**Christmas With Bookouture** Robert Bryndza @bookouture @RobertBryndza

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Yikes two days to Christmas, can you believe it? Well I hope you are nearly ready for the “big” day and if not, I’m sorry I can’t help you there, but I can encourage to put your feet up for five minutes, and forget about “all those things you should be doing”  and read the last in the series of Christmas With Bookouture.

Today’s post is from one of my favourite authors (sorry no prizes for guessing who, as anyone who follows my blog will undoubtably have already guessed) yes I’m thrilled to have the very talented and awesome Robert Bryndza pop by to share his thoughts on Christmas, so without further ado here you are…..

What is your favourite Christmas memory? 

When I was six, I asked for a He-Man Castle Greyskull, and I remember being so excited that I almost threw up, and had to be told to calm-down by my Mum.

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

In Slovakia, with my husband and our two dogs.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Having two Christmas days! In Slovakia Christmas day is celebrated on December 24th, so we do both Slovak and British Christmas days.

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What was your best ever Christmas present?

Nothing has topped Castle Greyskull – yet.

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

There has been a few awful jumpers. When I was little our next door neighbour used to knit me and my sister one each. She seemed to use the scratchiest wool and the hole for our heads was always way too small. We were wrestled into them whenever the neighbour appeared at the door.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Whisky.

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

For everyone I love to be healthy and happy.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Thank you to everyone, and have a very happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year. I can’t imagine not having such a connection to readers and bloggers. It’s very special and I feel so lucky.

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his new Detective Erika Foster series.

The second book in the series, The Night Stalker, is a Wall Street Journal no.1 bestseller, and the third book, Dark Water, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 1.5 million copies and have been translated into 22 languages.

In addition to writing Crime Fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband Ján.

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Website     Blog     Readers Club     Facebook      Twitter: @RobertBryndza

Robert Bryndza books published by Bookouture 

Links to all Robert Bryndza books can be found here …….

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If  you’ve missed any of A Christmas with Bookouture posts they can be found here….  Authors Interviews
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Thank you to Robert Bryndza for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my Christmassy questions, and to the other fabulous Bookouture authors who took part. special thanks to Kim Nash for helping me to get this feature off the ground and for her fabulous and very popular Christmas post.

I wish you all a fabulous Christmas and a very happy new year 😘😘

**Christmas With Bookouture** Angela Marsons @bookouture @WriteAngie

 

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Eeeeeek! Four days to the “big”day, if you are frantically trying to get everything done, a word of advice, take a deep breath, pour yourself a stiff drink (make it a large one!) and put your feet up for five minutes, whilst you read all about the super talented and awesome Angela Marsons Christmas. If your stressing about cooking Christmas dinner I think everyone should take a leaf out of Angela’s book (excuse the pun) and sod the Christmas dinner and focus on the “big day”

What is your favourite Christmas memory? 

I think it would be when my partner and I first shared a home. We were late twenties and had spent many Christmases with our parents but having that first festive season in our own home was magical. Each year my favourite time is Christmas Eve. I love the anticipation of the day itself and I always check Norad to monitor Santa’s progress.

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas Day will be spent at home with my partner Julie, our Golden Retriever puppy and a parrot that will continually shout ‘Merry Christmas’. We spend time with family on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Yes, that I am not allowed to cook a proper Christmas Dinner because we prefer to enjoy the day. Every year we have Turkey sandwiches, pickled onions, garlic dip and pringles for our Christmas lunch.

What was your best ever Christmas present?

My best ever Christmas present was a huge box filled with bags of my favourite crisps. I am a huge crisp addict and there were over a hundred packets in there. It made me laugh all day and kept me happy for about three months.

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What was your worst ever Christmas present?

A ‘grow your own grub’ kit. I’m still not sure how it was supposed to work but as I hate insects it wasn’t a great present for me.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Oh, it would have to be a Latte Machiato. I don’t drink but I absolutely love my Tassimo coffee.

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Another box of crisps! I’m a simple kind of girl.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

I would like to thank readers and bloggers for all their support in 2016. The love of words and sharing never ceases to amaze me and as I come to the end of this year it is something for which I am truly thankful.

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Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.

Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.

After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.

Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for http://bookouture.com and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing.

