Mistletoe Madness with Juliet Madison
What are your plans for Christmas 2014?
I guess since it is fast approaching I should hurry up and make some plans! We will probably have a nice big lunch at my parents’ house with Christmas music on repeat, then everyone will have a food-induced coma-nap, then we’ll repeat the same in the evening!
Tell us about a usual Christmas in your home?
See above. 😉 Things are quite different now that we’ve moved to a new town and don’t have many relatives nearby, so Christmas is a lot less busy. It used to be about trying to squeeze in as much as possible and see as many people as possible but now it’s more about quality rather than quantity, and taking some time to relax and enjoy life and celebrate the year that’s just passed.
Any gift in particular that you’d love to see wrapped under the tree?
Is Henry Cavill too much to ask? 😉
What is a typical Christmas lunch and/or dinner at your house?
Turkey, ham, vegetables, salad, and sometimes seafood. And for appetisers, these yummy things my mum makes that have salmon mixed with some kind of puffed up savoury egg mixture on top of sliced French bread. It’s hard to explain but they are delicious!
Tell us, what is the one dish that gets served every single year? Is there a story behind this?
The yummy appetizer mentioned above! I’m not sure where the recipe came from but they are essential eating for celebrations! The only difference is now we have the gluten free version instead.
Essentials for an Aussie Christmas…
Air conditioning. Sunscreen. Mosquito repellant. Deodorant. Twice daily showers. Abundant food and drink. Somewhere to take a nap after the abundant food and drink. Daggy Christmas music (singing along required). Earplugs for the daggy Christmas music or relative’s tone-deaf singing. And of course… books to read. 🙂
Your best Silly Season survival tip?
Don’t get caught up in the hype and stress. Remember that it’s a special time of year for being with those you love. Be grateful for what you have, appreciate those close to you, and if all else fails, escape into a good book!
What will you be reading this Christmas?
Probably the second book in my YA series The Delta Girls because it is due at the end of December! Apart from that, I’ll definitely make time for some leisure reading. Not sure what yet, but probably something fun and uplifting.
What have been your big achievements in 2014?
Writing four complete books and two partials (3 chapters and synopsis of new ideas). Signing a three-book deal with Escape Publishing. Signing a five-book deal in print and ebook for my YA supernatural mystery series The Delta Girls with Diversion books. And by the time Christmas comes around I will have seen my first ever novel in print on the shelves, The January Wish, as part of a 3-in-1 print compilation for the Australian summer season called Time For The Beach!
What are your plans/goals for 2015?
I have three deadlines already scheduled for 2015 up until August so most of my time will be spent writing the remaining books for The Delta Girls, so they can be released close together. I also plan to gradually work on a new women’s fiction project throughout the year which I am really excited about, it has a 1920’s Hollywood mystery intertwined with a Parisian love affair and alternates between past and present day. When my deadlines are up I’ll write the ‘April’ book in my coastal Tarrin’s Bay series and go from there!
12 Daves of Christmas
A beautiful, uplifting holiday story from bestselling author Juliet Madison about a lonely writer, her grandmother’s ghost, a road trip, and twelve different Daves.
Abby Solomon may write happy-ever-afters for a living, but doesn’t believe she’ll have her own. But then a surprise visit from her grandmother’s ghost sets her off on a journey she’ll never forget.
Grandma Charlotte wants to find her first love, Dave, who she mistakenly thought had died in World War II. A quick trawl through the Yellow Pages yields a list of twelve possibilities, and Abby and Charlotte set off on a Christmas road trip — twelve Daves over twelve days along the sun-drenched east coast of Australia.
With just over a week to make the meeting happen, Abby has to meet a dozen Daves — some sweet, some quirky, some downright dangerous — while trying to honour her book deadline and enduring the awkward challenges of having a ghost as a travelling companion.
But when she comes across a young doctor who looks like the hero in one of her novels, Abby has the chance to discover that true love transcends time and space, and that happy endings aren’t only to be found between the pages of a book.
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