Saturday, January 5, 2013

[Holiday] HOT SEAT Interview with KIM ASKEW + AMY HELMES authors of Tempestuous + A GIVEAWAY!

Well Hello there unsuspected blog follower! Welcome to...
This is the FIFTH & LAST interview of the Holiday HOT SEAT! And with us today is none other than the two awesome authors of Tempestuous, KIM ASKEW and AMY HELMES!!!
As with everyone on the HOT SEAT, I took the liberty to WINTER-FY them!!

1) let's start this easy, How do celebrate the Holidays?
Amy: I have a three-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son, so I get to experience the magic of the holidays through their eyes. On Christmas morning, my living room looks like a bomb hit it. Unfortunately my toddler isn’t quite on-board with the idea of Santa “breaking into” our house at night. Can’t say I blame her for being concerned.
Kim: The day after Thanksgiving, I pull out the box of vintage Christmas ornaments I inherited from my grandmother, and start a heavy rotation of Christmas music. Faves are Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas, Handel’s Messiah, and (sort of embarrassed to admit this) the Band Aid classic “Feed the World” from the 1980s.
[OMG Amy! That is SO CUTE and funny, now im worried about Santa Break-in's O_O. Kim, I love music and Charlie Brown =D]
2) What has been one of your most memorable ornaments on your Christmas tree?
Amy: My dad actually makes tiny book ornaments that are replicas of all the books I’ve had published over the years. He shrinks the covers down and turns them into little tiny books. So I’m anticipating two new ones this year: Tempestuous and Exposure!
Kim: I adore the Charlie Brown’s Lucy ornament that I’ve had since I was little. I also really treasure the handmade quilted ornaments my grandmother made for me.
[:O I so want those tiny book ornaments you dad makes Amy! And handmade things are always more treasured =D]
3) Do you have a favorite holiday movie?
Amy: A Christmas Story. It’s hysterical and utterly charming. I used to judge past boyfriends based on that movie. If they didn’t love it, they weren’t the man for me.
Kim: Same here. I dated a guy who didn’t “get” A Christmas Story. That relationship was over pretty quickly, obviously!
[LOL, i totally agree if they dont get a it, there not the one =D]
4) What would be your perfect Christmas present?
Amy: Four extra hours in every day. I can never quite find the time in each 24-hour span to accomplish everything I need to accomplish and still have a little leftover time for me.
Kim: Amy and I put together a book lovers’ gift guide for our blog Romancing the Tome. I’d be thrilled to get anything on that list. If the sky’s the limit: I’d want a floor to ceiling bookshelf and one of those library-style wooden ladders.
[*shut's mouth* sorry i was in heaven thinking about that floor to ceiling bookshelf ^_^ ]
5) Does your family come over for Christmas? If so, then has there been any crazy/funny memories from these gatherings?
Amy: I come from a huge family in Ohio, with lots of cousins, and we always were together for the holidays. In family lore, everyone seems to remember the year my cousins and I put on an impromptu living Nativity scene for our relatives after dinner, using our then-infant cousin as the baby Jesus.
Kim: I almost always visit my family at Christmas time. One year when I was still in high school, we road tripped it to Mendocino, California, and spent Christmas in a cottage overlooking the ocean. It rarely snows there, but it did that year, and it was absolutely gorgeous.
[Amy, awww that sounds like a nice Christmas memory and urs does too Kim, i so would want to see that. ]
6) If you could make one unlimited wish, what would you wish for? [ex. world peace, total domination, love, wealth, etc.]
Amy: I’d wish that everyone in the world could visit Disneyland once in their life!
Kim: I think Band Aid’s heart was in the right place: I’d wish to end hunger, worldwide.
[Both are very awesome wishes to make to the world, especially Disney ;)]
Well that was it guys! What did I tell you AWESOME, right?! Thanks Amy & Kim for kindly being on the HOT SEAT today! =D now...
About Amy & Kim's book, Tempestuous:
Published: December 18th 2012
Published By: Merit Press
Pages: 224
Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall.
When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile.
With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Find & Follow them here: Goodreads-Amy / Goodreads-Kim / Facebook / Twitter-kim / Twitter-Amy / Website
I will be giving away :
-1 out of the 5 Books from the authors on this months HOT SEAT
-1 BLOG MAKEOVER! I know I'm not that AWESOME a blog designer but I've done quite a few now ;) [see Blog makeovers HERE] Plus it's FREE!
-2 YA EBook's which I have read and LOVED x 100! Will be INTERNATIONAL!
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  1. This is a lovely interview!!

    The ornaments sound beautiful and meaningful, and Santa's breaking and entering is so cute!!

    Thank you:)

  2. Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Kim on the release! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love that Amy's little one thinks Santa breaks in. That is the funniest thing! And I love the little book ornaments. How incredibly special! I love A Christmas Story. What kind of person doesn't get it? That is nuts, and we would be done, too. I mean, I can watch it on repeat for days. Hunger has to be eradicated. I want to go to Disney! I am 30 and I haven't been yet. Waiting until I have little ones and we can experience the magic together! And lastly, my dream has always been a library in my house with floor to ceiling shelves and ladders. How awesome would that be? I would never leave!

  4. My little brother used to always worry about how santa got into the house. It was always hilarios!! I wish I had floor to ceiling bookshelves instead I have wall to wall stacks.


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