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":
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US/Canada only. Giveaway ends Sunday, December 19th at midnight EST.