Sourcebooks Holiday Authors Guest Post


Today I’m happy to host four lovely authors, each of whom are part of Sourcebook Publishing’s Holiday lineup. The authors are here today to tell you about their favorite holiday movies. Plus, Sourcebook is offering a four-book giveaway, so keep reading! 


The Cowboy's Christmas Baby CoverCarolyn Brown
The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby

Most of my experience with Christmas movies has involved grandkids and watching things like Charlie Brown’s Christmas (which seems appropriate since I’m really married to Charlie Brown), The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and other cute little animated movies. But my all-time favorite is an old one with Dolly Parton called Smoky Mountain Christmas. It always leaves me with a good holiday spirit and wishing that I’d remembered to put a guitar, singing lessons and lovely long fingernails on my list when I wrote my Santa letter.

Lady Jenny's Christmas Wish CoverGrace Burrowes
Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait

It’s tough to choose a favorite holiday movie! “Holiday Inn,” and “White Christmas” are high on the list, because I love the song and dance numbers, and because I used to watch these with my older sister.

A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a venerable contender, particularly given Linus’s speech. “The Grinch” even my Dad would watch, having long been a fan of Doctor Suess.

But a favorite?

Somebody else will choose “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and that is a wonderful, brilliant movie everybody should treat themselves to periodically.

But my favorite would be… “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” as narrated by Burl Ives. This 55-minute animated tale is the longest running televised Christmas special, having been aired every year since 1964. I love the score, from Burl singing, “Silver and Gold,” to Clarice serenading Rudolph with “There’s Always Tomorrow,” to the lament of the “Island of Misfit Toys.”

And that misfit theme resonates with me most loudly. The theme of the story is that love and faith (in others and oneself) will turn a shortcoming into a strength. We see that in Rudolph’s nose, for which he is shamed, and for which he banishes himself. We see it in Hermey, who wants to be a dentist rather than one of the clockwork cheery elves in Santa’s workshop. The same theme applies to the misfit toys who are all “wrong,” (a jill-in-the-box?), and consequently passed over every Christmas, while their longing for the love of any child is heartbreaking.

I cried the first time I saw this story—I would have been ten, because we didn’t have a TV until at least then—and I cry when I watch it now. We all have the wrong nose, we all chase the wrong dreams, and we’re all wishing somebody would come along who can see how wonderful we are despite our weird paint job or square wheels.

Most of us will take more than 55 minutes to find the snow storm that will show our nose for the miracle it is, but this little tale is reassuring. It reminds us that the real miracle is love, and we’re all worthy of it, and capable of bestowing it. My kinda movie!

The Christmas He Loved Her CoverJuliana Stone
The Christmas He Loved Her

I love movies and I love Christmas so of course I have a couple favorites that I watch EVERY holiday season and they’re all for different scenarios.

First up, Love Actually.  This one is a movie night with all my girlfriends.  It’s about wine and giggling and sighing. I love everything about this movie.

Elf.  I have always loved Will Ferrell, but in this movie he’s adorable.  I watch this with the family and wish that I could adopt Buddy the elf and keep with me.  For realz I would.

The Lord of The Rings trilogy.  I am not sure how this happened but a few years ago my daughter and started watching the entire trilogy (extended version) over the Christmas holidays and now it’s something we just do. Already looking forward to the Gandalf and Aragorn!

It’s A Wonderful Life. This movie I watch every single Christmas eve, with a glass of wine in hand as I wrap the last few presents and get the stockings ready for the kids.  George Bailey is heartbreaking and sweet and hopeful and I think he represents what Christmas is all about. LOVE it!

A SEAL Wolf Christmas CoverTerry Spear
A SEAL Wolf Christmas

I love It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story (you’d shoot your eye out, kid!), A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, Jingle All the Way, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Snowman, The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Frosty the Snowman.

To find out more about these authors, please visit their websites!

Carolyn Brown Website: http://carolynlbrown.com/
Grace Burrowes Website: http://graceburrowes.com/
Juliana Stone Website: http://www.julianastone.com/
Terry Spear Website: http://www.terryspear.com/

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October-December 2013
Fun Holiday-Themed Posts from Carolyn, Grace, Terry and Juliana,
And Chances to WIN Books at Each Stop!

Oct. 8 Booked and Loaded http://bookedandloaded.com/
Oct. 16 Ramblings From This Chick http://ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com/
Oct. 23 Debbie’s Book Bag http://debsbookbag.blogspot.com/
Oct. 29 The Reading Café http://www.thereadingcafe.com/
Nov. 4 Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/
Nov. 6 Smexy Books http://smexybooks.com/
Nov. 12 Cocktails and Books http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/
Nov. 14 The Bookish Babe http://thebookishbabes.blogspot.com/
Nov. 20 Night Owl Reviews http://www.nightowlreviews.com/V5/Blog
Nov. 22 Fresh Fiction http://freshfiction.com/pages.php?id=blog
Dec. 4 USA Today HEA http://www.usatoday.com/blog/happyeverafter/
Dec. 5 Under the Covers http://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/
Dec. 10 Romancing the Book http://romancing-the-book.com/
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Dec. 16 What’s on the Bookshelf http://whatsonthebookshelf-jen.blogspot.com/
Dec. 17 That’s What I’m Talking About http://twimom227.com/


