I’m so excited to be doing my second YAA! Chat (Review:YA = Young Adult, A = Adult, ! = Excitement, Chat = Interviews, getting behind-the-scenes with other writers) and GIVEAWAY!
Today, I have the absolute pleasure of introducing Nicole Deese and A Cliché Christmas!
⇐ This is Nicole. Author. Texan. Tim’s Wife. Preston & Lincoln’s Mom. When she isn’t writing, she can be found fantasizing about “reading escapes,” which look a lot like kid-free, laundry-free, and cooking-free vacations.
This is her beautifully-wrapped novel ⇒
MY REVIEW: A Cliché Christmas
**Warning: finishing this book will give you an insane desire to listen to Christmas music while you bake cookies…then you’ll want to curl up in a fleece blanket and re-watch all of your favorite Holiday movies…and you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face!
True to the title, the Christmas & Hallmark-approved clichés fell more abundant than pine needles on a tree skirt. You’ve got the:
√ Home for the holidays = Small lumberjack town in the hills of Oregon
√ Successful, career-focused heroine who hates December (Her nickname is “Holiday Goddess.” She writes made-for-TV holiday scripts, making Christmas her forte—she does it 11 months out of the year. December = BEACH not SNOW!)
√ Hottie from her past whom she can’t stand, but who is desperately in love with her
√ Banter-filled, embarrassing reunion involving a damsel needing tire chains and a snow-covered knight in a leather jacket and knit cap
√ Matchmaking Grandma and her crazy friends
√ Epic misunderstandings
√ A mother pushing her to get out of town and make something of herself
√ Snow storm that causes the Hero and Heroine to be stranded for hours in his truck (thankfully they have a bucket of cookies to eat, and share with the other motorists!)
√ A hurting “mean girl” who’s begging for the hero’s attention and still terrorizing the heroine with reminders from the past
√ Tear-your-heart-out little girl who brings them all together through her battle with cancer
√ A happy, death-free ending with kisses and hope!
Even though I could guess what came next, it in no way lessened my delight-filled squeals as I un-wrapped every scene. A Cliché Christmas was extremely well-written, amusing and filled with enough banter and SPARK to decorate (and light) said needless-tree. I HIGHLY recommend this book! So much fun–and wonderful, realistic romance *sigh*. I can’t wait to read it again!
Some “Serious” Writer Questions
JK: I love to hear about people’s writing journey. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? Road to publication . . . Cliff Note version 🙂
ND: I wrote my debut novel, All For Anna, while I was down for the count after a surprise surgery in 2012. I honestly didn’t know what would happen with that story–my only goal was simply to finish it. Well, I finished, only that one book turned into a three-book series, The Letting Go series, which I self-published in 2013. I was contacted by a publisher in the spring of 2014 who requested a manuscript—and I just so happened to have one finished and edited—A Cliché Christmas. Originally, I had planned to self-publish A Cliché Christmas, but a tragic event in my immediate family postponed that publication date. I signed with Waterfall Press, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, just two months after I submitted that manuscript. It was published this October and is available online and in Walmart Stores nationwide. My entire publication journey thus far can be summed up with this:
“There is no such thing as random timing.”
JK: You told me this is your first novel in this genre. What are your other novels about, and what drew you to this genre now?
ND: Well, I write Contemporary Romance, but A Cliché Christmas is more of a Romantic Comedy. It was very refreshing to write something on the lighter side—even though Georgia did have to wade through some emotional turmoil to find the fun in being back home again.
JK: Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
ND: Since my boys (ages 9 and 6) are in school six hours a day, I’m “supposed to” be writing during that time. But unfortunately my brain comes to life around 11 p.m. So that makes the early mornings a bit of a struggle.
JK: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
ND: Read. Read. Read. I’ve experienced a dry spell in writing several times, and the best cure I’ve found is to pick up a book from an author I love…and READ. Inspiration often follows after a good book.
JK: Did you do anything weird/random while researching this book?
ND: Not really with this book so much. Because I lived in Oregon for the majority of my life, I could easily visualize what the make believe town of Lenox looked and felt like. I did have fun creating my Pinterest board though–Love in Lenox. http://www.pinterest.com/nicoledeese/love-in-lenox/
JK: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character in A Cliché Christmas?
ND: I’d have to say Jennifer Lawrence. Because, well, I just love her.
JK: Which character in A Cliché Christmas is the most like you?
ND: Georgia. I relate to her a lot actually–her humor and sarcasm are very similar to my everyday world and my daydreaming started at a very young age.
JK: What are you working on at the minute? What’s it about?
ND: I’m working on a series about estranged identical twin sisters—can’t say much about it yet. But yes, there IS romance. Have no fear about that.
Random CHRISTMASNESS questions
Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift bags for sure! I’m all about the simple.
When do you put up and take down your Christmas tree? Usually after Thanksgiving—except when we travel home to Oregon for Christmas. Then I just kick back and enjoy my parents’ tree and decorations.
What do you put on top of your tree? Um . . . a star I purchased from Dollar Tree a few years back. Suffice it to say, Mama needs to buy a new one.
Favorite gift received as a child? A life size Barbie Doll. For real, the girl was as tall as me and her hair was longer than mine. And straight. (An anomaly for this curly-headed girl.) I loved her!
Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A pair of singing boxer-briefs. With Santa’s face on the behind. (White Elephant Gift Exchange) (HAHAHA!!)
Best gift you’ve ever given? One year my family had the opportunity to help a teenage girl who was about twenty dollars away from becoming homeless. We bought her clothes, food, and had her over for our family’s Christmas Day festivities. It was an amazing experience. And I’ll never forget it.
Favorite Christmas movie? Christmas Vacation and Elf are always big favorites around here–but my own personal Christmas Eve tradition is to wrap gifts (or drop them in gift bags) while watching Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly version). I LOVE LOVE LOVE that movie!
Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night–or pretty much any Christmas song Pentatonix performs. (AGREED!)
What do you love most about Christmas? The togetherness–family coming home, friends stopping by. I love to share life with people, and the holidays are usually a perfect time to do just that.
What’s your favorite cliché? Kissing in the snow. Always.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NICOLE DEESE
Amazon Link for A Cliche Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/Clich%C3%A9-Christmas-Nicole-Deese-ebook/dp/B00KQ1LYJE/ref=asap_B00BMRQOD2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416491604&sr=1-1
Book Trailer for A Cliche Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7syoa29m0dQ
**Her debut novel, an Inspirational Contemporary Romance, All for Anna, has hit multiple milestones since its release in January 2013, including a 4.7 star rating on Amazon and more than 120,000 downloads on Kindle. She has since completed the Letting Go series and is over-the-moon excited about her new release, A Cliché Christmas, published by Waterfall Press, an Amazon Publishing imprint. A Cliché Christmas is available at Walmart stores nationwide and on Amazon.com.
Up for grabs: ONE copy of A Cliché Christmas (winner’s choice of format: e-book or paperback)
How to enter: Leave a comment below with your favorite Christmas memory…& your favorite Cliché
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 1, 2014
Good luck! THANK YOU for joining me and Nicole!
“The first man who compared woman to a rose was a poet, the second, an imbecile.”
-Gerard de Nerval (French Poet)