Crazy Canuck New Year’s Blog Hop

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Welcome to my stop on the Crazy Canuck New Year’s Blog Hop.  I hope you have been enjoying this holiday season with family and friends.  This time of year can be filled with plenty of hustle and bustle, so why not take a moment to sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a great book?

Here are a few of my favourite Canadian Fantasy authors:

Michelle Sagara – Chronicles of Elantra series

I love, LOVE this series.  The story follows the adventures of Private Kaylin Neya, a very likeable, less than perfect heroine, and some interesting supporting characters. Sagara has created a fascinating universe populated by six seperate races: the lion-like Leontine, the dragons (in human form), the elf-like Barrani, the Tha’lani mind readers, the angelic Aerians as well as lowly humans like Kaylin herself.  I love how the character of Kaylin, who is young both figuratively and literally in the first book, is allowed to grow with each new experience and obstacle she is forced to overcome.

The first book in the series is Cast in Shadow and I highly recommend you start there.

Kelley Armstrong – Women of the Underworld

Regardless of whether you prefer witches, werewolves, vampires or necromancers the series is sure to please all paranormal fans. There really is something for everyone. Armstrong has created a world that exists in our own, right there in front of us, but hidden. The series is full of strong female characters and of course, the men that are man enough to keep up with them.

While each book in the series is a stand-alone story, there is a lot of overlapping of characters from book to book so I recommend you read this series in order.  The first book is Bitten (now also a TV series on the Space channel)

Guy Gavriel KayThe Last Light of the Sun, Under Heaven, and many others

Kay is a master of his art – the art of telling magical stories that are interwoven with enough historical fact that you can almost believe his fantastical, altered reality is real. His novels are a labour of love. Each one thoroughly researched and you can tell.  One of my all-time favourites is The Last Light of the Sun, a hauntingly beautiful, intelligent story about the Viking era of Scandanavia and the British Isles.  Another favourite is Under Heaven, a lyrical masterpiece that utterly and effortlessly sweeps you away, blending history and fantasy, immersing you in eighth-century Tang Dynasty China.

Kay has so many great books. I really loved them all.  I have to admit, his high fantasy Fionavar Tapestry trilogy is my least favourite of the bunch. I much prefer his historical fantasies.  Besides the two I mentioned above, I also loved The Lions of Al-Rasan and Sailing to Sarantium (and its sequel, Lord of Emperors).

Honourable Mentions:

Tanya Huff (The Enchantment Emporium) – Urban fantasy actually set in Canada, what a novel idea!

Charles de Lint (Moonheart, and too many others to mention) – A modern master of urban fantasy that combines folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams and urban legend into pure magic

Jes Battis (Night Child) – Urban fantasy with a dash of CSI, set in Vancouver.

Julie Czerneda (A Turn of Light) – Pure fantasy yet a refreshing change from princes and fairies.

Enter to Win the Grand Prize!

Digital copies of a book from each participating author including:
Altering Authority by Ashley Dooley
Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Magic Resistant by Veronica DelRosa
The Naughty List by Cori Vidae
Firefly: Ice Born by P.M. Pevato
Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Enemy Within by Marysol James
Questing for a Dream by P.D. Workman
Vice by Rosanna Leo
Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Leah
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
3013:Renegade by Susan Hayes
The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros
Alien Next Door: Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller
Unconditional Devotion by Kayleigh Malcolm
Festive Persuasion by Charlene Roberts
Two $10 gift cards for Chapters-Indigo

Click the link below to visit the Rafflecopter page and enter to win.  Don’t forget to visit the other stops on the hop and get additional entries to the Grand Prize.

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Visit the other stops on the Blog Hop for more great Crazy Canuck posts and more chances to enter to win!

KEEP HOPPING!

Make sure to stop by and check out the posts of each of our hosts.  Not only will you get to learn more about some Canadian authors, but you’ll have the opportunity at each stop to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway.

Click the button below to see a list of the sites to visit.  Stop at them all!

It’s Almost Time! Starts Tomorrow!

