Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Guest Blogger - Kay Stockahm

Hello Everyone!

First off, I have to give a HUGE thanks to Lucy for inviting me to blog with her today. I feel so blessed to have been asked to come talk about my upcoming release, A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a clean slate? Ever done something you wished you could undo? Unfortunately do-overs aren’t typically allowed in real life. Once trust is broken, once that bond is shattered, it’s hard, sometimes impossible, to recover.

When I first wrote MAN WITH A PAST, I knew Melissa, a secondary character, would have a book of her own. Her book was released in June (HIS PERFECT WOMAN) and on November 6, A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER will wrap up the series featuring characters I’ve grown to care for and love. Joe was an ex-con trying to regain his life after ten years in prison, and he found his future in Ashley’s arms. Melissa learned to accept herself and view her imperfect body as beautiful thanks to Bryan’s love. So what better way to wrap up a series than with a Christmas release? Christmas is a time of forgiveness and love, hope, and this story is no exception.

Marley Pierce was a naive eighteen when she met Beau Buchanan for the first time. She spent a whirlwind two weeks with him before getting cruelly tossed aside by the arrogant bad boy, and then her life really fell apart when her ultra-conservative parents discovered she was pregnant. Now five years later, their paths cross again. Injured during his stint in Iraq, the soldier has amnesia—and he wants answers. But as much as she wants to keep her distance, to make peace with her family rather than allowing Beau’s presence to stir it all up again, she’s willing to admit he’s different, more mature. Kinder and nicer and–it’s all so confusing. How can a man change that much? Didn’t she learn her lesson last time? Just when she comes to terms with what the future will bring, Marley discovers yet another shocking surprise. Having a clean slate to build a future on is nice, but what happens when Marley discovers Beau... isn’t really Beau?

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the video trailer of A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER located on my website http://www.kaystockham.com/. Also posted is an excerpt and my latest contest. But first, what about you? What are YOUR favorite memories from Christmases past? I’ll choose a name from those who post and they’ll win a copy of A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER.

Thanks for letting me come play today!


squiresj said...

I have read your newsletter, your website and now here I am blogging to you. Your new Christmas book looks like a must have to me but shopping is something I cannot do right now as today is my first day in 7 weeks to put weight on my ankle. I had an ankle fusion Sept. 18 because of a wreck I had 10 years ago and ankle was collapsing. It is the hardest thing I've ever done. But I will maybe figure out how to get the book. I love being on your newsletter and reading your books and website. God Bless.

Dena said...

Hi Kay, It's nice to see you at Lucy's blog. I really liked your trailer. It's amazing how popular they have begun,I think there a great way to highight a book in a new way.Your new book sounds really good too,I like when series have an ending where you know what happens with all the characters.

Judy F said...

Hey Kay I was just talking about you and your books last night to our new manager at the bookstore. I hope it does well. Its great to see you hear, Lucy is a doll and you are awesome too.

Keep up the great work. Love ya

Maureen said...

Hi Kay,
Your new book sounds very interesting. The best Christmas memories are when I was a kid and couldn't wait to see what Santa had brought me.

Stacy~ said...

Hi Kay, welcome! Sadly I haven't read your books, but I think I'm going to go to eHarlequin and get all 3, they sound so good.

The holidays are just so magical for a kid, and I loved watching all the Christmas specials, and watching my baby brother sit up in front of the tree by himself, and waiting for Santa. Those were great memories :)

Kay Stockham said...

Hello everyone!

Squiresj, I so hope you're feeling better soon. (((hugs)))

Dena, glad you liked the trailer! Thanks for stopping by.

Judy, hey, sweetie! So good to see you here! And thanks for plugging my books. I sooo appreciate it!

Maureen, I miss the Santa days. My kids have outgrown the myth but I still insist on them writing Santa letters. ;) Mama can't let go. LOL

Stacy, thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the books. ACTR is very special in that it's my fifth book, too, so that's a milestone for me. My first book hit the shelves two years ago in October.

Thanks for stopping by, ladies, and I hope you'll come chat with me today!


Virginia said...

Hello Kay, I read your newsletters all the time and really enjoy them. Your books sounds really good and I enjoy Christmas books, looking forward to reading it.

Denysé said...

Hi, Kay!

Lucy is an amazing lady, isn't she? Your new book sounds fabulous, and the trailer is wonderful! Will definitely look into getting your books with my next eHarlequin order -- probably today now!!

One of my favourite Christmas memories, odd as it sounds, was when I was 17 -- the last year we did the Christmas stocking thing because we were all "adults" -- the tradition has come back since! I had my first copy of my all time favourite book -- Gone With The Wind, which sort of solidified my love affair with romance novels -- that was sticking out of the top of the stocking. And among the gifts under the tree was my last doll! I don't know if it was the contrast of a grown-up gift and a child's gift, or what, but I've never quite forgotten how happy both those things made me!

