Saturday, December 18, 2010

Special Guest Diana Castilleja


Greetings from Central Texas! I'd like to introduce Diana Castilleja who lives only a few miles from me, and she's one of the few romance authors I actually know in person. We've visited and were tablemates one year at the annual Texas Authors Day. I admire Diana for her high energy level, great enthusiasm, ability to talk anyone to death, and her positive attitude at all times.


At our last meeting, she gifted me with a copy of Ice Cream in the Snow. See? I told you she was generous. I didn't? Oops, left it out. Well, add that to the list.

Her sweet novel, Ice Cream in the Snow, features a young mother, Jessica Harden, who is rearing her twelve-year-old son, Jacob, alone. You will love this kid, he's every mother's dream child, one who works and acts as if he's twice his age--when he's not acting like a typical preteen. They are a team, and when surprises crash into their world, they form an even closer bond, each protective of the other. Throw in an inherited business (an ice cream parlor) upon the death of her ex-husband; his secrets and money; and a mysterious stranger named Brick Donnelly and you have a novel that will keep you turning pages all the way to the end of the HEA.
Welcome, Diana!

Thank you Celia for letting me come and camp out for the day at your blog. Thrilled that you enjoyed Ice Cream In The Snow. So now, something Christmasy...
CHRISTMAS AT DIANA'S HOUSE
Let's see... What to say that can't be used for blackmail by my child later in life.... Hm....

Christmas at our house is probably pretty routine, a lot like others. After staying up until some ungodly hour wrapping the last of the gifts (No, I don't do this ahead of time for the majority. Always mean to, and don't. LOL), I get to bed to be awakened at the crack of dawn (if I'm that lucky) by my child. Though it does make me remember doing it to my parents, indulgent as they were, so I don't get too upset. It's great seeing him get excited. And that's why God made coffee and fast drip machines.

Then the carnage begins. Paper flies this way, bows that way, and the dog runs for cover under the bed. And that's just the husband! A few years ago, the man thought he'd be funny and wrapped a lump of char(coal) to go in my stocking. Yeaaaah. He's lucky he got to stay in the house that Christmas. So I wasn't amused, but he thinks to this day it was the height of hilarity. He thinks threatening to do it again is funny.

After morning calisthenics involving massive paper removal, the guys make a racket and I make food. We get dressed and drive to his parents' house. I like my in-laws, actually adore my mother-in-law. Eat more food. The kid gets another gift or two and we chill. Then it's off to my parents' house. Lather, rinse, repeat. Even down to the pumpkin pie. It's a wonder I don't wobble side to side by the end of Christmas day.
Exhausting and long, it's still a good day to spend with everyone. But that is pretty much a Christmas day following me around, reality TV style. Scary I know, but I least I'm not orange.

As a gift for those who come and play, I'm going to give a copy of Ice Cream to a lucky commentor, so say hi or ask a question. If you are interested in winning, please leave your email in the comments, or check back in a few days if you don't wish to leave one. I will draw a name on the morning of the 21st, so international folks can come and play too. And thank you for stopping by! Thank you Celia!

BUY LINK:
http://purplesword.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=66 

ALSO AVAILABLE ON : All Romance eBooks

THANK YOU, DIANA.

55 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me Celia! It's always a treat and a pleasure to visit with you, here and in person.

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  2. Hey Diana, your Christnas sounds as chaotic as ours. If the cat doesn't destroy the tree before the magic moment, we should have a rather festive day. My daughter insists we dress up and put out the good china, though. Hopefully she'll volunteer to wash said china.

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  3. LOL My mom has good dishes she uses for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's a LOT of stuff too.

    Thanks for commenting Ciara!

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  4. Hi Diana and Celia,

    Great guest post! Celia, you're absolutely right about Diana helping others - whenever I ask her anything, she immediately emails me back with a helpful answer or solution!

    Diana, your sweet novel, Ice Cream in the Snow, sounds like a wonderful read. The cover is eye-catching! Hope you sell lots of copies. Your photo is gorgeous. You always take great pictures.

    Merry Christmas!!!!

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  5. That is so sweet Diane. Happy to help. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Hello Diana and Celia,
    What a great description of Christmas morning and day. Making the rounds of family is a "must-do" thing, isn't it? But when they are gone, as mine are, there is a feeling of something precious lost. You book sounds wonderful. Count me in the drawing, please. swift2208@yahoo.com
    I wish you much succes with this book. Linda

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  7. Thank you for stopping to read, Linda! Good Luck!

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  8. Well, I know I said I'd only pick one, but I'm in a giving mood, so for Christmas, and for coming to visit, I'm sending all three of you a copy of Ice Cream In The Snow.

    Thanks to all of you for coming. :)

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  9. Linda, I need your address.
    diana dot castilleja (at) gmail.com

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