Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Stranded with a Hero Blog Tour (Karen's Top 5 Christmas Movies)

My Five Favorite Christmas Movies

I love the holiday season…well, most of the time. When you have young children who believe wholeheartedly in the magic of Santa and a husband who’s always working and never home (this was me a few years ago), it’s exhausting work. You gotta make that magic happen for fear of disappointed children on your hands.

It’s not as bad now. My children are older. They don’t come right out and say it but I’m pretty sure they’re over the whole Santa thing. The husband is home more often and a huge help. When it gets a little stressful though, I always enjoy settling in and watching a favorite Christmas movie. Here are my favorites in no particular order:
1. Christmas Vacation – Of course. Who doesn’t love the Griswolds and all of their holiday mayhem? I love how realistic (if a tad over exaggerated) the movie is. Family coming for the holidays is both stressful and fun. All of that tradition you want to make happen no matter what. The annoying relatives who come over and make themselves at home…I adore this movie. It makes me laugh every time I watch it.

2. Elf – I love that a fairly new movie as established itself very quickly as a classic. At least in my family’s eyes it’s a classic. Will Farrell is amazing as Buddy the Elf who’s like a big kid full of wonder over the magic of Christmas. He’s so sweet and funny. My favorite scene is when he’s working at the department store and the fake Santa comes in. He’s horrified because that dude is NOT Santa. My kids love this movie too.

3. The Grinch who Stole Christmas – This stems back from my childhood. The Jim Carrey version is fine but I prefer the animated version. In the third grade I was one of the narrators of The Grinch. We performed a play in front of the entire school. I always liked the dog. Poor dude, stuck with the grinchy Grinch.

4.  A Christmas Story – Can’t not mention this one right? Does TNT still show it for 24 hours straight? I bet they do. Favorite line from this movie: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Plus, I love it when the dad thinks the package is from Italy because it says “fra-gee-lay” aka fragile. Hahahahahah….

5. The Family Man – Even though this movie isn’t strictly around Christmas, it starts off during Christmas and I love it. It’s a romance about second chances and Nicolas Cage does a great job portraying a man who can’t believe he went from high rolling businessman to family man selling tires in the blink of an eye. Doesn’t everyone question their lives at one point? Do a bit of ‘what if’ pondering? That’s exactly what this movie is about…

I hope you like my list. I hope you’ve seen most or all of these movies and enjoyed them as much as I did. Or maybe you have a favorite Christmas movie too that you’d like to talk about? Leave a comment and let me know!

My latest book with the Bliss imprint is their holiday anthology with three other (wonderful!) Bliss authors, STRANDED WITH A HERO (featuring LOVING MINDY, a novella that’s part of my Lone Pine Lake series.

Here’s the blurb:

Getting snowed in never felt so good as boundaries are crossed, opposites attract, and friends discovering more promise a Christmas no one will ever forget.

Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson
Mindy can’t believe she’s stuck with her ex–best friend—and the man whose heart she broke years ago—for the holidays, though the tension between them is more than enough to keep them warm. Josh Powers never forgot Mindy, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.

White-Hot Holiday by Coleen Kwan
Naomi’s sworn off men like Aaron—rich, cocky, and dismissive of holiday traditions. Aaron decided to spend Christmas in sunny Australia to avoid snowy New York, not to fall for the woman his best friend warned him away from. But when a volcano grounds him, Aaron and Naomi’s relationship becomes eruptive.

An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen
The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover in a snowstorm is his brother’s ex and former town rebel, Kelsey Cooper. She’s his complete opposite and totally off-limits, but as they wait out the storm together, all he can think is how he wishes she’d stay forever.

Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek
Frankie Sylva was determined to free the captive reindeer, even if it meant risking her own life. Deputy Sheriff Red LeClair set out to save a stranger in a snowstorm, never expecting he’d be the one to be rescued.

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Author Bio's:

Karen Erickson:

USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read – sexy contemporary romance. Digitally published since 2006, she’s a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She is also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of new adult contemporary romance Monica Murphy.

Where you can find Karen: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

Cindi Madsen:

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, adult contemporary romances Falling for Her FiancĂ© and Act Like You love Me, and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

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Roxanne Snopek:
Roxanne Snopek is the author of ten books, more than 150 articles, and has had short fiction published in several anthologies. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romance Writers of America Greater Vancouver Chapter. She and her family live in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s at work on more love stories for Entangled Publishing.

Coleen Kwan:
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.

1 comment:

  1. The book sounds fabulous!

    I have to watch White Christmas every year, but I also like The Family Stone and The Holiday.

    Marcy Shuler