Thank you to Sourcebook Publishing and these awesome authors for hosting a giveaway that includes one (1) prize pack of all four (4) of these Christmas authors’ novels. In order to enter the giveaway, please tell us your favorite holiday movie in the comments AND complete the Rafflecopter form, below! This contest is open internationally. Open to all readers, 18 years or older, who are legally allowed to participate in such a contest as allowed by their local laws. All federal, state, local, and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. By participating in the contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of the contest sponsor. Prize will be delivered by the publisher. I am not responsible for items lost in the mail. Contest ends on December 23, 2013 at midnight EST.

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And for additional winter fun, be sure to check out the other Mistletoe Madness event happening at this blog…


Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About. Mistletoe Madness is a chance for authors with winter releases to share in some seasonal fun by creating a post with a holiday/winter theme from one of their character’s POV. For a line up of all of the authors featured here and at The Book Nympho, and to enter the overall event giveaway for a free book (two chances to win!), please click on the image above or go to the kickoff post on December 2, 2013. In addition, several of the authors are hosting individual giveaways. To see all of the Mistletoe Madness posts visit: http://twimom227.com/category/mistletoe-madness

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays!


64 Responses to “Sourcebooks Holiday Authors Guest Post”

  1. AmyR says:

    White Christmas, the singing and dancing what’s not to love.

  2. Carolyn Brown says:

    Hello everyone!
    Got all your shopping done and baking started? Ready for a few days after the holidays to settle in next to the fireplace with a stack of books and read for hours on end?

  3. Brenda Hyde says:

    I love Christmas movies, so it’s hard to pick. My favorite cartoon is hands down The Grinch– but movie is a toss up between Elf and White Christmas:)

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      Those are great favorites, Brenda! Every year that we watch our old favorites we find something new to love and appreciate in them.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      Have to watch Elf now, if it can stack up to White Christmas.

  4. Candy Love says:

    I agree with Grace Burrowes. Rudolph is and always will be my favorite. I have an ever growing collection of Rudolph ornaments, stuffed animals, animated displays, etc. My mom even made a Rudolph wreath with ornaments and display figurines for me 8 years ago. It is cherished! We had to fix it this year – it was bumped around quite a bit in my last move and a few of the ornaments had fallen off into the wreath-shaped tote that cradles it between Christmases. I think I love it so much because I was, and usually still am, the “misfit”. I don’t fit in to most groups because I’m the nerd girl who spills trivia without thought and people tend to look at me with that, “ooookkaaayyyy” look on their face. So then I clam up and become a wallflower – isolating myself the way Rudolph did for his differences.
    But “Love Actually” is a very close second. I’ve seen it so many times I know most of the dialogue by heart. And its message that love actually is all around, whether its misplaced, broken, new, old, young and fresh, romantic or familial, grabs me every time and makes me smile.

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      Yes, love is all around! I have an even dozen granddaughters and they are all different in looks, size, abilities and attitudes, but I love each of them individually…and unconditionally.

      • Candy Love says:

        I have nine nieces and five nephews and I don’t get to see them nearly enough. But for all their differences and quirks and (lord help me) attitudes, I have enough love for them all and then some. And unconditionally. I don’t know how to love any other way. 🙂

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      The real object of this post was so I can supplement with TBR pile with a TBW pile of movies. Thanks!

      • Candy Love says:

        If you haven’t seen “Love Actually”, I highly recommend it! The TV version was actually filmed at the same time with tamer language and “cleaner” storyline. But I prefer the original.

  5. UnaReads says:

    While decorating for Christmas, we play A Christmas Story nonstop. It just became a tradition. We also watch White Christmas during the evening. But Christmas Eve and Christmas requires Miracle on 34th Street (the black and white) and It’s a Wonderful Life. Although my almost 4 year old had us watching Mickey’s Christmas a few times on the weekend.

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      Love that tradition!

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      First mention of It’s A Wonderful Life goes to… Una! That’s a movie to watch at low points, and yet, we save it for Christmas. My favorite Jimmy Stewart.

      • Candy Love says:

        Jimmy Stewart is my favorite actor of all-time. “You Can’t Take It with You” is my top ten favorite movies and “Mr.Smith Goes to Washington” is tied with “12 Angry Men” for my all-time favorite movie. Another Jimmy Stewart movie set at Christmas that’s a favorite – “The Shop Around the Corner”. And the movie it inspired, “You’ve Got Mail”, also includes Christmas, though it’s not the focus.

  6. Mary Jo Burke says:

    The Bishops Wife. Cary Grant and Loretta Young make a stunning couple and they can ice skate

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      Oh, I’d forgotten about Loretta Young. I absolutely adored her when I was a teenager! Now I have to go watch that one again.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      OK, now it’s Elf, Love Actually, and The Bishop’s Wife. Cary Grant could ice skate… too?1

  7. Evelyn Bedard says:

    I can’t resist “White Christmas” but family does watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” & the “Grinch that Stole Christmas” too.