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The first ever Crazy Canuck New Year’s Blog Hop runs from December 27th to January 2nd.

Did you get a new reading device for the holidays? Perfect timing! Join in on the hop and find some great Canadian authors to load up on your Kindle, Kobo or iPad.

Check back here tomorrow for my blog post. I’ll be sharing some of my favourite Canadian fantasy authors with you and of course, you will have the opportunity to get in on the fabulous Grand Prize which includes:

Digital copies of a book from each participating author including:
Altering Authority by Ashley Dooley
Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Magic Resistant by Veronica DelRosa
The Naughty List by Cori Vidae
Firefly: Ice Born by P.M. Pevato
Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Enemy Within by Marysol James
Questing for a Dream by P.D. Workman
Vice by Rosanna Leo
Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Leah
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
3013:Renegade by Susan Hayes
The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros
Alien Next Door: Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller
Unconditional Devotion by Kayleigh Malcolm
Festive Persuasion by Charlene Roberts
Two $10 gift cards for Chapters-Indigo

And don’t forget to visit ALL of our participating bloggers and authors!

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Ashley Dooley Shannyn Leah
Marie Landry Susan Hayes
Shannon Peel Kacey Hammel
Veronica DelRosa Ana Medeiros
Cori Vidae Jessica Subject
Amie Stockton Kayleigh Malcolm
Marysol James Romarin Demetri
Natasza Waters Sadie Haller
PM Pevato Leah Braemel
Marie Johnston Charlene Roberts
Rosanna Leo

Thanks For Hopping!

The Jingle Book Blog Hop has come to a close. Thanks to everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. The draw has been made for the five copies of Dead and Kicking. It was conducted by my lovely assistants (my son and niece) and involved a highly regulated process that included slips of paper, a Santa hat and a rigorous game of rock, paper, scissors in order to determine who got to draw the fifth and final name.

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The winners have been notified.  Thanks again to all who participated.

Don’t forget to stop by again on the 27th to join in the Crazy Canuck New Year’s Blog Hop. We have a fantastic grand prize that includes books from nineteen participating Canadian authors.  Remember to visit everyone on the list to check out their posts on Canadian authors and books.

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The Jingle Book Blog Hop Continues

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Get in the holiday spirit by hopping along with me on the Jingle Book Blog Hop.  Check out my post on Christmas Spirit for all the details.  Don’t forget there is a Grand Prize giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  I’m also offering a chance to win one of five digital copies (epub or mobi) of Dead and Kicking.  Just comment on the original post and your name will be entered in the draw. Sign up for my mailing list (here) and get an extra entry to the draw.

Jingle Book Blog Hop – Start Hopping!

I had a bit of a technical glitch yesterday and and suffered from premature publication (don’t you just hate when that happens?). If you visited my post for the hop yesterday and tried the giveaway link and found it didn’t work, I apologize.  The hop is now live. Check out my original post (click the picture below), enter the giveaway and start visiting the other stops!

Don’t forget to leave a comment on my original post and you will be entered to win one of five digital copies of Dead and Kicking.  If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get an additional entry to the prize giveaway.

 

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Jingle Book Blog Hop and Giveaway

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To help get you into the holiday mood, I’m participating in the Jingle Book Blog Hop, hosted by Fire & Ice Book Promos.  Join me on this hop around the internet as fellow writers and bloggers share their ideas on Christmas Spirit.  There is also a Jingle Book Blog Hop Grand Prize giveaway where you can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (see the ‘Enter to Win’ link below).

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Christmas Spirit

Christmas is a great time of year whether you are religious or not. What better time to don the holiday spirit and spend time with friends and family? With our hectic lives and busy schedules, it might not always be easy to get into the swing of things, so here’s a few ways to kick things off.

Watch a Christmas movie. There are plenty to chose from including:

  1. A Christmas Story
  2. The Polar Express
  3. Elf
  4. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  7. A Christmas Carol
  8. It’s A Wonderful Life
  9. Miracle on 34th Street (my personal favourite – the original 1947 version)
  10. The Santa Clause
  11. Home Alone
  12. Frosty the Snowman
  13. Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer
  14. White Christmas.

