Oct 24, 2015

Bookouture Christmas: Interview With Jenny Hale & Giveaway


About Jenny Hale

When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas – a story about friends, family, and the magic of love at Christmas.

Many novels later, I find myself still writing. I am currently at work on my next novel.

Interview

1) What's your favorite Christmas memory?

I have a lot of them. One was when I was in high school when I was around 16, my youngest brother (10 years younger than me) still believed in Santa. After he went to bed, in the dark, I ran around the house with jingle bells so he’d think Santa was on his way.

2) What's your favorite Christmas song?

“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey

3) What are your 3 favorite Christmas reads?

I don’t have favorite Christmas reads. Rather, I enjoy actually having time over the holidays to read anything! I will pile up a few of the ones I’ve really wanted to read and dig in to those over the Christmas season. Sophie Kinsella is almost always on that list. 

4) What's the best Christmas gift you ever received?

A six-pack of Hoegaarden! I love a good beer. Years ago, we couldn’t find it anywhere and my husband searched all over for it because it was one of my favorites. He found it and put it in a gift bag at the back of the tree. I was so surprised!

5) What does your ultimate Christmas look like?

My ultimate Christmas would have a night out on the town and a trip to New York or London with my husband. But really, time with my family—my husband and my kids—that does it for me.

Giveaway

One lucky reader of my blog will receive a digital copy of A Christmas to Remember together with a lovely Christmas bird necklace made by Janoushka Jewels


Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

78 comments:

  1. I love reading holiday novels. This looks like a fun read. Thanks for the chance.

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  2. My favorite Christmas song is Greensleeves.

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  3. My ultimate Christmas is dinner with my husband and kids, opening gifts, then a walk around the neighborhood in the snow, with candle bags glowing in the dark along the side streets.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. My favorite Christmas song is We Wish You A Merry Christmas.)

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  5. 3 of my favorite Christmas reads are His Mistress by Christmas by Victoria Alexander, A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr and Christmas at Tiffany's by Karen Swan.

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  6. My fave Christmas song is white Christmas xx

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  7. My favorite Christmas Song is A Hallelujah Christmas

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  8. What's your favorite Christmas song? Mine is White Christmas.

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  9. My ultimate Christmas would be watching Christmas movies while making cookies with my family.

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  10. What's your favorite Christmas song?
    "Jingle bells Jingle bells, jingle all the way" is my all time favorite song.

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  11. Fantastic giveaway love everything about Christmas and my favourite song is 'Last Christmas '

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  12. Fantastic giveaway love everything about Christmas and my favourite song is 'Last Christmas '

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  13. The best Christmas gift I ever received was the Harry Potter book seven.

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  14. The best Christmas Gift I ever received was a Kindle xx

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  15. My ultimate Christmas will be this year's Christmas because it will be the first one with my fiance in our brand new home!!

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  16. 2) What's your favorite Christmas song?
    A: Jingle Bells :D

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  17. My best Christmas memories are from when I was a little child. Our dad would take us out sledge riding while Santa (aka my mom, as we found out later) brought the presents :)

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  18. My ultimate Christmas would be to have all my children and grandchildren home to enjoy it with.

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  19. 4) the best Christmas gift you ever received was my very first pc - I know it sounds material, but I've been asking for it for ever and my parents made a lot of sacrifices for buying me that and I was (still am) so grateful!

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  20. I have never had a white Christmas, so that would be my ultimate Christmas.

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  21. My perfect Christmas would look pretty much like Halloween I still haven't given up on the idea of decrating the tree with tiny witches and owls...

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  22. my ultimate christmas would be a snowy one

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  23. What's your favorite Christmas song?
    Jingle Bells

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  24. Fav Christmas Song: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas by Bing Crosby :) thanks for sharing!

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  25. The necklace is beautiful and I love Christmas books!