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Angela Marsons books published by Bookouture 

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If you would like to read more about Angela Marsons you can read an interview she done earlier this year with the book review café here……Author Interview With Angela Marsons

My thanks to Angela Marsons for answering my Christmassy questions and for allowing me to use some photographs from her personal collection.

 

 

**Christmas With Bookouture** Tom Bale @Bookouture @t0mbale

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Another day closer to Christmas, Eeek it’s coming around so quickly and I have a pile of Christmas presents that need wrapping, but at least I’ve finished buying presents, so no last minute rushing around for me, sorry I’m digressing here! Today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Tom Bale pop by the book review café to talk about all things Christmassy, so pull up a pew, grab a mince pie and escape for a few minutes whilst you learn more about a “Tom Bale Christmas”

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

Despite always being really excited about Christmas, my children love their sleep, and when they were young they never once woke us at an unearthly hour on Christmas morning. Usually it was the opposite – my wife and I would be lying in bed, impatiently waiting for them to wake up. One year I couldn’t wait any longer, so I put my head round the door of my daughter’s bedroom and said good morning. As she stirred, oblivious to the sack of presents at the foot of her bed, I added, “Do you remember what day it is?” and she replied: “Tuesday.” As you can imagine, we’ve teased her about it ever since.

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                                        Family man Tom Bale

Where will you be spending Christmas?

At home this year. Quite often we’re visiting family, so it’ll be nice to spend the whole day in one place. Of course my wife might take a different view on that, as she has the responsibility for cooking Christmas dinner.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

A takeaway curry for dinner on Christmas Eve, and a bit of pre-breakfast chocolate on Christmas morning!

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                                 Tom Bale’s very large stash of Christmas chocolate

What was your best ever Christmas present?

Probably a very realistic shoulder holster and toy gun that I got at a time when I was crazy about Starsky & Hutch (and it was around this time that my gran knitted me a “Starsky” cardigan!)

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

I can’t really think of any. Probably as a kid I was given socks and handkerchiefs that wouldn’t have seemed very exciting, but from an early age people realised that books or chocolate were the perfect gifts for me, so I was always delighted with either of those – and they still form the majority of my presents today.

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                     Tom’s Christmas presents, should keep him reading for a while 

Favourite Christmas tipple?

I tend to stick to my usual beer, though if we’re out visiting and I’m driving I drink quite a lot of ginger beer at Christmas.

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

I’m ashamed to admit that I have a tendency to buy some of my presents myself – this year I already know that Santa will be bringing me Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, as well as Nomad by Alan Partridge, among other books.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Firstly, to say a huge thank you for the magnificent support that I’ve had this year! I’d also like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas, and let’s all hope that 2017 is a bit less crazy and distressing than this year has been.

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Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children.

Tom has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full-time. The thriller SEE HOW THEY RUN was published by Bookouture in May 2016, followed by All Fall Down in September 2016.

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Tom Bale books published by Bookouture

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My thanks to Tom Bale for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my Christmassy questions and for providing me with photos from his own personal collection.

**Blog Tour** The Gift by Louise Jensen #Review #GuestPost @bookouture @fab_fiction

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Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for The Gift by Louise Jensen,  this is one book you don’t want to miss, it’s a gripping read. The good news is The Gift was published yesterday so you don’t even have to wait to get a copy. Before you pop over to Amazon and order yourself a copy, you may want to check out my review for The Gift which is definitely an outstanding psychological thriller by the way! Followed by a Christmassy interview with Louise Jensen who tells us what she is going to  be up to on Christmas Day 🎄🎄

Book description

The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die?Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

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Hells Bells! The Gift by Louise Jensen is an absolute cracker of a read, it’s tense, gripping and thrilling. I literally devoured this book in one sitting, I love it when you read a book and the opening chapter grabs you by the throat, I’m not one for slow burners and much prefer to get “stuck in”. I read the authors debut novel The Sister earlier this year and I thought it was a fantastic read, so I was hoping it would be just as good, but Louise Jensen has surpassed all my expectations with this heart stopping read (excuse the pun!).