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      All good choices and fun to watch. Some to make you misty eyed, others to make you laugh.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      Nothing wrong with a traditionalist approach, but do you watch the animated Grinch or the Jim Carey version? I prefer the animated version, myself.

  8. Jessica Laas says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is the original Miracle on 34th Street. My second favorite is Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck. I just love those old movies.

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      Oh, my…Barbara Stanwyck! She had such grace and presence in whatever she played in.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      Sorry, Barbara Stanwyck is stuck in my mind as Victoria Barclay from “The Big Valley,” and if I can wedge her off that horse, she shows up in “Sorry, Wrong Number.”

  9. Jennifer says:

    Home Alone (the first one).

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      I still laugh when I just think about that show, and I still laugh every time we watch it.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      I can’t watch that one. The idea that a kid could be left alone that way… my child welfare roots are showing.

  10. catslady says:

    Four wonderful authors! We watch Christmas Vacation every year and as a surprise my daughter got us tickets to see it at a theater.

  11. Kim Wyant says:

    My favorite is The Year Without a Santa Claus. I just love that story of how Santa doesn’t think anyone believes in him, and the Snow Miser and Heat Miser. Always fun to watch each year.

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      I haven’t seen that one. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for mentioning it.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      I’ll bet a lot of parents can identify with that one. One year, my mom accidentally mixed up the presents intended for my sister and me. We didn’t care, but Mom had tried so, so hard to keep everything straight for seven children… Now, I understand.

  12. Kim Cornwell says:

    A Christmas Story is my favorite! I love it when the dogs break in and steal the turkey!
    Finally found it Catherine! I have to keep up my stalking image! Thanks a bunch to all the fabulous authors for putting this on! Merry Christmas to everyone!

    • Carolyn Brown says:

      Merry Christmas to you, Miz Kim, and thank you for all the support you give us! We love you, girl! I like that part of the Christmas Story, too!

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      Our wonderful publicist, Danielle, came up with the idea of a group give away tour, and it has been the most fun of any blog tour I’ve done.

  13. Jessica Laas says:

    Carolyn, have you ever seen Christmas in Connecticut? I never thought of Barbara Stanwyck in a comedy before. She was great.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      Oh, all right, I’ll add to my TBW pile, but I’ll expect Lee Majors to come galloping by.

      • Carolyn Brown says:

        Now that you’ve mentioned Lee Majors, I’m wondering if he was ever in any Christmas movies, Grace? No Jessica, I haven’t seen that one. It’ll go in my TBW pile and I can’t wait to see Miz Stanwyck in a comedy!

  14. Karen Johnston says:

    I think my favorite movie is Elf. It always makes me laugh!

  15. Lori Ha says:

    “It’s a wonderful life.”
    Happy Holidays 🙂

  16. Cathy P says:

    I love White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s A Wonderful Life.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      We need to arrange a pj party and show a few of the old favorites, scarf up some cookies, swill a bit of wassail.

  17. Sheryl N says:

    I love The Polar Express and I always have to watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation!!!

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      You remind me that I love The Snowman, and the Vienna Boys Choir singing, “We’re Walking in the Air.” Also love “One Star in the Night” as sung in The Little Drummer Boy. YouTube, here I come!

  18. Marcy Shuler says:

    I love White Christmas for sentimental value, but I watch The Family Stone when I want a good laugh. 🙂


  19. Barbara E. says:

    I like the Bill Murray movie Scrooged, but Miracle on 34th Street has always been a favorite too.

    • Grace Burrowes says:

      You’re the first to mention Scrooged, but I do enjoy Bill Murray. The original Miracle on 34th Street seems to be the fave, though… might have to set it in Victorian Scotland or something…

  20. Janie McGaugh says:

    Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol, though I haven’t seen it in years.

  21. Glenda says:

    I do love all of the movies listed by all 4 authors, but my favorite is still Scrooged. It has the Christmas message of being able to change and fix your life, but it is not overly sappy. Some times I need a break from the super sweetness. 😉

  22. Diane Sallans says:

    I’ve been watching a lot of Hallmark & Lifetime Holiday movies – like ‘Twelve Men of Christmas’ with Kristen Chenowith

  23. Pasqualina Tekaucic says:

    frosty & rudolph

  24. Katina Apel says:

    My favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street. I love to watch everyone wonder if Santa is really Santa.

  25. bn100 says:

    home alone

  26. One of my old favorites is Santa Claus: The Movie, but one of my newer favorites is Love Actually.

  27. Linda Thum says:

    Home Alone….but maybe it was the company I was watching it with.

  28. Janet Walden-West says:

    Christmas Vacation 🙂

  29. MaureenE says:

    My favorite is A Christmas Story. It always reminds me of how exciting Christmas is when you were a child.

  30. carly says:

    Claymation Christmas it was my favorite as a kid & I now watch it w/ my children

  31. Natasha D says:

    How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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