Hugs to all, and congrats, Kay, on your new book!!


Kay Stockham said...

Hi Virginia! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Denyse--what a lovely memory! I had a Christmas very similiar to yours and still have the Cabbage Patch doll I received. LOL Yeah, I had a romance novel in there, too. Can't remember which one, though. I haven't thought about that in years!

Yes, Lucy is wonderful. She's also blogging with us at www.pinkladiesblog.com on December 5 so mark your calendars and come see her there, okay?



Amy said...

Hi Kay, I loved the book trailer and can hardly wait to pick up a copy of your new book.
My favorite Christmas Memory would be when I was 5 sitting on the Sofa Watching TV on Christmas Even when there was a Knock on the door and in Came Santa with a load of presents.
Later when I was older I found out that my dad had got a friend to pretend to be Santa.

Chantal said...

Hi Kay, my favourite memory is from when I was 13 and we decided to open all of our gifts on Christmas eve, rather than Christmas morning. It was fun at the time, but the next morning we just sat there complaining that we had no more gifts to open. LOL.
I laugh every time I think back on it.

P.s, I have already ordered A Christmas to remember from eharlequin, so please do not enter me in the draw :)

CrystalGB said...

Hi Kay. I love the cover of your new book. My fondest memories of Christmas are those shared with my large family. It was always fun as a child opening presents with my brothers and finding out what treasures were in my stocking.

Kay Stockham said...

Amy, Chantal & Crystal, thanks for stopping by!

Chantal, thanks so much for picking up ACTR. Let me know what you think!

My parents used to let us open one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning. That's a tradition I'm carrying on with my family. Such fun. LOL I remember one year my son had a gift he just had to open, he couldn't stand it! I'd done some different things with packages and knew what was inside and kept trying to get him to open something else, but no... He wanted that one. I made him promise that if he opened it and didn't like it, he wouldn't be mad because I'd told him to open something else. LOL Imagine his face when he opened it--and it was clothes instead of the toy he just *knew* it was.

Ever since I get this look before he opens his present. A silent "Is this one safe?" question. LOL


Eva said...

I loved His Perfect Woman, Kate, and your site and the trailers are great- Thanks!

As for Christmas memories I always love the excitement of family gatherings and being surprised by lovely gifts! :)

ptclayton said...

Hi Kay it is so nice to see you over here on this site, I was just telling Lucy that i hadnt read her books but plan to and that also i never blog ,,Well that it untrue as of today I saw that you were on her site and just had to do the blogging,,Love your books and looking forward to reading your new book, Hi Lucy this is great !!!

Jodi said...

I love your books and picked up ACTR this weekend (so please don't enter me int he contest). After reading this blog, I am going to start reading the book.
If anyone here hasn't read any of Kay's books, you must go find them. They are very good books!

Lucy Monroe said...

You all are too sweet and I'm loving these Christmas memories. This time of year has always been and continues to be a really special one for my family. We still get together as a huge group (all my siblings, their kids, my mom & her hubby) on Christmas Eve. Gifts are exchanged among the kids and stocking stuffers among the adults. And every year, we watch White Christmas. So, last year, my sisters and I got dressed up in blue satin, with long satin gloves and big feather fans (VERY expensive those fans were) and did the "Sisters" song for my mom as part of her gift. It was so funny and so poignant...and we all loved it. LOL

Minna said...

I remember how I used to go with dad or with one of my sisters to the forest to get the Christmas tree. And there was always plenty of snow, so it usually wasn't all that easy.

lidia said...

Kay, I have "ACTR" in my TBR pile (don't enter me in the drawing).

Our Christmases are somewhat different. Growing up we received gifts on St. Nicholas's feast day (since he began the gift giving). Christmas was just a religious holiday for us. If family came over on Christmas Even and brought gifts we were told that "an angel" brought them.

We've continued that. My dd (now 24) still gets some gifts on St. Nick's feast day -- and then on Christmas Eve when my siblings and our families are all together we exchange gifts -- from "an angel" even though the kids are at an age that they know the truth. Christmas Day is really just a religious holiday -- and time to spend with family.

Kay Stockham said...

Hi all!

Lucy, what a GREAT idea/memory for your mom! I hope someone got it on video?

Jodi, you're gonna make me blush! ;) Thanks for the high praise.

Thanks to those who've already picked up A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER. Please let me know what you think after you read it.

I've loved reading your fondest memories. I've never 'gone to get the tree in the woods' but it sounds fabulous. LOL Although with my family I'd picture it more like Chevy Chase's CHRISTMAS VACATION than anything. LOL


Susan said...

