Friday 27 November 2015

My Christmas Reads: Guest Post by Jaimie Admans

Why oh why doesn’t Christmas last longer? Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of the festive season. It can’t come early enough for me – as soon as October sets in, out come the Christmas socks and jumpers while I search desperately through my TV for a channel showing a hint of a Christmas film or playing a bit of Christmas music. I develop a dependence on the 24-hour internet radio stations that thankfully play festive tunes all year round. One of the biggest reasons behind my eagerness to get started on the festive season is so I can also get started on my festive reading list. It’s a reading list that seems to grow every year as more Christmassy books are released, and ones that I didn’t find time to read last year are carried over, and the truth is I could read Christmas books all year round and never make a dent in my festive to-read list! So each year I choose the ones that sound the absolute best (a difficult task as pretty much every Christmas book sounds amazing to me!) and make sure they’re on the front page of my Kindle, and every year I snuggle up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and one of the Christmas channels on the TV beside me, and lose myself in Christmassy goodness!

A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig

The Accidental Guest (Once Upon a Winter series, Book 1) – Tilly Tennant

The Mince Pie Mix-Up – by a certain Jennifer Joyce!

The Little Bookshop on the Seine – Rebecca Raisin

Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cover – Holly Martin

How to Stuff Up Christmas – Rosie Blake

A Christmas Tail – Cressida McLaughlin

There are many, many more Christmas books I want to read than this little list, but we’d be here until next Christmas if I tried to list them all, these are just my 2015 must-reads!

I’m also a festive writer this year, as I have a novella featured in Carina’s anthology Christmas Wish Come True.

My story is the last in the book, it’s called Christmas Every Day, and it’s about Emma - her life is pretty dull and the highlight of her day is saying hello to Gorgeous Dog Walker, a man she passes when she takes her dog out each night. She doesn’t even know his name, but all that changes when she (accidentally!) pushes him under a bus and he ends up in a coma, and Emma finds herself taking over his very unusual job and learning the secret of his very unusual identity!

It’s a story that’s had a couple of different titles and gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years, but I’m so pleased it will finally be out in the world on December 4th, and bundled in with two other lovely festive stories to warm your Christmas cockles!

And as we speak, I’m supposed to be writing next year’s Christmas novel, but I’m procrastinating (again!) by thinking about all the lovely Christmas books out this year – again!

Happy Christmas reading, everyone!

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Jaimie is a 30-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea, and watching horror movies. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she sounds like a dying hyena. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots. She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She has been writing for years but has only recently plucked up the courage to tell anyone. She is the author of romantic comedy Kismetology and young adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

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