Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How Maria Geraci celebrates the winter holidays...plus a book giveaway!



**Giveaway is now closed**

Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised on Florida’s space coast. She lives in north Florida with her husband and children and writes fun, romantic women’s fiction. Her third novel, "The Boyfriend of the Month Club" is a romantic comedy about a woman who turns her dysfunctional book club into a boyfriend club where women come together to discuss the men they’ve dated, comparing them to classic literary heroes and villains.

You can visit her website, join her facebook page and follow her on Twitter.

Maria stopped by Chick Lit Central to dish on the holidays and has offered to give away a copy of "The Boyfriend of the Month Club" to one lucky reader in the US or Canada.

Favorite winter holiday tradition: That would be decorating the Christmas tree. I have a few ornaments that have been in my family for decades and over the years, I’ve given my three kids an ornament for each Christmas. So when I open up the box with the ornaments it’s like greeting old friends. Each ornament holds a different memory. I’ve been known to sniffle while decorating the tree!

Favorite winter holiday food: I’m Cuban American and we celebrate a traditional Noche Buena (Christmas Eve.) We have lechon (pork that’s been marinated in garlic and sour oranges), black beans and rice, and other traditional Cuban foods. My mouth is watering just typing this!

Favorite winter holiday song: Silent Night.

Favorite winter holiday movie: "It’s a Wonderful Life." I could it watch it over and over.

Favorite winter holiday memory: A few years back we went to Asheville, NC, right after Christmas and while we were there it snowed. My kids played in it for hours. So did the adults! (We live in Florida, so snow is a novelty)

Favorite winter holiday gift you've ever received: The first Christmas I was engaged, my husband (then fiancé) got me a set of Mikimoto pearls to wear on our wedding. I was surprised that he knew I loved pearls because I hadn’t ever mentioned it to him. When I asked him how he chose the gift, he said he’d noticed that every time we were in a jewelry store I always gravitated toward the pearl necklaces. I was really touched, especially because he’s an engineer and kind of nerdy and not very observant (at least that I could see) about stuff like that. So of course I wore them on my wedding day. I hope that both my daughters will wear it too.

Favorite winter holiday gift you've ever given: Gosh, I have several of those, all involving my kids. When my oldest daughter was very young, Santa (or rather her dad and I) got her one of those big plastic kitchens. She loved it. We played together on that thing for hours over the years. Ditto for the train set we got our son when he was three. The look on his face Christmas morning was priceless. He’s in college now, but I still remember it. I probably always will.

Thing you're most looking forward to during the winter holidays this year: Visiting with family and friends.

Thing you wish there would be more of during winter holidays: More charitable giving, more good will toward men, more of all the good stuff.

Thing you wish there would be less of during winter holidays: Less commercialism. Less calories!

Thanks to Maria for answering our holiday questions and for offering a book to give away.


How to win The Boyfriend of The Month Club":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
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1. Please tell us: What is your favorite winter holiday gift that you have either given or received?
2. Please tell us: Which book, movie or TV character is your significant other most like? (If you are single, who would you ideally want a potential mate to be like?)
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 19th at midnight EST.

62 comments:

Kat said...

Wow, I'm first. :) I love reading the interviews.

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Kat said...

My favourite gift that I've received is the copy of The Princess Bride that my brother got me, along with the Elvis stamp.

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Kat said...

I'm single... so... this is a hard question to answer... I'd probably want my ideal partner to be like Noah from The Notebook.

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Kat said...

I follow through GFC.

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Kat said...

I am a member of CLC.

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Kat said...

Posted on Facebook.

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Stephanie G said...

There are books on my TBR list and then there are books that I am DYING to read. This is one of the latter.

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Maria Geraci said...

Hi Kat, I love The Princess Bride! Both the book, and the movie :)

Stephanie, I have a Stephanie G (my oldest daughter)! So it's funny to see your name and initial. Thanks for commenting!

Stephanie G said...

I'm with Maria on this one. My favorite gift was went "Santa" brought my then 3 yr old daughter a wooden doll house. I thought she was going to pass out for a second. She was telling everyone for the rest of the day "If you believe, miracles really can come true." LMAO

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Stephanie G said...

My husband is a lot like Jack Bailey from the TV show The Good Guys.

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Stephanie G said...

Maria - So funny!

Stephanie G said...

I follow the blog.

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Stephanie G said...

I reposted this on Facebook.

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Stephanie G said...

I am already a member of Chick Lit Central.

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BRN2SHOP9 said...

Last year I bought myself a new laptop for Hanukkah!

BRN2SHOP9 said...

I haven't read a book or seen a tv character that is like me yet. I am a neurotic workaholic.

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I follow the blog through google friend follow.

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I follow through twitter

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I follow through faceboook

PoCoKat said...

My favorite winter holiday gift was a new computer.

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I follow on GFC.

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Belong to ChickLit Central on Facebook.

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PoCoKat said...

My husband is a lot like Jim on The Office.

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Sarah said...

I received a toy kitchen set when I was a little girl....it was awesome!

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Sarah said...

my husband is one of a kind:) I can't think of anyone he is like!

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Blog Follower!!!

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Fan on facebook!

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posted on twitter @happymama82

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ADR said...

I got my dog Teddy 13 years ago for Christmas and he'll always be the best gift I ever got.

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ADR said...

I'm single and wouldn't mind finding a Mr. Darcy

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I follow the blog

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I'm a fan on Facebook

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I follow on Twitter

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Tiffany said...

My favorite winter gift that I have ever received is my dog. My husband got her for me seven years ago this Christmas :)

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I follow on GFC (tiffany drew)


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I follow on Facebook too!

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Aik said...

My favorite winter holiday gift is a vintage rhinestone brooch given to me by my grandmother.

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Aik said...

I want potential mate to be kind, caring, hardworking and good-looking.

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I'm a follower.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday gift I got was an mp3.

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Anonymous said...

My husband is most like the character Ben Affleck played in He's Just Not Into You. I don't remember the name. He would be the one shopping and cooking and helping out when the rest of the guys have their butts glued to the couch watching sports.

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Anonymous said...

I am a follower of CLC.

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I am a member of CLC on facebook.

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Darlene said...

Hi there, I've got this posted at Win a Book for you. No need to enter me.

Jonita said...

I'd love to read this book- it's on my wishlist already!

Jonita said...

Hmmm....I enjoy giving Christmas gifts and there are lots that I've been really excited about, but the best ones that I have received have been from my husband. The first year we were dating he gave me a gorgeous diamond bracelet (which I lost a couple of years ago! Heartbreaking!!!!). Last year he gave me a gift card to the spa, which was absolutely wonderful and much enjoyed!

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Jonita said...

Oh geez, #2 is a hard one to answer. My hubby is pretty kickass IMO, so it's hard to pick one. I guess he's a tiny bit like Puck on Glee, but only because I think that Puck is hot, and so is my hubby :)

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GFC follower!

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Facebook friend!

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I've posted this contest on my sidebar.

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Zoë said...

this looks like a great book!

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Zoë said...

a couple years ago my mom helped pay for my flight to england, definitely a memorable christmas gift!

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Zoë said...

my boyfriend Mathew is most like Marshall from How I Met Your MOther

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I'm a follower :)

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Linda Kish said...

I'd love to read this book.

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Linda Kish said...

My best gift was this netbook I got last year.

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Heather said...

My favorite gift was my husband proposing 2 years ago!
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I am a follower!
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I am a member of Chick Lit Central.
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I shared on facebook.
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Anonymous said...

My fave winter holiday of course is Christmas!

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