Welcome to the Black Dog Books, Twelve Days of Christmas Special.
Over the next twelve days we’ll be having some of our favourite authors and illustrators guest posting our our blog. Discover all the fun and festivities our authors getup to at Christmas. Find out who was kissed under the mistletoe and who made it on Santa’s naughty list. There’ll be lots of laughs, Christmas cheer, and best of all, a fabulous Christmas Giveaway.
All you have to do to be in the draw to win, is submit a comment on our blog over the Twelve Days of Christmas special. On the final day we will randomly draw the winner for a fabulous Christmas pack! Every comment counts as an entry, so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have of winning.
So, once again, our 12 day special begins today and runs from the 9th – 20th. Remember, all you need to do for a chance of winning is leave a comment on our blog during that time.
So let’s begin.
On our first day of Christmas…(excerpt from Heath McKenzie’s The Twelve Days of Christmas: 1 man, 12 days, 78 gifts)
…we have the best-selling author, Karen Tayleur. Having worked as a singer for approximately five minutes, Karen (and the audience) realised her talents probably lay elsewhere. Since then she has worked in advertising, the print media, and publishing. She is also the author of fabulous, fascinating, and funny books for young adults and children.
Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve at the local village green
catching up with people that you haven’t seen all year
singing carols which may or may not match the words in the
gold coin donation to the CFA carol book
applauding the recorder solo by recorder man
and Santa who turns up on the CFA fire truck to hand out lollies
then back to friends for egg nog and special Christmas treats
then family present opening in the morning
a mango and pancake breakfast with the neighbours
then a late lunch with extended family that oozes on into dinner
then opening of Kris Kringle presents
then dropping into bed that night.
What was your favourite Christmas present ever?
Twin monkeys, complete with plastic banana that you could stick in their mouths.
I still have one of the monkeys, which has had a body refurbishment.
The other one was given away by my mother when I was ten.
I still can’t talk about that…
What was your worst Christmas present ever?
I can’t think of one but I can think of one my friend got.
He was given a garden hose spray and when he opened it there was water in it,
which meant that it had already been used. The worst thing was his parents had given it to him…
What book will you be reading this Christmas?
Freedom by Jonathon Franzen
Catching up on some YA fiction.
If you ever had the chance to meet Santa what would you say?
Hey, you do a great job.
Do you ever get sick of the colour red?
What’s your favourite Christmas song?
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
What food do you always eat too much of at Christmas time?
Which reindeer is your favourite and why?
I always felt sorry for Cupid. Cupid rhymes with stupid.
I think he might have copped a lot of flak for his name. Can you imagine lunchtime at reindeer school? The taunts? The jeers?
‘There was a young reindeer called Cupid
Who was incredibly stupid
He was leading one day
When he went the wrong way
And they all ended up feeling poop-ed’
If you had your own reindeer what would you call it?
You can read all the latest news on Karen and her books at her website www.karentayleur.com