Friday, December 14, 2012

Tis the season to be jolly...and blog hoppy :)

Tis the season to be jolly...

Well hello there and thanks for swinging by my blog during this teeth chattering cold season...yeah—it was in the eighties just two days ago...and tonight? OMG the headlights are on full blast! *heads desk giggling*

Okay—that's enough of that...this is the season for me to be sweet and chaste right? Um...yeah, sure? *whistles dixie*

So I was talking to a friend about topics for the blog hop—and he came up with a great idea...favorite Christmas movies...cuz really, when I look forward to the holidays one of the first things I can't wait for is curling up on the couch and watching my fave movies on the television. There is something about watching them on the local channels instead of the DVDs I have...and there is definitely something about watching them in December over all the other months when I tend to break out the DVDs and watch them...

Now...if you ask me what movie is my fave—that's a no-brainer...Emmet Otter's Jug-Band is just a feel good show that involves talking otters and biker bear rock bands with a great ice slide...and you can sing along! *big smiles*

So obviously I lean toward the fantastical side when it comes to enjoying my Christmas entertainment...maybe that's why last year when the Story Orgy (a writing group I'm proud to be a part of) chose prompts to write our own Christmas antho I picked ones that leaned slightly that way, also.

I'd like to introduce you to Camden, a real ball-breaking pessimist...and Trace, who isn't exactly what he seems. So sit back, enjoy this little excerpt...and when you are done leave a comment about your favorite Christmas movie so you can win a book from my backlist! I'll be picking two lucky winners...enjoy :)

And The Prompt Is...A Trace of Christmas Spirit

Ever since his brother's death, Camden doesn't do Christmas. This is exactly what he plans to tell his bigoted parents on what will be his last Christmas trip up north. But when he gets snowed-in with the eccentric and way too jolly Trace, just maybe spirits can be revived.

Camden jumped, which caused him to stagger backward onto the towel the stranger was pointing to. "Holy shit, you scared me!"
"I never understood that expression. Why would shit ever be holy? No preacher I know would bless it. You people have the strangest sayings." The stranger walked toward him and started unzipping his jacket.
"Hey! What are you doing?" Camden chattered out as he tried to push the guy's persistent hands away from him. "Stop that!"
The man ignored his protests and worked around Cam's hands to finally open up the article of clothing he was infatuated with. "You are covered in snow and soaking wet. If we don't get these off of you, pneumonia is in your imminent future. That will not do, it would make no one happy."
Cam was roughly turned around as the jacket was yanked down his arms and thrown in a basket set by the towel.
"Hmm. Your sweater is also damp, what were you doing? Making snow angels? Off with this, too."
Again, without his permission, his sweater was quickly dragged up his chest and over his head. He raised his arms last minute in fear that this psycho would actually take them off if they didn't cooperate.
"Who the hell are you? And where are you from?" Cam had noticed a unique accent that he couldn't place, not that he was an accent expert or anything.
"Shouldn't I be asking you those questions? You are standing in my parlor, after all."
Camden took a second to get a good look at this guy. Well, if nothing else came from this strange meeting, at least he was hot. Not in the ordinary make-his-jeans-drop-and-beg-to-be-done-right way… more in the interesting-to-look-at-and-study-because-did-his-eyes-just-twinkle-and-change-color way. And Cam swore they just did both. When this man walked over to Cam he distinctly had blue eyes, now they looked more lavender and they, Camden couldn't even believe he was thinking this, but they really did sparkle or something. Maybe he wore contacts.
Aside from the eyes, the man had a slightly larger than normal nose and high forehead, blond bangs hanging shaggily to the side. The rest of his blond hair was tousled and fell just below the collar of his pullover sweater. Oh, but his lips were tempting too. Camden was a sucker for a good set of lips with a distinctive cupid's bow.
The man ran his hands over Camden's chest. When his fingertips rubbed over Cam's nipples innocently enough, he had to bite his lip to stop the moan.
Cam swatted at those roaming hands again. "Fine! I'm Camden Bartels and I'm from Miami. Now does my chest pass your inspection?"
"Yes. This shirt is dry, you may keep it on."
"Well, thank you so much. Do you always treat your guests like this?"
"Technically, I never invited you in. So if we were to use your Merriam Webster dictionary's definition, then you aren't a guest. Those pants are wet, take them off."
Camden never thought that he could feel indignant about a gorgeous man wanting him to undress, but at this moment—hell yeah he could. "Not happening. And I always preferred the Oxford dictionary myself."