Jenna the protagonist has received a donor heart, as she recuperates from her life saving operation Jenna begins to suffer with irrational thoughts and feelings that appear to centre around Callie the girl whose heart was donated. As Jenna suffers flashbacks of disturbing incidents she becomes convinced that Callie didn’t die as a result of an accident, as events take a Dark and sinister turn you can help wondering where the plot is leading. Jenna’s new heart is seen as a “Gift” but you can’t help feeling that it comes at a price as her life begins to fall a part in the most spectacular fashion.

When I read a psychological thriller I expect the author to emphasise the psychology of their characters and Louise Jensen manages this with aplomb. Jenna was a character that I found intriguing, complex, and at times I couldn’t help but wonder how reliable she was as a narrator as she became obsessed with Callie’s life, her family and fiancé, on the other hand could Jenna be experiencing cellular memories? is it possible that a donor heart holds secrets, lies, hopes and dreams? It certainly gave me food for thought, as Callie’s Dark and horrifying memories consume Jenna’s life. As Jenna becomes more involved with her donors family you realise things aren’t as they seem,  as she tries to uncover hidden secrets you can’t help wondering if she is loosing her grasp on reality.

The Gift explores familiar issues, lies, secrets and protecting those you love, which could have made for a mediocre read, but fortunately the author manages to add originality to these themes, making for a compelling read shrouded in intrigue.The Gift is a well plotted story as Jenna delves deeper into Callie’s life there is a sense of menace oozing from every page, the constant sense of unease and foreboding make for a sinister read.  At times I became so caught up in the plot that I found myself jumping at every little sound. Louise Jensen’s writing goes from strength to strength, she has written a belter of a book that will keep even the most hardened psychological thriller lover glued to their kindle/book.

5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Print Length: 287 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (16 Dec. 2016)

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img_0926Louise is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat.

The Sister is Louise’s debut novel and it reached No.1 on the Amazon Kindle chart in both the UK and Canada and No.1 on iBooks. Louise’s second book, The Gift, will be published on 16th December 2016.

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Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

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What is your favourite Christmas memory?

There are so many, especially since I had children of my own, but a favourite childhood one of mine was waking to a white Christmas. I remember racing outside with my sister, in our pyjamas, and having a snowball fight at about 6 in the morning!

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

This year we’ll be at home. We have family visiting.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

When the children were small there was always the stocking hanging, and carrot for Rudolph but they are too big for that now (although I still leave a mince pie out for Santa!) We always have a pizza Christmas Eve though and watch a Christmas movie together. Often Elf.

What was your best ever Christmas present?

A boxer dog called Bailey. We’d been discussing for about a year whether it was the right time for our family to own a dog and decided it was. We bought him Christmas Eve but I decided to leave him with the breeder for a couple of days so he could arrive at his new home when it was quiet, not with the madness of a houseful on Christmas day, but it was all we could talk about.

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What was your worst ever Christmas present?

A box of chocolate covered brazil nuts from a family member. I have a severe allergy to brazil nuts…

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Baileys! I love it but for some reason I do only buy it at Christmas.

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

My family around the dining table. With the children getting older, and one having already left home to live with his girlfriend, it can be hard to co-ordinate us all in the same place at the same time.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Firstly huge thanks for all your support – my first year as a published author has been amazing, and, don’t sweat the small stuff. No-one will ever remember if you made the stuffing from scratch, but they will remember who was around the table, the love and the laughter. We can put so much pressure on ourselves to get everything perfect, but try to relax and enjoy the festive season.

My thanks to Louise for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer my Christmassy questions 

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**Christmas With Bookouture ** Mel Sherratt @Bookouture @writermels

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Eeeek only nine days to Christmas, I’m sure you all have loads to do for the BIG day so I won’t waffle on (much). I’m hoping you’ve got five minutes to sit down with a caramel nut latte (my very favourite drink) make sure it’s got plenty of cream on though, heaven in a mug! and a mince pie of course because today I’m thrilled to have the awesome Mel Sherratt drop by the book review café to tell us all about her Christmas 🎄 So with no further ado sit back and relax and enjoy

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

Waking up when I was about six years old and having a Blue Peter Annual and a red dressing gown with ladybird buttons at the end of my bed.

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

At home. Having recently moved house, we’re as excited as if it were our first Christmas together. It’s a lovely feeling.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Nothing apart from the usual things. We have a quiet Christmas. It used to be hectic as we went out most nights but now we’re happy to stay at home and chill. I love Christmas Day.