Hi Kay,
I loved your trailer! Your book looks very good, I'll have to add it to my TBB list.

My favorite Christmas memory is when I was 4 or 5 and Santa came into my bedroom and woke me up so I could open my presents while he was there! Many years later I found out 'Santa' was played by our neighbor.

Stefanie said...

Your new book sounds very good!
My Favorite memory about Christmas is just being with my family. Talking and eating together.

Jennifer Y. said...

Hello! I can't wait to read this book!

One of my fave Christmas memories is playing Santa for the first time. I don't have kids of my own, but a couple of years ago we were at my brother's for Christmas Eve. I got to help set out all the toys and put things together (much to my frustration). Some of the toys kept going off and we were so worried we'd wake the kids so imagine several adults tiptoeing around dozens of toys and trying not to laugh as someone accidentally set off the musical toys for the tenth time. But it was all worth it the next morning watching the kids faces.

tetewa said...

Last year for Christmas I bought my mom and her husband tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera. Her husband didn't want to go so I went with her in his place. It was a wonderful memory seeing my mom's face while watching the play, she loved it.

Cherie J said...

I love Christmas stories and this one sounds wonderful. One of my favorite Christmas memories is gathering in front of the Christmas tree, with Christmas background music, sipping eggnog and eating Christmas cookies.

Shari C said...

A Christmas to Remember sounds like a great read. I look forward to enjoying it.

I loved Christmas when I was a little girl as our whole family would get together, all the parents, kids, grandchildren, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and on and on...lots of family. It was so much fun and now so many of those wonderful people are no longer living. I have so many beautiful memories of those holidays.

Estella said...

Up until I was a teenager(I am the oldest of 6) we never saw the Christmas tree until Christmas morning. My parents would put it up after we were in bed and put the presents under it.

Judy F said...

I forgot to add my favorite christmas tale.

Its hard to pick. I remember my brothers girls were night and day opening gifts. Mandy was very neat and tidy and April, ribbons, paper etc flying all over the place.

A special one was last christmas when my niece told some of the family she was pregnant. She was so worried how everyone would react since she isn't married but everyone was great and her daughter Amya is a great joy for us all.

Laura J. said...

Hi Kay! The book sounds great!

I think every Christmas is memorable for my family. However, a few years ago we weren't sure our family Christmas was going to happen. We had a huge snow storm 3 days before Christmas and for where I live this is rare to almost unheard of this early into winter. Basically the city was shut down. We couldn't get out of our neighborhood and to the grandparents houses, but fortunately we somehow made and got to be together! And we had an actual white Christmas!!!! The kids loved it. I loved it when it all melted of course! (ugh-I hate snow!!!)

Nathalie said...

My favorite memory is decorating the beautiful christmas tree with my mom :)

hme said...

My childhood memories is of waiting for my father to come home to open our presents. He would be working graveyard shifts.

Lily said...

I remeber loving waking up christmas morning and finding the presents under the tree.

Now... it is the réveillon at midnight where we exchange our gifts :) also very enjoyable!

Kay Stockham said...

Hi guys!

Checking in again. You guys are three hours behind, correct? Just wondering because of the time stamps.

Thanks so much for sharing your memories with me. I've loved reading them. How sweet! It's amazing how many little things are the biggest things, you know?

I'm going to wait another hour or two before picking a winner so if you haven't shared your story yet, please do!


catslady said...

I have to say it was when I was a child and I got a farm cat for Christmas. My parents weren't into animals and to this day I can't believe I actually got my cat. (I now have 7 lol).

Lucy Monroe said...

Hey, hon...I just wanted to say before you draw a name and take off, that I really loved having you here. Thanks so much for bringing a bit of my favorite holiday to the blog. It's been a wonderful day reading everyone's comments!


Anonymous said...

I can't believe how long it took me to come up with my favorite Christmas memory... and then when I did, I nearly slapped myself upside my head. It was definately memorable. The family had finished dinner and was sitting around the TV watching some sort of Christmas program when my sister went into labor. We rushed to the hospital and my nephew was born the next day. Talk about a present for the family. :)

Kay Stockham said...

Okay, it's my bedtime! :) Yes, I go to bed early and get up early. But before I head out I want to say THANK YOU to Lucy and all of you who stopped by and shared your stories with me. I loved reading them!

And the winner of a copy of A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER is... Amy! Amy, please email me at kay@kaystockham.com for shipping details.

Thanks again and I hope you'll keep in touch! For those of you who pick up A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER, please drop me an email and let me know what you think.

Kay :)

Brandy said...

My Christmas tale isn't one. I just wish I remember the last Christmas my Mom lived with us before she passed away.

Amy said...

WOW! I am very excited to have won.