Friday, November 23, 2007

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM DIANA METCALFE

Gosh, that makes me sound like the Queen, doesn't it?

Hi, you don't know me -- yet. Liz has plans to change all that, but right now I'm a chauffeur -- well, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. It's my ambition to be a chauffeur -- to be entrusted with a limousine, drive VIPs to fancy parties. Earn enough dosh to buy my own taxi cab.
Right now I get to the drive the minibus. Do the school run. Run groups to the airport. Take the girls out on their hen nights.

I enjoy it but, trust me, glamorous it's not.

Liz, bless her, has promised to put what she calls a "little sizzle" into my life. I've told her not to bother. Really. I can't cope with sizzle right now. What I do want is "sparkle". To be more precise, a sparkly pink taxi cab of my own. Maybe, one day, a whole fleet of sparkly pink taxi cabs...

Anyway, while she's working on that, I'm here to tell you what she's got lined up for December on her blog.

The Liz Fielding Advent Calendar
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I always loved Advent Calendars when I was a kid and Freddy -- my little boy -- loves them too. He bounces out of bed each morning in December to open the door, see the picture -- his grandad bought him one with chocolate in it last year, which made the bouncing even more ... well, bouncy.

Liz's version, you'll be glad to discover, has daily treats, too. Fat-free treats.

Behind the door, each day from the 1st to 25th December, Liz's Advent Calendar will contain a signed book for one lucky reader. That's twenty-five books!

We had a fabulous time looking through the boxes that she stores in the loft of the Snap & Scribble (think Heidi at Grandpa's) this morning. She got quite moist-eyed at some titles. Hugged one or two close, the way you do favourite soft toys when you open a cupboard door and see them cooched up, forgotten. Occasionally she got a bit tight-lipped, muttering something about there being nothing like arty experiments to kill a book stone dead. I didn't ask...

The first one out of the box was A Stranger's Kiss. She hated the brown, she said. And then there was Baby On Loan -- that one was in a Mother's Day gift pack in the UK -- with a bar of soap.

There were some books with grey and white striped covers that I'd never seen before. And there were the ones that were like half a heart. It seems booksellers were supposed to display them to make a complete heart. As if they didn't have better things to do.

There were even yellow covers like this one.

Oh, it's an office romance. I love those!

There were loads of Australian covers, too, which, apart from some really old ones, were all blue. But I think I liked the American covers best. They have so much more impact.

Anyway, what's going to happen is this. Each day there'll be a different book behind the door and all you have to do is turn up and take part in whatever is happening for a chance to win the book of the day. Signed of course. With one of Liz's special "Celebrating 50 Books" bookmarks.

Uh-oh... Got to dash. The boss is in a flap about some emergency...

Put the date in your diary, okay? 1st December. I'll try and drop by to remind you --

Okay, Sadie! I'm coming...

19 comments:

Ellen said...

Sounds like fun times Liz. I'll be here everyday because I LOVE free books and autographed also.

Mary said...

Such a fun idea! Thanks, Liz!

Mary

Natasha said...

Oh, Liz, I remember 'Dating Her Boss'. That one was in the pile of books I read which introduced me to category fiction. It's Max, isn't it? With the walking stick? And that wonderful proposal on the train ...? Oh and the angora jumper. What IS it about men and angora??

See what a lot you have to answer for!!!

Jan Jones said...

Sounds good, Liz. I'm a sucker for advent calenders.

And I don't see anything wrong in wanting a sparkly pink taxi of your very own to drive. I mean, if blokes don't want to be seen in one, they can just go on standing in the rain, missing their urgent appointments and getting grumpier and grumpier, can't they?

Liz Fielding said...

You remembered the angora sweater, Natasha! That's impressive. And yes, that was Max's book. With the thinly disguised Chris Evans... :)

Jan, it would be a seriously dumb bloke who declined a ride behind the adorable Diana. He'd deserve to get wet.

Sue said...

What a fab post! A pink taxi... sounds like Diana and I have a favourite colour in common!

I love Advent Calenders too - I'm going to use your Blog as my carrot every day for December. Why didn't I think of that before? I may even get a book finished!!

Love,
Sue xx

Anne McAllister said...

Oooh, good. What a terrific way to clean out the attic -- and hopefully give readers a treat as well. My husband will love your idea, Liz. He's all about our "shoveling the books out of the attic." (Because they're mine, not his, you understand).

Anyway, I love the sound of Diana. And I've stolen her pic as well because she looks as if she might find her way into a book lurking in the back of my mind. Since we've shared Hugh-in-a-towel, I don't imagine you'll mind sharing Diana, will you? As long as I promise not to call her Diana...

Cryna said...

Sounds like some fun times to come. Love this season of the year.

Liz Fielding said...

I'm delighted you like Diana enough to claim her for your own, Anne!

Estella said...

Great idea!

Liz Fielding said...

Well, golly, that's an idea that seems to have hit the proverbial spot. :)

And just to clarify one point, the Advent Calendar Giveaway (like all my comps) is open world wide.

It's start on the 1st -- make a note in your diary!

Molly Brown said...

Sounds like lots of fun.

Danica/Dream said...

Wow, how fun! I remember some of those books too. What a great trip down memory land.

Phyllis said...

What are great contest. I'll be back to visit every day!

Snookie said...

I remember those grey striped books! I joined your yahoo group :)

Fiona Harper said...

Liz, I shall be stalking your blog throughout December in hopes of tracking down something from your backlist that I haven't read yet!

Stacia said...

Great giveaway, Liz! Hope I'm one of the lucky winners :o) Happy holidays to all!

Merri said...

Pink taxi? Love the idea!

What a wonderful idea..and advent calendar with books. It doesn't get any better! In the first place, nothing is better than a book. But also, Advent is a time for reflection and quiet even though, of course, no one really feels much peace and quiet at this time of the year. Trying to get ready for the holidays means one word --- hectic! Personally, I have found that Liz Fielding and the Harlequin Romance line is the perfect remedy for the hectic times in my life. There just is nothing for feeling rejuvenated and better than sinking into one of these emotionally moving romances.

Liz Fielding said...

Advent is such a special time, Merri. Even when we're going crazy with all the stuff that has to be done, we still remember how it was when we were little. Lighting the candle each Sunday. The decorations going up. The anticipation.

Definitely a time to think of all our mothers did for us. Cherish them if we still have them. Take time out to cherish their memory if they're gone.