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               Mel’s Christmas Tree, loving the decorations 

What was your best ever Christmas present?

When I first met my husband in 1993, he bought me a Gucci watch. It was only a cheapie, I hasten to add but I have treasured it ever since.

What was your worst ever Christmas present? 

Chicken pox.

Favourite Christmas tipple? 

It has to be Baileys.

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Snow! I would really love to see several feet of the white stuff. It doesn’t have to be Christmas Day – just some time soon.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Health, wealth and happiness is always a good thing to toast at Christmas. I’d also like to say thank you to all my readers who stay with me on my writing journey from book to book, and the fantastic bloggers that spread the news about my books. I feel very lucky to have so many people to interact with every day.

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I write gritty crime dramas, psychological suspense and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, all eight of my crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 20 and I’ve had several number ones. I’ve also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.

I also write contemporary fiction under the name of Marcie Steele – Stirred with Love was published in September 2015, The Little Market Stall of Hope and Heartbreak in December 2015 and The Second Chance Shoe Shop in April 2016.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and make liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books.

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Website     Blog     Facebook      Twitter: @writermels

Books by Mel Sherratt published by Bookouture 
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Pre-0rder Don’t Look Behind You, published the 31st January 2017

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My thanks to Mel Sherratt for taking time out of her busy schedule and also for the fabulous Christmas tree photograph from Mel’s personal collection 

 

**Christmas With Bookouture** Kim Nash @bookouture @Kimthebookworm

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Ho, Ho,Ho 🎅🏻 I am thrilled to bits to have the lovely and fabulous Kim Nash stop by the book review café and answer my Christmassy questions. Just in case you don’t know Kim (where the hell have you been?) is the publicity Manager at Bookouture, I’m not sure how Kim finds the time but she’s also a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Well we’re getting closer to Christmas and I personally can’t wait this will be my first ever Christmas that I haven’t had to work in the last 20 odd years! And I’m going to make sure I enjoy every minute of it with my wonderful family. I know you think I’m probably rambling again! But when you read Kim’s post it makes you think (after I stopped crying, so be warned) how we should treasure every moment with our loved ones.

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

Christmas for me is a family time. I’ve come from a family who always spend Christmas together. When I was a child, I probably didn’t appreciate as much as I should have done, how important it is to enjoy family while they’re around as they’re not around for ever. My Mom and Dad got married on Boxing Day and so we always used to have a big party for them and 11 years ago I held their 50th Wedding Anniversary party at my house when we had around 70 people come to celebrate with us. God knows how they all fitted in my house! We never knew at the time that it would be our last big family get together as Mom lost her battle with cancer a few months later. Christmas for me is about making fabulous memories now for Ollie and enjoying every minute.

Another fabulous memory for me was taking Ollie to a nearby Reindeer Lodge where we got to have a sleigh ride and feed reindeer too! As he still “believes” I try to make the most of it!

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                                 Kim and her wonderful family

Where will you be spending Christmas?

This year, we shall be spending Christmas at my sister’s house. I’m really close to my sister and her husband and my nephew and their two bonkers Collie dogs Dexter and Meg. We are going out for a curry on Christmas Eve (after we’ve put out the reindeer food on the lawn so they know where to come!) and I shall wake up there on Christmas morning while Ollie sleeps over at his dads house and I will look forward so much to the doorbell ringing when he comes to spend the rest of Christmas with us at their house. My sister is the most amazing cook and I’m looking forward very much to my yummy Christmas dinner!

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

We always used to see my Godmother on Christmas Eve and my parents always allowed me and my sister to open our present from her. So, I always allow Ollie to open a present on Christmas Eve. We always have a toast to absent friends and certainly one to our parents at the dinner table.

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                                   A very Christmassy Ollie 

What was your best ever Christmas present?

I’m always really lucky and have fabulous Christmas presents but my best Christmas present was probably the first Christmas I spent with Ollie which was 9 years ago. We had to wake him up though because we sat waiting downstairs for ages for him to wake up! And he didn’t know much about it as he was only a couple of months old, but it was my first Christmas as a mom myself so it was probably one of the best.

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything that I’ve not liked to be honest! What a boring answer!

