Sunday, December 14, 2008

Book Giveaway: Holidays are Hell by Harrison, Sands, Liu and Pettersson

FINALLY! I've managed to finish this one so I can run my giveaway! Trust me, it was not due to lack of interest in the book, just lack of time, I've been working so much! Don't they know I have important blogging to do?!

Holidays are Hell is an anthology of four currently popular paranormal genre writers, Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu and Vicki Pettersson. While I have a number books in mount TBR by all of these authors, this was the first time I have sampled any of them, and I enjoyed these stories quite a bit.

In Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison, Rachel's brother challenges her to do a high level spell in order to get his approval for her application to join the IS (a paranormal police type force). The spell succeeds, but not quite with the results she was after, but she ends up proving to all of them, including herself that she's got what it takes!

Run, Run Rudolph by Lynsay Sands is a fun holiday shapechanger story, full of action, romance and humor. Jill is zapped by a molecular destabilizer ray that gives her the ability to change into whatever she can picture. But will her new romantic interest be able to handle the new Jill, or will their relationship be over before it ever even gets off the ground?

Six by Marjorie M. Liu takes place during Chinese New Year, and the vampires are not our friends this time! Six herself is a specially trained agent working on a sting when Joseph steps in and throws a wrench in things. She begins to see that there is more to life than the job, but can she and Joseph make it out of this one alive to find out what a life together would be like?

Zoe Archer has given up her powers on the Light side of the Zodiac to protect her family in Vicki Pettersson's The Harvest. Stripped of her supernatural abilities, Zoe must infiltrate the home of the leader of the Shadows to save not only her own granddaughter, but much more as well.

I think my favorite one of this set of stories was Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel, but I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the writing style of all of these talented ladies, and will definitely be reading more from them in the future.

For more information on these authors, check out their websites:
Kim Harrison
Lynsay Sands
Marjorie M. Liu
Vicki Pettersson

Now for the giveaway! As always, this copy will be a used, and Bookcrossing labeled copy. If you win, the book is yours to do with as you please, I would love a journal entry from you, and you can do it anonymously if you decide Bookcrossing is not for you, but you certainly do not have to. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Holiday movie is, or if you don't have one, something else about the Holidays you enjoy (any Holiday, doesn't have to be one in the Winter). I will randomly choose a winner on Dec. 24th. Good Luck!

My favorite Holiday movie is White Christmas, though there are a lot of fun ones out there now!


  1. I've posted this on Win A Book. No need to enter the contest.

  2. ah the first one!! :) so about holida movies, can't say i do have a favorite maybe the judy garland one (which i can't remember the name) is my favorite, though i do like the romantic-comedy holiday movie of each year! and what i enjoy about the holidays is well the first thing would be it being a holiday, NO WORK and ALL PLAY!! but for the new year there is something more, it's the sense of something exciting in the air and you can see that everyone is feeling it also, people tend to smile more and are more tolerant even though things go very crazy here prior to the new year and i like the excitement of the kids you see them in the streets buying new clothes and you just know that they are so enjoying it.

  3. I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. It's just a classic!! I also really enjoy the new version of the Grinch. Too funny!

    This book sounds good. I love anthologies.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  4. I don't really have a favorite holiday movie, but the thing I love most about holidays (not necessarily Christmas, either) is getting together with family. My extended family is HUGE, and seeing everyone (or as close to everyone as we can get) and catching up is great. =)

  5. Anonymous12:20 PM

    My favorite holiday movie? I'll have to go with A Charlie Brown Christmas. There are a lot of great holiday movies, but this is the one I HAVE to watch at least once a year.
    Thanks for entering me.
    djecse at yahoo dot com

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  7. I love to watch the Harry Potter movies during the holidays.

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  8. Every year I have to watch A Christmas Story. Too funny! I love the leg lamp.

  9. with me it depends on the mood i am in whether i want a tear jerker or a comedy thanks for the contest

  10. I'd love to read this.

    Thank you.


  11. Oops, I forgot to say that I love "Its a Wonderful Life."

  12. Congrats on your blog award! This book sounds really good and lots of fun. I would love to read this one. I always watch holiday movies but two are special and we watch them every year. On Christmas Eve we help Santa put out presents while we watch the 24 hour marathon of A Christmas Story ("You'll shoot your eye out!") more than once. We also watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswald's house lights and the family dinner are the best! Thanks for your contest and happy holidays!

  13. I just joined book crossing! I would love a chance to win this book!

    Okay, I admit that my favorite holiday movie is... Silent Night, Deadly Night. I am such a hardcore horror movie/novel lover that it even extends to the holiday season.

    I've blogged about this book in my book giveaways post. Cheers and good luck with the contest.

  14. My favorite Christmas movie has always been Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. It's the romance in it between Jessica & Kris that gets to me everytime!! Thee's a song that Jessica sings in the middle of the movie that I think is so lovely. I don't know the name, but it's about falling in love.

    Ok, so you now know, I'm a romantic at heart. :o)


  15. Lol. I bought this one when it first came out (so no need to enter me) and I still haven't gotten around to reading anything but Harrison's story!

  16. My favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Story. That movie never seems to get old to me.

    hdtermite (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. I enjoy The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!

  18. I have 2 favorites! A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th St.
    And I love having hot cocoa while watching them!

    daq_17 at hotmail dot com

  19. In holidays I usually enjoy reading but I liked the movie "while you were sleeping":-)

  20. My favorite movie is Miracle on 34th St, for the Holidays!!
    Thanks and I would love to win one of Kims books!!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  21. I suppose my favorite holiday movie is "It's a Wonderful Life". I remember watching it on TV when I was a little kid. More recent, it's almost a family tradition to watch "Christmas Vacation" as a family cause it's my husbands favorite movie. He loves the Christmas lites part, lol.

  22. my favorite Movie is It nearly wasn't Christmas, Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. I love Miracle on 34th Street. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. I love the Home Alone - the first one! Okay, and the second one, not so much the third one. This book sounds fascinating. Count me in!

  25. My favorite christmas movie must be A Christmas Carol.
    But I also love to watch the old Narnia films ;)

  26. Anonymous4:13 AM

    My favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation!

  27. I'm always torn between "A Christmas Story" and the Christmas Carol version with Patrick Stewart. Thanks for the contest!

  28. I like the silly Christmas movies like Christmas Vacation and Elf.


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