Call a friend or loved one. Say hi to someone you haven’t spoken with for a while. Maybe they need help getting into the spirit too.

Read a Christmas themed book. You can’t go wrong with classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Christmas Carol, no matter what age you are. For the younger set, one of my favourites is Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera.

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Decorate! Ornaments, Christmas cards, popcorn strings, lights, garland. Visit the dollar store if you’re on a budget.

Send out Christmas cards or email greetings. You have to send a letter to get a letter, my Gramma used to say. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to lift someone else’s? And, who knows? You may just get a card in return.

Buy a countdown/advent calendar. Did you know they have ones with chocolate in them? They even have ones with alcohol (check out this Whiskey Advent Calendar)! I realize it’s already partway through December, but think how much fun it will be to catch up!

Listen to Christmas music. Yes, I know the malls are filled with muzak, but there are a lot of great Christmas songs out there.  Here’s a few to listen for:

  • Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade
  • Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  • I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday – Roy Wood and Wizard
  • Walking in the Air – Aled Jones
  • Do They Know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid
  • I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  • Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
  • Sleigh Ride – Pentatonix
  • Step into Christmas – Elton John
  • Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard
  • Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord – Boney M.
  • Fairytale of New York – Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  • A spaceman came Travelling – Chris De Burgh
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  • Jingle Bells – Bing Crosby (other versions exist too)
  • Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Be generous. Donate time or money to those in need. Volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen. Give to a local charity that collects to help make Christmas better for those less fortunate.

Say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to everyone you meet. Even if they don’t celebrate, they will probably return the greeting with a smile, and you should too!

Bake some treats. We all have a favourite treat that we only make on special occasions. No time like the present to dust that recipe off. In fact, I’ll share one of mine. When I was a kid, we called this “Christmas Slice” because you only ever saw it at Christmas.

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Looking for the perfect gift for the reader in your family?  There’s still time to order them a copy of Dead and Kicking, book one in the Harry Russo Diaries. In fact, there’s no better time than now to read Harry’s first adventure, with book two, Tooth and Claw, set for release on January 5, 2016.

As part of this hop, I am offering a chance to win one of five digital copies (epub or mobi) of  Dead and Kicking just leave a comment below and you are automatically entered.  Sign up to my mailing list (here) during the duration of the hop and get an extra entry. Everyone who signs up will also get a sneak peek at the first chapter of Deadlocked, book three in the Harry Russo Diaries.

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What’s a girl to do when her date is D.O.A?

Angharad ‘Harry’ Russo is just your ordinary twenty-something, with one exception – she’s a witch with an out of the ordinary gift.  When her blind date goes sideways and she ends up face to face with a dead body, her life starts to go sideways too.

Harry soon finds herself right in the middle of the mayhem, dealing with Cian Nash, a homicide detective that is as aggravating as he is sexy; the biggest, baddest vampire in town; and a parcel of pesky zombies that keep popping up everywhere.  It’s all connected to her date’s unfortunate demise, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

 What people are saying about Dead and Kicking:

…I can’t wait to read more.
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I have to say, there just aren’t as many new Urban Fantasy series out there as there used to be, so it’s kind of exciting for me to find one that I enjoyed. I read this debut by Lisa Emme in one sitting.
-Jen, Red Hot Books

5 stars….I read the whole thing in one go, I loved her characters and her story line, I was completely engaged…
Jen Winters

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Read an excerpt from Dead and Kicking

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Tooth and Claw

Available for pre-order Now.  Check your favourite online retailer!
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Available in print January 2016

 

 

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Jingle Book Blog Hop Grand Prize Giveaway.  

Follow this link to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway and continue on the rest of the hop.

Enter to Win!

 

And don’t forget to check back on December 27th for the Crazy Canuck New Year’s Blog Hop.  Fill your new devices with Canadian authors with a chance to win a fantastic grand prize!