Happy December!

Okay, it’s official. It’s finally December, which means that I can go around humming “Silver Bells” with impunity for the next 25 days, and Sailor Boy can get peeved (because he claims it’s his least favorite of all the Christmas Carols, while it is in my top three, easy) and in retaliation, sings the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” which has these heartwarming lyrics:

You’re a bum
You’re a punk
You’re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God its our last

Nice, huh? I tell you, I adore that man.

ANYWAY, the point of this post is that in honor of this fabulous holiday season, I am holding a month of giveaways. Let’s call it the NINETEEN DAYS OF XMAS — that’s right, every (week) day, from now until December 25th, I’ll be doing a giveaway here on the blog! And it’s all kind of different fun stuff, too. A sampling:

  • Signed Books
  • ARCs
  • Boxes (yes, whole boxes!) of mystery books in a variety of genres
  • My books
  • And other special prizes!

And there’s a special prize on December 15th for fans of the Secret Society Girl series — one that everyone is eligible to receive just by signing up for my newsletter. (Please note: you do NOT have to be a member of Yahoo to sign up for the newsletter. There is a “mailing list” option.) Sign up before December 15 to be eligible!

Today’s giveaway is a signed copy of the National Book Award finalist, THE RULES OF SURVIVAL, by Nancy Werlin. Oooh…. Aaaaaaah.

Comment now to enter! Come back tomorrow for more prizes! Yay, December!


In other news, check out the auction going on right now to benefit author Jo Leigh, who lost her husband to cancer earlier this year. Leigh is an extraordinary author and woman, and some of the items up for auction would make fantastic Xmas presents. Go now and bid! (I already have.)

Posted in giveaways, other writers, SB

24 Responses to Happy December!

  1. Megan says:

    Yay for holiday giveaways! Commenting now. 😀

  2. beth says:

    Giveaways make me happy! Hope your feeling better, Diana!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Giveaways and holidays are both fantastic!

  4. Katherine says:

    I was going to comment about how great book giveaways are when all my spending money is to go towards Christmas gifts, then I saw that my anti-spam word was Bugaboo. I assume you set it up that way rather than it being a big coincidence, but still, that’s just so cool. Your blog has just made my day. 😀

  5. Tina Lee says:

    I have to look up that Pogue Song. I love Nancy Werlin. And I really enjoy your blog.

  6. Phyllis Towzey says:

    Happy Holidays, Diana – glad you’re feeling better.

  7. Sailor Boy says:

    The final verse of that song is this:

    Him: I could have been someone
    Her: Well so could anyone
    You took my dreams from me
    when I first found you
    Him: I kept them with me babe
    I put them with my own
    Can’t make it all alone
    I built my dreams around you

    It’s a song about messy people in a messy kind of love who have shared many Christmases, both good and bad. Diana hears this verse less often because I have trouble getting through it without my voice shaking.

    Silver Bells would be closer to my juvenile heart (and more accurately described in its quality) if it had kept its original title, Tinkle Bells.

  8. Aimee C says:

    Hooray, thanks for the contest! This sounds like a great book!

  9. Diana says:

    Wow. SB on my blog?!?!?! Darling!

  10. Awesome idea, thanks for the contests. And the Pogue Song is hilarious! That made my day!

    I read Impossible earlier this year and loved it…Nancy Werlin is totally awesome.

    Yay for the holidays!


  11. Teresa W. says:

    Love free reads, sounds great!

  12. khy says:

    Yay books! And giveaways! And Christmas!

  13. Sarah W. says:

    This book is amazing. I would love to win it.

  14. Angie says:

    Glad you’re feeling better, Diana. Sounds like your blog will be the place to be this season. 🙂

  15. CG says:

    Thank you for doing this… it is a great way to celebrate the holiday season!!

  16. Rebecca R. says:

    I’m so glad that you’re feeling better! Also the fact that Christmas is almost here is an added bonus.

  17. Trish says:

    I think I’m a fan of Sailor Boy, because that’s one of my favorite holiday songs, along with “Oi! To The World!”

  18. Annie says:

    My favorite Christmas songs are “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek”. My family thinks I have weird tastes.

    And yay for giveaways and Christmas coming!

  19. Anna says:

    I thought I would live my life happily as a lurker—and then “Happy December”, your blog got even better. Hope to see you soon.

  20. Melinda says:

    I love book giveaways!

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  22. Mrs.Aimran says:

    yay! December and giveaways! 🙂

  23. Fenna says:

    Hey there, people from the Netherlands eligible too? (And I’ve been listening to christmas cd’s for a month now, so it can always get worse ;-))

  24. Carla Calloway-Bundley says:

    Very exciting