Deadline Diaries

Five Romance writers tell all.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Make a Comment...and Win FREE Books!


CONTEST! WIN FREE BOOKS!

This week, in honor of my Christmas book, MUST LOVE MISTLETOE, hitting the shelves, I'll be giving away free books. All you have to do is make a comment sometime between now and next Friday. It doesn't have to be today, just sometime this week. Check in and say "hi" or answer one of our scintillating conversation starters.

On Friday, I'll randomly select and announce a commenter to win autographed copies of two of my backlist. You can give them as Christmas gifts--to someone else or to yourself!

In the meantime, I hope you'll pick up my new book next week when you're out doing your holiday shopping. I know I'll be at the mall, looking for inspiration when it comes to a gift for my father-in-law. Who is the most difficult person to buy for on your list? And if you have a great gift idea, please share!

28 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said...

Christie. Very weird. I guess I checked in as you were changing this post. Nice new pic! But you did have one comment already, which it appears we lost.


So...please. Comment again. :)

And don't worry, everyone. Other DDers can't win. Darn. ;)

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Susan Mallery said...

Christie--what a great picture. You look fabulous. I'm not sure I can like you anymore ;) Okay, I can because I'm just that sort of person.

I'll be zipping to the store Tuesday to buy the new book. Assuming it's stopped snowing here. Yup, snow. In Seattle. Welcome to my world!

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

I love contests!! I wanna win!!

Oh heck, Chris says I can't win...

Well, I'll be picking up your book on Tuesday, Christie. Can't wait to read it!!

(Cute pic, Christie!)

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Barbs said...

Nice pic of the author and I love contests too--it's always fun to win books! I love books LOL

I agree FIL has always been difficult to shop for and now that he's ill and lost most of his vision he can't even see the photos of kids & grandkids we've always given him for Xmas it's even harder. MIL has always been hard to get for too but this year I'll wrap myself up LOL they have me every day of the next year or more instead! My dh and I have 2 new children I guess--isn't it strange that we change places with our parents later in life??

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said...

I hear you, Barbs. My FIL is in a similar condition and boy, is he tough to shop for, since his areas of interest have dwindled so much in the last few years. He was a musician and a music teacher his whole life so we usually try to get him something music-related -- either a great new CD or a DVD of some music show. And a new shirt. He can always use a new shirt. *g*

 
At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

I have several hard to buy for people on my list. Not sure how I am going to accomodate that one. I will let you know when (and if) I come up with something fabulous!

As far as MY christmas list--I will be putting all of the lovely books that y'all are putting out this season on the list for dh and boys to buy. :) It will make it easy for them.

Back to work tomorrow--it is soooo hard after a long weekend. I love them, but today I thought that I should go back in time and do it differently, as I really didn't get much done.

Kim

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Pat said...

Me too. Love contests. Count me in.

The hardest person to buy for is my husband.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

Pat: My husband is hard to buy for too. Son 2 has a great suggestion (Surfer Guy, if you're reading, close your eyes!): Twilight Zone on DVD. He loves that show.

Wish we could think of a gift perfect for all f-i-ls.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger KarenG said...

My girlfriend is the most difficult to buy for. She has expensive tastes and I don't have very much money.

I enjoy reading Chistmas stories this time of year. Thanks for the chance to win.

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger Christie Ridgway said...

KarenG: How about some nice stationery? I was shopping with my niece and sister-in-law on Friday and we went into a store called Papyrus (I think they're a chain) and I found some lovely things that weren't too expensive for some young women I buy for. We all agreed that nice stationery isn't something you buy for yourself but is wonderful to have. (And as I said, not really all that much money.)

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

Sadly, when I find someone is hard to shop for I use my "handy dandy back up plan" and give them a gift certificate :) Usually I can't go wrong with those!

But I do try to find something that they will really like first...and try to get hints from them and ask questions that will help me to figure out what they need!