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Well, it appears that I am quite renowned for being a G&T swilling old lush (I get that from my mom and she’s not here to cuff me round the ear for saying it), so this year I’ve bought us a bottle of rhubarb and ginger gin to try! We always start the day with a bacon sandwich and Bucks Fizz! Then we upgrade to a bottle of Champagne a little later! And I do like a port and brandy with cheese and biscuits! That’s probably why we all end up having a snooze after dinner!

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What are you hoping for this Christmas?

I think we live in a society where if we want something, we go out and buy it! So there’s nothing that I really want! As long as I can get to spend Christmas with my family I’m as happy as can be!

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Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

Just a great big THANK YOU really! Readers and bloggers never cease to amaze me with their generosity of their time, their reviews, their comments and their constant sharing of what Bookouture are doing. We are so lucky to be able to share our books with wonderful people and truly appreciate everything that bloggers and readers do for us. This year has been quite a year and we have TONS more exciting stuff going on next year too!

I hope that Christmas and the New Year is everything that you wish for and you all have an amazing time.

My thanks to Kim for taking the time to answer my christmassy questions and also for allowing me to share some of her personal photographs, and a big hug to the gorgeous Ollie 😘😘

**Christmas With Bookouture** James Carol @bookouture @JamesCarolBooks

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Another day closer to Christmas 🎄 and personally I can’t wait, I’m one of those people who just love to give presents. If you are still frantically running around looking for gifts, sorry I can’t help you there! but I can encourage you to put your feet up, grab a mince pie and see what the awesome James Carol had to say when I put my Christmassy questions to him.

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

The first Christmas I spent with my wife has to be right up there at the top of the list. The weather was gorgeous so we spent most of the day at the stables. Mid-morning we went for a long ride on the horses, and because everyone else was indoors, it was like we had the whole world to ourselves. That was pretty magical.

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

At home with my wife and two children. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Like every family we’ve build up our own traditions over the years. Christmas morning starts with pancakes, presents and overexcited children. For the last couple of years we’ve staggered dinner – something I definitely recommend. We have our starter for lunch, the main meal mid-afternoon, and pudding in the evening while watching a film. This way you can eat more, but you don’t end up feeling overfull. A win/win if ever there was one.

What was your best ever Christmas present?

A Vic 20 computer. What you’ve got to remember is that this was back in the eighties when hardly anyone owned a home computer, so this was a really big deal. And yes, I was a computer geek. Guilty as charged.

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What was your worst ever Christmas present?

My gran used to get me and brothers these horrible jumpers each year. We eventually persuaded her to give us money to buy our own presents instead.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Sparkling elderflower juice – I’m teetotal these days.

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Two happy children!

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Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

I’m truly blessed to do a job I love, but I’m also aware that I wouldn’t be able to this without the support of readers and bloggers … so thank you! Other than that, I’d just like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas. I truly hope that 2017 is everything you want it to be.

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James Carol is the bestselling author of BROKEN DOLLS, the first in a series featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter. The novel was released in the UK in January 2014 to rave reviews and reached number 1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts. In addition James is writing a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. PRESUMED GUILTY is the first of these. Under the pseudonym J.S. Carol, he has also written THE KILLING GAME.

James was born in Scotland and moved to England in the early-eighties. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor. When he’s not writing, James spends his time training horses and riders. An accomplished guitarist, he relaxes by writing and recording music. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.

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http://www.james-carol.com     Twitter: @JamesCarolBooks

J. S. Carol books published by Bookouture 

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Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.

And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.
You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.
He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.
If he dies. You die.
You have four hours to stay alive.
What would you do?

‘THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING, and completely blew me away … one of the most tense novels I have read in a long time.’ The Book Review Café

‘A brilliantly compelling read. A nail-biting 5 stars from me.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews (5*)

‘If any thriller deserves to be called unputdownable it’s this one.’For Winter Nights (5*)

‘Wow! Just, wow! … a fantastic, heart stopping, adrenaline rush of a read! … so many twists and turns that you really can’t imagine how the book will end … I was gripped until the very last page.’ Brew and Books Review (5*)

’Incredibly difficult to put down and it hurtles along at breakneck speed, to the point I almost felt travel sick! … a cracking thriller and if you are after a read that gets your heart pounding and makes your blood pressure rise look no further than this book.’ Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

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My thanks to James Carol for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my Christmassy questions 🎄🎁