November 8, 2010

Guest Post by Author Sharon Ashwood with a Giveaway!

The pumpkins have barely exited stage left, and already the holiday season is jingling into view. Christmas trees are starting to appear in Starbucks and other gift-giving establishments, reminding me to start making my shopping list. I only have one response to that:  eek!

It’s hard enough shopping for the family but, when you’re an author of paranormal stories, you have professional contacts to please as well. It’s not only a matter of sending holiday wishes to editors and booksellers, but also giving a nod to the subject matter experts that contribute so much to an authentic paranormal tale.

For instance, there are vampires.  Of course they like presents. Who doesn’t? But if you find a fang on your gift list, what do you give them? Don’t panic. Just remember that they’re a little less about the candy canes and more about whatever—or whoever—is in that festive punch bowl beneath the mistletoe.

What to get the not-quite-dead on your list?  Pretty much what you’d get anyone else, except for food or sessions in the tanning salon. Even the very oldest enjoy a gift card to their favourite bookstore. After centuries of reading, there’s still always something new out there to add to the TBR pile. Just don’t buy them a copy of Twilight, or you’ll never hear the end of it. Vampires either love it or hate it, but they won’t spare you their opinions.

Ghouls?  Since they eat everything, a year’s supply of handy-wipes, or perhaps dental floss. Or the Christmas tree. Apparently they leave the breath pine-fresh. Safety tip:  don’t invite one to your New Year’s Bash. A drunken ghoul in a party hat is not a pretty sight.

Shapeshifters are twice as easy as humans, because if you run out ideas for their human half, there’s always the pet store to consider. Or, you can always mix it up. Catnip scented lingerie is always a hit for the feline on the list, whether it’s for the female kitty-cat to wear, or if you’re modelling it for the Tom in your life. Another suggestion:  Those cedar-chip pillows are excellent for flea control and they make the bedroom smell extra-nice. If your furry friend is a reader, try a copy of No Bad Dogs:  exploring self-esteem for the twin-natured. We all need to get in touch with our inner puppy from time to time.

Shopping for your paranormal friends takes a bit of imagination, and of course some are hard to buy for. I tried giving a demon friend some lovely table linens one year, but they unfortunately caught fire when he got them home.  Now I stick to Corning Ware. Live and learn. It’s the thought that counts.

Good luck with your own lists—and I’ll help you out with one stocking stuffer. Leave a comment on this blog and enter a draw for one of my books (your choice).  Read excerpts at

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  1. Wow. I have never heard of this series and i love paranormal. They all sound really good. I'm assuming I should start with book 1 so since I don't think I can wait and see if I win this contest. I'll just buy book 1 and hope to win the second =) thanks for the post...I love hearing about good books to read. Thanks.

  2. I am actually just about to start the first book in the series. I have heard great things about it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I win so I will have book #2.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  3. Great tips. I will have to remember them during my holiday shopping. Thanks for sharing!

    I loved the first two in your series and cant wait to read the third.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  4. That was a great guest post. I think some of those characters sound easier to buy for than my family.LOL. I would love to read one of your books.

  5. Great post! I wouldn't want your list, first I've heard of this series but sounds great.

  6. Awesome giveaway!! Please count me in.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  7. new series for me! Can't wait to start it

    frugalmdmom at comcast dot net

  8. I'd not heard of this series. Nice to meet you and I'd like to start reading your books...

    sdeeth at msn dot com

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  11. Lol..i like this post ..made me smile :)

    I have all 3 books in The Dark Forgotten On my Wishlist :)

    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

  12. I've read book 1, was great, have book 2 now and would love to get book #3. Thanks for the paranormal tips, maybe I'll better luck with them than my grown kids!

  13. I wish my family were that easy to shop

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  14. Funny post ;) Christmas is a rough holiday. I agree. You think you know what they like & then you find out they already have it or the one you got isn't the right one. Yeah, (I/we)know, It's the thought that's supposed to count but we all know, when we see that look & body language, that slight awkward moment, seconds after opening, that your gift comes up just a little short. My family is way easy to buy for but the other half tends to be______(<-Fill in the Blank here):) lets just leave that to your imaginations. My family grew up sorta poor & although (my/our)adult life's better, we are so thankful for everything down to...Slipper Socks..Medium! (<-that's an ongoing joke in our house & It's a line from a movie called The Ref) Anyway, I'm getting off topic. Lists of what to buy & for whom, in our house is stressful @ best & worst.. a "No Win" situation. That's why I LOVE gift cards. It's not creative nor imaginative, but they get what they want & everyone can be happy & I can be stress free. I make it very easy for my family..The only gifts I ask for my family every year. A bookstore gift card (which is what I'm going to use to buy your book #3 Unchained, If I don't win ;) and this yrs Holiday Barbie, whom I've been collecting since like forever ;)

  15. These sound like fabulous books!

    patricia [dot] mariani [dot] esq [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. Your books sound great. Thanks for the generous giveaway.