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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Parade Guest HelenKay Dimon




This lady has proven that it is hotter anywhere she chooses to write about! Welcome to our blog - HelenKay Dimon!!








I have no idea where November went...or May, for that matter. This entire year has been a big, racing blur. But it's hard to be upset about being perpetually behind or anything else right now because it's the holiday season! I love this time of year. Something about all the lights and the Christmas music playing in restaurants and bookstores puts me in a good mood.

It's also easy to be a little extra merry when I have releases out around the holidays. This year I have two – a single title, HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO, and a novella in the holiday anthology KISSING SANTA CLAUS. I remember writing the Christmas-themed novella, "It's Hotter At Christmas" at the beginning of the year. I wasn't feeling all that Christmassy then. See, it was after the holidays. The tree was down and the gifts put away. Jumping into the holiday spirit at that point was a bit tough.

Well, it would have been except that I was writing about one of my favorite places – Kauai, Hawaii. Yep, a Christmas novella based in warm and sunny Hawaii. Instead of snow and gloves I talk about fireworks over the Pacific Ocean and hiking Waimea Canyon. Not exactly what people think about when they imagine Christmas morning. But for me it worked because I love Hawaii as much as I love Christmas. My husband grew up there, my in-laws live there and my hubby proposed to me there. It's special. Writing a Christmas novella set there reminded me that the holidays are really about being with the people you love, in the place that you love. Hawaii turned out to be the perfect setting for a holiday happily ever after.

Is any going away for the holidays? Anyone escaping to somewhere warm? And does anyone want to win a copy of the Christmas anthology I was in last year, TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT? I'll select a winner from those who comment here.

Happy holidays!

28 comments:

Lori said...

Christmas in Hawaii! What could be better! Look forward to reading this soon!
Lori

Anonymous said...

yep i want that
love hawaii and the surfing compettion whoo
hot men whoo
please count me in
kh

HelenKay Dimon said...

Lori - Thank you!

kh - I was looking at surfing photos the other day from the North Shore of Maui. They were unbelievable. Makes me want to write about a surfer hero. Jill Sorenson wrote one. I'm soooo jealous.

Livia said...

One year we spent Christmas in Los Angeles and the temperature was 81 degrees. The kids were clamoring for us to hurry up and get through opening the gifts because they were all going to the beach. NOPE! It was not Christmas Day to me, we sang Jingle Bells standing beside the BBQ grill looking at very green grass, not my kind of holiday.

However, I have no trouble reading and enjoying a holiday romance that occurs in Hawaii. After all I'll be doing it in a city that has a frozen lake and probably plenty of snow and the temps holding steady at 20 degrees or less.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

Sarah S said...

I have to agree with Livia on this one... I'm a "White Christmas" type of person myself, but I guess that comes with living in the North.

That will not, however, stop me from reading books set in different parts of the world.



Looking forward to reading this one!

Thia said...

I love Christmas, no matter what the climate at the time. I am a Georgia Peach, born and bred, and I am used to both cold and warm winters. I have lived here in the south, coastal Virginia, Ohio, and visited Pennsylvania and Sicily at Christmas. I guess I am just an easy to please kinda gal - just don't tell my hubby!

Tammy Faris said...

I would love to spend Christmas in Hawaii!!! Heck, I would just love to get to Hawaii one day! ;)

I'm a Mississippi girl and have spent all (sadly enough) of my Christmas's in Mississippi.

Can't wait to read your new book!

Merry Christmas!
Tammy

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