Dec 1, 2015

Agi & Suze's Christmas Countdown: Interview With Samantha Tonge + Signed Book Giveaway


Interview

1) What's your best Christmas memory?

Watching the children open their presents when they were small, their faces lighting up – nothing quite beats those magical moments.

2) What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

I loved Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin, she creates such a cosy set of characters... but I really haven’t read much festive fiction over the last year or two, as December is the one time of year, more than any, that I don’t do much reading - I am so busy promoting my own Christmas book and then things get busy with preparing my family celebrations. 

3) If you could choose one person, dead or alive, to celebrate a one time special Christmas with, who would you choose and why?

It would be my mum who passed away over ten years ago. I miss her every day and wish she could have seen me become a published author. I would love to talk to her about the children, to hear her laugh one more time and, more importantly then anything, enjoy one of her very special hugs.

4) What are your thoughts about Santa?

I think Santa is a very hardworking, selfless, cheery, thoughtful person who can teach us all a lot about Christmas spirit and how we should try to carry it thought the whole year.

5) What are your best and worst Christmas gifts and why?

Best? Just to have a few chilled, quality days with my family – we are all so madly busy the rest of the year it is great to spend a lot of relaxed time together.

Worst? Bailey’s Cream. I was once VERY ILL after drinking a little too much of it ☺

6) Your favourite Christmas song?

Anything by Michael Bublé – he has such a smooth voice.

7) Your favourite Christmas movie?

It’s not strictly Christmas but can I have New Year’s Eve with Ashton Kutcher and Zac Efron? The stories within it are soooo romantic and heart-warming.

8) Top 3 books that you're giving as Christmas presents?

Ooh, if I had to choose 3 top books it would be The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight and something by Lucy Diamond!

9) Most favourite and least favourite part of Christmas?

Favourite? That full, after-dinner feeling when you have eaten lunch, the hard-work and preparation is done and everyone can just sit down, chill, watch telly, play board games or chat. Heaven.

10) I must ask, sorry - the best Christmas food is...?

Please don’t ever apologise to me for talking about food ☺ Even though I am, at heart, a chocoholic, the best Christmas food for me is a cold turkey and stuffing sandwich, accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine. Yum. I cannot wait!!

About Samantha Tonge

Bio

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Her summer 2015 novel Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart. 

Blurb

Things don’t always run smoothly in the game of love…

As her Christmas wedding approaches, a trip back to snowy England for her ex’s engagement party makes her wonder if those are wedding bells she’s hearing in her mind, or warning bells. She longs for the excitement of her old London life – the glamour, the regular pedicures. Can she really give that all up to be…a fishwife?
There’s nothing for it but to throw herself into bringing a little Christmas magic to the struggling village in the form of a Christmas fair. Somewhere in amidst the sparkly bauble cakes and stollen scones, she’s sure she’ll come to the right decision about where she belongs…hopefully in time for the wedding…

Perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk and Debbie Johnson. Don’t miss the Christmas Wedding of the year!

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Giveaway

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A signed copy of Mistletoe Mansion will be for the winner of this giveaway. Good luck!

32 comments:

  1. Loved the interview with Samatha! Great questions. :)

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  2. i love the interview :) my memory until today the most i like wen i was child is looking for the light in the tree and i stay in my wolrd looking to the lights :)

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    1. Thanks Candida - there is something so magical about Christmas lights... x

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  3. I remember when my daughter was about four years old and we were sitting on the couch watching Christmas shows and making Christmas ornaments for presents.

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    1. Aw.. It's great to be around small children at Xmas x

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  4. i remember going to japan after christmas to go to a japanese concert on new years eve. It was fun and tons of shopping sales in japan at that time very fun and clean and awesome. Going with friends was fun.

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    1. Lucky you! I was in Japan last year, nearl Halloween - they really seem to like their holidays over there! x

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  5. thank you a lot for this interview now what could i answer without being spoilery...
    one favourite thing about Christmas: teh tree decoration when we share memories of those who gave us some decoration and are not there with us anymore

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    1. Thanks Miki and what a lovely sentiment - I feel like that over the many fridge magnets I have on my fridge.. lots of memories x

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  6. One of my favourite things are the food and the christmas tree and all the little ornaments around them!
    thanks!!

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  7. Top 3 books that I'm giving as Christmas presents are: Edenbrooke, Glimmer of Hope and Persuasion. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  8. Loved the interview! my favourite memory of a Christmas was the year my dad was in hospital for 6 months..we didn't get to visit him much as we lived so far away..on that Christmas eve an ambulance brought him home to have Christmas with us for a couple days before going back! Was such a specaial Christmas for us!

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  9. Enjoyed the interview. I love Christmas stories. For me, it is the grandchildren that make Christmas extra special.

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  10. Top 3 books that you're giving as Christmas presents: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon.

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  11. I have a lot of fond memories from over the years of decorating the Christmas tree.

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  12. Your favourite Christmas movie? My all time favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim :) There's so many remakings of this story, but the old time black and white version will always be the best one :)

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  13. This was a great interview. I've never read her books but I'm adding her to my list of reads. My heart feels for her missing her mom, mine has been gone 13 years and I still yearn for her hugs, laugh, voice.

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  14. I didn't really celebrate Christmas as a child so really appreciate it now.

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  15. We love decorating the tree together -my son once kicked a door through on Christmas eve - reinforced glass as well - he cut his foot and had to stay sitting for three days while it healed enough for him to walk!!

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  16. Favourite Christmas memory? When there were so many of us for Christmas dinner we had to have 2 sittings. Also if you didn't arrive at the same time, we weren't allowed to open presents (from the other people) until everyone had had Christmas dinner. Unfortunately now, we aren't as many, but still one of my favourite memories of all time. :)

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  17. I love making Christmas presents and putting in the effort and love :)

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  18. I love the author's choice of books that she would gift.

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  19. The best christmas foods are the sweets! -Mary Rose Benipayo

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  20. My favourite film is The Snowman

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  21. jigsaw got 24 piece set only one xmas

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