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    1. And my favorite Christmas song is It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

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  26. The best Christmas present I ever received was a necklace with a butterfly pendent. This was the greatest because even though it was from a boyfriend at the time he said it was from my kids. My son a few years before when he was about 5 picked out a ring with a big butterfly and a little butterfly and said I needed to buy it for my birthday because it was him and I. I treasure that ring still so the necklace melted my heart. (Yes, ladies - sometimes guys really know how to be thoughtful and sincere). :) (I entered above as Nicole Anderson)

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  27. My favourite Christmas song is White Christmas

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  28. My favourite Christmas song is White Christmas

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  29. My favorite Christmas memory is selling Christmas trees with my dad. He owned a little hardware store and each year we'd sell live Christmas trees on the lot beside the store.

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  30. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.

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  31. I really enjoy the time leading up to Christmas. Reading Christmas themed books and hearing holiday music is great. My favorite Christmas song is Mary Did You Know.

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  32. What's your favorite Christmas song? Silent Night :)

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  33. My favorite Christmas present was a kitten.

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  34. favorite Christmas song is jingle bells

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  35. My favorite Christmas is when I was 7 and I got my first horse - with a big red bow around his neck!

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  36. My ultimate christmas looks like a quite day with my immediate family, opening presents in our pjs and eating cinnamon rolls!

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  37. my favourite christmas song is "douce nuit"

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  38. My best Christmas gift was my daughter born a few days before Christmas

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  39. One of my favorite Christmas movies is White Christmas.

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  40. My favorite christmas gift when I was little was a doll from a cousin and his friend who I named Johnny Ann after them.jchizmar01@windstream.net

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  41. My favourite Christmas song is fairytale of new york by the pogues

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  42. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night because I know it in sign language too :)

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  43. My favorite Christmas song is "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer" :)

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  44. I like any Christmas song sung by Elvis Presley :)
    Lori

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  45. 4) What's the best Christmas gift you ever received?
    Books! I love when someone gives me books.

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  46. My favourite christmas song is the same as yours, Mariah carey all I want for Christmas is you. We have good taste :)

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  47. My favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy. I love the snowflake necklace.

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  48. My favorite Christmas song is Away in a Manger. That was the first Christmas song I learned.

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  49. My favourite Christmas song is "Mary Did You Know" a cappella version - check out Pentatonix on Youtube if you've never heard it. It's a fab rendition.

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  50. My favorite Christmas read are Sleig Bells in Snow and Christmas Ever After by Sarah Morgan :)

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  51. My favourite Christmas song is Please Come Home For Christmas by Jon Bon Jovi.

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  52. The best Christmas gift is to win this giveaway.

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  53. 1- A melhor recordação é sem dúvida as pessoas de quem eu gosto todas reunidas

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  54. All I want for Christmas, Let it snow, Shake the happiness

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  55. My favorite Christmas song is also Mariah Carey's All I Want for Chrismas is You.

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  56. "What's the best Christmas gift you ever received?" My french bulldog - he was the best early Christmas gift ever!

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  57. My favorite Christmas gift ever was a huge Estee Lauder eye shadow palette in the early 90's. LOVE!!

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  58. My favoruite Christmas son is "O Holy Night".

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  59. I love Christmas songs and have a few favourites but 'I wish it could be Christmas Everyday' by Wizzard was released the year I was born and I totally love it so that has to be my all time favourite! Thank you Suze xxx

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  60. Same as Jenny's answer..fave song is 'All I want for Christmas is you'

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  61. My ultimate xmas would be extended family for the day including ones from overseas :)

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  62. Aly and AJ The greatest time of year

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  63. My favourite Christmas song is the pogues.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  64. When I was about 8 my parents bought me a stuffed toy kit. I unwrapped the bag of stuffing that went with it, then we visited family, I spent hours wondering what on earth "the funny pillow" could be for!
    jen.barnard@btinternet.com

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  65. My favourite Christmas song is Winter Wonderland

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  66. the best Christmas song is I saw mummy kissing Santa Claus

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  67. My favourite Christmas song is 'Driving Home for Christmas' - I get teary whenever I hear it.

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  68. My favourite Christmas song is Fairytale of New York

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  69. My ultimate Christmas would be in a snowbound cabin, as long as I could take my cats!

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  71. My ultimate Christmas would be a family reunion. My family is spread out in different countries now.

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  72. My favourite Christmas song is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas :)

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  73. whats your fav christmas movie ? Mine is Elf

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