Welcome to day 2 of Christmas Month and I have a Q&A with Moira Young! Her new book, THE ROAD TO EVER AFTER is one that will tug at your heartstrings,
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Moira Young is from Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. She moved to the UK to attend drama school, and so began a performing career that took her from London's alternative comedy circuit to the West End as a tap-dancing chorus girl. After retraining in opera, she sang at venues in Canada, the UK and Europe before moving to Bath and becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of the Dustlands trilogy, now published in over 30 countries. Her debut novel, Blood Red Road, the first in the trilogy, won the 2011 Costa Children's Book Award and was optioned for film by Ridley Scott.
Can you tell me about The Road To Ever After?
Davy David is a 13 year old homeless orphan scraping by on his own in a dead-end town. He finds comfort and companionship at the library and the movie house. Three days before Christmas, a stray dog called George crashes Davy's world into ruins and the two run straight into the life of Miss Elizabeth Flint. The elderly recluse is about to embark on a last road trip and she hires Davy and George to escort her. An extraordinary adventure awaits them.
It's a classic story of three outsiders, their unlikely friendship and the hope that grows on their life-changing journey together.
The basic story of The Road to Ever After - the boy, the dog and the old woman going on a journey - rose out of my sleep state, it nagged me awake so I would write it down. It grew especially from the old movies that I love. I like to think of stories - from myth and legend, from life and books and the movies - as the shared dreams of people down the ages. I believe they run in me and through me in a continuous stream of dreamings. I wonder if The Road to Ever After will draw some readers along in a kind of waking dream.
What are some of your favourite Christmas memories?
When I was small, my sisters and I would ceremoniously place a glass of milk and sugar cookie for Santa on the hearth in front of the fireplace, where they'd be the first thing he saw when he came down the chimney. We'd also leave a carrot for the reindeer. If only I'd been more canny. Posting an advance list of the extra chores I'd do in exchange for a better present might have spared me that set of plastic bowling pins. The smell of the fir tree inside the house. The tang of thin-skinned Mandarin oranges, which came only at Christmas time, packed in a wooden crate with each fruit carefully wrapped in a square of thin tissue paper, either lime green or pale purple. The new leather smell of the ice skates I got when I was eight; my main skating influences were hockey players and Hans Brinker, so I adopted a unique crouch-and-dash approach with flailing arms and collapsed ankles. I must have been quite a sight.
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
My mother's an excellent baker and has a number of specialties that we still love: Christmas tree sugar cookies sprinkled with coloured sugar, shortbread, butter tarts, Nanaimo bars; basically, sugar sugar and more sugar. One family tradition is that my youngest sister will eat far too much turkey and end up lying on the floor groaning and vowing never to do it again. It's predictable and never fails to entertain us. We'll play Pictionary or some other worn-out board game and my mother will cheat in plain view. I must have seasonal viewings of How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the David Lean A Christmas Carol, Meet Me in St Louis and - always and forever - It's A Wonderful Life.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
I depend upon my childhood comfort reads in these short, dark days of the year: The Little White Horse; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; The Secret Garden; Anne of Green Gables. I'll turn to Great Expectations for the umpteenth time, Dickens is a master storyteller and a big influence on me. Since it's Christmas, I'll pull out A Christmas Carol. This year, I'll also be reading The Greatest Gift by Philip van Doren Stern, and I'll read it with particular joy and thankfulness. It's the short story that gave birth to It's A Wonderful Life and, since that movie gave birth to The Road to Ever After, I owe it a very large debt.
Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her. A magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey.
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As you know, in October I did a Horror Month which went down really well! So, I decided to do a Christmas Month! I have some wonderful authors and bloggers with guest post, Q&As and loads of giveaways!
Kicking it of is Darcie Boleyn!
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
No Christmas would be complete without movies. Each year I have my favourites that I watch over and over again.
Here are my top five festive movies:
#1 has to be National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Growing up I watched this movie with my Dad every year and every time he would belly laugh until the tears rolled down his cheeks. It has such good memories for me and these days I watch it with my husband and children.
#2 is Home Alone – This movie is a classic. I loved it as a child and my children love it, especially my son. It never ceases to amuse us all and the ending sees me in tears every time.
#3 is It’s a Wonderful Life – A beautiful movie that always reminds me to appreciate what I have and, again, that makes me cry!
#4 is The Grinch – I just love that wicked green guy with his bah humbug attitude and I’m always moved by his turnaround and acceptance of the error of his ways.
#5 Die Hard – I can’t believe this was made back in 1988! Its exciting action scenes featuring the fearless, wisecracking Bruce Willis AKA John Maclane and its messages about family values get me looking forward to Christmas every year.
Warm your heart with this perfectly festive romance…
Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities.
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
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I come to you today with a small wrap-up. I read a total of 7 books in November, 6 physical and 1 ebook. I was doing so good earlier on in the year with reading 15+ books but then I started my new job and just didn't have the time and I hope this changes in December because I have a lot of Christmassy books to get through!
The Ebook was - The Christmas Project by Maxine Morrey! This was such a fun festive read that I enjoyed a lot and I think I might re-read this month - REVIEW HERE
And A Happy New Year? By Holly Bourne was just amazing but I'm so sad to see this is the end of these wonderful girls as I enjoyed reading their stories and this novella was just the icing on the cake and I just loved it so much! REVIEW HERE
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake was just so amazing and different. About 3 sisters who get separeated and when they meet on their 16th birthday they have to fight each other and only one can become queen. THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH! REVIEW HERE
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon was so beautiful and I was just hugging my copy afterwards because I didn't want it to end. It's such a fantastic book that everyone needs to read. REVIEW HERE
The Woman In The Walls by Amy Lukavics is really creepy and kept me up all night. It's not full of gore etc but just how it's written just makes you want to not go near any walls but it was so good I couldn't stop reading it. REVIEW HERE
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is a sci-fi story that took me on a rollarcoster. It was so fun and I loved Nemisis, our main character, she is a diabolic and has to take the place of the person she protects to protect her but, things are going to get crazy and you all need to read this book. REVIEW HERE
To Love And To Cherish by Lauren Layne is the last book in the Wedding Belles series! I'm so sad it's over but loved how it ended with the two main characters and I just adored this series a lot! REVIEW HERE