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Mistletoe Madness 2014: Jennifer Estep

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Thank you for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for today’s Mistletoe Madness spot. 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 November 26, 2014.

Today’s Mistletoe Madness author is…

Jennifer Estep

Book: Black Widow
Release Date: November 24, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books

Holiday Movies

Holiday greetings from Ashland, y’all! Home of the Pork Pit, Jo-Jo’s hair salon, and many other fine Southern attractions. 🙂

My name is Gin Blanco, and I’m here to talk about holiday movies. This time of year, holiday movies and specials run pretty much nonstop on television, with even more holiday flicks in theaters. Many of the movies are romantic comedies where couples meet cute and fall in love during the holidays or classic specials that we watch year after year, like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Now, I’ve been known to watch a rom-com or two to unwind after a long day of running the Pork Pit, my barbecue restaurant in downtown Ashland. And I still love Rudolph after all these years. But you know what the best holiday movie is?

Die Hard.

Yep, that’s right. Die Hard is the best holiday movie ever.

We all know the basic plot – police officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) battles a bunch of bad guys who have taken his wife and her co-workers hostage in an office building on Christmas Eve. Shoot-outs, fights to the death, and more ensue. Here are some of the reasons why the movie has a special place on my holiday list:

1) John McClane is outmanned and outgunned for most of the movie, but he still manages to take down bad guy after bad guy. That is one tough dude, and my kind of guy.

2) We all know that heroes are only as good and as interesting as the villains they are pitted against, and Alan Rickman plays an awesome villain in Hans Gruber.

3) Stuff blows up—a lot of stuff blows up—and there are fight scenes galore. Explosions and fight scenes always make a movie better.

4) But it’s not all explosions and fights, and there are some humorous moments in the movie as well. Argyle, the limo driver, has a good (and oblivious) time calling folks and rocking out in the parking garage while John battles the bad guys upstairs.

Kind of like how my foster brother, Finnegan Lane, always leaves me to do the dirty work. Just kidding, Finn. Mostly.

But Argyle comes through for John in the end, just like Finn always does for me.

5) “Yippee-ki-yay …” Well, you know the rest of the quote, which is one of the greatest lines in action movie history, at least in my opinion.

Those are some reasons why I think that Die Hard is the best holiday movie ever. What about you guys? What are some of your favorite holiday movies?

Black WidowAbout the Book:

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

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About the Author:

Jennifer Estep 1Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Black Widow, the 12th book in the series, was released on Nov. 25. For more information about the series, visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferestep.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

JENNIFER’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Website: http://www.jenniferestep.com/
Blog: http://www.jenniferestep.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferEstepAuthor?fref=ts
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Jennifer_Estep  (@Jennifer_Estep)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/580315.Jennifer_Estep

Giveaway:

Jennifer is generously giving away a set of both Poison Promise and Black Widow to two (2) lucky commenters. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter form AND leave a comment telling us one of your favorite holiday movies. The giveaway is open during the time specified on the Rafflecopter form. Winner(s) chosen at random from all eligible entries. This contest is open to U.S. mailing addresses only, where not prohibited by law. Open to participants, 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 author. This blog, its reviewers, and the owner are not responsible for items lost in the mail. By entering this giveaway, participants agree to abide by these terms.

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Now, head over the THE BOOK NYMPHO to see today’s feature with Jill Shavlis.

  • jovial_1

    Die Hard and then ELF are my favorites ;).

    • Just saw ELF for the first time last year with the kiddos. I think it’s going to become an annual tradition!

  • Melanie Simmons

    Not sure about movie, but Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon tv show, not movie) are all on my must watch every December.

    • I love the old cartoons, but my kids don’t get into them. 🙁

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    WHY am I NOT surprised that DIE HARD would be on Gin’s favorite holiday movie list. LOL

    • Exactly!

      • Jennifer Estep

        But of course. 🙂

  • lol My husband and I were just discussing how his coworkers said The Holiday is not a Christmas movie and since it’s MY favorite Christmas movie I’ve decided to poison the cupcakes I’m sending for their potluck. (I’m kidding). But then we had to discuss Die Hard and fortunately agree it IS a Christmas movie. lol

    • If Die Hard is a Christmas movie, then so is The Holiday!

  • UnaReads

    Love the Die Hard! However my favorite holiday movies, the ones I HAVE to watch or it just isn’t Christmas is: A Christmas Story, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and of course, A Charlie Brown Christmas. My holiday is even better when I can sneak in It’s A Wonderful Life, A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Christmas in Connecticut.

    • I’m not familiar with those last two.

      • UnaReads

        Christmas in Connecticut is an black/white. I found the trailer on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePa6nx7T76w) but it doesn’t do the movie justice. It’s about a single young woman who writes a column for a magazine about her life on her farm with her husband and child and she gives her recipes. Truth be told, she lives in a small apartment and can’t cook to save her life. A soldier is recovering and her articles he loves so long story short, the magazine owner (who has no clue she is a fraud) sets up the soldier to be at her farm so he can experience a family Christmas. It’s pretty funny.

        Child’s Christmas in Wales is a grandfather who watches/participates in Christmas with his daughter’s family. The movie is mainly flashbacks as he recalls his childhood Christmas pasts to his grandson. It is funny and heartwarming and nostalgic. Plus, I love watching the British Christmas traditions. Looks like you can watch the whole thing on youtube…(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrLDaAG7j_o).

  • Erin F

    While You Were Sleeping 🙂 Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    • Oh, I forgot how much I love that movie!

  • Jess1

    “While You Were Sleeping” is my favorite holiday movie. Glad to see that others enjoy it too.

  • JoAnna B

    Snow is one of my favorite holiday movies. I also love the Santa Clause movies.

  • I must watch Christmas Vacation, Christmas Story, Four Christmases, The Grinch and Jingle All the Way.

  • MaureenE

    A Christmas Story is a favorite one of mine.

  • Jennifer Estep

    Hey, guys! Thanks for checking out the post. Speaking for myself (and not Gin), I always enjoy watched THE SOUND OF MUSIC this time of year. And all the holiday rom-coms on the Hallmark Channel.

  • The Year Without a Santa Claus. It’s truly my all time favorite. Second would be The Santa Clause 2 🙂

  • bn100

    The Family Man

  • Samantha Wallace

    One of my favorite Christmas movies is The Christmas Shoes because it shows you how lucky you are to have the life you do and not to take anybody for granted!! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  • Margaret Cook

    While You Were Sleeping is a favorite because I lived in Chicago when they were filming it and I remember seeing signs on the trains about the movie. When I see those scenes in the El station it makes me think if that time.

  • Amy

    My favorite holiday movie is “Love Actually”.

  • Lori Ha

    I like It’s a Wonderful Life because it has such a great story to it. I watch it every year however I enjoy the Hallmark channel as well with all their Christmas specials.

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