Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dani Atkins' most wonderful TIME of year...plus a book giveaway

Let's do the time warp again! That's because it's pub day for Dani Atkins' debut novel, Fractured. Melissa A loved it (see review) and we know you will too. It's a time travel themed novel that will blow your minds!

Dani Atkins was born in London in 1958, and grew up in North London with her parents and younger brother in Cat Hill and Cockfosters. She moved to rural Hertfordshire in 1985, where she has lived in a small village ever since with her husband, two (now grown-up) children, two elderly cats and one insane Border Collie. (Bio courtesy of Amazon UK.)

She is here today to talk about her favorite holiday, around which most of her novel takes place. Thanks to Head of Zeus, we have SIX copies for some lucky readers anywhere in the world!

You can find Dani on Facebook and Twitter.

Favorite holiday from any time of the year:
My favourite holiday is, without doubt, Christmas. I get stupidly excited about it as soon as autumn begins.

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What is a tradition you partake in for this holiday?
For me Christmas is all about family, and even though we sadly no longer have a large extended family, Christmas would simply not be the same without my two children being back at home with us for the holiday season.

When my daughter and son were young I began a tradition some weeks before the main event of telling them “the Christmas story.” I am somewhat ashamed to admit that this was not the expected story of the nativity, but rather “The Atkins Christmas Story.” Basically it was a blow-by-blow run down of events of what was going to happen in our household, starting from the morning of Christmas Eve and leading right up until the time we sat down for Christmas dinner the following day.

No detail was too small to be omitted, and particular attention was paid to the very important part where Father Christmas would arrive in the middle of the night, creep down the chimney and fill the stockings. This story was repeated many times throughout the month of December, until all three of us knew it verbatim.

It occurred to me quite recently that I hadn’t told this story for quite a while, so I asked my son a few years ago if he’d like to hear it again, for old time’s sake. “No thanks. I’m good,” he replied. I was a little disappointed, but he was twenty at the time, and stands over six foot two inches tall… so maybe it was to be expected.

Favorite memory from this holiday:
Christmas is full of memories and it is virtually impossible to find one that stands out above the others as a favourite. So many are repeated year on year, but are still deserving of being called special. One of my favourites is having the family gathered together to decorate the tree. We have Christmas music playing in the background as we work, and even the fairy lights not working (and just why is that, by the way, when they were fine when we put them away), can’t ruin our good humour. This is just as well, as without fail each year I manage to buy a tree that is far too tall and wide for our low ceiling cottage. Of course, when the decorating is done, another favourite memory is rewarding yourself with a piping hot glass of mulled wine and mince pies or two.

Favorite song related to or from this holiday:
I love so many of the Christmas songs, and each year I cannot resist buying yet another compilation CD to add to my collection. I have been known to start playing them as early as November in readiness. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is my favourite classic, but I also love some ‘new classics’ too, including "Grown Up Christmas List," "Where Are You, Christmas?" and "Miss You Most (at Christmas Time)."

Favorite movie about or including this holiday:
It doesn’t matter how many times I have seen it, I would happily watch Love, Actually every Christmas time for the rest of my life.

Favorite food to eat during this holiday:
Christmas is a time for chocolate. Actually, any time of year is a time for chocolate – but Christmas is when you try to pretend that it really isn’t bad for you to eat your own body weight in confectionery in a single day.

I adore the full traditional Christmas meal with turkey and all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding. And the very best thing about our Christmas dinner is that my husband does all the cooking and I am banished from the kitchen. The perfect Christmas gift!

What do you like most about this holiday:
What I love most about Christmas is the way that it makes you feel. There is a warmth that exudes from total strangers, which doesn’t seem to happen at any other holiday period in the year. I just love it.

Thanks to Dani for getting us into the holiday spirit and to Head of Zeus for sharing her book with our readers.

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18 comments:

Linda said...

I haven't seen this movie. I don't know how I missed it, but I'll check it out this holiday season.

Chanpreet said...

I've seen the movie but do not have a favorite line. I love this movie! You'd think I have the dialogues memorized by now, but my brain can't seem to do it! *Spoiler* I love the Juliet, Peter, and Mark part. My favorite portion is when Mark holds up the note cards to Juliet.

Tina said...

I haven't seen the movie because I have 3 kids!!! :) I plan on seeing it soon though!

Kritter said...

I love how the stories entertwined!

Claira Pam said...

I looooove Love Actually!! My favorite is the story with Hugh Grant; I am a sucker for relationships in government.

Hmm, I think I have to watch this movie again now...!! :)

Bonnie K. said...

It's been a long time since I've seen Love, Actually; so, I can't really say which story is my favorite. I liked how it all intertwined. Great castings!

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laurakenyon.com said...

Oh my goodness, Dani is SO right about Love Actually. It's become my number one Christmas movie for sure - going so far as to nudge out It's a Wonderful Life. It's got everything - humor, romance, sentiment... that little bow chicka wow wow ;) Plus, even the hubby loves it.

rubynreba said...

I haven't seen this movie. Somehow I've never gotten around to going to it! I don't go to a lot of movies and this one has just slipped by!!

Jessica said...

I actually can't stand that movie. I don't know why. I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like it, haha.

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Sara Gallagher said...

My favorite story in that movie is Colin Firth story.

Linda Kish said...

I honestly don't know if I've seen it or not. I never remember what I've seen. If it was on TV, I may have.

bn100 said...

Haven't seen it; maybe would watch it

Kat said...

My favourite is Andrew Lincoln and Keria Knightly story line

Mary Preston said...

I can't remember the name of Alan Rickman's character, but I thought his story was so sad. Poor wife. Husband going through a mid-life crisis.

Samantha Bates said...

My favourite story is with Keira knightly. I love her character and the love triangle that goes on.

Bridget O'Neill said...

One of my favorite movies! My favorite story is the Colin Firth one :)

Sarah said...

I love this film Love Actually was on and the cinema when I started going out with my now husband so it was our first date, it later became part of our Christmas Day wedding as we used the soundtrack music, I walked in to Glasgow Love Theme (music playing when Keira Knightly is watching wedding video and clicks that Andrew Lincoln loves her) then had All I want for Christmas is You while we signed the register and walked out to main theme tune, it was magical incorporating Love Actually first date into our Christmas Wedding, Christmas is always special in our house :)

Nova said...

I like the story of Juliet and Peter:they are the newlyweds.
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