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

I agree with Christie about the stationaires. I love receiving them and they are not necessarily what people will buy for themselves. They are great even if they are used to just take notes and messages!

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

My husband is the difficult one. So often when we want stuff, we just save up and buy it, so by Christmas time, we have it already. Argh.

I do like ThinkGeek.com for stuff for techie people, and even for myself. The plush microbes are a riot, as well as some of the many t-shirts they have.

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous SunniBrook said...

Ooh, contests! Fun!

This year I'm having big problems for my youngest daughter. She's one and a half and I'm having a heck of a time finding something we don't already have.

And my dad is hard because he's in really bad health and basically just sleeps all day. He's always been hard to buy for because he never had any hobbies or anything, except for being a St. Louis Cardinals/Chicago Bears fan.

My sister and her family are hard to buy for too, although this year I've had good luck with their stuff.

And my MIL.

And my critique group, which includes my MIL so I have to think of 2 things for her. I want to get them something "critiquey" but have hard time finding what I want.

So, pretty much everyone besides my hubby, oldest daughter and FIL. I'm apparently in the minority regarding FIL's... mine loves books so he gets books for pretty much every holiday. And the better news is that he reads history/military type stuff and so does my hubby so I get the easy job of saying, "What book should we get your dad?" Hubby gets the difficult job of figuring it out and then I buy it. :)

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger CrystalG said...

My dad is the hardest to buy for. He is blind but loves to listen to sports and music. So, I usually either get him a new radio or an aid for the visually impaired or clothes.

 
At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about a gift basket for your FIL. Before my FIL died, that was almost always his gift - cheese, sausage, crackers etc. They make so many kinds - wine, beer, fruit, candy. If we didn't get him that it was always - you guessed it a shirt.

My tough purchase has to be for my MIL. I never know what to get her. I was thinking I might do a spa day for her, but I don't know if she would like it. She still dyes her own hair and well, I think it would look nice if she tried having someone else do it.

I will be looking for you book on Tuesday, Christie.

Maureen, I just finished up your Eternally, great book. It looks like it will be a series right as I think I need Santos book and the older Guardian (the roman).

Cady

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said...

Hey Cady! Thank you! Yep, it is a series and Santos' book comes out in February!!

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger KimW said...

My mother-in-law is probably the most difficult on my list. She is just happy to be with the family, so the present isn't a big thing to her. That's good because I usually end up buying clothes. lol

Congratulations on another book! Gotta get that one.

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait for your new books. My dad is the hardest to buy for. This year I'm getting him a membership to a gun club. My 10 yr old son is into guns now. So, I'm thinking they can go shoot someplace safe.

 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Stacy S said...

I didn't leave my name on the last post. Haven't posted here yet.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger KarenG said...

Thank you for the suggestion of stationary. That would be a very nice gift

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger traveler said...

I have been enjoying your website. Just great! Love your books. I try to buy books or for women a journal which they love.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger alissa said...

I love buying books as gifts but if not that then special note paper photo gift boxes.

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger ellie said...

I love your interesting website and books. when I have to shop I try to pick out something original. Pretty items for the kitchen or bath and body items.

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger pearl said...

You look fab in the pic. It is a pleasure to buy something that someone appreciates. I generally try to get a practical gift item. Special socks that have a saying or print on them that is suitable for a baker or a cook. I also love to get pottery that is unique to where I live.

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger joelle said...

It is hard to buy for my sons. When they were younger it was easy. Not now. I get clothing but they prefer to buy their own. Books are always good for one of them. Travel items are good though.

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger sharon said...

Believe it or not it is hard to buy something for my husband. Something that I consider noteworthy and special which he doesn't have is difficult. Usually it is clothing which can be a bore since he works and needs outfits. He loves cars, and tools. But I don't venture into that territory.

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger Marilyn Shoemaker said...

My mom is the most difficult to buy for as she has everything!

I'm easy, so if you're so inclined, send books, Santa!

 

Post a Comment

<< Home