our questions and for the books to give away!


How to win "There's Cake in my Future":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page if you can receive messages there.)

1. Please tell us: What do you wish there were more or less of during the winter holiday season?
2. Please tell us: Has a wish of yours ever come true? If so, what was it?
3. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
4. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
5. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends Sunday, December 26th at midnight EST.

Check out Kim's bucket list at Chick Lit is Not Dead.

69 comments:

PoCoKat said...

I wish there was less political correctness at Christmas time...it's Christmas not the winter holiday!

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PoCoKat said...

I had a wish that my husband would ask me to marry him...this was years ago...and he did!

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PoCoKat said...

I follow on GFc.

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I belong to Chick Lit Central on Facebook.

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Jonita said...

I wish that there was less commercialism at Christmas. I mean, everyone is all buy, buy, buy but truly I would be happy just spending some extra time with my loved ones.

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Jonita said...

Great question! This year one came true- my husband was able to escape from the dead-end job that he hated and he got one that he likes a lot more! It's been good all around.

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Jonita said...

I am a GFC follower!

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Jonita said...

Facebook friend.

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Jonita said...

I have this contest posted on my sidebar at http://book-chic.blogspot.com.

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BRN2SHOP9@GMAIL.COM said...

I wish there was more time off! lol

BRN2SHOP9@GMAIL.COM said...

Never had a wish come true.

BRN2SHOP9@GMAIL.COM said...

I follow the blog through google friend follow

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I follow through facebook

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I follow through twitter

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

This year I wish there was more snow!! We don't have as much as normal.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I am a follower of this blog! :)

Anonymous said...

i think that there is a bit too much commercialism over christmas...

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Anonymous said...

i'm a follower :)

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Zoë said...

I wish there was less tacky plastic waste of christmas decorations.

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Zoë said...

I think last year i mostly wished for a happy one year with my boyfriend and i definitely got that!
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Zoë said...

I'm a follower via GFC

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Jencey said...

My e-mail is jenceyg@msn.com. My wish for christmas is to enjoy the true meaning of christmas.

I will post on both facebook and my blog.

Linda Kish said...

I wish people could just enjoy the season without all of the commercialism. (I did go buy gifts).

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Stephanie said...

I wish there was less snow. I am not a fan of snow or cold.

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Stephanie said...

I don't ever remember a wish coming true. I imagine wish fulfillment would be memorable.

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Stephanie said...

I follow the blog.

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Stephanie said...

Posted on Facebook.

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Stephanie said...

I follow CLC on Facebook.

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shanaelyse said...

I wish there was less chilly weather during the holidays. :)

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shanaelyse said...

Each year, I wish for good health, happiness and loving family and friends; I'm so grateful this wish has continued to come true!

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shanaelyse said...

I follow on GFC!

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shanaelyse said...

Oh, and I also like you on Facebook!

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ADR said...

I wish people would stop saying "Happy Holidays". Merry Christmas should not be a dirty word.

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ADR said...

I've never had a wish come true.

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I follow the blog

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I follow on Twitter

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I like you on Facebook

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Heather said...

I actually wish there were cooler days this year! We had the air on this week in Texas!
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Heather said...

I wished that I would meet the man of my dreams and it did come true! We are about to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!
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Heather said...

I am a follower!
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Heather said...

I am a member of Chick Lit Central.
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Heather said...

I shared on facebook.
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Janel said...

I wish people would take the time to make gifts more often, instead of buying the latest and greatest things from ads. Put love back into the holiday, instead of money.

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Janel said...

A few years ago I asked for an iPod with a screen, to replace my Shuffle. My husband got me an iPod Touch. It was so far beyond what I expected and I loved it.

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Janel said...

I am a Google Friend Connect Follower.

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robynl said...

I wished there was less tragedies during the holiday season.

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robynl said...

my wish for someone to love the second time came true; dh and I have been married for 21 yrs.

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robynl said...

follow this blog via GFC as primrose

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robynl said...

joined Chick Lit Central on facebook

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Meg said...

I wish I had more vacation time during the holidays... by the time I've reached December, most of my days are used up!

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Meg said...

I've probably had quite a few wishes come true over the years, but I guess the biggest one would be my wish to find someone to love me the way I am -- and it's happened! (Cheesy, but true.)

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Meg said...

I'm a blog follower.

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Meg said...

And, last but not least, I belong to Chick Lit Central on Facebook! :)

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Colleen Turner said...

I wish that Christmas wasn't so commercialized (I am sure a lot of people think this too!). I just get a little overwhelmed when the simple joy of the holiday season gets mixed up with all the loud music, glaring lights and endless people trying to sell you something!
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Colleen Turner said...

When my grandfather had open-heart surgery I prayed and wished he would be just fine (and he was!). I am sure he would have been fine either way, but it made me feel better :).
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Colleen Turner said...

I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).
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Colleen Turner said...

I follow on Facebook (Colleen Turner).
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The Giveaway Diva said...

i wish there was more time to celebrate christmas! there is so much build up but then it goes so quickly!

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The Giveaway Diva said...

my one wish was to get this amazing purse that i was looking at for the longest time and lucky me my bf got it for me! =)

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Froggie said...

I wish more people were in tune with the spirit of the holiday and not just about what material items they want.

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Froggie said...

There isn't one wish that I can recall coming true, but it would be nice if one of them did. :)

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Froggie said...

I'm a follower of this blog.

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Froggie said...

Posted to my Facebook page.

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Froggie said...

I'm a member of the Chick Lit Facebook group.

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Nancye said...
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Nancye said...

I have had an amazing wish come true when we completed the adoption of my daughter from China 6.5 years ago!

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Nancye said...

I wish there was less commercialism during the holidays. I have a problem shopping for Halloween candy in October with Christmas candy right next to it. I mean, come on! Can't we get through one holiday at a time! (OH my! I better hurry out and get my Valentine and Easter candy before the rush!! ;) No sarcasm at all! (stepping off soap box now!)

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I joined Chick Lit Central on Facebook

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