Now remember to leave a comment (with your email addy!!) with your fave Christmas entertainment that gets you in the holiday spirit...and you'll be in the running to win one of my titles—reader's choice :)


  1. Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation all the way, baby ^.^ I watch it every year. There isn't a Christmas without it. Then I also loved to watch Nightmare Before Christmas, but I don't cry if I miss it.

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  2. Great excerpt, hilarious! A Christmas story, written and narrated by jean Shepard, is my favorite Christmas movie. I laugh at the "Frah-GEE-lay" line every time! Thanks again for that excerpt, I'm hooked. Happy holidays!

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  3. Most recently I like the Polar Express and the recent animated Christmas Carol. Also some of those made for TV, so badly cheesy they're good christmas movies get watched if its a rainy day!

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  4. thank you for the awesome blog hop and wonderful giveaway

    and i have always liked the christmas carol

  5. Listening to White Christmas always gets me in the spirit.

    Thanks for doing the hop!

  6. Like Frosty always watch it.

  7. While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock. Thanks for the contest!

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  8. I think that my favorite entertainment has been changed over the years. When I was a kid it was "Charlie Brown Christmas," but while I still love that I think now I have to say that my favorite Christmas entertainment is the "Prep and Landing" series. A nice new Christmas classic.

    Thanks for doing this!


  9. it's not a Christmas movie, but it's been a tradition since I was a kid to watch The Princess Bride on Christmas so I do...every Christmas...

    My favorite Christmas movie is The Family great!


  10. please enter me in your contest

  11. You'll shoot your eye out *hehehe* A Christmas Story

  12. I don't have favorite Christmas movies, but I love Frosty the Snowman...when he melts I still cry! :)

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  13. It isn't the holidays around our house unless A Christmas Story is playing ;)


  14. Ummm, well, I really like to watch Bad Santa. I know, shame on me it's not heartwarming or any of those good things but it does make me laugh myself silly.

  15. I love listening to old Christmas songs. not all the new remakes but all the ones I remember from my childhood. lol.. And then, the tracks my mom always used to play around this time too. heh... I love em. Oh! and I also really love Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer movie. That one old.. clay animated one. haha!


  16. I love the original Grinch! Nor really a movie I guess but it is the holiday show I always search for. Thanks! chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. i watch a christmas story like every day tell christmas
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  18. very interesting Haven and great excerpt. I lov curling up wiht hot cocoa and watching the holiday movies on Lmn and hallmark and watching cooking shows for the holidays.. my favorite movie if i have to pick one is. How the Grinch stole Christmas. ( yeah I know its a cartoon) lol

  19. Listening to Christmas music, shopping, decorating with my girls, going to Christmas plays all get me I to the Christmas spirit! Happy Holidays!

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  20. Gotta love a fellow Muppet person! Do you have the original version of Jug Band Christmas that has the Kermit narration segments interspersed? I guess they had rights issues for the DVD release, but the YBCA in San Francisco shows the uncut version every year. I also like A CHRISTMAS STORY...happy holidays!


  21. A Charlie Brown Christmas was a tradition I kept with my children every year and now, as adults, they still watch it. As a matter of fact, all of Charlie Brown's movies. I loved them so much!
    Happy Holidays and thanks for the Hop!


  22. Loved the excerpt! A Charlie Brown Christmas (The ORIGINAL VERSION) always makes me feel the true Christmas spirit in my heart. I also love watching The Grinch (again ORIGINAL version), Frosty The Snowman and Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.
    Thanks for the great giveaway and joining the hop!!
    Merry Christmas!!
    Ashley A

  23. My favorite is A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart.


  24. my favorite movie would have to be Elf! Merry Christmas! Gale

  25. Still love A Charlie Brown Christmas; so many wonderful childhood memories. Another favorite is A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), the Alastair Sim black & white version... classic! :)

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  26. Well I don't know if you'd consider it a movie but I like to start the season with Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer! Then Frosty and all the other animated Xmas shows that they play on TV.

    Happy Holdidays!


  27. Christmas Vacation is my favorite movie! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  28. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!