Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 11: Samantha March: 12 Authors of Christmas

I loved the holidays and especially Christmas as a kid. The family would get dressed up and trek the 10 minute drive to Grandma’s house where we would celebrate as a big joyous family. Food was eaten, drinks drunk, and presents exchanged. At the end of the night I would gather in a spare room with my favorite cousins, Leah and Erinne, and we would discuss all the great gifts Santa would bring, because we had been especially good this year (said every year!). Eventually the kids would fall asleep, and my mom and stepdad would carry me and my little brother to the car and drive us home. The next morning, to our extreme delight, we would find that Santa did indeed bring us what we wanted – American Girl dolls, The Baby-Sitters Club books, and a new pair of roller skates. Well, those were for me. I can’t remember what all my brother got ;) As we got older, the magic of Christmas seemed to wear off. Entering teenage years and then early adult hood, the holidays became about how much money you would spend on gifts, the time needed to go gift shopping, and how to split the holidays between significant others and their families. But I try not to let that get me down. I still feel magic in the air when Christmas arrives. I can still imagine myself as a little girl in Grandma’s room, wondering where Santa and his reindeer were at that exact moment. I love seeing the looks on my nieces and nephews faces when they open presents or see the glass of milk has been downed by Santa. The holidays are truly a time to celebrate and be with family. Even if the magic wears off as we become adults, I think it’s even better to pass that spirit along to children. I’ll be excited when I have some of my own running around, gathering cookies, milk, and of course carrots for the reindeer, to leave out on Christmas Eve night.

Another great Christmas gift? My second novel, The Green Ticket! Marching Ink will be publishing The Green Ticket on December 5, and one lucky winner will be entered to win an eBook copy on this fabulous blog :) Thanks again Emily for having me!

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

The Green Ticket

College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.

While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself ¬¬–– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.

Jasmine Jones is ready to begin her new life as a college student, and is ecstatic to have best friend Abby by her side. But weeks into their new college life, Abby drops the bomb- she is pregnant, and dropping out of college. Jasmine can’t handle the fact that Abby is wasting her opportunity to get an education, and going back to her cheating, abusive boyfriend. She struggles to move on from her friendship with Abby, but befriends two new girls at college. Everything seems back on track for Jasmine- great new friendships and roommates, a strong relationship with boyfriend Nate, and excelling at her college courses. But Jasmine’s newfound happiness is shattered when her pregnancy test comes out positive. Does she have to drop out of college now and become a young mother? Will Nate stay with her? How can she afford a child? Jasmine’s life has been filled with obstacles and challenges along the way- from a missing father, sexual and physical abuse, and addictions that tore her family apart. With this latest setback, Jasmine fears her life will always be a struggle. Destined to Fail is one woman’s story about overcoming adversity in life, about taking the negatives and finding a positive, and about never giving up hope.

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